Wedding Updo for Naturally Curly Hair

It’s becoming much more common for women to embrace their natural hair whether it be curly or straight, and we’re so happy that women are proud of their natural beauty and are doing what they can to let it shine. We love this simple wedding updo for naturally curly hair from Yolanda Jones, styled by Lora Kelley and photographed by Joey Kennedy, and we encourage you to embrace your organic beauty on your wedding day and work with what you have! Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to recreate this wedding updo.


-Duck Bill Clips
-Hair Spray

Step 1: Leave hair natural and feathered out.
Step 2: Add hair oil to provide shine and soften fly-aways
Step 3: Divide hair into 4 basic sections and clip off with duck bill clips
Step 4: Start with the section at the base of the neck – hold it out from the head, and using your hand, fold it over and tuck ends into the hair and pin.
Step 5: Do this with the next section of hair above the first section, but fold it the opposite way of the first – this will create dimension in the hair.
Step 6: Pick on of the side sections, and divide it into two more sections.
Step 7: Fold the lay one over the other, and fold them across the head, tucking the ends in and pinning as you.
Step 8: Use the last section of hair to lay over the top and across the back of the hair, folding across the hair, and tucking the ends under. Pin.
Step 9: Spray with hair spray.

Photography: Joey Kennedy | Hair: Yolonda Jones | Make­up: Lora Kelley | Shirt: Rag and Bone | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Jeans: Rag and Bone | Styling: Lora Kelley

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11.18.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Madison James Wedding Dresses

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Looking at beautiful wedding dresses doesn’t get old. We never tire of sharing beautiful designs and designers with you, and we’re so excited about the newest Madison James Bridal collection. Over the next few months, you’ll be seeing a lot more from us about these beautiful dresses. The 2015 Spring Collection has blown us away, and we can’t wait to share more of it with you soon!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for “the dress,” Madison James is hosting trunk shows all over the country where you can see these stunning designs in person. Whimsical and delicate, the Madison James spring line borrows inspiration from international textile patterns, striking floral embroidery, and vintage design. No matter your wedding aesthetic or personal style, we’re sure you’ll find a Madison James dress to fit your dream wedding. Classically designed with timeless lines, fabrics, and textures, each dress is perfectly assembled to make you feel and look as beautiful as you can on your wedding day!

Madison James is hosting trunk shows to introduce their new 2015 Bridal Collection from California to New Jersey! Click below for the full list complete with dates and contact information. Keep coming back for more about the 2015 Spring Collection!


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11.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Autumn Wedding Ideas

Come with me. from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

We love the fall and seeing so many beautiful inspiration shoots from creatives around the country that embrace the rich colors of Autumn. This lovely shoot from Lora Kelley and Joey Kennedy is the epitome of fall elegance. We hope you can glean some new ideas and twists on fall wedding decor.

From Lora Kelley:

Flannery O’Conner said, “The basis of art is truth, both in manner and in mode.”

Mallory and I started dreaming about this concept probably 6 months ago. We were talking to Joey about doing something in Virginia in the fall and had been working with Stephanie Fishwick for a few editorial pieces. I was simultaneous talking with my friend Yolonda about natural hair, and the movement of natural hair in our culture. All of us wanted to do something romantic and fall­color­oriented. I had a model who I fell in love with. (her hair!) We had the pergola ­ taken in with how the light bore through the shades, and Stephanie was doing a lot of marbling and wanted to incorporate that into a paper suite.

As artists, we have the power to write truths into the fabric of our culture. It is one of the most powerful abilities we have as people. To create something and to share it, is to write a line in a story ­ a story about where we are and a story that shapes where we are going.

From these prose, be they visual, audible, internal ­ we build a current truth ­ an artful moment. It’s a simple shoot with simple people and simple ideas, but’s also about honesty and beauty and love.

Photography: Joey Kennedy | Creative Direction + Design: Lora Kelley | Collaborative Design + Florals: Mallory Joyce | Venue: The Clifton Inn | Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Hair: Yolonda Jones | Make-up: Lora Kelley | Dress: Designed by Lora Kelley – custom made by Stepha O’Brien | Suit: J.Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Film: Josh Gooden | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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