Italian Engagement Session Inspiration

While we love seeing couples suit up for their engagement sessions, sometimes, a formal look just doesn’t suit their personal taste. We love the way this simple, at-home engagement inspiration session in Italy is shot and styled: Nastia Vesna Photography wanted to create a simple story for her workshop to celebrate the lovers: sincere, kind, full of love, with touchingly warm moments. The shoot took place in a small town in northern Italy, making it an easy decision to spice the images with Italian flavor, tasty details, and speckles of shiny colors.

If this intimate, simple style is more up your alley, then be sure to check out Leor and Tyler’s simple engagement photos and Kaela and Jonathan’s effortless anniversary photos.

Workshop: Nastia Vesna – Italy, Veneto | Photographer: Nastia Vesna | Workshop Organization: Kristina Levanovich | Decor & Florist: Evgeniya Dragun | Hair & Makeup: Kseniya Tyrsikova | Dress: Olga Novik | Lingerie: Elvira Basko | Models:  Tatiana RyneiskayaFilippo Bonomo | Videography Anna Sidorchik

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12.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Coming Home to Sonoma: Enter to WIN

We recently had the pleasure of enjoying a fantastic trip to Sonoma, California courtesy of Williams-Sonoma, The Fairmont Sonoma and Fortessa. Today, we are so excited to recap our experience AND share how you can WIN the exact same trip!

A destination perfect for a bachelorette weekend, honeymoon, or anniversary getaway, Sonoma has so much to offer. Upon arrival at the Fairmont Sonoma, we got to enjoy some time exploring the beautiful grounds (and the heavenly spa) before an incredible dinner at The Girl and the Fig’s Suite D. During our four course meal, we dined on a to die for menu of locally sourced ingredients served on the perfect for any and all occasions Fortessa dinnerware.

We started the next day with a trip to the original Williams-Sonoma store (recently reopened in celebration of Chuck William’s 99th birthday!) If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a Williams-Sonoma catalog, every nook and cranny of this store makes that dream come true! From the gourmet kitchen where we attended a pasta-making class taught by chef Thomas McNaughton, to the quaint outdoor courtyard where we enjoyed our lunch, every detail just felt like home.

As hard as it was to drag ourselves away from the Williams-Sonoma store, we were thrilled to visit Silver Oak Winery for a VIP tour and tasting. The peaceful atmosphere and the incredible wine were the perfect way to end the afternoon before our farewell dinner that night hosted by the Fairmont.

Our time in Sonoma was such a welcome retreat and like we mentioned above, we’re so excited to share that you can win the same experience!

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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12.17.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Make a Garden-Inspired Floral Centerpiece


Whether you’re planning to tackle your own floral centerpieces or just a couple of gorgeous arrangements at your ceremony or guest book table, this beautiful tutorial will have you whipping up stunning arrangements in no time. Or, if you don’t have the DIY gene, be sure to pin this arrangement just for the stunning color tones and texture for your wedding!

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1) Establish the shape and size using a branch or foliage with a graceful shape.  You can follow this with fruit and a layer of flat leaves at the base.  I used Lady’s Mantle as our flat leaf, but you could use any flat leaf.  We love using Coral Bell foliage in this application too.
2) Next, I added chamomile and carnations low in the arrangement.  I like to use a bulky (carnation) and branchy (chamomile) flower in this phase to provide both coverage and support for the next layer of flowers.
3) To pull color to the edges of the arrangement, I added foxglove from the Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall.  It’s long and reaching shape is perfect fit for this job.
4) In step four, I added some small white roses.  I call these accent flowers because they generally rest one step below the big beautiful focal flower.  As I place them, I think about how the focal flowers will rest, wether centered or in a line.  This helps me create a nice supporting layer for them to rest.  You’ll notice I removed some petals and fluffed out the petals.
5) The purple roses are the focal flower in this arrangement and are arranged in an implied line.  Like a constellation in the sky, they move your eye through the arrangement and tell the story of the seasons.

6) The arrangement is finished with chocolate cosmos, light and airy in size and texture, but dark in color.  This balances out the use of light colored flowers low in the arrangement.

We’re always thrilled to share floral tutorials from Kelly Perry of Team Flower! Check out some of our other favorites here: foliage chair swags, test tube floral chandeliers, and DIY concrete candles!

Flowers: Kelly Perry of Team Flower | Photography: Taylor & Porter | Venue: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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12.16.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Bohemian Real Wedding in Joshua Tree

Jessica and Luckey knew just want to do to create their perfectly bohemian wedding: be themselves. The bride and her sister did all the florals and decorating themselves, along with creating the jewelry. The groom, an artist, created a beautiful ceremony setting, that was simple enough to allow their special moments to speak for themselves. And further, they chose the perfect date: September 27th , the date of the Supermoon. “We loved the idea of spending the evening with our favorite people under the autumn moonlight. To our surprise, it ended up being a very rare total lunar eclipse/supermoon/blood moon combo! It was such a memorable moment when this epic, red, crescent shaped moon crept up from behind the mountains. It felt completely surreal.  I’m so happy we all got to experience it together.”

More from the photographer, Jamie of Rad in Love:
“I loved Jessica and Luckey’s simple and peaceful approach to their wedding day. They got ready together in the house they own with their family in Joshua Tree, with vetever oil diffusing in the air. (The oil has a grounding element, perfect for your wedding day!) Jessica and her sister (who also made the wedding jewelry) fluttered about before hand, putting together the florals and last minute ceremony touches- adding to the elements brought in by the groom Luckey, who is an artist. The ceremony details, with the color, architectural elements, and cacti, where so Luis Barragan-ish. The freaking phenomenal vegan-raw cake was made by a close friend and wedding guest. The family dogs padded around the compound, along with all the kiddos. You could tell the couple was surrounded by their closest friends and family for such an intimate celebration of love. Our kind of jam!”

Photography: Rad in Love | Venue: Saguro Hideaway in Joshua Tree | Dress: Houghton from LOHO Bride | Shoes: Charlotte Stone | Suit: Topman | Jewelry: Malia | Rentals: Plants & Patina

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12.15.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog