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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

DIY Wild Vine Arch Wedding Ideas


This DIY is simply amazing- not because it is very elaborate or because it’s full of beautiful flowers, but because it’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” things. Anyone could easily replicate it on their wedding day a few hours before it all starts. If you use the right kind of foliage, you don’t even have to worry about keeping it in water. With the simple addition of vines, you can make any room or wall look like an abandoned building that nature has taken over.

Thanks to Ginny Au and Sarah Winward for sending over this absolutely lovely DIY, and let us know how it goes if you get the chance to try it out!

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Wild vine arch DIY:


Greenery, anything that lasts out of water will do!
Fishing line
Gaffers tape

1. To create the arch I would sort out your vines, and find a few good starting pieces. If you have to you can put a couple together to make some nice long strings, you can.
2. Place the vines against your backdrop and hang them. We used a combination of taping to the wall and hanging here.
3. Continue to build the shape by places pieces on both sides of the center, curving in towards each other.  We placed some pieces further out from the wall so that the arch had dimension, and looked like it was growing in layers rather then just being flat.  We hung these with fishing line from the ceiling.
4. Asymmetry is key to make this feel natural, we let the arch puddle up on the floor on one side, and kept it really light at the base on the other so that it has some movement.

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

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03.21.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Charming Virginia Countryside Wedding

This wedding sent to us by Lora and Eric Kelley and Augusta with Easton Events, is the perfect balance between country charm and outdoor elegance. We loved the overall feeling of this wedding, and the story behind the images is even better.

From Augusta Cole at Easton Events:

We at Easton loved working with Heather and Derek! They are such a dynamic couple and together they contributed so much inspiration and character to their charming Virginia countryside wedding. Both Charlottesville locals, the two set out to create a wonderful early summer evening for all of their guests to enjoy and indulge in the best of C’ville.

Nestled among the Blueridge Mountains, the couple chose Derek’s family farm, Wild Cat Hollow, to host their wedding. The wedding was a true celebration of all things local! Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events, designed a palette full of florals that would be bountiful and seasonal to the region in late May. C&O’s Chef Maupin sourced all of the menu ingredients from local farms and Heather and Derek even served “Local Libations” of Virginia wine and liquor.

Before the celebration, Heather and Derek were married at Heather’s childhood church in Downtown Charlottesville. Upon arriving at farm, guests were greeted with cocktails and canapés on a grassy knoll overlooking the mountain view. As the sun began to set, guests were invited over to the family barn that had been redefined for dinner and dancing. The guests lingered over a delicious family style seated dinner, and then transitioned outside to dance under stars and a gorgeous full moon!

It was such a pleasure to dream and plan with Heather and Derek. Their creative energy, love for one another, and thoughtful attention to their guests experience was felt by all!

Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events | Photographer: Eric Kelley | Floral Design, Draping & Lighting: Beehive Events | Farm Tables, Chairs, Runners, Chargers, Napkins: Beehive Events | Linens and Rentals: Festive Fare | Printed Materials & Details: Erika Jack | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Catering: C&O | Tenting: Skyline Events | Venue: Wildcat Hollow (Private Residence) | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Music: Winn Brothers | Bride’s Dress: Judd Waddell via Hitched in DC | Groom’s Suit: Custom made on Savile Rowe at Gieves & Hawkes | Cake: Rachel DeJong | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Hitched 

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03.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Shop the new party dress collection from Lovely

The stylish ladies behind Lovely Bride have launched a fantastic online shop full of pretty dresses for bridal events and special occasions called Shop Lovely. Launching four collections every year, Shop Lovely has the perfect dress for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids, parties, proms, you name it! We adore the selection that Shop Lovely has put together. They have collected an adorable online-only shop full of casual, fun, and wedding-appropriate dresses!  And just like Lovely Bride, everything is reasonably priced! Your bridesmaids will no longer have to break the bank in order to be part of your special day. They can find some dresses for less than $75!

We are so in love with Shop Lovely’s spring collection! These ladies have chosen a wonderful collection of potential bridesmaids dresses in flowy fabrics with fun accents to celebrate the brightest season of the year. The color palette they’ve focused on is simply adorable as well! You can find perfect bridesmaids dresses in blushes, corals, and neutrals that would be perfect for any spring or summer wedding!

With Shop Lovely and Lovely Bride, you can easily complete your wedding wardrobe and stay under budget! Remember though, Shop Lovely dresses can only be found online, not in store with Lovely Bride Dresses, so visit their website today to see their huge selection

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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03.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog