Elegant Fall Wedding in Chicago

There’s nothing quite like an elegant fall wedding, and Sarah and Finn’s day was as gorgeous as they come! From the bride’s sleek dress, custom-made for her Juan Carlos Obando, to the minimalist table decor, the couple wanted to keep things simple and heartfelt. Read on for more from the bride!

From the bride:
“We wanted the day to be simple, heartfelt, and feel a bit rustic but yet elegant. The tables were laid with garlands made from olive branches and eucalyptus, which a crew of family members assembled the day before the wedding. We wanted the food to be simple and tasteful, to contrast with the most important part of the night to me: the dance party. The venue (in the Chicago Park District) had a checkered marble floor, and its high ceilings provided excellent acoustics. We also have some wildly talented friends, so the music and the dancing was definitely a highlight.
One of the most important aspects of a wedding, to me, is the pictures that will make the day live forever. A photographer who can capture the spirit of the day is a rare and special find, and we definitely found him in TIm Coulson. Tim has a way of finding the purest moments of love in the most unexpected moments. He was right next to me whenever I needed him, but then for much of the night he was invisible, just part of the environment. Weeks later, after the excitement of the wedding had died down and I had a little “post wedding blues,” we saw the photos and the spirit of the day came rushing back to us. He was without a doubt the best decision we made for this day.
We had grand dreams to drive away in a fancy getaway car, but ended up driving away in my parents Subaru, which was actually the most poignant thing we could do – that car has literally driven us across the country twice and is still kicking. It took us back to our hotel, ending the most amazing journey of all.”


Photos: Tim Coulson | Dress: Custom Juan Carlos Obando | Veil / hair piece: Juan Carlos Obando | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Flowers: Dilly Lilly | Rings: Jacob Estate Jewelery  | Jewelery: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids dresses: Their Own | Grooms Tux / Shirt: Calvin Klein | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen suits / shirts: Their Own | Bow ties / ties: Their Own | Ceremony venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Reception venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Catering: Berghoff Catering | Cake: Berghoff Catering | Stationery designer : Cindy Kim | Hair: Irene Jones of Restoration Salon | Music: Devin McNichol | Celebrant : Kara Wagner Sherer | Day of Planner- Tiffany Razo


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03.19.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Mallorca Studio Sessions by Ana Lui

One aspect of your wedding that should always be at the top of your importance list is amazing photography. This gorgeous collection of images is from film photographer Ana Lui Photography from our Once Wed Studio Sessions in Mallorca last spring. When you’re hunting for your perfect wedding photographer, we encourage you to check out the amazing talents in our Once Wed Preferred Vendor Guides!And for all of our photographers out there, there are some exciting details about to be announced about the Studio Sessions  soon! Check out what Ana had to say about her time in Mallorca:

“Joy and Emily are such an amazing, creative and inspiring individuals! When I saw that they will be over in Mallorca for their Studio Sessions I booked without hesitation. Being with them for 3 days in stunning boutique hotel in Mallorca made me feel fresh, excited and happy about where I am with my photography business. Their eye for detail and effortless storytelling skills are out of this world! It was a totally life-changing experience for me… I wish I could spend my entire days surrounded by such beauty, creativity and sense of calmness. The way Joy sees the world is so unique. It was like reconnecting with my heart and mind to everything that surrounds me and looking for inspirations in smallest details. Seeing the way Joy sees was very emotional and eye opening for me! Talking about details, color palettes, feelings, moods, materials, compositions and objects made me want to shoot and experiment with film more and more.

Emily helped us to watch out for the story behind every single image, to focus and select the moments that make the story stand out. She talked about how to publish your photos, how to edit them and how to submit to create a story. Shooting alongside the others there made me appreciate every moment and every click of the camera. Making each second count. I feel like my eyes got opened again and I am totally hungry for more!”

Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Styling: Joy Thigpen | Hair + Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Robe + Lingerie: Joy Thigpen

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03.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Sunset Mallorca Wedding Ideas

Last Spring, Joy Thigpen, Bryce Covey, and I jetted off to Mallorca to host Studio Sessions for a group of wonderful European photographers at the FontSanta Hotel. We spent a few days learning from one another and exploring all the beauty Mallorca had to offer.

We have an exciting announcement coming up in a few weeks about Studio Sessions. Stay tuned!

Photography: Bryce Covey +  Joy Thigpen + Emily Newman(image 30) | Hair + Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Lingerie and Robe : Joy Thigpen | Location: Mallorca

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03.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

CLOSED! Win Wedding Photography: Jen Sosa Photography

UPDATE! The winners have been chosen!

Engagement shoot: Elizabeth Lin and Steven in LA

Wedding: Lauren Sykes in Charleston

Specializing in working with natural light and capturing important moments, Jennifer Sosa Photography is definitely someone you should know about. Why? You’ll love the artistic way that she blends modern love stories with a vintage feel. She documents your wedding day in the most beautiful of ways, capturing those little moments that you didn’t even realize were happening in a mix of both digital and film photography. And great news — Jen is giving away an AMAZING photography prize!

One lucky couple will win complete wedding day photography — 8 hours of coverage by Jennifer Sosa Photography, shot on a mix of film and digital. Hi-resolution images will be delivered to the winner on a USB port. The winning couple will be provided with an online gallery for proofing and sharing image, as well as a place to order prints. Albums and add-ons will be available for purchase.

Jennifer Sosa Photography is also giving away a free engagement session to one lucky couple, shot on a mix of film and digital. Hi-resolution images will be delivered to the winner on a USB port. The winning couple will be provided with an online gallery for proofing and sharing image, as well as a place to order prints.

Enter on the blog PLUS get extra entries on Instagram!
1) BLOG: Leave a comment below with your wedding date, location, and some of your wedding plans (Jen wants to get to know your style and why you’d want to win the prize!).
2) INSTAGRAM: Post a photo of your and your fiancé on Instagram, using #JenSosaGiveaway and Tag @oncewed and @Jensosa in the post. Tell us a little about yourselves and your wedding date!

Rules and restrictions: Wedding must take place within 2015. Contest ends on March 30th at 11:59pm PST. Winning couple will be notified soon after. For weddings outside of NYC & LA, couple is responsible for travel fees and accommodations.

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03.17.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog