Elegant French Chateau Wedding

It is hard to find the right words to describe this wedding. Everything transpired so seamlessly, resulting in such a joyous organic design and experience.

Robyn and Mitch met in France, so it was only fitting to bring their closest family and friends to celebrate their wedding. They knew the venue would play an instrumental role in the design and mood, so finding Chateau St. Julien was like a dream. Supplying us with a home of all the guests, all the reception tables and chairs and even the vast grounds were foraged for all the flowers we made on site. Combined with the handmade and dyed ribbon from froufrou chic, homemade macaroons and family style dinner made and served by Ginny’s family and friends, this majestic environment was humbled by a truly hand crafted wedding. Holly Hollon designed the remarkable invitation suite, with hand torn paper and sealed with a delicate wax seal, presenting the guests with the perfect prelude of what was to come. Her gold calligraphy place cards were complimented by hand made cotton gauze napkins. We wrapped them around rolls from a local boulangerie and added sprigs of lavender found in the flower beds. The simple glass vases were all from the chateau filled with fresh lilac branches and the smell was heavenly.

The perfect end to this wedding cycle can be found in the beauty and grace of Rylee Hitchner’s photography. She has the magical ability to show the warmth and depth of the design and capture the love and peace of our couple and their guests.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Styling, Design & Coordination: Ginny Au | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Venue: Reception Venue: Chateau St Julien | Brides gown: Monique Lhuillier, with Alterations by Edward Rios @Tailoring by Rios | Bride shoes:Vintage Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid gowns: JCrew | Brides veil: Mother in Law’s Veil vintage | Brides earrings: Bride’s own | Grooms suit: Ralph Lauren | Grooms tie: Jos. A. Banks | Grooms shoes: Ralph Lauren | Hair and makeup: Kenneth Sierra styled my hair and Jenny Niver at Neiman Marcus Chanel styled my makeup | Wedding Invitations: Holly Hollon

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09.24.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The 5 Minute Face Beauty Tutorial


The internet has become inundated with makeup tutorials, especially since the advent of Pinterest, but there is something special about Los Angeles based makeup artist Amy Clarke’s work that makes it stand out amongst the others floating around the web. It’s always such a treat for us to get a makeup tutorial from Amy and recently, we’ve been lucky enough for her to send over a few more! Amy creates tutorials that truly aim to enhance a woman’s natural beauty rather than mask it. We are in love with Amy’s organic style, and she couldn’t make it any easier to recreate these natural looks yourself.


Don’t be afraid to try and recreate this absolutely gorgeous look. If you’re looking for a really organic makeup style for your bridal shower or engagement pictures, this tutorial may be a way for you to do your makeup on your own! And this style is polished yet so effortless that you could wear it on a daily basis (the 5 minutes it takes to do it doesn’t hurt either). Aren’t we all looking for a full-proof routine that you can whip out right before work every day after you roll out of bed? Once you have the materials for this easy tutorial, it takes not time at all! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Amy Clarke has outlined the tutorial below and Bryce Covey provided us with these absolutely gorgeous images to go along with them.


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The 5 Minute Face

1. + 2. Apply a tinted moisturizer using a duo-blending brush all over face. I love Jane Iredale’s Blending brush and Coola Organic Tinted Moisturizer in Rose Essence, SPF 20.

3. + 4.  Apply Concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes or sunspots, and blend in with your fingers or blending brush. I used Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in “Medium”.

5. +6.  Next, apply a cream blush or cheek stain to the apples of your cheeks, and blend back towards the sides of your face using your fingers. Try Tarte’s Cheek Stain in “Natural Beauty”.

7. Fill in any sparse eyebrow spots, using an eyebrow pencil in a shade one or two shades lighter than your hair color. My absoulte favortie Eyebrow Pencil is Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencil in “Ash Blonde”.

8. Set your makeup using a loose powder. Apply only to the the T-zone area, around your nose and under eyes. Try Laura Mercier’s loose powder in “Ivory”.

9. +10. Curl your Lashes and Apply mascara. Curl one set of lashes at a time, and apply mascara immediately after before moving to the next eye. This will ensure the curliest lashes! Try Kevyn Aucoin’s lash curler! I think it’s the most perfect lash curler out there. I used elf brand lengthening & Defining mascara.

11. Finish your look by apply a natural colored lipstick and gloss on your lips. No need for lip liner when you’re using a lipstick close to your natural lip color. I used Paul & Joe’s lipstick in “Candied Rose” and a yummy Victoria’s Secret Lipgloss in “Citrus Kissed”.

ProTip: The fewer brushes you use, the faster you will be at applying your makeup. Try using your fingers to blend instead of grabbing for another brush. Fingers are the best makeup applicator.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

09.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Silver Flatware


Inspired by the beautiful studio tour we featured yesterday, Mara of Neithersnow created this gorgeous flatware DIY…

Vintage flea markets abound in Florence. We stopped by one of our favorites in  Piazza Santo Spirito and picked up a few ornate silver forks. We edged them with white chalk marker and gray nailpolish. The best part is they can be cleaned and repainted after the event.


1. Select some vintage forks. Handles with floral patterns or very raised designs work best.

2. Mark off some thin and wide stripes using washi or masking tape.

3. Using a marker or nailpolish, paint directly onto the handle of the flatware. and let dry.

Credits: Photography by Anne-Marie Bouchard, AMBPhoto. Styling by Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow and Betty Soldi.

09.18.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Paola Florence Studio Tour

For the last year, Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow has lived in Florence, Italy. Not long into her stay she met Betty Soldi and Matteo Perduca, the proprietors of &Company, a design studio, curiosities shop and magical creative workshop in the Oltrarno district, where artisans’ shops line the streets. Mara and Betty were so taken by these beautiful nooks they offered to give Once Wed readers a glimpse inside a few of these artisanal studios, along with a corresponding DIY inspired by the artforms. Anne-Marie Bouchard joined them to capture the poetic beauty.  I’ll let them take it away!

Hello from Florence! It seems this city needs no introduction. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance where all manner of arts, crafts, and trades have flourished for centuries and continue to do so. Every corner and cobblestone street presents an opportunity to discover a master bookbinder, wooden frame craftsman, or lithography shop. If you can believe it, the three studios we chose to visit are within a few blocks of each other.  Let’s start with one of our favorites, Paola Sardone…

Just a few steps from the Pitti Palace is the studio and home of Florentine designer Paola Sardone. When we first stepped into the peaceful retreat she has created our jaws dropped onto the gorgeous herringbone floor. A collection of garden roses spill out of glass beakers on the table, light bulbs hang suspended from hot pink ribbon, and the backdrop to all of this is a muted fresco she discovered not long after buying the apartment. Paola combs through antiques markets for discarded, long-forgotten postwar flatware and brings each piece back to life with a coat of real silver. She’ll leave the tiniest glimpse of the object’s former life which creates a subtle two-tone contrast. Her collection, Secondo Tempo (“Second Chance”), is available for purchase at &Company, and inspired our project to bring old flatware to life.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a beautiful DIY inspired by Paola’s gorgeous studio.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard, AMBPhoto | Concept: Neithersnow | Styling: Paola Sardone

09.17.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog