Romantic European-Inspired Wedding Ideas

Finding inspiration in your surroundings is the best way to create a truly cohesive and organically-styled wedding, and we simply love how A &B Creative interpreted the European-inspired buildings in Carmel. If you’re looking to create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding, we suggest taking a few cues from A & B Creative and play off the venue you’re working with. Mimic textures, colors, and an overall aesthetic in your decor and florals, and we’re sure you’ll be happier than if your decor contrasts against the natural feeling of your venue.

Here’s a little bit from Rebekah of A & B Creative:

I feel so blessed to live somewhere with such diverse surroundings. In this session, I chose locations that would match the mood of Sarah Seven’s gowns, which are timeless and stunning in any myriad of locations. By traveling to Carmel, the shoot felt as though we were transported to a Spanish village. And just a short distance away at our second location, we again were able to feel as though we were strolling through a town nestled in the Mediterranean.

Styling such beautiful pieces in an equally breathtaking location was a dream. I chose, and was blessed to work alongside, a dream team that any bride would be lucky to have by her side during the planning process. Melissa Hoffman created natural looks that felt as if they may have been achieved on a summer in Madrid. The Twigss team, as always, made the most gorgeous and sumptuous florals that truly smell as good as they look and Jessica Burke continues to amaze me with the beauty she captures so honestly in each of her dewy images.

Photographer : Jessica Burke | Creative Direction + Styling : A & B creative | Florals : Twigss | Hair + Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann | Dresses: Sarah Seven | Locations: Holman Ranch & Carmel Mission | Model: Lizzie Gunst 

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06.27.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Spring Cherry Blossom Couples Session

Sometimes couples are so in love that they just can’t wait to get married! That was the case with this adorable bride, Janelle, and her sweet husband. She and Ryan had a whirlwind romance and engagement, which didn’t leave them much time to plan a traditional engagement session. After they were married for a few months, they decided that they wanted that engagement shoot they never had, and this is the absolutely darling result.

Here’s more from Janelle:

Ryan and I first met in Park City during a ski weekend with friends a few years back. We were instantly drawn to one another but at the time I was living in Orange County and he was in New York City. We remained friends and years later when I moved to Washington D.C. we were finally on the same coast! For our first date last summer Ryan took me to a Mets game on his motorcycle. We had so much fun we spent the rest of the weekend on a spontaneous road-trip to Niagara Falls and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We were married this past New Years Eve in Utah surrounded by friends and family. We have been enjoying the first 6 months of marriage as newlyweds in the Big Apple and this past spring Ryan took me on a birthday trip back to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms. Our whirlwind engagement didn’t allow for a pre-wedding engagement session so we got together with the talented Vicki Grafton for a couples shoot in the blossoms.

Photography: Vicki Grafton | Styling: Whitney Blair Design | Shoes: Tory Burch | Skirt: Madewell | Dress: Vintage

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06.26.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair


We’ve been so inspired by working with Temptu over the past few weeks, and we have a couple more awesome hair tutorials in store for you to pair with our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or DIY Elegant Evening Makeup Tutorial. We love creating unique and simple hair tutorials for you, and this DIY Faux Bob may be our favorite yet! This easy DIY hair tutorial is a perfect alternative for your long hair on your wedding day, or this show-stopping style may be ideal for your rehearsal dinner. Keep reading for the full-length instructions below.

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DIY Faux Bob Instructions

1. Start with clean, slightly wavy hair.

2. Create a low, loose braid at the bottom of your hair.

3. Start the process of slowly tucking your hair under and pinning it up with a few bobby pins.

4. Work slowly and neatly until all of the braid is folded under, and neatly pin the sides.

5. Pin some pieces down on the sides and spray a little hairspray to keep some of the shorter pieces in place.

6. Finish your new elegant bob 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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06.24.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Simple Lace Wedding Boudoir Session Ideas

We love the idea of a bridal boudoir session as a little surprise for your future husband! It’s something totally unexpected, and you’ll cherish these photos for years to come. Years in the future, you can be look back and see what you looked like right before you walked down the aisle. So, take the opportunity with your photographer to capture your beauty in the days leading up to your wedding, and perhaps give your soon-to-be-groom a little preview as a gift on your honeymoon. Or you could schedule your boudoir session a few months before the wedding, so you could have prints ready to give him on your first night as a married couple.

We simply adore this artistic boudoir session from Erich Mcvey, and we can’t get enough of this lovely lace ensemble from Emily Riggs.

Would you ever consider doing a bridal boudoir session especially for your future husband?

Photography: Erich Mcvey | Gown: Emily Riggs | Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design

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06.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog