Laidback New Orleans Engagement Session

If you’ve ever traveled to New Orleans, you know that it has an energy and spirit like no other place. That energy is what is leading Christine and Ben’s wedding planning, and so it is the perfect destination for their wedding as well as their engagement photos! For their engagement session with MK Sadler, they toured around some of their favorite spots, all showcasing amazing charm and a laid-back, comfortable vibe.

Looking for more New Orleans wedding inspiration? Check out this overgrown New Orleans editorial, this black tie real wedding in New Orleans, and all of our Louisiana Preferred Vendors!

More from the couple’s event planner, Jessica Sloane:
“Christine and Ben are a New York couple who love to spend time relaxing in the southern culture of New Orleans. They feel like the city brings out their fun-loving, silly personalities, in contrast to their busy professional lives in Manhattan. So, they’ve chosen New Orleans to get married and are anxious to share their love of the city with their friends and families! Meghan Kay Sadler and I got a taste of the laid-back city as we toured some of Christine and Ben’s favorite restaurants, bars and neighborhoods this past spring for their engagement session. We are all really looking forward to the celebration at Marigny Opera House next spring!”

Photography: MK Sadler | Styling: Jessica Sloane | Dress: Reformation

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09.02.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 2

Weddings like Brittany and Colter’s make us giddy. You know when a photo of a cocktail is as beautiful as this one, that there are going to be plenty of gorgeous ideas and inspiring details that brides and grooms in the planning stages of their own wedding will fall for. Brittany wanted their wedding to be casual, natural, modern, and most of all FUN. With the help of a talented team of vendors, they used a lot of wood and linen for the natural/casual side of things but also a lot of acrylic to make it feel modern, too. And don’t the garden-inspired florals and summery color palette make you wish you were a guest?

Missed Part 1 of Brittany and Colter’s beautiful wedding? See it here.

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Video: Shark Pig | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

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09.01.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Reimagine your wedding with Airbnb

One of the wonderful side effects of a wedding is reuniting family and friends. Whether you’re planning a destination celebration or have guests traveling from out-of-town to celebrate with you, wouldn’t it be amazing to host all of those guests together? Keep reading for some fabulous ideas on how to reimagine your wedding with Airbnb and how you may be able to win $500 toward your next stay!

Your wedding may be the one and only time all of your closest friends and relatives are together in one place, so why not relish that moment and spend as much time together as possible in an Airbnb home? Friends and family will appreciate the fact that they don’t have to stay in a stale hotel room after a long day of flying or traveling to your destination wedding. Once they arrive, they’ll love pulling up to a unique house full of family and equipped with all of the luxuries of home. Your guests can stay as family groups or with friends in one home, cook their own meals, and get ready for your wedding together with more comfort than a hotel could ever offer. And think – how nice would it be that for your friends to get together for a game night or visit a local pub while the bridal party is busy with the wedding rehearsal.

And don’t just think about your guests, consider booking an Airbnb home for you and your future spouse as well. Imagine starting the day, just the two of you, looking out over the mountains or onto a secluded beach. Drink a cup of coffee together and enjoy your last few minutes of solitude. Your parents can come spend the morning with you before the wedding (we promise this time will be more precious than you can ever imagine).  And if you choose the right home, you may even be able to use your Airbnb as a quaint setting for an intimate wedding or reception. It would be so nice to party the night away with those close to you, then walk right inside to a warm bed and cuddle up next to your new spouse.

Renting an Airbnb could also be the perfect option for your bachelor or bachelorette party! All your friends can stay together in one home, keeping connected while having enough personal space to make sure you don’t want to kick anyone out of your bridal party after the trip is over.

To help you start planning your Airbnb wedding, Airbnb is offering one Once Wed reader the chance to win $500 toward their next Airbnb stay!

CLOSED: The Winner is: Diane Millay!

HOW TO ENTER: Please leave your email in the comment section to enter. And as a bonus, include a link to your dream property to double your chances of winning with a bonus entry!  Contest ends September 15th- winner will be chosen at random. If you’re struggling to find the right property for your wedding, check out some of our favorites here!

Wedding Images: Meghan Kay Sadler | Property Images: Courtesy of Airbnb (Strawbale Cabin, Joshua Tree Green Haus)

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09.01.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 1

Incorporating modern elements into a thoroughly elegant, garden-inspired design can be tricky. Combining the feminine with the stricter, sparser ideas of a “modern” aesthetic is challenging, but pays off when done well. We love the unique details that were chosen in Brittany and Colter’s wedding design: weaving together calligraphy with a graphic sans serif invitation suite, the intricately petalled (and pixelated!) aisle design, and of course, pulling the symbol of the redwoods under which the couple said their vows throughout the details. Luckily for you, today and tomorrow you’ll find all the inspiration you need (part 2 of this Napa wedding will be featured on Once Wed tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more!).

From the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Joy Thigpen: 
“My favorite design elements came from the ceremony site itself. Brittany and Colter chose to be married beneath a pair of redwoods. We sent Shanan from Eskayel an iPhone picture of the redwoods which she used to paint a watercolor illustration that we used as a logo of sorts on the invitation, etc. but she also took it a step further by blowing up and repeating small sections of that illustration to make amazing patterns in her signature Eskayel way which we used in the paper goods and also printed on linen to make custom napkins for each place setting and pillows for the lounge areas. Even the cake was based on the Eskayel patterns.

My other favorite design element was the aisle treatment. Brittany expressed (somewhat bashfully) she wanted some kind of romantic fairytale something but in a modern way and when I came across BeatWoven’s version of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pas De Duex’ from the wedding scene in The Sleeping Beauty I knew it had to be the aisle design. BeatWoven creates these pixelated symmetrical patterns from the audio files of selected passages of music and Studio Mondine executed the design in petals down the aisle. So Brittany got to walk down her thoroughly modern aisle that was secretly from a fairytale.”

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

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08.31.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog