Inspiration from the Ginny Au Birmingham Workshop

It’s so inspirational for us to see creatives nurturing one another through workshops and design courses, and we love that our brides can glean direction from stylists like Ginny Au even if they’re not part of the industry. Keep reading to find out a little more about Ginny’s creative journey.

From Ginny Au:

“I believe the need to clutter or overthink a design is an easy pitfall in the wedding industry. It was something I struggled with early in my career. Over time, I stopped piecing together unrelated details and focused on one element allowing all other inspiration to stem from that single source. This approach allowed me the freedom to explore the beauty of simplicity and the humility in a deconstructed design. It also demands a sensory approach to your design process, one I often layout on walls using texture and pigment.

I decided to teach a series of day classes that focused on the origin of a design and  simple styling techniques, encouraging creatives in all fields to find their own voice and a unique way of expressing it.”
Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Class Venue: The Nest Birmingham

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05.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Couture Bridesmaid Dresses from PPS Couture

Introducing PPS Couture: Stunning New Bridesmaid Dresses

The next stage of bridesmaid fashion has just been unveiled, and bridesmaids everywhere should be excited. One of our favorite bridal attire designers, Plum Pretty Sugar, has just announced the launch of their all-new bridesmaid dress collection: PPS Couture. This collection is purely intoxicating, featuring handmade gowns, ethereal floral prints, and flowing, feminine silhouettes.

PPS Couture captures elegance and classicism with a modern whimsical twist. Special details such as pockets, detachable sleeves and hand-draping make the collection both alluring and remarkably unique. It features four beautiful silhouettes, and it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite. Each design is available in four delicate prints, and can be combined together to create an enchanting bridesmaid grouping or worn alone for any special occasion, like your engagement party or engagement photos.

PPS Couture gowns are priced from $380, and are available for purchase at

Photography: Jose Villa | Styling: Type A Society | Hair and Make Up: Nyrie Beauty

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05.28.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Rolled Chignon Hair Tutorial

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If you saw yesterday’s post, you are probably one of the many who wishes you could style your hair exactly like the bride’s. You’re in luck! We love showcasing wedding hair tutorials, and this one from Samantha Landis is an updated version of a simple classic. Read on for the step by step!

Looking for more hair and makeup tutorials? Check out our favorite wedding day looks here!


DIY Rolled Chignon


1) Elastic Hair Band
2) Bobbi Pins


1) Starting with the left side, roll hair back and pin.
2) Roll right side back and pin.
3) Gather hair and secure with an elastic close to the ends.
4) Using your index fingers, roll the hair upward.
5) Once the roll aligns with the left and ride sides, hold in place with your hands and secure with bobbi pins.

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Videographyt: Kelly Christine | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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05.27.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Simple Wedding Ideas with Organic Design

While your event planner is bustling around, setting places at your tables, and your florist is unloading her delivery vehicle, and the setup crew is arranging the chairs for your ceremony, one of the best things you can do is simply create a peaceful environment to ready yourself for the day ahead. This collection of images showcases a serene bride, calmly preparing for the excitement of the day. Read on for more from the team.

From the designer, Kylie Swanson:
“Inspired by the simple moments before the ceremony, I set out to curate a peaceful environment by imagining a bride with a sense of serene clarity while getting ready in her own bathroom, before the momentum of the day ahead has captured her attention. Sometimes, these authentic and intentional movements lead to the most impactful design.”

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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05.26.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog