Intimate Outdoor New Zealand Wedding

Jonas Peterson has the extreme privilege of working in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and his talent for capturing the landscapes of wherever he travels never ceases to amaze us. He has a true gift as you can see from these absolutely mind-boggling images of the New Zealand mountains. We have more from the bride, Josephine on why she and Steve chose to marry in Queenstown:

Steve and I met in Australia. He had transferred for work and with him being from the UK and spending his working life abroad, when we got engaged, the puzzle of where began!  Steve arranged a weekend away to Queenstown to sell me on getting married in New Zealand.   It didn’t take much convincing, it was stunning! As clichéd as it sounds, Queenstown is breathtaking!  It was also close to Australia for people to travel and Steve felt at home, with the mountains being reminiscent of his childhood in Scotland.   With a location and celebration that spoke for itself, we knew we needed little to make the wedding feel amazing – some great friends and family, lots of love, laughter and a whole lot of dancing!

On the morning of the wedding, we woke to a thick layer of snow across the mountains – it was perfect and a rare sight for Queenstown in Autumn.  We had 35 guests in total, and were married in what we affectionately named the Ginger Bread house, a chapel overlooking the Lake Wakatipu. The reception was held at a private lodge 7 minutes outside Queenstown, overlooking The Remarkables. We worked with a local florist to have in-season flowers, candles and garlands on the table – we wanted a natural and easy feeling in the room.  Our first dance was under the stars surrounded by our loved ones holding candles in the freezing temperatures, but it was worth it!  Having everyone in town the following day was great, being able to recount the wedding and continue the celebration – we felt like we had a wedding week, not just a wedding day.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Florals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Hair: Hair Junkie Wamberal, Australia | Makeup: Hush Beauty Queenstown | Paper Goods: The Collectors Room, Sydney | Rentals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Wedding Dress, Shoes & Accessories: Johanna Johnson

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07.14.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Website

There are countless website builders floating around the internet, but our favorite for personal projects, like a wedding website, is definitely Squarespace. Squarespace makes building a website an absolute breeze, and the pre-designed templates are modern, clean, and pleasing to the eye. We have some tips today from Squarespace on how to make building a wedding website even easier. And if you continue reading, you can watch a step-by-step tutorial from Squarespace on how to build the perfect wedding website!

10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Website

1. Gather all of the basic information that you want to include on your wedding website, such as event details, location details, details on your registry, travel details…etc, before you start building.
2. In one place on your computer, collect all of the high-resolution images that you’re going to include on your website, like: engagement photos, photos of your venue and accommodations for your guests, and logos of the stores where you are registered, to make the process quick and simple.
3. Next, choose a Squarespace template, and follow the tutorial to start setting up your website.
4. Once you have the basic information and layout of your website built, you can start adding and building everything out so your guests have all the pertinent information they could need.
5. Be sure to make it personal! Be yourself and customize everything from templates, photos, domain names, themes, colors, etc. to match your wedding vision.
6. You may even want to add a map and weather widget for the location of your wedding so your guests have up-to-the minute details.
7. Create a page that’s password protected for the bridal party – for private information only they should see.
8. You can also create a custom song request form so your guests can boogie the night away to their favorites!
9. Create a vendor shoutout page if you want to highlight all the people who are making your day so special.
10. And connect an RSS feed from Twitter with your wedding hashtag to collect all mentions of your special day.

With all of these awesome tips, and the step-by-step tutorial from Squarespace, your wedding website will blow your guests out of the water! Enter the code ONCEWED14 when you sign up to save 10% off your annual subscription!

07.14.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Tulle Skirts from Alexandra Grecco

We recently got to work closely with Alexandra Grecco on the Erich McVey workshop, and we’re so excited that she’s about to launch a Bridal line! We’ll have some stunning images of her new gowns next week, so check back in a few days. In the meantime, we wanted to share some of her other designs, like these sweet tulle skirts. We love these ethereal and lightweight skirts and think they’re perfect for engagement shoots, rehearsal dinners, or bridal parties. The skirt is surprisingly versatile and can be dressed up or down, with flats or heels, a simple cami or lace top, so you’ll most definitely want to wear it again and again.  All of Alexandra Grecco’s pieces are made in the USA (the tulle on these skirts are made in the USA too!) in NYC’s garment district.  Each of the skirts are made with 6 layers of tulle, layered to create a flattering a-line shape complete with a 100% silk waistband.

Right now it’s easy to order these for yourself or your favorite ladies with 25% off for the next two weeks using promo code LOVESTORY. The skirts are primarily available in the 30″ tea length with a few colors available in a shorter 24″ length as well.  The soft color palate of colors like blush, seafoam, ivory and dusty blue, are lovely on their own, but work so well together that they can be easily mixed and matched for your bridal party.

Custom lengths and colors can be requested by emailing too!

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07.12.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Whelve & Arcadian

On the second day we took the workshop attendees to a secluded beach near Elk for a late afternoon shoot featuring two bridal looks. Our first model Sierra personified Whelve (v.) to bury something deep; to hide. The exquisite details for this look included a stunning gown by Houghton NYC with a unique pod ring, gold leafing in her hair and gold shadow under the eye with a wild bouquet by Sarah Winward. Our second model Khloe embodied angelic purity with her word Arcadian (adj.) idyllically innocent; simple and untroubled by fear or worry. The unique Rubicon gown and three gold armbands were her only accessories, focusing more on her placement within the environment.

Joining these two models together at the end of the shoot was a lovely contrast of strength and fragility.

Photography: Erich McVey | Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch | Whelve Gown: Houghton NYC | Arcadian Gown: Rubicon | Whelve Earrings: Melissa Joy Manning | Whelve Ring: Lauren Passenti  | Arcadian Arm Bracelets: Museglass 

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07.11.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog