Sweet Boonville Hotel California Wedding

We’re both from the midwest, so living in San Francisco we don’t get to spend as much time with our families as we’d like. We thought a small intimate dinner party with our parents and siblings would be a perfect way to celebrate and spend quality time with everyone. We stayed at the Boonville Hotel the weekend we got engaged, and knew that it was the perfect place right from the start. The Hotel has beautiful gardens and lots of unique elements. We had the ceremony under a gazebo covered in trumpet vines – which was swarmed with hummingbirds at sunset.

We wanted the day to be relaxed and fun for everyone. We started the day with a hike through Hendy Woods – a redwood grove just up the street and the place where Ben proposed. It was great to take a relaxing walk through the woods with our families and just enjoy the day. We picked up our flowers from the Philo Apple Farm right next door to Hendy Woods after the hike, and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, drinking wine, practicing our vows (in a failed attempt to make it through them without weeping), and taking our time getting ready for the evening ceremony.
Its tough to choose a favorite part, the day was so perfect…if I had to choose one part it would be the ceremony. I was completely filled with excitement and happiness walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Ben standing at the end, surrounded by our families.  Despite our best efforts we both cried spectacularly as we said our vows. My brother was our officiant and by the end there wasn’t a dry eye in the garden.
I also loved the food – another big reason we knew the Boonville Hotel would be perfect. They grow a lot of their own produce and the family style menu is different every day. We chose the menu just a week before the wedding so we could wait to see what was at its peak. It was delicious!

Photographer: Christina McNeill | Venue: Boonville Hotel in Boonville, California | Catering and cake: Boonville Hotel | Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel | Brides Shoes: Martha Davis, found at the Workshop Residence in San Francisco | Suit: Brooks Brothers | Floral Designer: Philo Apple Farm | Music: Sonatina

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11.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Rolling Hills California Wedding at The Roth Ranch

So excited to share the beautiful wedding of Freda and Jared from Tec Petaja today on Once Wed. Freda Banks is actually a fine art wedding photographer herself, so she brought in 2 more additional photographers to document their wedding. Below is a sweet summary from Freda about their wedding…

I am a fine art wedding photographer so we hired 3 amazing film photographers for the wedding(Medium and Large Format Photographers). My husband, Jared and I are both artists, he is a metal + wood worker so we decided to style the wedding ourselves. We spent 3 days at the venue prepping the space, hanging lights and handmade wedding flags and getting a feel for the space(Plus we had a lot of help from our family and friends). The venue was so beautiful, lots of rolling grassy hills with the forest on one side and the ocean on the other. One of the photographers was a tintype photographer and took formal tintype portraits of Jared and I and our dog, Talula the day before the wedding. The photographer, Tim Pinault develops the 8×10 tintypes in a mobile darkroom that he built in his car so it was super exciting to see the images right after we were photographed(See Below).., the photos definitely got us excited for the wedding.

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The day of the wedding, we were both getting last minute details in order, deciding where everything should going terms of decor and furniture, and of course a bit of last minute vow writing. One of our best friends, Sean Hayes, a musician married us, he helped us come up with ideas for the ceremony. We read a quote from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and had Sean sing Fall In, during the ceremony. We had a Balkan horn section accompany us on our walk down to the ceremony location, it was wonderful marching with everyone down to the ceremony spot. After we were married and on the march back up to the reception barn the horns played Beyonce’s, If You Liked It Then you Should Have Put a Ring On it, a super fun way to end the ceremony. After the ceremony Tec Petaja whisked us away to the beach for a photo shoot. I love the shots that he created. He is amazing.

Medium Format Photography: Tec Petaja Photography | Tintype Photography: Timothy Pinault | 4×5 Portrait Photography: Mido Lee | Venue: The Roth Ranch Elk, California | Music + Officiant: Sean Hayes | Horn Players: Michael Bello + Patrick Byers | Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design | Catering: Jennifer Lunch + Laura McGrath | Hair + Make-Up: Elyssa Boyd | Freda’s Dress: Gucci | Freda’s Accessories: Vintage | Jared’s Suit: Paul Smith | Jared’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Freda’s Shoes: Nine West | Rings: Vintage from Dianne’s Estate Jewelry

 

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11.11.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Princess Cruises

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We are so excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor today, Princess Cruises! Princess Cruises and their Tie The Knot Program aim to provide you with the ultimate wedding experience filled with enchantment, joyous celebrations, and picturesque views. Princess Cruises allows you to choose from beautiful wedding packages to make your special day truly exciting and unique. Whether you prefer to have your wedding aboard one of Princess’ spectacular ships, while sailing at sea or on the stunning shores of a far off land, Princess offers packages that will be all you imagined and more, with the Captain of the ship acting as your officiant!

Princess Cruises has made wedding planning easy by providing you with a personal wedding consultant to help you plan your special day. Whether you need to rent a tuxedo, choose an arrangement for your bouquet, or maybe you want to custom design your wedding cake. If you can dream it, Princess’ Tie the Knot specialists will be happy to make it come true. With ships boasting premier salons and spas, you can experience the ultimate pre-wedding hair and makeup primping or maybe even a pre-wedding couples massage! They even offer on board gown dry cleaning and preserving so you don’t have to sweat about keeping your wedding gown pristine!

After your nuptials, invite your friends and family to continue the celebration with a cruise vacation. Party the night away with them while enjoying all of the onboard amenities and captivating views of the sea.

We love the idea of no-fuss weddings that make planning and executing your perfect day easy, and Princess Cruises has made it easier than ever for you to plan an exciting wedding for you, your partner, and family and friends to enjoy!

11.11.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Studio Sessions for Photographers

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DOES THE FOLLOWING RESONATE WITH YOU?

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Over the last several years we’ve seen the level of photography in the wedding industry rise exponentially.

It’s fun to watch!

YOU ALL ARE GETTING REALLY GOOD!

AND WE KNOW YOU WANT TO BE EVEN BETTER.

At Once Wed we receive as many as 2000 submissions for publication every month. We run less than 1% of them. Joy Thigpen and I get emails on a daily basis from photographers wanting to know why their submission wasn’t accepted. We wish we had the time to answer each of those emails in depth and to explain what we’re looking for and why some submissions aren’t accepted. We also get a lot of photographers asking us to critique their work.

WE’VE DECIDED TO MAKE SOME TIME TO COME TO YOU.

WE THINK WE CAN HELP.

 What we’re finding at this point is that it’s usually just the little things that are off. In our opinion, one of the things we see missing the mark most often is the styling. We realize most of you don’t have stylists working with you at every wedding. You often have to be your own stylist and art director. We’d love to help you learn how to watch for (or create) all the little things that make the difference.

We know that you also have to be your own editor. We want to help you learn to edit before you take a picture–and after. Which are your best images? We’ll give you our opinions.

We’ve picked several dates and locations to come to you and do some intensive one-day sessions to help you continue to grow as artists. This won’t be about how to use your camera or how to run your business; we’re only speaking to what we know from our seats. Nor will these sessions be a particularly pampered or posh time; we want to make it affordable and accessible for you as small businesses. It will be light on fluff and heavy on the content that we think will make a big difference in your work.

WHAT WE’LL COVER:

AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC

HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES

WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE

STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP

STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES

STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES

EDITING

HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST

HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS

GETTING PUBLISHED

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE

All U.S. sessions will be one day of class time. Lunch and dinner will be included. Limited to 20 attendees.

OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONES

Available the second day for up to 8 attendees. If you’d like us to take a look at your work, give our opinions of your best work and what we think you should be showing on your website, help identify areas for growth and coach you in those, or for you to ask us anything… You’ll get an hour with with Joy and an hour with Emily.

WHEN + WHERE:

JAN 6 (AND 7) — ATL*

FEB 3 (AND 4) — LA*

MARCH 17 (AND 18) — SF*

APRIL 7 (AND 8) — NYC*

MAY 5 – 6 (AND 7) — MALLORCA**

 

* Min. of 10 attendees or we reserve the right to cancel the Session (and refund your payment, of course)

** Min. of 6 attendees or we reserve the right to cancel  (and refund your payment, of course)

MALLORCA

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Yep. You read that right. For our European friends (and any other adventurous souls) we’ll be doing a two-day Studio Session in Mallorca. It will be the same content as the one-day workshops but spread out over two mornings to give us time to do some shooting in the evening light (we can’t help ourselves–it’s too beautiful not to shoot!). We’ll be staying at the very beautiful Fontsanta Hotel….

US

All one-day, state-side Studio Sessions will be $1200. Price includes lunch and dinner.  Does not include travel or accommodations.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 2 are an additional $500

 

EUROPE

$3100. Price includes a shoot, all meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from hotel. Does not include travel.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 3 are an additional $500. Breakfast included on Day 3.

 

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHER’S ARE SAYING…

Do you know those few people and moments in your life you can list as being monumentally influential in your life? There are just a couple and they change the route of your life. Without those people and moments you would be going somewhere entirely different, right?… Emily & Joy are on that list for me. And, anyone who has attended Joy’s previous workshops would likely say the same thing!

Working with & learning from Emily & Joy opened my eyes to a new way of seeing things- a new way of seeing dresses, and flowers, and hair, and ribbon, and paper goods. You didn’t know there was another way of seeing these things? Well, there is… and its like putting on a new pair of glasses! This workshop is your opportunity for new glasses. Why would you go a moment longer without being able to see!

Maybe you want to start over from scratch and attract a new client or maybe you just want to see more clearly … either way, this is all you need. 

Learning from two of the most humble and beautiful people I know, you will leave going “oohhhh! That’s all that was missing!”

—  Rylee Hitchner  —

I highly recommend the workshop for photographers looking to gain insight on the editorial process, how to tell a story, and refine their eye. There is so much to learn from Joy and Emily. Working, creating, and collaborating with Joy and Emily has been amazing. Their eye for detail, nuance, overall design and telling a story is remarkable. It is great to learn from their perspectives and experience–the way they see fashion, color palettes, tablescapes, the meaning of objects, and more. The way Joy pays attention to how the bride holds the dress just so — so that the lines fall in the most flattering way to the dress and the brides form, or how Emily provides a layout telling the story with establishing photos, details, portraits and movement… Understanding and hearing the way they look to tell a story helps make a photographer better.

— Bryce Covey —

* * * 10% OFF FOR ANYONE WHO IS A CURRENT ONCE WED ADVERTISER * * *

 

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11.06.13 / Featured, News Blog