One-of-a-Kind Vintage Engagement Rings from Trumpet & Horn

One thing that every bride-to-be wants is to feel special. We know just the perfect way to accomplish this: gifting your gal a one-of-a-kind, vintage engagement ring. We can all agree that true vintage pieces have a distinct sense of romance and history to them, and when it comes to engagement rings and jewelry, a vintage piece also means that your ring will be completely unique to you. To help you find that perfect vintage ring, we’re excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor, Trumpet & Horn.

Believing that every engagement ring should be as special as the woman wearing it, Trumpet & Horn’s mission is to breathe new life into antique jewelry so it can be loved and cherished for generations to come. There is nothing quite like finding one-of-a-kind engagement rings that tell a story of history, love, and lasting romance in our modern world! Ranging from colored gemstones that date back to the California Gold Rush to the bold, linear designs of the Art Deco era, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us: in this case, older is better.

Photography: Jen Huang, Sawyer Baird, & Laura Gordon for Liv Hart

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03.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Easy Wedding Websites from Wedding JoJo

More than ever before, engaged couples today are inundated with so many options, choices, and decisions. It can be hard to keep track of everything, from your RSVPs to making sure your guests get all the info they need to know. This is one of the reasons why we think that every couple should have a great wedding website, one that is easy for you to create that allows you to share everything with your guests in a simple, beautiful package. Enter Wedding Jojo!

Wedding Jojo  has been a favorite sponsor of Once Wed for a few years. Why are they one of our favorites? Their goal is simple: to create great wedding websites, that are simple to use and well-designed. And they’ve succeeded! Sign up for a wedding website with them (we recommend the premium package – it’s amazing!) and you’ll soon find that they have pulled together all of the features you need to make it simple for you: it lists your registries (whether they’re offline, online, or a honeymoon registry); tracks your RSVPs; gives guests maps and event information (perfect for out-of-town guests who need a little extra info); and, with the premium package, you get a custom domain as well.

We love the wide range of design themes available through Wedding Jojo, and they’re always adding new ones. Each is customizable by color and allows you to add your own images and info. Whether you want something neutral and minimal (may we suggest, the Classical design?) or a design that’s a little more whimsical (Craft might be right up your alley!), you’ll find something that ties in with your wedding style. Check out Wedding Jojo  to see more of what they offer!

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03.07.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Instagram Giveaway! Emily Riggs Lace Robe #oncewedgiveaway

We’ve been so inspired by Emily Riggs and her stunning new collections lately that we’re working with Emily to sponsor a giveaway! You could win one of these stunning handmade lace robes from Emily simply by entering our contest on Instagram.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Repost our giveaway image on Instagram.

2. Tag @oncewed and include the hashtags #oncewedgiveaway and #emilyriggsbridal. 

The winner can choose the Fiore robe or Cassiopeia robe, and will receive the short length robe, which retails for $1100! Because each piece is handmade, you’ll receive your robe within 3 months after the contest ends on March 15, 2015. THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED ON INSTAGRAM!

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03.06.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Natural Boudoir Photography

When it comes to bridal boudoir photography, there are some things that work, and some that just don’t work. This simple, ethereal boudoir session by Kylie Martin Photography just works. How did they achieve it? Finding a space that allowed a clean canvas and light filled area is your first priority, closely followed by the minimal, organic styling we see here. By using a minimalist styling approach, Kylie Martin was able to focus more on movement and capturing the intimate emotion that is needed to create beautiful boudoir portraits.

From the photographer:
“A vintage record played softly in the background as mid-daylight poured in through the windows. Warmth began to wrap itself around Melissa as she playfully danced across the floor. Her youthful elegance filled the room. Delicate lace, bare feet and soft movements created an intimate ambiance. With a lovely canvas to create in, encompassing Melissa’s timeless beauty was all too simple. As the photographer, creating portraits filled with beauty that will withstand the test of time is always my forefront desire for boudoir. The hope is that many brides, decades from now, will reflect on their once youthful moments by traveling back through the years to revisit their intimate images. The female body yields something so free, wild and delicate, that it deserves to be documented and celebrated.”

Photograher:Kylie Martin Photography | Client/ Model: Melissa Wessel | Film: Kodak Portra 800 | Photo lab: Photovision | Location: Oahu, Hawaii

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03.05.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog