CLOSED! Win Wedding Photography: Jen Sosa Photography

UPDATE! The winners have been chosen!

Engagement shoot: Elizabeth Lin and Steven in LA

Wedding: Lauren Sykes in Charleston

Specializing in working with natural light and capturing important moments, Jennifer Sosa Photography is definitely someone you should know about. Why? You’ll love the artistic way that she blends modern love stories with a vintage feel. She documents your wedding day in the most beautiful of ways, capturing those little moments that you didn’t even realize were happening in a mix of both digital and film photography. And great news — Jen is giving away an AMAZING photography prize!

FIRST PRIZE
One lucky couple will win complete wedding day photography — 8 hours of coverage by Jennifer Sosa Photography, shot on a mix of film and digital. Hi-resolution images will be delivered to the winner on a USB port. The winning couple will be provided with an online gallery for proofing and sharing image, as well as a place to order prints. Albums and add-ons will be available for purchase.

SECOND PRIZE
Jennifer Sosa Photography is also giving away a free engagement session to one lucky couple, shot on a mix of film and digital. Hi-resolution images will be delivered to the winner on a USB port. The winning couple will be provided with an online gallery for proofing and sharing image, as well as a place to order prints.

HOW TO ENTER
Enter on the blog PLUS get extra entries on Instagram!
1) BLOG: Leave a comment below with your wedding date, location, and some of your wedding plans (Jen wants to get to know your style and why you’d want to win the prize!).
2) INSTAGRAM: Post a photo of your and your fiancé on Instagram, using #JenSosaGiveaway and Tag @oncewed and @Jensosa in the post. Tell us a little about yourselves and your wedding date!

Rules and restrictions: Wedding must take place within 2015. Contest ends on March 30th at 11:59pm PST. Winning couple will be notified soon after. For weddings outside of NYC & LA, couple is responsible for travel fees and accommodations.

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03.17.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Classic Garden Wedding

K A R I N A + J A S O N from Andrew James Abajian on Vimeo.

We just love sharing images and inspiration from classic, elegant weddings. One of the things we find most inspiring about Karina and Jason’s wedding is the gorgeous garden reception. The organic setting allows for the simplicity of the floral palette and Karina’s elegant style to really shine through. Even more so, we wanted to share how this set of images celebrates the love of this sweet couple. Just take a quick look at Jason’s expression when he sees Karina walk down the aisle toward him–that is what we’re all about!Looking for more classic, simple wedding inspiration like the ideas in this wedding? Check out this intimate elopement, these gorgeous florals, and this beautiful lace-inspired wedding shoot.

Planning + Design – Carly Rae Weddings | Photography – Bryce Covey Photography | Church – Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Reception Venue – Kathy Ireland’s Estate | Florals – Ivana’s Floral Design | Catering – Season’s Catering | Rentals – Ventura Rentals | Videography – Andrew James Abajian | DJ – Gavin Roy

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03.16.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Introducing Minted’s 2015 Wedding Invitations



One of our favorite national wedding invitation suppliers is, hands-down, Minted. If you take a look at just some of the products and services they offer for wedding stationery, you’ll find out why. And, we’re excited today to showcase some of the designs from their new 2015 collection!

The 2015 collection from Minted is made up of unique designs curated from a global community of independent designers. Gorgeous designs are submitted and voted upon by the community and then printed with luxury materials, including real foil-pressed designs, die cut shapes and premium papers. We love their dedication to top-quality production and customer service (they even have a “Perfection Team” for customer service!).

Some of the other things that we love about Minted? If you need a stationery piece created to match some of their other products, they’ll custom-create it for you so that all of your stationery matches. They also offer matching envelope design, a calligraphy-inspired service with guest addressing that just finishes off your stationery suite perfectly.

We also love how generous Minted is! They are giving away $500 in stationery products to one Once Wed reader. Simply click here to enter, by March 20!

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03.16.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Wedding Flowers from The Bouqs Co.

Many brides put a lot of emphasis on their flowers, wanting their bouquets and arrangements to be as beautiful as possible. But, a lot of brides are creative and artistic enough to know that they could do a beautiful job arranging their own flowers — they just don’t have access to the flowers at a good cost! Problem solved: we’re happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, The Bouqs Co.

The Bouqs Co. offers pre-curated DIY wedding packages and custom bulk orders, so you can choose from a pre-determined selection of flowers that their experts know look great together OR decide what you’d like, all on your own. Their wedding consultants will work with you, your wedding planner, or your florist to determine the size of your order and make sure that you have everything you need.

There are a lot of benefits to working with The Bouqs Co, aside from the simplicity of it. You won’t need to worry about the horror stories you’ve heard from other online retailers. The Bouqs Co. actually works directly with the growers to make sure that your flowers are cut on the very day that they are shipped to you, which means that your flowers will last a lot longer than traditional wedding flowers (and a lot of those farms are in California!). The farms they choose to work with are sustainably run, with eco-friendly farming techniques and competitive wages. Plus, because you’re ordering farm-direct flowers, you save up to 80% of the cost!

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03.14.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog