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At Once Wed and If I Made , we love nothing more than creatives sharing with other creatives. This collaboration always results in feelings of being inspired, and translates into beautiful work for their brides. Here is a wonderful example of this mentoring process:

From Dani:
My one-on-one mentorship with Heather was a true turning point for my business. Before my time with Heather, I was in a creative plateau and had lost my spark and excitement for my favorite art form! I wasn’t passionate anymore and felt like throwing in the towel on this dream. After our time together, I learned more than I ever imagined I could have. Heather took her time to get to know me and my needs, then created this custom shoot to elevate my work, teach me the process of slowing down, and learn how to create intentional art – using lines, patterns, shadows and backgrounds. She truly wanted me to experience freedom and growth and to leave nothing behind when it comes to being a creative business owner.

From Heather:
When mentoring, my biggest goal is to create a custom experience for each individual to meet them in their current needs. I’m so grateful to share my tips in creating fine art imagery and help a fellow photographer discover their unique voice. The vision for this shoot began with the architectural setting of Rosemary Beach in Florida. The natural lines in the buildings, shore line and dresses draw your eye into each photo and tells a beautiful calming story. It was such a joy to see Dani discover her own voice from within!

Photographer Edelle Photography | Workshop & Concept Heather Payne Photography | Stylist/Planner Lacy Geary | Floral Design Myrtie Blue | Dress Lee Grebenau of Spina Bride | Hair and Makeup Eulanna | Paper Goods Alley & Co | Rings Erstwhile Jewelry  |  Model Bailey Mccracken of Izon Models  | Venue Rosemary Beach, Florida


Congratulations!  You are engaged and deep into the process of planning for the wonderful event that is going to be your wedding. You are checking all the details over and over to ensure that nothing will go wrong.  But sometimes things happen no matter how well you plan – so don’t forget to cover the unforeseen problems with Wedsafe!

What can Wedsafe do for you?  They can provide Wedding Event Insurance to protect the major investment you are making.  They can protect against things that you may have even thought about yet.  Their experts will work with you to make sure that you have coverage that best protects your event.

Wedsafe offers two wedding insurance products:

Wedding Liability Insurance: Are you getting married at an unconventional venue like a park, museum, historic mansion or private estate? Some of these venues require couples to purchase wedding liability insurance. This coverage also protects you in the event of injuries, property damage or alcohol-related accidents.

Wedding Cancellation/Postponement Insurance: If circumstances beyond your control force you to postpone or cancel your wedding, this coverage provides reimbursement for losses and expenses, such as severe weather, sudden illness, no-show vendors, damage to attire, photos or gifts and more.

So for a surprisingly reasonable cost, you can take the worry out of your wedding day and enjoy it – no matter what happens! No need to think about that one – be sure to contact them today.


From the bride, Xanna:
When pulling together the details of our wedding, we wanted it to be simple, intentional, and feel like it was truly our wedding. I’ve always appreciated the meanings in details, so I wanted to translate that in our wedding day. I am crazy about setting the table, even when it’s just us two at home for a quick meal. Our tables were one of my many favorite details from the day. It is so enchanting when people gather around a table, let alone when it is all of those closest to you.

With such an incredible team of people I adore and admire, we were able to relax and enjoy every fleeting moment, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Although, I did joke throughout planning that I wanted to be there the morning of setting the tables. My biggest piece of advice would be to stick to what is important to you, and and don’t over-complicate the rest. Also make sure to sip on some bubbly before the day is over.

Photographer Haley Sheffield  | Stylist/Planner Kaela Rawson | Floral Designer Mary Mcleod of Amy Osaba  | Floral Illustrator & Ceremony Backdrop Meredith Mejerle Rush |Bride’s Dress Leanne Marshall from The Sentimentalist |Hair and Makeup Hannah Yancey of Akasa Salon | Bride’s shoes: Sevilla Smith | Venue The Brickyard | Wedding papergoods design Kaela Rawson| Ribbon FrouFrou Chic | Rentals Blue Eyed Yonder  | Bridesmaid Dresses Elizabeth Suzann | Groom’s Suit J. Crew | Cake Marian Dobson at Mae’s Bakery


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