Delicate Bridal Robes from Plum Pretty Sugar

Plum Pretty Sugar is one of our favorites when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, or if you’re in search of a beautiful robe for yourself. They’ve recently launched a brand new collection of stunning bridesmaid dresses, and today, we’re excited to introduce their delicate new collection of robes, You Are Loved.

This charming new collection features six hushed pastel robes in a new fabric style. Each whisper-soft robe is crafted with an easy, fluid and drape-y fit and features fine-spun lace, graceful dolman sleeves and a tie at the waist.

The sash is detachable and excludes belt loops to allow for various looks and styling including a loose, low slung belt or cinched tightly at the waist. It’s a pretty piece for lounging and getting ready, whether on your wedding day, your honeymoon, or lounging at home.

You Are Loved includes six Sweetheart robes in colors Cutie Pie, Dollface, Babes, Lambkin, Honeycakes and Lovebug. $76.

Visit http://www.plumprettysugar.com/you-are-loved/robes for additional information and to purchase.

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06.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Romantic Outdoor Wedding

“Only in photography can you lend me your eyes and hand me a moment of time itself. Photography has a remarkable ability to deliver an audience a story and a story to an audience. ” (Joy Thigpen, Wedding Styling 101). It is your photographer’s duty to capture moments from your wedding day, and tell the story of your relationship for you to look back on in the years to come. We love the moody way that Nirav Patel captured Charity and Matt’s wedding. These images really speak to the heart and depth of the couple.

From the photographer, Nirav Patel:

“Matt and Charity are incredibly talented musicians. Charity’s band The Head and the Heart has been an inspiration to me for some time now and I would highly recommend giving them a listen if you haven’t already. Besides being unbelievably talented, they are also some of the kindest people I have ever met. I remember posting online about my 4 year anniversary of leaving my engineering position to follow my passion for photography. A week later I received a hand written letter from Charity telling me how happy she and Matt were for me. These two hold a special place in my heart.

My favorite part of the day had to be the evening when groups of people came to the stage and performed songs while the entire crowd danced and sang along.  It was like something out of a movie. It seemed as if every important aspect of Matt and Charity’s relationship was represented on this day from love to family to friendship to music.  I feel incredibly honored to have been able to document their story.”

Photography: Nirav Patel Photography | Venue: Gorge-ous Weddings | Dress: Erdem | Hair: Shandra Koehler of Derby Salon | Makeup: Donna Cicatelli of Jimmy Kimmel Live | Flowers: Magniflora-Flowers | Food Trucks: Koi Fusion | Ice Cream/Dessert: Scoop | Coffee Cart: Case Study Coffee | Cake: New Cascadia Bakery | 3D Printed Cookies: Sarah’s Cookies | Macarons: Pix Patisserie | Photo Booth: Happymatic | Furniture Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals, Commonwealth Vintage Rentals | Wedding Coordination: Champagne Wedding Coordination

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06.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Tips for Creating a Gracious Wedding Registry with Thankful Registry

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At Once Wed we love creativity and appreciation of the beauty found in individuality.  That is why Thankful Registry is one of our favorite registries.  They have created a beautiful service that allows any couple to customize their registry to reflect what makes them truly unique.

To help with your creating, they wanted to share these simple tips to creating a gracious registry:
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Keep it personal. Do this by uploading a cover image that speaks to what you love as a couple, or by writing personalized notes to go with your listed gift suggestions.  Being able to add suggestions from any online store with Thankful Registry ensures the ultimate in personalization.
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Forget the registry checklist. No one knows what you need better than you. So shake off the pressure from retailers to add a bunch of trendy or “must-have” items, and register for the things that reflect your life together and what you’re both passionate about. Share with your friends and family what you would treasure, and suggest stores where guests can purchase. But know that your guests can purchase from anywhere. If they find a better price at a store other than your suggestion, or would prefer to buy in-store, they can do that as well.
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Be direct about your preferences, picking quality over quantity. Thankful allows you to keep everything in a single list. This means mixing traditional gifts with honeymoon contributions, gift cards, experience gifts and charity donations. Guests will love that they are helping you start your life together with gifts that mean the most to you.
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Pay it forward with a charity.  Many couples are passionate about the things that matter the most to them.  Thankful makes adding your favorite charity to your gift list easy – just a couple of clicks and you are done.

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06.06.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Uncategorized

A Romantic, Sun-Drenched Wedding Reception

There is something just so romantic about an al fresco wedding reception, especially when it’s in as beautiful of a venue as the Villa Woodbine. With elegant architecture and dreamy ivy clinging to the walls, this simple Spanish-inspired wedding reception is not only romantic, but also inspirational for a bride and groom to easily create a similar look for their own wedding.

To start, we love this ethereal take on the popular peach hue: pops of the sunshine hue bring a lighthearted feel to the overall aesthetic while maintaining an organic sense of elegance thanks to its combination with natural greeneries and a rough woven linen. Using individual garden rose blooms to line the table, tucked simply into a loose garland of ivy, creates a statement-making yet cost-effective centrepiece. Read on for more from the creative team who created this look!

From the Creative Director and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Beauty in the Making: 

“Villa Woodbine is the quintessential ethereal, romantic backdrop for this timeless bride and groom. Located in Coconut Grove, a charming neighborhood south of Downtown Miami, the Villa has elegant, Spanish-inspired arches, grand, sweeping laggios, and dreamy ivy clinging to the off-white walls where it always feels like a feast is about to be served. Gorgeous sunset- colored floral rest on the tabletop alongside gold-embossed crystal goblets. The whole setting feels like it was painted and curated by the sunset herself, with the sun-bleached accents and warm tones washing over the whole setting. We can almost hear the laughter from the impending celebration and smell the feast about to be served. There is an air of jubilee, a new chapter unfolding.

Ozzy Garcia perfectly captures the sun-drenched affair, chasing the light with his lens. The bride’s entire look is simple and natural, with barely-there makeup and gowns that drape flawlessly. Each gown the bride dons from Chris Riley Bridal conveys timelessness while also evoking the style a nineteen-twenty-something affair with modest necklines and draped skirts. Her hair is pulled loosely into a full-bodied chignon styled by Carolyn Jones. Her bouquet drapes romantically, brimming over with vines and various garden roses in rich blushing tones, all provided by Devine Design. We are taken on a whirlwind trip to Spain and back for this lovely garden party wedding.This utterly romantic sun-drenched affair is any bride’s dream.”

Photographer – Ozzy Garcia | Creative Direction + Coordinating + Design – Beauty in the Making | Venue – Villa Woodbine | Dresses – Chris Riley Bridal | Tuxedo – Men’s Warehouse Coral Gables | Rentals – Love in Vintage | Flowers – Divine Design | Hair + Makeup – Carolyn Jones Makeup | Invitations and Paper Goods – Leveret Paperie | Models – (Gaby and Max) Next Models Miami | Draping: Uplyte | Cake: E&M Sweets

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06.05.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog