Brilliant Wedding Photography from Christina McNeill

We’re so excited to have the opportunity today to tell you a little more about a photographer who is very close to our hearts. Christina McNeill recently photographed Emily’s sister’s wedding- which you can see here! Christina’s talent for photography is in her genes- her grandparents met when her grandfather was dropping off film at the drugstore. His enthusiasm for photography rubbed off on her – she’s been photographing and creating art for as long as she can remember. She strives to tell beautiful, compelling stories through her pictures and has a blast during the process.
Christina makes bold choices and balances the needs for compelling storytelling by capturing authentic and fleeting moments, but also has the ability to photograph weddings in an editorial, straight-out-of-a-magazine type way. You can credit her art school training, or her years of experience, but at the end of the day the most important thing she brings to the table is her ability and ease to connect with her clients!

You might consider Christina a realist, she waits for those fleeting, split second moments that are so real. At the end of the day, she captures the best day of your life all while feeling like she was barely even there.   Christina is interested in studying her subjects and there’s this fluid movement within an ordinary moment that translates to magic.  She is able to capture her clients true personalities and energy while not intruding on the flow of the day.

To book her for your wedding, visit her website today!

Tags: , ,

02.04.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Breathtaking Engagement on The Cliffs of Moher

Sometimes we receive submission that leave us in awe…this absolutely breathtaking engagement session on the Cliffs of Moher did just that. The landscapes made the perfect canvas for Sara Donaldson to capture this exquisite couple. Keep reading for more on her inspiration.

From Sara Donaldson:

The Cliffs of Moher are like something out of a dream.  Autumn weather in Ireland ebbs and flows as if the island itself is breathing; one minute misty and cloudy, the next minute warm and sunny. The cliffs looked both stunningly majestic and mysteriously forbidding as the minutes shifted into an hour of perfection with our sweet couple.  Strong winds seemed to wrap around Hannah and Andrew, drawing them into tender, protective embraces. Their connectivity – both to each other and to the whirling winds surrounding them – was a joy to capture.

While shooting this picturesque scene, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for my one-on-one workshop experience with Erich McVey and Amy McVey. The McVeys are such genuine people who have an honest approach to teaching and a keen desire to see others grow and succeed. I walked away from this experience having captured not only spectacular moments but also a strong knowing that 2015 is going to be a very good year.

Photography: Sara Donaldson | Cape: Zara | One-on-one workshop with: Erich McVey | Makeup and Hair: Amy McVey | Venue: Cliffs of Moher, west coast of Ireland | Couple: Hannah and Andrew | Film lab: Richard Photo Lab 

Tags: , ,

02.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses from For Her and For Him

It’s always a fun day when we get to introduce you all to a new bridal resource- For Her and For Him! For Her and For Him is an online bridal shop based in New York City, and they make shopping for your wedding easier than ever. With options to design your own wedding dress, find the perfect bridesmaids dresses, and beautiful menswear items, they work to make planning your wedding a little bit easier. In addition to making shopping for your bridesmaids dresses easy, For Her and For Him is 30% off your order. They also work with brides to give big group discounts so every one of your bridesmaids is dressed perfectly for your big day. And no matter where your wedding or where your bridesmaids live, they’ll get free shipping!

We love the huge selection that For Her and For Him has put together for brides and bridesmaids, and today we’re happy to show you some of their 2015 collection! In addition to their newest designs, For Her and For Him is proud to show off their top selling bridesmaids dresses of 2014! These classic designs will stand the test of time and your maids will be proud to wear them down the aisle with you.

Be sure to visit For Her and For Him today to find the perfect dresses for your maids and let them know how to receive 30% off their order today!

Tags: , ,

02.03.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Win an Engagement Session #oncewedgiveaway

This year at Once Wed, we’ve decided to celebrate love and Valentine’s day with a HUGE giveaway on our Instagram. We’re so excited to offer a lucky couple the chance to win a couples photography or engagement session with destination wedding photographer Heather Payne! Simply by posting a picture of you and your love, adding the hashtag #oncewedgiveaway, and tagging @oncewed, you’ll be entered to win 2 full hours of styled photography from one of our favorite fine art film photographers!

The rule are as follows:

1. Post a photo of you and your love on instagram.

2. Tag @oncewed and @heatherpaynephoto and include the hashtag #oncewedgiveaway. 

3. Tell us a little bit about your love story and why you want Heather to come photograph you.

Heather will travel ANYWHERE* to photograph you, so visit our Instagram to post your story. And as a special treat, the winner will receive 20% off of a 2015 wedding package with Heather (travel costs not included). Happy Valentine’s day!

Rules and Restrictions:

*Heather Payne will travel anywhere, but outside of North Carolina, travel and accommodations must be paid for by couple and arrangements will be made by Heather Payne. Recipients will receive 40-60 high resolution images on a USB, 4×6 proof prints in a handcrafted box. Heather will creatively direct and style the shoot including choosing outfits and locations. Session must be redeemed within the 2015 calendar year.

Photography: Heather Payne

Tags: , , , , , ,

02.02.15 / Contests, Featured