Tips for Creating a Gracious Wedding Registry with Thankful Registry

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:
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.
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.
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

Graceful Southern Wedding Inspiration

Some of our favorite designs come from workshops, and we’re so thrilled to share this inspiration from the most recent Bliss & Bokeh and Ginny Au. Keep reading for more on how the team planned the design for this gorgeous shoot.

From Ginny Au:

The inspiration behind this Bliss & Bokeh came from the beautiful venue, Middleton Place. I wanted the design to feel graceful and regal complimenting the Southern environment while remaining timeless in style and poise. I was able to bring Ginny Branch to add food styling to the table scape as apart of the design, creating an artisan design that complimented the florals and environment. A table after all is to be enjoyed.

Photographer: Elisa Bricker  | Styling: Ginny Au | Food & Table Styling: Ginny Branch | Gowns: Samuelle Couture | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: Script Merchant | Mens Suit: J Crew | Florals: Gathering Events | Table & Chairs: Snyder Events | Hair & Makeup for Elisa Model: Lora Kelley | Venue: Middleton Place | Camera Rental: Contax Rental

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06.04.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Serene Oceanside Wedding Inspiration

Reminiscing seems to be a common theme when surrounded by nature; recollecting memories of sounds and sights when you first fell in love.  Sometimes it takes complete displacement from your familiar surroundings to remember. Remembering the way it felt as if the world stood still when you locked eyes with the one you love or the over whelming peace as you day dream about your future together.

There is something about the ocean that gave us a piece of serenity. Maybe it’s was the lack of noise or simply just a change of scenery, but we all felt completely at peace as we watched the waves mimic the movement of this stunning Carol Hannah gown and recognized the smell of sweet jasmine lingering in the salty air. This was our moment.

At Amy Osaba Events, we encourage our clients to eliminate as much stress as possible from their planning process so they too can have this moment of stillness as they say their “I do’s”.  It’s hard to break away from the idea of planning the “perfect wedding” and rather encompass the idea of planning the wedding that makes sense for the two of you as a couple. Deciphering what you want to feel on your wedding day is something few consider but we have found this is what leaves the most lasting impression. So take a moment and remember the sounds, the scents or even the textures of the moment you fell in love.

Hair/Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Gown: Carol Hannah | Photography: Ryan Ray | Flowers: Amy Osaba | Creative Direction: Amy Osaba Events

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06.02.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog