Delicate Wedding Dresses from Saint Isabel

Loft Photographie sent us these lovely shots of the new Saint Isabel collection from dress designer, Ivana Krejic. Ivana works with brides all over the world to create beautiful and ethereal wedding dresses including some stunning custom pieces.  Keep reading for more on her inspiration for her newest collection.

Below Ivana shares her inspiration for this line of gowns:

The Saint Isabel 2015 collection is heavily influenced by texture and movement, with effortless romance as an underlying, connecting theme. 

The collection uses the softest silk charmeuse as a base. Some textural differences are subtle such as the difference between the different type of silk chiffons, while others are highly noticeable, such as the difference between the heavy Guipure lace (Sofia) and the dainty Chantilly lace (Cecilia). 

With movement, the focus was on the way the hem moves and interacts with external forces, specifically air. The collection starts with a classic silk crepe A-line dress (Ella) that moves closely with the body and has little interaction with anything else, and ends with a voluptuous, full chiffon dress (Ivy) that floats and has wonderful interactions with air.

Dress Designer: Ivana Krejci of Saint Isabel | Photography: Loft Photographie LLC | Styling: Without Wax, Katy | Hair & makeup: Fire Makeup | Scans: Photovision Prints

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01.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

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.


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


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