Holman Ranch Outdoor Wedding

We are adventurous and passionate people who like to create ideas and make them happen. We are starting our married life off in Boston, a drastic change from the Southern California college world where we met. After years of on and off long distance, we can’t wait to be roommates! And in the same zip code :) We love each other and the beauty in everyday life.

I wanted the wedding day to be authentic, local, and organic. We had a lot of out of town guests coming to California, so I wanted the wedding to be an experience for them. We chose muted grays and pinks to compliment the organic whites, tans and greens. We used local start up companies like Alissa Bell Press, Josh Harney Productions and Lilify, who were incredible to work with. Finding and collaborating with passionate artists who share your vision is inspiring.

The goal was to plan and pull off a DIY wedding without it looking like one. I went for crisp and simple DIY projects like the chalkboards, place cards, tone-on-tone burlap runners, table numbers, the invitation design, and succulents that complimented the overall aesthetic. The key is picking one or two trends and implementing them in your own way. For everything else, do what you love, not what everyone else is doing.

Favorite Moment: Our first look, for sure. Carter would say my walk down the aisle. I loved seeing him just the two of us. It removed all the pressure from the ceremony and we got to enjoy it and be present in the moment. Also, the guacamole and margaritas. So good.

Advice: Don’t compare. Instead, be inspired by blogs, Pinterest and your friends ideas. Use them as a launch pad to come up with your own ideas, or change them in ways represent your creativity. It is easy to compare, but this is your day. Do what you love and be confident in your selections and hard work! Spend more time focusing on your marriage than the wedding. Planning an awesome party is a blast, but don’t forget the reason you are doing it all–to be married. Also, finding a photographer that has mastered their craft while being organized and quick is rare but necessary. Jacob and Christin were able to get breathtaking shots while taking very little of our time. Find an artist who you trust who also allows you to enjoy your day. We Heart Photography was that for us–they are incredible!

Musical Choices: Processional: Come Thou Fount by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, performed by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; first dance: Real Love by Regina Spektor; exit song: Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake.

Paige + Carter Wedding Film // Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA [3.16.13] from Josh Harney on Vimeo.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Baja Cantina | Florist: Lilify | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Gown Designer: Sarah Seven | Men’s Formalwear: H & M | Linens: Chic Rentals | Entertainment: DNA Entertainment | Videography: Josh Harney Productions

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05.08.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Intimate Greek Garden Inspired Wedding

When I first chatted with Evie she was very clear that she wanted her wedding to be a a reflection of her Greek heritage and, specifically, a reflection of the gardens in Greece.  For her ceremony, we kept it simple with an olive leaf garland decorating either side of the church aisle.
At the reception, to create that “outdoor garden vibe” guests were greeted with a “potting bench” seating card display. I used wood plant markers and had Joelle Duff calligraph guest names onto them and tucked them into a stone container filled with moss. For the tables, I layered La Tavola’s cut lace linen over soft green linens. I arranged olive, bay, garden roses, lavender, annabelle hydrangea, and rosemary in an eclectic mix of stone and iron garden containers. For the fireplace/lounge area I brought in bougainvillea plants and decorated with simple olive branches that we painted gold and intermixed it with lots of candles.

Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie | Florist and Designer: Kelly Oshiro | Church: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church | Coordinator: Amber Weir Weddings & Events | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | DJ: Goodbeat Productions | Photobooth: Lion Booth | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rental: Town & Country | Transportation: Roadrunner Shuttle

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05.06.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win A BHLDN Hairpiece

bhldn-hairpieceBHLDN is one of our favorite go to places online for specialty and vintage inspired wedding pieces. From delicate dresses to art deco decorations, they have you covered for all your wedding apparel and decor needs. Because we’re such big fans of the brand, we’ve teamed up with BHLDN to give away a beautiful hairpiece to one lucky Once Wed reader. The winner of this hair piece giveaway can choose from the Silvestre comb, Demetor halo or the Asteria headband.

The winner will be announced May 10th. CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

05.01.13 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Wedding Watercolor Escort Cards


I am so excited to share this beautiful tutorial from Ginny Au, Holly Hollon, and Erich McVey on Once Wed. Ginny and Holly recently collaborated on a simple step by step tutorial showing us how to recreate these beautiful, watercolor escort card at home. Ginny used delicate pins to display them here, but the options are endless for displaying escort cards at your wedding. Enjoy!



  1. watercolor paints
  2. watercolor brush
  3. heavy professional grade paper, BFK Reeves or Stonhenge is recommended, make sure that the paper texture is not too rough, this would inhibit the calligrapher from writing on the paper (purchased at an art supply store)
  4. metal ruler
  5. glass of water
  6. cutting mat


1. Tear paper into 3 inch strips

2. Using the strips of paper, tear them into 3.5 inch pieces

3. Mix a palette of colors (for example, yellow, orange, pink)

4. Create washes on the pieces of torn paper using the range of colors from the palette

5. Let Cards dry for 24 hours before writing on them, this ensures that they are completely dry so the ink will not bleed. Send to the calligrapher or try doing your own calligraphy with a diy calligraphy kit.

6. We pinned our diy wedding watercolor escort cards to a linen board with delicate pins, but the options for display are limitless.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Ginny Au  | Flowers: Cloth of Gold | Calligraphy & Watercoloring: Holly Hollon

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04.30.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured