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Couples Shoot Wedding Photographer Opts For a Warm, Orange and Blue Engagement Shoot in the Arizona Desert

From Amanda, the bride:  “After being a wedding photographer for seven years, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t imagine a day when it would finally be my turn. However, weekend after weekend of photographing love stories throughout New England I dreamed less of the pretty little details and more about the man I […]

Fashion Emily Riggs Editorial in Otherworldly Utah Desert

From Emily Riggs, the dress designer:  “Located in the western United States, Utah is known for its otherworldly geographically locations. To create this editorial story we started at the sand dunes of ‘Little Sahara’. Stay Co worked with the contrast of the white sand and bold black pieces by Emily Riggs, including silk and fringe […]

Destination Wedding Wed in Modern Luxury at the Grand Velas Resort

From Crosby + Jon, the creative director: “We are always in search of new wedding destinations and our latest adventure was to explore the newest options that Los Cabos has to offer. We work with modern couples who want an authentic experience, but also want comfort and luxury for their guests. We were lucky enough […]

Photography Thomas Shull Photography

Welcome to Thomas Shull Photography! My name is Thomas Shull but you can call me T.J. I’m a non-profit working, mountain bike riding, Subaru driving, desert living, music loving, waterfall chasing, camp anywhere kind of photographer who loves photographing weddings and capturing all the special moments that come with them. I am currently based out of […]

Featured The Unique Beauty Of The Desert

From photographer/stylist, Kate: I have always been drawn to the modern landscape of the desert. You are able to notice all the incredible natural elements without distraction. The hues, minimalism, and simplicity of that landscape are what inspired this shoot. From stylist/floral designer, Sarah: I wanted to use simple ingredients so their shapes and color […]

Featured An Engagement Shoot Captures Touching Moments

From Amelia, the photographer: With engagement shoots, it always starts with a radiantly happy couple. From there we establish a mood for the pictures. For Skye & John’s portraits, we wanted a modern updated melange of studio-style imagery and classic outdoor portraits in the wild of Virginia. This was not just for a mix of […]

Featured A Combination of Opposites Creates an Unexpectedly Airy Result

From the photographer:  We hope this editorial shoot inspires modern couples to think outside the box when creating their wedding aesthetic – in particular to have fun experimenting with textures. Our shoot was set up in an industrial venue called The Doyle. The venue’s clean aesthetic provided a blank canvas that allowed us to imagine and […]

Featured Monochromatic Desert Wedding Shoot

Sometimes our vendors have words to describe their shoots that we can’t gather on our own. Read more about this stunning monochromatic wedding shoot from Sarah’s Garden and Brushfire Photography: From Sarah’s Garden: “No place on Earth is quite like Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. A forest of thousands of Saguaro cacti inhabit the base […]

Bridesmaids Gorgeous Organic Tuscany Wedding

From the photographer, Scott: Small, intimate weddings have become my favorite to document over the last few years, Leo & YuJune’s celebration being one of them. There are few things better in life than being surrounded by those closest to you as you celebrate becoming one with the love of your life. Add in the […]

Featured Blue Skies and Beaches on your Aruba Honeymoon

Aruba has it all – sunshine, blue skies, beaches, the ocean and beautiful sunsets.

Featured Layering Minimalist Touches For A Gorgeous Result

From Jen S Photography and Ivy & Honor: We structured our shoot around the principles of simple organic lines and fluid motion. These elements are mainly found in the ikebana-inspired floral arrangements from Steelcut Flower Co. and flowing gown from Alexandra Grecco. Each can stand its own, but unexpected details like the ghost droplets in […]

Featured Simple Bridal Portrait Session in the Mountains

This simple bridal portrait session in the mountains is made beautiful and amazing by many different factors, but our very favorite is the breathtaking location. Swap a city skyline for a mountain ridge, lake view, orchard, or garden and we’ll take that any day!

Featured Bringing the Garden to the Desert

Muted sand and stone tones set the base palette, amped up with berry shades in this garden-inspired wedding in the desert.

Featured Finding the Perfect Location for your Engagement Photos

This session is the perfect way to show you how you can tell a bit of your story within your engagement photos while staying true to your style.

Featured Desert Wedding Inspiration with a Sunset Palette

Based on the west Texas desert landscape, this muted sunset palette (with a few pops of bolder color for some vibrancy) fits in perfectly with textural elements that set a gorgeous scene.

Featured Beautiful Bridal Portraits in the Desert

One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Utah desert, where vast and immense sand dunes wind in and out of sight. Inspired by the sand and sun, this beautiful bridal portrait session in the desert is not one to miss.

Featured Country Ranch Wedding in Texas with Neutral Color Palette

The perfect example of a stylish country ranch wedding! Move over burlap, there’s a new rustic in tow

Featured Still Life Workshop: Celebrating the Beauty of Floral Design in Utah

Today we’re thrilled to showcase this selection of beautiful images, floral designs, and moments from the Still Life Workshop in Utah. With design inspiration ranging from fruity pops to clean, crisp design, we hope that you will find incredible ideas for your own wedding!

Featured Authentic Engagement Session in Oregon

We are thrilled to share Lindsay and Jai’s engagement photos with you – a couple who the photographer, Brian Whitt, describes as warm and authentic. These photos capture so much of the couple’s passion and excitement for each other, and for their lives. We can practically hear their laughter echoing off the rock walls! Brian […]

Featured Relaxed Poolside Couple’s Session

A stylish photo session with warm light and cool desert scenes. We love the idea of a relaxed engagement or anniversary shoot by the pool.

Featured 2016 Wedding Invitation Ideas from Minted

We know that many of our readers are looking for unique, stylish ideas for their weddings. So, when it comes to wedding invitation trends, we thought we should reach out to one of our favorite companies to share their top picks with you – Minted! Minted offers an incredible selection of unique wedding designs, sourced […]

Featured Romantic Destination Wedding in France

Rarely do we hear from a groom, and we’re honored today to share some of the most beautiful words from a groom reflecting on his wedding. Read on for his story: “The wind ripped a page out of a man’s book, anchored in the Dordogne river, which once translated, spoke of love and would become […]

Featured Bridal inspiration from New York Fashion Week

When it comes to fashion our main focus is always on the classics. We love that New York Fashion Week gives us an edge to best wear those timeless pieces with a current edge. With this year’s Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week underway, we’re excited to see creations from some of our favorite designers […]

Featured Magical Anniversary Photos

For their 5th wedding anniversary, Valentina and Matt knew they wanted to celebrate in a special way. As an immensely talented film photographer herself, Valentina places huge importance on the immortalization of life’s moments. We love their choice to move in front of the camera for an intimate, magical anniversary photo session. With deserted locations, the […]

Featured 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 […]

Featured Wedding Photography Giveaway with Abigail Bobo – Closed

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR ENTERING! <img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6023098398246&amp;cd[value]=0.01&amp;cd[currency]=USD&amp;noscript=1″ /> 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 […]

DIY Wedding Blog DIY Test Tube Chandelier Tutorial

It’s always so fun when Kelly Perry sends us awesome DIY projects, and this adorable DIY Test Tube Chandelier would be the perfect addition to any wedding. The great thing about this DIY is that you can take it home and display it after the wedding! Keep reading for the full step-by-step. This DIY Test […]

Featured Geometric Desert Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the colors and textures of the desert, I worked with Joy Thigpen and Bryce Covey to design and style this geometric desert wedding inspiration. The spectrum of greys and browns inspired Joy to work with minimalist surroundings and simply focus on the beauty of her model (bride) and the intricate detailing of these […]

Featured Mexican-Inspired Wedding Ideas

We loved sharing some desert wedding inspiration from Kylie Swanson yesterday, and today we’re excited to share some ideas from Kylie on how to translate that Mexican style into wedding decor. We love the use of color and texture that Kylie and Bows and Arrows put together to create this lush tablescape, and we’d love […]

Featured Dramatic Desert Wedding Inspiration

Sometimes simplicity and keeping details to a minimum makes a more dramatic statement than something overly styled. Kylie Swanson worked with Brett Heidebrecht to highlight this absolutely stunning Rue de Seine wedding gown and adorned it with dramatic florals from Bows and Arrows. From Kylie: The inspiration behind this shoot was the simple beauty found […]

Featured The Girl and Her Reflection from Pearl and Godiva

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”  ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince Serene, calm and still, the Moroccan desert glows. The vastness and pureness of the North African vista, stretching all the way to […]

Featured Unravel My Thoughts from Pearl and Godiva

Over the past three years, Pearl & Godiva have built an eponymous brand and reputation for creating out of this world and beauteous events and editorial shoots. After many many requests, they finally designed a workshop especially for artisan vendors in the wedding industry and this beauteous shoot was created for the first of their […]

Featured Flowerwild Workshop

I couldn’t resist sharing some images from Flowerwild’s last workshop. If you are a creative interested in learning more about flowers and design, you should check out her site for more information. A little more from Kate about the workshop.. We met in the desert. 16 attendees from all over the globe with a common […]

Featured Travel to Magical Aruba

I was so thrilled when the Aruba Tourism Authority invited me, on behalf of Once Wed, to explore the white sand beaches of Aruba on the #ArubaIdo tour! I spent four beautiful days learning about what Aruba has to offer couples looking for a gorgeous honeymoon, destination wedding, or vow renewal. I can’t wait to share my […]

Featured Desert Engagement Photos In the Dunes

Ever thought about taking your engagement photos in the desert?? We love that these two, did! There’s something so epic and dramatic about big dunes like these. Perhaps you are planning a destination wedding this fall and are wanting to help your guests anticipate an adventurous weekend in a far-off location. Then maybe think about taking […]

DIY Weddings A Desert Table

We carefully cut and tore watercolor paper for an artistic texture. Paige then took the paint hues of the Poppy flower and the desert sunset and watercolored them right on the paper, creating each one with various shades. There were no two alike. Kelly designed the ethereal, yet strong font text and antler image which […]

News Blog Jagger Photography

I’m super excited this morning to introduce another wonderful sponsor on Once Wed, Jagger Photography. Heather and Grayson are the adorable husband and wife team behind Jagger Photography, and when they recently sent me the incredible set of images below I knew it would be the perfect fit for their feature today. I was spending […]

Real Weddings Blog A Bohemian DIY Wedding

I have to admit I get a little burn out on weddings sometimes. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my job and feel incredibly blessed to wake up every morning and write Once Wed, but staying on top of 600+ blogs a day can occasionally leave you a little worn out visually. Thankfully, when […]

Real Weddings Blog A Bohemian DIY Wedding III

Our table settings were made from varying sizes of beakers, Erlenmeyer flasks and graduated cylinders I ordered online, a nod to a photographer’s darkroom supplies.  Our florist, Cachet Fiore, did an incredible job of capturing the relaxed, desert vibe we were going for.  The table numbers were plywood pieces with different photographs (all taken by […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Celebration

I know I have the tendency to say this about every post on Once Wed, but I really am so excited about today’s feature based around the love story of Georgia O’keefe and Alfred Stieglitz. Paige of Bash Eco Events, Kelly of Yes Please Design, and Megan Charley Star Photo are back today with their […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Celebration II

To continue our concepts based on famous couples, our wedding scape today is inspired by a turn of the century love story. Two passionate people with a desire to experience the American geography in a visual and tangible expression of their art grew into a committed partnership and marriage. Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz. A […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Celebration III

Our table is set with vintage flatware, goblets, plates and medicinal bottle vases from the exquisite antique rental company, Small Masterpiece. The gorgeous knives are authentic bone, horn, ivory, and wood with a perfect reflection of age-old American craft. The forks and spoons are a collection of engraved silver from early twentieth century bourgeois family […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Celebration IV

We carefully cut and tore watercolor paper for an artistic texture. Paige then took the paint hues of the Poppy flower and the desert sunset and watercolored them right on the paper, creating each one with various shades. There were no two alike. Kelly designed the ethereal, yet strong font text and antler image which […]

Wedding Ideas Blog A Desert Engagement

Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie recently sent in the sweet engagement session of Justen & Andrea and I couldn’t resist sharing some images on Once Wed. Brett and I actually met when I was 17 and by the time I was 19 we were engaged, so whenever I see a young couple in love […]

Real Weddings Blog Vintage Cactus Wedding

It is always a treat when I have the opportunity to feature a reader’s wedding on Once Wed especially one with so many creative and thoughtful details. Emma, the bride, is clearly one talented gal and created a lot of what you see below including her beautiful wedding dress. Isn’t it amazing what a bit […]

Real Weddings Blog Bad to the Bone

…and sweet as pie! I love the complexity and tenderness that comes through in this engagement session. You can see more here at Michael Radford’s blog.

Real Weddings Blog Old California Wedding Part II

More from Amanda: To create a seamless transition from the natural surroundings, we included desert inspired wildflowers, bougainvillea and freshly cut olive leaves on the tables. Wooden bowls and rusted copper vessels filled with a bounty of fresh fruit and herbs adorned the table tops as if we had gathered them just hours before. Our […]

Real Weddings Blog Desert Engagement by KT Merry Photography

Photography by KT Merry

Wedding Ideas Blog Garden Rose and Succulent Bouquets

Do they look like they’re from underwater to you? That was my thought behind these, anyway. Maybe I can’t get this wedding by the sea thing out of my system yet. (See the Daughters of Poseidon posts for another take.) Strange how desert succulents can also look so much like coral, right? Garden roses, assorted […]

Real Weddings Blog Vast Sierra Engagement

Engagement photos are a great way to capture who you are and how you are feeling at this one very monumental season of your life–the season before you get married. Engagement photos get the privilege of saying “we are very happy in this moment and we wanted to share it with you”. What a great thing to capture on […]

Real Weddings Blog An Airstream Wedding II

I think this is the first ranch wedding we’ve featured on Once Wed, and I’m really loving it. I really like how the florist used a mixture of brightly colored flowers giving the decor a nice pop against the surrounding desert environment. So much more coming up! Photography by Steven Myers Photography