Engagement Session on the Beaches of Tulum

Tulum is a magical place. From the ancient architecture to the sandy beaches, with an endless blue sky looking over all, it seems that nothing can go wrong. And for Marisa and Daane, that certainly rang true. Tomorrow, we’ll be featuring this couple’s wedding on Once Wed, so be sure to check back!

More from the bride: 
“Viviendo un sueño. A living dream…that is what each day is like in Tulum. We first visited the Mayan Riviera several years prior to being engaged – and as soon as we arrived, it felt like we were always meant to be there. Each day we spent there felt like paradise and home all at once. We weren’t “talking marriage” at the time, but that didn’t stop Daane from looking up at the penthouse of Coqui Coqui and saying “if we get married, we’re coming back and staying there.” Honestly, there’s just no place like it on earth. “Eco-Chic” is a word often thrown around to describe Tulum… but Coqui Coqui is the epitome the concept. The most exceptional fabrics, scents, decor and cuisine… all together under one blissfully romantic thatched roof. Three years later, we walked into Coqui Coqui once again… this time, engaged to be married the very next day. Weddings have a way of sucking you into a whirlwind of overwhelm… which luckily, we were expecting. So we made it a point to carve out time for ourselves the day before our wedding to spend a few hours alone together, enjoying our favorite haunts, in our most favorite town in all the world. We are so glad we did!! Those hours spent strolling along the ruins, running through the seafoam, and dancing in the Coqui Coqui courtyard…are moments we will treasure, forever.”

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Styling: Mint Design | Dress: Free People | Location: Coqui Coqui

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

Mens Wedding Rings from Mens Rings Online

Your husband spends a lot of attention, time, and focus on choosing the perfect engagement ring for you, followed by finding just the right wedding band to match your ring. In the past, finding the right ring for him has been a very limited search, and to be honest, boring. Solving that problem for you is our new favorite, Mens Rings Online.

Mens Rings Online is focused on the obvious – providing an extensive selection of men’s wedding rings, from durable, strong metals like titanium and tungsten, along with unique offerings like koa wood, carbon, and matte finishes. You’ll find that their options are affordable, and yet high quality.

With a modern, easy online atmosphere, they eradicate the stuffy feel that you might find at a more traditional jeweler. Even better, their platform makes shopping for your guy’s wedding ring easy and quick – just the way men like to shop! Shopping for a man’s wedding ring doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or painful. They even include a handy online sizing chart to make it as simple as possible!

Mens Rings Online offers free shipping, easy returns, and can ship overnight if you’re on a tight timeline. Be sure to check them out!

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05.28.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

40 Ideas for the Stylish Groom

We can’t get enough of grooms who express their own sense of style. It is easy to overlook men’s wedding wear as a sort of uniform, but that should never be the case. His options are endless regardless of whether he prefers to look polished, laid-back, or a mixture of the two.

Black and white is a timeless choice for the groom and his groomsmen. If he wants to keep it classic, he can personalize with a boutonniere done in his favorite color or with a favorite accessory. His signature glasses, watch, or hairstyle will do.

On the other hand, there are many ways to execute alternative, rustic or entirely unique styles. Think about playing with color, texture and pattern. For example, we love a three-peice grey suit made out of a subtle tweed paired with a polka dotted navy tie.

For a destination wedding or a soiree on the beach, he can embrace his surroundings with a more casual all-white or light monochromatic ensemble.

What about the groomsmen? They should be coordinated in some way but they don’t have to match perfectly. In fact, an easy way to differentiate the groom from his groomsmen is to keep at least one detail different, such as the color of the tie or suit.

To create a look tailored to his own tastes, he can incorporate a textured bowtie, a patterned pocket square, a distinctive pair of shoes or an heirloom ring.

In order to balance these details, keep color and composition in mind. With pattern, go tone on tone. In general, stay with timeless shades that complement one another and choose one or two standout pieces – keep everything else understated.

Above all else, he should stay true to his style. A great way to approach dressing for your wedding day is to elevate your everyday aesthetic. This will result in an effortless, comfortable and wearable look.

To see some of our favorite examples of groom style, click through the slideshow below.

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05.27.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

French Inspired Wedding with Jewel Tones and Fresh Fruit

From amazing antiques and centuries-old architecture to cities brimming with style, the country of France provides endless inspiration for elegant weddings. Today, we’re excited to share with you images from an inspirational editorial photographed at a local castle in Provence, recently restored. The rich palette of jewel tones creates an unreliable sense of luxury, while the incorporation of fresh fruit into the design brings depth that echoes the elegant feel of the castle in a tangible way.

Read on for more from the event designer:

“With a Provencal Chateau backdrop, we decided to keep the details refined and elegant. The colors were inspired by the season, especially the navy blue for the grapes and figs, with a little bordeaux and peach touch in the flowers. We added gold elements for the Chateau atmosphere: all the gold vases and chandeliers were furnishings from the castle, and we tied in the little name tags with gold lettering, the fern on the plate, and the cutlery.

To fit with the navy blue fruits elements, we chose navy blue plates and candles.”

Photographer Sylvie Gil tells about this unique property in France:

“When I reached out to Laeticia and asked her for a venue idea, she told me about this Chateau in her own village. Chateau d’Anssouis had recently been purchased by a family from Provence. The story says they won the bid against designer Pierre Cardin who has been buying a lot of properties around the area. The negotiation to buy the property was what we call “a candle fight.” They lit a candle and kept passing it to one another…the party who was left holding the candle when it went out won the Chateau. After years of antique market shopping and love, Mr and Mrs Rousset-Rouvière have brought the Chateau back to its glory!

The chateau is surrounded by a gorgeous countryside on the top of a rock since the 10th century offers a majestic 360 degree view of the beautiful Vallée de L’Aygues. Originally Ansouis was a military fortress built to protect the entrance of the of Provence region in the South. Ansouis is called the Pearl of Luberon because of its beautiful terraces, the warm color of the walls, and its imposing presence. It is a magical and unique site.”

Venue: Chateau d’Ansouis | Photography: Sylvie Gil | Floral Design: Laetitia C. Fleurs D’atelier | Details Design: Majenia Design | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Female Model: Carole Brana | Male Model: Sylvain Barbez | Invitation Suite: Little Miss Press |Cake: Made in Cake

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05.27.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog