Simple Summer Berry Freezer Jam

Weddings are the perfect occasion to share some of your favorite recipes or traditions with friends and family. We adore the idea of creating a take-away gift for your guests from either an old family recipe, or a fresh one that can act as a new tradition for your newly created family. How sweet would it be to look back and tell your children how you gave this exact jam away to guests at your wedding? To make this recipe extra special, we prepared it in a jam pan from our favorite registry, Zola. We’re fans of this all-in-one registry because it makes registering for gifts, experiences & honeymoon funds easy and beautiful. Intrigued? Set up your registry today and get $25 to spend. Keep reading for the full recipe from Katelyn Hardwick.

Simple Summer Berry Freezer Jam

-Makes about 5 (8oz) half pints

This recipe is great because you can use as many or few berry varieties that you like. Can use fresh or frozen fruit as well but even better in the summertime when the berries are in season.

– 5 Tbsp instant pectin
– 1 1/2c sugar
– 1c blackberries
– 1c blueberries
– 1c raspberries
– 1c strawberries
– Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
– 5 (8oz) freezer jars


1. Stir sugar and instant pectin in a bowl until well blended.
2. Crush all the berries and add to the sugar mixture. Then add the lemon zest and juice. Stir 3 minutes.
3. Ladle jam into clean jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to three weeks or freeze up to one year.

We love this recipe from Katelyn, so cook up your own batch in this beautiful jam pan when you start your registry with Zola and receive your sweet treat of a $25 credit upon signing up.

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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05.18.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Timeless Wedding Dresses from New Designer Tomomi Okubo

Spring is the perfect time for brides to search for their wedding dresses. Bridal market has just finished, giving us a taste of new fashions and exciting new designers, and today, we’re introducing you to Tomomi Okubo.

This Japanese-born designer started her career in fashion in Tokyo, before moving to New York City to further educate herself and work as a pattern maker. After her own wedding, wearing a dress that she designed and made herself, Tomomi knew that bridal fashion was the right fit for her:  “Being a bridal designer allows me to explore my love of soft fabrics, vintage styles, and the feminine form.”

What was your inspiration for this collection? 

Many of my dresses take their inspiration from popular fashions of the 1920s and 30s, but I am not attempting to recreate these styles directly. I have always loved vintage clothing, but I’m also inspired by the cycles of the environment: not just flowers and leaves, but the falling of the rains, or the blowing of the winds.

Tell us about your style, how it has evolved, and what we can look forward to in 2015.

My dresses have always strived to combine the timelessness of classical design with the elegance of the natural world. But now I’m attempting to incorporate more of what I see as romanticism. You can expect to see a greater emphasis on the human form, on the lushness of nature.

What makes a Tomomi Okubo wedding dress unique?

My dresses have a distinctive sway to them; they flow across the body in a way that connects the wearer to the elements. I grew up on my parents’ farm, so to me, the world has always been a place of constant, ceaseless change. Perhaps this is why I have always felt awed by the outdoors. By combining loose vintage styles with lighter silks and laces, these dresses can drift and flow with an essential vitality.

Tomomi Okubo gowns are available to order online, or by making a private appointment for a custom fitting in their Brooklyn studio.

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05.16.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

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