Serene Bridal Styling Session

There is a true art in styling a moving and emotional photograph, and Ginny Au has a natural gift for creating touching images alongside some of the world’s most talented photographers. In order to share her gift, Ginny has started offering one-on-one sessions and recently helped Lesley Lau bring a vision to life in the romantic and lush woods of Birmingham, Alabama.

More from Lesley Lau on her inspiration for her session with Ginny:

The inspiration for this shoot was born out of the serenity of the creek and the warmth of the late afternoon light as it disperses through the lush canopy of trees.  The girl is searching for something in the elements, unknown to her and the observer – tracing the aged patterns of the tree bark and exploring the cool flow of the creek’s waters.

Details were kept to a minimum to convey the purity of her search, with the surrounding foliage used as her mask to provide a sense of protection.

One-on-one Session with Ginny Au | Photography: Brushfire Photography | Design and Styling: Lesley Lau | Gown: Gossamer Vintage | Hair and Makeup: Emily Summerville | Photo Lab: PhotoVision

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07.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Interwoven 3-Strand Braid

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Yesterday we shared a short editorial featuring Alexandra Grecco’s new Thalia gown, and we used this opportunity to put together, with Mimi and Taylor, a quick, easy, yet super elegant interwoven braid tutorial. These talented ladies make it so easy to achieve a casual and chic look that pairs really well with an ethereal gown if you’re looking for a relaxed aesthetic for your wedding day.

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Interwoven 3-Strand Braid

1. Divide hair into 3 sections.

2. French braid center section to the bottom of the neckline, and then clip hair to keep from falling.

3. Repeat same steps with side sections.

4. Once all three sections are braided, remove all 3 clips and use the 3 sections to do one full braid.

5. Secure final braid with a hair band.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor 

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07.22.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Alexandra Grecco Thalia Gown

We are so honored that Alexandra Grecco allowed us to be the first to debut her new bridal line at the Erich McVey workshop, and we loved featuring her breathtaking, ethereal designs alongside some of our new DIY hair tutorials. We can’t wait to share a lovely twisted braid tutorial tomorrow from Mimi and Taylor that will show you how to re-create this loose, organic braid.

Don’t you just adore the laid-back feeling that you get when this light grey wedding dress is paired with a more casual, yet elegant, hairstyle? Would you be willing to go non-traditional for your wedding?

Photography Erich McVey: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor  | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Alexandra Grecco

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07.21.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

We’re Hiring Account Executives!

If you want to work from home, have flexible hours and love interacting with people, you will want to consider this opportunity. The people you’ll be calling really want to talk to you, they just won’t know it until five minutes into the call. Getting to that point is what we’ll train you to do. So if you are interested in learning state-of-the-art selling, building a career (not just a paycheck) working hard (50 hours / week and 50+ calls / day) and working for one of the finest wedding publications in the world, please click on the link below to fill out our questionnaire. We are eager to get to know you!

Let’s fast forward one year from now and discuss what a Successful Account Executive (you!) will have accomplished at Once Wed:

1. You have polished your sales approach to close major accounts in retail, makeup, beauty, and fashion with major brands such as Macy’s, L’Oreal, BHLDN and Vera Wang providing them packaged promotional campaigns including serialized social media contests, banner advertising and original styled shoots sourced and executed by the über talented Once Wed creative team.

2. Your quick grasp of ad products, ad terms, cutting edge ad optimization techniques and strong communication skills has won you a dozen major banner ad campaigns and raised average monthly banner pricing by 17%.

3. Your efficient work, internet savvy and persuasive proposals over email, phone and social networks has moved the Vendor Guide from 60% to 85% capacity and, in doing so, created a recurring commission income stream for yourself spread over 200+ clients.

4. Your clients brag to Once Wed management about your customer service skills, responsiveness and attention to detail, telling management that “whatever you pay her, it’s not enough”. Some clients have even tried to lure you away from Once Wed with not-so-subtle job offers.

5. Your dedication to your career, demonstrated by your high call volume, thoughtful communication, learning from your manager and sales team, and self-directed professional development, has made you the envy of the sales team and propelled you towards a six figure income.

We can’t wait until next year.

Now Back to Today

If you’d like this story to be yours….

Please click here to fill out our questionnaire!

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Joy Thigpen | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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07.21.14 / Featured, News Blog