Sophisticated and Effortless Wedding Ideas

Effortless and sophisticated, this stunning inspiration shoot from Lucy Cuneo and Joy Thigpen is the epitome of elegant minimalism. Continue reading for more on their inspiration for this lovely bi-coastal shoot.

From Lucy Cuneo:

This ‘fantasy wedding’ shoot was put together in two parts with oversight, styling genius and lingerie provided by Joy Thigpen.   The ‘getting ready’ sequence was photographed on Martha’s Vineyard in a modern Cape-style renovation with great architectural detail and a monochromatic scheme.  We see model Olivia taking the time to relax on her wedding day, enjoying quiet simple pleasures and luxuriating in handmade silk garments.   Later she dresses in her elegant wedding gown and family jewelry.   For the second half, we are transported to New York City to the grounds of Gramercy Park and its picturesque Autumnal garden.  Dashing Timmy arrives to meet his bride in the privacy of the park and the pair pose for portraits before heading upstairs to the terrace for an intimate dinner party with their closest friends.   Flowers and tablescaping by Lisa Burgett provide a truly classic feel that shimmers.  Champagne flows and Timmy finds the right words to say, unprepared of course!

Styling & Design: Joy Thigpen | Lingerie: Design by Joy Thigpen, Crafted by Cheryl Taylor| Photographer: Lucy Cuneo | Film: Photovision | Models: Olivia Boland, Timmy Wahba Dress: Lanvin | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Heirloom | Venue: Private Home, Martha’s Vineyard; Gramercy Park, New York City | Flowers: Lisa Burgett

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

Find the Perfect Wedding Dress from DaVinci Bridal

City charm meets country chic in DaVinci Bridal‘s New Spring 2015 collection. Designed with the traditional bride in mind, DaVinci Bridal offers the latest in elegant, yet surprisingly no fuss gowns. Keep reading to find out how you could win a DaVinci gown for your dream wedding!

DaVinci Bridal’s newest collection boasts gowns that effortlessly draw out the natural beauty in every bride. Fit and flare wedding dresses and full skirts sculpt the perfect silhouette, while trending details like delicate lace embroidery and tiny back buttons offer that romantic look many brides are seeking today. The collection offers practical, yet simply stunning gowns — perfect for both contemporary and rustic settings. There’s no need to figure out how to put the dress on. There’s only time to celebrate!

DaVinci Bridal knows how important finding the perfect wedding dress is for the bride. While many large chain stores offer previously worn dresses off the rack, DaVinci guarantees that you will be the first and only person to have ever worn the dress. DaVinci Brides will always have their “something new”, and at an even more affordable price!

DaVinci Bridal was founded in order to provide brides with great value– offering red carpet worthy wedding gowns at surprisingly affordable prices. From dramatic backs and crystal-embellished necklines, to delicate embroidery and finely-beaded bodices, these wedding dresses are for moments unforgettable.

Want to win a free DaVinci wedding dress? DaVinci Bridal has partnered up with Snapknot, Wedding Paper Divas and WedPics to bring you this giveaway, and the winner will receive any DaVinci gown of their choice!

CLICK HERE to enter! To see the entire Spring collection, visit:

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12.31.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Contemporary German Brewery Wedding

Minimalism and contemporary design are quickly becoming popular wedding trends, and we couldn’t love Bertus and Andree’s interpretation of this modern aesthetic any more! Keep reading for more on their inspiration for their German brewery wedding.

From the couple, Bertus and Andreé:

After a decade together Andreé and I got engaged on our anniversary. As an architect and marketing manager in commercial perfumery, we have an intrinsic admiration for the poetics in life.

In search for a place to host the feast we found a distinct German micro-brewery, in a modest contemporary farm style building set on an open field. Brauhaus am Damm overlooks a scenic portion of the Magaliesburg mountain range, on the Olifantsnek dam.

Brauhaus was very accommodating, preparations with the lovely owners of the brewery presented opportunity to make use of local industry. A neighbouring farm supplied the hay bale seats and nursery trees used as soft edges. Rusted shuttering structures that shaped the interior brick vaults were reused as sculptural elements to demarcate the ceremony.

We crafted the programme to the occasion into defined moments, embracing the opportunity to entertain the German tradition, Baumstamm Sägen or ‘sawing of the log’ – symbolic of the first obstacle a newlywed couple has to face together. The ceremony during dusk opened the patio and lead festivities into the evening. The natural theme was continued by crowning all the ladies with garlands of greenery.

The scenic beauty was complimented by the simplicity of the monochrome colour palette and the décor. White minimalist detailing was a subtle accompaniment to compliment the simplicity of the setting and the pastels of the flora: white umbrellas provided much needed shade to the congregation, practical white covers on the hay bale seats and clean programs and posters with carefully selected typography. Elements that traditionally announce festivity were the light bulb ceiling crossing the deck and the elongated bunting over the dance floor, used as scaling devices lending an intimacy to the open skies. The mountain backdrop was accentuated by the lighting poles adorned with foliage from the gardens of friends.

Our families’ involvement lay at the heart – as extended hosts they provided sentiment and meaning in forming a relaxed festive atmosphere – a familiar setting for all who has spent time at our tables in times past.

Delicately articulating the familiar into sophistication, our aesthetic became a celebration of the local and enhanced the apparent beauty – A reflection of us and what we hold dear. This ancient landscape was the perfect symbol of our relationship – surrounded by the natural elements – eternally representing the natural order of a perfect union.

Photographers: Modern Hearts  | Setting: Brauhaus am Damm  | Dress: Annelize Scheepers Couture | Suit: Louis Joseph  | Band: Awesome Foursome | Chef: Ciaran McCarthy | Decoration: Couple’s own initiative with the help from family and friends. | Flowers:  Liesbet Olivier Flowers

12.30.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Save the Dates from Minted

Minted is one of our all-time favorite sources to find beautiful wedding invitations, and we’re so excited that now you can get save the dates from Minted as well! Minted just launched their 2015 save the date collection and introduced dozens of beautiful designs from an independent community of designers. Choose from beautiful printed save the dates, and we love their sparkling designs including new Rose Gold foil options. You can easily create a totally coordinated invitation suite by matching your save the dates to your invitations, foil-pressed programs, menus, and place cards!

And to make your design process as simple as possible, Minted design specialists will help you hand-tailor your order. Upload your addresses once in the Minted online address book and use it for all of your wedding needs from save the dates to thank you cards! Minted now also offers free guest name printing to match your save the date design, which is a totally unique feature for Minted. Calligraphy-inspired writing gives you the elegant look of calligraphy on designer envelopes without the huge cost.

We’re so thrilled about all of the awesome new things that Minted has to offer for your 2015 wedding, and they’re excited to share a special offer for Once Wed readers! Receive 15% off of your entire order using code WINTERWED at checkout when you order your new save the dates from Minted!*

*Offer ends 1/5

12.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog