Sophisticated Wedding Inspiration

No matter if the scene for your wedding day will be in a ballroom or under a canopy of oak trees as in this elegant outdoor fete, we love sharing ideas for a sophisticated wedding aesthetic that your guests will enjoy. The team of wedding professionals who created this look wanted it to feel elegant and sophisticated, while maintaining a “Californian” feel.

One of our favorite aspects of this look that would be simple for you to incorporate into your own wedding is the neutral color palette, of creams, copper, greens, and touches of blue. Grounded with natural wood accents, the combination is at once elegant, simple, and decidedly under-done. Find more ideas using this palette from this white-and-gold indoor wedding, this natural-inspired wedding in Utah, and these simplistic ideas that you could easily DIY with a little foraging!

From the photographer:
Your venue can be a key source for inspiring for the look and feel of your wedding. From choosing the types of florals that will grace your tablescape to selecting the flavor of your cake, an organically inspired wedding is all about infusing design elements that blend naturally with your surroundings, thereby creating an environment that is warm, inviting, and simply elegant. Each element of this shoot was brought in with the consideration of this California location- the oak trees, dry grass and pathways were the foundation of this concept. Each color was matched to the location from the flower girl’s dresses, to the florals, table design and paper suite. The rustic wildness in the oak tress paired perfectly with the elegant, but unrestrained calligraphy by Tara Jones. Max Gill’s locally sourced greenery and blooms have a similar wildness- an organic understated elegance that blends seamlessly with the landscape.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher | Event Design and Styling: Oliveta Design | Florals: Max Gill Design | Calligraphy: Tara Jones | Dress: Reem Acra | Hair and Makeup: Kenney Duy | Bridal adornments: Emily Riggs Bridal  | Groom’s Tuxedo: The Black Tux  | Flower Girl Dresses: Zara | Hair and Makeup: Kenney for Fellini Salon | Models: Jasmine Simone and Aiden

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04.01.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to Use Potted Plants in Your Wedding + FREE DOWNLOAD

We are so excited to share an awesome DIY that we worked with Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Meghan Kay Sadler for Camille Styles. We wanted to create a DIY that could be used for your wedding or a sweet Easter Brunch with your family from flowers that are sourced from the local hardware store.  Visit Camille Styles here to find the full DIY on how to create your own potted centerpieces, and if you’re as in love with these table numbers from Lana’s Shop as we are, click here for a FREE DOWNLOAD! We simply printed the numbers on some watercolor paper with a regular printer, and they looked great- so this would be perfect for a crafty bride! And if you’re looking to create that beautiful deckled edge, visit this tutorial to find out how you can do it yourself.

Photography by Meghan Kay Sadler | Art Direction by Emily Newman for Once Wed | Floral Design by Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events | Styling by Ginny Au | Food Styling by Katelyn Hardwick | Plates and Glassware by Zola Registry | Table Numbers: Lana’s Shop

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03.31.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Weddings by Disney

The earliest experience that most of us had with romance was watching our favorite princesses fall in love, all thanks to the wonderful world of Disney. While we’ve all grown up and come to realize that love isn’t quite as simple as our childhood heroines made it seem, don’t we all still long for a few fleeting moments of being swept off our feet? If that’s true in your case, we suggest that in planning your wedding, you look to the masters for their help: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

A Disney wedding does not have to a cartoon-centric festival of color and knock-off fairytales. If you’ve been to a Disney theme park, you know that they truly are the best at what they do. From the enchanting atmospheres they create to every single detail perfectly chosen to excite their guests, Disney is amazing at what they do. So why would a Disney wedding be any different? Whether you’re sailing the seas aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, planning a destination affair in Hawaii, or choosing to wed in the excitement of Florida or California’s theme parks, a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding is customizable to your wedding day dreams. Their one-stop-shop planning  includes full service arranging of your ceremony and reception, securing accommodations and entertaining your guests.

When you trust your wedding to the experts at Disney, rest assured that whether you’re envisioning an elegant evening for an intimate group of friends, a casual gathering on an exotic beach, or a simple fete in a garden, a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding can check off all the wishes on your list, romance included (whether or not you want Cinderella’s crystal coach is up to you).

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03.31.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Unique Outdoor Wedding with DIY Details

There is something special with every wedding, and with Lauren and Jordan’s wedding, many of those special details were DIY and designed with intention. Lauren and Jordan wanted their wedding to reflect who they were as a couple. The day was intentionally kept simple, and focused on their relationships with each other, their family, and their friends. From a large bridal party to asking several of their friends to provide different services for the wedding, their photographer described their wedding as “truly intimate and special.”

They chose the South Saskatchewan River Valley for their ceremony, and love how the natural beauty of the grassy knolls created the perfect backdrop for Lauren and Jordan to exchange their vows. The groom made log benches for their guests, and repurposed them in the newlywed’s new home. Lauren knew she wanted a unique gown, and found it in this detailed Mara Hoffman design. To her surprise, Jordan sent her a link to the exact same dress, thinking she might like it. The creative bride also foraged for, and designed, her own bouquet. A highlight of the day was the foot washing ceremony. This act of service to each other was so powerful and beautiful, not a dry eye could be found on the river bank that day.

Photography: Adrian Michael Photography | VenueCranberry Flats, SK | Dress:  Mara Hoffman purchased at Free People | Headpiece and bracelet: Oneiro Designs | Make-up: Sarah Korchinski, (friend) | Hair: DIY by bride | Floral Design: DIY by bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Free People | Groomsmen Attire – Luna and Hill

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03.30.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog