Ben + Shayda


The amazing photographer, Shyla Dalirifar, recently sent in the gorgeous DIY wedding of Shayda and Ben for me to share this week on Once Wed. The bride did such a wonderful job crafting many of the details herself, so I was thrilled when she generously agreed to send over some more details from their wedding…

I really wanted a 50?s vintage-y wedding with a modern twist. I knew I wanted the bridesmaids in two different color dresses (I had ten of them!), and their flowers to be in the opposing color..  to tie the dresses and flowers together. I decided on the cake and how I wanted it to look first off.  Design and color wise, taupe and bright pink just seemed to fit. I originally had a vintage blue color in mind, so I threw pops of that in as well. I found vintage millinery flowers, other woodsy items (acorns and such), + some feathers, and fashioned the boys some boutonnieres. This was one of my favorite projects and not difficult to do!

Thank you again to Shyla for sending in this gorgeous wedding. And to Ben and Shayda for letting us take a peek in your beautiful wedding. We wish you two lots of love and happiness for many years to come!


Photography: Shyla Photography

Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye

Cake: The Bakery Bar

Cake embellishments: Wendy Kromer

Venue: Zweifel Farms in Tillamook, OR


Once Wed was launched in March 2008 to meet a need in the marketplace for an online listing service for second-hand wedding dresses. Within a short time, the company had developed into an online wedding publication and resource to provide newly-engaged brides with inspiration and tools to plan their dream wedding. 

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