Minimalist Wedding Ideas from Erich McVey Part 1

This week, we’re so excited to share a couple of wedding looks from Erich McVey that flow easily between day and night. The simplicity and elegance of this first style allows for it to transition seamlessly between a daytime ceremony and an evening reception.

If you’re looking to create a cohesive feeling for your entire wedding day, consider wearing a minimalist-inspired dress. By pairing a classically styled and designed gown with minimal embellishment, one that will allow for your beauty to speak for itself, with simple makeup and hair, you can flow from one party to the next without having to think of touching up makeup or changing your dress.

Mimi + Taylor describe this style for us:

The first look was inspired by timeless elegance. Sonthai Gi designed a simple romantic slip gown that we paired with a darling vintage 1920s fur wrap. Focusing on her hazel eyes, we kept the makeup palette soft, earthy with barely there tones. Her hair was lightly pulled back with a loose tousled low twist. We wanted to convey beauty that was effortless and sophisticated.

How stunning is this? Take these ideas and translate them to your wedding to create an elegant, effortless, and seamless day.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Mimi + Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Mimi + Taylor | Gowns: Sonthai Gi | Fur Stole: Vintage

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03.25.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win a $500 Visa Gift Card from Once Wed



We’d love to hear from you again! Once Wed is looking to improve our used wedding dress listing service, and we’re excited to be exploring new possibilities to bring more beauty your way! We want to do everything we can to help brides plan their weddings, and we’re so excited to hear from you on how best to do that.

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Photography: Bryce Covey Photography | Graphic: Hannah Lee

03.23.14 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Wild Vine Arch Wedding Ideas


This DIY is simply amazing- not because it is very elaborate or because it’s full of beautiful flowers, but because it’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” things. Anyone could easily replicate it on their wedding day a few hours before it all starts. If you use the right kind of foliage, you don’t even have to worry about keeping it in water. With the simple addition of vines, you can make any room or wall look like an abandoned building that nature has taken over.

Thanks to Ginny Au and Sarah Winward for sending over this absolutely lovely DIY, and let us know how it goes if you get the chance to try it out!

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Wild vine arch DIY:


Greenery, anything that lasts out of water will do!
Fishing line
Gaffers tape

1. To create the arch I would sort out your vines, and find a few good starting pieces. If you have to you can put a couple together to make some nice long strings, you can.
2. Place the vines against your backdrop and hang them. We used a combination of taping to the wall and hanging here.
3. Continue to build the shape by places pieces on both sides of the center, curving in towards each other.  We placed some pieces further out from the wall so that the arch had dimension, and looked like it was growing in layers rather then just being flat.  We hung these with fishing line from the ceiling.
4. Asymmetry is key to make this feel natural, we let the arch puddle up on the floor on one side, and kept it really light at the base on the other so that it has some movement.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Aubrey Nelson

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03.21.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Charming Virginia Countryside Wedding

This wedding sent to us by Lora and Eric Kelley and Augusta with Easton Events, is the perfect balance between country charm and outdoor elegance. We loved the overall feeling of this wedding, and the story behind the images is even better.

From Augusta Cole at Easton Events:

We at Easton loved working with Heather and Derek! They are such a dynamic couple and together they contributed so much inspiration and character to their charming Virginia countryside wedding. Both Charlottesville locals, the two set out to create a wonderful early summer evening for all of their guests to enjoy and indulge in the best of C’ville.

Nestled among the Blueridge Mountains, the couple chose Derek’s family farm, Wild Cat Hollow, to host their wedding. The wedding was a true celebration of all things local! Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events, designed a palette full of florals that would be bountiful and seasonal to the region in late May. C&O’s Chef Maupin sourced all of the menu ingredients from local farms and Heather and Derek even served “Local Libations” of Virginia wine and liquor.

Before the celebration, Heather and Derek were married at Heather’s childhood church in Downtown Charlottesville. Upon arriving at farm, guests were greeted with cocktails and canapés on a grassy knoll overlooking the mountain view. As the sun began to set, guests were invited over to the family barn that had been redefined for dinner and dancing. The guests lingered over a delicious family style seated dinner, and then transitioned outside to dance under stars and a gorgeous full moon!

It was such a pleasure to dream and plan with Heather and Derek. Their creative energy, love for one another, and thoughtful attention to their guests experience was felt by all!

Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events | Photographer: Eric Kelley | Floral Design, Draping & Lighting: Beehive Events | Farm Tables, Chairs, Runners, Chargers, Napkins: Beehive Events | Linens and Rentals: Festive Fare | Printed Materials & Details: Erika Jack | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Catering: C&O | Tenting: Skyline Events | Venue: Wildcat Hollow (Private Residence) | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Music: Winn Brothers | Bride’s Dress: Judd Waddell via Hitched in DC | Groom’s Suit: Custom made on Savile Rowe at Gieves & Hawkes | Cake: Rachel DeJong | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Hitched 

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03.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog