Elegant Fishtail Bun How To

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How adorable and creative is this fishtail bun tutorial sent over to us from the talented Heather Grace of Garland of Grace Blog? We love this simple yet elegant wedding updo from Heather, and we adore that the instructions on replicating this look are so easy! You could easily recreate this wedding updo for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, or even just a fun holiday party, and you would be the hit of the party with this adorable updo on New Year’s Eve! Pair this elegant bun with some natural makeup and statement lipstick for a chic look. Take a few minutes to try out Heather’s easy instructions for this adorable and elegant fishtail bun!

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Instructions

1. Gather all hair at the crown of the head.

2. Tie with a sturdy hair elastic and place a hair donut or a scrunchie (we just used a thick head band and doubled it over) at the base of the pony to give it extra volume.

3. Pull about 1/4 of the hair out from underneath the scrunchie and fishtail braid.

4&5. Tease the remaining hair in the pony.

6. Take the teased hair and slightly twist as you wrap the pony around the scrunchie. This will give a central, fountain-like look to the bun, similar to a sock-bun. Bobby pin at the base the whole way around the bun to secure a strong hold.

7. Take your fingers and pull apart your fishtail braid until it is a looser weave.

8. Wrap your fishtail around the base of the bun and tuck the remaining end under the braid, securing with one or two bobby pins.

9. Put on your best dress and that bright red lipstick you love! :)

Photography and How To: Garland of Grace

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12.12.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

How To Wedding Boutonnieres

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When making a boutonnière it’s important to consider the ingredients you will use. Depending on the aesthetic of the wedding and the grooms attire, the boutonnière should be a nice compliment and accent to the other existing elements.

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Step 1: Gather your ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to have at least four textures encompassing three elements, the backing, the texture and the focal flower. For this boutonnière, sage was used as the back leaf, snowberry and acacia for the texture and ranunculus for the focal flower.

2. Prepare your focal flower. The focal flower needs to stay strong throughout a day filled with pictures and a night of dancing. For a flower like ranunculus, wire the stem by inserting the wire straight up through until it pokes just barely into the head of the flower. Trim your wire to the length of the stem.

3. Place your back leaves together to start making a miniature bouquet. Place the textured elements on next and stagger them a bit so everything isn’t at the same height.

4. Next place your focal flower in the center and use floral tape to tightly wrap the ingredients together. Leave the bottom of the stems exposed by just wrapping the tape about three times tightly and tear off the excess.

5. Pick a nice neutral ribbon. There are lovely silk or organic cotton ribbons to choose from. Tie a simple knot and trim off the edges. You can also wrap and hot glue the ends to the back to have a clean and simple look.

Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa Photography | Flowers and Tutorial: Tinge Floral

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12.11.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Apple Vacations & RIU Hotels & Resorts

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Are you looking for a one-stop location for planning the destination wedding and honeymoon of your dreams? Apple Vacations  can provide you with a collection of some of the most romantic hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America to choose from! You can plan the beach wedding and honeymoon you’ve always wanted through Apple Vacations with their team of experienced wedding planners and coordinators to help you plan and execute the day of your dreams. They work with you to book your guests and provide you with discounts for groups, even as small as 10 guests! You won’t have to worry about a thing with Apple Vacations, they take care of your travel arrangements, honeymoon registry, and legal requirements for your destination wedding!

You can plan your destination wedding through Apple Vacations at one of the gorgeous RIU hotels  in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. At one of these romantic beachfront resorts, you can choose a classic, royal, or caprice wedding package  that will give you the option of having a gorgeous yet simple ceremony or an opulent, once-in-a-lifetime event. Each package  provides you with an endless number of great details to choose from to create your ideal destination wedding.  You can also easily plan a honeymoon at an RIU resort in Aruba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, or Mexico!

Take a few minutes to sit down and look over what Apple Vacations  can do for you when it comes to planning your perfect destination wedding or honeymoon abroad!

12.11.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Cheekwood Nashville Wedding

Jessica Lorren and Jessica Sloane recently worked together on Kimberly and Justin’s Nashville wedding, and isn’t it a beauty? I love all the understated botanical details up against the gorgeous Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. More details below from their designer and stylist, Jessica Sloane

“This gorgeous wedding was a dream to work on. The LA couple wanted to get married in Kimberly’s hometown of Nashville. When I first met with Kimberly she explained that they wanted their wedding day to look and feel like a garden dinner party. Guests received a hand-calligraphied invitation with botanical liner to set the stage for the evening. Their wedding took place on a sunny fall day with all of their close friends and family gathered together at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Upon arrival, the women were served champagne and truffles in the drawing room of the Museum of Art, a 1920’s Georgian-style mansion. The men mingled around the Reflection Pool sipping on bourbon and telling stories about the groom. Guests wrote notes to Kimberly and Justin in “The Green Florilegium,” a book full of old botanical prints. When it was time for the ceremony, everyone processed together to the boxwood gardens and took their seats. The sun was setting as Kimberly and Justin took their vows and the bridal party joined around them for a moment of blessings. It was a magical ceremony, followed by a joyful celebration. Cocktails were served on the Terrace and in the Loggia, under a grand chandelier by the light artist Bruce Munro.

Guests dinned on a delicious southern-style dinner at tables set with heirloom silver containers filled with herbs, ferns, fruits and fall blooms. Everyone danced the night away to Super T, who literally came out in a Superman outfit marked with a big letter T! It was definitely a night to remember!”

Photographer: Jessica Lorren | Designer, Planner & Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Florist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Calligraphy and Liner: Kitty Hobbs | Invitations: Urbanic | Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jordan Byers | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros | Brides Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Videographer: Needle and Thread | Caterer: Clean Plate Club | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Chair Rental: Southern Events | Lighting: Tech Works | Band: Super T

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12.09.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog