Simple At-Home Photo Session

When she is a food photographer and he is the owner of a successful craft coffee shop, you can be sure that their home will be filled with tantalizing scents and delicious edibles. In their photographer’s words, Beth and Matthew “share a giddy, joyful love and a deep, abiding care for each other.” They chose to have their photos taken in their own home, and in their favorite environment: the kitchen.

More from the photographer, Abigail Bobo:
“She explained to me, as she dashed about the kitchen whipping up scones while Matthew coordinated Brash Coffee’s second location launch in Atlanta just over in the living room, that slow living is not about a tempo so much as a mindset. By consciously and constantly choosing people over things, your life will take on a natural and unforced pace.”

Photography: Abigail Bobo Photography | Clothing: Elizabeth Suzann

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12.03.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Romantic Farm Wedding in Minnesota

Everything about this farm wedding in Minnesota is so perfectly lovely. There is a sense of romantic simplicity; of comfort, ease, and happiness. The farm setting contributes a beautiful atmosphere, and with the natural world around the couple fully bursting in green foliage, this real wedding seems so peaceful. Wood harvest tables, eucalyptus foliage garlands running the length of the tables, a petal covered aisle, and flowing silk ribbons are just a few of our favorite things – that, and these amazing images from Once Wed Preferred Vendor Geneoh Photography!

Read on for more sweet words from the bride:

“Wes and I met at age seventeen and have been smitten with each other since. We saw a lot of wedding trends come and go through the many seasons that we were together, and when it was finally our turn to tie the knot, we wanted our wedding day to be as timeless, intimate, and relaxed as possible. We didn’t want to get married at a typical wedding venue; we wanted something more personal and homey. 
We stumbled upon a beautiful backyard that two middle-aged sisters used for an event, and we decided to investigate. After endless research, I found a cell number to one of the sisters who was named Barbra. I dialed the number and was warmly answered by, “Oh hello! You’re calling about our backyard? Well, I’m in my PJs drinking coffee, but I love talking to brides! Tell me your love story!” 
Our wedding day was full of earthy neutrals (because the earth never goes out of style), classy suits (because of all days to feel your best, it should be your wedding day), and the twinkle of Italian lights (because we would be leaving the next day to honeymoon in Italy). We couldn’t have imagined anything more us. To be honest, we enjoyed the decorating and styling of our wedding day, but we loved our wedding day because of the beautiful company, complete peace, and the many many tears.” 


Photographer: Geneoh Photography | Venue: Rosebrook Farm | Floral: Whimsy Design | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Dress: Sarah Seven | Bride’s belt: The Hushed Commotion | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN & FreePeople | Wes Suite: J Crew | Food: Chow Girls | Rentals: Ultimate Events

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12.02.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Romantic Outdoor Wedding in California

Here at Once Wed, we simply adore outdoor weddings. And for Wynn and Scott, the number one thing they dreamed of was having their entire wedding outdoors. With just 31 guests in attendance, the pair were wed in the gardens at San Isidro Ranch under a romantic floral arch (we’re big fans of the simple color palette here!) and afterwards, their intimate group of loved ones dined al fresco in a private corner of the ranch. Small posies filled with lush, ruffled grade roses lined the length of the table in light tones of white, caramel, and mauve.

Looking for more outdoor wedding inspiration? Find sophisticated California ideas here, and gorgeous garden inspiration here.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Wedding Planner: Twine Events | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup | Groom’s Attire:Prada | Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Bell and Bird | Florist: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride’s Sister, Thornwillow Press, Ltd. | Catering & Cake: San Ysidro Ranch | Rentals: Small Masterpiece, La Tavola Linen | Favors: Isabella Gourmet Foods | Photography: Ivy Reynolds of The Gold Collective

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12.01.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Romantic Destination Wedding in France

Rarely do we hear from a groom, and we’re honored today to share some of the most beautiful words from a groom reflecting on his wedding. Read on for his story:

“The wind ripped a page out of a man’s book, anchored in the Dordogne river, which once translated, spoke of love and would become the words for a ceremony. The sky had been clear for two weeks and the air warm and dry until we sat on the steps of the chateau and spoke about gratitude and love and what France had given us. We spoke so much that we broke the sky, and it rained momentarily, spreading ink across the few already incoherent notes that had been prepared. We had no music prepared because the catacombs of a castle don’t allow for wifi reception, so we gathered copper pots as symbols and wooden doors for bass drums and let our bodies shake the earth well into the night. Something special happened in France.

It takes a lot of courage and commitment to embark on an adventure like France, and for those willing to abandon logic momentarily and be swept up in the story, it’s resoundingly powerful. For about two years we discussed how to capture, in a ceremony, the expansive feeling of love that drives two people to go through life together. Not being tied to any great tradition or ceremony proves, in many ways, more difficult, because you’re searching for a physical representation of something that is entirely illogical and without boundary or restraint. And that’s what a wedding meant to us – to be engaged in a story together, whether it took a few days or weeks, that could somehow surpass logic and be free of expectation. Something that could evolve and change in the moment. Just as love does. 

We had spoken at length about a renegade week-long wedding in the desert, logistically unimaginable. Over time we began to see that it is less about being in the desert but the feeling of the desert being in you. Out there you’re humbled, stripped back and raw. This feeling of letting go, is precisely what marriage meant to us, and it made sense that a place like the desert could deliver such a message to those willing to be there. Eventually, like all good and lasting things, the answer came from some side passage of the mind, like it was always there just waiting for the dust to settle. We heard that the South of France was going to be home to some of our dearest and closest this European summer, and it would therefore be entirely sensible to fly over and create a wedding in whatever way we could, with whoever could drop everything and fly at such late notice. We eventually realised that it’s not necessarily about where you are or why, but rather, who you’re with. Close companionship rivals the powerful nature of a dramatic landscape, and it was the dedication of an idealistic few willing to embark on a last minute two week wedding in the small towns of Beynac et Cazenac and Lamostonie, that did justice to the kind of love that forces two people to never want to leave each other’s side.

The journey was relatively effortless, due to the fertile nature of the French countryside, with fresh fruit, bread and wine. Spirits remain high because that is the reward of commitment. You’re all sharing a common goal that is less about the people getting married and more about the tribe looking after each other in a foreign land, without time to question or regret, only to enjoy, and let go. Just like love itself. There were no schedules or plans, only a possible date at the end of two weeks, when there was enough wine collected to create an evening worthy of feeling ceremonious. 

The week leading up to the wedding in the chateau was full of celebrations of other kinds, birthdays and engagements and quite purposefully, the ‘wedding’ day itself dissolved seamlessly into the journey that was France. Calmly and peacefully we gathered in the music room of the chateau on the ceremony day and sipped on whiskey. One couldn’t help but feel that it was less of a sending off, and more of an arriving somewhere together. As predicted, the collective energy of a small group, all willingly to put each other before themselves, far surpassed the need for planning, for ‘things’ or for dramatic landscapes. In that moment, you’re all on an island, and everything is sacred. No one was left tearless, and everyone, a little coloured and subdued by the french heat, was floating in a reasonable state of euphoria. To care about each other in this way, in a place so far from home, and to not only remember it but be given a canvas to express it, was the illuminating joy of France.”

Photography: Joseph Willis and Tane Meiring | Dress: Houghton | Suit: Patrick Johnson | Rings: Bvlgari and Heirloom from Jacq’s father | Videography: (Super 8) Matt Johnson

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11.30.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog