Ikebana Inspired Wedding Ideas

We love to see unique, culturally-inspired weddings, and this beautiful editorial is no different. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arranging, and much more so than just placing flowers in a vase, it is a disciplined art form with the goal of bringing together nature and humanity.

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We looked to the raw, uncomplicated, and whimsical natural world for inspiration. The ikebana-inspired florals suggest the whole of nature, with a smoke bush kokedama string garden creating a link between indoor and outdoor.

Traditionally, a kimono is worn for introspection—the stiffness of the cloth makes way for a gentle, graceful stillness. A linen jumpsuit and robe from First Rite echo the silhouette of a traditional kimono, but allow for more movement and exploration.

Mimi + Taylor highlighted the cheeks but kept the rest of the face natural, as a wearable and modern take on geisha beauty. When the kimono gets traded in for softer garments, the hair and make-up soften as well. Our model wears a smoky plum lip as she explores the kokedama string garden.

In the flowers, fashion, and beauty, there’s a reverence for Japanese heritage and a desire to bridge tradition and modernism. 

Photography: M. K. Sadler | Florals and Design: Studio Mondine | Hair and Makeup: Mimi + Taylor | Clothing: Priory

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07.21.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

We’re Hiring a Business Intern!



Are you tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole? Does making copies of documents that nobody reads not really do it for you? How about shredding documents all day that are even less important? Do you aspire to something greater than fetching coffee?

If so, we might just have the internship for you!

If you want to work from home, have flexible hours, love interacting with people and consider yourself an organizational genius, you should check out this position. The thing is…. while your title may be  “Once Wed Business Intern”, this is a role of real importance and essential value to Once Wed. Identifying and training you to make a real impact on our teams will be one of our more critical tasks this year. So if you are interested in learning state-of-the-art business processes from an online startup, working on a variety of social media, cloud based tech, reporting, and customer service initiatives, working with amazing creatives, building a reputation as an irreplaceable member of our team and working for one of the finest wedding publications in the world, please click the link below fill out the questionnaire . We are really excited to meet you!

Let’s discuss the many ways you have dazzled and amazed the entire Once Wed team at the conclusion of your internship:

  1. Your copywriting for social media features and recognitions has drawn us closer to our community, dramatically improved our followers on social media and earned the appreciation of our sponsors and industry friends
  2. Your flawless attention to detail in payroll has saved the company money and insured accurate and timely pay of all OW personnel – making for very happy owners and employees
  3. Your streamlining of client reports and refining of sales process have shortened the time needed to close deals, increased renewal rates and helped our sales team close more new business – making you a superstar in the eyes of the sales team
  4. In this multifaceted role, you have shined as a proactive, high energy self-starter who monitors her own work, handles issues before they become problems, communicates exceptionally well to all OW team members and clients, has the confidence to stop and ask questions when needed and summons the mental flexibility and emotional maturity to adapt with a growing small business. Management has been blown away but your contributions!

We can’t wait until you make this opportunity a reality.

Now Back to Today.

If you’d like this story to be yours….

Please fill out our questionnaire for consideration!


Desired Skills, Reqs, etc:

  • Affinity for the OW Aesthetic
  • 5 to 10 hours a week. Preference given to daytime availability
  • 6 month unpaid commitment with potential for part time position working with Once Wed
  • A passion for social media, learning more about it and managing social profiles
  • Strong all around, technical, computer, internet & copywriting skills
  • Preference for Atlanta Candidates– it’s easier to train our people if they are nearby and we also like to take our people to lunch!
  • Life Experience is a bonus (though not required)
  • High speed internet

Image: Erich Mcvey

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07.21.15 / Featured, News Blog

Soft Pink Spring Wedding Inspiration

Weddings and wedding inspiration doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Sometimes you just need one extraordinary detail to curate a breathtaking event, and these magnolias are definitely show-stoppers. Keep reading on what inspired Kelly Lenard to create this lovely, spring-inspired shoot with Lauren Balingit.

Ode to the Magnolia from Kelly Lenard:

Every year it’s the same, as I wait with heavy anticipation for the velvety grayish green buds to bring life to our yard. It’s the first sign of spring. Within a day, the leafless tree is heavy with blooms and within a week they fade. Magnolias are fleeting. While I feel romantic about most flowers, the transient beauty and fragility of our pink saucer magnolia tree draws me in and makes me see spring for what it is… a miracle. I make a point to lie beneath its branches each April and soak in the view. I wanted to capture a little of my adoration in an uncomplicated way. The flowers themselves are poetic. This shoot was about the brief moments of perfection in the life of these blossoms and the swift passing of time. We kept the colors minimal so that the gentle pinks would be the focus. Long exposures held on to whole seconds of the day. Lauren and I watched as these delicate beauties unfolded in the sunlight and browned at the lightest touch. I wanted to save a little of the magic until it begins again next year. Known to symbolize a love for nature, beauty, strength, and dignity; these blooms, with proper care, can be the perfect addition to a wedding. I hope this post will inspire some lucky spring brides to incorporate magnolias into their day and their floral arrangements.

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Flowers and Styling: Kelly Lenard/Intertwine | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Model: Bessie Kostidis

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07.20.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Modern Seaside Wedding Inspiration

There is so much to love about the new modern aesthetic. Rather than being  antiseptic and cold, this elegant style incorporates luxurious natural fabrics, organic florals, and simple, statement-making jewelry. These exquisite gowns designed by Emily Riggs were inspired by the subtle hues of sunsets found in Normandy. Paired with an amazing cradle bouquet and the softest of flushed cheeks, we hope to see more brides embrace this aesthetic.
All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in Elk, California at Navarro River Redwoods State Park | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au assisted by Charlene Tea | Art Direction: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au | Floral Design: Soil & Stem assisted by Tess Comrie | Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor | Gown: Emily Riggs | Silk Tunic: The Row | Blue
Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic | Model: Morgan Love & Nata Sarafinchan for Option Model & Media | Sponsors: Neve Albums, PhotoVision, Fuji Film, Pixieset, Once Wed, Make & Stow

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07.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog