Romantic Beach Elopement in Iceland

Sometimes we get submissions that seem surreal, like they’re from a fairytale or a movie…We couldn’t believe the landscapes, colors, and textures in these photos from Theirry Joubert. He so beautifully captured this beachside elopement/vow renewal on the shore of Iceland, that we almost felt transported to this moment in time. When you look at these phenomenal photographs, you can just hear the waves crashing against these ancient rocks, and feel a slight chill in the air. It’s amazing how something simple, like an elopement on a beach, can become something so extraordinary when you’re surrounded by so much beauty.

More from the beautiful bride (Translated):

We were married in France in August 2012, and Thierry of Pretty Days was who we chose to cover the story of our marriage. His style seduced us, and we instantly fell in love. Marriages and weddings are beautiful, and like most people in the world, we felt that our day flew by too quickly. So, we decided to “elope” and renew our vows on the beach.

The wild land and untamed land of Iceland has always fascinated us, and we wanted to share this moment with Thierry again because he’s become so important to us. The weather didn’t always cooperate with us during our elopement- wind, clouds, rain… But the most important thing for us was to live this moment, take in the absolutely unreal landscape, renew our vows, and share this adventure with Thierry.  We love these photos and can’t stop reliving this moment. 

Photography: Thierry Joubert | Dress: Atelier Anonyme | Shoes: Marc Jacobs | Groom Suit: The Kooples

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06.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Wedding Insurance through Markel

Let’s face it- weddings are stressful. Yes, they’re full of wonderful, fun, and amazing moments, but for the most part, you’re a ball of stress from the second you get engaged until you set off for your honeymoon. There are a lot of moving parts that come together to create a beautiful wedding, and because there are so many players, there’s a chance something could go wrong. We’re not here to stress you out more, but we are here to offer a little help. Wedding Insurance is a great way to secure a little peace of mind during your wedding planning process, and Markel Wedding Insurance stands at the ready to help ease some of your tension and worry. 

Markel Wedding Insurance protects you in the event of almost any type of unforeseen mishap that could possibly occur during the months leading up to and after your wedding. No longer do you have to worry about your photographer going out of business and not fulfilling their contract, or someone slipping on the dance floor, or even the unlikely chance of wedding cancellation or postponement due to an unforeseen circumstance- they have you covered! You can choose to purchase Wedding Liability Insurance (which many venues now require) and/or Cancellation Insurance (which will reimburse you up to your policy limits for the cost of any lost goods or services). Imagine planning a wedding without having to worry about losing any deposits or risking one of your vendors not showing up- that weight is instantly lifted when you purchase a Markel Wedding Insurance policy! 

Not convinced yet?  Visit Markel Event Insurance  or call 1-855-480-9757 to get a quote and learn why you should protect your special day.  With policies starting as low as $75 (the actual price of your specific policy is based on location, the coverages you choose, and your total wedding budget), it is highly worth it!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Graphic: Hannah Lee

06.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Elegant Evening Makeup with Temptu

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Have you been searching the internet for an easy makeup tutorial that will give you a great evening look? Maybe you’re looking for an understated and elegant style for your first night out on your honeymoon or just the right look for your bachelorette party? Well, we’ve worked with Temptu and Amy Clarke to create what we think is the perfect tutorial to teach you how to create a natural, yet alluring look for a night out on the town.  Paired with a sleek and classic ponytail, this organic makeup style gives you a fresh and modern appearance for a night out with your man or your best girl friends!

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Instructions for Natural Bridal Makeup with Temptu

Step 1: Start with a clean, moisturized face.

Step 2: Gently dab Temptu undereye concealer underneath your eye. Tap lightly with your middle finger to blend for full coverage.

Step 3: Set up your Temptu Machine. Take one end of the Flex AIRhose and connect it to the Nozzle of the AIRcompressor. Then connect the other end to the AIRbrush. Insert the A/C Adaptor to the back of the AIRcompressor and plug it in the nearby outlet.

Step 4: Always shake the air pod before every use for smooth color application. Remove the chrome cap and tamper seal from AIRpod.

Step 5: Upon first use, or as needed, pull on the Clear Loop while holding the AIRpod Tip up. Open the Plug before every use to allow makeup to spray. Be sure to close when not in use.

Step 6: To attach the AIRpod, press down on the Release Button and push the AIRpod horizontally into the AIRbrush until you feel it pop into place. To release the AIRpod, press down on the Release Button and pull the AIRpod away from the AIRbrush.

Step 7: Target imperfections first and then blend outwards. Build sheer layers until your desire level of coverage is reached. Turn the Dial to 3 o’clock(the optimal setting for a flawless AIRpod Foundation application). Hold your AIRbrush like a pencil, pointed downward, 4-6 inches away. Gently pull back on the Trigger and move in small circular motions. Stop & look. Repeat until you acheive your desired level of coverage.

Step 8: Using a powder brush, powder Temptu Invisible Difference Finishing Powder as a sheer layer over the foundation you just applied.

Step 9: Apply blush by starting at the apples of the cheeks, sweeping upwards towards the temple. Build sheer layers for a more dramatic flush.

Step 10: Your blush can double as a gorgeous lip stain. Come in close(less than one inch), pulling very lightly on the Trigger. Blot lips together for a gorgeous stain.

Step 11+12+13: Apply highlighter to the cheekbones, eyes, and décolleté to add a pretty sheen to your flawless finish makeup.

Step 14+15+16: Add more bronzer and highlighter to the areas shown. Smoke out the eyes with Lorac Pro Palette. We finished the look with a matte nude lip.

Tips For Airbrushing Like Pro

* Find your sweet spot – Always maintain a 4-6 inch distance for a soft, feather-light finish

* Keep Moving – Keep it moving in small, circular motions for a seamlessly blended application.

* Soft Touch – Pull back gently on the Trigger for flawless, buildable coverage.

* Pro Coverage – To avoid over-application, build coverage in sheer layers, only where needed, until you reach your desired finish.

CLICK HERE to purchase the BRAND NEW Beauty Kit from Temptu!

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Christian Marc | Gold Jumpsuit: Sass & Bide

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06.16.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Get a Wedding-Ready Smile with Invisalign

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You spend months (maybe even a year) planning your dream wedding and every single detail involved- from your dress down to the napkins. So why would you neglect one of the most important details, your smile! Having a stunning smile on your wedding day gives you a great sense of self-confidence and helps your natural beauty to shine even more. Confidence is key when you’re a bride because you’re going to have the spotlight on you for months- from your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, to walking down the aisle, and a great smile is a key to that confidence. But what if your smile needs a little work, and you don’t want to have braces during the months leading up to your wedding? Honestly, who would want ugly braces in all of those beautiful engagement photos? Well, we have the perfect solution- Invisalign® is a discreet way to straighten your smile without having to sacrifice all of those beautiful photos! 

With Invisalign, you can work on your smile while planning your wedding, and you’ll start seeing results in a matter of a few months and the length of a full treatment is usually around 13 months, just long enough to plan your dream wedding. Invisalign aligners gradually move your teeth, and because they’re clear and removable, you can watch your smile improve! Imagine walking down the aisle with the smile you’ve always wanted. And unlike most of the investments you’ll make on your wedding day, your new smile will last a lifetime! The Invisalign Cost Calculator helps you figure out how to fit the cost of braces into your wedding budget. Your insurance or FSA may even be able to cover some of the cost, so visit the  Invisalign website to find out more. 

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Invisalign wants to make your wedding dreams come true, so they’re offering one lucky winner of their Invisalign Pin to Win Sweepstakes a Free Invisalign Treatment and full wedding photography package valued at $8500! Four runners up will receive a $250 American Express Gift Card to use on their dream wedding.

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How to Enter:

1. Visit Invisalign on Facebook to start your entry.

2. Follow @Invisalign on Pinterest.

3. Check out Invisalign’s wedding planning tips and other inspiration pins on the Invisalign Pin to Win Pinterest board, and then repin to one of your boards and you are entered to win!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Invisalign.

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06.14.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog