Heart of Haiti

As a team of creatives, it’s always touching for us to find organizations who help other creatives and artists, which is why we’re so excited to tell you a little bit about an amazing initiative called Heart of Haiti. Started shortly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Heart of Haiti is a “Trade Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur Willa Shalit, Macy’s, and The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that provides artists in Haiti with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families, and pay their children’s school fees. Instead of donating money to projects that may never come to fruition, Macy’s has provided Haitian artists with sustainable work in a field that they were already world-renowened for. This gorgeous collection features more than 40 home décor items including paper mache, metalwork, jewelry, and paintings all made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items like old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums, and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti provides local Haitian artists with opportunities to work with U.S. designers, which helps international artisan relationships and makes their products visible in the U.S. market. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake, people there are filled with hope and desire to improve their lives through honest work and economic self-determination. When you purchase anything from the collection, the artisans receive half of the wholesale price for each item.  If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your wedding guests or a wedding present for a friend or family member getting married, these gorgeous Heart of Haiti products are a responsible choice that gives back.

Find more info about the Heart of Haiti campaign and products at www.macys.com/haiti.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner

Twitter: @HeartofHaiti

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heartofhaiti

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05.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Unravel My Thoughts from Pearl and Godiva

Over the past three years, Pearl & Godiva have built an eponymous brand and reputation for creating out of this world and beauteous events and editorial shoots. After many many requests, they finally designed a workshop especially for artisan vendors in the wedding industry and this beauteous shoot was created for the first of their series of 2014 workshops entitled ‘The Styling Pilgrimage’

We choose to host the shoot in this breath-taking setting, nestled in an oasis in the desert but not far outside Marrakech. We were more than thrilled to be able to collaborate with Jen Huang, her tender style of photography and her manner in which she approaches a subject was a perfect partnership for us and our vision for this very unique experience we had to offer to our participants.”

This shoot is based on a fable – an exquisite and delicate girl, unravelling her heart and soul to a boy. The story starts with glimpses of her by herself, cocooned in her little world, a little shy and lonely, till she begins to blossom when she meets her very soulmate. Together they embrace a path of love and explorations. He lifts her veil to the world and releases her beauty and luminosity. The couple become inseparable, translucent, an honest journey where one figure seems to deliquesces into the other.

As with all their shoots and events , they step outside of the box and cast off staid conventions  as well as tell a story with their unique visual language that  is both organic and avant garde. All of their projects carry  a narrative that seems to breathe life into the imagery. You can visit one of their workshops where they  tell all…..

Find out more here about the upcoming ‘The Styling Pilgrimage’ with Erich Mc Vey  hosted in the duo’s homeland of Ireland. Sigh, think of those soft irish mists, alluring lakes and all that ivy…


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, Styling and Creative Direction: Pearl & Godiva | Photography : Jen Huang with Nevealbums | Make Up Artist: Lora Kelley | Hair stylist :  Lora Kelley | Stationery: Maybelle Imasa | Moroccan Wedding Dress:  Sourced on location |  Lace Gown: Sourced by Pearl & Godiva customised by Sarah Foy Design | Earrings and Necklace: Kristin Hayes | Crown: Fleur Jewellery | Ring: Delphi Antiques | Pearled Shoulder Boudoir piece :  Fleur Jewellery | Model Eve & Chun: Distinct Model Management, | All props and decor”  Pearl & Godiva | Shot on location at one of our Pearl & Godiva Workshops 2014, The Styling Pilgrimage in Morocco.

 

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05.28.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dreamy Destination Weddings in Jamaica

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Not only do I love what I do for work, it comes with all kinds of great perks. Like sometimes the Jamaica Board of Tourism invites you to come tour the best of their island and wines and dines you, and I’m not gonna lie…it’s pretty awesome! I’ll try to give you the run down here of what you need to know about if you’re considering a destination wedding in Jamaica….

Round Hill is where you want to go if you’re looking for a grown-up, glamorous, beach summer camp of a getaway. Just try to picture where Ralph Lauren would vacation in the Caribbean and you’ll be there–he owns a villa there and designed all of the rooms in the hotel. It’s absolutely beautiful and relaxing and all of the things you want from a resort but I think what makes it distinct is it’s playful vibe. Everyone we encountered, from the staff to the guests, were there to have a good time. Even James Beard award-winner, Chef Maginley, who treated us to a full tasting of imaginative riffs of local foods sourced from local farms and the best of worldwide markets, finished his run with pop rocks firing off in our desserts. And gosh…it would be an amazing place for a destination wedding… There are several locations throughout the property where you could have a ceremony, dinner…heck, a full weekend’s worth of events in different (beautiful) places each time. And you and your guests would be sure to have a blast in all the time in between.jamaica-ocean-joy-thigpen1jamaica-ocean-joy-thigpen2jamaica-ocean-joy-thigpen3jamaica-ocean-joy-thigpen4jamaica-ocean-joy-thigpen5

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Half Moon, a Rock Resort in Montego Bay is another Jamaican destination worth knowing about. This is the resort the Queen and family visits as well as a go-to for American royalty like the Kennedys (Jackie O wrote her will there), and more recently, we stayed in the villa that Tyra Banks stays in. I see the draw of the place… It’s pretty fabulous and still somehow retains this down-to-earth sense that makes it all the better. I’m pretty sure they have just about anything you could think to want on the property….ride horses in the water, swim with dolphins, great food, child care, you name it they’ve got it.

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If you’re looking for something more intimate and quiet Tensing Pen might be a great place to check out. It’d be a great place to unplug and unwind and have a smaller wedding. And yes, you recognize this from the recent J.Crew shoot…

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Oh and there are so many more places to explore in Jamaica! We got to jump off cliffs in Negril…

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Explore waterfalls and gardens…

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My personal favorite was the peaceful ride down the Martha Brae River with the guide who softly sang Bob Marley without a care in the world. Jamaica was a dream, and it would be the perfect place for your dream destination wedding.

Photography: Joy Thigpen (using Contax and iPhone) | Camera Rental: Contax Rental

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05.26.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Register for your Dream Home with Zola

I am so excited to finally show off an exciting project that we created for Zola Registry! Zola has collected hundreds of beautiful and modern home, bath, and kitchen accessories, and has put them all at your fingertips! No longer do you have to run around town from store to store to find the perfect coffee mug, cutting board, or bath towel - it’s all in one place! You can even register for your honeymoon through your personalized page!

We couldn’t wait to collaborate with an amazing team to display some of our favorites from their website. Ali Harper beautifully captured every shot that was perfectly styled by Ginny Branch and Ginny Au, and we had our top notch food stylist, Katelyn Hardwick, on set to make sure every plate and dish shined!

Zola truly makes registering for wedding gifts fun and easy, and we were blown away by the huge selection of home decor items- it really is a one stop if you’re looking to fully outfit your home with stylish and functional pieces. I’ve put together a curated collection for Zola so you can see all my favorites in one place! I instantly fell in love with all of the calming bath and decor pieces, and can just imagine filling my home with linenwoodstone, marble. I’ve never seen a registry like Zola- they have so many lovely things for you to choose from that it makes me wish I could get married all over again!

Zola’s modern online registry lets you create a gorgeous personalized registry page, and register for gifts + honeymoon funds in one place…start your registry here and receive a $25 credit !

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Ali Harper | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au | Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick

05.22.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog