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

Plum Pretty Sugar Look Book Part 3: Get Beach-Ready!

If you’ve resigned to just wearing your gorgeous Plum Pretty Sugar robes or pajamas in the bedroom, think again. This striking editorial from our recent collaboration with Plum Pretty Sugar shows you how to take your favorite pieces, style them with a cute swimsuit and floppy brimmed hat, and you’ll soon be the chicest gal on the beach.

See some of our favorite Plum Pretty Sugar robes here!

Want to see more from our collaboration with Plum Pretty Sugar? See our favorite pieces and unique ways to style them after the wedding here, and a gorgeous collection of honeymoon appropriate pieces here. And if you love our model’s beachy look, come back next week for a step-by-step makeup DIY!

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models

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09.16.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Seaside Newlywed Photo Session

The moment that wedding band slips onto your finger, you’ll feel that effervescent, bubbly sensation that it’s really true: you’re married. We love this seaside newlywed photo session for the unique way that it captures this couple’s overwhelming sense of giddy joy. It was planned for the day after their wedding, when they were able to be on their own and truly take in their excitement, and we encourage you to think about how you’ll celebrate!

More from the creative team, Lauren Balingit Photography and Tiffany of A Splendid Occasion:

“We think engagement sessions are really beautiful. It’s such a great time in someone’s relationship and if it’s what you want, it should absolutely be documented. With that being said, I think as a bride it’s important to know that you can do whatever you want! If you would rather have photos captured after your wedding instead, or better, in addition to your engagement session, that’s also a very special time that can and should be documented. Freshly married and ready to take on the world!

We put this shoot together to capture the innocent joy, happiness and the playful side of a couple that was married just the day before. There is nothing more pure than these moments that they have alone, the day after they become one and carry on this journey together. We believe it’s important that we take the time to slow down and remember these precious moments. They come and go so quickly!

To our surprise, it started raining during the shoot – really, really hard. But that’s just life, so we kept shooting and let our couple do what came naturally to them. They cuddled, played, and eventually the sun came back out (and they cuddled and played even more). We believe that letting things play out naturally can make some of the most genuine, beautiful images.”

Photography & Co-styling: Lauren Balingit | Planning & Co-styling: Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion | Makeup: Joanna B Artistry | Female Model: Sam of Factor Women | Male Model: Matt of Ford Models

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

Outdoor Country Wedding

We love the way that country weddings have evolved over the past couple of years. They’re no longer just about sunflowers and cowboy boots, and while there’s nothing wrong with those ideas, we’re excited to see brides put their own spin on country weddings. Today’s wedding feature incorporates fields, a farmhouse, and straw, but does so in an elegant way. The exposed farmhouse tables lend a rough, rustic vibe while eucalyptus runners soften the aesthetic. Pink glassware and cafe-style lighting adds a modern feel. And let’s look at that ceremony site: with mountains as the backdrop and the guests seated in the field, it couldn’t be more romantic.

Megan & Adam | Figueroa Mountain Farm House Wedding from Eric Frank Cinema on Vimeo.

Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Photographer: Brumley & Wells | Videographer: Eric Frank Cinema | Coordinator and Stylist: Beijos Events | Florist: Carissa Jowett of JL Designs | Invitations: Twinkle & Toast | Calligrapher: Poppyjack | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Vintage Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Chairs, benches and bar: Classic Party Rentals | Tables and corn hole sets: Against the Grain | Caterer: The Pairing Knife | Dress: Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride | Suit: Klein Epstein Parker | Mr. & Mrs. Sign: The Duo Studio

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09.14.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog