French Braid Bun Hair Tutorial


Today we have the second installment of our braid how-to series from Jesse Chamberlin, Alison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. This is a great variation of the french braid bun tutorial we posted last month. Alison suggested adorning your braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, or flowers to add a little special something to the look. Be sure to keep checking back as we have 2 more lovely tutorials coming to the blog later this month. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial, ladies! 


Weding Updos for Long Hair Instructions

1. Part hair.

2. Grab a small section of hair.

3. & 4. Split into 3 parts.

5. Start French braiding, making sure to braid diagonally across the head.

6. Secure braid with a hair tie.

7. Roll the braid up and in, making a little bun.

8.Secure bun next to or above ear with Bobbi pins.

*Adorn braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, flowers, or whatever your heart desires.

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

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01.31.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Outdoor Wedding with Bash Please

Hun & Austin | San Francisco, California from Caravan on Vimeo.

Isn’t this romantic wedding from Bash,Please absolutely divine? I love the bride’s Lanvin dress against the pretty backdrop of the garden along with the gorgeous edison lights hanging so delicately from the tent. I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been as a guest to sit under such beautiful bits of light as everyone ate and danced the night away!
Our bride and groom came to us with one important goal in mind for their wedding: to create an unforgettable weekend with family and friends that was a showcase of their heritage and personalities. With a lively ranch outing following the rehearsal on Friday, their guests were shown just how playful and vivacious the bride and groom are while practicing riflery, shooting arrows, riding horses, and ziplining. 
Their wedding day started early Saturday morning with traditional Chinese elements, including Bridal Games and a formal Tea Ceremony. They wanted their wedding ceremony and reception to feel like an elegant 1920s-era garden party with shades of burgundy, forest green, ivory, and blush pink throughout. With their beautiful estate in Atherton and soaring redwood trees as a natural background to the ceremony, simple wooden benches adorned with sprigs of greenery lined the grass. A piano was brought outside for a friend to play one of their favorite songs during the ceremony, and the bride and groom selected Staraflur by Sigur Ros for a string quartet to play as their processional. After the ceremony, guests surrounded the pool to enjoy specialty cocktails and upbeat jazz tunes by The Mattson 2 while lounging on vintage lounge furniture. On their way to dinner, guests pulled their escort cards from ribbons dangling amidst greenery and votives from a gazebo on the lawn. The custom-built reception tent was draped in hundreds of yards of raw muslin with edison bulbs hanging above each table, and long taper candles tucked into brass holders lined the head table. Nestled into the napkin at each place setting was a Mast Brother’s chocolate bar with custom watercolor art featuring the bride and groom’s names and a leaf motif that was used throughout the wedding, from invitations to table numbers. The night ended with delicious cakes from Miette, handmade caramels by the bride’s friend and bridesmaid, and hours of dancing to tunes by The Leftover Cuties.
The following day, their guests spent a lazy day relaxing by the pool, feasting on roasted pig, sweet and savory crepes, and specialty cocktails. The details of the weekend were planned and designed from start to finish for their guests to feel the bride and groom’s love and appreciation.
Private estate in Atherton, CA // Planning/Design: Bash, Please // Photography: The Why We Love // Videography: Caravan // Catering: Paula De Luc // Cocktails and Bar: Pharmacie  // Watercolor invites and Custom Mast Brothers Chocolate: Lauren Spencer King // Florals: Brown Paper Design // Ceremony Music: Elan Artists // Dinner Music: The Leftover Cuties // DJ: DJ Mike Cruz of The Flashdance // Vintage Rentals: One True LoveMilkglass, and Mignonne (3 different companies) // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Lighting: Got Light! // Cakes: Miette // Wedding Dress: Lanvin  // Candies: Galipette

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01.30.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog



You’re engaged! The ring is on the your finger and the wedding day is set. It’s only natural you want to let everyone know and shout it from the rooftops! Sending out your save-the-date cards is one of the most joyous moments in the wedding preparation process. So, why not share it with a custom photo card from our awesome sponsor Mixbook? It is without a doubt the best way to capture your excitement and share it with the friends and family you’ll want as witnesses to your special day.

Chances are that once you choose a location and set a theme for your wedding, your correspondence with guests will become more formal. So your save-the-date card is your chance to have a little lighthearted fun before the more ceremonious aspects of your wedding get underway.

Choose save the dates that features a design and photos that capture your spirit as a couple, then upload your photos using Mixbook’s Quick Card editor and Voilá! Set up a photo shoot with a camera-savvy friend or hire a photographer and head out to a spot where your love shines most, You might choose the beach for a backdrop or you may simply stand in front of a blank wall painted a vibrant color you both love. However you compose your photographs, make sure you let your true selves show, whether that means a highly composed photo of you and your love.

Better yet, Mixbook is offering OnceWed readers 25% off an ENTIRE purchase with coupon code ONCEWED25! This offer is valid through 2/28, so head on over to Mixbook and check out all their gorgeous designs!

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01.30.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Bake An Apple Tart


Today I have such a sweet treat in store for you. The wonderfully gifted, Elizabeth Messina, recently collaborated with the equally talented, Elizabeth Colling, to create a plethora of delicious food stories. They were kind enough to send over the first one to share with Once Wed readers just in time for Valentine’s Day. More from Elizabeth…

I developed this recipe after visiting an amazing apple orchard in Eau Claire, Michigan. To me, the key to a delicious apple pie is using a number of different types of apples, creating a variety of different flavors and textures. This tart can be made in either a tart pan or pie dish. The tart pan creates more of a clean look (and is easier to remove whole from the pan) while the pie dish seems more rustic. The raspberries bring a bit of bright acid and a beautiful color while the sanding sugar adds a nice sparkle and crunch to the buttery, flaky dough. The tart can be made and baked in advance so it really is perfect for a dessert bar at a wedding or party, especially with the heart shaped cutter. Serve with vanilla ice cream and it really doesn’t get much better than that!



3 1/2 pounds apples  (about 8-10 apples)
1 container (8 oz) fresh raspberries
1/2c. sugar
2T. lemon juice
1/4c. all purpose flour
1/2t. salt
1T. butter, cut into small pieces
1 each vanilla bean
1 each egg yolk
2T. heavy cream
2T. sanding sugar
1 recipe pate brisee (see below)


Divide dough in half and roll out each piece to about 1?4” thick. Place one piece in the refrigerator and line the bottom of a 9” tart or pie pan with the other. Place the tart pan in the refrigerator.

Peel and core apples. Cut into 3?4” – 1” chunks. Place them in a medium bowl with  the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, and the seeds from the vanilla bean. Toss to combine.

Remove both the tart pan and the extra piece of dough from the refrigerator. Place all of the apples in the tart and dot with butter.


Cut out desired shapes with remaining piece of dough and place all around the tart (starting at the outer edge and moving inward.) Refrigerate or freeze pie until firm, about 1-3 hrs., but not overnight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make egg wash by whisking together yolk and heavy cream. Brush egg wash over pie and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Place tart on a sheet tray and bake at 425 for 15 min. Turn oven down to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until the crust is a deep golden brown. The juices from the apples should be bubbling. Remove tart from oven and let cool on a wire rack. The tart is easiest to cut and serve if it sits out overnight.

photography by elizabeth messina // recipe and food styling by elizabeth colling

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01.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured