Win 10 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kelly Sauer

We love when photographers takes immense pride in their craft, and when they aim to create a unique and memorable experience for each bride. Our new sponsor, Exquisitrie, takes this to a new level as they work with each of their lucky couples.

Exquisitrie is an exclusive wedding photography boutique built around a carefully curated fine art aesthetic and an intimate client experience. Combining documentary and lifestyle techniques with a technical approach that includes both film and digital photography, Exquisitrie creates timeless, artistic images that tell an honest, personal story of the unique feeling of each wedding they photograph. Every detail, emotion, and image they create matters to the Exquisitrie team, Kelly and Peter Sauer as the team works together to choose the best images to reflect each couple’s favorite wedding day moments.

The Sauers have designed the Exquisitrie experience for the bride who wants to feel exquisite on her wedding day and wants the essence and beauty of her day captured forever. They want each of their brides to feel as special as she deserves throughout her entire wedding experience! In order to create this unique experience, Exquisitrie accepts only a few weddings per year.

Once Wed is delighted to announce that Exquisitrie is looking for a special wedding to shoot in 2015. They are offering one lucky Once Wed reader the opportunity to Win a Wedding Photography Collection valued at $8,500!  The Collection includes: 8 hours of wedding day photography, a 2 hour engagement session the day before the wedding, a set of proof prints, digital delivery, and a Photographer’s Album (a printed story of your day as seen from the photographer’s perspective).

To enter, check out the Exquisitrie website and look through their portfolio of stunning images. Comment below, telling Exquisitrie a little bit about yourself and your wedding, when/where you are getting married, what image from the site is your favorite, why it is your favorite image, and why you think Exquisitrie would be the perfect fit for you.  Comment before April 26, 2014, for a chance to win!

*Travel fees for photographer will be paid in advance by the winner. Photographer’s travel will be arranged by Exquisitrie.

This contest has now ended. Thank you for your entries!

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03.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Last Chance! Win $500 from Once Wed!

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Today’s the last day to complete our survey for a chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card to use toward your dream wedding! If you’ll remember, we’re looking for a little help from you all to improve our wedding dress selection so please take a few minutes to help us out and complete this quick survey.

A winner will be chosen at random and will be emailed to be informed that they have won. The entry for this is now closed. Thanks!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner  | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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03.28.14 / Featured, News Blog

Say Yes to the Dress Dream Wedding


Shop Your Way and TLC will “Sweep” One Lucky Bride off their Feet with a Dream Wedding!

For most brides, weddings are emotionally and financially stressful, and we understand that better that better than most. There is often a struggle to find the perfect dress, accessories, decor, flowers, not even to mention the honeymoon- all within a tight budget! So, we’re so excited that the Shop Your Way Sweeps & TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is offering you access to win a dream wedding prize worth over $30,000. Prize includes a dress credit, a fitting from one of the top bridal shops in Manhattan, a dream honeymoon, and jewelry and apparel from Sears and Kmart! CLICK HERE to enter now through April 14, 2013. While you’re there, check out all the other great benefits of Shop Your Way Sweeps. They have 1000’s of sweepstakes live now and more added daily for you to check out!

Good luck!

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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03.28.14 / Featured

Wedding Decor with Foraged Greenery

When we heard that some of the most creative and talented minds in the wedding industry were gathering in one of the most beautiful places in America, we were thrilled and excited to see what they’d come up with! We just knew we’d get some amazing and creative content when Ginny Au, Sarah Winward, and Rylee Hitchner all teamed up on a trip to Sundance, Utah. These wonderfully gifted women all gathered together and sent us some of their beautiful work on their return!

First, we featured their DIY Wild Vine Arch, which is the perfect backdrop for any bride looking for a simple, yet stunning alternative to a traditional wedding arbor. And we’re excited to share a little more content from our favorite lovely ladies today. You can easily take their ideas and execute them for your own wedding. Not everyone thinks that flowers are an important part of their wedding day, so this foraged greenery decor is the perfect alternative for a laid back bride looking for a truly organic and minimally styled wedding.

Take beautiful greenery, which you can either forage or order from a wholesaler (we recommend jasmine, passion vine, ivy..etc.) and place it around your wedding to give you the look you’re aiming for. The key is to forage material that will stand up well outside of water, so choose vines that have a thicker stem and hardy leaves. Once you have your material, it’s simple to take your wild vines and form them into a wreath by simply laying them out on the ground and using a few pieces of wire to keep them in place. Take your scraps and place them around your wedding in bottles and maybe even just lay it on the table for a simple, yet elegant look!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Creative Direction: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Aubrey Nelson

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03.27.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog