How to Blow Dry Big Waves


Yes, you can get big waves without using a curling iron! One of my favorite things about this look is the amount of time you can rock this look. Yes yes, it does take a little bit of time to do but not much more than blowdrying AND curling it, plus it cuts out another heat damaging tool. With the products we used, it allows the hair to stay voluminous for a couple days!



Blow dryer.
Boar bristel brush.
Heat protectant and styling product. Like B&B Prep– heat protectant/detangler and B&B Thickening spray– root lift.
and a little bit of time :)

1. Start by prepping the hair with bumble & bumble prep and thickening spray. This allows the hair to stay in the shape you blow dry. Make sure hair is generously damp with the product (either from the shower or dry hair) Comb the hair evenly.

2. First, dry the roots lifting them away from the direction of the growth. Then start taking sections of hair (as big as your round brush) and start drying the hair as your rolling the brush up and down the shaft of the hair.

3. Once you have dried each section, take your fingers and roll the hair around them, as if you’re “rolling” your hair. (also- make sure there is a good hole in the rolls, this assures a good curl)

4. Pin and spray each roll as you go. Let the hair cool off, once you’re done with the last roll give the entire hair time to set. (we suggest to do your make up at this point)

5. Once the hair sets, take each roll down. Then take a boar bristle brush and start brushing your hair out. This might seem like you’re combing all the curl out, but what you’re doing is creating a wave by combing all the curls together, and taming them.Let the hair do its thing and spray once you achieve the look you love!

Photography and Styling: The lovely ladies of Irrelephant

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10.31.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

French Inspired Organic Wedding Ideas

Olive and Almond groves, sandstone and lavender. Provence France is heaven on earth. The perfect backdrop for our shoot with Gian Marco and Charlotte who live in the South of France. Gian Marco and Charlotte have been together for over three years and have some experience behind the camera yet have never had an opportunity to have photos taken together as a couple. We couldn’t have picked a better backdrop than the Le Hameux Des Baux which had the perfect balance of traditional architecture and modern interior design. It’s everything you could want in a venue and more.

Kerry Bracken our coordinator helped us source the venue and after working there, it’s one that we highly recommend. We cannot wait to return to Provence this 2014 for more destination weddings and we’re already taking assignments on for June, September and October 2014.

See more inspiration from this beautiful location from Feather and Stone on Grey Likes Weddings today!

Photography: Feather and Stone | Venue: Le Hameau Des Baux  | Planning & Styling: Lavender & Rose Weddings | Hair & Make-up: Camille Bonardi | Gowns: Zahavit Tshuba

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10.30.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Rustic Wedding Under The Trees

Such a gorgeous wedding, right? I saw an image a while back on Pinterest from this magical wedding under the trees, but recently tracked down a few more to share on Once Wed. I love the real trees Amy Merrick brought to create a canopy under the tent. Very pretty!

Photography by Henry Busby 

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10.28.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Romantic Prairie Wedding Ideas

I love the pretty lilac colors all throughout this shoot including the bride’s beautiful wedding dress. Joy de Vivre was kind enough to share a little inspiration behind the shoot…

This is a tribute to a romance on the Prairie.  I imagined a beautiful young woman who grew up on her families farm, and fell in love with the man her Father hired to take over for him. They had a small wedding in the grass, surrounded by family.  Her Aunt played the piano.   They ate the best of the summers harvest.  The dinner table was set with rusted iron lanterns, amethyst cut glass candles and personalized place mats.  The violet and pink floral arrangements placed into in rusted copper pails were the perfect contrast to the golden grass.  As the sun went down they lit the candle lanterns hanging in the trees, and the bride put on chunky wool sweater made by her Mother.

The incredible organic cotton dress by Kendal Leonard was the inspiration for the shoot.  The light violet color, the feminine ruffles, the organic but soft cotton linen all set the tone for the rest of the design.  To keep the look feminine but still rustic and organic, we chose a color palate that worked with the neutral colors of the Farmhouse but added that sweetness needed to keep it romantic.

Concept, Design & Styling: Joy de Vivre | Photography: Kurt Boomer | Location: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Florals: Kelly Kaufman Design | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Stationary: Holly Hollon | Model: Q Model Management | Dress: Kendal Leonard Design | Sweater: Beata | Hair & Makeup: Luna Bella Makeup Art

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10.24.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog