Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 1

Incorporating modern elements into a thoroughly elegant, garden-inspired design can be tricky. Combining the feminine with the stricter, sparser ideas of a “modern” aesthetic is challenging, but pays off when done well. We love the unique details that were chosen in Brittany and Colter’s wedding design: weaving together calligraphy with a graphic sans serif invitation suite, the intricately petalled (and pixelated!) aisle design, and of course, pulling the symbol of the redwoods under which the couple said their vows throughout the details. Luckily for you, today and tomorrow you’ll find all the inspiration you need (part 2 of this Napa wedding will be featured on Once Wed tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more!).

From the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Joy Thigpen: 
“My favorite design elements came from the ceremony site itself. Brittany and Colter chose to be married beneath a pair of redwoods. We sent Shanan from Eskayel an iPhone picture of the redwoods which she used to paint a watercolor illustration that we used as a logo of sorts on the invitation, etc. but she also took it a step further by blowing up and repeating small sections of that illustration to make amazing patterns in her signature Eskayel way which we used in the paper goods and also printed on linen to make custom napkins for each place setting and pillows for the lounge areas. Even the cake was based on the Eskayel patterns.

My other favorite design element was the aisle treatment. Brittany expressed (somewhat bashfully) she wanted some kind of romantic fairytale something but in a modern way and when I came across BeatWoven’s version of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pas De Duex’ from the wedding scene in The Sleeping Beauty I knew it had to be the aisle design. BeatWoven creates these pixelated symmetrical patterns from the audio files of selected passages of music and Studio Mondine executed the design in petals down the aisle. So Brittany got to walk down her thoroughly modern aisle that was secretly from a fairytale.”

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

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08.31.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Delicate Bridal Pieces from Untamed Petals

We love the way that bridal fashion has evolved over the last few years. One of  our ultimate favorites, Untamed Petals has just launched a stunning new collection of delicate bridal accessories, and we are so excited to showcase them to you!

The new Untamed Petals collection is inspired by botanical prints and old-world metallics. You’ll find gilded floral combs, encrusted opal and crystal sashes, and beaded cap veils. The designers had a little fun and threw in some head chains for the modern bride who wants to make a statement. Says owner Amanda Judge, “It’s our favorite collection to date and we are so excited to unveil it this season!” We couldn’t agree more!

Whether you’re looking for a whimsical vine to tuck into your hair, a floral patterned crown with a little sparkle, or the perfect crystal belt to tie around your waist, the stunning pieces from Untamed Petals will top your wish list. Check them out on Instagram for styling tips and wedding ideas!

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08.31.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Glamorous Wedding Robes from Doie Lounge

We’re excited to introduce you to our newest Once Wed sponsor, Doie Lounge! With a beautiful selection of robes perfect for any bride and her gals (plus a discount offered for bulk bridal party orders!), we’re sure that you’re going love what they have to offer.

These functional and stylish robes also fit most: available in sizes X-small to X-large, as well as XX-small in some styles, they’ll not only look great on all of your bridesmaids, but make your best friends feel great, too. Doie Lounge robes are incredibly comfortable, made of the softest modal jersey and accented with patterned silk detailing. And if you needed another reason to love Doie Lounge, these robes are also eco-friendly: the fabrics are natural and sustainable and each robe has been produced locally, in Los Angeles (plus, they now offer eye masks too, for brides who want to add something to a spa package or just have a cute smaller item to give!).

From Doie Lounge designer, Sara Kirsner:

As a 12-time bridesmaid, I feel that I have an insider’s-view on weddings. These robes add a glamorous touch to the morning of the wedding. They make beautiful and practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing an often-ignored moment (getting ready the morning of), with elegant detail: they look great in the “getting ready” photos! Plus, the bride will have a reminder of her wedding that she’ll actually be able to wear again.

Brides can always email me directly because I love working with the brides to come up with exactly what they want. I can answer size/color questions and help them come up with something that looks visually beautiful!”

Photographer: Valorie Darling Photography | Hair/hair pieces: Trace Henningsen bridal | Make-up: Artistry by Danika

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08.29.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Find Your Wedding Style


“What is your wedding style?” is one of the most common questions asked of any bride when planning her day. But it can also be one of the hardest to answer. So what is a wedding style and how do you go about finding your own style; one that is the most beautiful and authentic representation of you and your loved one?

We asked creative director and stylist, Rebekah Carey McNall, of A & B Creative to share with us her insights in to how she helps a client identify what type of wedding is the best fit for them.

Where do you take inspiration when considering wedding styles?
A few ways to help narrow down your scope for wedding styles would be to look at how you have designed your home, what your venue is like, and who you are as a couple. If your home is a true reflection of who you are, that combined with your venue can be a great place to start. If you’re attracted to sleek and modern interior design for example, you may be drawn towards the same type of venue which will greatly influence your wedding style. If you have a venue that is something of a blank space, looking at where you find yourselves in your free time (i.e. antique shop hopping, hiking, traveling to new places, shopping at the farmer’s market, etc.) will give you lots of clues as to how you could decide on what type of, or style of, wedding fits you both the most.

Is a wedding style the same as a wedding theme?
You want to try to avoid “themes”. Instead think about including influences. For example, if you traveled to Mexico and it had a lasting impression on you, picking a venue with similar architectural details of some of your favorite churches you toured, or weaving Mexican cuisine into your menu, or picking flowers that are also found in Mexico is going to feel authentic and cohesive. If you make every single element try to seem as if it were in Mexico it may end up deflecting from you as a couple because it will seem less about you and more about copying this particular element.

I’m inspired by nature but what does that “look like” for a wedding?
If you’re all about nature, choosing a venue that is outdoors or indoors with white walls and little elements of natural wood and greenery creeping in could be perfect for you. You may go to look for a classic room with huge windows that open up to a lush garden, a limited palette, and not a lot of clutter. Creating tablescapes with a natural fabric like flax linen and very simple floral arrangements (or just greenery) will help your tables from feeling too packed or overwhelming, for example.

Your best advice for brides?
Ultimately, having a wedding that is beautiful is not nearly as important as having a thoughtful wedding that reflects who you both are, and that can be more beautiful than any other pin or trend you could ever hope to emulate.

Find some wedding style inspiration below!

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08.28.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog