Romantic Australian Engagement from Jose Villa

Sometimes words fail us, and that’s often the case when Jose Villa is involved. His photography and talent for capturing true emotions and beauty is unrivaled, and this session with Jemma Keech is no exception. Jemma is a talented photographer herself, and chose Jose to photograph herself and her fiance so beautifully in her hometown of Denmark, Australia and then their wedding the following day. These images are absolutely unreal, and we just want to take a few minutes to soak them all in…

Photography: Jose Villa | Dress: Chris Riley Bridal 

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08.11.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Booking Hotels with Jetaport

“Every single part of planning a wedding is fun and exciting!” said no one ever. There are some very frustrating parts about planning your wedding and one of the most frustrating can be coordinating travel and accommodations for out of town guests and family. The guys who started Jetaport can totally understand that frustration and have created a one-stop website for you to book blocks of rooms for your wedding day! No longer do you have to call around from hotel to hotel to find available rooms- they make it easy for you!

All you have to do is visit Jetaport, select dates, location, and then wait! Within 48 hours, you’ll have deals from all of the hotels you selected all in one place on your dashboard. With Jetaport, you will have a dedicated travel advisor for you to call on with any questions during your planning process and to finalize any deals you make with the hotels. (Finally- someone is on your side!) Jetaport’s free service includes the option to electronically sign any agreements with the hotels so you don’t need to fuss with printing, scanning, or faxing them back and forth. Start to finish, they make it a piece of cake!

So, now that you know how to book a block of rooms for your wedding, here are a few tips from Jetaport on choosing the right hotels!

1. Choose 2-3 different hotels in various price ranges for your guests to book from. (This is dependent on how many guests you have. 1 hotel might be enough if you’re expecting under 20 out of town guests)

2. Choose hotels that are close to attractions or walking distance from downtown or restaurants so your guests can enjoy the town during down time.

3. Choose a courtesy block if at all possible- this will prevent you from being on-the-hook for paying for unused rooms if you don’t have guests filling each room you reserved.

Read more tips from Jetaport on reserving your block of rooms today, and get started with their free service! 

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Top 5 Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair


We are so lucky to have worked with some of the top hair and makeup stylists in the country, and over the past couple of years, we’ve been even luckier to have been able to style some beautiful tutorials to inspire you for your wedding day. It’s hard for us to choose our favorite hair tutorials for long hair, but we’re excited to share 5 of the most popular from Once Wed and our Pinterest.

The image above is from our Romantic Side Braid tutorial from Amy Clarke and Bryce Covey this January, and has been one of our most popular (Pinned from Once Wed over 174,000 times)!



This fishtail braid above, from Allison Breslin, has been one of the most popular hair tutorials we’ve ever shared, and we loved the response it got. This is a classic hairstyle for long hair and will never go out of style! See how to recreate it here.



There are so many more wedding hairstyles for long hair than their used to be! We have loved the resurgence of the halo braid, and the ladies of Irrelephant killed it with this sweet halo crown braid. The full tutorial is up for you to try here!



The image above is from all the way back in 2012! This waterfall braid tutorial from Allison Brislin is still one of our favorites all this time later. See the full tutorial here.



And the last of our 5 favorite wedding hairstyles is another braid! I guess we have a braid addiction! Christian Marc took a different approach to a classic braid with this messy hairstyle. Try something like this if you want a casual, yet elegant look on your wedding! Visit the full DIY for instructions.

Well, that wraps up our 5 favorite wedding hairstyles. Keep coming back for of our favorite tutorials, DIYs, and more!

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08.08.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Classic Nashville Engagement Session

There’s just something a little different about this engagement session from Jessica Sloane and Austin Gros. It’s classic, elegant, yet has a really nice European feeling even though it was shot in Nashville, Tennessee. Doesn’t it feel like this sweet couple simply walked outside of a French hotel for a quick walk around the block? We just love the way Jessica styled this couple, and we’re excited to hear a little more from her about her inspiration:

Dominique and Marcus, a Canadian couple, were ecstatic when they finally got engaged after 8 years of a long-distance relationship. They are a couple who define love and commitment. These two work together at their family gourmet food business day in and out. They wanted their engagement session to be timeless, romantic and simply, just about the two of them. We chose a location in Nashville that had a lot of history and charm. It was also the location where Dominique and her bridesmaids stayed and got ready before their Southern wedding! 

Photography: Austin Gros | Styling: Jessica Sloane | Hair and Makeup: Jordan Byers | Dress:BCBG  Venue: East Ivy Mansion in Nashville

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08.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog