DIY Spring Bouquet


SPRING! The time of year when almost every flower is in season- it’s the time of the year florists dream about! We are just crazy for spring, and this spring has been especially welcome after the extreme brutality of this past winter. We’ve been ready to welcome this beautiful time of year with open arms since the first signs of winter in November. The bounty of spring inspired Ashley Beyer and D’Arcy Benincosa to create a lovely little DIY Spring Bouquet tutorial. You can use this tutorial for your own wedding, or just create a lovely bouquet for any sort of celebration- maybe even Mother’s day (May 11th- don’t forget)!


Step 1: Start the base structure of your bouquet with greens, I used bay leaf. Also begin building the shape keeping asymmetry in mind with tall wispy blooms such as delphinium. Keep one side a bit taller than the other.

Step 2: Add your focal blooms, the amount you use is totally up to you and the look of the bouquet you’d like. This bouquet is a bit petite so I used five medium sized white duchess peonies. When placing focal blooms, keep the bouquet balanced in weight and shape but keep that asymmetrical shape going with each step to prevent the bouquet from looking too tight or too perfect.

Step 3: Add your accent flowers. I love ranunculus, I don’t think I’ve ever placed an order without ordering some when it’s available. The soft layers of petals really gives a beautiful garden look to bouquets that I can’t get enough of. Use those accent blooms to add height and movement throughout the bouquet. I also used sweet pea, lysimachia, and a few more sprigs of delphinium.

Step 4: Trim your stems evenly. I like to keep my stems fairly short, but you can leave yours as long as you’d like!

Step 5: Bind your stems with floral tape before wrapping with ribbon. Make sure not to bind the tape too close to the blooms or you will lose the beautiful loose shape you have created. After taping, wrap your bouquet with pretty ribbons. I used a combination of different silks in pretty neutrals by Ginny Au.

Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Tinge Floral | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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04.09.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Win 9 Hours of Photography From Marcie Meredith

Sometimes we just can’t even believe the talent we are privy to here on Once Wed! We’re so excited to introduce you to our newest photography sponsor, Marcie Meredith! Marcie Meredith is a natural light, and destination photographer who strives for romantic, timeless images full of emotion. Marcie adores film for so many reasons, and shoots both film and digital formats to give you a variation of beautiful images to choose from. After studying design, Marcie discovered her true passion for photography. And soon after starting her journey into photography, she realized that she loved photographing weddings especially!

Marcie Meredith is so excited to offer one Once Wed reader a photography package valued at $3,600! The winner will receive 9 hours of wedding photography, proof prints and their images on a USB.  Marcie also loves to travel and would be thrilled to be a part of your wedding wherever it is!*

To enter, please comment below with your name, email, wedding date, wedding location and venue. Please tell us a little about your love story, wedding style and why you think Marcie would be the right photographer for you! If you would like to show us your wedding style inspiration please include a Pinterest board link. Marcie will email 3 finalists on April 28th to interview, and the winning couple will be chosen on May 1st.

*Travel fees must be paid by winner. Albums, prints and other products can be ordered through Marcie Meredith Photography. A standard wedding photography contract applies and must be signed within two weeks after the winning couple is chosen. This contest is now closed- Contragulations, Taylor Patin! 

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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04.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Twisted Bun Hair Tutorial

We’re so glad that talented creatives share their work with us on a regular basis, and we’re thrilled to share this simple DIY Twisted Bun tutorial from Irrelephant today! This elegant and sweet hairstyle would look absolutely darling on any bride, and we’d be interested to hear if you would wear something like this for your wedding day. Comment below and let us know!

Instructions for the Twisted Bun:

1. Start with making sure the hair is prepped and textured, you can also tease and spray. Split your hair into two sections.

2. Tie the two sections into a knot. (like the first step in tying your shoes)

3. On the last photo, see how the left section is directed to the right and down? Pin about 3 bobby pins to secure it, especially towards the ends. Then take the right section and twist and direct it up and to the left. Pin that down. Take a few more bobby pins and start pinning around the bun to secure a little extra. Spray and pull some whispy’s around the face!

This a really really easy and wont take too much of your time. This is ideal for that 2nd or 3rd day and when you’re hair has that dirty grit and is moldable. Also- don’t forget to tease the crown to have a good shape on your do!

Tutorial by: Irrelephant Blog

Graphic: Hannah Lee


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04.08.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Save the Dates from Pear Tree Greetings

Peartree1Save the dates are the perfect platform for you to express a little more personality and fun than you may be able to with your formal invitations. We love the idea of couples designing custom save the dates that reflect their personalities and style, and we adore when couples include a beautiful engagement photo on their save the dates as well! Our new sponsor, Pear Tree Greetings makes it fun and easy to create your modern save the dates with their customizable designs!

Pear Tree Greetings has a huge collection of modern and fun graphic designs for you to choose from, and once you’ve landed on a design you love, you can customize your save the date cards by uploading a personal photo and editing the colors of the graphic to your liking. Most of Pear Tree Greetings’ save the dates are printed on 100-pound matte-finish card stock, and they even have some designs that are cut out in unusual shapes that will make your save the dates stand out among all of the others your friends and family receive in their mailboxes! Their card stock save the date cards are so affordable, but if you’re on a really tight budget, you may also want to check out their more affordable single sided cards as well.

Pear Tree Greetings’ selection of customizable and modern save the dates are a fun and affordable alternative to traditional save the dates, and we’re so excited to have them as a new sponsor here on Once Wed!

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04.08.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog