DIY Ballerina Bun Tutorial

diy-ballerina-bun-tutorialYesterday we shared graceful wedding ideas featuring Alexandra Grecco’s Helena gown, and today we’re excited to show you how to recreate that beautiful topknot! An elegant ballerina bun is the perfect accessory for a flowly, ethereal gown, and this one from Mimi & Taylor is easy to create on your own. Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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ballerina-bun-diy-tutorialRope-Braid Topknot

1. Take all the hair up and tie in a ponytail at the crown of the head.

2. Loosely rope-braid the ponytail.

3. Secure the rope braid with a small elastic band.

4. Wrap ponytail around in a bun tucking the end underneath.

5. Bobby pin securely in place.

6. Lightly pull out loose strands to create an effortless finish. Ballerina Bun would be best.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor 

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08.19.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Alexandra Grecco Helena Gown

We have always loved Alexandra Grecco’s designs, and we were thrilled when she launched a full bridal line a few weeks ago. She was kind enough to let us photograph some of her new designs at the Erich McVey Workshop, and we’re thrilled to share more images with you today!

The Helena Gown from Alexandra Grecco reminded us of graceful ballerinas so we paired this ethereal dress with a ballerina bun. Come back tomorrow to learn how to recreate this braided topknot!

Photography Erich McVey: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor  | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Alexandra Grecco

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08.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top 20 Wedding Updos

top-20-wedding-updos-from-oncewedYou can stop searching the internet high and low for the perfect wedding updo to show your stylist for your wedding day- we’ve collected 20 of our favorite updos from our DIYs and Real Weddings all in one place!

1. The updo above, sent to us from Irrelephant Blog is a interpretation on a traditional French twist. See the entire tutorial and DIY instructions here.

knotted-bun-diy-tutorial2. This knotted bun that we worked on with Heidi Marie Garrett is a classic and would look great on any bride searching for an elegant updo! Visit the original post for the entire tutorial.

crown-braid-chignon3. This romantic crown braid tutorial from Amanda Gros is still one of our all time favs! Check out how to recreate this look here.

wedding-hair-updos-natural-casual-wedding-hairstyles4. If you’re looking for a loose and messy updo for your big day, check out this Once Wed classic from Jordan Byers. See how to create this undone bun herefrench-braid-bun-diy5. We still absolutely adore this clean, elegant french braid bun tutorial we shared a while back. Check out how achieve this updo here.

diy-rope-braid-updo6. Want to rock an awesome hairstyle on your wedding day? Try out this rope braid updo!

wedding-hair-updo-ideas-formal-elegant-diy-tutorial7. This classic updo that we featured in our Once Wed magazine is still one of our favorites!! See the original post here.

rock-n-roll-wedding-hair-updo-formal-elegant-modern-wedding-hair-diy-tutorial-600x4068. We also created this rock and roll updo for our magazine! Would you be daring enough to try something like this for your wedding?

diy-twisted-bun-tutorial9. And this classic bun from Irrelephant is perfect for any bride-to-be! See the DIY here.

rustic-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair310. This lovely low bun has been a huge hit on Pinterest after we posted the original inspiration shoot a while back!

wedding-hairstyles-for-updos11. And let’s not forget those brides who want to style their hair with a veil.

diy-fishtail-bun-tutorial12. If you’re looking for a put together, classic wedding updo, check out this fishtail bun!

bright-elegant-bride-wedding-hairstyles-jewelry13. This lovely updo has also been a favorite on Pinterest! See the full feature on this bride here.

braided-french-twist-updo14. This awesome updo from Irrelephant knocks it out of the park! Check out how to get this ‘do here.

2-bobby-pin-updo15. Updos are a little more difficult for girls with short hair, but this simple 2 bobby pin DIY is great for shoulder-length hair. Get the instructions and try it out!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x39816. We love this crown braid so much we included it in last week’s round-up too!

diy-tucked-braided-bun-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair17. Learn how to recreate this tucked braid updo right here!

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial118. Check out this crown braid updo if you’re searching for a show-stopping look on your wedding day!

chignon-wedding-hair-tutorial219. Chignons are a classic wedding hairstyle, and we simply adore this clean and simple version. See the tutorial here to get the look!

faux-bob220. And for brides looking for a non-traditional twist on the wedding updo, see how to achieve a faux bob here.

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08.15.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Dress Ideas

Brides are embracing vintage designs and gowns more than ever, and with websites like Gossamer Vintage, they’re able to find gems without having to hunt for months and months. Emme from Gossamer Vintage has worked over the past year to style her gowns to show brides how lovely vintage gowns can be.

Here’s more from Emme on her inspiration for this shoot:

It’s unusual see a bride in an antique Edwardian gown, so Laura and I decided to do a shoot for it in a private garden in DC. We wanted to create an option for brides who otherwise might not have thought of wearing an older gown for her wedding day. We loved the unique textures of the gown and paired it with an antique wax crown; the venue was the perfect setting to complement the mood.

Photographer: Laura Gordon | Dress/Accessories/Florals: Gossamer Vintage | Makeup/Hair: Liz Wegrzyn | Model: Nora Button | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Styling/Props: Laura Gordon and Gossamer Vintage | Location: Private Estate in Washington, DC

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08.14.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog