Simple Outdoor Engagement Session

We always love to see couples celebrate their engagements with beautiful portraits that show their natural personalities. Rebeca and Josh’s photos from Lauren Balingit and Kelly Lenard is no exception. Read on for more from the couple! Looking for more simple photo sessions? Here is one of our favorite maternity sessions, and a beautiful beach engagement session here.
From the bride-to-be, Rebeca:

“Josh and I met one summer, when I had just come back from traveling to Honduras where I was volunteering for a non-profit organization called Final Frontiers. One of my friends invited me to join her as a camp counsellor at a teen camp for a week. At first I was reluctant about not going because of feeling jet lagged, but for some reason I changed my mind. Josh was also a camp counsellor, and this is where Josh and I caught each other’s eye. We found each other by doing the thing we love the most: loving and working with people. Although we only said a few words to each other that week, there was an immediate connection. A few weeks later he asked me out for a date, and we’ve been dating ever since.
As soon as Josh and I got engaged, I was really excited to choose a photographer. I worked with Lauren earlier that year on a stylized shoot, and her genuine sweet spirit stuck with me when deciding on who I wanted to be my photographer. Because both Lauren and Kelly have such a warm personalities, Josh and I felt so comfortable and at ease throughout the engagement session. We had so much fun climbing up the sand dunes as it brought up so many memories as a young girl going to the dunes with my family and friends. It was so neat to be able to share those memories with Josh and create new ones together.
As our wedding day approaches, we are so excited and looking forward to having Lauren and Kelly be a part of our special day.”

From the photographer, Lauren Balingit:

“Rebeca & Josh are such a fun couple and one of the things I love most about them is that they are genuinely crazy about each other! We wanted to bring that out in their images, so we took a more lighthearted and fun approach to their engagement session with minimal styling while using a lot of the natural details surrounding them to help bring the story together.”

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Co-Styling & Photography: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine | Rebeca’s dress & cardigan: Zara | Film Developing & Scanning: PhotoVision |

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05.14.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Free Styling Training from Once Wed + Joy Thigpen

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Here at Once Wed we receive thousands of submission for publication every year. We run less than 1 per cent of them.

In providing feedback on submissions, I found we were answering many of the same types of questions each time. The most common question is

“How do I capture the kinds of weddings and editorials I see featured on Once Wed?”

There are a few traits that are common among the work of photographers, stylists and other wedding professionals whose work you see published on our site.

To help you hone some of these techniques yourself, Joy Thigpen and I have created a comprehensive new online course, Wedding Styling 101, which speaks to the foundations of styling and art direction. Ahead of our official launch next week, we are offering a free online 3-part mini training series when you sign up for our new mailing list.

To join, just CLICK HERE and enter your email address to receive the course!

We’ll be sharing more news about our upcoming course for wedding professionals on Instagram so follow along with the hashtag #weddingstyling101.

05.13.15 / Featured, News Blog

The Best Kind of Love Story

All love stories are amazing to hear, but the ones that everyone (including Hollywood) seems to love the most are those take a few twists and turns along the way. Tyler and Marissa’s story is just that, and with these incredibly scenic images from Once Wed Preferred Vendor Jessica Rose Photography, we hope that you enjoy their tale.

From the bride:
“Tyler and I met our first day of college in Seattle and became instant-friends; however it wasn’t until four years later that we experienced the “aha!” moment and wondered why we hadn’t been together all along. But by then Tyler had already accepted a job in DC and I was moving back to Los Angeles, so dating didn’t come easy. It was a long road back to each other, but the solid friendship and deep love that had grown between us all those years managed to withstand the distance. Tyler pursued me the old fashioned way with handwritten letters, which I’ve kept safely in a box for our children to read one day. And seven years after we first met, we finally moved back to Seattle to start a new life together in a wonderfully familiar place. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that good love stories- the ones that really stick with you- are never perfect. They have long intermissions, moments that feel like failure, and plenty of asking for help along the way. But when you’re both standing side by side in spite of all the odds that were stacked against you, love is the sweetest kind of victory. And if you ask me, that’s a pretty good story.” 

From the photographer, Jessica Rose Photography:
“Rattlesnake Ridge offered the perfect backdrop to showcase the love these two share. Deep and beautiful, full of rich history, this is a place (and these are the people) that defy the odds and become even more beautiful because of them.”

Photographer: Jessica Rose | Dress: Free People | Brides shoes: Funkis | Engagement Ring: Amy Gregg Jewelry | Location: Rattlesnake Ridge, Washington | Groom’s Pants: JCrew | Grooms Shoes: Clark, Desert Boots

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05.13.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Bold Beach Wedding in Coral and Peach

Though we can’t all live by the sea, most of us feel drawn to it in one way or another. And if you are able, a wedding by the beach should be at the top of your list! Today we’re excited to share this beautiful editorial, inspired by the South Florida landscape and pulling together fresh ideas for all of our beach brides. The combination of coral and peach hues in wedding palettes isn’t new, but we love the bold way those vibrant florals are paired with the cultured wood table and chairs. Read on for more details behind these beach wedding ideas!

More from the event designer, Beauty in the Making:

“Inspired by the distinctive landscape of South Florida, we situated ourselves on the shoreline of Key Biscayne, a glorious location that quietly reveals the spirit and eighteenth century history of this area. The lighthouse is the oldest structure in Dade County & tells old tales of marauding pirates that passed through these islands.  I was influenced by the azure blue of the sea, golden rays of sunshine and lush greenery that characterizes this unique area.  Magenta and deep coral tulips, ranunculus and ivy vines highlighted the surroundings as the sun set, inviting the night fall.  Feather and Stone captured it all so amazingly, not only this stunning couple but all the finer details of the settings and scenery.

The magnificent Marchesa gown contrasted our backdrop with a gentle under layer of gold lace covered in decadent pearls and crystals. I felt it made for an elegant distinction from the simple beauty of the blues skies and sea. The cultured table made by Wood that Works paired with gold accented plates, glasses and cutlery, vegetation and pop of color from the blooms that seemed to be growing out of the center of it all.  An island affair that would excite any bride, highlighting the exquisiteness of this paradise.”

Photographer: Feather and Stone Photography | Coordination, Design and Paper Goods: Beauty in the Making | Flowers: Divine Design Flowers by Eileen Morales | Hair & Makeup:  Jet Alexandra Hair & Makeup | Bridal Dress and Jewelry:  Chic Parisien (Marchesa Gown) | Beaded Body Suit and Sheer Skirt: One Day Bridal | Tuxedos:  Men’s Warehouse Coral Gables | Table Rental: Wood That Works | Chairs:  Hitched Event Rentals |Models:  Next Models Miami (Roselyn & Dwayne)

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05.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog