Romantic Seaside Wedding Ideas

Visualizing a seaside wedding turns your thoughts to the romance of warm ocean breezes and breathtaking sunset vistas. This inspirational editorial brings that in spades, at the same time as completely re-defining the standard style of a seaside wedding. Pulling inspiration directly from the sunset itself, we have to say that this fresh color combination, simple tablescape, and natural hair and makeup style is an exciting change from the blue-and-white nautical ideas often offered for weddings. This bold choice is perfectly completed in a bouquet that encapsulates the shades of warm reds and oranges in a sunset, with its own movement and shape that undulates like the gentle lap of the waters.

From the photographer:
“The inspiration for this shoot was the ethereal sea. We wanted to bring together the raw, rugged beauty of the rocks along with the delicacy of the dresses and the light. Our model understood our vision perfectly and had beautiful movement throughout the shoot. The florals, although simple, were stunning and added the perfect amount of color to our shoot. The florals ended up matching the sunset perfectly. It was definitely a majestic editorial shoot.”

Photography: Jenna McElroy | Styling & Florals: Katy Bohls with Without Wax, Katy | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Model: Irena Kukh | Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth | White gown with sleeves: Elizabeth Dye | Gown with beaded top: Rebecca Schoneveld | Makeup & Hair: Andrea Juarez

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

Sophisticated Wedding Inspiration

No matter if the scene for your wedding day will be in a ballroom or under a canopy of oak trees as in this elegant outdoor fete, we love sharing ideas for a sophisticated wedding aesthetic that your guests will enjoy. The team of wedding professionals who created this look wanted it to feel elegant and sophisticated, while maintaining a “Californian” feel.

One of our favorite aspects of this look that would be simple for you to incorporate into your own wedding is the neutral color palette, of creams, copper, greens, and touches of blue. Grounded with natural wood accents, the combination is at once elegant, simple, and decidedly under-done. Find more ideas using this palette from this white-and-gold indoor wedding, this natural-inspired wedding in Utah, and these simplistic ideas that you could easily DIY with a little foraging!

From the photographer:
Your venue can be a key source for inspiring for the look and feel of your wedding. From choosing the types of florals that will grace your tablescape to selecting the flavor of your cake, an organically inspired wedding is all about infusing design elements that blend naturally with your surroundings, thereby creating an environment that is warm, inviting, and simply elegant. Each element of this shoot was brought in with the consideration of this California location- the oak trees, dry grass and pathways were the foundation of this concept. Each color was matched to the location from the flower girl’s dresses, to the florals, table design and paper suite. The rustic wildness in the oak tress paired perfectly with the elegant, but unrestrained calligraphy by Tara Jones. Max Gill’s locally sourced greenery and blooms have a similar wildness- an organic understated elegance that blends seamlessly with the landscape.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher | Event Design and Styling: Oliveta Design | Florals: Max Gill Design | Calligraphy: Tara Jones | Dress: Reem Acra | Hair and Makeup: Kenney Duy | Bridal adornments: Emily Riggs Bridal  | Groom’s Tuxedo: The Black Tux  | Flower Girl Dresses: Zara | Hair and Makeup: Kenney for Fellini Salon | Models: Jasmine Simone and Aiden

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

How to Use Potted Plants in Your Wedding + FREE DOWNLOAD

We are so excited to share an awesome DIY that we worked with Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Meghan Kay Sadler for Camille Styles. We wanted to create a DIY that could be used for your wedding or a sweet Easter Brunch with your family from flowers that are sourced from the local hardware store.  Visit Camille Styles here to find the full DIY on how to create your own potted centerpieces, and if you’re as in love with these table numbers from Lana’s Shop as we are, click here for a FREE DOWNLOAD! We simply printed the numbers on some watercolor paper with a regular printer, and they looked great- so this would be perfect for a crafty bride! And if you’re looking to create that beautiful deckled edge, visit this tutorial to find out how you can do it yourself.

Photography by Meghan Kay Sadler | Art Direction by Emily Newman for Once Wed | Floral Design by Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events | Styling by Ginny Au | Food Styling by Katelyn Hardwick | Plates and Glassware by Zola Registry | Table Numbers: Lana’s Shop

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03.31.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Weddings by Disney

The earliest experience that most of us had with romance was watching our favorite princesses fall in love, all thanks to the wonderful world of Disney. While we’ve all grown up and come to realize that love isn’t quite as simple as our childhood heroines made it seem, don’t we all still long for a few fleeting moments of being swept off our feet? If that’s true in your case, we suggest that in planning your wedding, you look to the masters for their help: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

A Disney wedding does not have to a cartoon-centric festival of color and knock-off fairytales. If you’ve been to a Disney theme park, you know that they truly are the best at what they do. From the enchanting atmospheres they create to every single detail perfectly chosen to excite their guests, Disney is amazing at what they do. So why would a Disney wedding be any different? Whether you’re sailing the seas aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, planning a destination affair in Hawaii, or choosing to wed in the excitement of Florida or California’s theme parks, a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding is customizable to your wedding day dreams. Their one-stop-shop planning  includes full service arranging of your ceremony and reception, securing accommodations and entertaining your guests.

When you trust your wedding to the experts at Disney, rest assured that whether you’re envisioning an elegant evening for an intimate group of friends, a casual gathering on an exotic beach, or a simple fete in a garden, a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding can check off all the wishes on your list, romance included (whether or not you want Cinderella’s crystal coach is up to you).

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03.31.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog