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We love our audience, and we’re constantly trying to improve your experience and keep Once Wed full of innovative and fresh content. So after receiving such an amazing response from our beauty tutorials, we’re interested to hear about what you may be looking for in future tutorials and how you’re going to use makeup on your wedding day. Since we’re always looking for ways to improve your experience and the content you see on Once Wed, we’ve created a quick survey for our readers to complete. Please take a few minutes to help us out by completing this survey on how you use makeup and how you plan on using it for your wedding day.

You’ll instantly be entered to win a $200 Sephora gift card when you take the survey and provide us with your email address. CLICK HERE for the survey and to enter for a chance to win a Sephora gift card!

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

Thank you to everyone for helping us out! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. 

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02.12.14 / Featured

Save the Dates from Ann’s Bridal Bargains

We understand that it’s the little details that matter to you when you’re planning your wedding, and just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to compromise. Ann’s Bridal Bargains specializes in designer discount wedding invitations and accessories that will fit with your style and vision. We love the huge selection of discount wedding invitations that Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers couples looking for a perfect way to save a little money

Ann’s Bridal Bargains also has a large selection of photo save the dates that you can personalize with your own photos! Your save the dates set the tone for your wedding and get your family and friends excited to celebrate with you. Ann’s Bridal Bargains has modern and fun save the dates that we absolutely adore, and at 100 save the dates for less than $100, they won’t break your wedding budget! Your engagement pictures would look amazing on these save the dates or you can take a more casual approach and use an instagram snapshot. Ann’s Bridal Bargains not only has amazing paper save the dates, they also have the ability to print your save the dates on magnetic stock! Your friends and family will love seeing your sweet faces on their refrigerator for the months approaching your wedding.

We already adore Ann’s Bridal Bargains, and we love them even more now because they have a special offer for Once Wed readers! Get an extra 15% off of your wedding invitation or save the date order with the code ONCEWED15*. A deal on top of a bargain? We love it!

*Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

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02.12.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Peaceful Connecticut DIY Wedding

We absolutely fell in love with this sweet, intimate, and understated wedding sent to us from Nancy Neil. Nancy is great friends with the bride, and was honored to photograph their elegant affair on the groom’s family farm in Connecticut. And we adore the story sent to us from the bride:

When Thomas and I were dating in Brooklyn, he brought me up to this beautiful farm in Connecticut, which is shared by his extended family on his paternal great grandmother’s side. When we moved to the island of St. Croix, we lived on farmland, and the surrounding fields and pastures had a similar peaceful feel. Historically, the family farm in Connecticut has always been a place for family to come together. When we talked about getting married, eloping seemed the best option; it would be simple, private and inexpensive. Then we got the idea of a getaway to the farm with a handful of family – most of his family is on the east coast anyways, and why not invite a few friends as well? We wanted this chance to share the farm with others, and soon the attendee list was at 90.

Because of a small budget and our backgrounds in the arts and production, we treated the wedding like a DIY production – enlisting the generous help of our friends and family. We’ve both earned our living as self-employed professionals – running a design company, an art gallery, an organic chocolate company and working as musicians. Thomas even has “DIY” tattooed on his finger which he gave himself for practice. I don’t think we know any other way to do things.  

There was thunder, lightning and pouring rain the day before the wedding. People got flash flood warnings on their phones, but because we had chosen the date according to the stars (and because the forecast promised) I knew that the day would be beautiful. The next day was so bright and clear and crisp, it felt like something from a storybook.

We got ready down by the lake at a tiny, one-room cabin and had a few quiet moments in the clear, chilly lake water to grounding ourselves. It was surreal to think that 90 people had gathered up above in front of the barn – friends and family from as far as California, the Virgin Islands and England, and as close as right down the road. 

Nancy took most of our photos before the ceremony, as we walked up the long path from the lake to the barn. She shot medium format film, and kept commenting on how awesome the light looked. We were having fun! Our dog Ramona knew something special happening. We didn’t plan to have her in so many photos, but she wouldn’t leave our side as we walked up into the open field.

We danced and took photos and caught up with people. The kids in attendance ran wild through the grass, blowing kazoos, using the cloth colored napkins as eye patches and rope and sword fighting with parasols. There were some moments wandering out in the golden afternoon light of the field, and taking some deep breaths. I think we succeeded in our goal, which was for guests to find some stillness and come away feeling that they had been touched by something magic and refreshing.

Photography: Nancy Neil | Venue: Private Farm in Connecticut | Music: Acoustic Bluegrass by Mike Schmidt |Officiant + Astrologer: Suzy Almond |Catering: Chanterelle | Maple Candy + Honey for Gift Bags: Hilljack Sugar Shack |Photobooth: Nick Des Jardins |Alisha’s Hair + Makeup: Adelina Atashi |Thomas’s Hair: Alisha |Alisha’s dress: Aidan Mattox |Alisha’s shoes: Toffel |Thomas’s pants: Steven Alan | Thomas’s shirt: APC | Thomas’s shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Alisha’s ring: Thomas’s great grandmother’s |Alisha’s earrings: Estate vintage, borrowed from photographer | His ring: Machete pendant by Crucian Gold

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02.11.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Not Wedding 2014 Schedule

It’s that time of year again! The NotWedding has just announced their 2014 schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited for all of these fantastic events. We have always loved how The NotWedding has taken a boring event like a bridal show and turned it into a party! Complete with dinner, dancing, drinks, and décor, you get a fantastic idea of what each of the participating vendors can do for your wedding and how they work together.

After starting in Atlanta in 2008, The NotWedding now hosts events all over the country- from San Diego, California to Portland, Maine! Registration is open for all of your favorite destinations and some new exciting places like New Orleans and Chicago! Tickets are selling out fast, so visit their website today to RSVP to this amazing bridal show alternative.  And Once Wed readers can use the code HalfOffTheNW to receive half off the price of their ticket!

If you’re interested in being a vendor at one of the 26 events (wow!), they’re taking applications right now! Just go online and apply here. If you’re new to the industry, TheNot Wedding is the perfect place to get your start. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with industry professionals, and most importantly, meet potential brides!

Interested in being taking part in the world’s best “fake” wedding?

Be a guest! Attend an event
Be part of the show! Apply as a vendor
Be part of The Not Wedding Team! Apply as a brand ambassador

Photography Credits:

Our Labor of Love, Jessica Oh! Photography, Lime Green Photography, Kipporah Photography

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02.11.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog