Organic Wedding Flower Inspiration

We’re huge flower lovers here at Once Wed, and so we’re thrilled to share today’s feature from one of the nation’s top designers, Rosegolden Flowers. She’s sharing her top ideas for taking an organic, white and green color palette and dressing it up with different accents.

From Rosegolden Flowers:

“When it comes to wedding flowers, choosing a color palette is a very important step. White and green has been a favorite for many brides for quite some time and for good reason. It feels very natural and organic, elegant and understated. As a florist, the more I’ve worked with white and green, the more curious I’ve become about ways to add interest to this highly popular combination of colors. I thought a bouquet study would be a wonderful way to explore how to enhance a white and green palette by adding an unexpected twist or two.

White and green is very flexible and looks lovely with a touch of so many colors. Last year, mixing it with bits of blush was very popular. I think this year I think we will start to see it combined with hints of yellow and deep burgundy.

For my white components I chose sweet peas, ranunculus, lilac and green centered anemones. For my green tones I chose scented geranium leaves, seeded pieris and dusty miller. I wanted the yellow moments to be soft and incandescent rather than sunny and bright so I went with a caramel antique garden rose and a garden spray rose in the same tonal family. I also love the subtle yellow of camel and combo roses as an alternative. I thought bits of burgundy would add depth and mystery to the palette so I used a few black ranunculus and a touch of agonis. I would also recommend chocolate cosmos, ninebark and continus.

I kept the bouquet wide and loose to and used predominantly white and green ingredients to establish its shape. I incorporated the accents of yellow and burgundy sparingly and strategically – waiting to add them until I was almost finished. I think adding that last bit of interest makes quite a statement, catches your eye, and makes the white and green come alive in a uniquely beautiful way.”

Photographer: Holly Carlisle | Floral Design: Rosegolden Flowers | Styling: Kaela Rawson | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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03.24.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Breakfast in Bed with Zola Registry

The first days at home after you return from your honeymoon are full of sweet moments like sharing breakfast in bed with your new husband. These days, full of soft touches, secrets, and whispered I love you’s, are the simple moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Those last few days before you rejoin the world after the wedding, when it’s just the two of you and it feels like you’re the only two people left on Earth, feel like nothing else matters, nothing but your love and the commitment you’ve made to one another.

These days post-honeymoon are precious, so start them full of beautiful products from your Zola Registry. We love these beautiful bed linens and comfy blankets that turn your bed into a literal post-wedding cloud full of happiness and snuggles. And enjoy those last lazy hours with a lovely breakfast in bed with a hot cup of tea or espresso in these beautiful Vietri cups from Zola. If you haven’t registered yet, visit Zola today to start your dream registry to get your home ready for you and your new husband!

Click here to sign up for your registry with this promo code from Zola and receive a $25 credit toward your registry!

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

03.24.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

A Classic Love Story

Wedding themes can be tricky, but one “theme” that will never go out of style is that of a classic love story. We love the inspirational elements in this editorial shoot and are excited to share more of the ideas behind them with you, from the charming outdoor venue with gorgeous gardens (always one of our favorites!), to the intimate dinner setting, to those amazing florals. Read on for more!

From the Vendor Team:
“From the moment we stumbled upon Tudor Place, we were enamored with its beauty and inspired by its charm. The hustle and bustle of being in the heart of Washington, DC disappeared once we stepped beyond the property gates. With its impressive architecture and lush gardens, we found ourselves daydreaming of a classic love story which would become the inspiration for our editorial shoot.

Our vision was to embrace the residential and luxurious feel of the property. A tucked away garden was the perfect location for the intimate celebration. We set the dining table with pieces that could be found within the home; a textured raw silk linen, family heirloom china, antique silver and fine crystal. These elements were balanced with lush and organic florals in soft yellows and creams. We incorporated delicate blue accents, through the place settings and timeless stationery, to compliment this palette.

The bride’s styling was effortless and sophisticated. Her understated hair and makeup looked stunning in the soft and natural afternoon light and her Zuhair Murad gown played off of the textures throughout the gardens. All of the elements blended so naturally and set the tone for a classically beautiful affair. “

Venue: Tudor Place  | Photography: Jose Villa | Styling & Design: Simply Chic Events  | Florals & Decor: Beehive Events | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Hair & Makeup: KPN Hair and Makeup | Mira Zwillinger and Zuhair Murad Gowns: Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Silver Dress: Carol Hannah | Calligraphy & Custom Stationery: Antiquaria |Printing of Stationery: Haute Papier | China: Herend, USA |Stemware: Moser, USA | Model: T-H-E Artist Agency

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03.23.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Beautiful Bridal Experience: Garnish Boutique

Searching for your bridal gown can be either enjoyable and simple, or terribly difficult. Thanks to reality TV, we all know that there are many factors which affect how your shopping experience will be, and today we’re excited to introduce you to one boutique that has become a destination for all East coast brides: Garnish Boutique.

Located in Baltimore, Garnish is widely recognized for its elegant, intimate atmosphere and dedicated shopping experience. Since their recent renovation and expansion, the boutique is a must-do for every bride on the East coast. With a long list of exclusive sought-after designer labels, and Garnish’s intimate and inviting approach to the bridal shopping experience, brides (and their moms and best gals!) will find that the dress search doesn’t need to be stressful, difficult, or painstaking.

So what is it that sets Garnish apart from every other bridal salon? First, their stunning interior makes you feel like a million bucks. What bride wants to feel like she’s trying on the most important dress of her life in a dimly-lit closet? Thanks to a luxe, inspiring interior with plenty of natural light, brides can really see the true color and lustre of bridal fabrics. Next, the curated selection of designers exclusive to Garnish is amazing (we’re talking about some of our favorite designers: Amsale, Amy Kuschel, Catherine Deane, Christos, Hayley Paige, Leanne Marshall, Liancarlo, Nicole Miller, and Romona Kevezaas well as bridal accessory designer Twigs & Honey), and each gown is hand-selected to ensure that every stylish bride can find what she’s looking for, whether her wedding is indoor or outdoor, boho or classic. And last, but certainly not least, we introduce you to the Garnish Girls: highly-skilled and educated consultants who are eager to get to know a bride’s likes and dislikes and how she wants her wedding day to be, to best help every girl who walks through their doors.

Garnish Boutique believes that searching for your wedding dress is a process, and should be one that is both memorable and  fun as well as educational. Now, go make your appointment!

Design: Stephanie Gamble Interiors | Photography: Krista A Jones | Flowers: Petal and Print


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03.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog