Surprise Modern Wedding in London

Don’t you wish you were gutsy enough to throw a surprise wedding? Well, Danny and Luce were, and the result is absolutely darling, and Emma Case beautifully captured their modern surprise wedding. We love every single detail of their lovely wedding- from Luce’s simple Stella McCartney wedding dress to the choice of their transportation! Read more about this lovely modern wedding from the adorable bride, Luce:

Danny and I got engaged on December 16, 2013 in Ibiza where we live with our scruff bag dog, Ziggy. It was the happiest moment- knowing I was going to marry the love of my life. Having never been the little girl that doodled wedding dresses and all things girly and never dreamt up church and marquet scenarios, it was always going to come down to romance for us and the real reason behind being engaged. I think there is too much pressure these days to pull off the perfect wedding, and whilst I have been lucky enough to witness a lot of my friends marry in beautiful set ups, there are still the few you hear of that sound all about the show and we wanted to avoid this. Moreover I knew myself and the likelihood of a bridezilla lurking within. So we planned our day and night celebrations within three months. We booked the Brydon Room at the Chelsea Registry Office  in London because I had grown up nearby and had always loved riding the red bus past the registry office as a little girl seeing the bride and groom on the steps being showered in rose petals. So there was sentimental value in that. The big day was on my Birthday February 27, 2014 at noon, and lunch followed at the Cheyne Walk Brasserie and for both we were joined by a close group of best friends and our families. I wore the best of british in Stella McCartney, Christian Laboutins as my ‘borrowed’ from one of my best friends Ellie and my Mr wore a bespoke suit from Gieves & Hawkes where the dapper Jolyon Evatt Bexon helped him throughout the fittings, and well heeled in Loake brogues. We then traveled in style in a gorgeously kitsch Karma Cab to The Langham Hotel for some downtime before our evening party – Goa, India holds a special place in our hearts which was the reason for the Karma Kab. On to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill Gate where we had asked 100 or so of our friends to join us for what they thought was our Engagement Party, my husband then announced when everyone had arrived that it was infact…….our wedding day! It was the most delicious buzz I have ever felt and we really were surrounded by a lot of love and warmth and genuine affection for our surprise. My dad delivered the best speech – I’m biased but truly it was the best I have ever heard. We then danced till midnight when my now Miu Miu decked feet were weary and headed back to our hotel with happy faces and a me with a brand new surname. 

Photography: Emma Case | Make Up: Aga | Hair : Vadon at Glo Fulham

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05.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Organic Indoor Winter Wedding

This organic wedding from Rylee Hitchner and Ginny Au was inspired by Kelsey & Rob’s love of the simple beauty and warmth of the winter season. They chose an historic home in Birmingham, Alabama as their reception venue, featuring the most stunning floral staircase install from Rosegolden Flowers. Ginny wanted the design to be understated with a natural palette of greens, ivories and whites and lots of candlelight to softening the moody brown frames of the home. Combined with an intimate gathering of close friends and family, this simple wedding was the perfect tribute to a southern winter.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Rosegolden Flowers | Paper Design & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Venue: Clubhouse on Highland  | Catering: Savoie Catering | Band: Luke Wade & No Civilians | Dress: Olia Zavozina from Carriage House Weddings | Shoes| Manolo Blahnik | Earrings: Stella Blu | Grooms Suit: J.Crew

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05.05.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Rope Braid Updo

How fun is this DIY Rope Braid Updo from Heidi Marie Garrett, Amy Clarke, and Bryce Covey? We loved this updo because 1. it’s fun! 2. it’s unexpected 3. it’s classy and playful all at the same time. Would you be bold enough to wear an unexpected wedding hairstyle like this? Tell us your thoughts!

Below are the full step by step tutorial on how to recreate this beautiful rope braid at home

1) Separate hair into four sections: two side sections and two back sections
2) Place the section located at the crown into a ponytail and create two braids
3) Loosen each braid by gently pulling on each loop
4) Lay the first braid across the top of the head and secure with bobby pins
5) Lay the second braid across the top of the head and secure with bobby pins
6) Braid the back section UP
7) Loop and roll the back braid up to join the first set of braids and secure with bobby pins
8) Twist the first side section and place it up and over the top of the head
9) Twist the second side section and place it up over the top of the head and secure with bobby pins


Once you have finished securing all the hair with bobby pins, gently pull on small sections of the braids and twists to create a more tousled look.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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05.02.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Visit Panama City Beach

Destination weddings are such a fun way to celebrate your nuptials because it’s like having a giant vacation with all of your best friends and family, but sometimes they can be a little inconvenient for those who have busy work lives or may be on a tight budget. If the beach is calling your name, but you want your destination wedding to be accessible to all of your friends and family, consider Panama City Beach! Panama City Beach is an easy drive, or a quick flight away! With a new airport that’s serviced by Delta and Southwest Airlines  and easy access to the interstate, all of your guests will be able to join you for your special day.

Once you’re in Panama City Beach, you’ll have a huge selection of wedding venues to choose from! There are 27 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, 2 state parks, and gorgeous hotels all down the coast so you’ll have plenty of wonderful options for your ceremony and reception. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect spot to say your vows whether it be on one of the secluded stretches of beach, an outdoor patio overlooking the water, or in a grand ballroom of one of the city’s glamorous hotels. And no need to worry about planning from out of town, most of the venues in Panama City Beach offer on site planners and designers to help you create the wedding of your dreams! 

Your guests will easily be able to find accommodations with over 16,000 rooms available to rent, and there’s an option for every budget. Your guests can do their own exploring during the day, and easily come together at night since most of the accommodations are either a short walk or drive apart from one another! 

And the best part about destination weddings is that you can start your honeymoon immediately! So, if you’re considering a destination wedding, take a few minutes to start planning your perfect Panama City Beach wedding here! Enjoy the beach!

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05.02.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog