Spring Cherry Blossom Couples Session

Sometimes couples are so in love that they just can’t wait to get married! That was the case with this adorable bride, Janelle, and her sweet husband. She and Ryan had a whirlwind romance and engagement, which didn’t leave them much time to plan a traditional engagement session. After they were married for a few months, they decided that they wanted that engagement shoot they never had, and this is the absolutely darling result.

Here’s more from Janelle:

Ryan and I first met in Park City during a ski weekend with friends a few years back. We were instantly drawn to one another but at the time I was living in Orange County and he was in New York City. We remained friends and years later when I moved to Washington D.C. we were finally on the same coast! For our first date last summer Ryan took me to a Mets game on his motorcycle. We had so much fun we spent the rest of the weekend on a spontaneous road-trip to Niagara Falls and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We were married this past New Years Eve in Utah surrounded by friends and family. We have been enjoying the first 6 months of marriage as newlyweds in the Big Apple and this past spring Ryan took me on a birthday trip back to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms. Our whirlwind engagement didn’t allow for a pre-wedding engagement session so we got together with the talented Vicki Grafton for a couples shoot in the blossoms.

Photography: Vicki Grafton | Styling: Whitney Blair Design | Shoes: Tory Burch | Skirt: Madewell | Dress: Vintage

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06.26.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair

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We’ve been so inspired by working with Temptu over the past few weeks, and we have a couple more awesome hair tutorials in store for you to pair with our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or DIY Elegant Evening Makeup Tutorial. We love creating unique and simple hair tutorials for you, and this DIY Faux Bob may be our favorite yet! This easy DIY hair tutorial is a perfect alternative for your long hair on your wedding day, or this show-stopping style may be ideal for your rehearsal dinner. Keep reading for the full-length instructions below.

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DIY Faux Bob Instructions

1. Start with clean, slightly wavy hair.

2. Create a low, loose braid at the bottom of your hair.

3. Start the process of slowly tucking your hair under and pinning it up with a few bobby pins.

4. Work slowly and neatly until all of the braid is folded under, and neatly pin the sides.

5. Pin some pieces down on the sides and spray a little hairspray to keep some of the shorter pieces in place.

6. Finish your new elegant bob with our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or our Elegant Evening Makeup look.

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke for Temptu | Hair: Christian Marc |

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06.24.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Simple Lace Wedding Boudoir Session Ideas

We love the idea of a bridal boudoir session as a little surprise for your future husband! It’s something totally unexpected, and you’ll cherish these photos for years to come. Years in the future, you can be look back and see what you looked like right before you walked down the aisle. So, take the opportunity with your photographer to capture your beauty in the days leading up to your wedding, and perhaps give your soon-to-be-groom a little preview as a gift on your honeymoon. Or you could schedule your boudoir session a few months before the wedding, so you could have prints ready to give him on your first night as a married couple.

We simply adore this artistic boudoir session from Erich Mcvey, and we can’t get enough of this lovely lace ensemble from Emily Riggs.

Would you ever consider doing a bridal boudoir session especially for your future husband?

Photography: Erich Mcvey | Gown: Emily Riggs | Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design

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06.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Cinematic-Style Wedding Videos from NST Pictures

NST Pictures specializes in Cinematic Wedding Videography.  Founded in Japan in 1976, the company brought its quality service to the United States in 2011.  Since then, they have created films capturing wonderful memories for over 250 brides and grooms.

NST promises to produce high-quality cinematography for a reasonable price, and all of their videographers are certified to meet the high standards that have been synonymous with the NST name for many years.   With packages starting at only $980, you can easily find a package to fit your wedding budget!  They offer services in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and southern California.   And if you live in a surrounding area, NST is happy to discuss coverage of your wedding at their regular pricing, plus additional travel fees.

As a full service company, NST can capture your Engagement, Save the Date, your Wedding and even create a Same Day Premier!  They specialize in short form wedding films, creating a keepsake that is long enough to highlight all of the most important details of your day but short enough to watch over and over again (and you’ll want to watch it over and over!). Their cinematic-style Trailer and Feature Films come in increments of about 3 minutes, 10 minutes and 25 minutes. They also offer cleaned up raw footage of your ceremony, dances and toasts so you can watch and relive those moments in entirety!

While you are exploring their site to see what a great fit NST would be for you,  be sure to enter their giveaway of a $5,000 video package!

06.23.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog