Contemporary German Brewery Wedding

Minimalism and contemporary design are quickly becoming popular wedding trends, and we couldn’t love Bertus and Andree’s interpretation of this modern aesthetic any more! Keep reading for more on their inspiration for their German brewery wedding.

From the couple, Bertus and Andreé:

After a decade together Andreé and I got engaged on our anniversary. As an architect and marketing manager in commercial perfumery, we have an intrinsic admiration for the poetics in life.

In search for a place to host the feast we found a distinct German micro-brewery, in a modest contemporary farm style building set on an open field. Brauhaus am Damm overlooks a scenic portion of the Magaliesburg mountain range, on the Olifantsnek dam.

Brauhaus was very accommodating, preparations with the lovely owners of the brewery presented opportunity to make use of local industry. A neighbouring farm supplied the hay bale seats and nursery trees used as soft edges. Rusted shuttering structures that shaped the interior brick vaults were reused as sculptural elements to demarcate the ceremony.

We crafted the programme to the occasion into defined moments, embracing the opportunity to entertain the German tradition, Baumstamm Sägen or ‘sawing of the log’ – symbolic of the first obstacle a newlywed couple has to face together. The ceremony during dusk opened the patio and lead festivities into the evening. The natural theme was continued by crowning all the ladies with garlands of greenery.

The scenic beauty was complimented by the simplicity of the monochrome colour palette and the décor. White minimalist detailing was a subtle accompaniment to compliment the simplicity of the setting and the pastels of the flora: white umbrellas provided much needed shade to the congregation, practical white covers on the hay bale seats and clean programs and posters with carefully selected typography. Elements that traditionally announce festivity were the light bulb ceiling crossing the deck and the elongated bunting over the dance floor, used as scaling devices lending an intimacy to the open skies. The mountain backdrop was accentuated by the lighting poles adorned with foliage from the gardens of friends.

Our families’ involvement lay at the heart – as extended hosts they provided sentiment and meaning in forming a relaxed festive atmosphere – a familiar setting for all who has spent time at our tables in times past.

Delicately articulating the familiar into sophistication, our aesthetic became a celebration of the local and enhanced the apparent beauty – A reflection of us and what we hold dear. This ancient landscape was the perfect symbol of our relationship – surrounded by the natural elements – eternally representing the natural order of a perfect union.

Photographers: Modern Hearts  | Setting: Brauhaus am Damm  | Dress: Annelize Scheepers Couture | Suit: Louis Joseph  | Band: Awesome Foursome | Chef: Ciaran McCarthy | Decoration: Couple’s own initiative with the help from family and friends. | Flowers:  Liesbet Olivier Flowers

12.30.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Save the Dates from Minted

Minted is one of our all-time favorite sources to find beautiful wedding invitations, and we’re so excited that now you can get save the dates from Minted as well! Minted just launched their 2015 save the date collection and introduced dozens of beautiful designs from an independent community of designers. Choose from beautiful printed save the dates, and we love their sparkling designs including new Rose Gold foil options. You can easily create a totally coordinated invitation suite by matching your save the dates to your invitations, foil-pressed programs, menus, and place cards!

And to make your design process as simple as possible, Minted design specialists will help you hand-tailor your order. Upload your addresses once in the Minted online address book and use it for all of your wedding needs from save the dates to thank you cards! Minted now also offers free guest name printing to match your save the date design, which is a totally unique feature for Minted. Calligraphy-inspired writing gives you the elegant look of calligraphy on designer envelopes without the huge cost.

We’re so thrilled about all of the awesome new things that Minted has to offer for your 2015 wedding, and they’re excited to share a special offer for Once Wed readers! Receive 15% off of your entire order using code WINTERWED at checkout when you order your new save the dates from Minted!*

*Offer ends 1/5

12.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Organic Outdoor Aspen Wedding

It’s so fun to see some of our favorite vendors work together to create something truly stunning like this wedding from Jessica Loren and Bluebird Productions! We are so in love with Veronica and Daniel’s organic outdoor wedding in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. All of the special details this couple added to their wedding and the creativity of the designers and stylists who worked to create this beautiful day made this wedding even more memorable. One of our favorite details is their modern take on a wedding arch. Combining modern and elegant details with some bohemian influences created an elegant and timeless wedding full of style and personality!

Photography: Jessica Lorren PhotographyCoordination: Bluebird Productions | Styling: Corinne Williams | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Dress: Inbal Dror | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Make Up: Lutz Kapf | Venue Locations: Aspen, Colorado – private residence | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Specialty Rentals (Friday):  Eclectic Hive | Specialty Rentals (Saturday): Blue Print | Caterer: Caribou Club | Video: Elysium Productions | DJ: Dj Sinatra by 4AM Dj’s | Paper Goods: Custom

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12.23.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win a Dream Honeymoon to Martinique

Are you torn between deciding on a romantic honeymoon in Paris or a relaxing week on the beach? We know it can be difficult decide if you want to spend your first days together as a married couple soaking in French romance or with the sand between your toes, but what if you could have both? Well, you actually can if you visit Martinique. Martinique is a little piece of France in the Caribbean. This seductive French island is the perfect honeymoon spot for couples looking for an insanely romantic experience with all of the wonders of the Caribbean. We recently took a trip to the absolutely extraordinary island of of Martinique, and we experienced the best the island had to offer! Keep reading to find out how you could win a trip for two to Martinique!

The first night of the trip, we stayed at the beautiful Hotel Plein Soleil in Martinique which is nestled amid a lush tropical garden. We loved this hotel as each room is part of a colorful villa with their own private pools and decks. Our favorite detail was waking up in an open air bedroom outside steps away from your own private pool.

The following day was simply magical, as we started out the morning at Le Francois Marina sailing on a beautiful catamaran visiting ilet Loup-garou, a turtle reserve, ilet Chancel, an iguana ilsand, and more of the absolutely stunning landmarks that make Martinique so magnificent. Martinique has so many options for adventurous couples from sailing, kayaking, canyoning, horseback riding to golf.

Our second night was spent at La Suite Villa, which was a lovely boutique hotel on a hill overlooking the island. The views were spectacular. The hotel has its own restaurant, and dinner from a French and Creole master chef at the Le Zandoli was definitely a highlight of the trip!

And the next day was spent exploring the natural wonders of the island, sightseeing the rainforest and waterfalls on the island. This would definitely be at the top of our list if we were honeymooning here! Everything was so lush, green, and absolutely unbelievable.

The last day we spent in beautiful Martinique was at Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa, which has direct access to a secluded beach and guest can enjoy a soothing full service spa. Le Cap Est Lagoon overlooked the most delightful, private beach steps away from each room.

For your chance to win a dream honeymoon to Martinique, CLICK HERE! Thank you so much again to the French Tourism board and Martinique Promotion Bureau for inviting us to visit Martinique!

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12.22.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog