Chic Backyard Wedding In Washington

Did you know that backyard weddings don’t necessarily have to be informal, casual, or slapped together? That’s right – a backyard wedding can be just as chic as any ballroom affair, and Andrew and Elizabeth’s stunning outdoor wedding in Washington is the perfect example. When the couple set out to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted a simple and chic party that felt a little “messy.” Vashon Island, where the bride grew up, provided the perfect backdrop with lush greenery that grows wild over the island and panoramic views of the water. They enlisted the help of talented planners and designers Sinclair & Moore, who brought “simple and chic” together perfectly on the property where the bride grew up.
The ceremony was held on the lawn of Elizabeth’s childhood home, overlooking the Puget Sound, and afterward, guests were invited into a beautifully designed reception on the property. The couple chose a neutral color palette of white and grey with pops of natural green and the gorgeous, natural florals to bring their vision to life. While green and white is always a popular color palette for wedding flowers, we can’t get enough of the fresh feel that this design has. Nor can we get enough of the amazing jumpers Elizabeth chose for her bridesmaids; a testament to her incredible sense of style!

What did the bride think about her backyard wedding?
“I think our location was probably the most special and unique part of our wedding – I love that we did a ‘backyard’ wedding. I grew up watching Father of the Bride with my Dad (it’s our favorite), so it was very fun to bring that to life.”

Photographer:  O’Malley Photographers | Planning & Florals: Sinclair & Moore | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom Suit: Neil Barrett | Hair/Make-up: Shelina Seney | Caterer: The Hardware Store | Venue: Private Estate | Photo Booth: Radiant Photo Booths | Stationery: SPRUCE | Cake: Deru Market | DJ: DJ Romo

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01.18.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Classic Dinnerware Picks from Fortessa and Williams-Sonoma

When it comes time to choosing the items for your gift registry, you’ll want to ask around to find out what items your friends couldn’t do without on their registry. So, why not ask us for our recommendations? Today, we’re showcasing some of our favorite tableware items from Fortessa and Williams-Sonoma.

Fortessa comes highly recommended, with excellent options for both dinnerware and flatware. The classic white dinnerware collections are incredibly versatile, making it easy for you to find the perfect set that suits your new kitchen. We love how the clean lines showcase the beauty of plating, so if hosting memorable dinner parties is something you love, then Fortessa needs to be at the top of your list!

We recently travelled to Sonoma for an amazing experience with Williams-Sonoma, and we’re so excited to share that you can win the same experience. Be sure to enter today – the sweepstakes ends on January 31, and would be the PERFECT mini-moon!

ENTER HERE for a chance to win the following:

• Domestic airfare for two.

• Three-day / Two-night stay  at Fairmont Sonoma.

• VIP tour and cooking class at the flagship Williams-Sonoma store.

• Two dinners at some of Sonoma’s finest restaurants.

• VIP tour & wine tasting at Silver Oak Vineyard

{sweepstakes ends on Jan 31, 2016}

This is a sponsored conversation written by Once Wed on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all ours.

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01.15.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Minimalist Modern Wedding Inspiration

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s all about the details!” This is particularly popular in the wedding world, where couples seek out the perfect “details” to represent them and bring their style to the wedding. Well, what if all of that was stripped back? This editorial focuses on the beauty of simplicity, and the way that a minimalist approach to the details can drive a uniquely modern, beautiful wedding design.

Read on for more ideas and inspiration from the creative team: 
The beauty of simplicity has a timeless quality. I began to play on the idea of welcoming negative space and striping away from overwhelming clutter. It’s certainly true to say that “less is more”. Clean lines, mild colors, incomplex tablescapes, and effortless subjects were my main focus for this romantic minimalist shoot with a modern feel. The calligraphy had modern texts with simplicity to the color scheme. And instead of a table runner or major centerpieces, romantic candles were lit across the entire table with fresh cala lilies and tulips for a fresh look. The Maria Lucia Hohan gown was breathtakingly clean with lovely geometric lines on the back to highlight modernism. Paired with Gianvito Rossi shoes, staking rings, and a brass hair cuff to tie it all together, our modern bride would have an elegant minimal look. Minimizing colors can be a risky step, but once a unity in colors is made, a minimalism approach to a wedding day will be a constant style.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Artwork: Julia Kostreva | Styling Direction & Florals: MINT Design | Gown: Maria Lucia Hohan | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Makeup and Hair: Nicol Artistry | Jewelry: Amarilo Jewlery

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01.14.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Outdoor Fall Wedding Inspiration

There is so much to love about fall weddings, and this inspiration shoot from Jessica Rose Photography and Foraged Florals showcases much of it, and a little more. We love this bold choice of red gown, the bride’s sweetly twisted up-do, and the luxurious autumnal tones in her bouquet. And more than that, we love the story behind these images. Jessica Rose tells us, “This story specifically is about a woman changing her situation, leaving the familiar and making her way into the unknown. It’s a story that suggests that taking a chance is a beautiful thing, even if it’s a little less defined or predictable.” We think that might be the perfect sentiment for today’s couples who chose to wed, leaving behind the predictability of their lives and moving forward together into the unknown of their futures.

More from the photographer, Jessica Rose:
“When Tiffany of Foraged Floral and I were dreaming up the inspiration for this shoot we wanted to create a unique spin on the traditional bridal shoot that showcased the importance of depth and authenticity in bridal images.  We started by choosing a few words to mould our story around, and the two we decided on were mystery and resolve.  
For the styling, we chose a slightly undone yet elegant look, with colours that emphasized and highlighted the overcast fall landscape of the PNW. We chose a rust coloured Elizabeth Dye gown for its simple cut and the way it blended yet stood out from the landscape, a rose gold raw diamond ring from byAngeline for its elegance and the fact that it felt just that one step closer to nature, and the model for her strong presence and striking eyes (which Beth Level highlighted so incredibly). Each choice was made in attempt to share beauty in its most raw and authentic form.”

Photographer: Jessica Rose Photography | Styling: Jessica Rose Photography & Tiffany of Foraged Floral | Florals: Tiffany of Foraged Floral | Makeup Artist: Beth Level | Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Engagement Ring: byAngeline

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01.13.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog