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

Elegant Destination Wedding in Italy

We’ve shared a number of destination weddings on Once Wed recently, several of them taking place in Italy. There’s many good reasons for this: the breathtaking views, inspiring architecture, the food…and one of the things that we like the best about Italian destination weddings is that a couple can still maintain an elegant, chic style in their event design. Jessica and Josh’s wedding is no exception.

The couple knew they wanted a small, very intimate wedding, allowing them to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones, creating lasting memories. They did just this: with La Bandita, a private country home in Tuscany, as their venue of choice, and with the help of wedding planner Laurel & Rose, they were able to absolutely pamper their guests with special details. From a welcome gift with a bounty of local treats – cheese, wine, biscotti, an Italian phrase book to name a few – packaged in a wine box, to a perfectly packaged box of freshly baked cornetti (Italian croissants) that were hand-delivered to each guest in the morning, and the surprise lavender oils that were left on each pillow at turndown, this couple made sure each guest felt appreciated around the clock.

Read on for more!

More from the Planner, Laurel & Rose:
“In addition to the couple’s thoughtfulness and class, they also cared deeply about creating a wedding landscape that felt organic and timeless. Complimenting Jessica’s exquisite blush Watters gown, we worked closely with the florist to design a look for the wedding ceremony and reception that was sophisticated yet playful. The flowers and décor were meant to compliment the undeniably stunning centuries old country house that is La Bandita – but never stealing the spotlight from the golden Tuscan countryside and the intimate gathering of family and friends celebrating this timeless love. Not even the pouring rain could tarnish this ethereal Italian wedding.”

More from the bride, about her destination wedding planning experience:
“We found exactly what we were looking for at La Bandita, a stunning private country house set up high on a beautiful hilltop in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany with 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside; however it was not just the beauty of La Bandita that sold us. We learned early on that planning a wedding anywhere was challenging, let alone half way across the world. The added challenge of a language barrier, time difference, and different cultural traditions made us concerned that we couldn’t pull off our dream wedding in Italy. These concerns were quickly erased after meeting John Voigtmann, the owner of La Bandita. John Voigtmann moved to Italy with his family to open La Bandita after living in New York working as a Sony music executive. John has impeccable taste, is incredibly personable and organized, and was easily able to understand and execute our vision with ease. John worked in tandem with the insanely talented Jolene Peterson of Laurel and Rose, to create a magical wedding weekend, something straight out of a fairytale. We can honestly say, planning a wedding in a remote area of Tuscany was stress free which allowed us to enjoy the moment and focus on each other.

We used La Bandita as a home base for the long weekend with our guests, touring a nearby winery, exploring the countryside and nearby towns, relaxing, sharing meals, and drinking wine late into the night. We brought in Kate Holstein from the States who perfectly captured every moment of the long weekend. Put simply, La Bandita is a little slice of heaven and was the perfect place for our intimate dream wedding.”

Photography: Kate Holstein Photographs | Planning & Design : Laurel & Rose (Jolene Greenbaum Peterson) | Flowers: La Puscina | Wedding Venue: La Bandita Countryhouse | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: La Bandita Townhouse | Hair & Makeup: Rock & Rose Italy (Rosy) | Calligraphy & Invitations: Manzanita | Bride’s Gown: Watters

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02.15.16 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Custom Destination Photography from Adam Kealing

Wedding photography not only has the wonderful ability to capture the most important day of your lives, but it can also turn your cherished moments into works of art. That’s what our Once Wed Premium Vendor Adam Kealing does.

Adam is an award winning photographer with an itch for adventure and a gift for telling epic stories. Through his lens he sees drama, scale, and perspective and transforms a real life moment into artwork. His weddings have taken him all over the world from Bhutan, Antigua, London and Paris, to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. He loves to travel and explore, but more importantly, he loves to open up his arms for his clients to join him.

The connection between photographer and couple is so important. You’re spending a majority of your wedding day with one another after all, and sharing some of the most special and intimate moments of your life. Adam focuses on getting to know his clients and helps them to enjoy their day.
With his warm personality and a spirited heart, he creates a one of a kind experience for his couples.

Are you ready for a wedding adventure whether in your own backyard or across the globe? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Adam to discuss your 2016 or 2017 date. No distance is too far.

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02.15.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog