Rick Owens Aurora Gown

Sometimes the most beautiful wedding gowns are not wedding dresses at all. We absolutely adore the movement, color, and shape of this original gown, and our model looked great in it with stunning hair from Mimi and Taylor at the Erich McVey Workshop. We would love to see this dress for bridesmaids as well, and we’re sure they’d love it too!

Come back tomorrow for the full tutorial on how to create an edgy, elegant, and laid-back hairstyle to pair with a stunning dress like this!

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Rick Owens

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08.04.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dinner for Two

One of the best things about a new marriage is coming home to the person you love every day. You walk through the door, and there they are, waiting for you in your new home together- ready to make memories! One of our favorite things in the entire world is cooking dinner, and you’ll never want to leave the kitchen once you’ve received all of your amazing new cookware from your Zola Registry! Find everything you need and could ever want in one place- like pots, wine glasses, water glasses, flatware, servingware, and so much more

Now, get spicy, and get cookin!

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


08.01.14 / Featured

Elegant Outdoor Italian Boudoir Session

Can you imagine how thrilled your new husband would be to receive some boudoir shots of you right before your wedding?  And what if yours were taken abroad before your destination wedding like these stunning shots from Laura Murray Photography and Jessica of Fine & Fleurie?! These are so fun, and you’ll be able to look back over these special shots for years to come!

From Jessica:

This shoot took place in the incredible cliff side city of Polignano a Mare, in the South of Italy. We drew our inspiration for this project from the spirit of this artful and charming city: the pastel colors of the sun-washed buildings, the architecture where old and new overlap and create an aesthetic that is decidedly classic and surprisingly modern at the same time. For our boudoir shoot we chose a retro-style lingerie set from handmade designer Ohhh Lulu which paired perfectly with a hand-crafted hair vine that is a modern take on a classic Roman laurel wreath and the pretty turquoise accents found in the cityscape. Laura and I love boudoir and firmly believe it’s something every bride should consider and in this we wanted to show a unique and playful approach to boudoir.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography  | Styling & Accessories: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie  | Local Coordination & Logistics: Anna Calzolaio | Model: Alessia Vaccaro (Indiaarie@hotmail.it) | Lingerie Set: Ohhh Lulu | Film Lab: Mammum | Hair: Marilena Panarelli U | Make-up: Simona D’agrosa (Felicia.g.doyle@gmail.com)

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07.31.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas

DIY Lilac Arch Tutorial


We loved sharing some spring inspiration from Sarah Winward and Rylee Hitchner yesterday, and we’re really excited to show you how to recreate that gorgeous, lush lilac arch today! Keep reading for the full tutorial below.


diy-lilac-archBuilding an arch for a wedding is a job that most people leave to professionals. It is one of the bigger jobs, and there are lots of variables and risks associated with it. You want your arch to be sturdy, no uneven ground or gusts of wind can be allowed to affect its stability. There are endless possibilities for types and shapes of arch structures, but this is one that can easily be recreated by an adventurous DIYer.


1. An arch base: Start with an arch base that can be mounted into the ground. This could be a small or large structure, just make sure it is balanced and can be anchored into the ground easily. These can be purchased at lots of garden or home improvement stores.

2. Some small, watertight vases or buckets that can be wired to the arch to hold the bulk of your flowers.

3. Wire

4. Water tubes

5. Flowers & greenery to fill the arch with


1. Start by anchoring your arch into the ground.

2. Wire your vases or small buckets to the arch. Make sure they are right side up and can hold water. I used six on this arch, use as many as you think you need to make it look full. (The number here will also depend on the length of your branches.)

3. Start filling the buckets with greenery. Make sure the stem is in the water, and then arrange the greenery so that it frames the arch and covers you base. Wire the ends of it back of the arch if they need to be held secure.

5. The great thing about this arch is that you don’t need to water tube EVERYTHING that you are putting on the arch! But, if you feel like you need to have some flowers running horizontally, or in a place where they wont reach a bucket, water tube them, and then wire them in.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Floral Design: Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers) | Model: Elyse Wynn

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07.30.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured