Win an Invitation Suite from Alissa Bell Press

Letterpress is a craft that transcends time. It is truly the most romantic form of printing. At Alissa Bell Press, they capture the essence of your wedding in a timeless and hand-crafted piece of paper. They aim to create a “wow” experience for the recipient that gives them a little preview of what they have to look forward to on your wedding day. Up until now, Alissa Bell Press focused primarily on custom orders, but now they are proud to announce a ready-to-order wedding suite line. Making letterpress more approachable than ever, and this line features some of their favorite designs!

Alissa Bell Press is excited to offer one Once Wed reader an invitation suite package today! The package is a $900 value and includes a set of 75 letterpress printed wedding invitations and RSVP cards with their corresponding envelopes.* And every person who enters, will receive a 10% discount toward the new ready-to-order collection! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

To enter, click through to Alissa Bell Press’ website and view the ready to order collection. Comment below with your wedding date and why the suite you’ve chosen would be the perfect fit for your celebration! Please include your instagram handle, as the winner will be notified via instagram and email. Contest will end February 28th at 11:59PM and the winning couple will be announced March 1stCONTEST CLOSED- WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON! 

*Prize must be claimed and committed to within two weeks of notifying the winning couple.

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02.07.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Most Pinned Chuppah-Style Arches

Chuppahs are traditionally part of Jewish weddings. The Jewish couple stands underneath the chuppah during their wedding ceremony. The canopy consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched over four poles that symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.  Although traditionally a Jewish tradition, many brides and grooms are embracing this canopy-style chuppah arch in their weddings. These are some of our favorites!

1. (Pictured Above) This traditional chuppah is definitely one of the most beautiful Jewish chuppahs we’ve seen! Click to see more of this Upstate New York Wedding. 

2. Another great twist on a chuppah is this rustic ceremony altar!


3. And this modern wedding arch resembles classic Chuppahs if you love the shape of a square canopy, but don’t want the fabric draping over the top.


4. And finally our own Hannah loved the idea of a Chuppah, but wanted to design her own twist on the traditional idea. Wrapped organically with vines, this birch pole arch served as the perfect place for the couple to exchange their vows. mary-mcleod-amy-osaba-chuppah-arch-greenery3

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02.06.15 / Featured, Wedding Planning

Rich and Delicate Wedding Inspiration

We love the color palette that this team embraced with their rich and delicate wedding inspiration at Chateau Cocomar. Inspired by moody colors and feminine textures, they created an inspired shoot full of ideas for you to embrace in your own wedding.

From the creative team:

Chateau Cocomar exudes beauty from every corner. Two-hundred year-old, original fireplaces and doors, cathedral hallways, gothic windows and an abundance of natural light make for a beautiful scene. A delicate design with hues of eggplant, indigo and coffee set the stage for this romantically moody, yet delicately feminine editorial shoot.

Mint Photography captured the effortless beauty of our model styled in Sarah Seven gowns and Hushed Commotion accessories. Romantic indigo candlelight and place settings adorned with grapes graced the tables scape.

Our vision for this editorial was to embrace a sophisticated and modish design with an understated and effortless look. Rich florals designed by Without Wax Katy balanced by delicate creams and neutrals made for a thoughtful yet dramatic contrast.

Photography: Mint Photography | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Gowns: Sarah Seven | Lingerie: La Perla | Model: Tiffany Schimel | Florals: Without Wax Katy | Bridal Accessories: Hushed Commotion | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Styling direction and Design: Lindsey Zamora | Invitation Suite: Written Word Calligraphy | Hair: Jenuine Artisty | Makeup: Jennie Carranza | Rentals: The Borrowed Flea

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02.05.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Delicate and Romantic Destination Wedding in Germany

We absolutely adore the details and story behind this stunning German wedding from Lauren Kinsey. Keep reading to hear more from the bride herself.

From the Bride:

Benjamin and I met when we were 15 years old through a mutual friend and started a close friendship. For a long time we have been nothing more than friends until one day Benjamin kissed me while playing video games. Suddenly I was very confused and noticed a change in my feelings toward him. I had butterflies and started to avoid him as I wasn’t sure what label to put on our relationship. It was complicated and awkward until our friend announced that we obviously loved each other and that we would make a great couple. Ever since we have been in love and inseparable. Not only was Benny my best friend now, he became the love of my life and the man I knew I would marry some day.

We knew we would stay together forever so there was no rush to get married. I waited 12 years patiently until he finally proposed under a starry sky, on the beach, by the fire while on vacation in Florida. It was just the two of us. Benjamin had planned to propose to me that night but it became the perfect moment when he went down on his knee right after we saw a shooting star. My wish came true immediately.

Benjamin and I are both from Germany and since our families still live there, we decided to get married in a little art village near our hometown Bremen. Planning a destination wedding was quite a challenge but we had great help from our parents. We pictured a laid back wedding with just our closest friends and family (we ended up having around 70 guests), a Tuscan inspired decor with a warm feeling, a little rustic yet elegant. We wanted our guests to feel like they can have a great time without being in a stiff environment. We asked them to dress up stylish, in light fabrics and summery colors.

Photography is very important to me as I am a wedding photographer myself. Benjamin and I were thrilled when Lauren and Michael of Lauren Kinsey Photography agreed to photograph our wedding and to travel all the way to Germany. Not only did they an amazing job capturing all the beautiful and special moments, they also became friends and we were so happy to have them spend the day with us.

Benjamin got ready at his parent’s house and I, just a short walk away at a small hotel called ‘Der Eichenhof Worpswede’. The hotel is a renovated farm and the rooms are in little houses that used to be stables, such a neat and beautiful place.

We agreed to see each other before the ceremony to ‘exchange vows’ in private. After all, it is a very private moment that we did not want to share with everyone. During the ceremony we each said one sentence to give us the life-long promise. It was a great decision and we both stayed calm and enjoyed the moment. I would have been too nervous to even get a word out had we decided to tell each other all we have to say in front of so many people.

The church St. Jürgen we got married in is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but fields. It’s story started in 1106 but the actual church that exists today was built in the 13th century. It is a gorgeous little place with a lot of character and history.

We had live music during the ceremony that was absolutely incredible. As soon as the first song started, we couldn’t help but shedding tears. The music was by former classmates of mine, Lena Wischhusen & Arne Henseleit.

The reception was at Tietjen’s Hütte, a neat and open space by the river in – you guessed it- the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but fields. Instead of a ‘Grand Exit’ we had a ‘Grand Entrance’ with a boat traditional to the area. While the guests were waiting for us to arrive, they could enjoy drinks including a ‘Hugo’ (elderflower syrup and Prosecco with sparkling water and mint leaves) and our signature drink, a ‘Cucumber Gimlet’ as well as different kinds of olive oils with good German bread.

Almost the entire decor was hand crafted by my mother. She sewed all the light grey/ blue linen table runners and napkins, painted the plant pots rustic white, did the rosemary salt favors, and even made the wedding cake. We decided to go down the more untraditional road and went with different herbs, whole hydrangea plants, and olive branches instead of cut flowers for the tables decor.

The food was amazing and the night held many surprises and laughter. The dance floor was never empty, the party went on until the morning hours, and the last guests left around 4am.

We will never forget this day that truly has been the best and happiest in our lives so far. We are especially grateful for our friends and family who traveled to Germany from the US, South Africa and other cities and for everyone who helped to make this wedding so perfect.

PhotographyLauren Kinsey  | Getting Ready Location: Hotel Eichenhof Worpswede | Church: Church St. Jürgen, Lilienthal | Decor Church and Brides Flower Crown: Die Blumeninsel Worpswede | Musik Church: Lena Wischhusen & Arne Henseleit | Officiant: Pastor Henner Flügger | Reception Location and Catering: Tietjens HütteDecor: Annette Mieling, Brides Mom | Cake: Annette Mieling, Brides Mom | Musik Reception: DJ Uwe vom Ballermann | Stationary: Bride who is a graphic designer | Rentals: La Jour, Agentur für Veranstaltungsdesign  | Bride’s Gown: Designed by the Bride and made by Kim of Misdress | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Bouquet and Buttoners: Der Blumenladen in Bremen |  | Ribbon on Bouquets: Froufrou Chic | Hair: Mareike Stange, Art of Hair Worpswede | Makeup: Bride | Grooms Suit: Tommy Hilfiger | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan

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02.04.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog