WIN Your Wedding Photography from Studio Elle!

We’re so excited today to offer you a chance to win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle Photography! Find all of the details below on how to enter, but first, let’s get to know the photographer, Renee!

While wedding photographers used to be looked down on, we’re thrilled that in recent years, the art they create has become celebrated. Here at Once Wed, we happen to partial to film photography, for the soft, dreamy quality that film distinctly creates. Studio Elle Photography loves incorporating film photography into her weddings, for the way it motivates and inspires her creativity. Her signature aesthetic is timeless, romantic, and organic.

Studio Elle Photography is based in the mid-west, and loves to travel – Renee says there’s nothing she loves more than photographing people while exploring new places. We love the way that her photography uniquely captures a sense of place and time, while telling a couple’s story in a genuine and emotional way. Take one look at her Instagram feed, and we’re sure you’ll agree!

“I believe in providing a wonderful experience for my couples and guiding them through the process from start to finish. Offering a beautifully curated set of images with timeless heirloom products is very important to me as an artist.” – Renee Lemaire, Studio Elle Photography

GIVEAWAY: Win your wedding photography from fine art film photographer Studio Elle. How?

HOW TO ENTER: Simply comment on this post below! Tell us your names, wedding date, location and venue. We’d love to hear more about your story and wedding inspiration!

CONTEST DATES: Entries are open Monday, May 2 through Monday, May 16. Studio Elle will contact the winning couple after that date.

Please Note: This prize is for 8 hours of wedding photography coverage from Studio Elle. Travel expenses for weddings outside of Ohio will be paid for up front by the couple. Travel arrangements will be made by Studio Elle.

05.02.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Fresh Late Summer Wedding in California

We’ve always loved outdoor weddings, and we’ve always loved summer weddings, so bring them together and our team is guaranteed to be happy. Amanda and Bryan’s summertime California wedding somehow feels fresh and inviting, doesn’t it? Lush foliage, much of it foraged from the Sonoma countryside by designer Sarah Winward, is to be credited for bringing in that sense of freshness: though the ceremony was held in a courtyard, the greenery arrangements spilling down the aisle and the incredible floral and foliage archway create the ambiance of an outdoor garden. Sweet pops of yellow ranging from lemon to mustard made their way into the floral palette, brightening the typical “white and green” palette to produce a light, cheerful feel.

Read on for more details from the planner, Laurie Arons:
“The wedding of Sonoma couple Amanda & Bryan was a true reflection of they valley in which they live. They chose to get married in the ruins of Annadel Estate Winery, a romantic and intimate setting to say their vows. Floral designer Sarah Winward constructed a full floral arch at the alter, and filled the ruins with lush arrangements down the aisle. Known for her knack for foraging, Sarah included greenery from the Sonoma countryside through the wedding.  

In keeping with the ancient feel of the ruins, Amanda wore an intricate veil with her lace Lihi Hod gown. She surprised Bryan with her processional song, having secretly arranged for Synchronicity Strings to accompany a singer & ukele player perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Bryan’s two daughters played an important part in the ceremony, signifying the new family the four of them were creating. And for the final surprise of the ceremony, a flight of doves were released at the moment of their kiss. 

Since Bryan is the executive chef at Sonoma’s St. Francis Winery, it’s no surprise the couple focused on serving incredible food alongside the wines of Annadel Estate Winery. Amanda & Bryan worked with the girl and the fig CATERS, the off-premise caterer from the acclaimed Sonoma restaurant. Local and seasonal ingredients were featured, capped off by a fresh ’naked cake’ from local Crisp Bake Shop. 

Guests dined and danced in a sail cloth tent, which Sarah Winward adorned with tree branches for a natural feel. The band Ground Control was the hit of the evening, with guests crowding the dance floor and having a ball.”

Planner: Laurie Arons | Florist: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Aaron Delesie | Videographer: Lola Video | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Hair & Makeup: TEAM hair & makeup | Catering: the girl and the fig CATERS | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Bride’s gown: Lihi Hod from Marina Morrison | Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmermann | Ceremony music: Synchronicity Strings | Dinner band: Ground Control, from Elan Artists | Tenting: Zephyr Tents | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

05.02.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Outdoor Garden Wedding In Utah

An all-white-and-green wedding will always be a classic, but it can be challenging to make your white wedding feel different than all of the others. As we’ve said in the past, we love to see weddings that are reflections of the couple and their style, and today’s real wedding couple has obviously succeeded.

Sweet details like lace-edged table numbers and frilly white centrepiece flowers create a sense of calm and a lovely aesthetic. With white lilac and spirea blooms spilling out of pottery containers, the reception design is delicate, organic, and romantic. The garden atmosphere is heightened by small potted plants and a mix of terracotta and pottery containers, worn wooden tables, and plenty of natural texture.

Not quite sure how to add unique style to your white wedding? This Bali wedding is full of chic details, and at this Napa wedding they chose to off-set crisp white and greens with a smokey blue palette. And, this round-up of our favorite white wedding ideas is not to be missed!

Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Ceremony Venue: Provo LDS Temple | Reception Venue: The Loggia at Thanksgiving Point | Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Calligraphy: Allie Randall | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Catering: Fiore Pizza | Bride’s Dress: Nancy Barrus | Bride’s Shoes: Nancy Barrus | Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit: Dress Code Custom | Hair & Makeup:  Joanna Ballentine

04.29.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Learn Florals From Sarah Winward


In the world of wedding florals, Sarah Winward is regarded as one of the masters of natural-inspired design. Her style is not only visually beautiful; it is brimming with meaning and life.

We are thrilled today to officially launch Sarah’s new digital course, The Nature of Wedding Floral Design, developed in partnership with Once Wed and If I Made.

To make her teachings most relevant to you and your stage of professional development, Sarah has created two separate learning opportunities: A design-focussed course exploring her floral philosophy, design and execution; and a business add-on sharing her experiences of creating a thriving floral business. You can purchase them individually, or as a package deal.

We had The Nature of Wedding Floral Design tested by a cross-section of florists at various stages in their careers. They identified the following as their greatest takeaways from Sarah’s teachings.

  • Gaining the confidence and know-how to break design rules
  • Finding confidence in wedding floral pricing
  • Reinvigorating their floral design process
  • Learning new and inspired ways to work with color
  • Knowledge, tips and tricks on wedding design, installation and execution
  • Adding natural movement to arrangements
  • Charing correctly for time and labor
  • Attracting the ideal client
  • Being inspired to grow their floral business

If you are a floral designer in any stage of your career, a floral business owner, or even a floral enthusiast looking to explore the world of flowers a little more, The Nature of Wedding Floral Design will resonate with you.

The course is officially ON SALE TODAY. Register before May 5 and save $200 off the regular retail price of the design course, or the combined design + business package deal.


04.28.16 / Featured