Romantic and Elegant Wedding Ideas from Tec Petaja

We’re so incredibly honored that our long-time friend, Tec Petaja, sent over the first images from his photography workshop to share with you all this week. We hope the next 4 series of posts that Tec shot alongside the talented team of Jacin Fitzgerald and Abby Capalbo in South Carolina will serve as inspiration for your very own wedding day.
Make sure to keep coming back for more from Tec and his talented team!
Photography: Tec Pataja | Styling + Florals: Jacin Fitzgerald | Styling: Abby Capalbo | Makeup: Dannon K. Collard | Location: River Oaks Charleston | Dresses: The Dress Theory (Camille Wynn) + Claire Pettibone | Rings: Heidi Gibson | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab
Film: Kodak

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04.20.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Photography Giveaway with Abigail Bobo – Closed


One of the first considerations for anyone who is engaged is where to hold the wedding.  Most brides go through their mental list of their dream venues before deciding.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work with a photographer who loves to dream as well?  Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Abigail Bobo, a Once Wed Preferred Vendor whose fine art photography style marries passion for people with a desire to tell stories.

Abigail would love to make your dreams come true with a FREE wedding photography package!  She is sharing her Dream Wedding Location List below and would love to hear about the wonderful ideas on your list. Your dream may become hers!

Abigail Bobo Photography‘s Dream Wedding Destinations:
-United Kingdom or Ireland
-Ceremony in Museum of Art
-British Columbia
-Rosemary Beach
-Botanical Gardens
-Big Sur
-Oregon State Park
-Arizona Desert
-NYC Central Park
-Rhode Island or Maine
-New Orleans Cathedral

-1 winner will receive complimentary 9 hours of wedding coverage
-2 runners up to receive 50% off a wedding photography package of their choice.


Enter a comment below telling Abigail a little about yourself and why you would love to have her photograph your wonderful memories.

Giveaway applies to 2015 and 2016 dates. A standard wedding photography contract will apply. Additional hours of coverage, prints, albums and USB drives are available at additional cost that will be provided in advance and upon request. Travel fees for Abigail must be paid up front and Abigail will make her own travel arrangements.

This contest ends on May 2, 2015.

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04.18.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Romantic Church Wedding in Stockholm

As the saying goes: when you know, you know! Patrik proposed to Siri in Paris, and just 4 weeks later, they were married in a romantic church ceremony where both of their sets of parents were also married. The simple setting and minimal details allowed for the couple’s love to remain the focus of the day. With free-flowing champagne, a simple black and white color palette, and a home-made buffet dinner served at the bride’s parent’s home, their celebration was romantic, unpretentious, and honest. When you’re planning your day, we encourage you to remember what is truly important.

Photography: Johanna Åkerberg Kassel | Food: Olive Hummer | Groom’s suit: Tiger of Sweden , Shoes: Church’s | Dresses + veil: vintage, from Epok | Styling: Ann Bonander Looft  | Bridesmaids’ Pellerines: Ann Bonander Looft | Bride’s shoes: &other stories

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04.17.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

An Intimate Wedding at Home

Some wedding stories have their own sense of grace. This intimate wedding inspiration, taking place at the bride’s home, somehow speaks in soft whispers of delicacy and simplicity, at the same time as it overwhelms us with a graceful sense of beauty. For more from the event designers, read on.

From Marianne, at RiverOaks Charleston:

“On her wedding day in her lifelong home she rises at the first break of dawn. Clothed in her grandmother’s own wedding day robe, she quietly bathes. Like the water,  the memories flow. She warms herself by the fire asking God to be present in this day, yet soon the coffee is gone and the morning fleeting. In a beautiful script, she vows her forever love to the one who only hours away will become her husband. Outside her childhood home is quickly becoming a venue and the window’s glass restrains her curiosity. Yet, the thoughtful and tom-boyish explorer ventures out dressed and covered in her mother’s french veil. Darting quickly along the open pond she shelters herself, hugging the aged walls that have held her close since birth. Risking notice as guests arrive she retreats inside. Shortly, with her artfully tended bouquet in hand, she gracefully approaches the stone gates. Passing through them, the little girl from home fades with each step as a beautiful woman; now, a bride. Approaching the altar, she speaks to her husband – to love and commit herself to him alone until death do them part. Soon after, at the same table her family has gathered for meals upon meals, an intimate dinner celebration ensues. In the blink of an eye her husband is calling her to a dance and the little girl gives a final twirl. Darkness falls and as a wife she leaves her home for their own forever story.”

Photography: Chris Isham | Creative Direction & Floral Design: Forage and Fleur | Creative Direction & Styling: Marianne Caldwell | Venue: RiverOaks Charleston | Makeup: Dannon K Collard | Hair: Annie Colavita | Calligraphy: Ink and Honey | Dress: Gossamer Vintage | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Tableware: Eventworks Rentals | Model: Morgan Bacon from Directions USA

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04.16.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog