NYC Engagement Session

Two years ago, Billy asked me to marry him on a beautiful sunny day underneath a tree during our small picnic in Governors Island. I was blown away when he surprised me by ‘re-proposing’ with a beautiful new engagement ring during our engagement shoot.He had been talking to KT, our fabulous photographer, to plan this surprise. How can I not love this guy!

6 years of dating, we still talk like best friends staying up late at night, chatting away about our dreams. Most of all, he makes me feel like the happiest woman alive.

Photography: KT Merry | Makeup/Hair: Ombre by E.J | Outfit: Denim shirt  Leather shorts  Strap Sandal White lace dress  Glitter pump Brocade top Tulle skirt Black pump

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05.21.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Whimsical Irish Wedding Ideas

“So many places in Ireland whisper of secret stories and historic elegance which inspire to this very day. Legend has it an elegant tiara was sold to finance the 19th century Orangery in Killruddery House, and that the stonework around dome was designed to reflect the lines of the lost family heirloom. Later filled with Italian marble sculpture, the Orangery is a wonderful example of an unexpected beauty not usually associated with Ireland. Using this as the basis for our inspiration, the rich creamy tones of the setting were offset with shades of claret and moody violet hues.”

Credits: Photography: Brumley and Wells | Concept and Styling: Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity | Flowers: The Informal Florist | Location: Killruddery House | Hair: UpStyle Junkie | Make Up: Annette O’Brien | Dresses: Little White Dress | Paper Goods: Brumley and Wells | Model: Lauren of Andrea Roche

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05.20.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog



Searching for the perfect cake topper for your wedding cake? Weddingstar is your one stop shop. As an innovator in the dynamic world of wedding accessories, they shine especially bright when it comes to their unique, original and full of life cake toppers.

Not only can you choose from a variety of life-like cake toppers, but many of them can be personalized with hair color to resemble the couples themselves! Couples can choose from three skin tones, shoe colors, and even popular Sports Themed figurines as well as many more traditional, but beautiful cake toppers.

But for 2013, Weddingstar is introducing some new and alluring designs to their already stunning catalog.

Weddingstar always puts a fun spin on the traditional Bride and Groom cake decoration while being timeless and stunning at the same time. Anyone can have a cake. Let yours be an extension of yourselves and an ideal addition to your already dazzling reception.

As a special offer for Once Wed readers, use the discount code: MAYBRIDE15 for a 15% discount. Code expires May 31st, 2013.

05.16.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Bliss & Bokeh Retreat


One of the most gratifying experiences in my journey with Once Wed has been the community of creatives I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with along the way. These relationships and opportunities to network have been the catalyst for so much of the beauty you see on Once Wed every day. Working online provides quick and easy tools for communication, but nothing compares to the connections and bonds we can make with fellow creatives face to face. Because of this, I am especially thrilled to announce I’ll be speaking at Bliss & Bokeh Retreat in October.

Bliss & Bokeh is an intimate luxury retreat for female wedding photographers in beautiful historic Charleston, South Carolina. The ladies behind Bliss & Bokeh share a desire to bring together women who are passionate about wedding photography and the art of capturing bliss. Through an amazing team of talented speakers, beautifully styled shoots, and incredible local partnerships, women will have an opportunity to grow as creative entrepreneurs, while indulging in the luxury and charm of a city named two years in a row by Conde Nast readers as the number one destination in the US.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about what this retreat has to offer to female wedding photographers, and I’m flattered to be speaking alongside so many other talented female entrepreneurs including KT Merry, Whitney English, Tara Guerard, Joy Thigpen, Becky Hoppmann, Leigh Webber, and Angela Marcaccio.

I’d love the chance to connect and grow with you at Bliss & Blokeh. Click here for more information on signing up. See you in Charleston!

05.15.13 / Featured, News Blog