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For over ten years, Once Wed has had the pleasure of inspiring brides from all over the world. During that time, weddings have evolved from a day including a ballgown and a required list of bridal elements, to a day where a bride can create a vision customized to suit her personality. We have loved seeing this evolution, because it means we can use our platform to share some of the wonderful creativity that comes from this freedom of choice. The lines between bridal and fashion have definitely blurred, and we are excited to share new ideas as they emerge.

From the photographer:
Our overall intent was to put together a shoot that told a story of light and shadows inspired by the space of McCune Mansion. Admiring the works of painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer (who mastered using darkness to the shape the light), we set our utilize their techniques to create a narrative of color and luminescence – with a celestial essence.

Additional inspiration came from the romantic silhouettes of Dior Haute Couture 2017 and the elegant draping of Valentino.  Our styling approach was slightly whimsical and effortless. We used gowns that had dramatic movement, yet a gentle reaction to the light within the French Baroque setting. The result was a soft blurring of the line between fashion and bridal imagery that we fell in love with!

Photography Heather Nan | Shoot Hosts Heather Nan & Photo Native | Floral Design Tinge Floral | Dresses Louiza Babouryan & Lena Medoyeff | Hair & Makeup Janelle Ingram | Venue McCune Mansion | Stylist Benjamin Holtrop | Jewelry OC Tanner Jewelers | Film Kodak Professional | Film Lab The FIND Lab | Models Susanna Clawson, Tiffany Pliler, Niya Models, Tessa Levin, Cora Stone

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Over the last couple of months it has been great to be able to share the wonderful experience we had doing a shoot for Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia. It was easy to create stunning images for our audience because we were surrounded by the natural beauty of the island. The only thing that surpassed this beauty was the warmth and hospitality of the staff at each of the three Sandals resorts. Each of the resorts offered something a little different, but is would be hard to choose a favorite.  The good news is that you don’t have to choose.

With Sandals Play at 3 Program, you get a mega-vacation that includes 3 resorts for the price of one! You get access to all the beaches and amenities of every resort. Your dining options include 27 restaurants. You can extend your diving experiences to exotic underwater playgrounds at two additional resorts. Enjoy the entertainment that’s ever-changing from night to night at any of the three resorts. To make the experience even better, complimentary round-trip transportation between all resorts is part of the Sandals Luxury Included® experience.

Whichever resort you decide upon, you will be truly at home. At Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the resort is located on its very own peninsula, cradled on the west by Rodney Bay (with the calmest waters in Saint Lucia) and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. This resort showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views that will linger in your heart forever. Volcanic mountains draped in blankets of green rise majestically from the sea, and a sheltered mile-long beach is an open invitation for days of endless water play.

Sandals Halcyon Beach lies in the midst of a tropical utopia. Majestic palms line a pristine beach and verdant mountains rise from a turquoise sea. You will spend your days in a charming and intimate sanctuary that’s the essence of its name – tranquil, peaceful and calm. This is a true Garden of Eden, a place where your senses are caressed by sea breezes, inviting ocean waters, and fragrant tropical blooms. Experience the Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites, with private deck and plunge pool and indulge in gourmet dining at six specialty restaurants (if you decide to ever leave your room)!

A third wonderful choice is Sandals Regency La Toc. It is located on a magnificent 210-acre estate set on a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach which is cradled by exotic coral bluffs, lush hillsides and rolling fairways. Featuring a challenging executive-style golf course, stunning oceanfront suites, and the private enclave of the Sunset Bluff Village, this resort is recognized as the most sparkling jewel in the islands.

So our journey is complete (for now). We have been able to show you how wonderful your Destination Wedding can be with Sandals Resorts! Once you have decided to travel to St. Lucia for your special day, your Sandals team will work out all the details for you. All you need to do is arrive (we recommend a couple of days early to just enjoy yourself and your guests are you wind down), have the day of your dreams, and then stay for a fabulous honeymoon!

Photography MK Sadler | Styling Liz Damrich for Once Wed

From the event planner:
Nat and Nico met 8 years ago, in their last year of university in London. For some reason they had never previously crossed paths. But in one chance encounter everything changed, and they ‘ve been inseparable ever since. Tuscany, Italy has a special place in their hearts. They travelled in Tuscany together before, and loved everything from its rolling hills, cypress-lined country roads, medieval hilltop villages, comfort cuisine, and of course the vino! After two trips around the region with me, they chose Castello la Leccia as their main wedding venue. We helped them arrange everything for them and their guests from all over the world enjoy a truly extraordinary experience!

Photography Ether and Smith | Event Planning Weddings In Tuscany | Floral Design Jardin Divers | Dress Yolan Cris | Hair & Makeup Silvia Gerzeli | Venue Castello la Leccia | Videographer Emotional Movie | Invitations Kelsey Malie Calligraphy