Morning Of by Lauren Balingit

The morning of your wedding day should be a restful time, and we encourage you to designate a few moments to quietly reflect on the day ahead. This is also the perfect time to connect with your photographer and slowly begin getting ready for your day, so why not ask your photographer to take some boudoir-inspired images at the same time?

We love the romantic, simple styling of today’s boudoir session from Lauren Balingit, Meghan Kay Sadler, and Kelly Lenard. The very un-doneness of the bride is a testament to her natural beauty and her quiet anticipation of the day ahead. Add in a touch of floral with your bridal bouquet, and ask your photographer for just 15 minutes to do something a little different.

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Co-concept design and styling: Lauren Balingit & Meghan Kay Sadler  | Florals and co-styling: Kelly Lenard  | Processing: Photo Vision Prints

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02.09.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Plan your Dream Wedding with Scenemakers

Planning your dream wedding should be one of the happiest, most exciting times in your lifebut with all of the fun also comes a lot of stress. There are a lot of moving parts involved in planning a wedding, and if you’re looking for someone to bear a little of the burden for you, Scenemakers is ready to help you with every aspect of your wedding!

Scenemakers specializes in assisting you with wedding planning, wedding styling, décor, floral design, and day of coordination.  Their personal interest in you as a couple, and their collaboration with you means that your wedding will reflect your unique personal style.

Scenemakers’ experience allows them to deliver a perfectly executed event. Having one vendor plan, coordinate and design means that the attention to detail at your event will be unmatched. Every bit of logistics, design, and personalized detail handled by Scenemakers will allow your event to flow seamlessly.

You will immediately feel the weight lifted off of your shoulders when you have this team on your side.  Scenemakers will to make sure that your day is exactly what you want –  a fabulous event that is beautifully designed and flawlessly executed.  All you have to do is show up and enjoy!

Contact Scenemakers to start working closely with their amazing team to plan your dream wedding. And for daily inspiration from Scenemakers, follow them on PinterestInstagram and Facebook!

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02.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Win an Invitation Suite from Alissa Bell Press

Letterpress is a craft that transcends time. It is truly the most romantic form of printing. At Alissa Bell Press, they capture the essence of your wedding in a timeless and hand-crafted piece of paper. They aim to create a “wow” experience for the recipient that gives them a little preview of what they have to look forward to on your wedding day. Up until now, Alissa Bell Press focused primarily on custom orders, but now they are proud to announce a ready-to-order wedding suite line. Making letterpress more approachable than ever, and this line features some of their favorite designs!

Alissa Bell Press is excited to offer one Once Wed reader an invitation suite package today! The package is a $900 value and includes a set of 75 letterpress printed wedding invitations and RSVP cards with their corresponding envelopes.* And every person who enters, will receive a 10% discount toward the new ready-to-order collection! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

To enter, click through to Alissa Bell Press’ website and view the ready to order collection. Comment below with your wedding date and why the suite you’ve chosen would be the perfect fit for your celebration! Please include your instagram handle, as the winner will be notified via instagram and email. Contest will end February 28th at 11:59PM and the winning couple will be announced March 1stCONTEST CLOSED- WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON! 

*Prize must be claimed and committed to within two weeks of notifying the winning couple.

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02.07.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Most Pinned Chuppah-Style Arches

Chuppahs are traditionally part of Jewish weddings. The Jewish couple stands underneath the chuppah during their wedding ceremony. The canopy consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched over four poles that symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.  Although traditionally a Jewish tradition, many brides and grooms are embracing this canopy-style chuppah arch in their weddings. These are some of our favorites!

1. (Pictured Above) This traditional chuppah is definitely one of the most beautiful Jewish chuppahs we’ve seen! Click to see more of this Upstate New York Wedding. 

2. Another great twist on a chuppah is this rustic ceremony altar!


3. And this modern wedding arch resembles classic Chuppahs if you love the shape of a square canopy, but don’t want the fabric draping over the top.


4. And finally our own Hannah loved the idea of a Chuppah, but wanted to design her own twist on the traditional idea. Wrapped organically with vines, this birch pole arch served as the perfect place for the couple to exchange their vows. mary-mcleod-amy-osaba-chuppah-arch-greenery3

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02.06.15 / Featured, Wedding Planning