Organic White and Gold Wedding

When we imagine the perfect intimate winter wedding, we imagine one just like Anna and Perry’s lovely affair in Birmingham, Alabama. Ginny Au, along with Mandy Busby and Cloth of Gold, helped to create a warm and welcoming event full of delicate details that their guests would remember for years to come. We love all of the gold accents and layers of texture from Anna and Perry’s Southern wedding, and we hope you gather some inspiration from their perfectly-inspired day.

From Ginny Au:

Anna & Perry chose a clean and graceful design for their late winter wedding with a winter green, ivory and gold palette and garden inspired florals. The 100 guest reception was designed to create warmth and intimacy, with long estate tables littered with brass taper candles and exquisite pedestal centerpieces. 

Creative Director & Stylist: Ginny Au  | Photographer: Mandy Busby | Floral Design: Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Brown Paper Linen | Venue: Mountain Brook Club | Dress: J Crew Nadia Gown with custom alterations | Shoes:  J Crew Maya Sandals | Veil: Etsy IheartBride | Bridesmaids’ Feather Bracelet: Etsy chainchainchained | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew Heidi Dress | Bride’s Earrings: White Flowers in Birmingham | Bride’s Gold Bracelet: Brides grandmother’s | Engagement Rings: Brides grandmother’s | Wedding Band: Estate Jewelers of Fairhope | Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Mobley and Sons | Groomsmen’s Suits: Mobley and Sons

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05.12.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Wooden Bow Ties from Two Guys Bow Ties

Is your groom interested in the sartorial aspect of wedding planning? Well, let him have a little fun by choosing his own accessories like a wooden tie or lapel pin! If you’re looking for a dapper, handcrafted accessory for your groom, check out Two Guys Bow Ties.

Two Guys Bow Ties has reinvented the bow tie in an exciting and distinctive way. With classically styled designs, each handcrafted tie will give your groom a truly unique and pulled together look for your wedding. Each Bow Tie is created with the smallest detail in mind, including the type of wood each tie is crafted from. They have created a line of ties from exotic varieties of wood like African Zebrawood, Peruvian Walnut, South American Bocote, Canary and more. And the guys behind Two Guys Bow Ties have taken their designs to the next level by laser etching designs into the wood to create fun and exciting patterns like polka dot, argyle, and plaid, which we absolutely love!

If your groom really wants his lapel to stand out, Two Guys Bow Ties also has a huge selection of trendsetting lapel flowers that will give their suit a special handmade touch, and even better, they can keep it and re-wear it unlike a traditional boutonniere.

Two Guys Bow Ties is excited to share an exciting offer with Once Wed readers today- they’re offering to give away up to $500 worth of merchandise for your bridal party!  You can mix and match bow ties and lapel flowers for your groom and groomsmen so everyone can go home with a fun handcrafted keepsake from your wedding! To enter, leave a comment and let us know which bow tie or lapel flower is your favorite. The last day to enter the contest is May 26, 2014.

And remember, for wedding orders of 5 ties or more, Two Guys Bow Ties gives you a 20% discount or free customization to make dressing your groomsmen easy (email nat@woodenbowties.com for details)! If you’re just looking to buy one tie, enter the code “DapperGroom” at checkout for a 10% discount.

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Desiree Hitchens!

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Photography: Flora + Fauna

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05.12.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Win a Lo & Sons Tote!

LoSons1 (1)We have an exciting giveaway today from our new sponsor, Lo & Sons! Keep reading to find out how to win a Catalina bag from their collection. 

During the months and weeks leading up to and after your wedding, you’re going to be traveling a lot (probably more than you’re anticipating). You’re going to be traveling to visit your venue, to wedding showers, your bachelorette party, and you may even have to travel to find your perfect dress. During all of that travel, you’re going to want a stylish and functional weekend bag that makes all that travel easier, and let us recommend a Lo & Sons weekender! 

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Derek and Jan Lo along with their mother, Helen, designed the perfect weekender after Helen struggled to find the perfect lightweight travel bag. They’ve designed a stylish and highly functional line of compact weekend totes that are perfect for you to take on your wedding adventures (including your honeymoon)! In a market filled with ugly black plastic plastic totes, Lo & Sons have designed a perfectly chic and quality bag that will last, and we’re so excited to offer you the chance to win one today! 

Visit Lo & Sons and comment below telling us what your travel plans are and how you’d use the Catalina weekender, and you’ll instantly be entered to win! Also, a Lo & Sons tote would be the perfect bridesmaid or groomsmen gift, and Lo & Sons is offering a special 20% off code to Once Wed readers to use through the end of May. Enter ONCEWED14 at checkout to redeem your discount, and remember, the code can’t be used on sale items, and cannot be combined with other discount codes. Contest ends 5/24/2014. 

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Diana! 

05.10.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Spring Wedding Garland

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We adore this absolutely lovely spring garland DIY sent to us by Ashley Sawtelle and Ali of the European Flower Shop! Doesn’t this suspended garland seem like it was pulled straight out of a garden? We love the idea of using this over an estate or cake table at a garden party inspired wedding. A cool installation like this creates an interesting focal point for your wedding, and your guests will love admiring this organic garden-inspired installation. Read more from Ali on how to recreate this look for your wedding below.

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- Vine-like greens such as Italian Ruscus

- Delicate blooms like Hellebores

- Floral Wire

- Garden Clippers

Directions

1) Attach green vines to one another using floral tape

2) Continue process until you have a long garland of connecting vines

3) Wire Hellebore to the green vines with floral wire in a natural and organic way

4) Hang finished vine on ladder for reception decor or draped on chairs for ceremony.

Photography and Styling: Ashley Sawtelle | Floral Design: Euorpean Flower Shop | Hair Styling: Liz Burns of Goldie & Bob 

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05.09.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured