DIY Silver Flatware


Inspired by the beautiful studio tour we featured yesterday, Mara of Neithersnow created this gorgeous flatware DIY…

Vintage flea markets abound in Florence. We stopped by one of our favorites in  Piazza Santo Spirito and picked up a few ornate silver forks. We edged them with white chalk marker and gray nailpolish. The best part is they can be cleaned and repainted after the event.


1. Select some vintage forks. Handles with floral patterns or very raised designs work best.

2. Mark off some thin and wide stripes using washi or masking tape.

3. Using a marker or nailpolish, paint directly onto the handle of the flatware. and let dry.

Credits: Photography by Anne-Marie Bouchard, AMBPhoto. Styling by Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow and Betty Soldi.

09.18.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Paola Florence Studio Tour

For the last year, Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow has lived in Florence, Italy. Not long into her stay she met Betty Soldi and Matteo Perduca, the proprietors of &Company, a design studio, curiosities shop and magical creative workshop in the Oltrarno district, where artisans’ shops line the streets. Mara and Betty were so taken by these beautiful nooks they offered to give Once Wed readers a glimpse inside a few of these artisanal studios, along with a corresponding DIY inspired by the artforms. Anne-Marie Bouchard joined them to capture the poetic beauty.  I’ll let them take it away!

Hello from Florence! It seems this city needs no introduction. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance where all manner of arts, crafts, and trades have flourished for centuries and continue to do so. Every corner and cobblestone street presents an opportunity to discover a master bookbinder, wooden frame craftsman, or lithography shop. If you can believe it, the three studios we chose to visit are within a few blocks of each other.  Let’s start with one of our favorites, Paola Sardone…

Just a few steps from the Pitti Palace is the studio and home of Florentine designer Paola Sardone. When we first stepped into the peaceful retreat she has created our jaws dropped onto the gorgeous herringbone floor. A collection of garden roses spill out of glass beakers on the table, light bulbs hang suspended from hot pink ribbon, and the backdrop to all of this is a muted fresco she discovered not long after buying the apartment. Paola combs through antiques markets for discarded, long-forgotten postwar flatware and brings each piece back to life with a coat of real silver. She’ll leave the tiniest glimpse of the object’s former life which creates a subtle two-tone contrast. Her collection, Secondo Tempo (“Second Chance”), is available for purchase at &Company, and inspired our project to bring old flatware to life.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a beautiful DIY inspired by Paola’s gorgeous studio.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard, AMBPhoto | Concept: Neithersnow | Styling: Paola Sardone

09.17.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Insure your Ring with Jewelers Mutual


Engagement rings… don’t we all dream about the perfect ring and fantasy proposal? Once you get it, that ring means the world to you. So have you ever thought about protecting it, or what that may mean? Oftentimes, jewelry insurance is forgotten in the joy of the moment and may be an afterthought (once your ring is already gone). So, we’re happy to introduce our newest sponsor, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. Jewelers Mutual is an insurance provider of Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance that specifically covers personal jewelry. They’ve been kind enough to educate us on some of the myths associated with jewelry insurance to help you ensure that your ring is protected!

Myth #1: I don’t need additional insurance because my engagement ring is automatically covered on my homeowners/renters policy. Frequently, homeowners insurance covers only a small dollar amount for jewelry loss unless you have attached a floater or rider to your policy. Look for a company that offers broader coverage than standard homeowners or renters policy, and one that’s specifically for jewelry, like Perfect Circle™ Jewelry Insurance because if you have to take out a jewelry insurance claim, it may potentially affect your homeowners policy premiums or eligibility.

Myth #2: My homeowners coverage includes jewelry damage or loss, regardless of the reason the jewelry is missing. Typical homeowners policies do not cover mysterious disappearance. Make sure to double check on this!

Myth #3 In the event of a jewelry insurance claim, I can use the jeweler of my choice to handle the replacement, regardless of the insurance provider. Not always true, as many insurers require you to work with their preferred replacement company. Jewelers Mutual provides you with the flexibility to work with your jeweler of choice for repair or replacement.

Myth #4 I had my jewelry items appraised when I first got them. Is there really a need to have them re-valued? If it’s been a while since you’ve had your values updated, your jewelry may be worth more now than when it was originally purchased. Now may be a good time to visit your jeweler to have your jewelry values reviewed and determine if you have proper coverage. This also gives the jeweler the opportunity to check for any damage or wear and tear that could result in loose stones (and lost diamonds!).  Ask them for a professional cleaning as well. You’ll leave with jewelry that’s sparkling line new and have the peace of mind that it’s in good condition and properly valued.

Now that you have a clearer understanding about insuring your ring, visit Perfect Circle Insurance or call 888-884-2424 to find out more information about the importance of jewelry insurance! You’ll feel much more at ease about wearing that gorgeous diamond, once you know it’s properly insured!

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

09.17.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Tuscany Villa Wedding

My husband proposed to me in the Tuscan countryside 2 years prior and I could see no place more beautiful and fitting to bring or rather force our close friends and family to come and celebrate!

The one word to describe our wedding was magical.  From the venue, to the weather, our friends and family, the entire experience, down to the very last detail, everything was pure magic.  We spent an entire week with 30 of our close friends and family at the farmhouse, Podere Finerri, where we would also be wed.  We were wed among the property’s olive trees in an intimate ceremony, officiated by my husband’s sister. Typical of Tuscan summers, the days prior were blazing hot but as if by design, the clouds gently rolled in to provide our guests relief from unrelenting sun during the ceremony and just as gently, parted in time for the most beautiful sunset during our reception.  We sat there amongst our close friends and family, enjoying speeches, amazing food, toasting with Tuscan wine, with the sun setting over the Tuscan hills as a backdrop.  Our reception was followed by a night of dancing under the stars that lasted until 4 in the morning! And I’m told this was followed by a late night/early morning dip for those that lasted!  It really was our kind of party, in every possible sense and there could not have been a more lovely welcome to our new lives.

Our wedding festivities were capped off with a post-wedding celebration of wine and pizza by the pool!  Removed from all the stresses of our wedding day, we and all our guests could truly relax as we lounged poolside, sipped on bubbly and splashed around in the pool.  I’ll never forget the feeling of total and complete contentment I felt as I hugged my husband at the ledge of the infinity pool as we watched the sun set and turned back to see all our closest friends and family laughing, relaxing, and soaking it all in.   It was as though in that moment of clarity, nothing else mattered and everyone was exactly where they should be.

Wedding Coordination: Events by Jackie Santos | Photography: Tec Petaja | Videography: Lightbulb Studios | DJ: DJ Constant (Connie Kim) | Bride’s dress: Reem Acra | Groom’s suit: Giorgio Armani | Venue: Podere Finerri (The Lazy Olive) in Asciano, Tuscany, Italy | Calligraphy: Bride

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09.16.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog