Instagram Giveaway! Emily Riggs Lace Robe #oncewedgiveaway

We’ve been so inspired by Emily Riggs and her stunning new collections lately that we’re working with Emily to sponsor a giveaway! You could win one of these stunning handmade lace robes from Emily simply by entering our contest on Instagram.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Repost our giveaway image on Instagram.

2. Tag @oncewed and include the hashtags #oncewedgiveaway and #emilyriggsbridal. 

The winner can choose the Fiore robe or Cassiopeia robe, and will receive the short length robe, which retails for $1100! Because each piece is handmade, you’ll receive your robe within 3 months after the contest ends on March 15, 2015. THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED ON INSTAGRAM!

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03.06.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Natural Boudoir Photography

When it comes to bridal boudoir photography, there are some things that work, and some that just don’t work. This simple, ethereal boudoir session by Kylie Martin Photography just works. How did they achieve it? Finding a space that allowed a clean canvas and light filled area is your first priority, closely followed by the minimal, organic styling we see here. By using a minimalist styling approach, Kylie Martin was able to focus more on movement and capturing the intimate emotion that is needed to create beautiful boudoir portraits.

From the photographer:
“A vintage record played softly in the background as mid-daylight poured in through the windows. Warmth began to wrap itself around Melissa as she playfully danced across the floor. Her youthful elegance filled the room. Delicate lace, bare feet and soft movements created an intimate ambiance. With a lovely canvas to create in, encompassing Melissa’s timeless beauty was all too simple. As the photographer, creating portraits filled with beauty that will withstand the test of time is always my forefront desire for boudoir. The hope is that many brides, decades from now, will reflect on their once youthful moments by traveling back through the years to revisit their intimate images. The female body yields something so free, wild and delicate, that it deserves to be documented and celebrated.”

Photograher:Kylie Martin Photography | Client/ Model: Melissa Wessel | Film: Kodak Portra 800 | Photo lab: Photovision | Location: Oahu, Hawaii

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03.05.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Invitations by Dawn: Exclusive Stationery Discount

By the time you’re engaged and scouring online or in magazines for wedding inspiration, we can almost guarantee that you’ll have heard of our sponsor, Invitations by Dawn. 35 years of dedicated experience certainly identifies their team as experts in their field. Today, they remain just as passionate about printing fine stationery, with the goal of providing couples with fine product at a great value, no matter what you’re looking for. Read on for more of what Invitations by Dawn offers, an an exclusive discount to Once Wed readers!

Whether you’re looking for inexpensive invitations for a bridal shower or top-of-the-line letterpress for your wedding, Invitations by Dawn provides it all. Their level of expertise allows them to offer the quality and style today’s wedding couples are looking for while staying within a price range that fits your needs. Their talented designers keep abreast of wedding and fashion trends, while continuously seeking new and unique ideas from everyday life. You’ll find DIY options that you can customize at home, high end letterpress designs, varied printing techniques including feather press and thermography, and a huge array of designs to fit any theme or colour palette. Search for the perfect option for you here!

Plus, A special offer for Once Wed readers  – 

Get 20% off your entire purchase with code ONCEWED20. This offer includes our premium collections such as Letterpress and Foil-Stamped invitations but does exclude Disney Invitations. Offer valid through 4/30/2015.

03.05.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Feminine Wedding Portrait Ideas

The tradition of bridal portraits is a beautiful way to memorialize your excitement and anticipation for your upcoming wedding, and whether your photographer takes them on the morning of your wedding or a few weeks earlier like this feminine inspiration session from Clark Brewer, we encourage you to spend some time quietly anticipating your wedding day, and imaging the look on his face when he first sees you walk down the aisle. We also can’t quite get enough of these stunning looks — be sure to view the credits if you love these accessories as much as we do!


Photography: Clark Brewer  | Model: Alyssa McDonald | Hair and Makeup: Jordan Byers | Gowns: The Bride Room | Location: The Cordelle | Full Tulle Skirt Gown: Fanciful Corset + Lilac Skirt | Belt: Peacock belt: Monique Lhuillier | Crystal Leaf Headpiece: “Downton Abby” headpiece, Floral/Enamel/Crystal Ornament: “Sweet & Low” hair ornament: Paris by Debra Moreland | Veil: “Carolina” veil by Toni Federici | Lace Gown: Penny gown + Marion jacket: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | Earrings: “In the Sweet” Earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland

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03.04.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog