Lovely Down to Earth Virginia Wedding

How sweet is this Virginia weddding sent to us by Photographer Elisa Bricker. We just adore the simplicity of the decor and the entire feeling of this event. Here’s more from the bride, Beth, about their special day:

Gilby and I chose KHC for many reasons. The building reminds me of my home growing up, which was on a small farm in North Carolina. The front porch of my parents’ house is similar to the porch of the hunt club – that seems like an odd thing to notice but it made me feel like I was at home on our wedding day. Also, much like the hunt club, my parents’ house is an old farm cottage and has lots of imperfections. Gilby and I wanted a place that was relaxed, quiet, outdoors, a place that wouldn’t be a distraction or something we aren’t. I liked that the back of the building had old coolers, some trash cans, a grill, and of course the kennels for the foxhounds. The place actually seemed real, as opposed to the perfectly groomed events that are quite stunning, but really not our style. 
 
Honestly when we think back to our wedding there isn’t anything we regret or would have done differently, except for saving some wedding cake because it vanished immediately. The hunt club came with its own charm, from the hunt photographs on the wall to the scuffed up wood floor, so we had it easy. All we added were the potted herbs and a few arrangements, and the herbs doubled as gifts to guests at the end of the evening. Arthur Johnson, who manages the property, knows the place inside and out and answered my hundreds of questions with a level of patience I didn’t know existed. 
 
Taking photos in the ring that’s home to the Keswick Horse Show…that was quite appropriate considering how much time I spend with horses. And the nice part is, when the horse show rolls around each year in May, I get to see the hunt club and remember that afternoon and how much fun we had with our friends and family. 

Photographer: Elisa Bricker | Dress: Carolina Herrera Shoes: Zara | Florist: Minglewood | Cake: Caroline’s Cakes | Venue: Keswick Hunt Club | Hair: Honeycomb | Makeup: Oasis | Caterer: l’etoile |  Rock Paper Scissors for invitation and ceremony program was by studio ten 15| Music: Jangling Reinharts by Sam Hill Entertainment

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02.24.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

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.

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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:

AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC

HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES

WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE

STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP

STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES

STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES

EDITING

HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST

HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS

GETTING PUBLISHED

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE

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.

WE’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! SIGN UP TODAY! 

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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