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

Organic Outdoor Aspen Wedding

It’s so fun to see some of our favorite vendors work together to create something truly stunning like this wedding from Jessica Loren and Bluebird Productions! We are so in love with Veronica and Daniel’s organic outdoor wedding in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. All of the special details this couple added to their wedding and the creativity of the designers and stylists who worked to create this beautiful day made this wedding even more memorable. One of our favorite details is their modern take on a wedding arch. Combining modern and elegant details with some bohemian influences created an elegant and timeless wedding full of style and personality!

Photography: Jessica Lorren PhotographyCoordination: Bluebird Productions | Styling: Corinne Williams | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Dress: Inbal Dror | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Make Up: Lutz Kapf | Venue Locations: Aspen, Colorado – private residence | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Specialty Rentals (Friday):  Eclectic Hive | Specialty Rentals (Saturday): Blue Print | Caterer: Caribou Club | Video: Elysium Productions | DJ: Dj Sinatra by 4AM Dj’s | Paper Goods: Custom

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12.23.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win a Dream Honeymoon to Martinique

Are you torn between deciding on a romantic honeymoon in Paris or a relaxing week on the beach? We know it can be difficult decide if you want to spend your first days together as a married couple soaking in French romance or with the sand between your toes, but what if you could have both? Well, you actually can if you visit Martinique. Martinique is a little piece of France in the Caribbean. This seductive French island is the perfect honeymoon spot for couples looking for an insanely romantic experience with all of the wonders of the Caribbean. We recently took a trip to the absolutely extraordinary island of of Martinique, and we experienced the best the island had to offer! Keep reading to find out how you could win a trip for two to Martinique!

The first night of the trip, we stayed at the beautiful Hotel Plein Soleil in Martinique which is nestled amid a lush tropical garden. We loved this hotel as each room is part of a colorful villa with their own private pools and decks. Our favorite detail was waking up in an open air bedroom outside steps away from your own private pool.

The following day was simply magical, as we started out the morning at Le Francois Marina sailing on a beautiful catamaran visiting ilet Loup-garou, a turtle reserve, ilet Chancel, an iguana ilsand, and more of the absolutely stunning landmarks that make Martinique so magnificent. Martinique has so many options for adventurous couples from sailing, kayaking, canyoning, horseback riding to golf.

Our second night was spent at La Suite Villa, which was a lovely boutique hotel on a hill overlooking the island. The views were spectacular. The hotel has its own restaurant, and dinner from a French and Creole master chef at the Le Zandoli was definitely a highlight of the trip!

And the next day was spent exploring the natural wonders of the island, sightseeing the rainforest and waterfalls on the island. This would definitely be at the top of our list if we were honeymooning here! Everything was so lush, green, and absolutely unbelievable.

The last day we spent in beautiful Martinique was at Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa, which has direct access to a secluded beach and guest can enjoy a soothing full service spa. Le Cap Est Lagoon overlooked the most delightful, private beach steps away from each room.

For your chance to win a dream honeymoon to Martinique, CLICK HERE! Thank you so much again to the French Tourism board and Martinique Promotion Bureau for inviting us to visit Martinique!

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12.22.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Spanish Villa Destination Wedding

There are destination weddings and there are destination weddings in Spain… Joanna and Matt’s wedding at a villa in Spain is absolutely breathtaking and we imagine their guests loved spending the weekend in the countryside outside of Barcelona while celebrating Joanna and Matt’s marriage. Keep reading for more about this intimate Spanish villa wedding from Kristy, the photographer, and Joanna, the bride.

From Kristy Ryan, the photographer:

Joanna and Matt’s wedding was one of my favorites to date.  It was everything a wedding should be, filled love, laughter and dear friends.

This stylish and fun-loving London couple knew that they wanted a laid back wedding that reflected their easy-going nature. Casa Felix in Spain was the perfect location and set the tone and style for the whole affair.  They invited 45 of their closest friends and family to spend the week together at this magical location. 

This rustic villa was built in the 11th century and was set in the picturesque countryside outside of Barcelona, surrounded by vineyards and enclosed with a stone wall for complete privacy. Everyone enjoyed the warm weather by the pool or day trips to near by cities and wineries.  The evenings were spent together eating lavished spreads with fresh food from the market, as one of their guests was a top chef. 

The colour palette of the villa and abundance of Lavender made deciding on color scheme and décor easy for the couple. Lavender was in her bouquet, their emblem for the invites, website, thrown as the walk down the aisle and gifts for the guests.

The couple knew they wanted a buffet dinner so guests could really mingle.  Paradise catering made the most visually beautiful and creative buffet spread I’ve ever seen.  They hired a live Jazz band, which fit the atmosphere perfectly and when the sun went down they had a DJ to keep the party going.But one of the most heartfelt moments that really stood out and a favorite of the bride was a group of guests learned how to play and sing ‘Hey Ho’ by the The Lumineers.  They sang at the end of the ceremony with all the guests joining in.  It was so joyous and beautiful. I was tearing up while taking the pictures.

To quote the bride, “It was the best day of my life. That’s cheesy, but it was. I’ve never smiled so much in my life. It was romantic, hilarious, magical, boozy, filled with dancing and sun! Surrounded by the best people I know!  What could be better!”  I have to agree…it seemed perfect.

Venue: Casa Felix, Olivella Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Hair and Make-up: All Dolled Up Studio Videography: Kismet Creative | Band: Mirat Jazz Catering: Paradis, Barcelona  Wedding Dress: Pronovias  (embellished by bride) | Day After dress: Truvelle | Jewelry: Jeweliette | Suit: Simon Carter

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12.22.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog