Improving Your Wedding Day Detail Shots


Photographs of wedding day details such as stationery, jewelery, florals and accessories are all important images that help tell a more complete story of a wedding.

These images also contribute to a layout, meaning great detail shots can increase your chances of seeing your work published on blogs and in magazines.

We’re sharing advice on how to improve your detail shots on Wedding Styling 101 today.

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Image: Meghan Kay Sadler

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11.11.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Honeymoon in the Beautiful Dominican Republic

If you’re looking for a romantic ocean-side destination wedding, a private honeymoon with quality hospitality, or a bachelorette getaway with a group of your best friends, pack your bags and head to Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. We were recently invited to experience all that Barcelo Bavaro has to offer, and the trip was one to remember.

Barcelo Bavaro is a private resort located in the heart of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and is a short ride from the airport. The resort is nestled right along the ocean, which has been voted one of Caribbean’s top 10 beaches, and the crystal clear water and beach-front views are truly beautiful. As we walked through the property, the natural light and open-air walkways welcomed us to their tropical paradise. Even better, situated within this one property are two separate complexes: the family friendly Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe and the adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach. Whatever type of wedding or vacation you’re looking for, you can find here!

When you get engaged, you immediately begin planning the details of the wedding venue, and dreaming about the honeymoon location. Whether you are envisioning a private, intimate wedding along the water, or a large wedding party with all of your closest friends and family, Barcelo Bavaro has you covered. With multiple venues able to accommodate guests from 2 to 2,000 and an exceptional staff of wedding coordinators, you are able to design a wedding day that fits your personal style and dreams. The resort offers multiple wedding packages, personalized decor, private dinner parties, set menu options, and onsite vendors to help make your wedding planning process as easy and exciting as possible.

Whether you are planning your honeymoon, bachelorette party, or even an anniversary trip, Barcelo Bavaro offers accommodations and amenities that will have you quite disappointed when it’s time to head back home. Beach-front rooms with private patios, eleven 5-star restaurants with food from all over the world, a premium lounge, cigar shop, theatre, and golf course, as well as a full service spa with private pools are all available to you. The Presidential Suite accommodates up to six guests, and is a beautiful 3 bedroom property overlooking the beach. The resort also offers off-site excursions as well as quality sports and fitness facilities for the active and adventurous. And if your dream trip is one full of relaxation and privacy? The ocean-front views, room service, and romantic restaurant atmospheres can’t be beat.

Spending time in a tropical paradise was wonderful enough, but the superior quality and guest-centered staff at Barcelo Bavaro far exceeded our expectations. From the moment we stepped into the resort until the day we departed, the staff greeted us with smiling faces and a desire to make our stay at Barcelo Bavaro one that we would thoroughly enjoy. With endless amenities and personalized accommodations, we can’t think of a better place to plan your destination wedding and honeymoon!

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11.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Design for Camera

StylingRealvsCamera_DedicatedEmail_V1Have you designed something that you’ve loved, only to see it photographed and turn out not at all like you expected?

This result is to do with the gap between the three-dimensional world we inhabit and the two-dimensional word of photography. It’s a challenge all creatives face.

We worked with some florists to look at ways of combatting this problem. We are sharing some of the results with you in a video on Wedding Styling 101 today.

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11.10.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Magical Mountain Elopement in The Rockies

If you’ve followed Once Wed for a while, then you’ll know that our aesthetic tends towards the organic, simple, and natural-inspired. The beauty that is this magical mountain elopement in the Rockies couldn’t be more up our alley: from the absolutely stunning embroidery on the bodice of this Hayley Paige gown, to the delicate flushes of color in the bridal bouquet, to the overwhelming sense of magic and peace from that breathtaking landscape, we simply can’t get enough.

More from the photographer, Justine Milton:
“Weddings, at the heart of it, are most importantly about the bond between two people who are about to embark on of their greatest adventure of their lives. It isn’t about a fancy venue, a big bridal party, or a ten tier cake. Sometimes, the simplest weddings are the most beautiful. When you realize all you need is the person you love, standing next to you, that is the real beauty. With the desire to be truly present with one another during your vows. No distractions from friends or family. Our couple decided to elope and be truly present for their special day. They hoped for an intimate and carefree ceremony, with their only distractions being the sounds of nature. For the overall design, we allowed nature to choose the colors and tones for their wedding day. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful mountains of Canmore, Alberta and the turquoise river, the florals displayed a lovely combination of creams, ivories, greens, and accents of dusty rose and sandy tones.”

Photography: Justine Milton | Styling + Design + Coordination: Birds & Honey | Hair & Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artist | Florals: Amy Sanderson | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige | Bridal Salon: Delica Bridal | Stationery & Calligrahpy: The Weekend Type | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe



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11.10.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog