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 * * *

 

click here to sign up

11.06.13 / Featured, News Blog

Elegant Charleston Plantation Wedding Ideas for Bliss & Bokeh

Back in October, Joy Thigpen and I were asked to take part in a wonderful retreat for female photographers, Bliss & Bokeh. We had a lovely time escaping for a few days and being a part of such a wonderful community of female photographers and creatives. In addition to speaking, we were also asked to create an editorial at Middleton Gardens for the attendees to shoot.  So much of our inspiration from the shoot came from the gorgeous venue, Middleton Gardens. We loved the contrast of the dark shutters on the main house up against the delicate spanish moss hanging from the surrounding trees. We added hints of lace and gold to give the details of the day a more elegant feel.

The ladies of Bliss & Bokeh just announced a workshop in February for wedding planners. Be sure to check out Bliss & Bespoke for more information about the retreat.

Photography: KT Merry | Venue: Middleton Gardens | Creative Direction, Styling, & Flowers: Joy Thigpen | Hair and Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Cake: Joy Thigpen | Invitations: Gather Co. | Wedding Dresses: Elie Saab from Ever After  | Assistants: Kelly Sauer and Stephanie Gibbs | Farm Table: Ooh Events | Rentals: Event DRS | Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell

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11.05.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Shepherd under the hawthorn tree….

Shepherd under the hawthorn tree….

We created a shoot about simplicity, probity and calm, the girl unveiling her natural, relaxed, and unpretentious beauty to a condition of holiness. Her hermitage is deep in the mountains, a life lived true and a celebration of nature – the girl is a living sermon. The book she clutches surely contain the words of wisdom and no doubt the honeysuckle wine is a labour of love. Wildflowers and grasses enliven the brown tones of the stoney hills – the girl with the brown hair is a lapidarian – envisioning her life inscribed in these monuments of mountain and stone.

Sometimes she listens to the silence, she gazes at the falling light on the hills, or a patch of heathered weeds – for her sources of unimaginable happiness. She has no longings to be other than where she is. It is a gift that comes from discovering the joy of connecting with her soul’s purpose. This girl radiates outer simplicity but fulfilling inner plenitude, her life radiates both purity and joy.

She, seduced by the golden light, follows the wind through the fields of barley and wheat, ready to be harvested. She lives imposed in a colour palette of ivory, milk, sage, muted butter, mottled through and through with flowering cosmos and sprigs of blackberries. These tones set off the few treasures that she owns, give depth, and personality. One day she knows the wool she spun or vessel she painstakingly carved will be heirlooms of their own, but for now remain simply true and handmade charms.

This shoot is a unique way of looking at minimalist purity, simple but with an undeniable and enviable balance of charm and warmth.

Every Shepard Tells His Tale Under the Hawthorn Tree from story of eve on Vimeo.

 

Creative Direction, Production & Design: Pearl & Godiva | PhotographyRylee Hitchner  | Cinematographer: Story of Eve | MUA: Sarah Keary from Dylan Bradshaw | Hair: Michelle O’Halloran | Florals: Hanako Floral Studio | Stationery: Pearl & Godiva | Props sourced by: Pearl & Godiva | Food Styling: Jetti Virdi | Wedding Gowns: Maria Lluisa Rabell | Bespoke Headpiece & Shoes: Opal & Owl | Jewellery: Boho & Plume  | A special thank you to Slea Head Farm Guesthouse

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11.04.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog