Win an Engagement Session from JBM Weddings

Are you part of a quirky couple looking for the perfect photographers to shoot your engagement or wedding? We’ve found the right fit for you! JBM Weddings is a photography collective based in San Francisco and Brooklyn that specialize in photographing your wedding day in a photojournalistic style so that you can look back on your photos for years to come and relive every perfect moment. Keep reading to find out how you could win a two-hour styled engagement shoot with JBM Weddings!

JBM Weddings wants to work with couples who are looking for photographers who will become part of their wedding. They blend in and try to make every shot a true reflection of your wedding day so you end up with a collection of photos that are a beautiful representation of the happiness and love you two experienced on your day. For couples looking for tangible memories, JBM offers film and polaroid photographs as well! And let your guests in on the fun with a photobooth set up and operated by JBM Weddings.

We’re so thrilled to have JBM Weddings as a new sponsor, and to make things even more exciting, JBM is offering one Once Wed reader a chance for a two-hour dream engagement shoot styled by JBM’s own Ash. Ash will be working with the lucky couple to maximize their look for the shoot! Leave a comment below describing yourselves as a couple, where you currently live, and describe your wedding a little bit. JBM Weddings will choose a winner from the comments, and the winner will also get a discount on their wedding package.

CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON AND CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. THANKS FOR ENTERING! 

All images by JBM Weddings photographers Jacob Murphy, John Minchillo, and Erin Prado.

 

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01.12.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

A Flower Workshop with Amy Osaba Events

The Amy Osaba Events team is getting ready for their second AO Flower Workshop coming up at the beginning of February. Join the team February 1st-3rd as they work with you one-on-one and as a group to create large-scale arrangements, bouquets, and so much more!  The AO ladies will speak from their experience in the flower industry about the ins-and-outs of working with brides, working from inspiration to create truly unique and stunning events, and Amy will share her perspective on flowers, the benefits of foraging, and a bit of business basics.

Amy Osaba Events is excited to have Meghan K Sadler in their studio to photograph the entire workshop, and each attendee will have time for a mini shoot of their work from the week!

Visit Amy Osaba Events website to learn more about tuition and what the cost includes. Hurry up before the last few spots are taken!

Photography: MK Sadler | Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events

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01.10.15 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Long Fishtail Braid

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It doesn’t seem like we’ll ever tire of a beautiful fishtail braid. This elegant style gives you a playful, yet very sophisticated look that you can easily wear your entire wedding day without having to fuss over your hair. Kylie Swanson and Heather Hawkins put together this lovely tutorial during their time in New York, and we love this fresh version of a long fishtail braid. Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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The Fishtail Braid

1) Begin with loose curls and natural texture for a messier braid, or brush your hair out first for a smoother look.

2) Create a deep side part and pull all hair over to one side.

3) Piece the hair into two ponytails, and take a piece from the first side and pass it to the second side.

4) Next, take a piece from the second side and pass it back to the first side. 

5) Continue taking even sections until the braid is finished and wrap with a clear elastic.

6) Gently pull on the pieces of the braid to loosen to the desired size.

Tip: Start with one or two day old hair to achieve a more textured braid.

Photography: Heather HawkinsCreative Direction + Styling: Kylie Swanson | Hair + Makeup: Kylie Swanson | Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Venue: The Standard Hotel, NYC

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01.09.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Beautiful Wedding Dresses from Impression Bridal

Impression Bridal’s new Spring collection showcases jaw-dropping backs and unbelievably intricate beadwork that will bling up your wedding day look! These stunning gowns are made for the modern bridal fashionista who loves fashion and wants to show off her personality in her dress choice. Whether your bridal style be romantic, sophisticated or traditionalist, Impression designs treasured silhouettes combined with modern sophistication to celebrate both time-honored roots and newfound beginnings.

Impression’s success lies in an unyielding commitment to quality garments. Whether it be a wedding gown or bridesmaid’s dress, their pieces are known for intricate detail and high standards of construction. Each season, they design collections composed around three foundations of style:

Fit: As any tailor knows, the quality of a bespoke piece rests upon the skillful execution of needlework and technology. Incorporating their unique “Magic Fit” construction into every gown, Impression highlights the celebrated feminine form while concealing any imperfections. Thus, each bride receives a dress crafted with made-to-measure precision.

Fabric: Fabric is the very foundation of every wedding dress design. As technology continues to evolve, they are able to source materials that are lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Continual advancement in the field of fabrics allows them to enhance each design to ensure a gown that looks as good as it feels.

Finery: Attention to detail is everything to Impression Bridal. From intricate embroidery patterns and the selection of exquisite lace down to delicate micro-beading techniques finished off with Swarovski crystals, Impression styles reflect thoughtful consideration in every stitch.

From bridal beginnings, Impression translated growing success to include a bridesmaids line, destination wedding gowns and the Xcite, Xtreme and La Perle evening collections. For every bridal need, they offer a solution. And for every bride, they promise a well-crafted garment steeped in tradition and lifelong celebration.

Visit Impression Bridal’s website to find the perfect dress for your dream wedding!

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01.08.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog