Win an Invitation Suite from Foiled Invitations

Once you’ve decided on the tone and setting for your wedding, the next step is inevitably finding the perfect invitation suite to correspond with the feeling of your wedding.  Your save the date and invitations set the entire tone for your wedding; from the moment your friends and family find those perfectly addressed invites waiting in their mailboxes, the anticipation for your big day begins to build! There are no words you can use that will describe the mood of your wedding day more perfectly than your save the dates and invitations will.

Foiled Invitations takes invitation design to another level with their luxury invitation suites from the letterpress artisans behind the Aerialist Press. Each set is designed especially for couples seeking occasion stationery  that is stylish, timeless, with a little extra sparkle and shine! Foiled invitations are printed on the finest cotton papers in a range of different hues and textures with letterpress script in metallic and matte foils. The artisans at Foiled love assisting each client select the perfect invitation style from their carefully curated collection of house designs to make sure every couple receives a suite that seamlessly ties in with their wedding day aesthetic and acts as the perfect prelude to their celebration.

We’re always so honored when our sponsors are willing to share their talents with our readers, and Foiled is excited to share something amazing with you all today! One lucky Once Wed reader will receive a full Foiled invitation suite worth $2,500!! Visit Foiled and comment below telling us which invitation suite is your favorite and how it will fit into your wedding style. Comment by March 15, 2014 for a chance to win! Thanks again to Foiled for being an amazing sponsor!

Thanks for entering, this contest is now closed. Congratulations, Sheri Balanga! 

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02.24.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Once Wed and Joy Thigpen Studio Sessions for Photographers

StudioSession-once-wed-joy-thigpenWe are so grateful to everyone who has signed up and attended our Studio Sessions in both Atlanta and Los Angeles! This experience has been so inspiring, and we are eager to share it with even more of you! Here are some kind words from our sweet attendees! StudioSession2

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Atlanta and Los Angeles Studio Sessions sold out, and we are flattered that so many of you wanted to attend our sessions. If you missed out on the first two sessions, we’re excited to let you know that we still have spots open in our New York City and Mallorca sessions! We’re so thrilled for our workshop in New York on April 7th, and for our European friends (and any other adventurous souls), the session in Mallorca will be spread over two days, starting May 5th, and will be held at the beautiful Fonstanta Hotel!

We would love to share this experience with you! As a reminder, here’s what you’ll learn at Studio Sessions:














Hour long one-on-one sessions with Joy and Emily are still available for our New York City session on April 8th, and Mallorca on May 7th. 

The investment for our New York City session will be $1200. Price includes lunch and dinner.  Does not include travel or accommodations.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 2 are an additional $500

The investment for our Mallorca studio session is $3100. Price includes a shoot, all meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from hotel. Does not include travel.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 3 are an additional $500. Breakfast included on Day 3.




02.21.14 / Featured

Elegant New York City Bowery Hotel Wedding

We instantly fell in love with Danielle and Seth’s Bowery Hotel wedding when Trent Bailey sent it over to us a few weeks ago. Danielle is one of the talented ladies behind The New Potato, a food and lifestyle website she operates with her sister. The New Potato focuses on restaurants, chefs, and the aesthetics behind great food, and we adore Danielle’s modern and sophisticated style that’s expressed on her website. Firefly Events did an amazing job articulating Danielle’s contemporary aesthetic through their planning and design, and we’re simply enamored with the result. The florals, reception decor, and overall style of this lovely New York City wedding are all timeless and perfect for the setting of the Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side of New York. The Bowery Hotel is full of rich fabrics, moody lighting, and exposed brick, and we love how Firefly Events kept the decor simple so the hotel’s character could speak for itself.

Thanks again, Trent Bailey for sending this gem of a wedding over to us!

Location & Catering: The Bowery Hotel | Planning & Design: Firefly Events  | Photography: Trent and Dara of Trent Bailey Photography  | Flowers: Flower Girl NYC | Calligraphy: Paper Finger  | Table Top Rentals : The Trove |Band: Pete Saunders Band at Hank Lane | Cake: Nine Cakes | Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik |Jewelery: Monica Rich Kosann

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02.20.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Vintage Romantic St. Louis Wedding

Thanks so much to Clary Pfeiffer for sharing this elegant St. Louis wedding with us! We adore all of the elegant details, and personal touches throughout this lovely wedding. The bride and groom helped design this modern and romantic wedding to combine their differing styles. Read below for some words from the bride:
From the get go, Edward and I wanted to make sure that our wedding was a reflection of both of us as a couple, set within a style that celebrated romance, our history together and a combination of both of our tastes in design.  We started with the venue to set the overall tone and then enhanced the overall look of with accenting elements that complimented the space, and the two of us.  
We knew we wanted to honor our family heritage in St. Louis, MO. So we set out hunting for a venue, and found the perfect location in the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, a conservatory in the midst of a lily pond and beautiful trees and greenery.  We loved how the long red brick building from the late 1800s was set in nature and depicted a romantic vintage feel that both Edward and I are partial to.  We wanted a light filled, fresh, clean and classically elegant look that the park and the Palm House had to offer, along with a simplicity that allowed us to make the venue unique to us.
We chose to accent the space with old and new pieces- vintage brass vases, sparkling gold pyrite rocks, minimal, modern place cards and love quotes scattered about.  We also made sure to add hand made elements into the mix, as we love personal touches.  Edward hand painted each table number and I designed our decorations.  We had a wonderful letterpress artist hand draw and press each of our invitations, and an amazing calligrapher paint each guest’s address on our stationary.  My mother, a jeweler and metal smith, hand made our wedding rings, the bridesmaids, flower girl, and my jewelry for the day, along with our silver cake server, engraved with our names and wedding date, our wedding gift from my parents
The space was lush, filled with loosely arranged flowers, each varied and full of greenery, and hints of caramel, chocolate and ivory tones.  Our florist also accented the entire space with sweet soft tea lights and pillar candles making the evening glow.
The event fell into place beautifully, with each element speaking to what Edward and I love and the visual sensibility we share.  Most importantly, we created a picturesque atmosphere where we celebrated our love and commitment to one another, with our closest family and friends all together.  

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographers: Lovebird Studios | Wedding Coordinator:  Kristin Ashley Events | Venue: Piper Palm House Tower Grove Park | Caterer: Butler’s Pantry | Officient James Mooney of the Ethical Society of Saint Louis | Flowers: Bloomin Buckets | Invitations: Hand Illustrated Letterpress by Elysia Mann of All Along Press | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Signage – Art Direction and Design: Eve Daher Kinsella, Illustration: Edward Kinsella |  Wedding Dress: Monique L’Huilleier Heidi Dress from Town & Country Bridal | Veil and Comb:  Toni Federici | Bride’s Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bride’s Purse: Miniauditere by Liberty of London for J. Crew | Rings, Other Jewelry: Deborrah Daher, (handmade by bride’s mother; 18k yellow gold, champagne diamonds and 18K Red Gold) | Hair: Bethany Laska | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Amsale chiffon gowns in Black, Charcoal, and Graphite | Groom Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suite | Groom Suit: Cole Haan | Flowergirl Dress: Monsoon Kids

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02.19.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog