Why did these wedding images go viral?


Ever wondered what it is that makes a wedding image go viral?

We’ve had Joy Thigpen take a closer look at the composition of some of Once Wed’s most pinned images. These photos have been pinned hundreds – and often thousands – of times.

Find out why here.


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10.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Epic Destination Wedding in Greece

We all love to see photos from beautiful destinations around the world, sharing in the beauty and imagining experiences we might have if we were there. Well, today you’ll be able to imagine being a guest at Michael and Kat’s destination wedding in Santorini, Greece. We love the unique perspective that photographer Nirav Patel creates in these images, as well as the minimal navy and white theme the couple chose to work with in the decor. Classic navy gowns for the bridesmaids, a simple white chuppah, and plenty of flickering candlelight for the centerpieces all work together to create a clean, elegant aesthetic (which is all the easier when planning a destination wedding!).

Photography: Nirav Patel | Wedding Venue: Santorini Gem | Coordination: Santorini Glam Weddings | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti | Hair + Makeup: Renia Bledaki | Bridal Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Invitation Design: Bride & Groom | Acrylic Invitation: AChang Design Studio | Acrylic Table Numbers: Bride & Groom | Escort Cards & Sea glass: Bride & Groom | Wedding Favor Tote Bags: Myko & Kat | Groom’s Suit: Top Man | Groom’s Watch: Daniel Wellington | Boutonnieres: Annie Lee | Custom Tie Bars: Tesoro Jewelry 

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10.12.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Composition 101 – A Digital Course by Once Wed and Joy Thigpen

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If you’ve been following along with the #composition101 hashtag on Instagram, you may have noticed us sharing a lot of advice on creating better imagery this past week.

Well today we’re excited to officially announce the release of our new online course in visual composition and design, written by Joy Thigpen in partnership with Once Wed.

Called Composition 101, it is an online course that explores the elements and principles of design and delves into discussions on what it takes to compose a great image, be it a daily snap for your Instagram feed, a professional image for a client, or simply improving your own photography skills.

Florists, planners, calligraphers, rental companies, stylists, designers, caterers, bloggers, interior designers; we must ALL now add photography to our list of necessary competencies. The success of our businesses depends upon the sharing of compelling images which communicate our brands’ message. This is why we’ve created Composition 101. We know how important good imagery is to us all.

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a creative just starting out in the wedding industry, we’re confident this course will be a game-changer for you.

  • Understanding more about composition is one of the best things you can upgrade in your skill set.

  • Having better composition, be it with your iphone shot or with your camera, is a foundational investment and far more affordable (and a better payoff) than buying a new camera or a new lens. 

  • There’s not as many people talking about making your art better. Making your work better. That’s what we want to talk about.”

Composition 101 is designed in a way that once purchased online, you can work through the course at your own pace. Our goal is to keep it affordable and accessible to everyone, no matter where you are professionally in your career.

Intrigued? For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering $80 off the regular course price.

Click here for the full details! 

10.09.15 / Featured, News Blog

Spring Color Trend Report


When it comes to color trends, Pantone’s expertise is in a class of its own. Widely regarded at the authority on color, Pantone recently released their Fashion Color Report for Spring which gives us insight into the ten shades we will see influencing designs next year. Think happier, sunnier, vivid brights, along with calm, soothing sunset tones, with plenty of inspiration taken from travel and natural environments.

With spring 2016 wedding planning now well underway, we’ve selected a palette of five colors from Pantone’s report that we think provide scope for some fresh inspiration and ideas: Rose Quartz, Iced Coffee, Serenity, Peach Echo, and Lilac Grey.

Together the combination is an opalescent sherbet that reflects the colors of nature as they occur in a sunset or in spring blooms. These colors can be cheery without being precious, and have a zesty fresh twist whilst still maintaining a nod to classic nuptial tradition.

Selecting a wider range of unexpected yet complementary colors, like this one, creates a memorable palette that sets the mood. When planning any color palette, it’s important to think about how colors make us feel, digging a little deeper into which colors speak most to us, and to the environments we’re a part of.

Click through our slideshow of spring wedding inspiration and let your imagination run free! Which colors will you choose?

Article by: Once Wed contributor Caroline Boneham Roche

10.09.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning