Lilac Wedding Inspiration

Lilac season is too short. We love the luscious blooms and rich scent this beautiful flower produces in the spring, and although we’re enjoying warm summer days, we miss it. Luckily, we have Sarah Winward, Rylee Hitchner, and Martha Hatfield here to take us back to the milder days of spring with a little wedding inspiration shoot in honor of lilac season.

From Sarah:

We were inspired by spring, the lilacs in bloom, and the delicate texture of all the spring flora. I love that all of the blooms here have such intricate shapes.  This color palette is a contract to the really bright color palettes that are sometimes present in the spring, but it is deeper and moodier. Perfectly fitting to me for a world that is just coming out of winter, and is dark in color from being wet with spring’s rain. 

Notice that amazing lilac arch? Well, come back tomorrow for the full tutorial from Sarah on how to recreate it for your wedding day!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Floral Design: Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers) | Table Design and Paper: Martha Hatfield | Baked goods: Eat Noisette | Model: Elyse Wynn

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07.29.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Fashionable New York Garden Wedding

Oh my goodness- isn’t this wedding from Jillian Mitchell a breath of fresh air?! Really, could this bride be more elegant and modern? She looks as if Jackie O has just stepped out of the 50’s right into 2014 (today would have been Jackie O’s 85th birthday by the way). We were instantly enamored with her bold patterned Dior skirt, paired with a classic set of pearls. And her groom is rocking that white dinner jacket. These bold choices together created a most elegant and fun aesthetic for their wedding day.

Saipua’s floral designs are seriously to die for as well, and Jillian Mitchell did such an amazing job capturing the gradations of color and texture used in the decor. They took a space that was already stunning and amplified the beauty by 1000 by adding lush greenery garlands, large arrangements, and trees on the tables. We just adore how they brought the outside garden in for this exciting and lovely reception.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography | Venue: Wave Hill | Event and Floral Design: Saipua | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events  | Catering: Great Performances  | DJ: Sam Turner from Beat Train | Band: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys  | Hair and Makeup: Rachael at Prive Salon | Rentals: Party Rental | Bride’s skirt: Dior | Bride’s top: J. Mendel | Bride’s shoes: Dior | Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Invitation and Wedding Day Paperie: Katie Fischer Design | Calligraphy: Paperfinger


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07.28.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

We’re Hiring A Business Intern!


Bored To Tears By Dull Internship Options?

Are you tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole? Does making copies of documents that nobody reads not really do it for you? How about shredding documents all day that are even less important? Do you aspire to something greater than fetching coffee?

If so, we might just have the internship for you!

If you want to work from home, have flexible hours, love interacting with people and consider yourself an organizational genius, you should check out this position. The thing is…. while your title may be  “Once Wed Business Intern”, this is a role of real importance and essential value to Once Wed. Identifying and training you to make a real impact on our teams will be one of our more critical tasks this year. So if you are interested in learning state-of-the-art business processes from an online startup, working on a variety of social media, cloud based tech, reporting, and customer service initiatives, working with amazing creatives, building a reputation as an irreplaceable member of our team and working for one of the finest wedding publications in the world, please click the link below fill out the questionnaire . We are really excited to meet you!

Let’s discuss the many ways you have dazzled and amazed the entire Once Wed team at the conclusion of your internship:

1. Your flawless attention to detail in payroll has saved the company 5 figures and insured accurate and timely pay of all OW personnel – making for very happy owners and employees.

2. Your copywriting for social media features and recognitions has drawn us closer to our community, dramatically improved our followers on social media and earned the appreciation of our sponsors and industry friends

3. Your streamlining of client reports and refining of sales process have shortened the time needed to close deals, increased renewal rates and helped our sales team close more new business – making you a superstar in the eyes of the sales team.

4. In this multifaceted role, you have shined as a proactive, high energy self-starter who monitors her own work, handles issues before they become problems, communicates exceptionally well to all OW team members and clients, has the confidence to stop and ask questions when needed and summons the mental flexibility and emotional maturity to adapt with a growing small business. Management has been blown away but your contributions!

We can’t wait until you make this opportunity a reality.

Now Back to Today.

If you’d like this story to be yours….

Please fill out our questionnaire for consideration!

Desired Skills, Reqs, etc:

  • 6 month unpaid commitment with potential for part time position working with Once Wed
  • Affinity for the OW Aesthetic
  • 5 to 10 hours a week. Preference given to daytime availability
  • A passion for social media, learning more about it and managing social profiles
  • Strong all around, technical, computer and internet skills
  • Preference for Atlanta Candidates– it’s easier to train our people if they are nearby and we also like to take our people to lunch!
  • Life Experience is a bonus (though not required)
  • High speed internet

Photography by Erich Mcvey

07.28.14 / Featured, News Blog

Light-Filled New York City Engagement

This engagement session almost brought us to tears. Honestly, Eric Kelley seems to have somehow captured the love between these two in the most intimate and revealing way. Every frame speaks to their affection for one another, and we couldn’t love it any more.

Here’s more from the bride:

Josh and I met at the University of Virginia but our relationship really began when we both moved to New York City after graduation six years ago. Josh proposed last summer while we were on vacation in Sardinia, Italy. He swam from the small boat we had rented to meet me on the beach and when I looked up he was down on one knee proposing. We had been together so long but I was still taken back by how emotional it was, we enjoyed the moment on the beach and drank from a bottle of prosecco. The celebration continued later that night when he surprised me with a private boat ride to a candlelit beach side dinner.

I will admit that I couldn’t wait to start planning and called Easton Events while still on vacation to enlist their expertise for the big day. We’re both from Virginia and will be getting married at Verulam Farm in Charlottesville over Labor Day weekend. Since our wedding will be back home we wanted our engagement pictures to be taken in the city, were we fell in love and share a life together now. Josh is the creator of the Mason Shaker and founder partner of W&P Design based in Brooklyn, and I’m the Director at a gallery in the city.

We both were immediately drawn to Eric Kelley’s romantic but composed style and love how the photos came out. The dreamy bedroom shots were taken at the Standard Hotel, then we walked down through the cobblestone streets of the West Village to a favorite coffee shop. I worked with Lora Kelley to achieve a soft and natural look for my hair and makeup.

All in all, everything with this session is perfection.

Photographer: Eric Kelley | Event Planner (for the wedding): Easton Events | Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley | Shoot Location: The Standard Hotel High Line & around New York | White Dress: Monique L’Huillier | Blue Dress: Chelsea Flower from Intermix | Yellow: Rebecca Taylor

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07.25.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog