Minted Wedding Invitations + Giveaway

Wedding Invitations are always one of my favorite details of a wedding. It’s a wonderful way to set the tone and get guests excited about what’s to come. Minted offers an amazing selection of exclusive wedding stationery created by their community of designers. Minted offers a variety of paper options to choose from including letterpress and Luxe museum board paper, an exciting new option for brides who want the flexibility of digital printing, but with an added touch that makes their invitations have a real “wow” factor.

No one else in the wedding industry offers the type of personal customer service Minted does. Through their new premium wedding service, their new Perfection team offers complimentary design consultants for brides who want help picking the perfect invitations, understand customization options, or get etiquette and design advice. The New Perfection Live Studio offers a live online screen sharing letting brides request design changes and see real-time revisions, while collaborating with their design consultant on the phone. Free for all brides who request it, and there is no software to download making it even easier for you to customize your wedding invitations.

Minted is giving away a $200 gift certificate good for any Minted wedding stationery to one Once Wed reader. Readers will have 1 week to enter the contest, ending May 10th  at 11:59pm PT. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

05.11.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Wedding Getaway Garland

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I recently asked some of my favorite southern ladies to pull together a series of DIY posts centered around beautiful, floral decorations easily recreated at home. We received such a great response from the car garlands in the fall wedding colors  and elegant ranch wedding ideas features, I asked Ginny and Holly to create a tutorial on how to design something similar for your own getaway car. I love how it turned out!





Greenery Garland – We suggest buying a pre made garland like this one from Fifty Flowers for ease.
Floral Oasis


1. Cut Garland to desired length

2. Attach soaked oasis to the ends of the garland floral wire

3. Insert greenery or longer stemmed flowers to the base of the oasis

4. Insert larger blooms on the top part of the oasis

5. Covering the oasis with the flowers entirely

Photography: Odalys Mendez // Styling: Ginny Au // Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers // Greenery Garland: Fifty Flowers

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05.09.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Holman Ranch Outdoor Wedding

We are adventurous and passionate people who like to create ideas and make them happen. We are starting our married life off in Boston, a drastic change from the Southern California college world where we met. After years of on and off long distance, we can’t wait to be roommates! And in the same zip code :) We love each other and the beauty in everyday life.

I wanted the wedding day to be authentic, local, and organic. We had a lot of out of town guests coming to California, so I wanted the wedding to be an experience for them. We chose muted grays and pinks to compliment the organic whites, tans and greens. We used local start up companies like Alissa Bell Press, Josh Harney Productions and Lilify, who were incredible to work with. Finding and collaborating with passionate artists who share your vision is inspiring.

The goal was to plan and pull off a DIY wedding without it looking like one. I went for crisp and simple DIY projects like the chalkboards, place cards, tone-on-tone burlap runners, table numbers, the invitation design, and succulents that complimented the overall aesthetic. The key is picking one or two trends and implementing them in your own way. For everything else, do what you love, not what everyone else is doing.

Favorite Moment: Our first look, for sure. Carter would say my walk down the aisle. I loved seeing him just the two of us. It removed all the pressure from the ceremony and we got to enjoy it and be present in the moment. Also, the guacamole and margaritas. So good.

Advice: Don’t compare. Instead, be inspired by blogs, Pinterest and your friends ideas. Use them as a launch pad to come up with your own ideas, or change them in ways represent your creativity. It is easy to compare, but this is your day. Do what you love and be confident in your selections and hard work! Spend more time focusing on your marriage than the wedding. Planning an awesome party is a blast, but don’t forget the reason you are doing it all–to be married. Also, finding a photographer that has mastered their craft while being organized and quick is rare but necessary. Jacob and Christin were able to get breathtaking shots while taking very little of our time. Find an artist who you trust who also allows you to enjoy your day. We Heart Photography was that for us–they are incredible!

Musical Choices: Processional: Come Thou Fount by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, performed by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; first dance: Real Love by Regina Spektor; exit song: Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake.

Paige + Carter Wedding Film // Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA [3.16.13] from Josh Harney on Vimeo.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Baja Cantina | Florist: Lilify | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Gown Designer: Sarah Seven | Men’s Formalwear: H & M | Linens: Chic Rentals | Entertainment: DNA Entertainment | Videography: Josh Harney Productions

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05.08.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Intimate Greek Garden Inspired Wedding

When I first chatted with Evie she was very clear that she wanted her wedding to be a a reflection of her Greek heritage and, specifically, a reflection of the gardens in Greece.  For her ceremony, we kept it simple with an olive leaf garland decorating either side of the church aisle.
At the reception, to create that “outdoor garden vibe” guests were greeted with a “potting bench” seating card display. I used wood plant markers and had Joelle Duff calligraph guest names onto them and tucked them into a stone container filled with moss. For the tables, I layered La Tavola’s cut lace linen over soft green linens. I arranged olive, bay, garden roses, lavender, annabelle hydrangea, and rosemary in an eclectic mix of stone and iron garden containers. For the fireplace/lounge area I brought in bougainvillea plants and decorated with simple olive branches that we painted gold and intermixed it with lots of candles.

Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie | Florist and Designer: Kelly Oshiro | Church: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church | Coordinator: Amber Weir Weddings & Events | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | DJ: Goodbeat Productions | Photobooth: Lion Booth | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rental: Town & Country | Transportation: Roadrunner Shuttle

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05.06.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog