Classic Garden Wedding

K A R I N A + J A S O N from Andrew James Abajian on Vimeo.

We just love sharing images and inspiration from classic, elegant weddings. One of the things we find most inspiring about Karina and Jason’s wedding is the gorgeous garden reception. The organic setting allows for the simplicity of the floral palette and Karina’s elegant style to really shine through. Even more so, we wanted to share how this set of images celebrates the love of this sweet couple. Just take a quick look at Jason’s expression when he sees Karina walk down the aisle toward him–that is what we’re all about!Looking for more classic, simple wedding inspiration like the ideas in this wedding? Check out this intimate elopement, these gorgeous florals, and this beautiful lace-inspired wedding shoot.

Planning + Design – Carly Rae Weddings | Photography – Bryce Covey Photography | Church – Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Reception Venue – Kathy Ireland’s Estate | Florals – Ivana’s Floral Design | Catering – Season’s Catering | Rentals – Ventura Rentals | Videography – Andrew James Abajian | DJ – Gavin Roy

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03.16.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Introducing Minted’s 2015 Wedding Invitations

One of our favorite national wedding invitation suppliers is, hands-down, Minted. If you take a look at just some of the products and services they offer for wedding stationery, you’ll find out why. And, we’re excited today to showcase some of the designs from their new 2015 collection!

The 2015 collection from Minted is made up of unique designs curated from a global community of independent designers. Gorgeous designs are submitted and voted upon by the community and then printed with luxury materials, including real foil-pressed designs, die cut shapes and premium papers. We love their dedication to top-quality production and customer service (they even have a “Perfection Team” for customer service!).

Some of the other things that we love about Minted? If you need a stationery piece created to match some of their other products, they’ll custom-create it for you so that all of your stationery matches. They also offer matching envelope design, a calligraphy-inspired service with guest addressing that just finishes off your stationery suite perfectly.

We also love how generous Minted is! They are giving away $500 in stationery products to one Once Wed reader. Simply click here to enter, by March 20!

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03.16.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Wedding Flowers from The Bouqs Co.

Many brides put a lot of emphasis on their flowers, wanting their bouquets and arrangements to be as beautiful as possible. But, a lot of brides are creative and artistic enough to know that they could do a beautiful job arranging their own flowers — they just don’t have access to the flowers at a good cost! Problem solved: we’re happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, The Bouqs Co.

The Bouqs Co. offers pre-curated DIY wedding packages and custom bulk orders, so you can choose from a pre-determined selection of flowers that their experts know look great together OR decide what you’d like, all on your own. Their wedding consultants will work with you, your wedding planner, or your florist to determine the size of your order and make sure that you have everything you need.

There are a lot of benefits to working with The Bouqs Co, aside from the simplicity of it. You won’t need to worry about the horror stories you’ve heard from other online retailers. The Bouqs Co. actually works directly with the growers to make sure that your flowers are cut on the very day that they are shipped to you, which means that your flowers will last a lot longer than traditional wedding flowers (and a lot of those farms are in California!). The farms they choose to work with are sustainably run, with eco-friendly farming techniques and competitive wages. Plus, because you’re ordering farm-direct flowers, you save up to 80% of the cost!

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03.14.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Our Favorite Garden Wedding Venues


We always love an outdoor wedding, and when that wedding takes place in a garden, we just know that it’s going to be beautiful! With the natural foliage and flowers, there’s less decorating that needs to be done, and with a little sunshine and maybe a bird’s whistle here and there, you’ll think you’re in a fairytale. Looking for some garden wedding inspiration? Here are some of our favorite spaces and ideas.
1.Beaulieu Gardens by Michael Radford Photography in Napa Valley (Pictured Above)

This celebration was the perfect combination of relaxed elegance. The bride took inspiration for their day from a Moroccan wedding blanket. In keeping with their elegant bohemian style, they chose the Beaulieu Gardens as the perfect venue to provide beautiful garden-inspired vistas.

2.Beaulieu Gardens by Jose Villa in Napa Valley

This couple also chose the beautiful Beaulieu Gardens for its distinct atmosphere, and we love how different this ceremony setting is from the first. They wanted something outside that could capture the same feeling from the night they were engaged in southern France, combined with their love of history. The lush arrangements of greenery and delphinium only add to the outdoor setting.

3.Her parent’s backyard by Tec Petaja

Sometimes the perfect garden venue can be found in your own backyard. This couple wanted an intimate and humble celebration that came to life in her parent’s backyard. It was the perfect blend of the subtle beauty found in Italy with a springtime, garden affair — and if you can find a blossoming tree to be wed in front of, you’ll be even luckier!

4.Leach Botanical Gardens by Linnea Paulina Photography

The simplicity of the Leach Botanical Gardens was the perfect setting for this beautiful combination of whites, greens, and light purples. This venue was soothing and organic, allowing for a classic design to stand the test of time and really let the couple’s love and vows take centre stage.

5.Riverwood Mansion by Rylee Hitchner

This couple had a very clear vision of what they wanted from the start. They knew that they wanted to embrace the union of their families and dear friends, so the bride sought an understated, eloquent design that tied together her Italian heritage and a sweet Southern night under the stars.

6.Wave Hill by Jillian Mitchell Photography

Fashion-forward and elegant was the perfect combination for this wedding at Wave Hill. Wave Hill was already a stunning space that was merely amplified by the bride’s vision of adding lush greenery and exciting combinations of flowers, and we’re stunned by the way the bride’s unconventional dress echoes the the gradations of color and texture from the gardens.

7.Alder Manor by Bryce Covey

Alder Manor was an abandoned Yonkers estate from the early 20th century that became the perfect backdrop for this couple’s wedding celebration, and it effortlessly becomes the perfect backdrop for this couple’s refreshing mixture of old world glamour and beautiful springtime hues.

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03.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning