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From the photographer:

I love the look achieved by mixing neutral tones and earthy details with modernism. Such a juxtaposition is quite striking and understated. For this shoot, we layered vintage-inspired modern, with earthy, neutral, and muddy tones in the florals. This allowed us to highlight the simple beauty that can be achieved with pale understatement. Soft hair and easy makeup enhanced the look and the natural beauty of the bride. Surrounding her with fluttering butterflies was a delicate, lovely finish to the shoot!

Photography Sally Pinera | Floral Design Amy Nicole | Dress Shop Gossamer | Makeup & Hair Sharon Y Park | Ring Trumpet and Horn | Calligraphy Victoria Krav



If you have been following the blog the last couple of months, you have seen the beautiful posts exploring the Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia. As promised, today we are showing you how beautiful your wedding ceremony can be in this island paradise. Although there are many wonderful spots for your ceremony at the three resorts, we fell in love with this over the water wedding chapel (complete with beautiful ocean breezes) at the Grande St. Lucian. Who wouldn’t want to start their life as husband and wife in this beautiful location!

Sandals Resorts knows what is important for brides and grooms, and has created their exclusive Aisle to Isle destination wedding experience. It was designed in response to a study by the Sandals that revealed that millennial brides and grooms seek inspiration above all else when planning their wedding celebration. Aisle to Isle gives you that inspiration with endless choices for making your wedding a true reflection of the things that make you the unique couple you are. 

Aisle to Isle has created eight inspirations influenced by the tropics, gardens, romance, passion, the islands, sophistication, nature, and sand/sea. Each offers creative suggestions for brides and grooms to plan their dream wedding – from tabletop, floral accompaniment, and setting to runners, chair selection, altar and more.  Complementing the design inspirations are enhanced food and beverage options including themed bar design, custom cocktails and expanded menu selections. These inspirations create an amazing creative spark for you to envision your own perfect celebration – from simple and elegant to playful and extravagant. Sandals feels that weddings should be ‘inspired by love, created by you.’” With the natural beauty of each resort, your dream details can match your dream setting. Along with the ever-popular beach, garden and gazebo locations, other exciting ceremony and reception venues are available as part of Aisle to Isle. 

All weddings at Sandals Resorts, whether five guests or fifty, include a one-hour cocktail reception, bride and groom signature cocktail, a pre-travel surprise gift, expert planners, white Chivari chairs, manicure for her, 30-minute foot massage for him, personalized wedding website, personalized gift registry, honeymoon dinner, breakfast in bed and a wedding photograph. As an incentive to indulge in every aspect of the Luxury Included offerings, wedding couples are also given additional incentives for extending their time in paradise. Couples who stay six nights or longer, receive gift credits valued at $1,500, and any couple staying three or more nights may opt for a Mokara orchid-inspired free wedding design that includes Mokara bouquet, boutonniere and two-tiered cake with Mokara orchid topper. There truly are endless options.

Be sure to check back for the next Sandals feature to see how beautiful your reception can be!

Photography MK Sadler | Styling Liz Damrich for Once Wed

From the photographer:
Minimalism can be very inspiring, and we wanted to express it in everything: Dresses, makeup, simple backgrounds, and flowers. With minimalism, one can focus on the most important elements.

From the stylist: 
We are in love with modern classics, because they are so multifaceted. We wanted to create a few iconic images which were bold and interesting, to inspire brides. Each bride shown reflects individuality. One look symbolizes tenderness, youth, and purity. Another is about brightness and courage. The third look represents style, confidence, elegance. For each dress we picked a suitable flower: a lily, a tulip and an amaryllis. We also wanted to show how hairstyles and makeup to fit each look as well. Jewelry was very importaint, helping to accenuate the necessary features.

From the dress designer:
Beauty in simplicity – that is how I designate my collection. The white dress is a permanent symbol of the bride, but I changed the look this time – with pure lines and geometry of parts which don’t hide the beauty of their wearer, but emphasize it. There is no abundance of embroidery and lace, but every detail is thought out and finished.

Photography Antonova Kseniya | Styling/Planning Peony Studio | Floral Design Anastasia Panina | Dresses Murashka | Hair & Makeup Anna Vereta | Jewelry 2213Gift | Model Suzanna Aslanova