Dreamy Veil and Boudoir Editorial

I haven’t had the chance to visit a lot of the Northwest, but this dreamy editorial along the Williamette River from Erich McVey has me daydreaming of taking a trip out to Oregon. Erich partnered with Emily Riggs Bridal to highlight some of her newest pieces, and his photos are nothing short of exceptional.

Photography: Erich McVey // Headpieces & Sash: Emily Riggs Bridal// Hair & Makeup: Terri Reece// Romper: Beautiful Bottoms // Bralette and Bottoms: Only Hearts // Lace Gown: Claire Pettibone // Model: Molly Reardon of Option Models

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04.02.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Rebecca Yale Portraits

Our amazing sponsor, Rebecca Yale Portraits, is giving away an entire wedding photography package including full day wedding coverage and an engagement session to one lucky Once Wed reader for absolutely free.  Rebecca combines her background in photojournalism with her love for fashion photography to create beautiful intimate portraits while capturing every moment as the day unfolds.  Rebecca Yale does not place time limits on her coverage, because she wants to tell your whole wedding story from the minute you slip on your dress to your final spin on the dance floor.

The prize: The package being given away has a value of $3000 and is for full day wedding coverage and an engagement session.  Albums, prints and other products are additional and can be ordered through Rebecca Yale Portraits.  A standard wedding photography contract applies and must be executed within two weeks of notifying the winning couple.  If the wedding chosen is outside of New York City or the surrounding boroughs, the winning couple agrees to pay for travel feels including room and board upfront, with travel arrangements made by Rebecca Yale. The couple must not have an existing contract with another wedding photographer and Rebecca Yale will be the exclusive photographer for the event.

TO ENTER:  Comment below with your name, email, wedding date, and wedding location or venue. Please tell us a little about your story, style, wedding and why you’d like to win the photography package.  Rebecca will pick the winning couple on April 27th.

Be sure to check out her website to see more of her lovely images!

04.02.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Bartram Gardens Outdoor Wedding

Sean and I met as college sophomores in an intermediate photography class nearly ten years ago. Since then we’ve studied together, traveled the world, and started a family He proposed under an Oklahoma waterfall, with a custom ring he designed of his great grandmother’s diamond.

Thinking about our wedding day even now (nearly a year later) brings tears to my eyes. It was exactly what I hoped and dreamed it would be. As a designer, I had a really clear vision of how I wanted everything to look. Sean and I described our day as a modern, funky garden party. I worked really hard to ensure that by the time our wedding day arrived, it felt natural and effortless, but beautifully styled. We were lucky enough to work with some great vendors who really brought my vision to life.

Our wedding took place in early June at Bartram’s Gardens, in Philadelphia. Bartram’s is a unique 10-acre sanctuary of gardens and woodland located smack in the middle of an otherwise metropolitan area. It’s very peaceful and quiet, and home to many rare plants. Exactly 100 of our closest friends and family were with us on our big day. The morning of our wedding started out with some questionable weather, but I was honestly too giddy to even notice. The clear blue sky arrived with perfect timing for our Quaker-style ceremony in the formal garden, followed by cocktail hour. Our guests were encouraged to explore the gardens, play bag toss, and sip Sean’s home-brewed beer and homemade cocktails on the lawn. The reception took place on the brick patio, under a gorgeous draped tent. The fireflies put on quite a show in the open meadow, while the Philadelphia skyline glimmered in the background. At the end of the night, Sean and I climbed into the “party bus” with all of our friends, and took a quick ride to our neighborhood where we ended the night with a mini bar hop.

Planning and Print Design by the bride, Sarah Stone // Venue: Bartram’s Gardens // Photography: Kate Murphy // Flowers: Loven Fresh Flowers // Day of Coordinator: Precise Events Inc // Ceremony Music: Philadelphia Wedding Guitarist

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04.01.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Coastal Maine Outdoor Wedding

The wedding weekend took place on a secluded island off the coast of Maine. The guests and I were transported by ferry and stayed at an old New England Inn for Katie and Tyler’s wedding weekend, and the entire experience was extremely beautiful and unique. We all the spent the weekend in celebration together and on their wedding day, the fog off the coast rolled in and out throughout the day and guests dined and danced under an amazing Sperry Tent overlooking the harbor. It was styled to perfection with everything from calligraphy to fresh figs and seasonal fruit centerpieces. The whole day was both classic New England and really whimsical and fun, an expression of Katie and Tyler together.

Photography: Gabe Aceves Photography // Venue: Chebeague Island Inn // Planner: Melanie Voros Blissful Beginnings // Bride attire: Amsale // Bridesmaid dresses: Jcrew // Groom + Groomsman attire: Ralph Lauren // Flowers: Flora and Fauna by Judy Bourgeois // Catering: provided by the inn // Cakes / food: Two Fat Cats Bakery // Music: Tony Boffa Band // Invitations: Gus and Ruby Letterpress

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03.28.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog