Romantic Lace Bridal Portrait Ideas

Last week, we had the the pleasure of sharing the sweetest, most romantic boudoir session from Erich McVey, and today, we’re happy to share the traditional bridal portraits they took as well. Bridal portraits, or bridals, are a right-of- passage for many brides in the South, but it seems like the tradition is waning a bit. We’d hate to see this tradition die so we’re especially happy that this beautiful bride took time out before her wedding to take these shots that her family will treasure forever.

If you are lucky enough to schedule bridals with your wedding photographer, make sure to print them to give to your parents to hang in their home (which is tradition). They’ll appreciate that you took the time to give them something special. They spend a lot of time (and probably money) on your wedding, and these shots of their favorite girl would be the perfect way to say, “Thank You!”

Tell us, are you planning bridals before or after your wedding? Are you planning on gifting some portraits to your family?

Photography: Erich Mcvey | Gown: Emily Riggs 

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07.02.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win an Ecoura Engagement Ring!

We love when our sponsors host exciting contests, and we’re absolutely thrilled to tell you a little about an awesome giveaway from Reeds Jewelers and Ecoura Jewelry today! You can enter for a chance to win an Ecoura engagement ring- keep reading for details.

More couples are considering the environmental or social impact of purchasing an engagement ring than ever before. There are many factors to consider when you’re looking for the perfect ring to seal the deal, and if you’re looking for an engagement ring that is environmentally friendly, the Ecoura Bridal collection from Reeds Jewelers may be the perfect option.

When you purchase your Ecoura engagement ring, they plant a tree in your honor! How great is that? And Ecoura rings are also made from Renewed Gold, which is a sustainable alternative to newly mined gold. Because Renewed Gold is created by melting and refining gold that has already been mined, you’ll prevent the creation of 5-20 tons of environmental waste. Renewed Gold has an identical look and feel of freshly minted gold, but with less guilt. And Ecoura has a ring design for every type of bride: classic, vintage, and contemporary; so we’re sure you’ll find the perfect fit. Now, find your dream, eco-friendly Ecoura engagement ring today!

For a chance to enter an Ecoura engagement ring, start by filling out this entry form.

Steps to enter:

1. Complete the entry form.
2. Follow Reeds Jewelers on Pinterest.
3. Follow Ecoura on Pinterest.
4. Pin your favorite Eco-friendly wedding tip with inspiration from Reeds and Ecoura.


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07.02.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Messy Fishtail Braid Wedding Hairstyles


The fishtail braid is by far our favorite go-to hairstyle. It’s so unique, elegant, and super flexible. You can do a really tight, sophisticated braid, or you can mess with your braid a little bit to create a more casual, messy style. We worked with Christian Marc and Temptu to create this tutorial to show you how to create a perfectly styled, undone fishtail braid. We’d love to see a bride wear this with a more flowy, grecian style gown or even with a very structured modern dress to create a little contrast. Keep reading for the full instructions.

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1. Start by pulling back clean, dry hair, and braid the upper half with a loose traditional braid.

2. Take a couple of pieces and pull them around the braid and pin with bobby pins to create a little texture at the top of the pony tail. Play with it a little bit until you’re happy with the way it looks. The messier, the better.

3. Take the remaining hair and use a fishtail style braid to finish the pony tail.

4. Create a messy look throughout the pony tail by pulling at the braid to loosen it up.

5. Secure the bottom of the braid with a small, clear rubber band or bobby pins.

6. Finish your new messy fishtail braid with our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or our Elegant Evening Makeup look.

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke for Temptu | Hair: Christian Marc 

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06.30.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Destination Weddings and Honeymoons with Secrets Resorts & Spas

When planning your destination wedding or honeymoon, the possibilities are endless. You can literally go anywhere in the world! But our favorite destinations by far are on the beach. After the stressful months leading up to your wedding, all you’ll want to do after walking down the aisle is sit down and relax with your new husband.

To start unwinding, visit Secrets Resorts & Spas and experience ultimate adult-only luxury in Mexico, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Each room in one of the Secrets Resorts features a large living area, a terrace or balcony that overlooks the beach, pool, or garden, a full bathroom with your private Jacuzzi, and so much more. And your dream honeymoon can be completely worry-free with the Secrets Resorts personal concierge service. Your every whim will be catered to from when you check in, poolside, to the time you leave! Talk about luxury.

And if you’re looking to plan your destination wedding in the same place as your dream honeymoon Secrets Resorts & Spas makes it easy with their many wedding packages; almost everything for your tropical destination wedding trip is included- just choose the package that best fits your price range, and start planning with the Secrets Resorts and Spas on-site coordinators.

So, now that the stress of deciding on a location for your destination wedding or honeymoon is over, start planning your trip to one of the 13 Secrets Resorts & Spas today!

06.30.14 / Featured