Non-Traditional Hawaii Wedding

Hawaii has always been a popular destination for weddings, elopements, and honeymooners, and we have no doubts as to why. But, we know that with tropical wedding destinations, it can be difficult for discerning couples to plan a wedding that feels more like themselves. That’s why we are excited to share this beautiful beautiful bridal shoot from Kylie Swanson. The landscape is more pastoral than we’re used to seeing in Hawaii weddings, ushering in a more delicate, romantic view of a destination bride.

More from the stylist:
“Nestled on the western slopes of Mauna Kea, a 13,800 foot high dormant volcano, Waiki’i ranch sits between 3,000 and 5,000 feet elevation and encompasses over 3,000 acres of gently sloping pasture with groves of eucalyptus and Monterey Cypress trees. In other words, this secluded spot is the perfect slice of paradise to say “I do” for any couple looking for a non-traditional Hawaiian wedding. With breathtaking views of the ocean amidst the peacefulness of the pasturelands, we found inspiration among the landscape and began our story with an early morning ride throughout the sprawling acreage of the ranch–our idea of the perfect start to any wedding day.”

Creative Direction + Styling: Kylie Swanson  | Photography: Kylie Martin | Hair + Makeup: Kylie Swanson | Dress: Rue de Seine, The Dress Theory | Location: Waiki’i Ranch, The Big Island, Hawaii

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03.10.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

With spring basically upon us, we’re excited to see the rush of wedding season and celebrate with couples as they officially start an exciting part of their lives together. But if you’re like many couples, you may not have all of those little wedding details pulled together. And if that sounds like you, then you’ll want to go through this post again and again, and pin all of these beautiful outdoor wedding ideas for your own wedding inspiration. If you love this wedding inspiration, then you may also want to check out this inspiration shoot, this gorgeous wedding in Bali, and this inspiration shoot with the softest touches of blue.

From Easton Events:

Inspired by the natural beauty of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, this design collaboration was intended to enhance the setting with a refreshing level of relaxed sophistication. The dining experience was set among the alley of hydrangeas with a layered mountain view in the backdrop. A simple yet quality dusty blue Belgian linen table cloth skirted the intimate oval dining table, and we circled the table with natural wishbone chairs handpicked from Beehive’s collection. One of our favorite design moments is the use of the Matouk placements: the delicate lace detailing and the crisp white linen adds an fresh polish to the place-setting. They also serve as the perfect foundation for the heirloom silver and stacked china from Small Masterpiece’s collection. Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies created a delicate leaf-inspired die-cut place card to curve around the plates and tonally pair with the design – such a subtle but beautiful element! Beehive’s floral design rested like a loosely composed floral and greenery runner down the the table. Intertwined with pears and apples, garden roses, and varying beeswax candles, the look was bountiful and showcased the best of the late summer season. It was pure joy to collaborate with Jose Villa and our team.

Photographer: Jose Villa | Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events | Floral Design & Chairs: Beehive | Table Top Rentals: Small Masterpiece | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | Printed Suite: Pitbull & Posies | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Videographer: East West Films | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Bride’s Wedding Dresses: Naeem Khan / J. Mendel from The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel | Groom and Groomsmen Suits/Ties: JCrew | Linens: Custom | Place Mats: Horchow

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03.09.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

One-of-a-Kind Vintage Engagement Rings from Trumpet & Horn

One thing that every bride-to-be wants is to feel special. We know just the perfect way to accomplish this: gifting your gal a one-of-a-kind, vintage engagement ring. We can all agree that true vintage pieces have a distinct sense of romance and history to them, and when it comes to engagement rings and jewelry, a vintage piece also means that your ring will be completely unique to you. To help you find that perfect vintage ring, we’re excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor, Trumpet & Horn.

Believing that every engagement ring should be as special as the woman wearing it, Trumpet & Horn’s mission is to breathe new life into antique jewelry so it can be loved and cherished for generations to come. There is nothing quite like finding one-of-a-kind engagement rings that tell a story of history, love, and lasting romance in our modern world! Ranging from colored gemstones that date back to the California Gold Rush to the bold, linear designs of the Art Deco era, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us: in this case, older is better.

Photography: Jen Huang, Sawyer Baird, & Laura Gordon for Liv Hart

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03.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Easy Wedding Websites from Wedding JoJo

More than ever before, engaged couples today are inundated with so many options, choices, and decisions. It can be hard to keep track of everything, from your RSVPs to making sure your guests get all the info they need to know. This is one of the reasons why we think that every couple should have a great wedding website, one that is easy for you to create that allows you to share everything with your guests in a simple, beautiful package. Enter Wedding Jojo!

Wedding Jojo  has been a favorite sponsor of Once Wed for a few years. Why are they one of our favorites? Their goal is simple: to create great wedding websites, that are simple to use and well-designed. And they’ve succeeded! Sign up for a wedding website with them (we recommend the premium package – it’s amazing!) and you’ll soon find that they have pulled together all of the features you need to make it simple for you: it lists your registries (whether they’re offline, online, or a honeymoon registry); tracks your RSVPs; gives guests maps and event information (perfect for out-of-town guests who need a little extra info); and, with the premium package, you get a custom domain as well.

We love the wide range of design themes available through Wedding Jojo, and they’re always adding new ones. Each is customizable by color and allows you to add your own images and info. Whether you want something neutral and minimal (may we suggest, the Classical design?) or a design that’s a little more whimsical (Craft might be right up your alley!), you’ll find something that ties in with your wedding style. Check out Wedding Jojo  to see more of what they offer!

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03.07.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog