Carefree and Playful Engagement Photos

While we love an elegant, well-styled engagement session, what we love the most about Hannah and Anthony’s sweet engagement photos from the Erich McVey photography workshop is the carefree, playful nature that is so evident from a simple scroll through the images. Their chemistry is amazing–don’t you want to take a stroll along the beach with your fiancé right about now?

More from the stylist, Ginny Au: 
“We often see engagement shoots featuring couple in gowns, suits and beautiful rolling hills. This year we wanted to downplay the fashion and focus on the playful love of this real couple. Anthony & Hannah had gorgeous chemistry and embraced the carefree mood we were wanting to document. Towards the end of the shoot, we gathered all the attendees together and repeated a simple series of actions allowing the couple to find a natural rhythm and these images are some of my favorite in the series. I love the honest love so visually transparent in their movements.”

All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in  Elk, California at  Navarro River Redwoods State Park  | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au for Loom assisted by Charlene Tea | Art Direction: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup:  Emily Newman & Kaela Rawson | Dress:  Zara | Linen Shirt: Zara | Models :  Tony and Hannah Culver for  Muse Model Management |  Sponsors: Neve Albums, PhotoVisionFuji Film PixiesetOnce WedMake & Stow

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07.14.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Protection from WedSafe

There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who like to take risks and put it all out there, and those who like to keep things a little more on the conservative side. For those of you who fall into the second category and like to have a little extra piece of mind, we’re happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, WedSafe.

What IS WedSafe?

Simply put, WedSafe offers you insurance for your wedding. The company is backed by Nationwide, a trusted insurance provider since 1926, and brought to you by Aon, the world’s leading insurance brokerage firm. Why would you need wedding insurance? We’ll tell you why.

WedSafe provides two important policies that protect couples:  Liability and Cancellation protection.

Liability insurance is often required by venues in order to host your event at their facility. WedSafe provides instant quotes and coverage purchased online in minutes, with documents emailed to you and the venue immediately. Thousands of venues across the country accept and recommend Wedsafe to satisfy their requirements.

Cancellation coverage protects the large financial investment into your wedding day against covered losses that could be a result of cancellation, postponement, no-show vendors and a host of other issues.

Wedding budgets across the country average $30,000, making this day a significant investment–one that could be just as vulnerable to risks as something like your car! With so many moving parts that need to come together on your wedding day, wedding insurance can provide the peace of mind that comes with protecting your big day. Take a look at WedSafe and consider how valuable the peace of mind their protection can bring you.


First two images photographed by: Thierry Joubert | Second images photographed by: Erich McVey

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07.14.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Textured Modern Wedding Inspiration

We love to see couples choose unique decor and style choices for their weddings. Today’s inspiration shoot from the recent Erich McVey Workshop for wedding photographers was based on the concept of pattern, and we love how the various textures create a modern vibe for a wedding. From textured table elements to an amazing lace bridal gown, the detailed bouquet and boutonnieres to the bride’s chic earrings, we cannot get enough of this look.

More from the stylist, Ginny Au: 
“Our “Pattern” shoot was inspired by the color, life and energy of Granada, Spain. We chose mauves and burnt gold as a color palette shown in the table design. The lace of Emily Riggs gown was such a compliment to the theme as it created a wonderful textural element with its pattern. We paired the gown with bold dangling earrings and the movement of our beautiful model on the cliffs with her veil blowing in the wind was a tribute to the mood and energy found in Spanish dance.”

All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in  Elk, California at Cuffey’s Cove Ranch  | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au  assisted by Charlene Tea | Art Direction: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au  | Floral Design: Soil & Stem  assisted by Tess Comrie | Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor | Gown: Emily Riggs | Suit: JCrew | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic | Plates: The Commons  | Tablecloth: Alder & Co  | Napkins & Table Runner : Silk & Willow  |  Models:  Nata Sarafinchan & Braeden Eufemia for Option Model & Media  |  Paper Goods:  Mon Voir  | Sponsors: Neve Albums, PhotoVisionFuji FilmPixiesetMake & Stow

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07.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win a Bridal Robe from Lunya!

All brides deserve to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day, but not all brides fit into the traditional bridal world of lace and frills. When selecting a get-ready robe or lingerie, limited options leave many brides feeling the need to modify their personal styles to the fit classic bridal mold. Lunya offers a contemporary option that feels unique, and is so comfortable you will love wearing it even after the wedding is over.

THE ROBE  is a modern and elevated version of the classic cozy robe, with a form-flattering design that was crafted with an unwavering attention to detail. Lunya carries this philosophy throughout their entire line, offering thoughtful and modern silhouettes for bedtime that feel much more sophisticated than your typical classic pajama set or your oversized tee and sweats. With sleep-friendly details, like sheer cooling panels and flat seams, Lunya sleepwear seeks to reinvent the way we dress between the sheets.

Lunya is giving Once Wed readers the chance to upgrade their sleepwear for their wedding night and every night! For a chance to win $250 in Lunya Bucks to shop, comment below telling us what you love about Lunya’s modern take on beautiful sleepwear.
Please note – since Lunya is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada at this time, the contest is limited to customers from those countries. Contest ends August 1st. 

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07.11.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog