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From Ginny Au:

On the last day of the Erich McVey workshop we had the attendees split into two groups and photograph two unconventional sessions. Today’s feature of the couples boudoir was a favorite shoot for the attendees. We closed the room to the shoot and had the attendees enter in groups of 3-4 at a time. Giving the real life couple a serious of 4 tasks to complete in a 10 minutes time frame, the attendees gave little to no direction, instead shooting the natural progression of the couples moments. It takes my breath away to see these tender and authentic images from Erich McVey.

Erich McVey: Erich McVey Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and Calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch | Female Model Attire: Zara | Male Model Attire: J.Crew | Bedding: Restoration Hardware

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07.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Dresses from Alexandra Grecco

Alexandra Grecco has been designing beautiful ready to wear pieces since 2010, and we’ve eagerly been awaiting the launch of her bridal gowns and separates this month! Alexandra has launched a new website on which you can order your made to order gown in a variety of colors. Each classic and feminine design, inspired by the silhouettes and details of gowns from the 1930s will be available in a range of soft hues, like grey, pistachio, apricot, and ivory, and lightweight textures of silk chiffon and Italian nylon tulle. The collection of gowns, ranging in prices $2,800 – $5,500, is available to order online today, and will be featured in trunk shows in the following months.

For more information on how to order, visit her website or email her directly at

Photography: Agnes Thor | Flowers: Ariel Dearie | Model: Karley Parker | Hair and Makeup: Brittany Romney | Location: Alder Manor | Jewelry: Odette, Noriko and Akiko

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07.15.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Outdoor New Zealand Wedding

Jonas Peterson has the extreme privilege of working in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and his talent for capturing the landscapes of wherever he travels never ceases to amaze us. He has a true gift as you can see from these absolutely mind-boggling images of the New Zealand mountains. We have more from the bride, Josephine on why she and Steve chose to marry in Queenstown:

Steve and I met in Australia. He had transferred for work and with him being from the UK and spending his working life abroad, when we got engaged, the puzzle of where began!  Steve arranged a weekend away to Queenstown to sell me on getting married in New Zealand.   It didn’t take much convincing, it was stunning! As clichéd as it sounds, Queenstown is breathtaking!  It was also close to Australia for people to travel and Steve felt at home, with the mountains being reminiscent of his childhood in Scotland.   With a location and celebration that spoke for itself, we knew we needed little to make the wedding feel amazing – some great friends and family, lots of love, laughter and a whole lot of dancing!

On the morning of the wedding, we woke to a thick layer of snow across the mountains – it was perfect and a rare sight for Queenstown in Autumn.  We had 35 guests in total, and were married in what we affectionately named the Ginger Bread house, a chapel overlooking the Lake Wakatipu. The reception was held at a private lodge 7 minutes outside Queenstown, overlooking The Remarkables. We worked with a local florist to have in-season flowers, candles and garlands on the table – we wanted a natural and easy feeling in the room.  Our first dance was under the stars surrounded by our loved ones holding candles in the freezing temperatures, but it was worth it!  Having everyone in town the following day was great, being able to recount the wedding and continue the celebration – we felt like we had a wedding week, not just a wedding day.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Florals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Hair: Hair Junkie Wamberal, Australia | Makeup: Hush Beauty Queenstown | Paper Goods: The Collectors Room, Sydney | Rentals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Wedding Dress, Shoes & Accessories: Johanna Johnson

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07.14.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Website

There are countless website builders floating around the internet, but our favorite for personal projects, like a wedding website, is definitely Squarespace. Squarespace makes building a website an absolute breeze, and the pre-designed templates are modern, clean, and pleasing to the eye. We have some tips today from Squarespace on how to make building a wedding website even easier. And if you continue reading, you can watch a step-by-step tutorial from Squarespace on how to build the perfect wedding website!

10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Website

1. Gather all of the basic information that you want to include on your wedding website, such as event details, location details, details on your registry, travel details…etc, before you start building.
2. In one place on your computer, collect all of the high-resolution images that you’re going to include on your website, like: engagement photos, photos of your venue and accommodations for your guests, and logos of the stores where you are registered, to make the process quick and simple.
3. Next, choose a Squarespace template, and follow the tutorial to start setting up your website.
4. Once you have the basic information and layout of your website built, you can start adding and building everything out so your guests have all the pertinent information they could need.
5. Be sure to make it personal! Be yourself and customize everything from templates, photos, domain names, themes, colors, etc. to match your wedding vision.
6. You may even want to add a map and weather widget for the location of your wedding so your guests have up-to-the minute details.
7. Create a page that’s password protected for the bridal party – for private information only they should see.
8. You can also create a custom song request form so your guests can boogie the night away to their favorites!
9. Create a vendor shoutout page if you want to highlight all the people who are making your day so special.
10. And connect an RSS feed from Twitter with your wedding hashtag to collect all mentions of your special day.

With all of these awesome tips, and the step-by-step tutorial from Squarespace, your wedding website will blow your guests out of the water! Enter the code ONCEWED14 when you sign up to save 10% off your annual subscription!

07.14.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog