So excited to share the beautiful wedding of Freda and Jared from Tec Petaja today on Once Wed. Freda Banks is actually a fine art wedding photographer herself, so she brought in 2 more additional photographers to document their wedding. Below is a sweet summary from Freda about their wedding…

I am a fine art wedding photographer so we hired 3 amazing film photographers for the wedding(Medium and Large Format Photographers). My husband, Jared and I are both artists, he is a metal + wood worker so we decided to style the wedding ourselves. We spent 3 days at the venue prepping the space, hanging lights and handmade wedding flags and getting a feel for the space(Plus we had a lot of help from our family and friends). The venue was so beautiful, lots of rolling grassy hills with the forest on one side and the ocean on the other. One of the photographers was a tintype photographer and took formal tintype portraits of Jared and I and our dog, Talula the day before the wedding. The photographer, Tim Pinault develops the 8×10 tintypes in a mobile darkroom that he built in his car so it was super exciting to see the images right after we were photographed(See Below).., the photos definitely got us excited for the wedding.


The day of the wedding, we were both getting last minute details in order, deciding where everything should going terms of decor and furniture, and of course a bit of last minute vow writing. One of our best friends, Sean Hayes, a musician married us, he helped us come up with ideas for the ceremony. We read a quote from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and had Sean sing Fall In, during the ceremony. We had a Balkan horn section accompany us on our walk down to the ceremony location, it was wonderful marching with everyone down to the ceremony spot. After we were married and on the march back up to the reception barn the horns played Beyonce’s, If You Liked It Then you Should Have Put a Ring On it, a super fun way to end the ceremony. After the ceremony Tec Petaja whisked us away to the beach for a photo shoot. I love the shots that he created. He is amazing.

Medium Format Photography: Tec Petaja Photography | Tintype Photography: Timothy Pinault | 4×5 Portrait Photography: Mido Lee | Venue: The Roth Ranch Elk, California | Music + Officiant: Sean Hayes | Horn Players: Michael Bello + Patrick Byers | Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design | Catering: Potliquor | Hair + Make-Up: Elyssa Boyd | Freda’s Dress: Gucci | Freda’s Accessories: Vintage | Jared’s Suit: Paul Smith | Jared’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Freda’s Shoes: Nine West | Rings: Vintage from Dianne’s Estate Jewelry



Comments (11)

tiffany | Reply

Love this floral headpiece and the sleeves on the dress


Chloe Bellagala Intern | Reply

This is an incredible location for this wedding! I love the rustic feel and the old-fashioned details. The bride’s headpiece is so unique and looks beautiful on her.

Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press | Reply

Definitely just fell head over heels for this whole thing! What a magical place.

Lisa | Reply

Good grief, this is gorgeous.

Canopy Rental | Reply

Gorgeous wedding! Loved each and every detail of the decor done. Its so unique and inspiring.

David carter | Reply

Gorgeous!! Stunning photography, and the wedding itself is so lovely :)

Tara Haney | Reply

Everything about this is beautiful! All the details, all the photography. Just love everything about it!

Diamond Bridal Gallery -- Laura | Reply

This wedding is beyond stunning. Love all of the accents and details — gorgeous bridal look!

joey | Reply

Hands down, MY FAVORITE ONCE WED POST TO DATE!!!!!!!!!!!


What a uniquely beautiful bride! Love the belle sleeved dress complimented with hair and jewellery echoing a traditional Frida Kahlo elegance. The misty weather really seems to set a rustic atmosphere for what looks like a very special wedding. x x