Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Captured by Keryn

Captured By Keryn is a boutique photography business, based around celebrating the beauty, history and personality of each person that comes before Keryn Sweeney’s lens – whether a bride bursting with excitement, or the family sharing in the joy of the moment.  Captured by Keryn specializes in subtle documentary, fine art style wedding photography, with a passion for the use of natural light. Residing on the north shore of Auckland, New Zealand has given Keryn a lot of opportunity to refine her use of that natural light!

When Keryn is not busy with weddings, she loves to travel. Her images portray the essence of her surroundings and evoke a sense of emotion and adventure.

Keryn’s experience allows her to approach each environment in a relaxed and informal manner encouraging spontaneous moments that often result in beautiful caught-off-guard images. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than capturing the raw beauty that is in each person, allowing her to share this with the people that care about them the most.

Once Wed is happy to announce that Captured By Keryn is offering a wonderful photography package valued at $3,890 to one lucky reader living in New Zealand or elsewhere!  The winner will receive 8 hours of wedding photography, five 8”x10” prints, and their images on a USB.  Keryn’s love of travel means that she is happy to come to you wherever you are. *

To enter, please comment below, telling Keryn a little about you as a couple, give her your name, email, wedding date, wedding location and venue. Share with her what you love about Captured by Keryn’s photographic style.  If you would like to show us your wedding style inspiration, please include a Pinterest board link.  The giveaway will end on May 14th, and the winner will be announced that week.

*Travel fees must be paid by the winner and will be arranged by Keryn (as a guideline, current airfare for a September flight from Auckland to LA  is $1200; from Auckland to London it is $1800).  Albums, prints and other products can be ordered through Captured By Keryn. A standard wedding photography contract applies and must be signed within two weeks after the winner is chosen.

This contest has now ended. Thank you for your entries!

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04.23.14 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Fake Thicker Lashes Tutorial

What women do for thick eye lashes…we spend hours looking in the mirror, painstakingly applying mascara, eye liner, eye shadow to create the illusion of lush, thick eye lashes. Eye lashes are alluring, and really make your face pop, so we love a good tutorial that makes faking thick lashes quick and easy. This tutorial from Amy Clarke is the end all for creating the illusion of thicker lashes. Finally, you won’t have to spend hours prepping in the mirror to create the perfect eye!

Fake Thicker Lashes:

1. Apply one mascara, starting at the base of your lashes, wiggling the mascara wand back and forth until you reach the ends of your lashes. We used Rimmel’s Extra Wow Lash Mascara.

2. Using a small eyeshadow brush, apply a loose powder to your lashes, coating all sides.  I used Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder in “Translucent”.

3. Then, apply one more coat of mascara. But this time, just brush upward with the mascara wand, coating the top and bottom of your lashes.

One bonus trick: Use tweezers to pinch the ends of your lashes together in little sections. This almost gives an illusion of false lashes.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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04.22.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Whispers by Pearl & Godiva

We couldn’t wait to feature this stunning shoot styled by Pearl & Godiva and photographed by Brumley and Wells. We simply adore the idea of spending a few intimate moments alone, taking in your wedding, just before you walk down the aisle. Maybe spend some of this time with your photographer to create lasting memories of those moments to share with your new husband.

From Pearl & Godiva:

She – the girl – relishes these moments of quietness, intimacy and solace. The hustle and bustle of the wedding preparation is moments away, but peacefully she considers the step she is about to take. To be bound to the person she loves for eternity fills her with wonder and hope. Here the girl is alone with her reflection encumbered by a wealth of feelings….

With adoration and peaceful anticipation she seizes the new path ahead……

Production, Creative Direction and Styling : Pearl & Godiva  |  Photographer : Brumley and Wells  |  Hair Stylist : Michelle O’Halloran  |  Make Up Artist : Kathryn O’Neill  |  Location: Ballyfin House, Ireland  |  Florals, Bayleaf Wreath and Ivy Headdress : Hanako  |  Stationery : La Happy  |  “Nude Harper” Beaded Gown : Covet  |  Amanda Wakeley Grecian Gown : Myrtle Ivory  |  Lace Veil : Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart  |  Crown : Misty Albion on Etsy  |  Jewellery : Knightsbridge  |  Model : Robin at Lockdown Model Management

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04.21.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Blood Orange & Honey Mimosa with Freixenet

This tart mimosa recipe comes from an afternoon spent with my mother. She has always been a blood orange fan, talking to all the farmer’s markets to see who has them; in season and sometimes out of season. If normal sweet mimosas can be too much for you, this is a tart alternative. We have also used a grapefruit and orange juice mix if blood oranges are not available.

Blood Orange & Honey Mimosa

Makes 6 glasses


-3-5 blood oranges
-Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut


1. Cut the blood oranges in half, remove seeds, press on juicer.
2. Add ice and desired amount of juice to glass.
3. Mix in Freixenet and a teaspoon of honey, add sage to garnish. Enjoy.

Photography and Recipe: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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04.18.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, New Sponsor Blog