Ethereal Seaside Wedding Ideas

Erich Mcvey and Emily Riggs recently collaborated on a beautiful editorial by the sea, and I absolutely love the images they sent over. More from the dress designer, Emily Riggs

For me there is nothing more inspiring, romantic nor mysterious than an endless enchanting sea of waves that appears to go on for an eternity. Never ending, and always beautiful. A perfect place to exchange vows.

These gorgeous images were captured by Erich McVey. Taken on one of the many beautiful rocky and rustic coastlines Oregon has to offer here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m always thrilled to work with such an inspiring photographer. It comes naturally for Erich to capture the magic and beauty in every photo. He always makes it happen, and that’s makes him so special!

The dress was made custom for this shoot. It’s French couture inspired, featuring a plunging V back line using imported French lace with eyelash detailing. The long sweeping skirt was made using crepe backed satin and soft ivory tulle. My main focus was to create a dress that was amorous but also refined.

The wire wrapped hair adornments and veils were custom made using a mix of Swarovski crystals,fresh water pearls, silk tulle, hand cut flowers and vines with touches of gold. These pieces were inspired by the romantic and rustic costal elements.

Photography: Erich McVey  | Dress: Emily Riggs | Veil & Hair Pieces: Emily Riggs | Makeup and Hair: Amy McVey | Model: Skye with Option

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01.30.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Register for your Honeymoon with Traveler’s Joy


It’s no secret that people are getting married later in life. And getting married when you’re a little older means that you probably don’t need to register for all of the necessities you might have if you were 20. So registering for another toaster, or set of sheets may seem ridiculous to you, no? In comes Traveler’s Joy! Traveler’s Joy allows you to register for a honeymoon online so your guests can help you celebrate your nuptials with something a little more fun than a gravy boat. With Traveler’s Joy, you can register for a trip of a lifetime and all of the exciting activities, accessories, and experiences that go along with it!

At Once Wed, we value experiences over things, and we love that Traveler’s Joy gives your friends and families a way to gift you an experience that may not have been attainable otherwise. You can look at Real Member Stories to see the stories of over 400 couples that have traveled the world thanks to Traveler’s Joy, and after you’ve decided on your dream location, registering takes just a few minutes! Traveler’s Joy makes it easy for you to choose from 50 theme based locations or specific cities to register for your honeymoon. Once you decide on a dream location, you can choose from hundreds of activities and accessories (like hiking packs, guidebooks..etc.) for your trip!

Not only is Traveler’s Joy there to help make registering for your wedding easy, but they also want to thank the couples who register online for their honeymoon with a special surprise! Each month, they will choose one couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they’ve received from their registry! Register with Traveler’s Joy by April 30th and you will automatically be entered to win!

Thanks again to Traveler’s Joy for being such a great sponsor!

01.30.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kat Harris

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new sponsor, Kat Harris, and even more excited that you can win 8 hours of wedding photography from Kat! Read below to find out more.

Kat Harris is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of New York and has an innate talent for capturing intimate moments in a beautiful way. Kat, originally from Texas, has always worked hard to pursue creative endeavors, and has found her passion with photography. We’re so thrilled she did! Kat is a renowned wedding photographer in New York, but loves to travel- especially Los Angeles, and appreciates the privilege of working with couples on the most important day of their lives.

Kat loves sharing her gift, and is kind enough to offer a couple of giveaways for our Once Wed audience! Leave a comment and we’ll enter you for chance to win one of these two prizes. First prize is an entire day of wedding photography from Kat Harris in which you’ll receive 8 hours of coverage from Kat. The second place entry will win a Central Park Engagement Session with hair and make-up included for the lovely bride to be! Leave a comment telling us your story, the date and location for your wedding, and why you think Kat would be the perfect photographer for you, and you’ll be entered to win!

We’re so honored to have Kat Harris on board as a new sponsor, and we’re absolutely ecstatic that she’s willing to share her talent with our readers! Please take a second and visit Kat’s gorgeous website to find out how to book her for your own wedding day-!

This giveaway ends February 7th.

01.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Colorful Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

Before we were even engaged, my husband and I had our hearts set on Montecito as the magical backdrop for our wedding. We’ve always been fond of the area. Our dating years were marked by weekend and mid-week escapades (work permitting) spent exploring its quaint towns and losing ourselves in its timeless natural beauty. As we grew to know the region more and more, San Ysidro Ranch quickly became, in our minds, the most blessed and idyllic spot of all. And we knew it was the perfect place to gather our most cherished friends and family to witness what would be the most important day of our lives.

Once we had booked the venue, we knew there were a million details to be handled in only a few short months. While I am a highly creative, detail oriented, type-A person, I had known for a while that a wedding coordinator would be a part of the planning process. I had read too many wedding blogs over the years not to understand that when it comes to planning a truly bespoke wedding, 2 + 2 = 5. After we interviewed a number of planners, it quickly became apparent that Paige and Kelly at Bash, Please were the perfect partners to bring our vision for our wedding to life and enhance it exponentially.

The planning process was a lot of fun, albeit fast-paced and overwhelming at times. Lots of decisions needed to be made, but Paige and Kelly were pros at guiding us through the process. They streamlined it all, making solid vendor recommendations and handling all the nitty gritty details. We were so pleased when the big weekend arrived to learn that all of those recommendations paid off! Talmadge, our mixologist, kept everyone loose with his aromatic and delightful drinks. It was a great complement to the lush gardens and landscape of the ranch. Our photographer Tec, who possessed a laid back style and positive attitude, captured the weekend with an air of style and ease. And the florals, possibly my favorite part, were effortless and stunning. They looked amazing in person and made the photos pop like nothing I’ve ever seen. Our florist, Sarah Winward, carried out the exact vision we had all discussed and brought her own touch to it that really shown through.

A huge part of the weekend’s success was the striking level of creativity that Bash brought to their event design and overall execution. It really was nothing short of amazing. From our fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner, to the magical reception, and our touching ceremony (which didn’t permit a dry eye in the house), we, along with our guests, were astounded by how perfectly everything came together. The entire weekend was just as we wanted it: festive, unique, rustic, elegant, and spiritually-rooted. We couldn’t be more pleased and grateful!

Photographer: Tec Petaja | Venue / Catering / Bar: Hydrangea Cottage at San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design & Coordination: Bash, Please | Florals: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Band: Mariachi Bandido | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Videographer: Living Cinema | Bar Service: Pharmacie | Specialty Rentals: Found Vintage RentalsCasa de Perrin | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ceremony & Cocktail hour music: Elan Artists | Reception band: West Coast Music | Hair & makeup: Fiore Beauty | Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier  | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Suit: Zegna

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01.28.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog