The New Classic Wedding Inspiration

While trends come and go in the realms of fashion, home decor, and of course, wedding decor and design, there will always be the classics that we love. And certainly, though we hate to use the word “trending,” the organic and romantic aesthetic that Once Wed favors has left a lasting impact on the wedding industry, creating a new classic. Today’s inspiration feature comes to us from Matoli Keely Photography and Gossamer, and incorporates many of our favorite new classic details: a romantic color palette; ruffled blooms with a fresh-from-the-garden design, luxurious paper elements (deckled edges, beautiful calligraphy), heirloom-inspired jewellery, and minimal hair and makeup.

Looking for more wedding inspiration with a similar look and feel? Don’t miss this soft and delicate inspiration shoot from Amy Osaba Events, this elegant wedding in Nashville from Once Wed vendor Jessica Sloane, and this inspiration shoot with the most dreamy flowers from Bows & Arrows.

Photography: Matoli Keely Photography | Wardrobe & Creative Direction: Gossamer | Workshop: Laura Gordon Photography | Location: Tuckahoe Plantation | Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints | Calligraphy & Paper Suite: September Letters | Styling Assistant: Linda Ha | Makeup: Susan Lim | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Rings: Jewel’s by Grace | Veil: Girl with a Serious Dream | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Candles: Creative Candles | Plates: Arte Italica | Female Model: Alessatatiana | Male Model: Joel Bonneau Siso

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12.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Simple and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception

Outdoor wedding receptions are such a wonderful way to enjoy a marriage celebration. With the open air and warm sunshine streaming down on your guests, it’s impossible not to be in a celebratory mood! Tiffany and Garret shared a traditional Temple wedding, and wanted to celebrate with a large outdoor reception and simple, elegant details. We love when brides and planners work with the setting that they have, enhancing the architectural elements that are already present, rather than working against something. The sweet floral and greenery installation over the stone archway is very European-inspired, and perfectly enhances the ambiance.

Read on for more from Tiffany, the bride:
“My husband and I wanted a wedding that was simple and elegant, but that we could share with everyone we loved. Our wedding took place in our church’s Temple, which was followed by a reception. We didn’t want something intimate. We wanted our neighbor down the street to be there celebrating next to us. We wanted our teachers, cousins, classmates, and coworkers to watch us cut our cake together. As we were all gathered together in-between the local golf course and a romantic European house, my husband and I knew we had the perfect start to our marriage.”

Dress: ASOS | Floral: Ann Gibson | Cake: Provo Bakery | Photographer: Ciara Richardson | Bridesmaids Dresses: Paula Nelson Hart

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12.22.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Protect Your Big Day With Wedsafe

Yay, you’re engaged! As a bride-to-be, your dress is one of the most important elements on your wedding day, so why not make sure yours makes a statement down the aisle? Saying “yes” to the dress is one of the most special parts of your wedding planning.

But what comes after you find the dress?  A lot can happen from saying “yes” to the dress to then saying “I do” to the groom.  Did you even know that wedding insurance provides coverage against losses such as stained, ruined or damaged special attire including your wedding dress!

What if it gets stained? What if it gets torn during fittings? Or even the old “the dog ate my…dress?” After finding the perfect gown, you want to make sure it’s protected. That’s just one small area where wedding insurance with WedSafe can come in handy. Not only can it help you get reimbursed for your gown-gone-wrong, but it can also protect other elements of your wedding day, from vendors to venues, all for a low cost!  No one foresees or wants any problems on their special days, but the fact is that some bad things do happen occasionally, from a no-show vendor, to a forced cancellation or postponement.  Wedding and event cancellation insurance with WedSafe can help protect against financial loss, and provide some peace of mind too.

Look beautiful in your gown and be smart about your planning. Learn why wedding insurance can be among the best investments you make at

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12.22.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Organic-Inspired Destination Wedding in Italy

For some people, a destination wedding means stress in airports and praying that the weather is good. For others, like Lindsay and Michael, it means the change at a 3-day celebration in style in Italy.

We love that bride Lindsay found most of her design inspiration from the venue itself. As they married at an organic farm, they kept that in mind when designing invitations, choosing handmade paper and hand dyed ribbons. The palette came about organically also, starting with greys and gold paper goods and introduced soft pastels later on when it was becoming clearer what would be available around the time of their wedding and in Italy. Most of the flowers were foraged from the venue grounds, and the bride’s parents, who travelled to the wedding via France in their motor home, packed their motor home full of their own gold cutlery and table decor so Linsday didn’t have to stress about sourcing locally!

Read on for more from the bride:
“Michael and I got together six years ago, but we were pals for years before that. We still laugh that we ended up together because neither of us ever really had notions on each other, but now, I couldn’t imagine life without him.Living three hours apart for most of our relationship meant that weekends were spent traveling to see each other. Although worth it, it left very little time for family and friends, and when we did get engaged, we knew that we wanted a wedding that would allow us to spend as much time as possible with them around us. I co-own a destination-wedding magazine and two of my brothers had destination weddings, so I was well aware of how a wedding abroad meant that we would have three days of celebrating.

As a planner, I felt a lot of pressure from the outset, so before going to Italy on a venue-scouting trip, I got a few things straight in my head. The wedding was about us, not me and my job, and the venue was going to have to be able to cater for lots of music and dancing and be okay with our crazy, but amazing family and friend’s partying ways. 

Our wedding day was just like a dream. My feet didn’t touch the ground. We asked guests to put away their phones and cameras for the church as I was a bit nervous about the walk down the aisle, but we really didn’t expect the effect it would have on our entire ceremony. Everyone was just so present. The mass was full of music with 22 musicians, thanks to our talented families and friends, but everyone got involved. One of my lasting memories is hearing what sounded like the entire congregation singing along to “You are Mine.” It was so emotional. Our priest, Fr. Flor is a musician himself, so the mass was very personal; he made it really special for us. The rest of the day flowed in the same way. I know it’s cliche, but it was the best day of our lives.

We were incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a team of vendors that are some of our greatest friends. Rodolphe, who shot our video, is practically part of the family, and we were very excited when we realised he could make the wedding. Sam flew from Ireland with a suitcase full of baking supplies and created a stunner of a wedding cake that tasted as good as it looked. Liv, who I’ve an endless amount of admiration for made the most beautiful headpiece for me; I cried when I opened the box. Laura, who I’d met on one of our recent weddings, was not only our photographer but also my sounding board for everything. I’m so lucky to call her one of my closest friends. We really couldn’t have pulled it off without their generosity and kindness. Their talents know no bounds and we will be forever grateful to them.

On paper, our guest list was big, but somehow, it still felt like a very intimate wedding. With a few days to get to know one another, new friendships were formed and old ones reignited. That was what it was really all about for us. Our patient parents, brothers, sisters and a bridal party provided endless support during the planning and the memories they helped us create will forever be with us. We really feel like were the luckiest people in the world.”

Photographer: Laura Gordon | Planning: Fly Away Bride | Styling: House of Hannah | Venue: Borgo di Tragliata | Videographer: Best Day Productions | Cake: Cloudberry Bakery | Stationary & Calligraphy: House of Hannah | Flowers: Ruby from Mary Lennox | Headpiece: Liv Hart – Enchanted Atelier | Hair and Make Up: Louise Faulkner | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sebastian | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids: Amsale | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss from Louis Copeland | Grooms Shoes: Ted Baker | Groomsmen: French Connection from Savoy Taylors Guild | Rentals: House of Hannah

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12.21.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog