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 

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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!

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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

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02.02.15 / Contests, Featured

Natural Outdoor Nashville Wedding

When a team like this gets together, magic happens. This natural outdoor Nashville wedding was designed to compliment the history of the brides family, and we love all of the special details that Ginny Au worked into the design with Tinge Floral, Signora e Mare and 12th table all captured beautifully by Rylee Hitchner. Keep reading for more on their inspiration.

From Ginny Au:

Cristina & Danny’s Nashville wedding was a tribute to the style and grace of this beautiful couple. They had a very clear vision of a wedding that embraced the union of their families and friends with an understated, eloquent design that welcomed their guests into a garden reception. Drawing inspiration from the brides Italian heritage, we chose muted, humble tones of olive greens and ivories mixed with gold and brass. Their reception tables were clothed in natural linens with the most exquisite organic Calligrpahy of Signora e Mare. The European influence was carried through to their seasonally inspired menu and of course an amazing Nashville band picking and strumming through the cocktail hour and reception. The amazing team of vendors that came together, including Tinge Floral from Utah, executed a beauteous event captured in all its beauty by Rylee.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Tinge Floral  | Calligraphy & Paper: Signora e Mare | Rentals: 12th Table  | Bride Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Irrelephant  | Videography: Anchor Heart Films | Reception Venue: Riverwood Mansion | Ceremony Location: Cathedral of Incarnation | Catering: Miel restaurant | Band: The Carmonas | Lighting: Bright Event Productions

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02.02.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog