Outdoor Napa Garden Wedding

We’re so excited to share Sarah & William’s insanely beautiful garden wedding in Napa, CA today. Michael Radford beautifully captured the stunning design and concept by Enjoy Events Co. on this lovely California day. Keep reading for more about Sarah and William’s wedding!

From Megan at Enjoy Events Co.:

Sarah & William’s wedding was the perfect blend of sophistication with a bohemian twist. They wanted a celebration that was elegant but relaxed, black tie but not stuffy and romantic but not girly. In keeping with a bohemian style yet having it be just as elegant, I was inspired by the Moroccan Wedding Blanket. The fabric, texture and colors I felt fit the style they were looking for. Beaulieu is such a special venue and provides the most beautiful garden inspired backdrops. From there it made designing and planning the overall event so much fun. Sarah and William are lovers of music so I knew tambourines and music quotes had to be a part of the mix. Guests found their table assignments by a custom made escort board with tambourines and a music quote by Van Morrison to highlight their style. They also pulled one of their favorite Grateful Dead quotes that we used on custom cocktail napkins. And this was just the beginning. Designing each detail for their day from their wedding programs tied to rattan fans with ribbon, to their dinner menus set with rattan chargers mixed with cut crystal glasses was the perfect blend of boho and sophistication. I teamed up with some of my favorite vendors to make their day come to life from the beautiful flowers and grasses, elegant tabletop rentals, unique edison bulb lighting and Moroccan pillows and blankets which all provided the ultimate blend of whimsical beauty for their day.

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Venue: Beaulieu Gardens | Catering: Paula le Duc | Event design, planning & coordination: Enjoy Events Co. | Floral design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Cinematography: Ellay Films | Makeup: The Glamourist | Silverware & Glass Rentals: Frances Lane | Lounge: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Got Light | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Djore of Elan Artists | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Day of paper goods: Enjoy Events Co. | Groom’s Attire: Brioni, Del Toro Custom Shoes | Wedding dress: Mira Zwillinger c/o Mark Ingram Atelier | Hair + makeup: The Glamourist | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Other Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Officiant: Family friend | Vintage Car Rental: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Shuttles: CA Wine Tours

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01.28.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Calming Beach Engagement Session In Mexico

Ace & Whim took this lovely couple out to the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico, in their own clothing and captured their love in its purest form. Surrounded by only the sounds of the ocean and with the cool water on their legs, this sweet engaged couple simply enjoyed being together. Our favorite type of engagement sessions are no frills, no props, and truly organic and simple. Ace & Whim created something the bride and groom will treasure for years to come..

Styling & Photography Ace & Whim | Film Processing: PhotoVision

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01.27.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog


We’re so excited to share another installment of our collaboration with Madison James. You can see Part 1 of our shoot at Coqui Coqui HERE.

We fell in love with all of the architectural details at Coqui Coqui and were inspired by all of the rich colors. Always be aware of your surroundings, because you may find unwarranted inspiration in the most minor details…


Dresses: Madison James | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction + Bookings: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Creative Direction + Styling + Hair and Makeup: Joy Thigpen for Once Wed |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: Coqui Coqui Vallalodid

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01.26.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Christine Doneé

Christine Doneé is truly an artist. Her natural talent for communicating love and beauty not only sets her photography apart, but it also allows you to see the world through Christine’s eyes – a world full of radiant light and joy.

Her love affair with photography progressed organically after a life-long relationship with art, having studied everything from sketching the human form to fashion design illustration. This artistic background serves to enhance her technique as she dedicates herself to creating timeless images with a purposeful eye and a strong passion for detail. With a love for natural light and beautiful surroundings, Christine uses her medium-format film photography to tell genuine stories of love and romance.

She has an adventurous heart that takes her all over the world for local and destination weddings. This love for exploring allows to her to find honest beauty wherever she is, and her endless search for inspiration is why she is thrilled to be gifting one lucky couple 8 hours of wedding photography during 2015! Though based in Southern California, Christine would love the chance to travel in order to bring your joyful day to life through her elegant photography.

To be entered to win 8 hours of wedding photography with Christine Doneé shot on beautiful film and digital, comment below with your name, email address, and wedding date and venue. Tell us about your story, wedding style, and why you think Christine would be the right photographer for your wedding. Christine will read your stories and pick the winner on February 9th, 2015. 

*The winner will get proof prints and a flash drive of your photos.

*Travel fees for Christine must be paid up front and Christine will make her own travel arrangements.

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01.26.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog