Win a 4 Night Honeymoon to Belize!

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You read that right! We’ve partnered with the amazing Ka’ana Resort to offer an exclusive giveaway to Once Wed readers for a chance to win a 4 night experience in Belize. I am already so envious of the lucky couple who is going to win this amazing experience. Ka’ana was created for those who appreciate the elegant luxuries of a world class resort, yet yearn to experience new frontiers. Perfectly located in the midst of everything a Central American vacation could possibly offer, Ka’ana is a haven of understated luxury with a considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar, adjacent to pristine jungle. Experience a true luxury vacation, just steps from the many ancient Mayan ruins of Belize’s jungle

This 4 night giveaway includes…

  • 4 nights accommodation in our 1-Bedroom Private Pool Villa with personal houseman, private plunge pool, outdoor shower and gardens
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers
  • Daily full Breakfast served in your villa or at La Ceiba Restaurant
  • One private, customized Fire-Deck Dinner, hosted by our team of culinary artisans
  • One private, guided tour to the Maya City of Yaxha with Sundowners at Sunset

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

Winning couple is responsible for all other costs not mentioned above. Contact reservations@kaanabelize.com to check availability and to make your reservation!

02.14.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Fishtail Braid Hair Tutorial

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This fishtail braid hair tutorial is the 3rd tutorial in our 4 part braid series from the lovely Jesse of Our Labor of LoveAlison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. I remember being young and asking my mom to put my hair in a fishtail braid, so I’m excited to have a little guide to use on my own little girl now!

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Fishtail Braid Tutorial

1. Backcomb/tease the crown of your head.  This makes the hair “sticky” for starting the fishtail.

2. Gather a small handful of hair from the back center of the head and separate the hair into two sections.

3. + 4. Take a small strand of hair from the right section, pull it back and cross it over to join the left hair section.

5. + 6. Take a small strand of hair from the left section, pull it back and cross it over to join the right hair section.

7. Repeat these steps all the way down the back of the head.  Continue throughout the “tail”.

8. Secure with hair tie. Fishtails looks beautiful a little disheveled.  To achieve this look gently pull apart/loosen the braid.  It’s ok if it’s uneven or little pieces falls out.  Gives the fishtail a youthful, messy ease.

Extra Tips

– You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

– Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

– Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

– These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

To see more ideas for wedding hairstyles for long hair, check out french braid bun and waterfall braid!

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02.13.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Invitations by Dawn

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Excited about your wedding… but buried by the avalanche of decisions you have to make?

Let our Friend & Sponsor – Invitations By Dawn – take your Wedding Invitations worries off your plate!

For over 30 years Invitations by Dawn has helped women invite their guests in style. With Master Consultants on the Industry, etiquette tips, assembly guides – they exist to make your wedding a breeze.

Our friends at Invitations by Dawn are devoted to the goal that every one of their Brides LOVES every last stinking detail of their invitations.

That’s why they offer a huge variety of invitation styles and free samples so you can see before committing. From gorgeous embossed and thermographed invitations to stunning full color digital styles, they have it covered.

And, there’s a price for every bride. From high end laser-cut to affordable seal and sends, they want you to find the invitation of your dreams at a price you can afford!

Among the amazing wedding invitations available from Invitations by Dawn, please check out our favs here at Once Wed: PrepLove Birds, and Foil Wedding Invitations!

02.13.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

San Francisco Elegant Wedding

My husband and I live in NYC, however we are both originally from California, so naturally we knew we wanted to get married in California. What did not feel so natural was trying to find a location and venue living across the country. We honed in on the Napa region immediately and planned a trip to visit several sites. After schlepping to and from meetings and site visits in Napa, we realized the location was not easily accessible for our guests, who are from all over the country, and nothing resonated with our vision and style. We quickly switched gears and focused on the city. After much research, I stumbled upon Flood Mansion online. My parents quickly scheduled a site visit and we were sold! The space is timeless, historical, cozy for our guests and has breathtaking views. Our number one focus through the entire wedding planning process was our guests! We had been together since college, so we wanted our wedding to be an evening of pure celebration of us, our families and friends. We made it a priority to have good food, energizing music, a large beverage selection and transportation available. Nail down your priorities early and then lock down vendors you love ASAP!

With our style being classic, clean and contemporary I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding photos without being appalled by the color choice or dresses. So we stuck with a neutral color palate. With that being said, I could not fall in love with a white dress. I was keen to find a dress that was contemporary, but classic. However, I didn’t want it to be expected. I was a sales woman’s worst nightmare. I tried on dresses for eight months and first saw my dress in Town & Country Magazine. It is true; you will know when you put it on. It may take trying on 200 dresses, but it will happen. Trust me and think outside the box of standard white wedding gowns.

Our wedding day was perfect in every way. We loved the morning spent with family and friends, the speeches and watching our guests cut a rug on the dance floor — ripped tux pants and all! My biggest piece of advise to a couple planning their wedding is don’t over complicate the details; hit the easy button. Also, do take a minute to step back and take it all in. This is hard, but the day will be the best of your life, but also the fastest!

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // Venue: Flood Mansion // Flowers: Haute Blossoms // Groom’s Attire: District Homme  // Wedding dress: Carolina Herrera // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Cater: LRE Catering // Wedding Planner: Dream a Little Dream, Elise Paisnel // Hotel: Mark Hopkins Hotel // Transportation: Mosaic // Band: Jump Start Your Party // Cake: Abby’s Bake Sale // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  // Hair: Christopher Holgar Dineson // Invitations: Village Invites, NYC

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02.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog