Elegant Destination Wedding in Bali

When we hear the words “destination wedding,” we often think of a beachfront wedding at a Caribbean resort, with sand, seashells, and maybe a short wedding dress. It can be difficult to plan a destination wedding in the first place, let alone one that really fits your personal aesthetic, especially if that aesthetic is a more traditionally elegant, black-tie style. Today’s real wedding shows us that even if seashells aren’t your thing, you can still have an amazing destination wedding. Melissa and Rei chose to wed in Bali, with inspiring, ancient jungle vistas as their backdrop.

Read on for more from the bride about the couple’s sweet love story:
“We met on the first day of Math class in high school, and Rei was one of the new students. He sat right behind me and we only managed to share a joke until I was moved to a different class.

Both he and I were in relationships and we didn’t have many classes together and even when we did, we’d never sit close to each other. Little did we know that a year later we would both be single and would become the best of friends. It all started when I spotted him trying to skip class and me trying to drag and convince him not to.

Over the last year of high school, we ended up sharing the same group of friends and though we were the complete polar opposites of each other, he being the logical one and me being over-emotional, something just clicked! Fast forward to almost 7 years together, he proposed!”

Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design | Local Planning: Joe Hendranata | Venue: Como Shambhala | Rentals: Bali Event Hire | Photo: Erich McVey | Videography: Amy McVey | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy

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11.16.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

A new take on blush wedding inspiration


For years now, blush has been one of the wedding industry’s strongest trends. However, its current prevalence doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere anytime soon. While pink can be a controversial color, we find that utilizing blush doesn’t necessarily dictate an entirely bubblegum or uber feminine palette. A whisper of blush adds warmth, romance, and dimension. There are so many shades of blush, and they tend to play well with other colors. After all, blush is the color of candlelight and sunsets.

Thus, a light blush champagne color is also a fabulous shade for any additional lighting, providing a natural-looking and flattering glow on guests in person as well as in photos. This is just one example of how an incognito blush can round out any color scheme, whether neutral or highly saturated.

Blush for weddings isn’t just a flash in the pan phenomenon, it’s an integral element to many of our favorite palettes, often going undetected.

See if you can spot the whisper of blush that you may not have otherwise noticed in the photos in this slideshow. You may see why even when it’s not a key player, blush is a secret weapon for many wedding palettes.

If you’re looking for a more traditional take on blush, you might also enjoy this slideshow of some of our most popular blush wedding ideas.

Article by Once Wed contributor Caroline Boneham Roche


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11.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

In-depth styling training is here: Wedding Styling 101


By now you may have heard of Wedding Styling 101, the in-depth styling course for creatives I developed with Joy Thigpen.

Designed for photographers, planners, floral designers and aspiring stylists, with a particular emphasis on styling for weddings, events and styled shoots, Wedding Styling 101 was first launched in May this year to much enthusiasm and wonderful reviews.

Here’s what some fellow creatives had to say about their experience with the course:

Wedding Styling 101 was an absolute game-changer for our company’s approach to styling. Emily & Joy seamlessly break down the basics of styling in a way that truly altered the way we create our own images and review the images we receive from weddings and events. The course not only provided integral insight on how to style images with visual intention, but also how to better work alongside photographers and develop an aesthetic unique to our brand. Our dream is to walk into a photoshoot or wedding with multiple vendors who have taken this course so that everyone is on the same page – We tell ALL of our vendor friends to invest in Wedding Styling 101! – Kelsey & Amelia, (Tart Event Co), event stylists

Wedding Styling 101 taught me to seek out inspiration in new ways, for example from nature, literature, art and fashion, rather than just from online sources. I’ve found this to be so useful and fulfilling for me as a floral designer. When I’m consulting with couples I now ask more questions about who they are and what is important to them. I’m eager to know more about the other elements of the wedding style that they already have in play also. This helps me to design in a way that will reflect their personal style and be cohesive with the rest of the event. – Sarah Watts, Sarah’s Garden, wedding floral and styling

Read more reviews about the course here 

Since the first launch we’ve expanded the course even further adding six in-depth video tutorials to support the PDFs through which the course is delivered. Our goal with this course was to create something for you that was both affordable and easily accessible, while also helping you to learn what has take a lot of years of trial and (a lot of) error to understand.

Improving your styling skills will build your confidence. As a result your work will look more professional and you’ll be building a great portfolio, all while improving your chances of being published and connecting with your ideal clients.

For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering access to the course for 20% OFF the regular tuition price. We’ve also implemented a “buy now, pay later” plan allowing you to pay for the course via easy monthly installments.

Click here to learn more

11.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Botanical Wedding Inspiration in Brooklyn

When an incredibly talented floral designer gets married, we expect no less than an amazing wedding. And when Ariel Dearie, the creative director of Ariel Dearie Flowers (a floral studio that she founded that specializes in arrangements for weddings and photo shoots and has worked with brands like DiorPrada, and Bulgari), planned her wedding, that “amazing wedding” certainly happened.

Along with now-husband Andrew (they met at a living art installation a few years ago, when he pretended to need flowers for a non-existent project), Ariel searched high and low for all the pieces needed to pull their day together. In the end, she created some of her own accessories and designing her own florals. Read on for more of the planning behind this beautiful botanical wedding in Brooklyn.

More from the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“The couple originally planned to get married in New Orleans, where Ariel is from, but all of the venues they were interested in were already booked for 2015. “I had done flowers for a wedding at the Boathouse in Prospect Park and had really loved it,” Ariel explains, “so we inquired and they happened to have this one Friday in June available.” They promptly booked it. “With the tall French doors and large terrace, the architecture of the Boathouse resembles some of the buildings in City Park in New Orleans,” says Ariel. “We also loved that the location was convenient and in the city, but because it’s on the lake, it manages to feel private and tucked away in the park.”

Ariel had a very specific idea of the simple silhouette she wanted for her dress. “During my search, I found a dress with the silhouette I wanted, but it was too basic—and then I found another one with the right silhouette but with too much embellishment,” she recalls. “When I eventually saw the Jenny Yoo dress, I immediately knew it was the one I wanted—it had the simple silhouette but with light beading on the waistline and the cap sleeves.”

The search for a crown was a bit more complicated. “I looked all over for one that was ornate but not over the top,” she says. “I originally thought about wearing a Victorian wax flower crown, but those felt too heavy. I also had a specific idea in my head for this and just couldn’t find it. That was when I decided to make my own crown of tiny freshwater pearls and rose gold. Now that I made that crown, I’ve realized just how special wedding crowns can be and am now making custom crowns for some of my clients.”

The couple’s simple ceremony was outside, overlooking the water. “The weather was absolutely perfect, which was very lucky, as the prediction had been heavy storms for days,” says Ariel.

The reception began inside the Boathouse with toasts made by both sides of the family. Andrew’s two brothers each made some funny speeches to kick things off, followed by Ariel’s family, including her nephews and 3-year-old niece. “Our DJ, Chances With Wolves [Kenan Juska], played incredible music,” says Ariel. “Dinner was hardly over when the whole party made its way out to the terrace to dance by the water. A limbo stick made by my little sister appeared, which led to a contest, followed by a full conga line. The music was so good that at one point I looked up and there were people across the lake dancing on the bridge and in the woods!”


Photographer: Lauren Balingit | Photo Styling: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Coordinator: Dawn Mauberret | Officiant: Jesse Israel | Flowers: Ariel Dearie Flowers | Invitations: Marin Dearie | Hair/ Make Up: Brittany Romney | Crown: Ariel Dearie | Dress: Jenny Yoo | Shoes: Sigerson Morrison | Suits: J. Crew | Cellist: Alexandra Moiseeva | DJ: Chances with Wolves | Cake: Jenny McCoy | Macarons: Woops 

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11.12.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog