Honeymoon with El Dorado Royale by Karisma

I was so excited when El Dorado Royale, by Karisma, invited me to come visit their beautiful all-inclusive beachfront property! I spent three lovely nights at El Dorado Casitas Royale experiencing the best the resort had to offer. Just outside of Cancun, El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casitas Royale- sister properties located next to each other-  are adults-only Spa Resorts that cater to couples looking for an inclusive honeymoon experience. From the moment you enter the resort, when you’re handed a glass of champagne, to when you leave the beautiful beaches for the last time, you’re treated like royalty.

My first day at  El Dorado Casitas Royale, I enjoyed exploring the property where they have daily and nightly activities for couples to partake in during their honeymoon like scuba lessons, bicycles to ride around town, and 12 swimming pools! The resort also has shuttles to take you to Cancun and Playa del Carmen so you can explore a little bit.  And when you want to wind down, Naay Spa Royale, at the resort, is world-class. Centrally located on the resort property, with multiple massage options, and beauty salon, it’s the perfect place to relax after your wedding. I had a wonderful massage at the spa after a long day exploring and swimming in  the beautiful Cenote Azul, and zip lining through the forest!

My second day was spent learning how easy it is to plan a destination wedding at El Dorado Royale where I partook in the “Brides Dress Rehearsal” and  saw how future couples can find the perfect photographer, musician, and even florists to create their dream destination wedding. And immediately start your honeymoon at El Dorado Royale after your beach wedding in Mexico!

Visit the Karisma Hotels and Resorts website to start planning your trip today!

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10.08.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Blue Hill Farm Wedding

We love when husband and wife team Eric and Lora Kelley send us their work because every wedding they shoot is elegant and timeless. This stunning Blue Hill Farm wedding is no different! Keep reading for more from Eric and Lora.

From Eric and Lora:

Sara and Jonathan are two of the nicest and warmest people. This gorgeous wedding was one of our all time favorites to photograph, because the families and the couple are such incredible and fantastic people.

The wedding took place on the perfect day, with warm encompassing light and perfect weather. The guests arrived to a ceremony on the terrace officiated by the groom’s sister, with such heartfelt expression and joy.

Cocktails were among the gardens of Blue Hill, where food is sourced on property and made to order. And our favorite part of the wedding were the toasts. There was such tremendous joy, hilarious stories of Sara and Jonathan and a nostalgic camaraderie among all of the guests.

Everyone danced the night away, and the couple exited in a flurry of lavender and well-wishes. Truly one of our favorite weddings to date!

Photographer: Eric Kelley | Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Craft, NYC | Floral Design: Matthew Robbins Design, NYC | Music- Vali Entertainment | Hair/ Makeup- Lora Kelley | Bridal dress designer: Carolina Herrera, sold and fitted by Mark Ingram Atelier, New York | Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale | Groomsmen’s suits: J. Crew | Invitations: Arzberger Stationers, Calligrapher: DB Lettering | Save the Dates: Designer’s Fine Press | Bridal earrings: Tiffany’s | Bridesmaid necklaces: Stella and Dot | Groom party ties: Hermes  | Wedding and engagement rings: David Yurman

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10.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

How to Forage for your Wedding

foraging2What makes floral designers like Ashley Beyer and Kelly Perry truly special is their talent for working with nature and foraging in their surroundings to create organic and sensational florals. These talented ladies are sharing their secrets for how to best forage for greenery for your own wedding! Keep reading for their tips.

'From Kelly Perry:

I think noticing what is around you, now, and bringing it into your home or event is special.

It brings out that quality about plants I love so much.  They are fragile, so remind us to enjoy today before it fades away.  And then plants return, season after season, to remind us of these special days gone by and the circle of truly living in the moment marches on, like the comforting beat of a heart.

When I had 24 hours in Utah with Heather and Ashley this June we lived!  We gathered the iconic Russian Olive that fills the valley with a light, sweet fragrance and we brought it home so we could share it with you!

We took in every second.  It’s so vivid in my memory — the sound of the stream, the squeal we let out when a snake slithered across the sandy path, the warm breeze, the sound the trees made as we snipped.

Living in the moment creates some beautiful memories.

So what do you need to create memories of your own?  You just need to get a pair of clippers, open your eyes and snip!

A few other notes:

- It’s important to identify what you touch and clip.  Look out for things like poison ivy.

- If you clip away from home, be sure to ask permission if you can.

- Avoid cutting during the hottest part of the day.  Your flowers will hold better and rehydrate quicker when cut early in the day or in the evening.

Feature by: Ashley Beyer and Kelly Perry | Photography: Heather Payne 

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10.06.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Most Pinned Real Weddings

Real Weddings are our biggest source of inspiration here at Once Wed. We love seeing what you put together with your wedding designers, stylists, or even on your own! We’ve had thousands of submissions over the years, and we’re lucky to feature some of our favorites ever week. Here are the most pinned weddings ever from Once Wed! Find some inspiration and have fun!

1. (Pictured above) This Cheekwood Nashville Wedding from Jessica Sloane and Jessica Lorren wedding has been the most popular wedding ever featured on Once Wed, pinned over 40,000 times! See the full feature here.

2. (Below) Rylee Hitchner’s Italian-inspired wedding has also been a huge hit on Once Wed. All of the custom details, hand-made decor, and overall elegance of this backyard wedding made it something truly special. Visit the original post for vendors and to see all of the stunning images.
3. The custom dress, and absolutely breathtaking setting for this Autumn wedding has made it one of the most popular real weddings we’ve ever featured here. Go back and visit the original post for more inspiration. monique-lhuillier-sleeve-wedding-dress
4. We can’t even count how many times we’ve seen this bride and her maids on Pinterest! This timeless wedding from Jose Villa is still one of the most popular features we’ve posted. long-pink-bridesmaid-dresses
5. The colors and outstanding florals from Sarah Winward have definitely sky-rocketed this real wedding to the top 10! We haven’t often seen texture, detail, and such vibrant use of florals like this beautiful San Ysidro wedding. Tec Petaja couldn’t have captured it more perfectly!fall-inspired-ceremony
6. Joy Thigpen has a gift for brining in a part of her couple’s heart into her design, and this Whimsical Big Sur wedding is no different. Visit the post for words from the bride about how Joy captured her spirit this coastal design.pfeiffer-beach-wedding-reception-lunch-long-wooden-table-chairs1
7. This white wedding was only posted a couple of months ago, and in that time it’s received over 14,000 pins! Rylee Hitchner captured every detail perfectly, and we can’t help but love this sweet couple. elegant-outdoor-wedding-ideas-white
We hope to share more of our favorite real weddings in the future, so keep coming back!

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10.03.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog