Intimate Big Sur Wedding

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Nikisha (from New York) and Carl (from DC) KNEW that they wanted to plan their very tiny wedding celebration (10 guests!) on the beach. But Nikisha also couldn’t imagine their special day without the woods, and she was torn. UNTIL she stumbled accross Pfeifer Beach in Big Sur. Where the red woods meet the surf! She fell HARD, and though she had never been to California (and would not prior to the wedding) she made it happen. She had such a great vision, and we were so impressed with how well she pulled it together. For example:  her stunning shawl was a custom order on Etsy, but Nikisha researched specific styles of crochet (thought she doesn’t know how to crotchet herself!) and guided the seller to exactly what she wanted. She found a solo guitarist to simply play their favorite Radio Head song (music only, no singing) throughout the simple ceremony. They hired a local florist for her bouquet and florals at the dinner, and a local officiant. They rented a STUNNING house in the area to spend time as a family before hand and to get ready in, then we all traveled to the beach for the ceremony and portraits. Though you can see it was VERY windy that day, Nikisha could not be swayed from her vision of a ceremony on the beach, and we are all so glad! It was STUNNING. After, everyone travelled nearby to the rustic but totally foodie-centric Big Sur Bakery, where their party of 12 enjoyed an amazingly prepared, and sweetly intimate dinner.

photography: rad + in love // video: neal sandoz // house: wind and sea // ceremony location: pfeiffer big sur state park beach  // shoes: vintage // shawl: etsy // dress: j crew // guitar player: dylan auello // flowers: big sur flowers // officiant: : Pastor Dennis McFadden // wedding cake // reception dinner: big sur bakery

12.12.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Winter Wedding Decorations

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Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or holiday party, this greenery series of winter wedding decorations from Honey of Thousand Flowers is sublime. You can either go completely green like the garland on the table or add some pretty white flowers to it like the garland over the fireplace.

Photography: Leo Patrone // Winter Wedding Decorations and Styling: Honey of Thousand Flowers

12.11.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Palace Resorts

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Your Destination Wedding, Now More Affordable Than Ever.

A destination wedding in Mexico may be far away, but thanks to Palace Resorts $1,500 Resort Credit promotion, it is certainly not out of reach. Indulge in spa treatments, luxurious amenities and more upgrades, or use the Resort Credit toward select Colin Cowie Wedding Collections, so you can start your life together in style — and within your budget!

Collections Available With Resort Credit:
– Exotic Peacock
– Pearl Shimmer
– Lavender Luxe
– Sultry Sunset
– Pure

This promotion lasts through December 23, 2013 and must be booked by March 31, 2013. It can be used at Moon Palace, Sun Palace, PlayaCar Palace, Beach Palace, Isla Mujeres Palace and Cozumel Palace.

The longer you stay, the more you can use! The maximum amount that can be applied to a Weddings Collection is $1,500, but if you chose to stay 9-11 nights you will receive up to $2,000 Resort Credit. Stay 12 nights or more and receive up to $2,500 Resort Credit! Visit their website for full promotion details and restrictions.

Pack your bags, you’re going to Mexico!

12.11.12 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Upstate New York Outdoor Wedding

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Ryan Ray recently sent over the beautiful outdoor wedding of Matan and Victoria for me to share with you on Once Wed. Such an adorable couple!

“Matan and I are vegans and wanted to express this life practice in all the facets of our outdoor wedding, while still being considerate of our guests.We imagined rolling hills, green grass, untouched and unaffected, rustic. The gardens at Boscobel were just that. The guests were serenaded by an accordionist and acoustic guitarist. Branches of jasmine supported the chuppah, adorned by the prayer shawls of our grandfathers. The afternoon was crisp and the sun dappled. The reception tent glowed with votive candles and string lights. We danced the night away.”

Photography: Ryan Ray // Event Designer: Oliver Kita // Venue: Boscobel House & Gardens // Flowers: Linda Baldwin Flowers // Grooms Attire: Rag & Bone // Wedding dress: Handmade by the bride’s grandmother and worn by her mother Josiane in 1977 at her wedding. Was fashioned after an antique dress from Henri Bendel // Crown: Handmade by New York fashionista and stylist Jen Patryn // Makeup: Helen Andersson, Face Stockholm New York // Hair: Mary Snell

12.10.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog