Colorful and Modern Outdoor Wedding

We love to see bolder colors used in wedding design, but we’ll be the first to admit that it can be incredibly challenging to use vibrant hues in an elegant way. The way that this wedding navigates an incredible use of color might be what we love the most about it, and that’s thanks in large part to the amazing florals by Sarah Winward.

Today’s bride, Wilhelmina, has a personal penchant for rich color, but her mom wanted to maintain an elegant aesthetic. We think that their decision to use a natural palette at the outdoor ceremony, introduce a bit more vibrancy into the bridal party bouquets, and then really dive into full color at the reception is a clever and unique way to bring the wedding to life. Creating a “branch” arbor for the ceremony using just blooming branches and white blossoms ensures that the design fits perfectly with the natural spring setting, while tucking a touch of yellow and peach into the bouquets beautifully compliments the bridesmaids’ buttery gowns. Working with very narrow tables at the reception meant that Sarah had to get creative with her tablescape designs, and we think the clean white linens punctuated by bright hues and those lemon-hued taper candles is genius – especially when you look up. Covering the ceiling in an incredible tapestry of bright green foliage creates a major statement and we’re sure that no guest will forget this. Ever.

Event Design: Laurie Arons | Photography: Jose Villa | Florals: Sarah Winward | Venue: Durham Ranch | Catering: Paula LeDuc

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

Learn Floral Design from Sarah Winward. Sale Ends Tomorrow.

If you’ve always wanted to learn floral design from Sarah Winward, now is your chance!

The introductory sale price on Sarah’s new course, The Nature of Wedding Floral Design, ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT. This is the lowest price on offer for 2016.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course and the payment plans options on offer.

You can also catch the replay of Sarah’s webinar from earlier this week by clicking here.

05.04.16 / Featured

Elegant Springtime Wedding Flower Ideas

Today, Sarah Winward shows us yet another stunning take on wedding flower ideas. With a restrained palette of muted mauves and pinks with whites and greens, lush, botanical-inspired floral designs, and a minimal table design, this adds up to one of our favorite ways to create an elegant springtime wedding. A bridal bouquet that spills over with lilac, hellebores, and fritillari and accented with silk ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

Here at Once Wed, we have the opportunity to observe how many wedding professionals, around the world, grow their careers. We love to see wedding vendors take chances, try different things, and ultimately, be rewarded with growth and new talent. One of the things we love the most about watching this happen is that we know, in the end, our brides will also be rewarded by it. That’s why we love to see amazing wedding artists come together to learn together. And for any of our readers today who are also wedding pros and are searching for the right opportunity to grow their talents, be sure to consider The PATH Workshop.

The PATH is a worldwide workshop for wedding creatives. Founded by Fine Art international Photographer D’Arcy Benincosa, it is a true chance to immerse yourself in inspiration and gain wisdom from some of the best people in the industry. The workshops take place in various countries across the globe that are carefully selected for their inspiration and eye opening landscapes and people. Traveling to these places is meant to stretch you, encourage you to take risks, live fully, and experience your world and your creativity on a larger scale. Each person has an affect on the person next to them, and through our awareness in how we can change the world via our businesses, we make the world a better place, a smaller place, a place we understand, and place we love. The world is our home. As Mark Twain says, “Travel is fatal to prejudice.”

ICELAND: June 13-15
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: September 12-13
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: October 12-13
HAVANA, CUBA: November 26-30

For each location, D’Arcy curates a cohesive and collaborative team, conceptualizes the shoots so that photographers, stylists, and florists alike can learn how to create a collection fit for publication. There is also a full day of business discussing mindset, making your ideal client come to you, pricing, traveling, working with investing and saving your money, creating powerful and global networks, and finding fulfillment in a world that is overly focused on being burned out. There is also continued support after the workshop is over when an active and collaborative Facebook group.

Workshop Host & Photographer: D’Arcy Benincosa | Design: Gatherist | Flowers: Sarah Winward | Hair & Makeup: Bella Cosa | Dresses: Leanne Marshall | Paper & Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Jewelry: The Land of Salt | Venue: Studio Elevn | Rentals: Decoration Inc. | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Linens: La Tavola

05.03.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

WIN Your Wedding Photography from Studio Elle!

We’re so excited today to offer you a chance to win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle Photography! Find all of the details below on how to enter, but first, let’s get to know the photographer, Renee!

While wedding photographers used to be looked down on, we’re thrilled that in recent years, the art they create has become celebrated. Here at Once Wed, we happen to partial to film photography, for the soft, dreamy quality that film distinctly creates. Studio Elle Photography loves incorporating film photography into her weddings, for the way it motivates and inspires her creativity. Her signature aesthetic is timeless, romantic, and organic.

Studio Elle Photography is based in the mid-west, and loves to travel – Renee says there’s nothing she loves more than photographing people while exploring new places. We love the way that her photography uniquely captures a sense of place and time, while telling a couple’s story in a genuine and emotional way. Take one look at her Instagram feed, and we’re sure you’ll agree!

“I believe in providing a wonderful experience for my couples and guiding them through the process from start to finish. Offering a beautifully curated set of images with timeless heirloom products is very important to me as an artist.” – Renee Lemaire, Studio Elle Photography

GIVEAWAY: Win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle. How?

HOW TO ENTER: Simply comment on this post below! Tell us your names, wedding date, location and venue. We’d love to hear more about your story and wedding inspiration!

CONTEST DATES: Entries are open Monday, May 2 through Monday, May 16. Studio Elle will contact the winning couple after that date.

Please Note: This prize is for 8 hours of wedding photography coverage from Studio Elle. Travel expenses for weddings outside of Ohio will be paid for up front by the couple. Travel arrangements will be made by Studio Elle.

Thank you for your entries – this contest is now Closed. Congratulations to Dan & Vivian!

05.02.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog