Tropical Bridal Portraits

The tradition of bridal portraits is a wonderful one, but if you’re not a traditional kind of girl, why not modernize it? Suit your portraits to your style and your tastes, like this modern, tropical bridal session. How perfect would this be for a destination bride?

More from the event designer, Once Wed vendor A + B Creative:
“Whatever you do for your wedding, it should be about you. Trying to make yourself a neutral lover if you dream in technicolor will leave you with images that you don’t feel look or feel like you. If your favorite color is all of them, why not highlight those in your boudoir session or pre-wedding photos? Whether your wedding is going to be in the tropics, or it’s going to be in a snowy local and you want these portraits to be the furthest from what your wedding portraits with your fiance will look like, they’re the perfect backdrop to a colorful play with shapes and colors. With both vintage and new pieces we created inspiration for the bride that lives colorfully. I was inspired by images from the 60s and 70s that were steeped in color and had a playful usage of fun tropical pieces. I love that these portraits have so many things going on in terms of the various colors, but all take place mostly in just one location. Looking at these images, I want to go hang out with this bride, she seems like she would be a blast!”

Creative Direction + Design + Styling:  A and B Creative  | Photography: Wendy Laurel | White Swimsuits:  Salt on the Rocks | Rainbow bikini bottoms: Wild Fox Couture | Yellow one piece/Sunglasses:  Hideaway Swim | High waist rainbow bikini: Beach Riot | Red Negligee:  Salt on the Rocks (vintage) | Model:  Salt on the Rocks (Brooke Larson) | Film Lab: Goodman Film

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04.30.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Secret Garden Inspired Wedding Reception

There’s something very special about a lush, overgrown reception venue, and of course, when it’s all taking place outdoors and in New Orleans, everything about a wedding feels that much more special. With unique ideas for your wedding reception (such as the greenery-festooned seating!), this inspirational wedding shoot takes a twist on a secret garden inspired wedding and modernizes it.

From the design team:
“Set in the romantic Garden District of old New Orleans, the inspiration behind this shoot is a focus on the intricate details of the wrought iron balcony of Terrell House, and the feminine structure of the lace Sarah Janks gown with elongated sleeves. Aiming for an unexpected twist on a secret garden theme, we incorporated wild and ethereal blooms in an asymmetrical centerpiece, and gave an overgrown feeling to the bentwood chairs by adding smilax and greenery to the base. Keeping the linen and elements of the tabletop simple was key, since the environment itself – the intricate architecture of the Terrell House Mansion alongside the textures of the brick and verdant landscaping – is so rich in detail. Soft romantic hues were punctuated by deep burgundy and merlot blossoms providing depth and visual interest to the design.”

Venue: Terrell House | Stylist and Designer: Sapphire Events | Chairs: Perrier Party Rentals | Florals: Kim Starr Wise | Linen: Nuage | Dress Designer: Sarah Janks via Be Inspired PR | Calligrapher: Laura Hooper | Stationery: Alexa Pulitzer | Hair and Makeup: Bleu | Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

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04.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Toast to Your Marriage with Freixenet

Whether it’s an embarrassing story of teenage drama shared by your bridesmaids at your bridal shower, or a heartfelt “welcome to the family” from your new in-laws at the wedding, we believe that the special moments shared along your wedding planning journey deserve to be toasted to. And for every one of the toasts along the way, from the first moment you agree to spend the rest of your lives together, to finding your dream wedding gown, to calmly settling your nerves on the morning of the wedding, we encourage you to make that toast with Freixenet.

Freixenet is a family-owned producer of Spanish Cava, with a rich history that has stretched over 100 years. Using indigenous Spanish grapes from their vineyards located just outside Barcelona, their dedication to detail and quality is the distinguishing mark of Freixenet, which is still completely harvested by hand.

On your wedding day, incorporate Freixenet with a favorite signature cocktail during your cocktail hour, share an intimate pre-ceremony drink with your husband-to-be, or offer mini bottles for each of your guests so they can toast right along with you. Dress up the already chic matte black and gold mini bottles to transition them into escort cards for your guests, or use them as a gift for your bridal party. Visit the Freixenet USA Pinterest board for innovative and fun ideas that you can easily DIY! And of course, don’t let the celebration stop there — your morning-after mimosas are just waiting for a touch of Freixenet to perfect them.

If you and your friends enjoy Freixenet during your wedding festivities, share your memories by using #alllovesparkles on Facebook and Instagram! We’d love to see how your love sparkles with Freixenet.

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke | Flowers: Kelly Kaufman Design

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04.29.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Relaxed Elopement in the Redwoods

Today’s wedding is really special to us because it’s the wedding of our very own graphic designer, Kaela. We love Kaela and Jonathan so much and are thrilled that Ginny Au created the perfect day for them last fall. Keep reading for more about their love story from Kaela herself.

From the bride:

I’ve always heard it said that you find what you’re looking for when you stop looking. I met my greatest adventure sitting outside of a college fraternity party. Yes, it is as eloquent as it sounds. Our relationship began in a soft and simple way. I was stubborn. He was patient. I talked incessantly. He listened. We quickly became best friends and before I knew it, we were standing across from one other making our promises in a place more stunning than I could have ever imagined. 

Distance has always seemed to play a rather large part in our relationship. Only months after dating, I moved to Australia. I remember the feeling before I boarded the plane to Sydney, my hands were trembling and my eyes were bursting with tears. It was one of those moments that you can feel in your stomach with the most profound sense of clarity. I knew he would be the one I wanted to spend this life with.

Three years later, Jonathan proposed in Iceland amongst the black sand and harsh, rugged mountains. It was just the two of us in a place so beautiful that words seem futile. While our wedding day was rather untraditional by most, it held true to the way our engagement began. When the day arrived, I felt an overwhelming sense of serenity. While we made breakfast, I was embarrassingly giddy to the point my cheeks were aching. The whole day progressed slowly and I remember thinking, ‘you have to remember this part” about a hundred times. We exchanged our vows to one another beneath a blanket of Oregon Redwoods along the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve never felt so small, yet so full. Our wedding day was exactly what we had always hoped it would be. It is what I hold in my mind as the perfect day.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction: Loom by Ginny Au | Videography: Amy McVey | Gown & Veil: Ivory & White | Hair & Makeup: Amy McVey | Brides Shoes: Chloe | Grooms Suit: Billy Reid | Grooms Boots: Billy Reid | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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04.27.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog