Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kat Harris

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new sponsor, Kat Harris, and even more excited that you can win 8 hours of wedding photography from Kat! Read below to find out more.

Kat Harris is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of New York and has an innate talent for capturing intimate moments in a beautiful way. Kat, originally from Texas, has always worked hard to pursue creative endeavors, and has found her passion with photography. We’re so thrilled she did! Kat is a renowned wedding photographer in New York, but loves to travel- especially Los Angeles, and appreciates the privilege of working with couples on the most important day of their lives.

Kat loves sharing her gift, and is kind enough to offer a couple of giveaways for our Once Wed audience! Leave a comment and we’ll enter you for chance to win one of these two prizes. First prize is an entire day of wedding photography from Kat Harris in which you’ll receive 8 hours of coverage from Kat. The second place entry will win a Central Park Engagement Session with hair and make-up included for the lovely bride to be! Leave a comment telling us your story, the date and location for your wedding, and why you think Kat would be the perfect photographer for you, and you’ll be entered to win!

We’re so honored to have Kat Harris on board as a new sponsor, and we’re absolutely ecstatic that she’s willing to share her talent with our readers! Please take a second and visit Kat’s gorgeous website to find out how to book her for your own wedding day-!

This giveaway ends February 7th.

01.29.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Colorful Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

Before we were even engaged, my husband and I had our hearts set on Montecito as the magical backdrop for our wedding. We’ve always been fond of the area. Our dating years were marked by weekend and mid-week escapades (work permitting) spent exploring its quaint towns and losing ourselves in its timeless natural beauty. As we grew to know the region more and more, San Ysidro Ranch quickly became, in our minds, the most blessed and idyllic spot of all. And we knew it was the perfect place to gather our most cherished friends and family to witness what would be the most important day of our lives.

Once we had booked the venue, we knew there were a million details to be handled in only a few short months. While I am a highly creative, detail oriented, type-A person, I had known for a while that a wedding coordinator would be a part of the planning process. I had read too many wedding blogs over the years not to understand that when it comes to planning a truly bespoke wedding, 2 + 2 = 5. After we interviewed a number of planners, it quickly became apparent that Paige and Kelly at Bash, Please were the perfect partners to bring our vision for our wedding to life and enhance it exponentially.

The planning process was a lot of fun, albeit fast-paced and overwhelming at times. Lots of decisions needed to be made, but Paige and Kelly were pros at guiding us through the process. They streamlined it all, making solid vendor recommendations and handling all the nitty gritty details. We were so pleased when the big weekend arrived to learn that all of those recommendations paid off! Talmadge, our mixologist, kept everyone loose with his aromatic and delightful drinks. It was a great complement to the lush gardens and landscape of the ranch. Our photographer Tec, who possessed a laid back style and positive attitude, captured the weekend with an air of style and ease. And the florals, possibly my favorite part, were effortless and stunning. They looked amazing in person and made the photos pop like nothing I’ve ever seen. Our florist, Sarah Winward, carried out the exact vision we had all discussed and brought her own touch to it that really shown through.

A huge part of the weekend’s success was the striking level of creativity that Bash brought to their event design and overall execution. It really was nothing short of amazing. From our fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner, to the magical reception, and our touching ceremony (which didn’t permit a dry eye in the house), we, along with our guests, were astounded by how perfectly everything came together. The entire weekend was just as we wanted it: festive, unique, rustic, elegant, and spiritually-rooted. We couldn’t be more pleased and grateful!

Photographer: Tec Petaja | Venue / Catering / Bar: Hydrangea Cottage at San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design & Coordination: Bash, Please | Florals: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Band: Mariachi Bandido | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Videographer: Living Cinema | Bar Service: Pharmacie | Specialty Rentals: Found Vintage RentalsCasa de Perrin | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ceremony & Cocktail hour music: Elan Artists | Reception band: West Coast Music | Hair & makeup: Fiore Beauty | Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier  | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Suit: Zegna

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01.28.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Colorful San Ysidro Ranch Rehearsal Dinner

I am so excited to be sharing Sarah and Ian’s gorgeous wedding over the next two days on Once Wed. The amazing ladies over at Bash, Please pulled together an incredible team for their rehearsal dinner and wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. I just love a couple who embraces color at their wedding.

Photographer: Tec Petaja | Venue / Catering / Bar: Hydrangea Cottage at San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design & Coordination: Bash, Please | Florals: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Band: Mariachi Bandido  | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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01.27.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Karen Willis Holmes New York Boutique Opening

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is very proud to announce the February 2014 opening of their Flagship New York Boutique in Soho.

Renowned Australian bridal designer Karen Willis Holmes is widely acclaimed in the fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown.

Karen began creating Couture pieces for her clients in 2000.  Following the success of the Couture label, Karen branched out in 2004 to design the Bespoke Bridal Collection.  This collection resonates with clients who require a wedding gown with hand crafted couture quality, fit and sophistication, but with the price and ease of a ready to wear wedding dress.

In 2012, Karen responded to increasing demand for off the rack gowns, by designing her Ready to Wear Collection – KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  Focusing on exceptional fit and centered on embellished and embroidered details, the designs compliment the Bespoke Collection and offer brides a glamorous wedding day look.

Both the Bespoke Collection and KWH Collection  are available in her stores now, including one in New York, and at her national and international stockists.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES brand has established a reputation for constantly exceeding customers’ expectations, both with the product and the service provided.  Karen’s collections reflect her lifelong love of fashion, and unfaltering demand of attention to detail and exceptional fit.  Her gowns celebrate the spirit of today’s modern bride, who is both stylish and sophisticated – all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist. See more of her beautiful gowns here.

All inquiries can be directed to

01.27.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog