Once Wed http://www.oncewed.com Designer Weddings for Less Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Romantic Outdoor Couple Photos http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/romantic-outdoor-couple-photos/ http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/romantic-outdoor-couple-photos/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:00:29 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=228225 When you see a beautiful wedding photo, chances are that the reason you love the image is because there’s something about it that speaks to you. Maybe the subject is a loved one, or you can’t take your eyes off the scenery. We love the unique, artistic way that photographers view their surroundings, and that’s... Read more »

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When you see a beautiful wedding photo, chances are that the reason you love the image is because there’s something about it that speaks to you. Maybe the subject is a loved one, or you can’t take your eyes off the scenery. We love the unique, artistic way that photographers view their surroundings, and that’s very evident in these romantic outdoor photos from Nirav Patel. There is a beautiful point of view here, and we hope that it will help you gather your own inspiration!

More from the photographer, Nirav Patel:

“When I moved here from India, my family and I lived with my Aunt and Uncle for several years. I consider their two daughters, Reshma and Gaurisha, my sisters because of the relationship and bond we’ve developed from growing up under the same roof. Reshma taught me the importance of moon walking, living life as a muppet, following your dreams and working hard to make them come true, and loving unconditionally. She has played such a crucial part in moulding me into the person I am today. I love her with all my heart and am so proud of her.

When I met Miles I was blown away by how perfect he is for Resh. He’s the kind of person you make best friends with from the moment you meet. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother. I love these two more than words can describe.”

Photography: Nirav Patel

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DIY Low Knot http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/diy-low-knot/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/diy-low-knot/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=228015 We love a good hair tutorial, and we know that you do, too! This low knot is an incredibly versatile hairstyle, easily dressed up with a slinky gown and casual enough for a Sunday brunch. This style works well with mid-length to long hair, wavy or straight. Keep reading for the full step-by-step tutorial so... Read more »

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We love a good hair tutorial, and we know that you do, too! This low knot is an incredibly versatile hairstyle, easily dressed up with a slinky gown and casual enough for a Sunday brunch. This style works well with mid-length to long hair, wavy or straight. Keep reading for the full step-by-step tutorial so that you can recreate this look for yourself!

Supplies:
-Dry shampoo
-Texturizing spray
-Elastic hair tie
-Handful of bobby pins

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Low Knot:
1: Spray a dry shampoo into the roots and mist the ends of the hair with a texturizing or surf spray. Flip the head over and massage fingers through hair to work product in evenly and to give lift at the roots. A little texture will give the hair more interest and also help hold the style in place.
2: Gather all of the hair low on the neck in a ponytail and secure with an elastic.
3: Loop the tail of the pony through the elastic halfway, leaving several inches of the tail out.
Rough up the loop portion with your fingers by tugging on pieces of hair to make the knot fuller and more textured.
4: Take part of the tail/loose hair and twist it around the loop to cover the hair elastic. Secure the end of the tail on the underside of the elastic/knot with a couple of bobby pins to finish the style.
This style can be as lose and messy, or as neat as you like. Feel free to finish by loosening pieces around the face or spray final style in place to keep it neat.

Photography: Katie Hyatt (Laura Catherine Organic Photographs) | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Linen Top:  Linen Cortese Top from Shoppe Signora

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Once Wed and Plum Pretty Sugar Tropical Lookbook Part I http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/once-wed-and-plum-pretty-sugar-tropical-lookbook-part-i/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/once-wed-and-plum-pretty-sugar-tropical-lookbook-part-i/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227935 We’re so excited today to release the first images from a recent campaign we created for one of our favorite brands, Plum Pretty Sugar. If you frequent wedding blogs, then you know how popular Plum Pretty Sugar is with brides. Their gorgeous robes are frequently offered as gifts for bridesmaids, and you’ll likely recognize the... Read more »

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We’re so excited today to release the first images from a recent campaign we created for one of our favorite brands, Plum Pretty Sugar. If you frequent wedding blogs, then you know how popular Plum Pretty Sugar is with brides. Their gorgeous robes are frequently offered as gifts for bridesmaids, and you’ll likely recognize the lighthearted, botanical print designs. We wanted to show you that you can take your favorite Plum Pretty Sugar pieces from getting ready on your wedding day, to your honeymoon and into your everyday life. We styled some pieces in unique ways that you can easily do, too–that turban our model is wearing is actually this tank top! Plum Pretty Sugar is so much more than just robes and pajamas: cute rompers, skirts and dresses, bathing suit cover ups, and even a well-designed selection of maternity pieces are all part of their collections.

We had so much fun shooting at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the Florida Keys. Accessible only by sea-plane or boat, this discreet resort is the perfect setting for a post-wedding getaway. And doesn’t it perfectly fit the vibe of the Plum Pretty Sugar lifestyle?

Keep your eye out for more next week from our collaboration with Plum Pretty Sugar. Plum Pretty Sugar has also just launched a collection of amazing bridesmaid dresses, and will be launching more new collections throughout the year, so you won’t want to miss anything!

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Band to Match Your Engagement Ring http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/finding-the-perfect-wedding-band-to-match-your-engagement-ring/ http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/finding-the-perfect-wedding-band-to-match-your-engagement-ring/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=226178 From the day you received your engagement ring, it became the most precious piece of jewelry you have ever owned. But, that special day will come, when you will be given away to the person you love. Your engagement ring will soon need to move over and make space for another ring: your wedding band. Unless... Read more »

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From the day you received your engagement ring, it became the most precious piece of jewelry you have ever owned. But, that special day will come, when you will be given away to the person you love. Your engagement ring will soon need to move over and make space for another ring: your wedding band. Unless your fiancé has purchased a matching set, it can be difficult to find that perfect wedding band. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our newest sponsor today, Diamond Registry!

Finding unique ways to match your most precious jewelry pieces together is a trend which makes it possible to wear both rings every day. Elaborately shaped wedding bands are becoming more and more popular with brides- to-be around the globe. Diamond Registry — a unique, well-established diamond wholesaler and educational platform in loose diamonds — sees more and more clients asking for elaborately shaped wedding bands mounted with matching diamonds. Why? The choices for matching or coordinating wedding bands available in retail jewelry stores is limited, and price tags are skyrocketing. Through Diamond Registry, customers are able to purchase the diamonds before they reach the retail sector, effectively cutting out the retail margins that easily mark up to 50% of the diamond price. In addition, by buying loose diamonds, the design of the ring is open for you to decide! Customers can make use of Diamond Registry’s in-house jewellers to create their perfect matching wedding band, or bring them to a local jeweller. Your wedding band will be personalized, unique, and not to be found in any retail store!

If you choose an elaborately shaped wedding band, note that it does need precise and accurate craftsmanship, allowing the rings to fit to each other without looking separate. Therefore, creating your own rings together with a  jeweller is recommended. Give Diamond Registry a call to learn how to buy a diamond, to see what is possible and to allow yourself a larger, better quality, or more unique wedding ring for the same budget. Whatever kind of ring style you choose, creating a coordinating set of engagement ring and wedding band will allow you to wear and show off both rings at the same time.

Credits: First Image: Tec Petaja | Second Image: Jose Villa | Third Image: Lani Elias Fine Art Photography | Fourth Image: Rylee Hitchner | Fifth Image: Bryce Covey

 

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We’re Hiring: Once Wed Account Executive! http://www.oncewed.com/news-blog/were-hiring-once-wed-account-executive/ http://www.oncewed.com/news-blog/were-hiring-once-wed-account-executive/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227309 If you want to work from home, have flexible hours and love interacting with people, you will want to consider this opportunity. The people you’ll be calling really want to talk to you, they just won’t know it until five minutes into the call. Getting to that point is what we’ll train you to do.... Read more »

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If you want to work from home, have flexible hours and love interacting with people, you will want to consider this opportunity. The people you’ll be calling really want to talk to you, they just won’t know it until five minutes into the call. Getting to that point is what we’ll train you to do. So if you are interested in learning state-of-the-art selling, building a career (not just a paycheck) working hard (50 hours / week and 50+ calls / day) and working for one of the finest wedding publications in the world, please click on the link below to fill out our questionnaire. We are eager to get to know you!

Let’s fast forward one year from now and discuss what a Successful Account Executive (you!) will have accomplished at Once Wed:

1. You have polished your sales approach to close major accounts in retail, makeup, beauty, and fashion with major brands such as Macy’s, L’Oreal, BHLDN and Vera Wang providing them promotional campaign packages including serialized social media contests, banner advertising and original styled shoots sourced and executed by the über talented Once Wed creative team.

2. Your quick grasp of ad products, ad terms, cutting edge ad optimization techniques and strong communication skills has won you a dozen major banner ad campaigns and raised average monthly banner pricing by 12%.

3. Your efficient work, internet savvy and persuasive proposals over email, phone and social networks has moved the Vendor Guide from 60% to 85% capacity and, in doing so, created a recurring commission income stream for yourself spread over 200+ clients.

4. Your clients brag to Once Wed management about your customer service skills, responsiveness and attention to detail, telling management that “whatever you pay her, it’s not enough”. Some clients have even tried to lure you away from Once Wed with not-so-subtle job offers.

5. Your dedication to your career, demonstrated by your high call volume, thoughtful communication, learning from your manager and sales team, and self-directed professional development, has made you the envy of the sales team and propelled you towards a six figure income.

We can’t wait until next year.

Now Back to Today

If you’d like this story to be yours….

Please click here to fill out our questionnaire!

Photo Credit: Tec Petaja 

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Outdoor Wedding Bridal Gown Inspiration http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/outdoor-wedding-bridal-gown-inspiration/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/outdoor-wedding-bridal-gown-inspiration/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:00:07 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227564 It’s pretty easy to say that every bride-to-be has finding just the right dress at the top of her to-do list. Sometimes, that perfect gown seems to just come to her, but other brides need a little more help in narrowing down the seemingly endless options. Shape, fabric, and bodice style are all things you’ll... Read more »

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25OutdoorDresses_TitleGraphic_V1It’s pretty easy to say that every bride-to-be has finding just the right dress at the top of her to-do list. Sometimes, that perfect gown seems to just come to her, but other brides need a little more help in narrowing down the seemingly endless options. Shape, fabric, and bodice style are all things you’ll consider. But the list continues: will it be white? Champagne? Mocha? Will you choose a train, or something with a sleeker cut? Cap sleeves or full sleeves, or will it be strapless?

Today we’re rounding up some of our very favorite gowns that we think would be an amazing choice for an outdoor wedding. Featured are beautiful gowns by designers like Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, J. Mendel, Alexandra Grecco, Rue de Seine, Claire Pettibone, Sarah Janks and Carolina Herrera. Click on the credit under each image for more information on the featured gowns.

You can also browse gowns for sale by some of these amazing designers in our online store here.

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Ethereal Bridal Fashion by Alexandra Grecco http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/ethereal-bridal-fashion-by-alexandra-grecco/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/ethereal-bridal-fashion-by-alexandra-grecco/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:30 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227464 We always love to see what designer Alexandra Grecco creates for brides-to-be. This year’s collection features the perfect balance of femininity and structure, combining ethereal fabrics and (tulle skirts, eyelet lace) with strong lines. The result is a air of elegance; modern pieces with details reminiscent of days gone by. Photography: Elizabeth Messina |Dresses: Alexandra... Read more »

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We always love to see what designer Alexandra Grecco creates for brides-to-be. This year’s collection features the perfect balance of femininity and structure, combining ethereal fabrics and (tulle skirts, eyelet lace) with strong lines. The result is a air of elegance; modern pieces with details reminiscent of days gone by.
Photography: Elizabeth Messina |Dresses: Alexandra Grecco | Hair: Brittany Romney | Makeup:  Mandy Bisesti | Models: Wilhelmina | Flowers: Ariel Dearie Flowers

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A Meaningful Elopement in Hawaii http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/a-meaningful-elopement-in-hawaii/ http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/a-meaningful-elopement-in-hawaii/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227322 We’re honored to share some of the beautiful images and moments from Lisa and Luke’s Hawaiian elopement. They created a rich, meaningful ceremony full of unique traditions. What traditions will you be including in your wedding? Read on for more ceremony details from the bride: “From the moment we connected with our officiant, Kelvin, we... Read more »

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We’re honored to share some of the beautiful images and moments from Lisa and Luke’s Hawaiian elopement. They created a rich, meaningful ceremony full of unique traditions. What traditions will you be including in your wedding?

Read on for more ceremony details from the bride:
“From the moment we connected with our officiant, Kelvin, we knew he would create the completely unique and spiritual ceremony we were dreaming about. We gave him complete freedom to create the ceremony and incorporate Hawaiian traditions he thought would be meaningful to us.The only involvement we had in designing the ceremony was in writing our own vows and contributing a poem that we felt was representative of us and our approach to life. During e-mail correspondence (we never met in person or talked on the phone even before that day!) he asked about our love story and our vision for the day.

One thing we mentioned was our deep, mutual commitment to mindfulness and gratitude in our relationship and life. With that information, Kelvin decided to include a few traditions that he thought would “speak to our hearts.”

We started with a hand washing ritual. First we each washed our own hands to signify acceptance, recognition and forgiveness of our individual past, then we washed each other’s hands to represent the same kindness towards one another. We followed this with the traditional exchanging of leis as a symbol of our love for one another.

We were also led through a tradition called “ha.” “Ha” was a practice meant to bring awareness to our breath. We gave silent thanks to our respective paths for bringing us to this place, and developed a place of remembrance for this peak moment in our life together.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the ceremony was the coconut ritual. As told by our officiant, the coconut is essential to island life historically as it could satisfy every basic need. During this, Kelvin broke open the coconut with a rock and presented Luke with half. He held it out for me to drink from it and then I to him, symbolizing our dedication to providing for one another. I then poured the rest into the sand as an offering to the Earth and lastly he had Luke throw the shell into the sea.”

Photographer: Rachel Thurston |Dress: Michelle Mason | Necklace: Grandmother | Rings: Halloween (vintage collection) | Suit Jacket: Enzo Custom | Shirt: Ratio Clothing | Pants: Lands End | Maile Lei | Hair: Lauren at Boston Hair Design (beeshieedoeshair@gmail.com) | Haku: Elvirine Chow (heavenlyhakus@aol.com) | Bouquet: The Bride | Officiant

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Elegant Garden Wedding Reception http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/elegant-garden-wedding-reception/ http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/elegant-garden-wedding-reception/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:00:30 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=227174 Yesterday, we shared Jen and Salil’s wedding ceremony, and today we’re excited to showcase their elegant garden reception. Set under an amazing canopy of verdant foliage, with tables dressed in oatmeal linen and lush arrangements of white and green florals lining long, family-style tables, this gorgeous event is one not to be missed. Photography: Tec... Read more »

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Yesterday, we shared Jen and Salil’s wedding ceremony, and today we’re excited to showcase their elegant garden reception. Set under an amazing canopy of verdant foliage, with tables dressed in oatmeal linen and lush arrangements of white and green florals lining long, family-style tables, this gorgeous event is one not to be missed.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Design and florals: McKenzie Powell | Planner: Holly Rohrbacher | Paper goods: Willow and Ink Studio | Dress: Luly Wang | Groom attire: Theory | Venue: Lakewood Gardens

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Elegant Black Tie Wedding in Washington http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/elegant-black-tie-wedding-in-washington/ http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/elegant-black-tie-wedding-in-washington/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=226915 With just a quick glance through these photos, anyone can see that Jenn and Salil’s Washington summer wedding was an elegant affair. If you’re planning a black tie fete, we encourage you to take a second look, as some of our favorite details set this beautiful wedding apart from other classic weddings. Floral design is... Read more »

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With just a quick glance through these photos, anyone can see that Jenn and Salil’s Washington summer wedding was an elegant affair. If you’re planning a black tie fete, we encourage you to take a second look, as some of our favorite details set this beautiful wedding apart from other classic weddings. Floral design is always one of the best-loved elements of a wedding day, and these amazing blooms created by McKenzie Powell are no exception. The lush arrangements and elegant white and green palette lend a traditional feel, while the garden-inspired flower selections and botanical greenery reinvent the classic look.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2, with more images and inspiration from Jenn and Salil’s wedding day!

Photography: Tec Petaja | Design and florals: McKenzie Powell | Planner: Holly Rohrbacher | Paper goods: Willow and Ink Studio | Dress: Luly Wang | Groom attire: Theory | Venue: Lakewood Gardens

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