Wedding Decor with Foraged Greenery

When we heard that some of the most creative and talented minds in the wedding industry were gathering in one of the most beautiful places in America, we were thrilled and excited to see what they’d come up with! We just knew we’d get some amazing and creative content when Ginny Au, Sarah Winward, and Rylee Hitchner all teamed up on a trip to Sundance, Utah. These wonderfully gifted women all gathered together and sent us some of their beautiful work on their return!

First, we featured their DIY Wild Vine Arch, which is the perfect backdrop for any bride looking for a simple, yet stunning alternative to a traditional wedding arbor. And we’re excited to share a little more content from our favorite lovely ladies today. You can easily take their ideas and execute them for your own wedding. Not everyone thinks that flowers are an important part of their wedding day, so this foraged greenery decor is the perfect alternative for a laid back bride looking for a truly organic and minimally styled wedding.

Take beautiful greenery, which you can either forage or order from a wholesaler (we recommend jasmine, passion vine, ivy..etc.) and place it around your wedding to give you the look you’re aiming for. The key is to forage material that will stand up well outside of water, so choose vines that have a thicker stem and hardy leaves. Once you have your material, it’s simple to take your wild vines and form them into a wreath by simply laying them out on the ground and using a few pieces of wire to keep them in place. Take your scraps and place them around your wedding in bottles and maybe even just lay it on the table for a simple, yet elegant look!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Aubrey Nelson

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03.27.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Minimalist Wedding Ideas from Erich McVey Part 2

This look is by far one of our favorites that has ever been featured here on Once Wed. We were blown away when we saw these magical images from Erich, and we would love to see more brides embrace a darker lip for their wedding day.

Minimalism is the key to this look; Mimi + Taylor styled this black couture gown with simple makeup and hair and red lips to create a striking, yet not overwhelming look. If you’re going to wear a dress out of the ordinary for your wedding, we suggest you keep the rest of your look simple. Let your beauty, and the dress do all of the work.

From Mimi + Taylor:

The second look was inspired by the amazing bold statement gown (also designed by Sonthia Gi). We loved the contrast of the dramatic lace ball gown against the natural oceanside rocks during sunset. Erich McVey’s amazing photography and ability to scout great locations brought the dress to life. It was simply magical! To compliment this couture gown, we decided to go with rich berry-wine lips while keeping the hair understated with loose care-free waves. The final look is seductive, alluring and breathtaking.

Let us know if you’d be bold enough to try something like this for your wedding!

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Mimi + Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Mimi + Taylor | Gowns: Sonthai Gi | Fur Stole: Vintage

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03.26.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Minimalist Wedding Ideas from Erich McVey Part 1

This week, we’re so excited to share a couple of wedding looks from Erich McVey that flow easily between day and night. The simplicity and elegance of this first style allows for it to transition seamlessly between a daytime ceremony and an evening reception.

If you’re looking to create a cohesive feeling for your entire wedding day, consider wearing a minimalist-inspired dress. By pairing a classically styled and designed gown with minimal embellishment, one that will allow for your beauty to speak for itself, with simple makeup and hair, you can flow from one party to the next without having to think of touching up makeup or changing your dress.

Mimi + Taylor describe this style for us:

The first look was inspired by timeless elegance. Sonthai Gi designed a simple romantic slip gown that we paired with a darling vintage 1920s fur wrap. Focusing on her hazel eyes, we kept the makeup palette soft, earthy with barely there tones. Her hair was lightly pulled back with a loose tousled low twist. We wanted to convey beauty that was effortless and sophisticated.

How stunning is this? Take these ideas and translate them to your wedding to create an elegant, effortless, and seamless day.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Mimi + Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Mimi + Taylor | Gowns: Sonthai Gi | Fur Stole: Vintage

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03.25.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win a $500 Visa Gift Card from Once Wed

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We’d love to hear from you again! Once Wed is looking to improve our used wedding dress listing service, and we’re excited to be exploring new possibilities to bring more beauty your way! We want to do everything we can to help brides plan their weddings, and we’re so excited to hear from you on how best to do that.

Please help us out today to take our quick survey, provide us with your email address, and you’ll instantly be entered to win a $500 dollar Visa Gift Card for you to use toward your dream wedding dress (or whatever else you may need for your wedding)! 

The last day to take the survey and be entered to win is Friday March 28, 2014. The winner will be chosen randomly, and we will email them to let them know they’ve won!

Photography: Bryce Covey Photography | Graphic: Hannah Lee

03.23.14 / Featured, News Blog