Old World Villa Wedding Ideas

There is something magically romantic about Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove and our goal was to create a styled shoot that felt perfectly at ease with its Old World charm.  Our inspiration came from the Mediterranean Renaissance architecture of the Villa, with its Spanish arches, open air courtyard and colorful Havana tile.  We chose a color palette of soft yellows, peach, gold and terra cotta, punctuated with fresh herbs and citrus to play off of the earthy colors and rustic elegance of the location.

The foundation of our tablescape was a reclaimed barn wood table, which we dressed with lush florals in gilded terra cotta vessels, vintage brass candlesticks, amber glassware and delicate china.  A custom menu, hand lettered by Maybelle Imasa on golden paper, matched the letterpress invitation from Bella Figura that also featured her calligraphy.  A gorgeous Lazaro dress with ivory ruffles mimicked the courtyard archways and looked gorgeous in the soft afternoon light.

All of the pieces meshed seamlessly and the result was a classically elegant look that echoes the timeless appeal of the venue.

Design and Styling: Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning | Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Floral Design: Julia Rohde | Cake: Gigi Mama Cakes | Vintage Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Chairs, Plates, Glassware, Linens: Panache | Wedding Gown and Accessories: Chic Parisien, Lazaro Gown | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Marz | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Custom Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls | Invitation Set: Bella Figura

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

Romantic Outdoor Fall Wedding

It is a rare occasion when we meet a couple who, despite their laid back attitude, know exactly what they want and more importantly what they don’t want. When we met Sigrun and Jure we knew that they had a vision in their minds of how they wanted to look back on their day. Being a graphic designer, Jure went to great lengths to create the details needed to meet their shared vision.

The wedding was held during autumn in Bowral, located in the Southern highlands of NSW and is a popular location for destination weddings. When we arrived at the wedding venue on the day we had seen that Sigrun and Jure had done their part. And they did it damn well. Everything was perfect. Including the weather. A giant stack of cheese wheels from around the world took the place of a traditional wedding cake. The flowers complimented the perfectly groomed gardens in which the ceremony was held and Sigrun wedding dress left us speechless!

When everything is set up so immaculately, the pressure to simply do it justice intensifies. The day carried on, the sun dipped lower. When late afternoon hit, we knew we had to take full advantage of the light that was left. This was our chance to fulfill their vision, and we knew we didn’t have long. In fact we had no more than 15 minutes of natural sunlight. Those final 15 minutes topped of the day. Perfect Autumn light, perfect setting and lovely people to be sharing such an amazing day with.

Photographer: Mark & Kara | Flowers: Mr Cook | Celebrant: Civil Celebrant | Ceremony venue: Milton Park | Reception venue: Milton Park | Wedding rings: Gabrielle Jewellers, NSW Australia

***Wedding Dress: Ladies, it appears the bride’s wedding dress was custom. Unfortunately, I do not know where she had the dress made. Sorry I couldn’t be more help with this. ***


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06.24.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Elegant Agate Inspired Wedding Ideas

Isn’t this agate inspired tablescape from Honey of Thousand Flowers and Print in Cursive absolutely beautiful? I love all the greens and whites with hints of gold sprinkled on the menu and table number. Click here to see the DIY we featured earlier this week on how to recreate the gorgeous gold leaf table numbers.

Photography: Leo Patrone | Styling and Flowers: Honey of Thousand Flowers | Menu and Table Number: Print in Cursive

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06.20.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Make Thank You Cards Easy with Postable

We’re so thrilled to introduce our new sponsor, Postable! Not just because it’s always exciting to add a new sponsor to the Once Wed team, but because what Postable does is truly helpful, inventive, and affordable!

Postable aims to help you with one of the most daunting tasks associated with getting married- writing and sending thank you notes. From engagement and shower gifts to wedding presents, you’re going to be responsible for writing hundreds of thank you cards over the length of your engagement and wedding. Postable helps you by collecting mailing addresses and contacts into one place so that they’re organized and easy to access. You also use Postable to write the cards themselves! You write a specific note to each person thanking them, in one of 12 realistic fonts that will make your notes look handwritten. They affix postage and send them off for you once you’re done writing!

By collaborating with card designers like Rifle Paper Co. and Fawnsberg, Postable has collected a large selection of beautiful designer cards for you to choose from. Each card is printed on100% cotton, tree-free, paper or 100% post consumer recycled paper.

Another fantastic thing about Postable is that every card is $2.00 and that includes the postage to send it. You can’t get more affordable than that!

We really can’t stop gushing about our new sponsor after reading and playing with the website. Please visit Postable today and see how easy, stylish, and fun writing thank you cards can be!

06.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog