Capture Your Wedding Memories with Carey Macarthur

It’s such a privilege to introduce our readers to new talent, and today we’re so excited to share a little bit about Carey Macarthur, a photographer who truly loves photographing weddings in her home state of New York and around the world.

From Carey about what weddings mean to her:

A wedding day represents a rare and courageous event where two people choose to stand in front of all those they hold most dear and declare their love for one another. A wedding day deserves to be documented beautifully, as a sacred testament to love and life; recorded with the same care and compassion that the two people have for one another.

My images are a blend of formal photographic training, an intrinsic interest in storytelling through photography and a love for classical, painterly compositions, that speak not only to the details of the event, but to the sentiment woven throughout the day. I compose minimally orchestrated images that articulate the occasion with unobtrusive simplicity, while capturing the gravity of the moments and the larger meanings they represent. I feel the best pictures are achieved through making a genuine connection with my subjects and by being fully engaged in the magnitude of the day.

It’s a privilege and honor to act as a visual scribe and witness to the endlessly unique and intimate moments of love and joy.”

Visit her website to inquire about her availability for your 2015 wedding!

10.28.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Low Twisted Bun

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In August, we featured Jemma Keech’s absolutely breathtaking engagement session with Jose Villa, and we fell in love with her lovely twisted bun hairstyle. We loved it so much that we asked her to show us how to do it! Jemma worked with her future sister-in-law, Hannah, to show us the step-by-step instructions. Keep reading for the full tutorial!
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Instructions:
1. Place hair in hot rollers and wait approximately 15 mins.

2. Take out the rollers, and if required, use a curling wand to add some extra curl to the front sections.

3. Gently brush out curls with a soft paddle brush, parting the hair in the middle or on its natural side.

4. Divide the hair into 3 main sections – 2 smaller front sections (one on each side of the face) and place the larger back section into a low, loose pony tail.

5. Create a hole just above the hair tie and loop the pony tail over, through the hole.

6. Take a small piece of hair from one of the small front sections (either on the right or left side) and plait/ braid it up and over the head. Secure this with a bobby pin behind the opposite ear.

7. Go back to the looped pony tail and now proceed to loop the rest of the hair through the hole, repeat this step securing the hair with pins until a bun is created.

8. Finally loosely pin back the front sections of hair into the bun. Take care to gently do this so as not to loose the curl and also to cover the base of the plait.

Tutorial and color Photography: Jemma Keech | Black and White Photography: Jose Villa | Hair: Hannah Winter  | Model: Sancia Warner

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10.27.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Most Repinned Engagement Rings

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Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful engagement rings? When you get engaged, one of the first questions you’ll receive is “Can I see the ring?” Even those of us who aren’t engaged stare at pictures of engagement rings, and pin them like crazy! Which is why we’re excited to share our top 5 most re-pinned engagement rings from our Once Wed Pinterest.

1. This simple and delicate engagement ring made the top of our list! Beautifully photographed by Rylee Hitchner, this ring has been repinned hundreds of times! You can see the post where it was originally featured by clicking here.

2. (Pictured Below) Not every engagement ring has to be a diamond! We love this vintage pearl ring from an inspiration shoot with Pearl and Godiva. Check out the entire feature for more beauty. 005362-R1-0063. This vintage halo engagement ring is timeless! See the full Springtime Maidens shoot for how Ginny Au styled this lovely ring. vintage-halo-engagement-ring4. Classic and elegant- we love this ring shot from Rylee Hitchner from a stunning wedding in Mexico this year. 030114-P-136-25. And finally- this breathtaking collection of jewelry, including the bride’s engagement ring, from an elegant castle wedding in Barcelona! Wedding_0176a

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10.24.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to not Invite Some People to your Wedding

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is creating the perfect guest list. Whether you’re trying to keep a very small guest list or trying to keep the guest list to those that matter the most in your life, almost every bride will run into the question and debate of how to keep their guest list to their desired size. Don’t feel bad or guilty about this! On your wedding day, you’re meant to be surrounded by your nearest and dearest friends and family- not people you’ve never met or barely know. But we understand that it may be difficult to avoid inviting some people, so here are a few tips that should make it a little easier:

Family: Stress the importance of an intimate guest list to your parents and your fiancé’s family. Remind them that you want every person at the wedding to have a close relationship with you and your future spouse. Unfortunately, many family members don’t fall in to that category so, to help your parents out, be sure to give them a specific number of invitations to the wedding they may extend to family members and friends. If they feel strongly about having all of the second-cousins there, encourage them to host a party in their hometown to “meet the newlyweds.”

Plus ones: Minimize your “plus ones” to those in serious relationships or to those who will not know other guests at the wedding.

They invited me to their wedding: You don’t have to invite everyone who has invited you to their wedding. Friendships change. For example, a sorority sister who got married 8+ years ago may not be a current friend that needs a wedding invitation.

Work: Don’t feel pressured to invite work colleagues just to make people feel included. 

The one year test: Have you maintained a close relationship with the person in question for the last year? Do you see yourself maintaining this relationship in the future? If so, invite the guest. If not, reconsider them.

Using these tips should help you break the news a little more easily, and remember, some people may be hurt that they’re not invited, but ultimately, your wedding is about you and your families. Do what makes you comfortable, and eventually everyone else will understand.

Article by: Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Productions | Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography

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10.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog