Charming Virginia Countryside Wedding

This wedding sent to us by Lora and Eric Kelley and Augusta with Easton Events, is the perfect balance between country charm and outdoor elegance. We loved the overall feeling of this wedding, and the story behind the images is even better.

From Augusta Cole at Easton Events:

We at Easton loved working with Heather and Derek! They are such a dynamic couple and together they contributed so much inspiration and character to their charming Virginia countryside wedding. Both Charlottesville locals, the two set out to create a wonderful early summer evening for all of their guests to enjoy and indulge in the best of C’ville.

Nestled among the Blueridge Mountains, the couple chose Derek’s family farm, Wild Cat Hollow, to host their wedding. The wedding was a true celebration of all things local! Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events, designed a palette full of florals that would be bountiful and seasonal to the region in late May. C&O’s Chef Maupin sourced all of the menu ingredients from local farms and Heather and Derek even served “Local Libations” of Virginia wine and liquor.

Before the celebration, Heather and Derek were married at Heather’s childhood church in Downtown Charlottesville. Upon arriving at farm, guests were greeted with cocktails and canapés on a grassy knoll overlooking the mountain view. As the sun began to set, guests were invited over to the family barn that had been redefined for dinner and dancing. The guests lingered over a delicious family style seated dinner, and then transitioned outside to dance under stars and a gorgeous full moon!

It was such a pleasure to dream and plan with Heather and Derek. Their creative energy, love for one another, and thoughtful attention to their guests experience was felt by all!

Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events | Photographer: Eric Kelley | Floral Design, Draping & Lighting: Beehive Events | Farm Tables, Chairs, Runners, Chargers, Napkins: Beehive Events | Linens and Rentals: Festive Fare | Printed Materials & Details: Erika Jack | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Catering: C&O | Tenting: Skyline Events | Venue: Wildcat Hollow (Private Residence) | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Music: Winn Brothers | Bride’s Dress: Judd Waddell via Hitched in DC | Groom’s Suit: Custom made on Savile Rowe at Gieves & Hawkes | Cake: Rachel DeJong | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Hitched 

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03.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Shop the new party dress collection from Lovely

The stylish ladies behind Lovely Bride have launched a fantastic online shop full of pretty dresses for bridal events and special occasions called Shop Lovely. Launching four collections every year, Shop Lovely has the perfect dress for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids, parties, proms, you name it! We adore the selection that Shop Lovely has put together. They have collected an adorable online-only shop full of casual, fun, and wedding-appropriate dresses!  And just like Lovely Bride, everything is reasonably priced! Your bridesmaids will no longer have to break the bank in order to be part of your special day. They can find some dresses for less than $75!

We are so in love with Shop Lovely’s spring collection! These ladies have chosen a wonderful collection of potential bridesmaids dresses in flowy fabrics with fun accents to celebrate the brightest season of the year. The color palette they’ve focused on is simply adorable as well! You can find perfect bridesmaids dresses in blushes, corals, and neutrals that would be perfect for any spring or summer wedding!

With Shop Lovely and Lovely Bride, you can easily complete your wedding wardrobe and stay under budget! Remember though, Shop Lovely dresses can only be found online, not in store with Lovely Bride Dresses, so visit their website today to see their huge selection

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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03.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How To Open Your Eyes In 3 Products Or Less


We’re sure you all know how frustrating it can be to see a makeup tutorial with a million steps, and even worse- a hundred products that you don’t own. You don’t always want to go out and buy makeup for one specific look, which is why we love this tutorial sent to us from Amy Clarke. Amy shows you how to pop your eyes with just 3 makeup products! Check Amy’s simple tutorial to learn how to open your eyes in 3 products or less.



1. Apply your eyeshadow as desired, and then a light flesh-colored pencil to the waterline of your eye. I used the matte side “Sand” of Anastasia of Beverly Hills’ Brow Duality Pencil.

2. Apply a pearly/shimmery powder, cream eye shadow, or pencil to the inner and outer duct area of your eyes and blend well. I used the shimmery side “Camille” of the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Duality Pencil.

3. Taking a dark brown or black pencil liner, apply the liner from the center to the end of your lid, creating a gradual, thicker liner toward the outside. Then, using a q-tip or a small eyeshadow brush, smudge the liner line. This will give the illusion of a smooth, lifted lid. I used Stila’s Kajal pencil liner in “Onyx”.

4. Curl Lashes one eye at a time, and apply mascara to that eye before moving to the next.  This will help keep the curl longer. When applying mascara, start at the base of the lashes, wiggling the mascara wand back and forth to apply the majority of the product there first. Then, sweep the mascara up toward the end of your lashes. I used my favorite lash curler of all time from Kevyn Aucoin, and L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in”Blackest Black”.

3 Products Used:

1. Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Duality Pencil in “Sand & Camille”.

2. Stila Kajal pencil liner in “Onyx”.

3.  L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in”Blackest Black”.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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03.17.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kate Holstein

Once in a while, someone comes along who can truly speak volumes without uttering a word; Kate Holstein is one of those special people.  Kate sees a kind of beauty in the world that most of us only imagine, and somehow, she has taken her vision and channeled it into absolutely stunning photography.

In order to get to know Kate, you need only look at the stunning images she creates. Through her images, you can see that she loves natural light and appreciates organic, simple, and natural details.  She is drawn to images and moments that translate movement,  and captures photographs of people and things in their natural state.  Kate’s relaxed and casual nature puts her couples at ease, which makes for organic and elegant photographs that truly represent who they are. Kate’s goal is to turn those moments into timeless, romantic images that will be treasured not only today, but also years from now.

Kate has two passions – photography and travel, which she calls her insatiable wanderlust. Kate adores combining her two loves by traveling the world to photograph beautiful weddings. Kate is so excited to continue on her search for adventure and travel that she is offering a free 8 hour wedding photography session during 2014 or 2015 to one lucky Once Wed reader. Although she is based in Colorado, she would love the chance to share in your destination wedding and travel the world to capture your perfect day.*

The winner will have their wedding beautifully shot in film and digital by Kate.  Your package includes proof prints, an online gallery, and all images on a USB flash drive.  Albums, wall prints and other products are additional and can be ordered through Kate.

To enter to win 8 hours of wedding photography from Kate Holstein, comment below with your name, email, wedding location, venue, and wedding date.   Because most of Kate’s inspiration comes from your love story, please tell us a little about your journey together, your wedding style, and why you think Kate would be the right photographer for you. Kate will read your stories, and pick the winner on April 17, 2014.

Good luck, and thanks again to Kate for sharing her talent with our readers!

This contest is now closed. Congratulations,  Leah Audrae! 

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

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03.17.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog