The holidays are a prime time for engagements and the beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to start getting guests excited for the big day (and answering their inevitable questions about dates, registries, etc) with a custom wedding website. That’s why we’re so thrilled about our newest sponsor, Squarespace, the DIY website builder that will let you create a custom wedding website that’s as elegant and beautiful as your wedding will be.
Each Squarespace site is fully customizable (check out the real subscriber examples for some inspiration) and features responsive design, meaning that it’ll look great on smartphones and tablets. Joy and I actually use Squarespace to build sites of our own and love how easy it is to create beautiful galleries and more tech-y elements such as contact and RSVP forms. Squarespace is a great option if you’re looking for an elegant way to collect mailing addresses and share details about your registry or accommodations.
We all want custom elements for our weddings and Squarespace makes it easy to create a custom domain name. In fact, a custom domain is free with an annual Squarespace subscription. Amazingly, your custom wedding website and domain are available for as low as $8 per month and that includes Squarespace’s award-winning 24/7 customer support.
Squarespace has also been kind enough to extend a special offer to our Once Wed audience! Enter the code ONCEWED14 when you sign up to save 10% off your annual subscription! Sign up for your annual Squarespace subscription today!
Happy New Year! And congratulations to all our newly engaged couples! We hope everyone had a restful and joy filled holiday. We’ve been saving a few of our favorite weddings to start off 2014 with a bang including the beautiful wedding of Alexandra Grecco photographed so perfectly by Rylee Hitchner.
Alexandra Grecco is an amazing fashion designer drawing influences from decades past and magical places – real and imaginary. Her pieces are classic with a bit whimsy, and were the inspiration from one of our favorite shoots in Mexico with Jose Villa. So it should came as no surprise her wedding was an absolute dream. Taking inspiration from the past, but still mixing in elements of elegance and whimsy I’d say her weddings is going to be an all time favorite here at Once Wed.
Joy Thigpen and I have always been surprised how few options exist for couples looking to have their wedding outside in Atlanta, so imagine our excitement when River Run Stables right here in Sandy Springs, GA(only a short drive out of the city) approached us about working with them on a shoot to help promote their new event venue. Nestled in a pocket of trees on the banks of the Chattahoochee, River Run is an oasis perfect for any couple hoping to have a more casual, intimate outdoor wedding or rehearsal dinner.
Guys, the first time I drove up to River Run I was amazed at not only how beautiful the property was, but how peaceful and removed it felt from the city even being only a short drive away from Atlanta. A wide and peaceful section of the Chattahoochee River runs along one side and a smaller offshoot of the river runs along the other side so its actually a thin strip of land resting between flowing water. It really is a “jewel on the river”.
Joy and I had a wonderful time working in such a magical place with such a great crew. Atlanta couples be sure to check out River Run if you are considering an outdoor wedding.
We only have a few seats left in some of our cities(ATL, LA, NYC, and Mallorca) for Studio Sessions. Whether you are looking to style your own images better or photograph more weddings like you see on Once Wed, Studio Sessions is the workshop for you.
Joy Thigpen and I have 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
HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST
HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST
TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS
BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO
ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE
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!”
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.