Blood Orange & Honey Mimosa with Freixenet

This tart mimosa recipe comes from an afternoon spent with my mother. She has always been a blood orange fan, talking to all the farmer’s markets to see who has them; in season and sometimes out of season. If normal sweet mimosas can be too much for you, this is a tart alternative. We have also used a grapefruit and orange juice mix if blood oranges are not available.

Blood Orange & Honey Mimosa

Makes 6 glasses


-3-5 blood oranges
-Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut


1. Cut the blood oranges in half, remove seeds, press on juicer.
2. Add ice and desired amount of juice to glass.
3. Mix in Freixenet and a teaspoon of honey, add sage to garnish. Enjoy.

Photography and Recipe: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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04.18.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

An Evening with Freixenet

The story doesn’t end after the ceremony, and it’s easy to forget the romance of your wedding after all of the hustling of the day. Take a few minutes after your ceremony to sneak away with your new husband and share in a few precious minutes before your reception. Together, enjoy the fleeting moments right after your vows appreciating what has just happened, and try to let the memories soak in before you’re overwhelmed by greeting, hugging, and introducing everyone at your reception. Escape with a bottle of sparkling wine and have a mini celebration as husband and wife. Freixenet, Spanish Cava, is our favorite drink to unwind with. Freixenet pairs well with so many foods that you and your husband can grab a quick snack before heading down to the reception, where inevitably, you won’t have a second to eat.

Your guests will love Freixenet as well, so share a mini bottle of the world’s favorite black bottle bubbly as a gift for each of your friends and family. Consider dressing up the already exquisite matte black and gold Freixenet mini bottles with a soft and elegant linen bag to make your guests feel really special.

To ensure you enjoy your day, Freixenet is hosting a Facebook contest where 3 winners will be selected to win up to 125 mini champagne bottles and a memory magnum. Visit Freixenet’s Facebook page for a chance to win.

Your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye so remember to take a few minutes, with a bottle of the world’s favorite sparkling wine, to soak in every single second.

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke | Flowers: Kelly Kaufman Design

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04.17.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

French-Inspired Outdoor Australian Wedding

We teared up when Joelene told us the story of her wedding day. She says it best.

From the bride:

Rohan proposed to me whilst we were on holiday in Bali celebrating our 10 year anniversary. It was such a magical and emotional time. We knew straight away that we wanted to get married in Northern NSW, Australia, as we spent most of our weekends as teenagers road tripping there for surf. It was also a great opportunity to get our 50 guests away for the weekend. The location we chose was a beautiful French-inspired country guesthouse called Deux Belettes. It was the perfect location for an intimate and romantic wedding. The very first thing we knew we had to do when we started planning was book Jonas Peterson as our photographer. The second thing was finding my dress. My mum, sister and I milked it and took a long weekend to Sydney, Australia. It was Jenny Packham who ultimately caught my eye and we all bawled our eyes out when I found ‘the one’.

Our wedding day, with the risk of sounding cliché, was honestly everything we had ever dreamed it would be. It was a little more wet then we had hoped for but not for a second did that dampen our day. My sister was my maid of honour and Rohan had his best friend by his side. We were all hoping that the rainy weather would pass in time for our ceremony and thankfully it did. We had someone on our side.

Sadly I lost my beautiful mum to cancer 4 months before our wedding day. This was undoubtedly the hardest and saddest time in my life, but I had Rohan, my rock, by my side every step of the way. Having our wedding to look forward to, for not just us but also my family, was what helped us all through such a tough time. It was evident that mum wasn’t missing from the day though. I had been talking to Jonas the morning of our wedding whilst getting ready and told him that it was no surprise the weather was so wet. Since mum had passed every opportunity she had to let us know she was around was through heavy rain and crazy weather. During the reception Jonas tapped Rohan and I on the shoulder and said, “there’s something I want to show you”. He led us away from all our guests into a field and said, “I think you’re right… she’s here”. As we turned back towards our guests, there was a massive rainbow sheltering the entire wedding. It was such an amazing moment, as it was evidence that she was right there with us.

Venue: Deux Belettes | Coordinator and Stylist: Frank and Joy | Hire: North Coast Party Hire | Celebrant: Michelle Shannon | Catering: Olive and Luca | Cake: Bumbles | Florist: The French Petal | Photographer: Jonas Peterson

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04.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Natural Coastal Wedding Ideas

Last month Ginny Au joined Erich & Amy McVey in Elk, California to visit the location of Erich Mcvey’s June Workshop at Roth Family Ranch. The venue was chosen for its majestic yet humble environment; the perfect place to create a workshop inspired by the beauty of the natural world. During this two day visit, Erich & Ginny decided to pull together a simple photo shoot featuring an ivy and aster gown from The Dress Theory and a truly stunning Monvieve veil and slip from Ivory & White Boutique. Inspired by the moody light, colors and textures of Northern California’s coastline, this shoot serves as the perfect prelude to the magic and beauty to come this June.

Email Erich at to sign up for the workshop this June!

Photography: Erich McVey  | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Amy McVey | Florals: Twigss Floral  | Model: Meredith Adelaide | First Dress: The Dress Theory | Second Gown & Veil: Ivory & White | Film Lab: Photovision  | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic 

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04.15.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog