Organic Indoor Winter Wedding

This organic wedding from Rylee Hitchner and Ginny Au was inspired by Kelsey & Rob’s love of the simple beauty and warmth of the winter season. They chose an historic home in Birmingham, Alabama as their reception venue, featuring the most stunning floral staircase install from Rosegolden Flowers. Ginny wanted the design to be understated with a natural palette of greens, ivories and whites and lots of candlelight to softening the moody brown frames of the home. Combined with an intimate gathering of close friends and family, this simple wedding was the perfect tribute to a southern winter.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Rosegolden Flowers | Paper Design & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Venue: Clubhouse on Highland  | Catering: Savoie Catering | Band: Luke Wade & No Civilians | Dress: Olia Zavozina from Carriage House Weddings | Shoes| Manolo Blahnik | Earrings: Stella Blu | Grooms Suit: J.Crew

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05.05.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Rope Braid Updo

How fun is this DIY Rope Braid Updo from Heidi Marie Garrett, Amy Clarke, and Bryce Covey? We loved this updo because 1. it’s fun! 2. it’s unexpected 3. it’s classy and playful all at the same time. Would you be bold enough to wear an unexpected wedding hairstyle like this? Tell us your thoughts!

Below are the full step by step tutorial on how to recreate this beautiful rope braid at home

1) Separate hair into four sections: two side sections and two back sections
2) Place the section located at the crown into a ponytail and create two braids
3) Loosen each braid by gently pulling on each loop
4) Lay the first braid across the top of the head and secure with bobby pins
5) Lay the second braid across the top of the head and secure with bobby pins
6) Braid the back section UP
7) Loop and roll the back braid up to join the first set of braids and secure with bobby pins
8) Twist the first side section and place it up and over the top of the head
9) Twist the second side section and place it up over the top of the head and secure with bobby pins


Once you have finished securing all the hair with bobby pins, gently pull on small sections of the braids and twists to create a more tousled look.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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05.02.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Visit Panama City Beach

Destination weddings are such a fun way to celebrate your nuptials because it’s like having a giant vacation with all of your best friends and family, but sometimes they can be a little inconvenient for those who have busy work lives or may be on a tight budget. If the beach is calling your name, but you want your destination wedding to be accessible to all of your friends and family, consider Panama City Beach! Panama City Beach is an easy drive, or a quick flight away! With a new airport that’s serviced by Delta and Southwest Airlines  and easy access to the interstate, all of your guests will be able to join you for your special day.

Once you’re in Panama City Beach, you’ll have a huge selection of wedding venues to choose from! There are 27 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, 2 state parks, and gorgeous hotels all down the coast so you’ll have plenty of wonderful options for your ceremony and reception. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect spot to say your vows whether it be on one of the secluded stretches of beach, an outdoor patio overlooking the water, or in a grand ballroom of one of the city’s glamorous hotels. And no need to worry about planning from out of town, most of the venues in Panama City Beach offer on site planners and designers to help you create the wedding of your dreams! 

Your guests will easily be able to find accommodations with over 16,000 rooms available to rent, and there’s an option for every budget. Your guests can do their own exploring during the day, and easily come together at night since most of the accommodations are either a short walk or drive apart from one another! 

And the best part about destination weddings is that you can start your honeymoon immediately! So, if you’re considering a destination wedding, take a few minutes to start planning your perfect Panama City Beach wedding here! Enjoy the beach!

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05.02.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Writing Wedding Vows for the Groom

Last week we shared some tips with you on how to write your wedding vows, and this week we wanted to give the groom some specific advice on writing his vows, and Steve Moore of Sinclair & Moore is here to help:

When a groom sits down to write his wedding vows, it can be an overwhelming task. Because I had never been married before, I wasn’t even sure what I was fully getting myself into, so how could I just sit and write the biggest promises of my life? Despite how much I loved my bride, and how excited I was to get married, I had writer’s block. Because I just couldn’t put into words what my heart wanted to say, I opted to recite classic vows that were written hundreds of years ago. Although I don’t regret a thing from our wedding (other than not eating more food) I do think that if I had actually stopped, relaxed and been given a little bit of guidance, I would have loved to have written the vows I spoke to my bride that day. Hopefully the following ideas will make this process easier for you and give some structure to guide you through the process. 

There is an uncommon perception of what a vow really means. I have always thought of wedding vows as just a list of promises that define marriage: a promise to love… a promise to be faithful… to serve… to be committed until the end of life. And don’t get me wrong- weddings vows should include all of those things. The definition of vow, however, opens up the door to include so much more. The word vow definitely means to promise, pledge and commit, but it also means to affirm and to make a proclamation. Using this three-part definition as a guide will be help to simplify the process for any guy trying to write the wedding vows for him to say on his wedding. Let’s break it down even more.

Affirm: You are getting married because you find your partner to be amazing. Start identifying what those traits are that you adore. What are the things you love the most about your bride? Write them down. What are the things about her that make you laugh? What are the things that you find most beautiful about her? What are her strengths? What is she bringing to your marriage? How does she complete your life? Write all of these things down. Intentionally take the time on your wedding day to build up your spouse and publicly affirm her.  

Profess: To profess simply means to declare. Let the world stop spinning for just a moment, look her directly in the eyes, and simply tell her that you love her. Your wedding day is your opportunity to shout from the rooftops the depth of your love.  In front of your family and closest friends declare to her that there is no other woman who holds your heart. Sure, you have told her this a million times before, but this moment will be engrained in her memory for the rest of your lives. It will be a moment that she will return to throughout your marriage and it will carry her through times that may be more difficult.  

Promise: You will make no greater promise throughout your life than the covenant you will make to your wife on your wedding day. Don’t take this lightly. Promise carefully, and stick to promises that you can and intend to keep. I often hear people say things like “I promise to never go to bed angry” and “I promise to always laugh with you” and “I promise not to be selfish.” Great promises in concept, but those are promises you will likely break before the honeymoon is over. What lifelong promises can you commit to? Can you promise to love her unconditionally? Can you commit to sticking by her side through all of the ups and down that you will inevitably face? Will you serve her, and put her first? Will you stay faithful? Carefully think through what you want to promise to her, and then curate a list that will become the covenant you make with your bride.  

Remember, you don’t have to be Shakespeare or Robert Frost to write your own vows. Don’t get discouraged by not sounding eloquent enough. Be yourself, and write honest words from your heart; that is all your bride really wants to hear anyway. 

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Article: Steve Moore of Sinclair & Moore

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05.01.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog