Bold and Colorful Wedding in the City

Hannah and Andrew from Quintana Creative on Vimeo.

It’s a really special day for us at Once Wed. Hannah is Emily Newman’s sister and a big part of Once Wed. Hannah has been a graphic designer for Once Wed for years, and besides Emily was one of the first people to make this blog possible. As soon as Hannah and Andrew got engaged, she immediately reached out to Emily to make her dream wedding a reality, and we’re so excited to finally share this beautiful day with you today! Keep reading for more from our Hannah.

From Hannah, the bride:

While Emily is my sister and best friend, we’re completely different. I am loud, boisterous, and intense while she is reserved, subtle and elegant. So when I asked her to help me plan my wedding day, I was concerned that we would butt heads on many things. I didn’t want it to whisper, I didn’t want it to be elegant- I wanted it to shout and make a statement. But as always, Emily’s vision and creativity lead to the most perfect interpretation of Andrew and I.
As most people who know Andrew and I would say, we are not a sentimental or emotional couple.  But ironically, whenever I talked about what I wanted the day to be, the word “emotional” kept coming up.

The one thing I’m always asked is why I chose red for my wedding dress. And quite simply it was my vanity, because I thought red would be the most slimming color. While looking trim was important, I also chose red because it’s powerful and majestic.  It was such a privilege to work with Emily, Joy and Cheryl on my dress. From our first meeting to the last fitting, I was so grateful and blown away by the creativity and skill these ladies possessed. When talking about the dress, phrases that I kept repeating were “I want to look decorated,” “it should be a talisman,” “have wings,” “texture.” For anyone else, this may have sounded like a hot mess. But to Cheryl, Joy and Emily they took exactly what I was hoping for and made it a reality all the way from the gorgeous antique german crown (that Cheryl generously let me borrow), to my ten foot long veil and the sculpted shoulders and long red train.

My headdress was a special item for me as I wanted something that was incredibly special and ceremonial. Krystle, the artist who created the headdress, is so incredibly talented and patient. She let me get all my thoughts out on paper and took each of my requests into careful consideration. It is definitely something I wear to any and all celebrations now.

Another important thing was how the day was captured. Both through photography and videography. I had no idea where to begin looking for a photographer. But Emily and Joy knew exactly who would be able to capture our special day. From our first conversation Christina was so enthusiastic, engaged, and flexible (especially when we had to change the venue from outdoor to indoor at the last minute!). She understood how I wanted everything to be meaningful but not necessarily serious, and that color was a huge part of the day. Her talent poured over from the camera by engaging Andrew and I to the rest of the wedding party.

I am lucky enough to have friends that not only love me, but are incredibly talented. My very best friends Jorge and Jessica, of Quintana Creative, have been doing videography for years. I have always admired their craft and was so grateful when they agreed to shoot our special day. Not only how they shot the wedding, but the way they edited each piece had (and still does) have me teary every time I watch our video, which is big for someone who doesn’t like emotion.

The flowers and paper pieces set the tone for the evening. Because we had a small budget, we had to rely on the flowers to bring in the color and life to the space. Megan, of Victory Blooms, was able paint the neutral brick industrial studio with color and life. Megan Kay Sadler’s genius and generosity showed in her beautiful invitation design with florals that were bold but not girly. Oh, and the space! The beautiful canvas that this came alive in. After realizing we didn’t have a rain plan, and desperately needed one. Amy Osaba generously offered her studio to us. Without her we would have been melting in the southern humidity and rain. It’s huge windows and warm brick walls were the perfect compliment to our intimate evening.

Ultimately this day would have never happened without the amazing Ginny Au and Kaela Rawson. These two ladies, patience, vision, and diligence made everything look easy. Their attention to detail and follow up were the reason I kept my sanity.

From Emily:

I guess you could say my sister and I had somewhat of a tumultuous relationship growing up. Maybe it was the 4 year age difference or our polar opposite personalities, but we always seemed to be at odds with one another. During my freshman year of high school, our dad got very sick suddenly while visiting family in Hawaii. He was never same after waking up from his coma, and the impact of his sickness would change the trajectory of our lives forever. Sometimes tragic events can pull people apart, but I’m grateful it drew Hannah and I closer together. As the years have passed, I have seen a wonderful shift happen in the dynamic of our relationship. Not only are we so much closer, but I have seen her grown into the incredibly bright, driven woman she is today. Whereas I always used to be the older sister watching out for her, I find myself leaning into her more and more. My sister is my best friend in every sense word, and I’m grateful for the kinship we share with another. 

When she met Andrew, I could tell they shared something special. My sister is a lot of woman to handle(I know!), but his calm and kind heart is the perfect match for Hannah. Andrew does a wonderful job of loving my sister well.

Although we had our ups and downs during the wedding planning process (don’t worry…it’s not just your family!), I am so pleased with how everything turned out. It was a happy happy happy day. Congratulations Hannah and Andrew!

Photography: Christina McNeill | Creative Direction: Emily Newman | Wedding Planning: Ginny Au | Coordination: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au | Dress Design: Joy Thigpen | Wedding Dress: Cheryl Taylor | Vintage Headpiece: Cheryl Taylor | Head Dress: Krystle Loudermilk | Videography Jorge and Jessica of Quintana Creative | Rentals: 12th Table | Hair and Makeup: Rachelle, of The Halcyon Agency. | Floral Design: Victory Blooms | Arch Construction + Florals for Arch: Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba | Invitation Suite + Paper Goods: Meghan Kay Sadler | Venue: Amy Osaba Events Studio 

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01.13.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Delicate Wedding Dresses from Saint Isabel

Loft Photographie sent us these lovely shots of the new Saint Isabel collection from dress designer, Ivana Krejic. Ivana works with brides all over the world to create beautiful and ethereal wedding dresses including some stunning custom pieces.  Keep reading for more on her inspiration for her newest collection.

Below Ivana shares her inspiration for this line of gowns:

The Saint Isabel 2015 collection is heavily influenced by texture and movement, with effortless romance as an underlying, connecting theme. 

The collection uses the softest silk charmeuse as a base. Some textural differences are subtle such as the difference between the different type of silk chiffons, while others are highly noticeable, such as the difference between the heavy Guipure lace (Sofia) and the dainty Chantilly lace (Cecilia). 

With movement, the focus was on the way the hem moves and interacts with external forces, specifically air. The collection starts with a classic silk crepe A-line dress (Ella) that moves closely with the body and has little interaction with anything else, and ends with a voluptuous, full chiffon dress (Ivy) that floats and has wonderful interactions with air.

Dress Designer: Ivana Krejci of Saint Isabel | Photography: Loft Photographie LLC | Styling: Without Wax, Katy | Hair & makeup: Fire Makeup | Scans: Photovision Prints

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01.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win an Engagement Session from JBM Weddings

Are you part of a quirky couple looking for the perfect photographers to shoot your engagement or wedding? We’ve found the right fit for you! JBM Weddings is a photography collective based in San Francisco and Brooklyn that specialize in photographing your wedding day in a photojournalistic style so that you can look back on your photos for years to come and relive every perfect moment. Keep reading to find out how you could win a two-hour styled engagement shoot with JBM Weddings!

JBM Weddings wants to work with couples who are looking for photographers who will become part of their wedding. They blend in and try to make every shot a true reflection of your wedding day so you end up with a collection of photos that are a beautiful representation of the happiness and love you two experienced on your day. For couples looking for tangible memories, JBM offers film and polaroid photographs as well! And let your guests in on the fun with a photobooth set up and operated by JBM Weddings.

We’re so thrilled to have JBM Weddings as a new sponsor, and to make things even more exciting, JBM is offering one Once Wed reader a chance for a two-hour dream engagement shoot styled by JBM’s own Ash. Ash will be working with the lucky couple to maximize their look for the shoot! Leave a comment below describing yourselves as a couple, where you currently live, and describe your wedding a little bit. JBM Weddings will choose a winner from the comments, and the winner will also get a discount on their wedding package.


All images by JBM Weddings photographers Jacob Murphy, John Minchillo, and Erin Prado.


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01.12.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

A Flower Workshop with Amy Osaba Events

The Amy Osaba Events team is getting ready for their second AO Flower Workshop coming up at the beginning of February. Join the team February 1st-3rd as they work with you one-on-one and as a group to create large-scale arrangements, bouquets, and so much more!  The AO ladies will speak from their experience in the flower industry about the ins-and-outs of working with brides, working from inspiration to create truly unique and stunning events, and Amy will share her perspective on flowers, the benefits of foraging, and a bit of business basics.

Amy Osaba Events is excited to have Meghan K Sadler in their studio to photograph the entire workshop, and each attendee will have time for a mini shoot of their work from the week!

Visit Amy Osaba Events website to learn more about tuition and what the cost includes. Hurry up before the last few spots are taken!

Photography: MK Sadler | Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events

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01.10.15 / Featured, News Blog