DIY Wax Paper Wedding Invitations


Today I have a beautiful tutorial for wax paper wedding invitations to share with you. Concepted and photographed by Katie Decker of Signora e Mare, this tutorial is a great way to add a little something extra to your invitations. Enjoy!


Tools and Supplies

hammer,  wax candles or wax bead, paper of choice, image of choice printed on computer paper, extra computer paper, exacto knife or scissors, plastic bag (to place your candles in), glue stick, iron, bone folder or knife


1. Begin by smashing your candle sticks (if you do not have wax beads) within the plastic bag. You’ll want to make sure these are small enough to melt down. One candlestick should be more than enough for a few of these.

2. Once you have your wax into small enough pieces, remove the wick and place the wax in between a fold piece of parchment paper. The paper should be large enough to completely sandwich your image .

3. Iron the wax so it is melted in between the sheets being careful not to spill the hot wax.

4. Next,  place your selected image in between the parchment paper and completely ensconce the paper with the wax. Make sure to get ride of any bubbles.

5. With your image completely covered in wax, remove from the parchment paper and place in between two clean sheets of computer paper. Iron again to remove any excess wax.

6. Let completely dry and then adhere to your selected fine art paper with a glue stick.

7. Use the bone folder or smooth edge of a knife to adhere properly and remove any air bubbles.

Photography and Tutorial: Katie Decker of Signora e Mare 

Be sure to check out Wedding Sparrow today to see the editorial inspired by this wax paper wedding invitation tutorial!

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10.22.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Outdoor Rustic Nashville Wedding

It’s always a treat to share a wedding of two people we know here on Once Wed, so today’s couple is extra special to us. Austin Gros, a wedding photographer, and Amanda Gros, a hair and makeup guru, are two amazingly talented creatives who work in the industry. Amanda was kind enough to send over more details from their wedding for me to share to with you…

With three short months of planning, Austin and I got married March 30, 2013. The seasons were still in transition, it was still chilly at night and the trees had barely started blooming.

The first time we visited Bloomsbury Farm, we knew it would be the place we would be getting married. When we saw their gorgeous pavilion with the huge stone fireplace we knew it would be the perfect place for our guests to enjoy our wedding and still keep warm with the fire roaring all night.

The decor was inspired by the natural setting of our venue and the time of year. Lots of planted greenery and lavender were placed on the guest farm tables with a large floral centerpiece placed at the head table. Floral and greenery also draped over the fireplace mantel while candles were dispersed on every table throughout the pavilion area.

We got married under a grove of Evergreen trees. Guests were seated under the canopies of the branches while our dear friends played and sang “Come Thou Fount” by Sufjan Stevens while I walked down the aisle with my dad. After we were pronounced husband and wife, the brass band I surprised Austin with started playing and the Second Line commenced. Everyone followed the band down the pathway to the pavilion where the reception was taking place. On the way there, we danced and laughed with our family and friends. It truly was an amazing moment of our wedding that we will never forget.

It started to rain after everyone was tucked away under the pavilion. As our guests started eating we snuck away to take our photos (yes, we did them in the rain!) We returned to the pavilion, both of us soaking wet, but not a care in the world – we were married. We spent the rest of the night talking and dancing with our loved ones, soaking in the wonderful moments with everyone around us.

We loved everything about our wedding. We loved sharing such a special day with so many people we loved. Our wedding day was perfect to us in every way, rain and all. Thank you to everyone who made it so special for us. We love you!

Photography: Erich McVey | Event Design: Amanda Gros | Floral Design and Styling: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Venue: Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna, TN | Baker: Katy Phillips | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Collection | Party Rentals and Linens: Southern Events | Catering: Mas Tacos Por Favor food truck | Invitations and Wedding Papers: Tammey Montoya, mother of the bride | Ceremony Music: Friends of the bride and groom | Reception Entertainment: Canon Blue | Bridal Gown: Watters | Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Ruche and American Eagle | Hair: Bridget Murphy | Groom’s Attire: Suit by J.Crew, tie by Billy Reid and shoes by Asos | Groomsmen Attire: Ties by QP Collections | Candle Favors: Heather Donegan of Donegan Chandlery | Cinematographer: Teejay Heaslip with Anchor Heart Films

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10.21.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Vintage Love Session by the Sea

Emilia Jane recently commissioned Ozzy Garcia to do a love session for them while they were visiting South Beach. It’s always a pleasure featuring a couple with such great taste and classic style. I love how the images turned out, and couldn’t resist sharing the full story on Once Wed.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia  | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones

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10.17.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Messy French Twist Tutorial


Here are a few frames of Martha and the process of her messy French Twist to inspire your next event from Irrelephant. Keep your french twist modern by letting the imperfections fall and letting your natural texture take its course. The key to this look is the texture. Having silky clean hair is not going to do you any favors for this. Make sure the hair has grit but still has movement. I had such a hard time narrowing down a favorite, I’m including the finished hairstyle look on a dark and lighter background. Enjoy!




1. Start by prepping the hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Spray generously and quickly blow dry in cold setting and dry with fingers. We added Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finish to the mix to add that airy feel to the ends.

2. Take your comb and start teasing the crown section. Add a little bit of tease to the sides and lightly tease the ends as well.

3. With your fingers, lightly “comb” all the hair back as if you’re about to do a mid pony.

4. Follow through to the ends and start rolling the ends to the direction you want the twist in. We rolled to the left.

5. Keep rolling until you reach the head, this is also the part where you can “poof” out the crown a bit and loosen it up.

6. Now that you have the shape you want, go a head and pin the twist to the rest of the hair. *Pin the bobby’s as if you’re crocheting through the hair so you don’t flatten the twist. Lock it down by spraying.

Photography and Tutorial: Irrelephant

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10.15.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured