DIY Long Fishtail Braid

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It doesn’t seem like we’ll ever tire of a beautiful fishtail braid. This elegant style gives you a playful, yet very sophisticated look that you can easily wear your entire wedding day without having to fuss over your hair. Kylie Swanson and Heather Hawkins put together this lovely tutorial during their time in New York, and we love this fresh version of a long fishtail braid. Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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The Fishtail Braid

1) Begin with loose curls and natural texture for a messier braid, or brush your hair out first for a smoother look.

2) Create a deep side part and pull all hair over to one side.

3) Piece the hair into two ponytails, and take a piece from the first side and pass it to the second side.

4) Next, take a piece from the second side and pass it back to the first side. 

5) Continue taking even sections until the braid is finished and wrap with a clear elastic.

6) Gently pull on the pieces of the braid to loosen to the desired size.

Tip: Start with one or two day old hair to achieve a more textured braid.

Photography: Heather HawkinsCreative Direction + Styling: Kylie Swanson | Hair + Makeup: Kylie Swanson | Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Venue: The Standard Hotel, NYC

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01.09.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Beautiful Wedding Dresses from Impression Bridal

Impression Bridal’s new Spring collection showcases jaw-dropping backs and unbelievably intricate beadwork that will bling up your wedding day look! These stunning gowns are made for the modern bridal fashionista who loves fashion and wants to show off her personality in her dress choice. Whether your bridal style be romantic, sophisticated or traditionalist, Impression designs treasured silhouettes combined with modern sophistication to celebrate both time-honored roots and newfound beginnings.

Impression’s success lies in an unyielding commitment to quality garments. Whether it be a wedding gown or bridesmaid’s dress, their pieces are known for intricate detail and high standards of construction. Each season, they design collections composed around three foundations of style:

Fit: As any tailor knows, the quality of a bespoke piece rests upon the skillful execution of needlework and technology. Incorporating their unique “Magic Fit” construction into every gown, Impression highlights the celebrated feminine form while concealing any imperfections. Thus, each bride receives a dress crafted with made-to-measure precision.

Fabric: Fabric is the very foundation of every wedding dress design. As technology continues to evolve, they are able to source materials that are lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Continual advancement in the field of fabrics allows them to enhance each design to ensure a gown that looks as good as it feels.

Finery: Attention to detail is everything to Impression Bridal. From intricate embroidery patterns and the selection of exquisite lace down to delicate micro-beading techniques finished off with Swarovski crystals, Impression styles reflect thoughtful consideration in every stitch.

From bridal beginnings, Impression translated growing success to include a bridesmaids line, destination wedding gowns and the Xcite, Xtreme and La Perle evening collections. For every bridal need, they offer a solution. And for every bride, they promise a well-crafted garment steeped in tradition and lifelong celebration.

Visit Impression Bridal’s website to find the perfect dress for your dream wedding!

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01.08.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

WIN A SEAT IN THE CREATIVE DIRECTION & STYLING WORKSHOP WITH JOY THIGPEN

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As we’ve told you previously, attending a workshop with Joy Thigpen is the best thing you can do for your work, whether you are a photographer, stylist or floral or event designer.

A renowned teacher and leader in the field of creative direction and styling, in this workshop Joy pulls back the curtain on her process of designing weddings and shoots that are unparalleled in their beauty and cohesiveness.

The Creative Direction & Styling workshop offers an in-depth look at:

    • -How to develop and honour your artistic voice
    • -How to guide your client or creative team towards greater intentionality and meaning
    • -How to create a great image
    • -What publishers (including Once Wed) are looking for and what makes a submission successful
    • -The role of creative director vs designer vs stylist
    • -The fundamentals of styling paper, flowers, models and more
    • -How to make a living at your dream

Because this work is so valuable, we’re excited to announce Once Wed is sponsoring tuition for one person to attend Joy’s next workshop. The contest will take place on Instagram.

To enter follow @joythigpenworkshops, regram the #joythigpengiveaway image and include the following: “Hey @oncewed! I want to attend the next #joythigpenworkshop @joythigpenworkshops” along with a few words of why you want to attend. The contest ends at 12 pm on Saturday January 10th, the winner will be announced on Instagram later that day.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the workshop.

”Joy’s insight into the wedding market and business changed my whole perspective on how I should be running my own business. I loved the balance she made between philosophy and practical business knowledge. I gained so much more confidence in my mission and my work and I felt like the weight of self-doubt was removed when I stepped onto the plane to fly home.” Kae of Kae & Ales

“The best workshop I’ve been to in terms of depth of content.” Stefanie Miles

 

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01.07.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Coastal Big Sur Wedding

This intimate coastal Big Sur wedding instantly inspired us as the colors of the ocean and textures of the landscape combined perfectly with neutral and organic decor. Joy Thigpen designed the details along with Big Sur Weddings to create a stunning affair for Susan and Jesse. Keep reading for more details on their wedding!

From Coordinator, Diane:

I meet Susan and Jesse on a cool crisp fall morning, and the sun was glistening on the water. As we made our way across the expansive grass to the edge of the cliff Susan could not take her eyes off the view. I could tell right away she had found the perfect location for the wedding she had always dreamed of.

We started planning right way, getting all the thousands of logistics into place to throw a party, in the wilds of Big Sur for 80 of their closest friends and their families.

Family traveled from all over the world to take part in this very special celebration. The logistics were not difficult to handle because they both knew what they liked and what they wanted immediately. Susan never hesitated in her decisions or planning process.

The menu they served their guests was exquisite and bountiful. They put a lot of care and concern into making sure it was a true wedding feast. From the signature cocktail, each representing their beloved college Syracuse where they met and fell in love. To the mouth watering rack of lamb and all the way to the after hours party food of french fried sweet potatoes and parting gift of warm doughnut holes and vintage bottle of milk, they left no detail unattended.

The highlight of my night was watching them kiss and hug each guest good night and return to the dance floor, just the two of them, and have a private dance under a magnificent blanket of stars. The true love that shone from their eyes to each other simply and totally took my breath away.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Coordinator: Elegant Events & Big Sur Weddings | Venue: Big Sur | Shuttle: AITS | Bride Accommodations: Ventana Inn and Spa | Caterer: A Taste Of Elegance | Designer: Joy Thigpen | Music: Lucky Devils Band | Dessert: Just Cake | Royal Restrooms: Royal Restrooms | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Archive Rentals|  Florist: Studio Choo | Video: Cinematt | Carmel Plant Tenders: Carmel Plant Tenders | Sitters: Corporate Kids Events; anamika@vipbabysitting.com

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01.07.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog