Our Most Pinned Wedding Dresses

top-8-wedding-dressesOne of our favorite parts about sharing beautiful inspiration shoots and real weddings with you is all of the jaw-dropping dresses we get to see! Wedding dresses have changed so much over the past few decades, and we’re loving the originality and intricacy of some of the newer designs. These are just a few of the dresses that have been pinned thousands of times from Once Wed!

1. This Rue De Seine dress is still one of our all-time favorites! Whimsical and elegant, this dress is perfect for a bride looking to make a statement while still feeling feminine and delicate.

blush-wedding-dresses2. This blush Reem Acra design was one of the most popular gowns of 2013, and we’re still enamored with this light pink beauty. Oh, and can we mention that it was pinned from Once Wed over 40,000 times!

monique-lhuillier-sleeve-wedding-dress3. We’ve had countless readers email us trying to find out where to get a dress like this grey gown, but we’re sad to say it was a custom design for this bride. But at least, we can all dream of a dress like this…

delicate-lace-vintage-wedding-ideas24. Emily Riggs is the only designer to make our list twice. This stunning lace two-piece gown has been one of our most popular dresses ever!

romantic-dramatic-wedding-makeup5. Sarah Seven designs will always hold a special place in our hearts. We adore this delicate sweet-heart neckline and cap sleeve design, and so did you! This is also one of our most popular dresses ever! lace-sleeve-wedding-dresses6. And here’s number 2 from Emily Riggs. Don’t you just love the dramatic deep v in this lace and tulle design?paolo-sebastian-swan-lake-wedding-dress7. We’re not entirely sure about the designer of this dress (if you know, help us out!), but we do know that you all adored it. We loved it because of its classic lines and flowing skirts..what about you? amazing-outdoor-engagement-photography 8. And our last dress wasn’t even worn as a wedding dress, but for an engagement session by Jemma Ketch. Chris Riley Bridal designed this stunning, ethereal gown.

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09.05.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Anniversary Session By the Water

It’s so rare that we get to see what happens after a wedding, but this anniversary session submitted by Greer Gattuso Photography almost makes up for that fact. We love this beautiful, intimate, and natural anniversary session, and a shoot like this could easily be replicated as an engagement session. Greer captured the lovely couple as part of a one-on-one photography intensive with Erich McVey.

Have any of you ever done an anniversary session with your partner? We’d love to hear about them and hear any ideas you may have for future shoots!

Photographer: Greer Gattuso Photography | All images taken during a one-on-one Erich McVey Workshop | Models: Kae & Dimitri Yelchaninov

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

DIY Flush Cheeks

diy-blush-tutorial1It seems like applying blush should be common sense, but so often we see people who have applied it incorrectly. Mimi & Taylor show us today how to correctly apply blush to the apples of your cheeks to give you the perfect, flushed look. Keep reading for the full tutorial and a couple of tips from Mimi & Taylor on how to find the ideal shade of blush for your skin tone.


diy-blush-tutorialFlush Cheeks

1. Start with an angled blush brush (something not too fluffy which will help you control and contour).
2. Begin by applying blush to the apples of the cheeks and lightly stroking up and outward.
3. Continue applying going sideways horizontally and then slightly down outwards focusing mainly on the apples of the cheeks.
Optional: go over with a larger fluffier brush to blend and soften blush.

Tip: Use pink based blushes for cool skin tones. Use peach/apricot based blushes for warm skin tones.

Tools: Real Techniques brush, Make-up Forever Aqua Crème blush in #9 Coral.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor  | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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09.04.14 / DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

White Wedding Ideas from Belle Lumiere Workshop

By now, you all know how we feel about a classic white wedding. We love the simplicity and tradition behind a white wedding, and we are enamored with these ideas sent to us by J. Layne Photography that they captured during the Belle Lumiere workshop.

More about the workshop:

These images were taken at Belle Lumiere’s first film workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia. “With Ginny’s beautiful styling, we were able to create a shoot that was detailed and simple enough for everyone to slow down and experience film, but also breathtaking enough to be captured in film perfectly. We created the day to be very relaxed and to allow everyone to not feel rushed. It was as if they had all the time in the world to learn this new craft…” – Authored by Lexi Vornberg

Workshop: Belle Lumiere Workshop | Photographer: J. Layne Photography | Designer/Creative Director/Stylist: Ginny Au | Teacher: Elisa Bricker | Model: Sarah Parry | Botanical Elements: Beehive Events | Hair Styling & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Calligraphy: Calligraphy for the invitation suite- Script Merchant Calligraphy for the Belle Lumiere Invites- Signora e Mare | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard | Videographer: Bubblerock | Rentals: 12th Table | Wedding Dress: Nearly Newlywed |Sponsors: Contax RentalKodak AlarisArtifact UprisingPeach Linen | Film Developing: Film Box Lab | Misc: FrouFrou Chic Ribbon

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09.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog