Intimate Clifton Inn Wedding

Kendall and I are opposites in practically every way thinkable, so planning a wedding we would both be happy with was an extreme challenge. He likes detailed to-do lists and grand get-togethers, and I prefer spontaneity and intimate gatherings.  On top of that, we had considerable cultural differences. Needless to say, we contemplated eloping!  Kendall likes things to get done fast, and I like things to be simple, so it seemed like the perfect option for us. That’s how we came across the Clifton Inn. They offer elopement and petite wedding packages, and we were immediately won over by its charm.

The wedding day itself surpassed all of my expectations. Between waking up to Kendall’s handmade donuts and being surrounded by my mom and sister in the time leading up to the ceremony, I could not have asked for more precious moments.  Even my dad, who had passed away unexpectedly only eight months before, was able to walk with me down the aisle as his wedding band was attached to my bouquet. Feeling the heat of the fireplace blanket my skin as we said our vows mirrored the overwhelming love that Kendall covers me in daily, and my eyes were filled with grateful tears in that instant.

Our ceremony was followed by a cozy brunch, complete with pancakes and mimosas. Cherishing the words spoken in toasts given by our family members, we dined on cake and drank champagne. Finally, we retreated to the Fleetwood Cadillac which awaited us, and we rode around the city of Charlottesville treasuring our first few moments together as Mr. & Mrs. Nicholson.

Allison + Kendall {Clifton Inn} from Shaking Hands Productions on Vimeo.


Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Gown: Sarah Seven | Shoes: Gucci | Venue: Clifton Inn | Cake: Clifton Inn | Florals: Pat’s Floral Designs | Car service: Albemarle Limousine | Groom’s suit: Polo Ralph Lauren (custom tailored with gold buttons) | Groom’s bow tie: Mrs. Bow Tie | Video: Shaking Hands Productions

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01.13.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Aria Brides and Bridesmaid Collection


We are so thrilled to have Aria as a new sponsor, and we’re excited to share more about what makes this innovative fashion brand ideal for modern brides!

Based in Los Angeles, California, Aria designs wedding and bridesmaids dresses that are highly customizable as well as offering coordinating groom and groomsmen accessories such as neckties and bowties. We not only adore Aria because of its design aesthetic, but it is a responsible company that designs and manufactures their dresses and accessories in the United States!

Each dress is impeccably designed, and was inspired by iconic photographs taken in the 1960?s by the late photographer, Richard Avedon. The Aria collection of wedding and bridesmaids dresses is clean, classic and understatedly elegant, and we absolutely love their selection of wedding dresses! They’re perfect for a modern bride looking for an affordable and timeless option for her wedding day.

In addition to crafting classic and stylish wedding dresses, Aria has designed a line of gorgeous bridesmaids dresses to coordinate with your big day! Aria presents the most current trends in fashion for bridesmaids with a fully customizable line of bridesmaids dresses. With a dizzying array of interchangeable necklines and skirt styles to flatter all body types, including maternity bridesmaid dresses, your choices are almost endless. Every dress in Aria’s collection is classically styled and will stand the test of time, and you can choose from a range of 70 colors in chiffon and silks.  And each bridesmaid dress is so affordable; you can get most dresses for under $200!

And there’s no need to worry if you can’t visit one of Aria’s showrooms, Aria offers out-of-State customers a “try-on” program where you can try on their bridesmaid dresses in the comfort of your own home!

We are so excited to have such a responsible, stylish, and considerate brand as a new sponsor on Once Wed, and we hope you take a few minutes to check out what Aria has to offer! Visit today.


01.13.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

“A Whisper and A Breath” Wedding Ideas

The moment Sarah Winward sent me this gorgeous shoot, I couldn’t wait to share more images on Once Wed. More from Sarah…

I stumbled upon a sizeable amount of forgeable snowberry that had the most beautiful leaves on it that were changing from green to yellow. That is what inspired this shoot. Fall is turning to winter, and we liked the subtleties of that to be carried throughout this photo series.  Some delicate leaves of fall are still clinging on, but winter is breathing down our back. 

Photography: Britt Chudleigh | Floral styling: Sarah Winward | Model: Karley Parker | Hair: Aubrey Nelson | Location: The Chateau at La Caille | Beaded dress: Jenny Packham from Alta Moda Bridal | Dress 2: Flight Boutique | Jewelry: Katie Waltman | Paper goods: Print in Cursive

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

Create Your Wedding Website with Wedding Window


Wedding Window has always been one of our preferred vendors for wedding websites, and they’ve worked hard over the last year to create and offer more options to make constructing your customized website more creative and fun than ever. In the New Year, Wedding Window  launched a lovely new bespoke wedding website theme called “Bliss.” Each free Bliss theme includes a gorgeous full-screen background photo. There are also 9 different variations of the Bliss scheme with premium upgrade options to give you even more choices!

If you choose to upgrade to the premium option, you can display up to 10 full-screen images on your background for the home page and the interior pages. You also have even more customizable options that allow you to change the transparency and background color of your website to create a unique and original look for your wedding website. Combine those customizable options with different theme colors, different fonts, and embellishment sets to create a wedding website that reflects the character and feeling of your wedding day.

Each of Wedding Window’s customizable themes, is responsive and looks great on a desktop, tablet, and even a mobile device! So, if you’re looking for an easy, functional, and classic wedding website, we happily recommend our sponsor, Wedding Window!

A special thanks to Kaysha Weiner Photography and White Haute Photography for the gorgeous demo photographs!

01.06.14 / Featured