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

A Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Choosing your wedding colors and flowers that marry your aesthetic and wedding style may be difficult, so we turned to an expert, Holly of Rosegolden Flowers, to point us in the right direction:

It’s very common for brides to feel a lot of pressure to abide by a lot of rules. If you get married in Spring your flowers need to be pastel. In the Fall, warm tones. Etc, etc. It reminds me of the 80s when makeup sales people, after draping a series of poly-blend swatches across your chest and shoulders in order to evaluate your skin tone, declared you to be one of the four seasons and then informed you that you could only use a particular set of eyeshadow colors and lipsticks. I remember  being immediately drawn to all of the colors I wasn’t supposed to wear. I mean how dare that lady label me! I can pick out my own lipstick, thank you very much.

But not everyone is this way. Some people just buy the bossy lady’s lipstick and never look back. A lot of people feel compelled to accept rules like these and feel very bound by them. And it’s just really limiting and oppressive. And I’m not having it. Especially when it comes to wedding flowers. Is it grandiose for me to see myself as not just a florist but a liberator? A floral Moses? Ok, yes, but hear me out. I’m just saying that we should all be free to express ourselves, to like what we like, wear what we want to wear, say what we want to say, etc. Maybe I’m more like a floral Madonna…Ok, I’ll stop, I’ll stop. Now I’m labeling myself for god’s sake.

Bottom line is this. I’m here to get to know my clients and to create for them wedding flowers that are unique to them. I think that is one of my favorite parts of my job really. Discovering what my brides are really inspired by and encouraging them to move in that direction despite any and all outside pressures/rules/labels. So you’re a Fall trapped in a Spring’s body? No problem. Inspired by Beauty and the Beast and Dutch flower paintings? Whatever! It’s your wedding and I’m here to remind you that you can wear whatever lipstick you want.

Photography, Floral Design, and Article: Holly Carslile of Rosegolden Flowers | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.07.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Natural Outdoor Boudoir Session

Boudoir sessions are becoming more and more common as women celebrate their beauty and confidence, and we couldn’t love that any more! Don’t you just adore how Victoria’s beauty shines in this simple and organic boudoir session with Michael and Carina Photography?

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Our idea of boudoir photography is to keep things natural, simple and beautiful. For Victoria’s session, we went to where she was most comfortable. She lost herself with us in the Virginia forest. The sun was setting, and at one point a herd of deer passed us by. For our session with Victoria, the details we loved most were the way she held her fingers, the way she walked through the forest, the way the sun illuminated her hair. Her color palette of green, ivory and gold blended in beautifully with the setting.

Photographer: Michael and Carina Photography | Designer/Creative Director/ Stylist: Rachel Cocchi | Model Agency: Directions USA | Hair Styling: Rachel Cocchi | Makeup: Victoria Roughton | Location: Newport News State Park, VA | Clothing and Accessories: Zara |Film Development: Richard Photo Lab

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08.06.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog