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We were thrilled to see these images from the recent Boheme Workshops, a fine art workshop set in Santorini and featuring some incredible wedding dress inspiration for you! Each shoot created for the workshop was inspired by a different period in Greek art history. Today’s feature represents one of the earlier periods in Greek Art, known as the Geometric Period, which took place from 900 – 700BC, known for features such as geometric shapes, repetition of patterns and simplified clean lines. These two gowns, while contrasting in many ways, each highlight an artistic approach to dressing a bride: a feminine style of repeated patterns within a whimsical shape on the one hand, contrasted with sleek, clean lines on the other.

Read on for more from the Creative Director, Tahnee Sanders: 

“Taking in the Santorini landscape, I could see these ideas everywhere; the repetition of endless white stairs, the clean lines of the Oia architecture, the patterns projected onto the washed white walls through shadow as the sun moved around the island. Along with these features, the Geometric Period also represented a time of great individualism and innovation in Greek art. As Greece hadn’t yet recovered from the Dark Age, there was a vacuum of influence during this period which meant Greek art began to distinguish itself from earlier styles.

Drawing on these sets of ideas, I selected two gowns. The first gown, by Greek-based designer Christos Costarellos, embodied geometric shapes, patterns, and repetition through its intricate lace bodice and full a-line skirt. The second gown, by New York’s Houghton, was more understated and modern, yet featured the clean lines and interesting cuts and angles seen in geometric art. I enjoyed imagining the personal styles of the brides who would choose these two very different gowns.

Despite being worlds apart both in design and origin, I loved that these gowns gave us a fresh opportunity to explore Greek art history and individualism in a completely new way.

I know I’ve gone on long enough – but I also loved the way Tara Spencer nailed this brief and explored the same ideas in her stationery suite. She combined the clean lines of type with more expressive calligraphy and drawing, contrasted black ink on the invitation with white ink on the envelope, and used a more modern surface in vellum but paired it with handmade paper.”

Photography: Vasia Han for Boheme Workshops  | Creative Direction & Styling: Tahnee Sanders for Boheme Workshops | Florals: Celsia Floral | Planning: Stella and Moscha | Hair + Makeup: Frantzeska Koukoula | Stationery: Tara Spencer | Model: New Model Agency | Patterned Gown : Christos Costarellos  + Modern Gown : Union Bridal | Earrings: Leah Alexander + Rings: Melanie Auld from The Cross Design | Shoes: Zara |  Hair piece: Naturae Design | Venue: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel, Santorini

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We have the distinct pleasure of being able to see how couples around the world plan and celebrate their weddings. We see what they prioritize, what traditions they keep or throw out, how they involve their family and friends. Of course, we also see a lot of photography and know how emotional of a decision selecting the right wedding photographer can be. So, whenever we meet a wedding photographer that we think is amazing, we love the opportunity to introduce them to you. And today, we’re excited to share a little more about New York-based photographer Carey MacArthur.

With 10 years of experience in wedding photography, Carey MacArthur exhibits a body of work that is as breathtaking as it is inspiring. She employs a documentary style of work, allowing her deep love of family and great respect for the ritual to influence her imagery. Rather than spending much of your wedding day posing or following a pre-made shot list, Carey values your invitation to be a part of your wedding day and finds and captures beauty as moments unfold. She tells us, “I feel my best photographs are achieved through making a genuine connection with my subjects and by being fully engaged in the magnitude of the day.”

Read through testimonials from Carey’s past clients, and you’ll see a common thread: her couples have greatly appreciated Carey’s ability to record the moments of their wedding day in an authentic, kind way — many of these moments, the couple didn’t even realize were happening! Her images have a distinctly intimate quality about them, which one couple attributes to Carey’s ability to capture moments “intuitively,” as though she really was a member of their family that day.

While she’s based in New York, Carey travels internationally to shoot weddings and engagements and connects best with couples who are creative individuals – hosting a wedding or celebration that is unique to their personalities.

Here at Once Wed, we love getting to champion both the brides and grooms getting married AND the vendors that serve them. Over the next week we will be talking with our vendors about how they can up their business game so they can build more sustainable businesses.

I remember the excitement I (Emily) had when I first launched Once Wed 9 years ago. There was no business plan, bookkeeping, or contracts—I was just passionate about this idea and dove in head first.

But 3 months in I started to realize there was this huge component to running a business I knew nothing about. I didn’t have a business background, I knew nothing about legal stuff—I had no idea where I should even start.

I found myself in this endless cycle of avoiding the “paperwork part”, eventually attempting it on my own, and then wasting valuable headspace obsessing over all the terrible things that could happen to my business because of my lack in confidence that I was “doing it right”.

Needless to say, I could totally relate when the most recent survey of our vendor audience revealed similar sentiments.

Contracts, Taxes, Insurance, Copyright….. Help! We all struggle with them.

I thought to myself, wow, I should really make the time to share with them all of my lessons learned. I’m no business expert but I’ve certainly learned a lot over the years—and I do know some experts who could help, like Christina Scalera, an attorney who specializes in legal work specifically for creative entrepreneurs.

Together we could cover topics like…

  • The dangers of being a sole proprietor (and why you should register your business)
  • How working with friends isn’t an excuse to drop your guard and forego using contracts!
  • That there’s more than one type of insurance you need to protect your business.
  • Why it’s worth understanding your taxes from the beginning (It can save you money!!!)

…..and show you that understanding all this “legal stuff” really isn’t as complicated as you think.

Today, with If I Made, I’m launching Get Your Sh*t Together: The Legal Edition + Contract Template. It’s a new digital course sharing with you everything you need to know to get your business legally legit, in the most painless, creative-brain-friendly way possible. Plus, we’ve made industry-specific contracts to help you further protect your business.

Oh, and you’ll be able to knock this all out in five days!

If you follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ifimadeMyBusinessLegit we’ll also be sharing lots of business and legal tips on @oncewed and @ifimade_ over the next week.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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