Serene Oceanside Wedding Inspiration

Reminiscing seems to be a common theme when surrounded by nature; recollecting memories of sounds and sights when you first fell in love.  Sometimes it takes complete displacement from your familiar surroundings to remember. Remembering the way it felt as if the world stood still when you locked eyes with the one you love or the over whelming peace as you day dream about your future together.

There is something about the ocean that gave us a piece of serenity. Maybe it’s was the lack of noise or simply just a change of scenery, but we all felt completely at peace as we watched the waves mimic the movement of this stunning Carol Hannah gown and recognized the smell of sweet jasmine lingering in the salty air. This was our moment.

At Amy Osaba Events, we encourage our clients to eliminate as much stress as possible from their planning process so they too can have this moment of stillness as they say their “I do’s”.  It’s hard to break away from the idea of planning the “perfect wedding” and rather encompass the idea of planning the wedding that makes sense for the two of you as a couple. Deciphering what you want to feel on your wedding day is something few consider but we have found this is what leaves the most lasting impression. So take a moment and remember the sounds, the scents or even the textures of the moment you fell in love.

Hair/Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Gown: Carol Hannah | Photography: Ryan Ray | Flowers: Amy Osaba | Creative Direction: Amy Osaba Events

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06.02.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Enchanting Redwoods Floral Inspiration

If you’re ever struggling with wedding planning, we highly suggest talking with the experts. There are thousands of floral choices when you start planning your wedding, and that can be overwhelming for some brides. Keep reading for advice from the Amy Osaba Events team on how to narrow down your floral choices:

From Amy Osaba Events:

“I had been dreaming up this shoot for months, and when we started to think about floral choices, much like brides have to do before their weddings, we knew we wanted to create lush florals with a variety of textures throughout. So when we saw these amazing roses full of fluffy petals and freshly opened peonies, we knew they’d be perfect among one of our favorites, delicate jasmine vines. 

Our work at Amy Osaba Events relies greatly on the incorporation of various textures. Using this technique is what helps us achieve a natural and loose look. We love incorporating natural elements pulled from the environment we’re working with. Things like flowering branches, blackberries, and occasionally pomegranates! 

So when you are in over your head with flowers, try to narrow it down by the textures you like whether it be soft, flowy, or prickly. Hopefully that will help eliminate the overwhelming amount of flower choices and make a bouquet”


Hair/Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Gown: Carol Hannah | Photography: Ryan Ray | Flowers: Amy Osaba | Creative Direction: Amy Osaba Events

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06.01.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Register for your Bathroom with Zola

If you’re anything like us, when you begin registering for wedding gifts, your mind immediately goes to kitchen appliances and accessories. You start dreaming of Kitchenaid mixers, pots, pans, and tupperware sets that would make your mom jealous. We love that Zola is a place where you can register for all those kitchen accessories, but it’s also a registry where the sky is the limit. Recently we’ve been thinking about the small spaces in each home. For example, have you thought about revamping your bathroom?  With Zola, you can create an oasis in your very own bathroom with their turkish towels, accessories, and glassware. And if all the beautiful gifts from their store have you inspired and craving something more – say, an amazing honeymoon adventure – Zola can help you there too! Register for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with just a few clicks.

Visit Zola today to start your registry and start relaxing! And Once Wed readers get $25 toward their registry by signing up today!

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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06.01.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, News Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog


You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you’ve had numerous fittings to make sure everything is perfect, and you’ll soon be wowing your friends and family as you walk down the aisle to begin your exciting future with someone special. But have you thought about what will happen to your most treasured keepsake from the most momentous day of your life?

Luckily, we’ve already thought about that for you and have partnered with to give TWO lucky brides a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, which ensures your dress stays as magnificent over the next years and decades as it did the day you first wore it. The invisible stains from your wedding day can be the most damaging to a delicate dress – sweat, dirt, and oils contribute to the yellowing of the fabric and wreak havoc on the dress’ fine fabrics.

The upgraded kit includes free shipping to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company where it receives a museum quality cleaning formulated for delicate fabrics (unlike a lot of those dry cleaners out there!), is checked for tears and missing beading, and returns the dress to you perfectly preserved and in family heirloom status in its very own preservation chest. Whether or not your future daughter or granddaughter wants to wear it on her wedding day is another thing. You can learn more about their sophisticated cleaning and preservation process at

To enter to win a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, comment below with your wedding dress designer and style. For an extra entry, share this post on Facebook and tag Once Wed.

Photography for last 3 images: Ali Harper

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05.30.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog