A Styling Workshop for Photographers (Studio Sessions)




We’re excited to announce new Fall dates for Studio Sessions, a one-day styling workshop for photographers to help you continue to grow as artists. This won’t be about how to use your camera or how to run your business; we’re only speaking to what we know from our seats. Nor will these sessions be a particularly pampered or posh time; we want to make it affordable and accessible for you as small businesses. It will be light on fluff and heavy on the content that we think will make a big difference in your work.

We realize most of you don’t have stylists working with you at every wedding. You often have to be your own stylist and art director. We’d love to help you learn how to watch for (or create) all the little things that make the difference.

We know that you also have to be your own editor. We want to help you learn to edit before you take a picture–and after. Which are your best images? We’ll give you our opinions.















All sessions will be one day of class time. Lunch will be included. Limited to 20 attendees.


Available the second day for up to 8 attendees. If you’d like us to take a look at your work, give our opinions of your best work and what we think you should be showing on your website, help identify areas for growth and coach you in those, or for you to ask us anything… You’ll get an hour with with Joy and an hour with Emily.


AUG 4 (AND 5) — ATL

SEPT 9 (AND 10) — NYC

NOV 10 (AND 11) — LA

CLICK HERE to see what other photographers are saying about Studio Sessions and how to sign up!

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06.09.14 / Featured, News Blog

Custom Wedding Websites from Wedding Jojo

We’ve been huge fans of Wedding Jojo for years, and we love the options and themes they offer for creating a custom wedding website. Wedding planning can be a daunting task, so it’s always a good idea to have a central place to keep all of the information regarding your wedding, and your guests can easily reference it in the months leading up to the big day!

With Wedding Jojo, you can share all of your wedding plans with your guests and at the same time still create a custom designed website that reflects your style and personality. Choose from one of their many adorable and modern wedding website themes, and once you’ve chosen a style, upload some of your favorite engagement pictures to share with friends and family!

And with a premium membership, you’ll have access to a full range of features including full RSVP management- so you won’t have to worry about keeping up with all of those pesky cards, and you’ll be able to set up a custom domain specific to your wedding! And if you want to share your wedding journey with friends and family, the premium membership also sets you up with a blog! We love the idea of blogging throughout your journey all the way up to your wedding day!

So, take a few minutes and set up your perfect wedding website with Wedding Jojo. Click here to get started!

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06.07.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Simple White Homeware Roundup from Zola

We may sound like a broken record when we say it, but sometimes simplicity is best. We firmly believe in this philosophy for wedding design, and we also feel the same way when it comes to furnishing your home. If you choose a classic design for your wedding, you’ll still love every detail when you look back in 50 years, so why wouldn’t you take the same approach for decorating your home? 

Zola has a full range of classically designed, yet modern, products for you to fill your home with, and if you choose simple pieces, like these stunning white kitchenware options, your design will be timeless. There’s nothing worse than outfitting your new kitchen with “trendy” plates or serving ware and then a few months after you buy it all, you’re tired of it. Choose minimalist designs, and you’ll always love your kitchen- we promise. 

Check out our roundup of our favorite Zola pieces, and let us know which ones you’d choose for your dream home! 

1. White Nesting Platters

2. Butter Pot

3. Stoneware Facet Mug

4. White Leaves

5. Stoneware Water Pitcher 

6. Stoneware French Bowl, Stoneware Salad Plate, Stoneware Dinner Plate

Sign up for your Zola Wedding Registry HERE and instantly receive a $25 credit! 

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Ali Harper | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Graphic: Hannah Lee


06.06.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Most newly engaged brides feel that once the question has been asked, they have to jump into planning their entire wedding over the first few days. The initial excitement of wearing a beautiful ring can turn into stressful to-do lists in order to put together a gorgeous wedding. If you haven’t planned a party before, then a wedding can feel like an intimidating task. But when the event planning is broken up into a series of smaller and more manageable lists, it becomes less overwhelming and a fun process to enjoy with your fiancé and family!

Twelve to Nine Months Ahead

  1. Discuss and think about the wedding size, style, level of formality
  2. Discuss with family their financial contribution
  3. Discuss with your fiancé the financial contributions you would each like to contribute
  4. Determine an overall budget
  5. Begin defining overall style of wedding
  6. Determine what your personal priorities are for your wedding
  7. Compile guest list and organize addresses
  8. Choose and book wedding planner
  9. Choose ceremony and reception venues
  10. Finalize the wedding date
  11. Shop for and purchase wedding day attire

Nine to Six Months Ahead

  1. Choose and ask attendants
  2. Begin shopping for bridesmaid attire
  3. Choose and book wedding designer and florist
  4. Choose and book officiant
  5. Book caterer
  6. Book music for both ceremony and reception
  7. Book photographer
  8. Reserve a room block at hotel where you desire your guests to stay
  9. Rent necessary items for your wedding (chairs, tables, tent)
  10. Begin working on invitations with stationery designer
  11. Start planning your honeymoon
  12. Create wedding website
  13. Send out save the dates

Four to Six Months Ahead

  1. Arrange for transportation needs
  2. Complete invitations with stationery designer
  3. Book calligrapher
  4. Register for gifts
  5. Purchase wedding bands
  6. Purchase groom’s and groomsmen attire
  7. Finalize and purchase bridesmaids’ attire
  8. Purchase the undergarments/ lingerie that your dress requires
  9. Choose a hotel and book a room for the wedding night
  10. Decide on favors and packaging
  11. Choose gifts for the wedding party
  12. Book a makeup artist
  13. Book hair stylist
  14. Keep working through design concepts with wedding designer

Two to Four Months Ahead

  1. Talk through menu and service details with your caterer
  2. Work with designer to finalize cake concept, choose flavors and book baker
  3. Discuss the ceremony details with the officiant and coordinator
  4. Write your wedding vows (if you will be writing your own)
  5. Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner location
  6. Do trial makeup and hair
  7. Finalize design concepts with designer

Six to Eight Weeks Ahead

  1. Mail out invitations

One to Two Months Ahead

  1. Purchase your guest book
  2. Compile information for day-of stationery and send to graphic designer
  3. Keep track of RSVPs as they come in
  4. Start forming your seating chart
  5. Send photography shot list to photographer
  6. Compile song selections and send to band/DJ
  7. Obtain marriage license, and request the necessary required copies

Two Weeks Ahead

  1. Schedule your final dress fitting using the actual shoes and lingerie you will be wearing
  2. Finish your seating chart
  3. Notify coordinator and caterer with your final head count
  4. Finish writing your vows and toasts that you will give
  5. Break in your wedding shoes
  6. Compile welcome baskets and handwritten notes

One Week Ahead

  1. Relax and let your coordinator call and confirm with all of your vendors
  2. Pick up dress from alterations
  3. Assemble everything you need for your wedding day
  4. Begin packing for honeymoon
  5. Confirm all details of the honeymoon, and hand off itinerary to family and a few close friends in case of an emergency

One Day Ahead

  1. Make sure you have everything on the ‘wedding day checklist’ compiled and ready to go
  2. Have a manicure and pedicure
  3. Prepare gratuity and payment envelopes for vendors, and hand off to your coordinator
  4. Hand off toasting goblets, cake knife and server to coordinator or venue
  5. Rehearse your ceremony
  6. Hold your rehearsal dinner

Your Wedding Day

  1. Relax and savor every moment, it will go by very quickly

Wedding Day Checklist

  1. Gown and veil
  2. Shoes, hosiery, undergarments
  3. Jewelry
  4. Makeup
  5. Perfume
  6. Nail polish and manicure kit
  7. Emergency kit (include aspirin, needle and thread, stain remover)
  8. Hair necessities: hairdryer, curling iron, hairspray, pins
  9. Toothbrush, toothpaste, breath mints
  10. Handkerchief/ tissues
  11. Copies of the schedule for attendants and vendors
  12. Written toasts
  13. Marriage license
  14. Wedding rings
  15. Ring bearer pillow/ flower girl baskets
  16. A copy of the vows and readings to be recited at the ceremony
  17. Suitcases packed and ready
  18. Travel documents and passports

If you are at the beginning of planning your wedding, read through the to-do list several times to get a feel for what is to come. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to skip ahead and jump around the list. Don’t let yourself get stressed out if you aren’t able to complete a task in its given timeframe, just finish it when you can. Now that you’re organized, relax and enjoy! 

Article: Jamie Moore of Sinclair and Moore Events | Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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06.05.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Planning