Win 9 Hours of Photography From Marcie Meredith

Sometimes we just can’t even believe the talent we are privy to here on Once Wed! We’re so excited to introduce you to our newest photography sponsor, Marcie Meredith! Marcie Meredith is a natural light, and destination photographer who strives for romantic, timeless images full of emotion. Marcie adores film for so many reasons, and shoots both film and digital formats to give you a variation of beautiful images to choose from. After studying design, Marcie discovered her true passion for photography. And soon after starting her journey into photography, she realized that she loved photographing weddings especially!

Marcie Meredith is so excited to offer one Once Wed reader a photography package valued at $3,600! The winner will receive 9 hours of wedding photography, proof prints and their images on a USB.  Marcie also loves to travel and would be thrilled to be a part of your wedding wherever it is!*

To enter, please comment below with your name, email, wedding date, wedding location and venue. Please tell us a little about your love story, wedding style and why you think Marcie would be the right photographer for you! If you would like to show us your wedding style inspiration please include a Pinterest board link. Marcie will email 3 finalists on April 28th to interview, and the winning couple will be chosen on May 1st.

*Travel fees must be paid by winner. Albums, prints and other products can be ordered through Marcie Meredith Photography. A standard wedding photography contract applies and must be signed within two weeks after the winning couple is chosen. This contest is now closed- Contragulations, Taylor Patin! 

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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04.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Twisted Bun Hair Tutorial

We’re so glad that talented creatives share their work with us on a regular basis, and we’re thrilled to share this simple DIY Twisted Bun tutorial from Irrelephant today! This elegant and sweet hairstyle would look absolutely darling on any bride, and we’d be interested to hear if you would wear something like this for your wedding day. Comment below and let us know!

Instructions for the Twisted Bun:

1. Start with making sure the hair is prepped and textured, you can also tease and spray. Split your hair into two sections.

2. Tie the two sections into a knot. (like the first step in tying your shoes)

3. On the last photo, see how the left section is directed to the right and down? Pin about 3 bobby pins to secure it, especially towards the ends. Then take the right section and twist and direct it up and to the left. Pin that down. Take a few more bobby pins and start pinning around the bun to secure a little extra. Spray and pull some whispy’s around the face!

This a really really easy and wont take too much of your time. This is ideal for that 2nd or 3rd day and when you’re hair has that dirty grit and is moldable. Also- don’t forget to tease the crown to have a good shape on your do!

Tutorial by: Irrelephant Blog

Graphic: Hannah Lee


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04.08.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Save the Dates from Pear Tree Greetings

Peartree1Save the dates are the perfect platform for you to express a little more personality and fun than you may be able to with your formal invitations. We love the idea of couples designing custom save the dates that reflect their personalities and style, and we adore when couples include a beautiful engagement photo on their save the dates as well! Our new sponsor, Pear Tree Greetings makes it fun and easy to create your modern save the dates with their customizable designs!

Pear Tree Greetings has a huge collection of modern and fun graphic designs for you to choose from, and once you’ve landed on a design you love, you can customize your save the date cards by uploading a personal photo and editing the colors of the graphic to your liking. Most of Pear Tree Greetings’ save the dates are printed on 100-pound matte-finish card stock, and they even have some designs that are cut out in unusual shapes that will make your save the dates stand out among all of the others your friends and family receive in their mailboxes! Their card stock save the date cards are so affordable, but if you’re on a really tight budget, you may also want to check out their more affordable single sided cards as well.

Pear Tree Greetings’ selection of customizable and modern save the dates are a fun and affordable alternative to traditional save the dates, and we’re so excited to have them as a new sponsor here on Once Wed!

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04.08.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Italian Wedding at Villa Cetinale

Villa Cetinale is a stunning family home that has only hosted a couple of weddings in its recent history. This absolutely breathtaking venue is where Jose Villa recently held his workshop, and every detail of this exquisite home is absolutely perfect. We were so excited when Heather Waraksa sent us Lee and Cristiano’s intimate wedding at Villa Cetinale because there have been so few events held there in the past, and it all just seems like a dream.

Words from the Bride about their beautiful day:

We met abroad, as you do, in the South of France. It was a total set-up by mutual friends. We actually dated long distance for almost 2 years – I was living in London. Cri was part-time living in Italy and the rest of the time in Dubai. We traveled non-stop all the time seeing each other before I made the move to leave London and relocate to Dubai. This made a big impact on our wedding, as we have friends literally all over the place.

A few things made our wedding special. Firstly, numbers. Cristiano and I are really wanted something small, intimate and private. We wanted to do something beautiful, but do it for the people that really mean the most to us. I couldn’t really stomach the idea of exchanging our vows in front of 200 people. That was something really important to me – I wanted to be comfortable, not feel like I was performing. When Cri and I first did our list, Cri’s list was only 6 people long! So, we had 29 or 30 people total for the ceremony and lunch, and then had other friends join us in the evening for a reception.

I guess we take it for granted, but there was obviously a very international vibe to our wedding. In a small group of 30, we had guests from the UK, Netherlands, America, Australia, UAE, Italy, France, Hong Kong! We also mixed in lots of Italian elements because of Cristiano’s Italian family: we had ‘cantucci’ from a famous artisanal baking family in Prato, we also had ‘confetti’ which in Italian is actually almonds with sugar coating.

I didn’t want a standard Tuscan ‘wedding factory’ wedding. Villa Cetinale beyond fulfilled our dreams – it has such innate personality because it’s a true family home. 

Lee and Cristiano succeeded in creating an intimate gathering for their closest friends and family. I’m sure this dinner was one for the books for all of their lucky guests who traveled from all over the world to be there. We’re just in awe of the beauty of this Italian landscape and want to bask in it all day…

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Venue: Villa Cetinale | Caterer: Villa Cetinale | Dress: Bespoke by a dressmaker in Dubai, Anastasia Yermakova | Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin  | Groom’s shoes:  Ferragamo | Wedding Rings: T. Ristori | Earrings: Annoushka | Cufflinks: Hermes | Florist: Heaven Flower Fioristi | Embroidered chair backs: Etsy

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04.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog