French Inspired Sonoma Valley Wedding

This lovely Sonoma Valley wedding, sent to us from Rylee Hitchner, is simply darling. Erin and Garry’s quaint wedding seems like the perfect combination between a traditional outdoor wedding, and a casual dinner with friends at a French bistro. We simply adore the natural, feminine, and cozy mood of Erin and Garry’s wedding. Read a little more about the vision for their gorgeous Sonoma wedding from their planner:

When Erin and Garry, who live in San Francisco but have a weekend home in Sonoma, got engaged, they knew they wanted to throw a weekend celebration highlighting the best that wine country has to offer – delicious food, great wine and stunning views. Their guests, who mostly traveled from the Midwest and Europe, were treated to three days worth of events throughout Wine Country. The wedding itself took place at B.R. Cohn Winery inSonoma. The ceremony was set on an oak lined hill overlooking the sprawling cabernet vineyards and dinner took place beneath the venue’s 140 year old French Picholine olive trees. As a nod to Erin’s love of all things French and Garry and Erin’s mutual love of delicious food, Amanda O’Shannessy Creative designed the event to be reminiscent of a cozy outdoor french bistro. Potted herbs, rosemary infused olive oil, and calligraphed cutting board table numbers lined the dinner tables. Calligraphed chalkboards attached to custom-made wooden backdrops served as menus and calligraphed tiles that their designer sourced at salvage yards led guests to their seats. After dinner, a gelato cart served up none other than cabernet flavored gelato. The night came full circle when Garry made his groom’s speech – a common tradition at English weddings. Garry recounted the story of his and Erin’s first date – which funny enough took place B.R. Cohn Winery. Unable to get in for a tasting, Garry fabricated a story claiming that it was he and his wife’s wedding anniversary. Needless to say, the first date was a success. It only seemed fitting to start the next chapter of their lives together right where their story had begun years earlier.

Venue: BR Cohn Winery | Photography: Rylee Hitchner Photography | Creative Direction +  Design + Styling: Amanda O’Shannessy Creative | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Month-Of Coordination: Events by Satra | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio | Hair + Make-up: Mimi + Taylor | Paper Goods: Little Miss Press | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Chalkboard Art: Sarah Lynn Jones | Officiant: Michael Ireland | Ceremony Guitarist: Montara Music | DJ: DJ Cams | Dress: Sarah Seven | Gelato Cart: Cafe Scooteria | Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Shuttles: Pure Luxury Transportation

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02.17.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Catherine Mead Photography

From Provence to Polynesia, our new sponsor, Catherine Mead, travels the globe photographing people in love.  Catherine is renowned for capturing the beautiful design details of a wedding along with a knack for always being in the right place to capture the fun, emotion, and atmosphere behind your special day. With a degree in photography, and a background as a news and portrait photographer, she brings a wealth of experience and unique eye to her wedding photography.

Based in Europe, Catherine’s work is predominantly on film, filled with luminous light and laughter, and she works unobtrusively with couples throughout their wedding day to capture all of the beautiful moments as they unfold. Catherine photographs weddings worldwide, of all shapes and sizes. She has been entrusted to photograph engagements such as an intimate elopement where Catherine was asked to also sign as the witness, as well as a large and elaborate destination wedding for a Hollywood star!

With a caring, friendly nature and fantastic customer service, you will feel incredibly comfortable having her along side you on one of the most important moments in your life. The trust that Catherine Mead builds with her clients lasts long after the wedding is over as she is invited back to photograph their growing families for years to come.

We’re in awe of the talented sponsors we have, and we’re thrilled to add Catherine Mead today!

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02.17.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Concrete Candles

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We have a beautiful and simple DIY project today sent to us from Heather Payne Photography. It’s always so fun to share easy tutorials with you, and you’re likely to have all of the ingredients for this DIY Concrete Candle tutorial in your garage! If you’re planning a minimalist-inspired wedding, these candles would make the perfect addition to a tablescape paired with different colors and textures. We love the idea of combining the hard texture of these candles with soft garlands and greenery. The addition of shiny or metallic textures would give these candles a layer of elegance on top of their simplicity and originality. Keep reading for the list of materials and step by step tutorial.

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concrete-candles-ingredientsMaterials

1 bag of concrete (with sand)

Water

A mound to cast in (we used an empty tall soda can)

A spoon Paint Stick or dowel rod Scissors (or utility knife)

Small candles

concrete-candles-diy-tutorial-steps Instructions

1. To begin, cut the top off of your soda can to prepare a workable space.

2. Add a small amount of water into can.

3. Add a cup of concrete mix and stir.

4. Continue to add in concrete dust and water (repeating steps 2 & 3) until the concrete mix and water becomes thick. (The less soupy the mix, the stronger the cast)

5. Using a paint stick or dowel rod, tap up and down shaking your mold gently. This will even out the concrete.

6. Place your candle on top of the concrete and gently press down until candle is flush with the mix.

7. While lightly holding the inserted candle in place, tap up and down to shake mix evenly around the candle.

8. Leave to dry overnight. Check every few hours continuing to press candle even with candle surface.

9. Once dried, gently score the cast using scissors (or utility knife) and pull away aluminum.

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Thanks so much to Heather for this wonderful tutorial! Try it out, and let us know how it worked for you and how you would use these minimalist candles in your wedding.

Photography, concept & styling: Heather Payne Photography | Flowers & fingers: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Design | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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02.13.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Win a $200 Sephora Gift Card

Help us out and win a Sephora gift card!

We love our audience, and we’re constantly trying to improve your experience and keep Once Wed full of innovative and fresh content. So after receiving such an amazing response from our beauty tutorials, we’re interested to hear about what you may be looking for in future tutorials and how you’re going to use makeup on your wedding day. Since we’re always looking for ways to improve your experience and the content you see on Once Wed, we’ve created a quick survey for our readers to complete. Please take a few minutes to help us out by completing this survey on how you use makeup and how you plan on using it for your wedding day.

You’ll instantly be entered to win a $200 Sephora gift card when you take the survey and provide us with your email address. CLICK HERE for the survey and to enter for a chance to win a Sephora gift card!

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

Thank you to everyone for helping us out! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. 

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02.12.14 / Featured