Simple Wedding Ideas with Organic Design

While your event planner is bustling around, setting places at your tables, and your florist is unloading her delivery vehicle, and the setup crew is arranging the chairs for your ceremony, one of the best things you can do is simply create a peaceful environment to ready yourself for the day ahead. This collection of images showcases a serene bride, calmly preparing for the excitement of the day. Read on for more from the team.

From the designer, Kylie Swanson:
“Inspired by the simple moments before the ceremony, I set out to curate a peaceful environment by imagining a bride with a sense of serene clarity while getting ready in her own bathroom, before the momentum of the day ahead has captured her attention. Sometimes, these authentic and intentional movements lead to the most impactful design.”

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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05.26.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Unique Registry Ideas from Envelope

What if you could go on the most relaxing, luxurious weeklong honeymoon to Maui? And while you were there, you could hike a volcano and take in the view. How about snorkel up close with sea turtles? Or maybe just relax with a frozen drink and a meal at the resort swim up bar?

What if this could be paid for with your wedding registry?

Now it can with Envelope Registry.

Envelope makes it easy for you to make priceless memories, without worrying about the price tag. Unlike other online registries, Envelope’s items aren’t tied to particular brand. Instead, they collect cash contributions from your guests and send it straight to your bank account. You can decide how to spend it!

So maybe you are thinking, “This sounds amazing, but I still want those copper mugs and some really nice cast iron pans” to use after the honeymoon. No problem. Envelope allows you to register for products and traditional gifts as well.

Lastly, Envelope will even help you send beautiful personalized thank you cards to your guests right from your computer.  This means that you can spend your precious time enjoying the experiences (and items) from your registry!

Check out a live registry HERE to start brainstorming for your unique registry.

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05.25.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Wedding Styling 101: Instantly Elevate Your Styling Skills

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Six years ago my life crossed paths with the most creatively talented person I have ever met – Joy Thigpen.

There have been so many highlights in our working careers together – and today is one of them. I am excited and honored today to be joining Joy in officially launching our new online course for creatives, Wedding Styling 101: A digital course in the foundations of aesthetics and the art of styling.

This course is a distillation of my and Joy’s combined 22+ years of working in the areas of wedding design, creative direction and editorial styling, sharing everything we’ve learned about wedding imagery.

As Joy and I grew together and Once Wed became a curated home for sharing beautiful and meaningful images, we found we kept hearing the same questions.

  • How can I shoot the type of weddings I see on Once Wed?
  • Why aren’t my submissions being accepted?
  • I want to become a great stylist. Where do I start?
  • I know something is off in my work, but what is it?

We’ve tailored Wedding Styling 101 to ensure we address these questions; it’s like a 10+ hour FAQ answer session that you can absorb at your own pace.

Focusing on aesthetics, storytelling, photo styling, and how to book you dream weddings, Wedding Styling 101 is a 300+ page online course designed for photographers, planners, floral designers and stylists.

Intrigued? For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering 25% off the regular course price. Click here for the full details!

05.21.15 / Featured, News Blog

Have Your Dream Destination Wedding or Honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta

When you become engaged, your thoughts immediately turn to two things: where to have your wedding, and where to honeymoon.  If you have visions of a romantic oceanside wedding, or if your dream honeymoon entails warm weather, miles of beach and warm hospitality, then you should definitely check out Puerto Vallarta!  We were recently invited by the town of Puerto Vallarta to visit their town to see all the wonderful things they have to offer couples getting married, or honeymooning.

Located on the west coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the state of Jalisco.  Since Jalisco is also the home of Tequila (yes there is a town with that name), we were treated to some wonderful tastings of truly fine tequila!

Lodging is available for every taste and budget.  If your idea of the perfect hotel is a larger property with beautifully groomed grounds, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa  should be at the top of your list.  With lawn and stone areas for large wedding parties, an ocean jetty for a small wedding, a to-die-for spa, wonderful staff, and beautifully appointed suites, they will be able to meet all your needs.

If a boutique hotel sounds divine, our host hotel Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa was lovely.  With just 80 rooms, this adults only hotel was intimate, quiet and attentive to your every need (like your choice of pillow type and room scent).  Their honeymoon suites have an outdoor jacuzzi and hammock, with fabulous views of the ocean and stunning sunsets.

If you yearn for fitness and an truly organic experience, honeymooning at Xinalani Retreat would be perfect for you.  This lovely retreat is the ultimate is intimacy.  The retreat is reachable only by boat.  The rooms are spread out along the mountainside and are only feet away from the sound of the surf.  The three yoga studios offer a variety of options for your practice, but my favorite was the one at the top of the resort.  You literally are in the tree tops with the birds – a surreal experience.

Culinary aficionados will be in heaven in Puerto Vallarta – we experienced wonderful meals at all of the hotels, as well as at local restaurants.  A particular favorite was Barcelona Tapas.  The owner was a wonderful host and the food was extraordinary (not to mention the wonderful view of Puerto Vallarta)!

Last, but certainly not least, is the wide variety of wonderful activities available (other than lounging in your room or on the beach of course).  We were hosted on a Vallarta Art Walk by the owner of Colecktica, who gave us a fascinating narrative about the folklore and history of art in Puerto Vallarta, and of the pieces in his art gallery.  One of our favorite activities was a boat ride, show, and then dinner at Rhythms of the Night.  It was the ultimate romantic experience, and would be a wonderful addition to a honeymoon.

What can we say – sunshine, blue skies, beaches, the ocean, mountains, and killer sunsets.  Just magic!

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05.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog