Top 10 Wedding Braid Hairstyles

Top10BraidsWe have loved sharing these round-ups with you over the past few weeks! We hope it makes it easier for you to find some inspiration for your wedding hair, and today we’re excited to share our favorite ideas for integrating an old classic into your wedding hairstyle- the braid!

1. Try this waterfall braid tutorial (pictured above) for a sweet and simple wedding style! (By the way- this has been one of our most pinned hairstyles!)

messy-braid-tutorial2. This is a twist on a fishtail braid like we’ve never seen! Wear this for a casual, yet elegant braided style on your wedding- see the tutorial here.

diy-interwoven-braid-tutorial 3. We loved styling this interwoven braid with Mimi & Taylor at the Erich McVey workshop, and would love to see a classic bride wear a style like this down the aisle. See here for the tutorial!

diy-rope-braid-updo4. There’s no rule that says your braid has to be traditional. Try out this bold braided updo and you’ll definitely turn some heads!

diy-tousled-ponytail5. And this bold braid would be stunning on a bride wearing a flowing and non-traditional gown!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x3986. And another classic that we are simply enamored with is the braid crown! Find the original tutorial here.

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial17. And if you’re looking for a more dramatic version of #6- try out this elegant crown braid tutorial!

diy-side-braid-tutorial-ideas8. And for brides with long, lush locks- try out this romantic side braid!

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9. ….And there’s always a classic fishtail braid! See the entire tutorial here.

crown-braid-chignon10. And this may be our favorite crown braid variation ever! Try it out for yourself.

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.29.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Top 10 Wedding Processional Songs

In your day-to-day life, making a grand entrance probably isn’t something that crosses your mind that often. Sure, we all have friends that insist on being fashionably late, but the opportunity to have all eyes on you is generally reserved for your wedding day.

Considering how special this moment is, the perfect soundtrack is an absolute must. Do you want your wedding processional song to be sunny and upbeat? Maybe a little more moody and romantic? Whichever route you choose to go, there’s a lot of pressure on this tune to set the tone for the rest of the event.

It’s easy to get distracted by a song you’ve always loved or even something trendy, but I suggest you start by deciding on your ideal vibe. This way, you can focus your search to something that really makes sense with the overall plan of the day.

When picking your wedding processional song, be sure to consider tempo, lyrics and length. If you’ve got a large bridal party that all need to make it down the aisle within the allotted time of the song, you might have to rule out a few shorter options.

With that in mind, here are my top 10 picks for wedding processional songs:

1. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

2. Be Here Now – Ray LaMontagne

3. Addicted to Love – Florence + The Machine

4. Across the Universe – Rufus Wainwright

5. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve

6. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson

7. Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars

8. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

9. Sea of Love – Cat Power

10. Something in the Way She Moves – James Taylor

Article: Stephanie Schertz | Graphic: Hannah Lee  | Image found Here: Original Source Unknown

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08.28.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Graceful Wedding Ideas from Team Flower Workshop

A lot can happen when a group of artistic women gather together and create. The Team Flower Workshop, led by Kelly Perry and photographed by Heather Payne, is the incarnation of synergy and epitome of creative forces combining to imagine and execute something truly amazing.

Read more from Kelly:

Waiting. This word typically brings negative feelings to our mind, but peel back those initial layers and beneath you find that waiting brings forth loveliness in its purest form.

In ancient Hebrew culture when a bride and groom were engaged, there was a time of separation, of waiting. Rather than planning every detail of their wedding day together, the groom needed to leave his bride at her home and go to his father’s house to build a room for he and his bride to live in when they married. She never knew exactly when her groom would return, but she trusted him and waited. This trust brought peace and rest to her mind. In that time she prepared herself for his arrival, fully confident he would return at just the right time.

I began imagining this bride patiently preparing for her groom against the ethereal backdrop of the mountains –
running through the hillsides in her flowy, heirloom gown to see if that was him coming around the bend. She
gracefully gathers freshly cut flowers, the perfume of each one making her sweeter. Every night she keeps her lamp burning — anticipating his return. And while she waits her love and longing for him grows stronger producing a rich charm and elegance in her eye, one that only comes through waiting.”

These images tell that sacred story.

Design, Styling & Florals by Team FlowerAccents Floral DesignAndraya NorthrupAunt Willie’s WildflowersDimauro OriginalsJonica Moore Studio, Kennedy Occasions, Mary Margaret Powitz, Springvine DesignRiverOaks Charleston, Simone Gebsattel DesignStone House Creative , The Day’s Design, Wild Green Yonder | Photography: Heather Payne Photography | Location: White Fence Farm | Model: Ariana Clare  | Hair: Heather Rogers of Haircut 101 & Miah Zimmerman of Haircut 101 | Dress: Gossamer | Stationary & Paper Goods: Brown Linen Ribbon: Silk & Willow |Additional Contributors: Kathryn Godwin & Goldmine Journal

*This project was a part of the spring 2014 Team Flower Workshop hosted by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers

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

Galia Lahav Haute Couture Wedding Dresses

Galia Lahav is world-renowned for her high-fashion, haute couture wedding gowns, and has become famous for her intricate beading, delicate embroidery, and show-stopping trains. For more than three decades, Galia Lahav has combined her background in art with her enthusiasm for fashion design to create couture gowns for brides and celebrities worldwide. Now she has stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Russia and more.

If you’re looking for a wedding gown that marries old Hollywood glamour, high-fashion, and sophistication, Galia Lahav‘s newest collection, La Dolce Vita, will blow you away. Each breathtaking design is reminiscent of a time when women wore red lipstick on a daily basis, embraced their femininity, and draped themselves in jewels. And every gown is an artfully curated collection of different fabrics and lace that when combined, create unique couture gowns perfect for any bride looking to shine on her wedding day. We simply love how Galia Lahav has designed this collection to pay homage to the past while embracing modern silhouettes at the same time.

We were wowed by the striking and elegant characteristics of each of her gowns, and would love to see brides embrace form-fitting, dramatic designs like this! For your daily dose of high-fashion wedding inspiration, follow Galia Lahav on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube and visit their website to find out where you can discover your dream Galia Lahav couture wedding dress!

08.25.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog