Veils are a wedding tradition that dates back centuries, and though not every bride chooses to wear one, they do create a certain air of mystery around a bride. We’ve seen long veils, short veils, birdcage veils, antique veils, modern veils, and we love them all! Here we’ve rounded some of the most pinned veils from Once Wed.
1. (Pictured Below) Designed by Joy Thigpen and created by Cheryl Taylor, this simple yet dramatic veil was the perfect addition to the bride’s custom dress. See the entire feature of this elegant Barcelona wedding here.
2. We love the weight in this stunning lace-trimmed, full-length veil, and how perfectly Ginny Au styled this beautiful model. Not all veils have to be weightless and flowing, sometimes a heavy veil creates a huge impact. See the full feature here.
3. Our readers love veils that simply rest over the brides face, and this lovely and light veil pairs perfectly with a full flower crown by Twiggs. Visit the entire feature entire feature to see more beauty.
4. This beautiful veil was tucked into a loose chignon, which is the perfect way to wear a veil if you’re planning on wearing it all night so it will sit perfectly once pulled back. Visit the original post to see more photos of how Joy Thigpen styled this veil.
5. And Rylee Hitchner’s vintage veil and wax flower crown is still one of our favorites; she looks like a bride from another century. This lace veil is timeless and falls perfectly over her face. See her entire wedding to see more shots of this antique veil. How many of you all are planning on wearing a veil for your walk down the aisle?
Abigail and Pete’s wedding in Nova Scotia seems like a scene out of a movie. The serene landscape, intimate ceremony, and party filled with friends and family makes us yearn to see more small weddings like this in beautiful corners of the world. Wouldn’t you love to pick up with 20 of your closest friends and family members and fly to a beautiful place you’ve never been to celebrate your love? It’s an idea we just can’t get out of our heads…
Photographer: Micheal B Photo| Designer/Creative Director/ Stylist: A Happy Smith | Florals: Chelsea Lee| Venue: Shobac, designed by Brian Mackay Lyons | Cake Design: Sweet Melissa, Lunenburg, NS Canada | Wedding Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Wedding Shoes: Dior | Grooms Suit: J. Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: mixed
There’s excitement all around when one of your closest friends gets engaged! The wedding planning begins, and when it comes to choosing her bridesmaids, you’re now the one being popped the question. Although you’re honored to be a part of her big day, you’re not sure you want to say yes for several different reasons. Whether it be finances, time, or other personal reasons, here are a few ways to graciously decline:
Offer a different way of support: You may not be able to devote as much time as a bridesmaid would, but you could offer to attend a meeting with the florist or bakery to help with decision-making. Another way of being valuable to the wedding is offering to be a guestbook attendant or greeter. Sometimes brides forget about this aspect and even the bridesmaids will appreciate not having to run around and direct guests so they fully attend to the bride.
Decline Early On: There is no reason to lead her on or keep her hanging. If you know you can’t be a bridesmaid, the only courteous thing for you to do is to let the bride know your decision as soon as possible. That way, she’ll have enough time to ask someone else if she chooses.
Be Sincere: All wedding stuff aside, your relationship is important and honesty is the best policy. Express your gratitude at being asked, but be sincere with her about your decision. You don’t want to be the resentful bridesmaid that brings the mood down. Remember why she asked you to be a part of such an important day in her life. As a true friend, she will understand your decision and appreciate your honesty.
We simply adore this lovely engagement session from MK Sadler! You can sense the love between Drew and Sarah, and their story is even more adorable than this shoot.
More from the Couple:
Drew and Sarah met at the University of Southern California almost eight years ago when she was eighteen and he was twenty. Sarah was studying art and Drew was on the Water Polo team with many of her good friends from high school. At this point, they had only spent a handful of occasions together with mutual friends. After Sarah moved into the dorms it became apparent that the majority of her friends had either not moved in or were home on break before school started. After many failed attempts at finding someone who was in town it was ultimately Drew’s sense of humor that made Sarah call him. When Drew answered, Sarah asked if he was around and wanted to have dinner. She would later find out that Drew already had a major crush on her prior to this call. He said that he was on his way and would be there shortly. She had no clue that Drew was taking family photos at the time and had left early to come meet her. When he arrived, they went out on their first date and three weeks later Drew’s charm and a little bit of luck had won Sarah’s heart. Sarah can safely say that although Drew was not her first call that night, it was definitely the best call she had ever made.
“Doing this photo shoot with Meghan Sadler was absolutely amazing. Drew and I have always operated on a frequency that allows us to understand each other without speaking. After looking at our engagement photos we realized that Meghan had captured all of these subtleties that make our relationship so special. She is truly an amazing photographer and we are so excited to have her document our big day! “
Sarah and Drew currently live in Orange County. She is a Graphic Designer at a publishing company in Costa Mesa and he is currently the Finance Manager at an industrial hardware supply company in Long Beach.