Learn Floral Design from Sarah Winward. Sale Ends Tomorrow.

If you’ve always wanted to learn floral design from Sarah Winward, now is your chance!

The introductory sale price on Sarah’s new course, The Nature of Wedding Floral Design, ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT. This is the lowest price on offer for 2016.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course and the payment plans options on offer.

You can also catch the replay of Sarah’s webinar from earlier this week by clicking here.

05.04.16 / Featured

Elegant Springtime Wedding Flower Ideas

Today, Sarah Winward shows us yet another stunning take on wedding flower ideas. With a restrained palette of muted mauves and pinks with whites and greens, lush, botanical-inspired floral designs, and a minimal table design, this adds up to one of our favorite ways to create an elegant springtime wedding. A bridal bouquet that spills over with lilac, hellebores, and fritillari and accented with silk ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

Here at Once Wed, we have the opportunity to observe how many wedding professionals, around the world, grow their careers. We love to see wedding vendors take chances, try different things, and ultimately, be rewarded with growth and new talent. One of the things we love the most about watching this happen is that we know, in the end, our brides will also be rewarded by it. That’s why we love to see amazing wedding artists come together to learn together. And for any of our readers today who are also wedding pros and are searching for the right opportunity to grow their talents, be sure to consider The PATH Workshop.

The PATH is a worldwide workshop for wedding creatives. Founded by Fine Art international Photographer D’Arcy Benincosa, it is a true chance to immerse yourself in inspiration and gain wisdom from some of the best people in the industry. The workshops take place in various countries across the globe that are carefully selected for their inspiration and eye opening landscapes and people. Traveling to these places is meant to stretch you, encourage you to take risks, live fully, and experience your world and your creativity on a larger scale. Each person has an affect on the person next to them, and through our awareness in how we can change the world via our businesses, we make the world a better place, a smaller place, a place we understand, and place we love. The world is our home. As Mark Twain says, “Travel is fatal to prejudice.”

ICELAND: June 13-15
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: September 12-13
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: October 12-13
HAVANA, CUBA: November 26-30

For each location, D’Arcy curates a cohesive and collaborative team, conceptualizes the shoots so that photographers, stylists, and florists alike can learn how to create a collection fit for publication. There is also a full day of business discussing mindset, making your ideal client come to you, pricing, traveling, working with investing and saving your money, creating powerful and global networks, and finding fulfillment in a world that is overly focused on being burned out. There is also continued support after the workshop is over when an active and collaborative Facebook group.

Workshop Host & Photographer: D’Arcy Benincosa | Design: Gatherist | Flowers: Sarah Winward | Hair & Makeup: Bella Cosa | Dresses: Leanne Marshall | Paper & Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Jewelry: The Land of Salt | Venue: Studio Elevn | Rentals: Decoration Inc. | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Linens: La Tavola

05.03.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

WIN Your Wedding Photography from Studio Elle!

We’re so excited today to offer you a chance to win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle Photography! Find all of the details below on how to enter, but first, let’s get to know the photographer, Renee!

While wedding photographers used to be looked down on, we’re thrilled that in recent years, the art they create has become celebrated. Here at Once Wed, we happen to partial to film photography, for the soft, dreamy quality that film distinctly creates. Studio Elle Photography loves incorporating film photography into her weddings, for the way it motivates and inspires her creativity. Her signature aesthetic is timeless, romantic, and organic.

Studio Elle Photography is based in the mid-west, and loves to travel – Renee says there’s nothing she loves more than photographing people while exploring new places. We love the way that her photography uniquely captures a sense of place and time, while telling a couple’s story in a genuine and emotional way. Take one look at her Instagram feed, and we’re sure you’ll agree!

“I believe in providing a wonderful experience for my couples and guiding them through the process from start to finish. Offering a beautifully curated set of images with timeless heirloom products is very important to me as an artist.” – Renee Lemaire, Studio Elle Photography

GIVEAWAY: Win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle. How?

HOW TO ENTER: Simply comment on this post below! Tell us your names, wedding date, location and venue. We’d love to hear more about your story and wedding inspiration!

CONTEST DATES: Entries are open Monday, May 2 through Monday, May 16. Studio Elle will contact the winning couple after that date.

Please Note: This prize is for 8 hours of wedding photography coverage from Studio Elle. Travel expenses for weddings outside of Ohio will be paid for up front by the couple. Travel arrangements will be made by Studio Elle.

Thank you for your entries – this contest is now Closed.

05.02.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Fresh Late Summer Wedding in California

We’ve always loved outdoor weddings, and we’ve always loved summer weddings, so bring them together and our team is guaranteed to be happy. Amanda and Bryan’s summertime California wedding somehow feels fresh and inviting, doesn’t it? Lush foliage, much of it foraged from the Sonoma countryside by designer Sarah Winward, is to be credited for bringing in that sense of freshness: though the ceremony was held in a courtyard, the greenery arrangements spilling down the aisle and the incredible floral and foliage archway create the ambiance of an outdoor garden. Sweet pops of yellow ranging from lemon to mustard made their way into the floral palette, brightening the typical “white and green” palette to produce a light, cheerful feel.

Read on for more details from the planner, Laurie Arons:
“The wedding of Sonoma couple Amanda & Bryan was a true reflection of they valley in which they live. They chose to get married in the ruins of Annadel Estate Winery, a romantic and intimate setting to say their vows. Floral designer Sarah Winward constructed a full floral arch at the alter, and filled the ruins with lush arrangements down the aisle. Known for her knack for foraging, Sarah included greenery from the Sonoma countryside through the wedding.  

In keeping with the ancient feel of the ruins, Amanda wore an intricate veil with her lace Lihi Hod gown. She surprised Bryan with her processional song, having secretly arranged for Synchronicity Strings to accompany a singer & ukele player perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Bryan’s two daughters played an important part in the ceremony, signifying the new family the four of them were creating. And for the final surprise of the ceremony, a flight of doves were released at the moment of their kiss. 

Since Bryan is the executive chef at Sonoma’s St. Francis Winery, it’s no surprise the couple focused on serving incredible food alongside the wines of Annadel Estate Winery. Amanda & Bryan worked with the girl and the fig CATERS, the off-premise caterer from the acclaimed Sonoma restaurant. Local and seasonal ingredients were featured, capped off by a fresh ’naked cake’ from local Crisp Bake Shop. 

Guests dined and danced in a sail cloth tent, which Sarah Winward adorned with tree branches for a natural feel. The band Ground Control was the hit of the evening, with guests crowding the dance floor and having a ball.”

Planner: Laurie Arons | Florist: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Aaron Delesie | Videographer: Lola Video | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Hair & Makeup: TEAM hair & makeup | Catering: the girl and the fig CATERS | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Bride’s gown: Lihi Hod from Marina Morrison | Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmermann | Ceremony music: Synchronicity Strings | Dinner band: Ground Control, from Elan Artists | Tenting: Zephyr Tents | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

05.02.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog