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From the Bride:
It was really important for us to have our wedding feel like one big family dinner, so right off the bat we knew we wanted a family-style layout for dinner. It was hard to arrange with limited space – but with a little hard work and determination, we managed to accomplish it! To see all of our people side by side with one another was probably one of our favorite parts of the day. We’re so glad we stood firm with our vision – even when people told us it wouldn’t work.

My biggest piece of advice to othercouples would be to invest in the details that are the most meaningful to both of you. Don’t let outside expectations (or even ones you put on yourselves) dictate what you incorporate into your big day. It is your day, so create what appeals to you – and have fun!

Photography Jake and Heather Photography | Floral Design Calyx Flower Design | Dress Sarah Seven | Hair Honey by Kate | Venue Private Estate | Catering Tuscany Gourmet Market | Bride’s Shoes Steve Madden

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From the photographer:
This styled shoot was inspired by the delicate balance between the ying and the yang. We wanted to capture the mixture of two different energies and two differents appearances. I was blown away by the fact that these two souls became one in an amazing way – their intimacy was really powerful. Every movement was natural, as they easily forgot the camera. Every detail was based on minimalism, softness, and delicateness.

Although the details were minimalistic, we balanced that with a cozy environment created with wood chairs and table, candles, and a lot of natural light. I choose to shoot at the Studio Quotidien because doing it was a challenge for me. It is often hard to capture emotion in a neutral, minimal environment. Here I believe it made the images even more impactful.

The artistic director and I were inspired by autumn because we believe that this is the most beautiful season. The dried leaves made the floral bouquet even more attractive. They became the focal point, but made the roses appear even more alive. We hope you enjoy our shoot and its message that love has no borders.

Photography LaFilledu12eme | Styling Nessa Buonomo  | Dress Camille Marguet | Hair/Makeup Virginie Debourg | Venue Studio Quotidien | Suit for the Groom ASOS

For over ten years, Once Wed has had the pleasure of inspiring brides from all over the world. During that time, weddings have evolved from a day including a ballgown and a required list of bridal elements, to a day where a bride can create a vision customized to suit her personality. We have loved seeing this evolution, because it means we can use our platform to share some of the wonderful creativity that comes from this freedom of choice. The lines between bridal and fashion have definitely blurred, and we are excited to share new ideas as they emerge.

From the photographer:
Our overall intent was to put together a shoot that told a story of light and shadows inspired by the space of McCune Mansion. Admiring the works of painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer (who mastered using darkness to the shape the light), we set our utilize their techniques to create a narrative of color and luminescence – with a celestial essence.

Additional inspiration came from the romantic silhouettes of Dior Haute Couture 2017 and the elegant draping of Valentino.  Our styling approach was slightly whimsical and effortless. We used gowns that had dramatic movement, yet a gentle reaction to the light within the French Baroque setting. The result was a soft blurring of the line between fashion and bridal imagery that we fell in love with!

Photography Heather Nan | Shoot Hosts Heather Nan & Photo Native | Floral Design Tinge Floral | Dresses Louiza Babouryan & Lena Medoyeff | Hair & Makeup Janelle Ingram | Venue McCune Mansion | Stylist Benjamin Holtrop | Jewelry OC Tanner Jewelers | Film Kodak Professional | Film Lab The FIND Lab | Models Susanna Clawson, Tiffany Pliler, Niya Models, Tessa Levin, Cora Stone