Coastal Maine Outdoor Wedding

The wedding weekend took place on a secluded island off the coast of Maine. The guests and I were transported by ferry and stayed at an old New England Inn for Katie and Tyler’s wedding weekend, and the entire experience was extremely beautiful and unique. We all the spent the weekend in celebration together and on their wedding day, the fog off the coast rolled in and out throughout the day and guests dined and danced under an amazing Sperry Tent overlooking the harbor. It was styled to perfection with everything from calligraphy to fresh figs and seasonal fruit centerpieces. The whole day was both classic New England and really whimsical and fun, an expression of Katie and Tyler together.

Photography: Gabe Aceves Photography // Venue: Chebeague Island Inn // Planner: Melanie Voros Blissful Beginnings // Bride attire: Amsale // Bridesmaid dresses: Jcrew // Groom + Groomsman attire: Ralph Lauren // Flowers: Flora and Fauna by Judy Bourgeois // Catering: provided by the inn // Cakes / food: Two Fat Cats Bakery // Music: Tony Boffa Band // Invitations: Gus and Ruby Letterpress

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03.28.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Dent House Rustic Wedding

Tim and I were set up through mutual friends and met while Tim was still stationed in Hawaii and I was living in Los Angeles. We had a long distance relationship for about a year, lots of letters, phone calls and frequent flights to and from the islands. During that time, I convinced Tim to get a puppy to help cope with the loneliness of being in a long distance relationship. We got our dog Kimokeo together when I came to visit Tim in Hawaii and when we decided to get married; we knew we had to have Kimo with us. Even though we would have loved to get married in Hawaii where our story began, that would mean flying Kimo as well which made things much more complicated. Our search for the perfect venue was difficult, especially when we knew we wanted someplace that felt like a getaway but close enough to have all our family and friends join. We knew we wanted to be surrounded by nature and Ojai felt like the perfect place. We found gorgeous pictures of The Dent House on a blog and decided to see it in person. When we visited the property we saw the potential of an amazing wedding and Kimo had a blast running around and enjoying the Ranch.

We didn’t really go with a particular style or theme; we just tried to keep everything as organic as possible. I told our florist what I liked and asked her to use flowers you could easily find in the surrounding area. I let the bridesmaids pick their own dresses and told them to stick to a neutral color palette, which is what we did with the “styling” of our tables as well. We really wanted the food, flowers and natural surroundings to stand out so we kept things to a minimum. It’s so easy to get wrapped up into what people think your wedding should be like, you have to take a moment and really decide what YOU want it to be and do your best to stick with it.
There was a ton of work involved since we had to bring everything in and coordinate every last detail, but our family and friends all pitched in which really made it a once in a lifetime experience. We loved every moment of our wedding weekend, from the secluded environment we shared with our guests, to the love that was poured into making it all come together. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Photography: Kurt Boomer // Venue: The Dent House at Matilija Canyon Ranch, Ojai // Planner: This was truly a team effort, many family and friends pitched in to make every detail run smoothly.  // Cake: Grand Casino Bakery & Café, Culver City // Floral Design: Krista Ward-Sell at Petaling a dream Dress: Angelina Bridal Couture from Panache, Beverly Hills The dress was actually two pieces (a slip and the lace overlay) that I had made into one complete dress. I had the straps of the slip cut off and attached the entire slip to the overlay lace of the dress // Veil and alterations: Marie at West Coast Couture // Shoes: Jeffrey Cambell, trudeau // Makeup and hair: Renee Loiz Makeup // Grooms suit: Custom made, Nordstrom – Tim picked every detail of the suit himself, from the fabric to the inner lining and even the stitching and our embroidered wedding date on the inside pocket. It was definitely a fun experience for him // Grooms shoes: Frye, James lace up boot // Groomsmen suits: Marc Ecko, Mens Warehouse // Bridesmaid’s dresses: I let the girls each pick their own in any shade of nude, ivory, peach or cream. The only thing I asked of them was to get a dress they loved and that they would wear again and again. I love how each dress reflected their own individual style. The choices came from Anthropologie, Zara, Forever 21 and Kensie // Caterer: Eco Caters // Homebrewed beer and Wedding website: Cousins of the Bride- Vanessa and David Shanks  Created by David Shanks // Save the dates, Invitations and beer labels: Graphic designer/artist and cousin of the bride- Alina Stempa,, available for hire!  // Lighting: Ideal lighting and sound // Rentals: Ventura Rentals // Music:  The Get Down Boys – welcome reception, ceremony and first dance // DJ Eddie Polhill- dinner and reception.


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03.27.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Vintage Wedding Veils

For thousands of years, the wedding veil has been noted as one of the definitive symbols of weddings. Its name derived from the meaning to obscure, shroud, mask, or cover was thought to ward off evil spirits and protect Roman brides as the walked toward their betrothed. During the 1800s, in England, the veil became synonymous with purity, chastity, and virtue for brides. Today, we wear the veil not only to enhance our wedding gown, but also as a symbolic way to hide the bride’s features from the groom until he’s permitted to see her.

Regardless of the emblematic interpretation, a wedding veil can add that certain je ne sais quoi and extra femininity to your gown. If you’re bride who values heirlooms and desire a perennial look, an antique veil may be just what you’re looking for. Antique veils have an ageless air about them and really tend to invoke romantic nostalgia for another time. And with the introduction of shows like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, we’re really beginning to see the trend of these timeless veils progress.  If you’ve seen Lady Mary sweep the stairs in her cathedral-length veil, you know what I’m referring too. It really just makes you want to swoon.

But, finding these gorgeous veils can be a bit of chore-especially with the launch of historic shows like Downton Abbey. So, today we’re bringing you a few places where you may be able to find these elusive and eternal pieces.

1). Cheryl Taylor of Taylor Clarke Bridals is an amazing resource and seamstress to boot. Her knowledge and plethora of antique lace is enough to make you gape-mouthed. She is perfect as she acquaints herself with your gown to determine which veil would best suit you, your face shape, and your style.  If you’re lucky, she’ll even draw you a sketch.

2). Etsy, another great reference, is perfect for those who want the freedom to search on their own and still have the knowledge of shop owners to guide them a bit.

3). Ebay. For the more adventurous and those who prefer to be a bit more hands on. There are variety of veils ranging from the 19th century to the 1930s and up that will suit your needs and taste.  Just be sure to do your research and ask questions.

Wherever you purchase your antique veil, you’ll be a show stopping sensation. And you can be sure you’ll have a look that will withstand the ages.

To see more wedding veil inspiration from Once Wed…

1. DIY flower crown over a drop veil

2. Wedding hairstyles with a drop veil tutorial

3. Wedding hairstyles with drop veil

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling: Joy Thigpen // Hair + makeup: Amanda Paige  // Vintage Veil: Cheryl Taylor of Taylor Clarke Bridals // LongVeil: The Bride Room  // Dress: Temperley London // Location: Callanwolde // Article written by: Katie Decker

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03.25.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Joseph Jewelry Engagement Rings

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Are you looking for a unique engagement ring or custom designed wedding bands for you and your partner? Our new sponsor, Joseph Jewelry, may be able to give you what you’ve been looking for. Joseph Jewelry works closely with you to design your own engagement ring or wedding rings. You can work with their jewelers at their Bellevue, Washington store or online by creating a design profile for your custom jewelry.

The process for designing your custom engagement ring starts when you decide on a style by uploading inspiring images or as you look through Joseph Jewelry’s collection of rings online to find a design. They will work with you to create a custom ring that fits within your budget and then give you a free quote!

We think one of the best things about Joseph Jewelry, besides the fact that they are able to create custom engagement rings for brides that will last a lifetime, is that they use conflict-free gems and non-mined metals from recycled jewelry and precious metals in all of their pieces. You can have your unique ring, while also being respectful to the planet! Get your free quote from Joseph Jewelry today!

03.24.13 / Featured, News Blog