Composition 101 – A Digital Course by Once Wed and Joy Thigpen

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If you’ve been following along with the #composition101 hashtag on Instagram, you may have noticed us sharing a lot of advice on creating better imagery this past week.

Well today we’re excited to officially announce the release of our new online course in visual composition and design, written by Joy Thigpen in partnership with Once Wed.

Called Composition 101, it is an online course that explores the elements and principles of design and delves into discussions on what it takes to compose a great image, be it a daily snap for your Instagram feed, a professional image for a client, or simply improving your own photography skills.

Florists, planners, calligraphers, rental companies, stylists, designers, caterers, bloggers, interior designers; we must ALL now add photography to our list of necessary competencies. The success of our businesses depends upon the sharing of compelling images which communicate our brands’ message. This is why we’ve created Composition 101. We know how important good imagery is to us all.

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a creative just starting out in the wedding industry, we’re confident this course will be a game-changer for you.

  • Understanding more about composition is one of the best things you can upgrade in your skill set.

  • Having better composition, be it with your iphone shot or with your camera, is a foundational investment and far more affordable (and a better payoff) than buying a new camera or a new lens. 

  • There’s not as many people talking about making your art better. Making your work better. That’s what we want to talk about.”

Composition 101 is designed in a way that once purchased online, you can work through the course at your own pace. Our goal is to keep it affordable and accessible to everyone, no matter where you are professionally in your career.

Intrigued? For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering $80 off the regular course price.

Click here for the full details! 

10.09.15 / Featured, News Blog

Spring Color Trend Report


When it comes to color trends, Pantone’s expertise is in a class of its own. Widely regarded at the authority on color, Pantone recently released their Fashion Color Report for Spring which gives us insight into the ten shades we will see influencing designs next year. Think happier, sunnier, vivid brights, along with calm, soothing sunset tones, with plenty of inspiration taken from travel and natural environments.

With spring 2016 wedding planning now well underway, we’ve selected a palette of five colors from Pantone’s report that we think provide scope for some fresh inspiration and ideas: Rose Quartz, Iced Coffee, Serenity, Peach Echo, and Lilac Grey.

Together the combination is an opalescent sherbet that reflects the colors of nature as they occur in a sunset or in spring blooms. These colors can be cheery without being precious, and have a zesty fresh twist whilst still maintaining a nod to classic nuptial tradition.

Selecting a wider range of unexpected yet complementary colors, like this one, creates a memorable palette that sets the mood. When planning any color palette, it’s important to think about how colors make us feel, digging a little deeper into which colors speak most to us, and to the environments we’re a part of.

Click through our slideshow of spring wedding inspiration and let your imagination run free! Which colors will you choose?

Article by: Once Wed contributor Caroline Boneham Roche

10.09.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Breathtaking Outdoor Anniversary Session

Are these anniversary portraits of Elisa and Craig not the most beautiful images you’ve seen of a couple in a love? With dappled sunlight filtering through the trees and the faded prairie grass, it seems like the perfect setting for an anniversary session. Read on for more of the sweet story of how this couple found each other:

“I don’t think either one of us expected to meet in such a unique way. In 2013 my husband, Craig, and I met on Instagram, as crazy as that sounds. He was living in Los Angeles at the time and I was interning in New York, NY.  We had one mutual acquaintance on Instagram, and from the follow, to likes, to the comments, our interest grew. In fact,  still have the screenshot of our first exchange.  After texting turned into phone calls and phone calls turned into, what we called, “FaceTime dates”, Craig flew from Los Angeles to NYC to meet me in person and take me on our first real date.

 That weekend was its’ own fairytale. Without a dull moment, we spent our days exploring museums, going to a Mets baseball game, kayaking on the Hudson River and eating our way through the Big Apple. Craig asked me that weekend to be his girlfriend.  I would later find out that in moment he knew he was going to marry me. After a year of dating 3000 miles apart, I finished school and moved to Los Angeles to be with him. Our long-distance journey to marriage has given us such beautiful perspective, because we now know that simply being in each other’s company is a blessing to treasure each day we are together.”
Photography: Cassidy Carson | Location: Malibu Creek State Park | Dress: Urban Outfitters

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10.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Casual Outdoor Wedding

We love outdoor weddings, and Jenny and Patrick’s California nuptials is no exception. Gazing through these (stunning!) images from Kate Weinstein, you can practically smell the fresh air and hear the gentle rustle of the wind through the leaves. That wonderful feeling you get from dining on a beautiful patio is the same that we feel at an outdoor wedding. Romance is intensified, the senses are heightened, and conversation between friends and loved ones flows freer. Don’t you wish you were a guest at this wedding?

Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo  | Dress: Marchesa | Flowers:  Wild Vase | Hair: Sera Sloane | Venue: The 1909 | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Invitation Suite: Chips NY  (design), Megan Lindeman (illustration), and Traction Print Press (printing) | Catering: Foodink Catering | Assistant photographer: Kate Ignatowski | Brides shoes: Miu Miu | Flower girl dress: JCrew | Tux: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Bride & bridesmaid bracelets: Giles & Brother

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10.07.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog