Simplistic Farm Wedding

Planning a wedding at your home could fill even the most organized couple full of stress and anxiety. That’s why we love the sentiment behind Maggie and Jake’s wedding celebration, set at the bride’s family farm: behind every decision was the ultimate goal to ensure that their guests were able to look around themselves, and appreciate the simple, overwhelming beauty of creation. And though the details weren’t of high importance to them, everything from the bride’s amazing custom dress to the simple tablescapes and organic florals were all, in a word, beautiful.

Reflections from the bride on her wedding day:

“The first question everyone always asked after they found out Jake and I became engaged was whether or not we were going to have the wedding on my family’s farm (which inevitably operates as an actual wedding venue). I always said yes, it was never really a question to me. However, growing up I never imagined myself getting married in my own backyard & to be honest I don’t even think I really gave much thought to my own wedding until we started working in the wedding industry.

When it finally came time to sit down and sift through all of the wedding day details I didn’t want to simply make decisions because it would follow the traditional pattern of a wedding or make something “look” beautiful. I wanted everything to have more meaning and depth to it than that; I wanted the wedding to “feel” beautiful because of the intention behind the details. I remember sitting down with Abany one day and explaining that when I envisioned the wedding, I wanted our guests to see creation in its simplest form. I am a firm believer that less is more in so many aspects and I wanted our guests be able to look around and appreciate the true and simple beauty that comes as a gift to us everyday, unfiltered and untouched.

I wanted the guests to see the natural beauty that I bear witness to everyday on the farm; the varying colors of green in an open field, the vast tree line above, the way the light trickles through the pathways, the sweetness of gathered loved ones. I wanted guests to see the wonderful and beautiful gift of creation.”


Venue : Morning Glory Farm | Photography : Rylee Hitchner | Styling/Flowers/Planning : Abany Bauer | Gown : Custom Design by Ship to Shore | Hair & Makeup : Lula Hair & Makeup | Catering : Best Impressions | Paper & Calligraphy : Brown Linen Design | Rentals : Hey Love Rentals | Music : Dreamtones & Aaron Robertson | Videography : Caravan Cinema Co.Coletta Films | Linens : LaTavola

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09.21.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win $500 From Colby June

A bride’s search for the perfect gifts for her bridesmaids can be difficult to say the least. With everything from monogrammed clutches to wedding-related bridesmaid kits and everything in between, it’s safe to say that one thing your friends will always appreciate is a gorgeous piece of jewelry that suits their personal style. We’re excited to introduce you to Colby June today, and show off some of our favorite pieces!

For all their love and support along the way, your bridesmaids deserve a gift that shows your appreciation. Colby June offers a range of wedding collections that allows you to choose the perfect piece for any style, whether your gals love something more classic, bohemian, or nature-inspired. We love this solid bronze, coral-imprinted cuff — it’s perfect for your friend with a contemporary aesthetic!

Colby June is based in Aspen, Colorado, and handcrafts all of their pieces from sterling silver, 14K gold, and bronze with precious and semi-precious stones. To win a $500 gift card from Colby June, you can either enter by commenting below about what you love about their jewelry; or enter by heading over to our Instagram page! (Giveaway ends October 3rd, 2015!)

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09.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Bridal inspiration from New York Fashion Week

When it comes to fashion our main focus is always on the classics. We love that New York Fashion Week gives us an edge to best wear those timeless pieces with a current edge.

With this year’s Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week underway, we’re excited to see creations from some of our favorite designers such as Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Lela Rose, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, and J.Crew.

The fashion we’re seeing on the runway this week has provided plenty of inspiration for Spring and Summer weddings for the new year.

This coming spring will be all about bright colors and bold prints with a modernized ‘90s vibe. We’re seeing a resurgence of layered dresses, mismatched separates, metallics, hair accessories, light flowy fabrics in girly prints, fringe, and the grit of graffiti patterns and paint splatters.

Of course, florals will play a big role for Spring and Summer. Paired with a more masculine touch, such as army green, painted in a large-scale print or juxtaposed against another complimentary print, florals are anything but cliche. For more oomph, just add a dash of metallics, a splash of sequins, or an air of exotic desert style.

If you’re a bride with an upcoming fete in your honor, incorporate these themes from a look that feels straight off the catwalks. Light flowy fabrics in feminine prints would be perfect for a bridal brunch with family. Mismatched separates, a pastel paint splatter print, a touch of fringe, a tasteful crop top skirt set, or dress with playful cutouts are appropriately bold for a pre-wedding girls night out. Metallics, full-length florals with an unexpected twist, and, of course, white are rehearsal dinner gold.

Click through our the gallery below for more pre-wedding attire inspiration.

Article by: Once Wed contributor Caroline Boneham Roche.

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09.18.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

A Creative Approach to Wedding Flowers

We always hear from brides that they would like their weddings to be different, unique, and personalized to them. But how do you do that? We think the best way to be inspired is to step out of our normal routines and try something different. Today, we’re excited to feature a set of images unlike anything we’ve posted on Once Wed before: a creative collaboration between Sarah Winward and Britt Chudleigh Photography, in which they stepped out of their boxes and chose to see everyday blooms in a different way.

More from the photographer, Britt Chudleigh: 
“Sitting at my breakfast table one afternoon, I was sketching some plants I’d seen on a walk that day. Absentmindedly, I began drawing in a figure behind the leaves and loved how the drawing evolved. Knowing Sarah’s amazing instincts with organic things and her never-ending thirst to try new things, I sent her the sketch to see if she wanted to try creating flower dresses on a model. We quickly pulled a little team together played around with the lovely living things Sarah gathered. Experimenting with several different approaches, we finally ended up hanging the flowers or plants in the foreground with fishing line and posing our model farther back in the room so the organic materials became an appropriate size for her frame. I really ended up liking the model being out of focus rather than shooting this at a high depth of field so she became abstracted and “paper doll” like. This really kept the focus on the flower dress as well, which both Sarah and I loved. But since our model was so dreamy and was styled so beautifully by Gabby, we wanted to do something a little more detail oriented with her.  This is when we brought the flowers closer to her body and created the feeling that they continued out of frame into a gown below. We especially loved the little blooms we used as earrings.”

More from the floral designer, Sarah Winward:
“I tend to think of flowers as little creatures, each with personalities of their own. Some of them seem to have happy faces, or be wearing little hats.

I love working with Britt, and I think we feed off of each other really well while creating. This shoot was all about being imaginative together. We played with each flower, studying it from all angles, asking what  it’s personality was as a flower, what emotion it held. Britt had the idea and some beautiful sketches exploring how flowers would translate into clothing for humans (or garden fairies).”

Photography: Britt Chudleigh | Florals: Sarah Winward | Hair & Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas

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09.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog