Fresh and Fun Summer Wedding

Sometimes, it just takes a fresh perspective to turn something trendy into an unexpected new design. Leslie and Thava’s summer wedding exhibits that in spades. Take, for example, the addition of lace as a design element. While lace is a timeless fabric, it’s been overused in the last number of years (lace runners and burlap linens, anyone?). We love the lace application on that perfectly arched tree branch that the couple was wed under, creating a uniquely defined space. And if you look closely, you’ll notice lace fully wrapping the centrepiece containers – not that you’d be looking at the container, given how gorgeous these lush arrangements of garden roses are. One last thing that we love? Leslie’s fresh, summery bouquet. There is something about that pop of yellow that brings such cheer an all white-and-green arrangement!

Photography by Jose Villa | Creative Direction & Styling by Joy Thigpen | Flowers by Flowerwild | Paper and Calligraphy by neithersnow | Hair and Make up by Nam Vo | Brides gown: Custom Vera Wang | Bridesmaids dresses: Mostly Sarah Seven

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02.18.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Top 3 Reasons Once Wed Loves Lace & Liberty

When it comes time to find your wedding dress, we know what you’re looking for: modern brides care about style, quality, and also smart spending. Many brides are drawn to beautiful designs and high quality products, but oftentimes, those not looking to spend a huge amount on their dress end up with few options. But, with Lace & Liberty, you don’t need to compromise style, quality, or your budget. The reasons we love Lace & Liberty are many — here are our top 3!

1) Build your own dress: No need to worry about falling in love with the top of one dress and the bottom of another. Lace & Liberty offers the option to mix and match different tops, skirts and little white dresses to “build” the dress you want. Bridal separates gives you the maximum flexibility to really create a custom look that suits your style and needs. Every piece is designed to be both beautiful and comfortable, using velvety chiffon, soft, fine tulle and silky smooth satin linings.
2) More options, for less money, stress, and time. Lace & Liberty’s entire goal is to provide brides with more stylish options. For example, for those brides who want more than one dress, bridal skirts are a fabulous yet simple way to transform your dress from a more traditional and classic look for the ceremony, to something more fun and easy for the reception and dancing afterwards. Choose from their collection of skirts to wear over a dress for the ceremony and then simply slip off the skirt later.

Lace & Liberty operates primarily online, selling directly to brides, allowing them to pass on savings while providing a great experience and quality products. Dresses are typically created within 8-12 weeks, and for last minute brides, they do their best to be flexible to your timeline.All pieces are made to a bride’s specific measurements, which is especially great for petite, tall or plus sized girls. This also removes the need for hefty tailoring (and the cost that comes along with it).

3) Try on at home! For brides who are unsure about buying online (and we can completely understand your concerns!), Lace & Liberty offers a “Try On At Home” service, too! For $30, they’ll send you 1 top and 1 skirt to try on in the comfort of your own home (for $50 you can try 2 tops and 2 skirts), before you buy. That way, you can really see the quality and feel the fabric for yourselves. We love the idea of hosting a party: invite family and friends over for a fun evening to help you decide, try on dresses, and have a few drinks!

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, you can also make at appointment at the Lace & Liberty studio to try on in person.With bridal separates from Lace & Liberty, you have more options to choose what you want, without having to compromise on style, quality or price.

Photographer: Michele Beckwith | Stylist: Type A Society | Hair and Makeup: Angela Womack | Florals: Lambert Floral Studio  | Videographer: Two Spoons Production | Video Hair and Makeup: Katie Nash

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02.18.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Cherishing Your Engagement

The engagement period is often a hard space in a relationship, filled with plans, hellos, and goodbyes, and it is also a deeply meaningful space. The sweet tension and romance that lives in the “not yet” is something that is not often savored. This is what Type A Society and photographer Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer wanted to explore with this editorial shoot at River Oaks Charleston. How does a couple say goodbye to their engagement before they are bride and groom, husband and wife? How do they prepare alone for the vows they will make to each other in front of all their friends and family? How will they dance their last private dance before their wedding day?

Photography & Creative Direction: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer | Artistic Direction & Styling: Type A Society | Venue: River Oaks Charleston | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Models: Marisa R. and Micah D. | Modeling Agency: Millie Lewis Charleston | Hair & Makeup: Dannon K. Collard | Ribbon, Runners, Scarves, Candles: Silk & Willow | Valise: Trousseau & Co. | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Ringbox: The Mrs. Box | Gown: Jill Stuart

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02.17.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

We’re Hiring: Full Time Art Director/Graphic Designer


We help creatives learn how to thrive.

We’re hiring a full time art director/graphic designer to join our team at If I Made. You’ll be working directly with the co-founders, Emily Newman of Once Wed and Joy Thigpen, to shape the visual identity of an exciting and fast-growing brand.

Full Time Art Director/Graphic Designer

What your days will look like:

  • Working directly with the co-founders, Emily and Joy, to shape the visual identity of the brand.
  • Crafting an original micro-brand for each course we produce–everything from designing the actual course to the branding, web, and marketing materials.
  • Working with a small team to generate editorial assets and calendars.
  • Maintaining the integrity of the brand while always considering and presenting ways to move it forward.
  • Immersing yourself in the market space to understand and identify opportunities.


  • a killer eye
  • a love of type
  • excitement for working closely with a lean team and shaping a brand
  • your own unique perspective
  • curiosity in the creative field
  • flex and hustle with a new venture
  • 3-5 years of experience working with a digital brand

Skills required:

  • Robust and efficient skills in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator.
  • Proficient in Google Drive Apps (docs, hangouts, etc)
  • Clear, open, and empathetic communication
  • Welcomes feedback
  • Quick workflow, manages time well in a deadline driven environment
  • Hyper attention to detail
  • Strong layout skills
  • Ability to consider a brand from start to finish

Ideal but not required:

  • Lives in Atlanta
  • Coding skills
  • Photography skills
  • Copywriting skills
  • Experience working with an agency or lifestyle/fashion brand
  • E-commerce background


  • Creative community of people who are passionate about their work
  • Opportunity to shape an exciting and fast-growing brand
  • Work directly under the co-founders
  • Competitive salary
  • Full time position

Click here to Apply

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02.16.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog