Bronzed Beauty

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If you’re looking to land somewhere between sun-kissed and sultry, bronze makeup might be a good path for you. If you go for a dramatic smoky eye but in the bronze family, it will keep your look a bit more natural plus give you the added brightness of the metallic shimmer, rather than the full darkness of a traditional smoky eye. The bronze look will also lend you all the extra warmth and glow you could want for your wedding day. Here are some shimmery bronze make up products we’d reach for first: 1) Babor Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 06 Sunny Bronze $19  2) Mineral Essence Shimmer Eye Shadow in Pure Bronze $16  3) Laura Geller Balance-N-Bronze Compact $33  4) Cargo Essential Eye Shadow Palette in Bronze $34   5) Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil in Bronze $33

Photo: Tec Petaja // Hair + Makeup: Jordan Byars

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02.25.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Alicia Swedenborg Photography

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Are you searching for that perfect wedding photographer? Do you love the look of film photography?  Well, Once Wed lovelies, do we have a treat for you! Meet Alicia Swedenborg- she is a Swedish photographer who loves to the travel the globe- from South Africa to India. Alicia’s work is full of beauty and pure delight. As a lover of love, her approach to weddings is how life should be: relaxed, natural and full of giggles.

Alicia recently put down roots in the U.S. She’s moved to New York City and wants to celebrate with Once Wed! One lucky reader will win a wedding package with this film-loving photographer.  A value of $5800!

This amazing package will include:

  • 5 hours of wedding day coverage by Alicia Swedenborg
  • Unlimited film both black/white & color  (she’s a film shooter!)
  • 5×7″ digital scanned images (so you share with the world your marriage!)
  • Unlimited personal consulting to optimize your photography experience
  • The wedding can take place anywhere in the world (the winner will have to pay travel expenses outside of NYC). It’s also possible to order beautiful albums, prints, add additional hours. etc through her a la carte menu!

To enter and win, just fill out the form on win.aliciaswedenborg.com and keep your fingers crossed!

Entry closes on noon March 17th 2013 EST! Certain terms and conditions apply, please see the competition website win.aliciaswedenborg.com for details.

To view more of Alicia’s work, visit her website and blog.

02.25.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Love Note Gift Wrapping Paper

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Isn’t this gift wrapping idea adorable? What a wonderful surprise for your new spouse to receive his/her gift in. To see the full tutorial, check out A Subtle Revelry.

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02.22.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

NYC Sunset Cruise Engagement Dinner

We are planning an intimate wedding on the west coast, so we wanted to put together a little engagement party to celebrate with a larger group of friends in New York. We looked at several locations before the idea of an evening on a yacht popped up. We knew we really wanted an outdoor party – and what better place than out in the fresh air on the Hudson River. The evening was perfect, with the most beautiful pink sunset. It was so fun to be able to mix our dinner party with an outdoor activity. When you have friends like Sierra and Juliet from Poppies & Posies, and Kerry & Bobbie for hair and makeup, and Betsy’s amazing strawberry shortcake cakes, there’s really no need to plan anything – they show up and do what they do best and voila – amazing, beautiful night!

The overall theme of the night was a chic, NY summer evening. I found a tailored Trina Turk dress and of course needed to have a bow bun to match my bow clip on earrings. Black and white is so New York City so I wore black shoes with the white dress, E wore grey, and we finished up the decor with a pop of color, which was a lovely contrast to the city skyline. A big thank you to all the people who made our night so dreamy!

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue & Catering: Private Yacht – Eastern Star // Florals: Poppies & Posies // Hair & Makeup: Bobbie Yanoupeth // Cakes: NineCakes.com // Dress: Trina Turk // Menus, Signs & Lettering: Myself

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02.21.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog