You’re engaged! The ring is on the your finger and the wedding day is set. It’s only natural you want to let everyone know and shout it from the rooftops! Sending out your save-the-date cards is one of the most joyous moments in the wedding preparation process. So, why not share it with a custom photo card from our awesome sponsor Mixbook? It is without a doubt the best way to capture your excitement and share it with the friends and family you’ll want as witnesses to your special day.

Chances are that once you choose a location and set a theme for your wedding, your correspondence with guests will become more formal. So your save-the-date card is your chance to have a little lighthearted fun before the more ceremonious aspects of your wedding get underway.

Choose save the dates that features a design and photos that capture your spirit as a couple, then upload your photos using Mixbook’s Quick Card editor and Voilá! Set up a photo shoot with a camera-savvy friend or hire a photographer and head out to a spot where your love shines most, You might choose the beach for a backdrop or you may simply stand in front of a blank wall painted a vibrant color you both love. However you compose your photographs, make sure you let your true selves show, whether that means a highly composed photo of you and your love.

Better yet, Mixbook is offering OnceWed readers 25% off an ENTIRE purchase with coupon code ONCEWED25! This offer is valid through 2/28, so head on over to Mixbook and check out all their gorgeous designs!

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Offer expires 2/28/2013 (11:59 pm PST).

01.30.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Bake An Apple Tart


Today I have such a sweet treat in store for you. The wonderfully gifted, Elizabeth Messina, recently collaborated with the equally talented, Elizabeth Colling, to create a plethora of delicious food stories. They were kind enough to send over the first one to share with Once Wed readers just in time for Valentine’s Day. More from Elizabeth…

I developed this recipe after visiting an amazing apple orchard in Eau Claire, Michigan. To me, the key to a delicious apple pie is using a number of different types of apples, creating a variety of different flavors and textures. This tart can be made in either a tart pan or pie dish. The tart pan creates more of a clean look (and is easier to remove whole from the pan) while the pie dish seems more rustic. The raspberries bring a bit of bright acid and a beautiful color while the sanding sugar adds a nice sparkle and crunch to the buttery, flaky dough. The tart can be made and baked in advance so it really is perfect for a dessert bar at a wedding or party, especially with the heart shaped cutter. Serve with vanilla ice cream and it really doesn’t get much better than that!



3 1/2 pounds apples  (about 8-10 apples)
1 container (8 oz) fresh raspberries
1/2c. sugar
2T. lemon juice
1/4c. all purpose flour
1/2t. salt
1T. butter, cut into small pieces
1 each vanilla bean
1 each egg yolk
2T. heavy cream
2T. sanding sugar
1 recipe pate brisee (see below)


Divide dough in half and roll out each piece to about 1?4” thick. Place one piece in the refrigerator and line the bottom of a 9” tart or pie pan with the other. Place the tart pan in the refrigerator.

Peel and core apples. Cut into 3?4” – 1” chunks. Place them in a medium bowl with  the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, and the seeds from the vanilla bean. Toss to combine.

Remove both the tart pan and the extra piece of dough from the refrigerator. Place all of the apples in the tart and dot with butter.


Cut out desired shapes with remaining piece of dough and place all around the tart (starting at the outer edge and moving inward.) Refrigerate or freeze pie until firm, about 1-3 hrs., but not overnight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make egg wash by whisking together yolk and heavy cream. Brush egg wash over pie and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Place tart on a sheet tray and bake at 425 for 15 min. Turn oven down to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until the crust is a deep golden brown. The juices from the apples should be bubbling. Remove tart from oven and let cool on a wire rack. The tart is easiest to cut and serve if it sits out overnight.

photography by elizabeth messina // recipe and food styling by elizabeth colling

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01.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Free Custom Suit from Indochino


Ladies, we love to see our men in suits, but a well-tailored or custom suit is even better. A custom garment makes all the difference whether you spent $200 or $2000 bucks. And on your wedding day, you both want to look amazing, right? So today, we’re bringing you a brilliant company, Indochino.

Indochino is the leader in custom online menswear. They provide high-quality suits and tuxedos that fit the body perfectly and their quick 10-minute measurement process can be done from the comfort of your own home. All of Indochino’s products are hand-tailored to your groom’s measurements and delivered to any part of the world within 4 weeks making it easy and affordable to get a custom look.

And get this, if the suit requires a slight adjustment after you receive, Indochino offers a $75 credit toward local tailoring. Or, if for some reason it can’t be altered, Indochino will remake it for you. It’s a win win!

These days, custom suits on average run $800 and up. With Indochino, custom fit suits begin at $379- an absolute steal! Makes way more sense then spending hundreds on renting a suit or tux.

And, if you want your groom to look extra dapper, Indochino is offering 2 free accessories to each man for groom’s parties of 3 or more!

So, in honor of grooms-to-be everywhere, Once Wed has teamed up with Indochino to offer an awesome giveway! The winner will have the choice of any 2 piece suit from the Essentials Collection (max value $379). Click here to enter!

01.29.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Santa Ynez Rustic Wedding

When Candice and I first began planning her wedding, she came to me with the beautiful painting ‘Some Summers’  by Todd Hunter.  She said “I love this – if my wedding can feel the way this painting makes me feel, I will be so satisfied.”

I began brainstorming, researching the painter, and even digging into historical figures that we all have come to know and love Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh. All these figures bringing out the old world, european style along with their timeless works of art. After putting together the inspiration board for Candice, I sent it to her with a caption below…”If Vincent VanGogh were to throw a party, this would be it.” And it just stuck. I used this phrase and inspiration for everything else to fall into place. Lots of brass, old woods and rusted metals along with using mostly local to California florals to keep the organic, natural touch; and we stayed with the colors of Hunter’s piece for color inspiration. I wanted the day to feel very elegant and classy, but with a very old world, European influence.
venue: gainey vineyard, santa ynez, ca // photography: rylee hitchner // dress: claire pettibone // shoes: kate spade // suit: theory // cake: enjoy! cupcakes // florals + styling: abany bauer // makeup: kelsey nance // invitations + calligraphy: brown linen // food & wine pairings: graft events & catering // rentals: classic party rentals// lighting: LBPS events // coordinator: mary for weddings by marybeth  // videography: the reason // getaway car: classic car rental

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01.28.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog