Enchanting Redwoods Floral Inspiration

If you’re ever struggling with wedding planning, we highly suggest talking with the experts. There are thousands of floral choices when you start planning your wedding, and that can be overwhelming for some brides. Keep reading for advice from the Amy Osaba Events team on how to narrow down your floral choices:

From Amy Osaba Events:

“I had been dreaming up this shoot for months, and when we started to think about floral choices, much like brides have to do before their weddings, we knew we wanted to create lush florals with a variety of textures throughout. So when we saw these amazing roses full of fluffy petals and freshly opened peonies, we knew they’d be perfect among one of our favorites, delicate jasmine vines. 

Our work at Amy Osaba Events relies greatly on the incorporation of various textures. Using this technique is what helps us achieve a natural and loose look. We love incorporating natural elements pulled from the environment we’re working with. Things like flowering branches, blackberries, and occasionally pomegranates! 

So when you are in over your head with flowers, try to narrow it down by the textures you like whether it be soft, flowy, or prickly. Hopefully that will help eliminate the overwhelming amount of flower choices and make a bouquet”


Hair/Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Gown: Carol Hannah | Photography: Ryan Ray | Flowers: Amy Osaba | Creative Direction: Amy Osaba Events

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06.01.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Register for your Bathroom with Zola

If you’re anything like us, when you begin registering for wedding gifts, your mind immediately goes to kitchen appliances and accessories. You start dreaming of Kitchenaid mixers, pots, pans, and tupperware sets that would make your mom jealous. We love that Zola is a place where you can register for all those kitchen accessories, but it’s also a registry where the sky is the limit. Recently we’ve been thinking about the small spaces in each home. For example, have you thought about revamping your bathroom?  With Zola, you can create an oasis in your very own bathroom with their turkish towels, accessories, and glassware. And if all the beautiful gifts from their store have you inspired and craving something more – say, an amazing honeymoon adventure – Zola can help you there too! Register for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with just a few clicks.

Visit Zola today to start your registry and start relaxing! And Once Wed readers get $25 toward their registry by signing up today!

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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06.01.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, News Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog


You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you’ve had numerous fittings to make sure everything is perfect, and you’ll soon be wowing your friends and family as you walk down the aisle to begin your exciting future with someone special. But have you thought about what will happen to your most treasured keepsake from the most momentous day of your life?

Luckily, we’ve already thought about that for you and have partnered with WeddingGownPreservationKit.com to give TWO lucky brides a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, which ensures your dress stays as magnificent over the next years and decades as it did the day you first wore it. The invisible stains from your wedding day can be the most damaging to a delicate dress – sweat, dirt, and oils contribute to the yellowing of the fabric and wreak havoc on the dress’ fine fabrics.

The upgraded kit includes free shipping to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company where it receives a museum quality cleaning formulated for delicate fabrics (unlike a lot of those dry cleaners out there!), is checked for tears and missing beading, and returns the dress to you perfectly preserved and in family heirloom status in its very own preservation chest. Whether or not your future daughter or granddaughter wants to wear it on her wedding day is another thing. You can learn more about their sophisticated cleaning and preservation process at http://www.weddinggownpreservationkit.com.

To enter to win a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, comment below with your wedding dress designer and style. For an extra entry, share this post on Facebook and tag Once Wed.

Photography for last 3 images: Ali Harper

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05.30.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Inspiration from the Ginny Au Birmingham Workshop

It’s so inspirational for us to see creatives nurturing one another through workshops and design courses, and we love that our brides can glean direction from stylists like Ginny Au even if they’re not part of the industry. Keep reading to find out a little more about Ginny’s creative journey.

From Ginny Au:

“I believe the need to clutter or overthink a design is an easy pitfall in the wedding industry. It was something I struggled with early in my career. Over time, I stopped piecing together unrelated details and focused on one element allowing all other inspiration to stem from that single source. This approach allowed me the freedom to explore the beauty of simplicity and the humility in a deconstructed design. It also demands a sensory approach to your design process, one I often layout on walls using texture and pigment.

I decided to teach a series of day classes that focused on the origin of a design and  simple styling techniques, encouraging creatives in all fields to find their own voice and a unique way of expressing it.”
Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Class Venue: The Nest Birmingham

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05.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog