Simple Lace Wedding Boudoir Session Ideas

We love the idea of a bridal boudoir session as a little surprise for your future husband! It’s something totally unexpected, and you’ll cherish these photos for years to come. Years in the future, you can be look back and see what you looked like right before you walked down the aisle. So, take the opportunity with your photographer to capture your beauty in the days leading up to your wedding, and perhaps give your soon-to-be-groom a little preview as a gift on your honeymoon. Or you could schedule your boudoir session a few months before the wedding, so you could have prints ready to give him on your first night as a married couple.

We simply adore this artistic boudoir session from Erich Mcvey, and we can’t get enough of this lovely lace ensemble from Emily Riggs.

Would you ever consider doing a bridal boudoir session especially for your future husband?

Photography: Erich Mcvey | Gown: Emily Riggs | Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design

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06.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Cinematic-Style Wedding Videos from NST Pictures

NST Pictures specializes in Cinematic Wedding Videography.  Founded in Japan in 1976, the company brought its quality service to the United States in 2011.  Since then, they have created films capturing wonderful memories for over 250 brides and grooms.

NST promises to produce high-quality cinematography for a reasonable price, and all of their videographers are certified to meet the high standards that have been synonymous with the NST name for many years.   With packages starting at only $980, you can easily find a package to fit your wedding budget!  They offer services in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and southern California.   And if you live in a surrounding area, NST is happy to discuss coverage of your wedding at their regular pricing, plus additional travel fees.

As a full service company, NST can capture your Engagement, Save the Date, your Wedding and even create a Same Day Premier!  They specialize in short form wedding films, creating a keepsake that is long enough to highlight all of the most important details of your day but short enough to watch over and over again (and you’ll want to watch it over and over!). Their cinematic-style Trailer and Feature Films come in increments of about 3 minutes, 10 minutes and 25 minutes. They also offer cleaned up raw footage of your ceremony, dances and toasts so you can watch and relive those moments in entirety!

While you are exploring their site to see what a great fit NST would be for you,  be sure to enter their giveaway of a $5,000 video package!

06.23.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Goat Cheese Radish Tartine with Micro Greens

When you’re working with so many lovely products, you want to do everything you can to display them in all of their natural beauty! Zola’s registry is full of unique kitchen and serving ware pieces that you can stock your home with to create a warm kitchen filled with modern touches, and that will act as the perfect canvas on which to serve beautiful dishes.

We chose to display Zola’s Billy Cotton Serving dish by showing off these absolutely stunning watermelon radishes that Katelyn Hardwick used to cook up the most delicious recipe for Goat Cheese Radish Tartine with Micro Greens. We think these little treats would be the perfect appetizer for your wedding if you’re looking for beautiful food to serve your guests, or you could whip these up for friends and family when they come over to your newly furnished house! After the honeymoon, take your dream home to the next level by filling it with beautiful food, wine, and friends.

Here’s a little recipe from Katelyn to help you get started! 

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf of rustic country bread, diagonally sliced into ½-inch-thick slices

2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling 

1 ½ cups thinly sliced radishes (daikon, watermelon, or whatever is in season)

4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, room temperature

Fresh micro greens

Coarse sea salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Heat a cast-iron grill pan. Brush the bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and grill over high heat, turning once, until toasted.  Top the toasts with the goat cheese, radishes, and micro greens,  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve!

Tell us how your friends like this recipe, or where you’re planning on using it. Would you serve an appetizer like this for your wedding?

Pieces featured in order: Billy Cotton Nesting Platter, Sparq Home Soapstone Slant Set, Richwood Creations Tribal Cutting Board, Slate Cheese Board 

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Ali Harper | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick

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06.20.14 / Featured

Escort and Place Card Etiquette

Escort cards and place cards are an amazing opportunity to infuse a bit of personality into your wedding. For a formal or traditional wedding, classic escort cards are a great way to go. Traditional escort cards have the names of the each guest (by couple or by family) calligraphed on the outside of a small envelope. The specific table number the couple is seated at is then inserted into the envelope. Just because something is traditional, does NOT mean it needs to be boring, so incorporating an unexpected color (our current obsession is navy paper with gorgeous gold calligraphy), can create something truly memorable. For the non-traditionalists, escort cards can infuse some amazing character into your wedding. Honestly, there are no rules or norms anymore for what your escort cards should or need to look like, so have fun and use them as an opportunity to showcase your wedding theme.

Place cards are used when the couples who not only want to assign guests to tables, but actually want to assign each guest to a specific seat. Place cards can truly be one of the most beautiful elements at your table setting. There are a million and one ways to do a place card. It’s always super beautiful and classic to calligraph the name on the top portion of the menu or do a simple tented card in front of the place setting. For a recent dinner party, Molly McGlone calligraphed stunning elongated place cards that we placed over the bread plate. Additionally, if you have a favor, perhaps a bottle of olive oil, why not tie the card to it using beautiful ribbon or twine?

Truly, the possibilities are endless! The only rule for escort cards and place cards, is that they should be reflective of you and the beautiful story you are trying to tell with your wedding!

Article: Sarah Tolboe for Park & Grove | Photography: Jose Villa | Styling: Joy Thigpen | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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06.19.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog