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

Meet Violet, your wedding style guide

Bless the bride who knows exactly what she wants years in advance, but we’re not all so lucky. If the question “What’s your wedding style?” sends you back to the Pinterest drawing board, you’ve got to try Violet.

Violet is a brand-new site that guides you through the design process to discover your colors and fonts, create a wedding logo and preview it on stationery, and download a free style guide you can share with vendors to ensure a cohesive wedding look that’s uniquely yours.

Win a free consultation & Save the Dates

Could you use a little help (and lovely Save the Dates)? Enter to win a free phone consultation with Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co, one of Violet’s partner designers, and a printed set of up to 100 Save the Dates in a personalized Violet design.

As part of the prize valued at $520, you’ll discuss your wedding vision, create a style board, and finalize your Save the Date–and if you’re in Minneapolis, you can skip the phone and visit the MaeMae studio!

To enter, follow @violetwedding on Instagram and share a new photo that inspires your wedding style with hashtag #violetinspiration by 11:59pm PT on May 4, 2015. (Check out the full terms and details here.)

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04.27.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Classic Outdoor Wedding With California Flair

Taylor and Richard hosted a classic outdoor wedding, and underneath the California skies, everything seems flawless. Their elegant use of blush and tan hues, the gentlemen in tuxedos, the vineyard setting and al fresco dining comes together in a classic, beautiful event. Read on for more from the event designer.

From the event designer, The Lifestyled Company:

“From the moment Taylor and I started spatting off some of our favorite wedding looks, I knew that we were going to make magic together. The bride and groom knew a ceremony in the front of the venue followed by reception in the backyard would suit their guests best. As their wedding stylist, I knew this gave many opportunities to create memorable vignettes for their guests. While guests walked through the Villa and into the back patio area for the cocktail hour, they were met with an original buffet piece of furniture where we adorned the vintage mirror with custom gold vinyl lettering and rusted vintage keys revealing the guests’ table assignments. The drawers of the buffet were stuffed with fresh stems and greenery offering an alluring scent. Overall we wanted a natural romantic feel. We chose soft neutral colors that were highlighted by rich, natural textures.”


Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Venue: Sunstone Winery | Event Design: The Lifestyled Company | Videography: Amore Films | Dress: Martina Liana | Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu | Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani | Wedding Stationary: Lolo Lincoln | Makeup Artist: Alana Dawn | Florals: Grass Roots Florals | Vintage Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | The Bar: Red Clay | Rentals: Town and Country | Rentals: Ultrapom | Catering: Whoa Nelly | Live Band: Project M of Élan Artists

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04.24.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog