Romantic Bridal Hair Piece Trends

We’re thrilled today to share with you the newest collection from Erica Elizabeth Designs, with some of the most romantic bridal hair pieces that we’ve ever laid our eyes on. Read on for more style tips and the inspiration behind the line from the designer herself:

“This season I was captivated by the whimsical styles on the catwalks of Milan and Paris. As an admirer of the many lush period dramas on television, I was also thrilled to see the headdress become the most popular accessory on the red carpet.

I took all of that inspiration and disappeared into my studio. Working with these haute couture ideas and fashion trends I adapted them to bridal sensibilities. Each piece in the collection is a striking interpretation of classic beauty for the modern bride. Now is the perfect time for a bride to accessorize her look with flattering full crowns, circlet, or hair chains. 

For the bride who wants a regal, dramatic feel there are headpieces made from hand-crafted metals that give off a soft, golden glow when they catch the light. A soft, delicate crown of hand-pressed silk flowers is for many the essence of romance. Better still, choose a headpiece that mixes metals and textures, as unique as the woman wearing it.

With the help of photographer Meghan K. Sadler, we captured the mood I was looking for. Shot in dark rooms on a moody, overcast day, the rose golds and jewels came popping through the natural dim light.”

Accessories: Erica Elizabeth Designs| Photography: Meghan K. Sadler | Hair & Makeup: Bethany Ruck | Shoes: Bella Belle

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10.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Why did these wedding images go viral?


Ever wondered what it is that makes a wedding image go viral?

We’ve had Joy Thigpen take a closer look at the composition of some of Once Wed’s most pinned images. These photos have been pinned hundreds – and often thousands – of times.

Find out why here.


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10.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Epic Destination Wedding in Greece

We all love to see photos from beautiful destinations around the world, sharing in the beauty and imagining experiences we might have if we were there. Well, today you’ll be able to imagine being a guest at Michael and Kat’s destination wedding in Santorini, Greece. We love the unique perspective that photographer Nirav Patel creates in these images, as well as the minimal navy and white theme the couple chose to work with in the decor. Classic navy gowns for the bridesmaids, a simple white chuppah, and plenty of flickering candlelight for the centerpieces all work together to create a clean, elegant aesthetic (which is all the easier when planning a destination wedding!).

Photography: Nirav Patel | Wedding Venue: Santorini Gem | Coordination: Santorini Glam Weddings | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti | Hair + Makeup: Renia Bledaki | Bridal Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Invitation Design: Bride & Groom | Acrylic Invitation: AChang Design Studio | Acrylic Table Numbers: Bride & Groom | Escort Cards & Sea glass: Bride & Groom | Wedding Favor Tote Bags: Myko & Kat | Groom’s Suit: Top Man | Groom’s Watch: Daniel Wellington | Boutonnieres: Annie Lee | Custom Tie Bars: Tesoro Jewelry 

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10.12.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Composition 101 – A Digital Course by Once Wed and Joy Thigpen

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If you’ve been following along with the #composition101 hashtag on Instagram, you may have noticed us sharing a lot of advice on creating better imagery this past week.

Well today we’re excited to officially announce the release of our new online course in visual composition and design, written by Joy Thigpen in partnership with Once Wed.

Called Composition 101, it is an online course that explores the elements and principles of design and delves into discussions on what it takes to compose a great image, be it a daily snap for your Instagram feed, a professional image for a client, or simply improving your own photography skills.

Florists, planners, calligraphers, rental companies, stylists, designers, caterers, bloggers, interior designers; we must ALL now add photography to our list of necessary competencies. The success of our businesses depends upon the sharing of compelling images which communicate our brands’ message. This is why we’ve created Composition 101. We know how important good imagery is to us all.

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a creative just starting out in the wedding industry, we’re confident this course will be a game-changer for you.

  • Understanding more about composition is one of the best things you can upgrade in your skill set.

  • Having better composition, be it with your iphone shot or with your camera, is a foundational investment and far more affordable (and a better payoff) than buying a new camera or a new lens. 

  • There’s not as many people talking about making your art better. Making your work better. That’s what we want to talk about.”

Composition 101 is designed in a way that once purchased online, you can work through the course at your own pace. Our goal is to keep it affordable and accessible to everyone, no matter where you are professionally in your career.

Intrigued? For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering $80 off the regular course price.

Click here for the full details! 

10.09.15 / Featured, News Blog