Sarah Seven Practically Perfect Wedding Dress

This week we’re going to be showcasing five different bridal looks for Spring 2014! We couldn’t be more excited to share these 5 looks from designers like Sarah Seven, Jenny Packham, Alice Temperly, Rude De Siene.

From Camille at The Dress Theory:

This ivory silk chiffon dream is handmade with love at the Sarah Seven Atelier in San Francisco. The lighter-than-air movement of the gown and the chic simplicity of the design inspired the first look that Bryce captured. Sarah Seven’s “Practically Perfect” is an ideal canvas for a bride to style and personalize in an infinite number of ways.  The gown is just as amazing dressed-up with a sparkling sash or statement necklace, as it is paired with a simple belt or delicate flower-crown. When styling this look, we found ourselves inspired by the flow of the fabric and the simplicity of the sweetheart neckline. To complement these elements, we accentuated her waist with a sweet crystal-ribbon and kept her look youthful, romantic, and fresh. Amy applied soft, natural makeup and Heidi sculpted her gorgeous hair in long, effortless waves. We think this gown is absolutely perfect for a bride looking to complement her free spirit and unique personality without looking like “someone else” on her wedding day or feeling restricted by a gown that overwhelms. The Practically Perfect gown is available in specialty bridal boutiques that stock Sarah Seven, including The Dress Theory in Seattle and Nashville, as well as the Sarah Seven flagship stores in San Francisco and Chicago.

Dresses: The Dress Theory | Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie

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02.24.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Lovely Down to Earth Virginia Wedding

How sweet is this Virginia weddding sent to us by Photographer Elisa Bricker. We just adore the simplicity of the decor and the entire feeling of this event. Here’s more from the bride, Beth, about their special day:

Gilby and I chose KHC for many reasons. The building reminds me of my home growing up, which was on a small farm in North Carolina. The front porch of my parents’ house is similar to the porch of the hunt club – that seems like an odd thing to notice but it made me feel like I was at home on our wedding day. Also, much like the hunt club, my parents’ house is an old farm cottage and has lots of imperfections. Gilby and I wanted a place that was relaxed, quiet, outdoors, a place that wouldn’t be a distraction or something we aren’t. I liked that the back of the building had old coolers, some trash cans, a grill, and of course the kennels for the foxhounds. The place actually seemed real, as opposed to the perfectly groomed events that are quite stunning, but really not our style. 
 
Honestly when we think back to our wedding there isn’t anything we regret or would have done differently, except for saving some wedding cake because it vanished immediately. The hunt club came with its own charm, from the hunt photographs on the wall to the scuffed up wood floor, so we had it easy. All we added were the potted herbs and a few arrangements, and the herbs doubled as gifts to guests at the end of the evening. Arthur Johnson, who manages the property, knows the place inside and out and answered my hundreds of questions with a level of patience I didn’t know existed. 
 
Taking photos in the ring that’s home to the Keswick Horse Show…that was quite appropriate considering how much time I spend with horses. And the nice part is, when the horse show rolls around each year in May, I get to see the hunt club and remember that afternoon and how much fun we had with our friends and family. 

Photographer: Elisa Bricker | Dress: Carolina Herrera Shoes: Zara | Florist: Minglewood | Cake: Caroline’s Cakes | Venue: Keswick Hunt Club | Hair: Honeycomb | Makeup: Oasis | Caterer: l’etoile |  Rock Paper Scissors for invitation and ceremony program was by studio ten 15| Music: Jangling Reinharts by Sam Hill Entertainment

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02.24.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win an Invitation Suite from Foiled Invitations

Once you’ve decided on the tone and setting for your wedding, the next step is inevitably finding the perfect invitation suite to correspond with the feeling of your wedding.  Your save the date and invitations set the entire tone for your wedding; from the moment your friends and family find those perfectly addressed invites waiting in their mailboxes, the anticipation for your big day begins to build! There are no words you can use that will describe the mood of your wedding day more perfectly than your save the dates and invitations will.

Foiled Invitations takes invitation design to another level with their luxury invitation suites from the letterpress artisans behind the Aerialist Press. Each set is designed especially for couples seeking occasion stationery  that is stylish, timeless, with a little extra sparkle and shine! Foiled invitations are printed on the finest cotton papers in a range of different hues and textures with letterpress script in metallic and matte foils. The artisans at Foiled love assisting each client select the perfect invitation style from their carefully curated collection of house designs to make sure every couple receives a suite that seamlessly ties in with their wedding day aesthetic and acts as the perfect prelude to their celebration.

We’re always so honored when our sponsors are willing to share their talents with our readers, and Foiled is excited to share something amazing with you all today! One lucky Once Wed reader will receive a full Foiled invitation suite worth $2,500!! Visit Foiled and comment below telling us which invitation suite is your favorite and how it will fit into your wedding style. Comment by March 15, 2014 for a chance to win! Thanks again to Foiled for being an amazing sponsor!

Thanks for entering, this contest is now closed. Congratulations, Sheri Balanga! 

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02.24.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Once Wed and Joy Thigpen Studio Sessions for Photographers

StudioSession-once-wed-joy-thigpenWe are so grateful to everyone who has signed up and attended our Studio Sessions in both Atlanta and Los Angeles! This experience has been so inspiring, and we are eager to share it with even more of you! Here are some kind words from our sweet attendees! StudioSession2

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Atlanta and Los Angeles Studio Sessions sold out, and we are flattered that so many of you wanted to attend our sessions. If you missed out on the first two sessions, we’re excited to let you know that we still have spots open in our New York City and Mallorca sessions! We’re so thrilled for our workshop in New York on April 7th, and for our European friends (and any other adventurous souls), the session in Mallorca will be spread over two days, starting May 5th, and will be held at the beautiful Fonstanta Hotel!

We would love to share this experience with you! As a reminder, here’s what you’ll learn at Studio Sessions:

AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC

HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES

WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE

STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP

STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES

STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES

EDITING

HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST

HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS

GETTING PUBLISHED

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE

Hour long one-on-one sessions with Joy and Emily are still available for our New York City session on April 8th, and Mallorca on May 7th. 

The investment for our New York City session will be $1200. Price includes lunch and dinner.  Does not include travel or accommodations.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 2 are an additional $500

The investment for our Mallorca studio session is $3100. Price includes a shoot, all meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from hotel. Does not include travel.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 3 are an additional $500. Breakfast included on Day 3.

WE’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! SIGN UP TODAY! 

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02.21.14 / Featured