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Have you started thinking about your wedding registry? Whatever stage of planning you’re at, we are excited to introduce our new sponsor, Thankful Registry! Thankful lets you to curate your registry from any mix of online stores you want, save the items you’d like, and share your unique URL with guests. No longer do guests need to head out to the department store or big-box store and search for your registry on an out-of-date computer, deal with pushy or unhelpful sales staff, and wander the aisles.

The key is that Thankful is designed as an all-inclusive, open-platform registry. What does that mean? It means you can mix traditional gifts, honeymoon and other cash gifts, charity donations and experience gifts — all on the single registry. Your guests will appreciate having the flexibility to shop around for a better price if they’d like. And you’ll appreciate Thankful’s straightforward pricing — just $30 for 12 months — with no extra commission-based fees for cash gifts.

Another reason we love Thankful is the gentle tone of their brand. We know it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of creating a gift registry, and Thankful does a great job of bringing it back to what really matters: celebrating with the special people in your life and being grateful for their love and support. The best part? When you’re ready for baby #1, you can create a baby registry on Thankful as well.

Thankful is happy to get you started with a free 7-day trial. Be sure to check them out!

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02.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Easy Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Whether you’re treating your bridesmaids or planning a rehearsal dinner, we love the idea of an intimate, easy outdoor party with your nearest and dearest to thank them for being a part of your life and your wedding. The simple approach to this gathering allows the focus to remain on what’s important: good friends, good food, and laughter shared across a table. With a natural setting, the rest of the details simply come together: fresh produce, a softly woven table linen, and touches of natural greenery are all that you need to set a welcoming table and celebrate with loved ones as you prepare for your marriage.

One of the easiest ways to bring a touch of the outdoors in to your gathering, whether it’s your rehearsal dinner or wedding or so on, is to add fresh foliage from your surroundings. This works especially well when you’re planning an outdoor wedding! And if you want to keep this on a budget, why not pick up a pair of garden clippers and do a little foraging? If you find some vines, it’s simply a matter of lightly draping the stems across your table like this one from Ginny Au. Or if you have a little more time and expertise on your hands, check out some of our favorite table garlands here!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Styling: Ginny Au | Rentals: 12th table | Hair and MUA: Amanda Gros | Floral Design: Caroline Jones for 12th table | Dress: Rue de Seine from Dress Theory | Workshop: Belle Lumière  | Cameras: Contax Rental | Venue: Bloomsbury Farm | Lab: Film Box

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02.20.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Simple Outdoor Botanical Wedding Inspiration

We love the way today’s couples plan their wedding from a thoughtful, intentional perspective. One of our aims at Once Wed is to provide our readers with beautiful inspiration that not only gives them ideas for a beautiful day, but also feel completely natural. Attainable, organic, and simple ideas are our favorite, and this botanical-inspired editorial from Elisa Bricker and Ginny Au does exactly that. If you’re not sure where to start, look to nature. This crisp palette of fresh greens and whites mixed with the most delicate touches of burgundy and pale blue is at once sophisticated and seemingly pulled from this bride’s beautiful surroundings, creating a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Styling: Ginny Au | Rentals: 12th table | Hair and MUA: Amanda Gros | Paper Goods: Abany Bauer | Floral Design: Caroline Jones for 12th table | Dress: Dress Theory | Designer: Rue de Seine | Workshop: Belle Lumière | Cameras: Contax Rental | Venue: Bloomsbury Farm | Lab: Film Box

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

CLOSED! GIVEAWAY! Erich McVey Workshop

Enter to win a free seat sponsored by Once Wed to an Erich McVey Photography Workshop

This giveaway offers a free seat (valued at $4,400!) to one of two exclusive Erich McVey Photography Workshops hosted in 2015. Taking place June 15 – 18 in Elk, California and October 5 – 8 in Bend, Oregon, these workshops provide tools for growing your business through strategic marketing and branding strategies as well as technique-driven instruction on how to strengthen your voice and perspective as an artist. Join us for a time of inspiration, growth, beauty and fellowship. Read on for details on how to enter the giveaway!


A free seat (valued at $4,400) to one of two exclusive Erich McVey

Photography Workshops in 2015 (winner chooses the workshop they attend)

– Intensive classroom instruction and Q&A

– One-on-one evaluation and discussion with industry leaders committed to supporting you in your journey as an artist and business owner

– Emotionally charged, portfolio-boosting styled shoots with hands-on shooting, posing & lighting instruction

– 50% off of processing by Photovision on your next 20 rolls of film

– 10 rolls of medium format film provided by Fuji

– All meals & drinks (even the fun ones)

– Travel & lodging expenses are not included in the prize


One entry into a random drawing will be given for each of the

following, with up to three entries per person:

1. Post your favorite Erich McVey photo on Instagram with the tags @oncewed, @erichmcvey and #erichmcveyworkshop 

2. Tag two photographer friends in a comment on Once Wed’s Instagram announcement of the giveaway 

3. Post about the giveaway on Facebook with a link to this blog post announcing the giveaway  

After you’ve posted to Instagram and/or Facebook, leave a comment here, letting us know how many entries you’ve earned. You’ll then be entered into a random drawing for your chance to win!



Winner will be selected in a randomized electronic drawing. Contest ends at 11:59pm on February 28th. All entries will first be verified before being entered into the drawing. Winner must redeem the free workshop seat for one of the two Erich McVey Photography Workshops hosted in 2015 (June 15 – 18 in Elk, California or October 5 – 8 in Bend, Oregon). The prize is non-transferable, and cannot be applied to any other Erich McVey Workshop in the future.

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02.18.15 / Contests, Featured, News Blog