Welcoming our Sponsors!

Super talented photography studio SugarLove Weddings are offering one lucky reader a chance to win an extraordinary photographic package.

SugarLove Weddings are a stunning, timeless & elegant photography studio based in Sydney, Australia. Their clients have commissioned them for weddings in exotic locales such as Marrakech, Lake Como, Tuscany, Ireland, Los Angeles & Fiji. With International Award Winning Photographer Bradley Patrick at the creative helm it is no wonder clients such as Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman & Anne Hathaway have all stepped in front of his lens for film portraits

The Australian based team will be in the USA to cover some weddings in California & the Caribbean in April 2013.

To celebrate they are offering one lucky couple complimentary travel & expenses for their wedding day along with a custom designed album (valued at $3000)

To enter your wedding date must fall between April 23rd-29th 2013 and be taking place in California or the Caribbean.

Simply “Like us” on Facebook www.facebook.com/sugarloveweddings and then email info@sugarlovepictures.com with a photograph of you & your partner with your wedding date along with 25 words or less on why you deserve to win. Winner will be announced on the SugarLove Facebook page on December 20th.

east west cinema

Kenan + Bethany | Highlights from East West Productions on Vimeo.

East West is a wedding filmmaking company led by Caleb Jordan Lee. We are located in Virginia, but specialize in travel and destination weddings. Our goal is to craft a timeless and emotional piece of art that our couples will cherish for the rest of their lives.  We feel very blessed to work with couples on the most significant day of their lives.  The most rewarding part of our artistry is capturing all the love, joy, and emotions that take place between the photographs. We invite you to explore our portfolio and view a collection of our handcrafted films. Check out more of their beautiful films here.

Here is an excerpt of an email from one of their couples…

“Weddings move so fast. You take in so much but there are still so many little details that slip away.  We both felt like we relived the whole night through the film, and remembered so many funny little things we’d forgotten.  We really appreciate the skill it takes to build relationships with people, make them comfortable, and then also step in and be the professional. We recognize your hard work and thank you for coming into our day and being not only respectful, but super sweet and a joy to work with.” – Yasmeen + Jason

12.06.12 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Fall Wedding Ideas

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We have such a treat in store for you today. Some of my favorites creatives in the South Ginny Au, Rylee Hitchner, and Caitlin Van Horn of Roost recently collaborated on an incredible fall wedding ideas editorial, which I am so excited to share on Once Wed. More from Ginny…

Our inspiration for this fall wedding ideas shoot were the textures, mood and rich colors of autumn. Each element of the design had seasonal intent; from the unruly bouquets and foraged arrangements to the understated Theysken’ Theory gown, personalized linen napkins and menu. Combining this inspiration with simple details, we wanted to inspire fall brides to embrace the beauty and warmth of the season.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Creative Direction, Design & Styling: Ginny Au // Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers // Food Styling: Caitlin Van Horn // Invitation, Paper & Calligraphy: Linea Carta // Hair Styling: Joanna Ballentine // China, Glass & Linen: At Home Furnishings // Chairs & Table Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder // Bridal Gown: Theyskens’ Theory // Bridal Shoes: Elizabeth and James // Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie // Grooms Tie: Brooks Brothers

12.04.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

When a cowgirl marries a cowboy…

Wow! This imagery is so amazing, isn’t it?? You can feel it all….and I feel like by the end you can hear the thundering hooves… It gives such a beautiful picture of what this couple’s life is like–at once so serene and yet teaming with life…and that landscape…! and that they have each other in the midst of all that….not a bad life. Here’s the sweet story of not so lonely cowboy (told by the not so lonely cowgirl)…

Ido and I met on a 4th of July weekend when he was in my small hometown of Bridgeport, California, competing at a ranch rodeo.  I went to the local bar with a few friends to meet up with people we only got to see once a year at the rodeo.  Ido was sitting alone at a table and a mutual friend of ours made a bet with me that I couldn’t make him laugh–little did we know how that bet would turn out!  Looking back, it was definitely love at first sight…for me, anyway.  I think it took Ido about 10 minutes after the first sight, but he did come around and eventually moved up to my hometown. He got a job on a ranch next to my family’s, and since then, it’s been happily ever after!

My family owns a ranch just outside the tiny town of Bridgeport, California.  I once heard that Bridgeport has had the record low temperatures and the highest gas prices for the lower 48…which just goes to show you exactly why it has remained a small town even though it is in the prettiest valley on earth.  I grew up around cattle and on a horse and my love for the lifestyle has kept me here when many others my age have left.  It’s definitely not a cushy 9-5 job, but it is incredibly rewarding.  I consider myself lucky to have found someone like Ido who shares my love of the land and livestock and who fully understands what it means to married to the ranch as well as each other.

Ido has roots halfway across the world and in a country where it is highly unlikely to find a cowboy of any kind–Israel. As a kid, Ido always wanted to be a cowboy but it wasn’t easy trying to figure out how to go about it.  When he finally found a family that would take him in and teach him how, he jumped at the chance.  He is forever grateful to them and because of that connection, he is not only a wonderful man, but a dependable cowboy, excellent roper, a hand with a horse, and can read cattle like he was born into it.  Most of his family still lives in Israel, and while it is hard for me to fathom leaving my family to pursue something I love that is halfway around the world, I admire him for sticking to it even when his path was not easy. On our wedding day, a friend of mine asked where I had found such a great guy, to which another guest replied, “Well, there weren’t any left here, so she had to import him!”    

People had told me that I would be nervous on the day of our wedding and that it was normal, it would pass.  However, when that day came, I didn’t feel nervous, just more sure that the choice I had made was the best possible, and when the knot was tied, I only felt elation.  I guess you can find true love in a bar, after all! 
Photography: KT Merry // Location: Hunewill Ranch

11.30.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Destination Bali Wedding II

What I love most about this wedding is that I feel like the couple asked themselves and embraced my favorite wedding questions: 1) what elements of traditional weddings from our cultures are meaningful to us? and 2) what would our wedding be like if we had never seen a wedding before? The combination of their answers are truly magical…

From Jonas: “Day Two: Time for the first ceremony. Elora’s dress was made on the day of the wedding from Jasmine flowers. Elora was then sewn into her dress. The ceremony took place IN a river and after that we took portraits in the rice paddy adjacent to where the Hardys live. The reception that night took place under the stars under a large Banyan Tree. Elora was wearing a Jenny Packham dress.”

Unbelievable, right?? I’m trying to imagine how amazing that dress made of jasmine must have smelled… It makes me so happy that they dreamed up a wedding like this and did it! I hope it encourages you to dream outside the box a little more for your wedding day.

Photography by Jonas Peterson

11.26.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog