Intimate Greek Garden Inspired Wedding

When I first chatted with Evie she was very clear that she wanted her wedding to be a a reflection of her Greek heritage and, specifically, a reflection of the gardens in Greece.  For her ceremony, we kept it simple with an olive leaf garland decorating either side of the church aisle.
At the reception, to create that “outdoor garden vibe” guests were greeted with a “potting bench” seating card display. I used wood plant markers and had Joelle Duff calligraph guest names onto them and tucked them into a stone container filled with moss. For the tables, I layered La Tavola’s cut lace linen over soft green linens. I arranged olive, bay, garden roses, lavender, annabelle hydrangea, and rosemary in an eclectic mix of stone and iron garden containers. For the fireplace/lounge area I brought in bougainvillea plants and decorated with simple olive branches that we painted gold and intermixed it with lots of candles.

Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie | Florist and Designer: Kelly Oshiro | Church: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church | Coordinator: Amber Weir Weddings & Events | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | DJ: Goodbeat Productions | Photobooth: Lion Booth | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rental: Town & Country | Transportation: Roadrunner Shuttle

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05.06.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win A BHLDN Hairpiece

bhldn-hairpieceBHLDN is one of our favorite go to places online for specialty and vintage inspired wedding pieces. From delicate dresses to art deco decorations, they have you covered for all your wedding apparel and decor needs. Because we’re such big fans of the brand, we’ve teamed up with BHLDN to give away a beautiful hairpiece to one lucky Once Wed reader. The winner of this hair piece giveaway can choose from the Silvestre comb, Demetor halo or the Asteria headband.

The winner will be announced May 10th. CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

05.01.13 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Wedding Watercolor Escort Cards


I am so excited to share this beautiful tutorial from Ginny Au, Holly Hollon, and Erich McVey on Once Wed. Ginny and Holly recently collaborated on a simple step by step tutorial showing us how to recreate these beautiful, watercolor escort card at home. Ginny used delicate pins to display them here, but the options are endless for displaying escort cards at your wedding. Enjoy!



  1. watercolor paints
  2. watercolor brush
  3. heavy professional grade paper, BFK Reeves or Stonhenge is recommended, make sure that the paper texture is not too rough, this would inhibit the calligrapher from writing on the paper (purchased at an art supply store)
  4. metal ruler
  5. glass of water
  6. cutting mat


1. Tear paper into 3 inch strips

2. Using the strips of paper, tear them into 3.5 inch pieces

3. Mix a palette of colors (for example, yellow, orange, pink)

4. Create washes on the pieces of torn paper using the range of colors from the palette

5. Let Cards dry for 24 hours before writing on them, this ensures that they are completely dry so the ink will not bleed. Send to the calligrapher or try doing your own calligraphy with a diy calligraphy kit.

6. We pinned our diy wedding watercolor escort cards to a linen board with delicate pins, but the options for display are limitless.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Ginny Au  | Flowers: Cloth of Gold | Calligraphy & Watercoloring: Holly Hollon

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04.30.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Insure your ring with Perfect Circle


Your jewelry is as special as you are. But not all jewelry insurers recognize this, which is why Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company stands apart from the rest. They offer jewelry insurance not only to protect your bank account, but your precious memories. Imagine being halfway across the world and losing your engagement ring.

How wonderful to have the peace of  mind that your policy with   Jewelers Mutual offers worldwide coverage  for loss, damage, theft, and mysterious disappearance of your jewelry pieces. They answer every call personally, so you’ll have a real person on the other end helping you navigate through this stressful experience. Most jewelry insurers require you to use their own jeweler, but Jewelers Mutual allows you to use the jeweler of your choice to replace your  piece.

Their expertise and knowledge in jewelry and jewelry insurance spans over 100 years. Most traditional insurance companies offer riders or add-on policies for jewelry, but Jewelers Mutual has specialized in insuring jewelry since 1913.

Protect the cherished memories your jewelry represents. Insure your engagement ring and wedding ring with Perfect Circle Insurance from Jewelers Mutual. 

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

04.30.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog