Effortless Outdoor San Jose Wedding

I love the simplicity of this elegant and effortless wedding Austin Gros recently sent to us. The bride and groom wanted their wedding day to be a relaxed gathering of their families and best friends, and the result was a sweet party full of love and delicate details.

From the Bride and Groom:

Mike and I are high school sweethearts. Over 10 years ago, while Mike was a senior and I was a junior, we met in our Math Analysis class. Mike apparently noticed me, and ‘stole’ my name from a sign-in sheet so he could strike up a conversation. Our friendship and relationship quickly blossomed over a series of late-night chats and time spent goofing off in class. Shortly thereafter, we had our first date and were joined at the hip…
After high school, I went to college at Cal Poly while Mike studied at San Jose State. Over the course of 5 years there were countless trips up and down the coast so we could spend weekends together. The 3-hour distance definitely tested the strength of our relationship, but while most couples would have grown apart at this stage in their lives, we grew closer together as we grew up together. 
Coming from two very different cultural backgrounds, our Vietnamese tea ceremony in the morning served as a bridge between families and a homage to the bride’s ancestors.
We value uniqueness and simplicity, and envisioned our wedding to be a relaxed, less-traditional celebration, with an emphasis on good people, good food, and good music. The overall style we hoped to create was simple, effortless and a bit rustic. We wanted to keep the decor minimal and focused on items that we could source ourselves. The dishes were inspired by meals that Mike and I have shared over the years, and we opted to not serve a cake, and instead focus on our love for ice cream. In essence, we wanted the day to feel like a festive home gathering peppered with details of what make us ‘us’.
Photographer: Austin Gros | Venue: Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast | Caterer: Five Star Catering | Dessert: Pop Nation | Music: DJ Umami through Scratch Weddings | Officiant: Linda Belton | Day-of Coordinator: Aimee Newlander from Weddings by Aimee |Cinematographer: Graham Lovelis from Grimace Films | Makeup: Friend of the Bride | Wedding Dress: Reformation| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Topshop | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Invitation Suite: By the Bride (with the help of the Groom) | Floral and Decor: Bride and Groom/ San Francisco Flower Mart

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02.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Wedding Favors and Decor from Luna Bazaar

If you’ve been trying to find unique, fun, and inexpensive details to complete your wedding vision, we want to let you in on a little industry secret: our favorite wedding stylists and floral designers swear by Luna Bazaar. Luna Bazaar is the one stop website where industry professionals and savvy brides find wedding décor and accessories.

Luna Bazaar offers a great selection of paper lanternsparasolspaper fanspaper pom pomscandle holdersvasesplace card holders and almost any other type of décor and gift you can think of for your wedding. They carry colorful decorations that are made of natural materials like bamboo, paper, metal, and glass, and their extensive collection is inexpensive, which makes Luna Bazaar perfect for budget conscious brides. Paper lanterns start at under $1.00 each, and you can find gorgeous candleholders and votives for under $2.00! You can simply get lost in the huge selection of wedding décor and accessories. For example, they have paper lanterns in over 60 different colors! Luna Bazaar makes coordinating your wedding easy by matching colors across product lines, so you can create a cohesive feeling to your ceremony and reception. And good news for our international brides, Luna Bazaar ships to Canada!

Luna Bazaar wants to treat one lucky Once Wed reader to a $200 shopping spree! Just comment below saying what your favorite product Luna Bazaar is and how you would use it on your wedding day. Winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends February 17th.

Visit Luna Bazaar today to find the perfect accessories for your wedding day!

02.03.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Ethereal Seaside Wedding Ideas

Erich Mcvey and Emily Riggs recently collaborated on a beautiful editorial by the sea, and I absolutely love the images they sent over. More from the dress designer, Emily Riggs

For me there is nothing more inspiring, romantic nor mysterious than an endless enchanting sea of waves that appears to go on for an eternity. Never ending, and always beautiful. A perfect place to exchange vows.

These gorgeous images were captured by Erich McVey. Taken on one of the many beautiful rocky and rustic coastlines Oregon has to offer here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m always thrilled to work with such an inspiring photographer. It comes naturally for Erich to capture the magic and beauty in every photo. He always makes it happen, and that’s makes him so special!

The dress was made custom for this shoot. It’s French couture inspired, featuring a plunging V back line using imported French lace with eyelash detailing. The long sweeping skirt was made using crepe backed satin and soft ivory tulle. My main focus was to create a dress that was amorous but also refined.

The wire wrapped hair adornments and veils were custom made using a mix of Swarovski crystals,fresh water pearls, silk tulle, hand cut flowers and vines with touches of gold. These pieces were inspired by the romantic and rustic costal elements.

Photography: Erich McVey  | Dress: Emily Riggs | Veil & Hair Pieces: Emily Riggs | Makeup and Hair: Amy McVey | Model: Skye with Option

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

Register for your Honeymoon with Traveler’s Joy


It’s no secret that people are getting married later in life. And getting married when you’re a little older means that you probably don’t need to register for all of the necessities you might have if you were 20. So registering for another toaster, or set of sheets may seem ridiculous to you, no? In comes Traveler’s Joy! Traveler’s Joy allows you to register for a honeymoon online so your guests can help you celebrate your nuptials with something a little more fun than a gravy boat. With Traveler’s Joy, you can register for a trip of a lifetime and all of the exciting activities, accessories, and experiences that go along with it!

At Once Wed, we value experiences over things, and we love that Traveler’s Joy gives your friends and families a way to gift you an experience that may not have been attainable otherwise. You can look at Real Member Stories to see the stories of over 400 couples that have traveled the world thanks to Traveler’s Joy, and after you’ve decided on your dream location, registering takes just a few minutes! Traveler’s Joy makes it easy for you to choose from 50 theme based locations or specific cities to register for your honeymoon. Once you decide on a dream location, you can choose from hundreds of activities and accessories (like hiking packs, guidebooks..etc.) for your trip!

Not only is Traveler’s Joy there to help make registering for your wedding easy, but they also want to thank the couples who register online for their honeymoon with a special surprise! Each month, they will choose one couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they’ve received from their registry! Register with Traveler’s Joy by April 30th and you will automatically be entered to win!

Thanks again to Traveler’s Joy for being such a great sponsor!

01.30.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog