Minimal Bridal Portrait Session

If you’re planning a wedding, chances are you’ve felt inundated at some point or another to do or have EVERYTHING. The perfect escort cards on a beautifully designed table? An elaborately detailed chuppah? Signature drinks and tons of appetizers during cocktail hour? Thoughtful favors? Today, we want to encourage you to let these things pass right over you, and simply focus on the things that are important to you. This chic, minimal bridal session shows just that. Read on for some excellent advice from the photographer!

From the photographer, Haley Sheffield:
“With the wedding industry at an all-time high in popularity, there are endless trends constantly running through the “inspiration stream.” There has never been a better time to find ideas for your decor, hairstyle, bridesmaids dresses, etc. But strip all of that away, and the most meaningful photos you will walk away with as a bride are those that show the unparalleled emotions of that day.

For this shoot, I decided I wanted to showcase just that. Just a bride in a simple-cut gown (a glittering one, at that), with a simple hairstyle, at a lovely location–and a photographer with the agenda of capturing emotion in its barest moments. Laughter. Joy. Anticipation. It’s these beautiful, honest feelings that make art what it is intended to be–a connection to the human spirit.

Walking away from this shoot, I feel that the images carry a sense of nostalgia with them. Stripped of the excess of the day, most viewers can identify with the subject herself and connect with the emotion, the movement and the raw expression the bride emits. And it’s feelings like these that I hope inspire brides to be 100% themselves on their wedding day. To embrace their beauty and the full gamete of emotions that the special day brings.”

Photographer: Haley Sheffield | Model: Jade McDaniel for Wilhelmina Models | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Location: Private Estate in Macon, GA |  Hair & Makeup: Jade McDaniel

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06.09.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Delicate Bridal Robes from Plum Pretty Sugar

Plum Pretty Sugar is one of our favorites when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, or if you’re in search of a beautiful robe for yourself. They’ve recently launched a brand new collection of stunning bridesmaid dresses, and today, we’re excited to introduce their delicate new collection of robes, You Are Loved.

This charming new collection features six hushed pastel robes in a new fabric style. Each whisper-soft robe is crafted with an easy, fluid and drape-y fit and features fine-spun lace, graceful dolman sleeves and a tie at the waist.

The sash is detachable and excludes belt loops to allow for various looks and styling including a loose, low slung belt or cinched tightly at the waist. It’s a pretty piece for lounging and getting ready, whether on your wedding day, your honeymoon, or lounging at home.

You Are Loved includes six Sweetheart robes in colors Cutie Pie, Dollface, Babes, Lambkin, Honeycakes and Lovebug. $76.

Visit http://www.plumprettysugar.com/you-are-loved/robes for additional information and to purchase.

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06.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Romantic Outdoor Wedding

“Only in photography can you lend me your eyes and hand me a moment of time itself. Photography has a remarkable ability to deliver an audience a story and a story to an audience. ” (Joy Thigpen, Wedding Styling 101). It is your photographer’s duty to capture moments from your wedding day, and tell the story of your relationship for you to look back on in the years to come. We love the moody way that Nirav Patel captured Charity and Matt’s wedding. These images really speak to the heart and depth of the couple.

From the photographer, Nirav Patel:

“Matt and Charity are incredibly talented musicians. Charity’s band The Head and the Heart has been an inspiration to me for some time now and I would highly recommend giving them a listen if you haven’t already. Besides being unbelievably talented, they are also some of the kindest people I have ever met. I remember posting online about my 4 year anniversary of leaving my engineering position to follow my passion for photography. A week later I received a hand written letter from Charity telling me how happy she and Matt were for me. These two hold a special place in my heart.

My favorite part of the day had to be the evening when groups of people came to the stage and performed songs while the entire crowd danced and sang along.  It was like something out of a movie. It seemed as if every important aspect of Matt and Charity’s relationship was represented on this day from love to family to friendship to music.  I feel incredibly honored to have been able to document their story.”

Photography: Nirav Patel Photography | Venue: Gorge-ous Weddings | Dress: Erdem | Hair: Shandra Koehler of Derby Salon | Makeup: Donna Cicatelli of Jimmy Kimmel Live | Flowers: Magniflora-Flowers | Food Trucks: Koi Fusion | Ice Cream/Dessert: Scoop | Coffee Cart: Case Study Coffee | Cake: New Cascadia Bakery | 3D Printed Cookies: Sarah’s Cookies | Macarons: Pix Patisserie | Photo Booth: Happymatic | Furniture Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals, Commonwealth Vintage Rentals | Wedding Coordination: Champagne Wedding Coordination

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06.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Tips for Creating a Gracious Wedding Registry with Thankful Registry

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At Once Wed we love creativity and appreciation of the beauty found in individuality.  That is why Thankful Registry is one of our favorite registries.  They have created a beautiful service that allows any couple to customize their registry to reflect what makes them truly unique.

To help with your creating, they wanted to share these simple tips to creating a gracious registry:
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Keep it personal. Do this by uploading a cover image that speaks to what you love as a couple, or by writing personalized notes to go with your listed gift suggestions.  Being able to add suggestions from any online store with Thankful Registry ensures the ultimate in personalization.
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Forget the registry checklist. No one knows what you need better than you. So shake off the pressure from retailers to add a bunch of trendy or “must-have” items, and register for the things that reflect your life together and what you’re both passionate about. Share with your friends and family what you would treasure, and suggest stores where guests can purchase. But know that your guests can purchase from anywhere. If they find a better price at a store other than your suggestion, or would prefer to buy in-store, they can do that as well.
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Be direct about your preferences, picking quality over quantity. Thankful allows you to keep everything in a single list. This means mixing traditional gifts with honeymoon contributions, gift cards, experience gifts and charity donations. Guests will love that they are helping you start your life together with gifts that mean the most to you.
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Pay it forward with a charity.  Many couples are passionate about the things that matter the most to them.  Thankful makes adding your favorite charity to your gift list easy – just a couple of clicks and you are done.

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06.06.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Uncategorized