Win 20 Yards of Habotai Ribbon from Froufrou Chic

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What happens when you have a wedding in rural France and your ribbon order has not arrived?? Ginny Au found herself in such a state, and turned to her step-mother and artist Heather Cowie for help. Heather has been dyeing silk since the late 80’s, using it either as background to her mixed media artwork or other creations. Ginny took pieces of Heather’s dyed and torn silks and stripped them into ribbons. Together they further dyed linens and muslin for the wedding design… Froufrou Chic Ribbon was born.

With Ginny in the States heading up the marketing, styling and order production, Heather is based in Europe, dyeing and fraying at their summer home in Dordogne, France.

Heather says “I normally mix colors by intuition, so it has been a challenge to create colors in repeatable proportions with predictable outcome. Each batch of our ribbon is a little varied, but we love the touch of the hand in the hand-made.”

Together they have developed a luxury range of hand-made silk ribbons to purchase on their online store or custom order from their 32 color guide.

Ginny and Heather are graciously giving away 20 yards of silk ribbon in any color from their color guide to one lucky Once Wed reader! The winner will be announced July 23rd.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN 20 YARDS OF SILK RIBBON

Bottom photo: Rylee Hitchner Photography

07.16.13 / Featured, News Blog

Elegant Outdoor Tuscany Wedding

Londoners, Lesley & Tim chose Tuscany as the place they would celebrate marriage with their closest friends & family.  The couple chose Villa Di Masseto, just minutes from Florence, as the wedding week venue for its gardens, orchard, and gorgeous view. With the natural surroundings so amazing, Lesley & the couple’s stylist, Ginny Au, aimed for simple, beautiful design that let the setting speak for itself. The flowers were picked up from the Florence market the morning of and combined with olive branches from the orchard on the property. For dinner decor, they chose a garland of olive branches down the center of one long table, watercolor place cards, and hand dyed ribbon from Ginny’s new ribbon line, Froufrou Chic, to wrap around the linen napkins(check back tomorrow for a ribbon giveaway from Froufrou Chic).

The ceremony took place overlooking the beautiful valley & dinner in the romantic olive orchard. Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with ice cream cones, Lesley walked down the aisle to Tim’s sister playing the violin, friends dipped their toes in the pool during cocktail hour, and Tim surprised his bride with a stunning tux by the end of the day before dancing the night away! It was the most wonderful week in Italy!

Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Planner & Designer: Ginny Au | Location: Villa Di Masseto, Tuscany, Italy | Bridal dress: Jenny Packham | Brides shoes: M&S | Brides crown: Polly Edwards | Brides jewelry: earrings: Oliver Bonas; engagement ring: my mother’s; | Wedding Ring: Anthony Gray | Tables & Chairs Rentals: Preludio noleggi | Groomsmen Suit and Tux: Cad & The Dandy | Paper & Calligraphy: Sarah Robins Powell | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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07.15.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win a Seat to Joy Thigpen’s Photography Styling Workshop

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Photographers, I was talking with Joy Thigpen this week and discovered that she still has a few seats available for her upcoming workshop: A Crash Course in Styling for Wedding Photographers.  In case you don’t know her or about her workshops, I have to tell you, for some of you, I think attending this workshop is the best thing you can do for your work. It’s not about how to run your business or how your camera or exposure works….it’s a very focused workshop on how to create and compose better images. Because Joy was a photographer for 7 years before transitioning into full time creative direction and styling, she understands what it takes to create a beautiful image in front of and behind the camera.  If you feel like you’re already a good photographer but want to refine your work even further, this workshop could be for you.

Photographers often ask me why their submission didn’t get chosen for a feature on Once Wed or how they can improve their imagery, and I always wish I could have them sit down with Joy. Not only have I seen her teach people what publishers are looking for, but she can put her finger on what makes a picture excellent as well as what could be done to improve it even further. I think this workshop is so incredibly helpful for any photographer looking to refine their craft that I am excited to announce Once Wed is sponsoring one photographer’s tuition to attend. If you can take care of all your travel to and from Serenbe, I will cover the rest. The workshop is from July 29-August 1 at Serenbe (South of Atlanta, Georgia).  To enter, tweet, facebook, or instagram me: “hey @oncewed! send me to @joythigpen‘s #stylingworkshopforphotographers!”  We will announce the winner Tuesday. Best of luck!

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Meghan Kay Sadler!

07.12.13 / Featured, News Blog

Elegant Sunstone Villa Wedding

There is so much to love about this gorgeous wedding recently sent in by Sloan Photographers. Not only is the location absolutely breathtaking, but the bride’s backless dress is one of the more unique ones I’ve seen recently.

Photography: Sloan Photographers | Venue: Sunstone Villa 

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07.10.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog