Classic Nashville Engagement Session

There’s just something a little different about this engagement session from Jessica Sloane and Austin Gros. It’s classic, elegant, yet has a really nice European feeling even though it was shot in Nashville, Tennessee. Doesn’t it feel like this sweet couple simply walked outside of a French hotel for a quick walk around the block? We just love the way Jessica styled this couple, and we’re excited to hear a little more from her about her inspiration:

Dominique and Marcus, a Canadian couple, were ecstatic when they finally got engaged after 8 years of a long-distance relationship. They are a couple who define love and commitment. These two work together at their family gourmet food business day in and out. They wanted their engagement session to be timeless, romantic and simply, just about the two of them. We chose a location in Nashville that had a lot of history and charm. It was also the location where Dominique and her bridesmaids stayed and got ready before their Southern wedding! 

Photography: Austin Gros | Styling: Jessica Sloane | Hair and Makeup: Jordan Byers | Dress:BCBG  Venue: East Ivy Mansion in Nashville

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08.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Choosing your wedding colors and flowers that marry your aesthetic and wedding style may be difficult, so we turned to an expert, Holly of Rosegolden Flowers, to point us in the right direction:

It’s very common for brides to feel a lot of pressure to abide by a lot of rules. If you get married in Spring your flowers need to be pastel. In the Fall, warm tones. Etc, etc. It reminds me of the 80s when makeup sales people, after draping a series of poly-blend swatches across your chest and shoulders in order to evaluate your skin tone, declared you to be one of the four seasons and then informed you that you could only use a particular set of eyeshadow colors and lipsticks. I remember  being immediately drawn to all of the colors I wasn’t supposed to wear. I mean how dare that lady label me! I can pick out my own lipstick, thank you very much.

But not everyone is this way. Some people just buy the bossy lady’s lipstick and never look back. A lot of people feel compelled to accept rules like these and feel very bound by them. And it’s just really limiting and oppressive. And I’m not having it. Especially when it comes to wedding flowers. Is it grandiose for me to see myself as not just a florist but a liberator? A floral Moses? Ok, yes, but hear me out. I’m just saying that we should all be free to express ourselves, to like what we like, wear what we want to wear, say what we want to say, etc. Maybe I’m more like a floral Madonna…Ok, I’ll stop, I’ll stop. Now I’m labeling myself for god’s sake.

Bottom line is this. I’m here to get to know my clients and to create for them wedding flowers that are unique to them. I think that is one of my favorite parts of my job really. Discovering what my brides are really inspired by and encouraging them to move in that direction despite any and all outside pressures/rules/labels. So you’re a Fall trapped in a Spring’s body? No problem. Inspired by Beauty and the Beast and Dutch flower paintings? Whatever! It’s your wedding and I’m here to remind you that you can wear whatever lipstick you want.

Photography, Floral Design, and Article: Holly Carslile of Rosegolden Flowers | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.07.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Natural Outdoor Boudoir Session

Boudoir sessions are becoming more and more common as women celebrate their beauty and confidence, and we couldn’t love that any more! Don’t you just adore how Victoria’s beauty shines in this simple and organic boudoir session with Michael and Carina Photography?

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Our idea of boudoir photography is to keep things natural, simple and beautiful. For Victoria’s session, we went to where she was most comfortable. She lost herself with us in the Virginia forest. The sun was setting, and at one point a herd of deer passed us by. For our session with Victoria, the details we loved most were the way she held her fingers, the way she walked through the forest, the way the sun illuminated her hair. Her color palette of green, ivory and gold blended in beautifully with the setting.

Photographer: Michael and Carina Photography | Designer/Creative Director/ Stylist: Rachel Cocchi | Model Agency: Directions USA | Hair Styling: Rachel Cocchi | Makeup: Victoria Roughton | Location: Newport News State Park, VA | Clothing and Accessories: Zara |Film Development: Richard Photo Lab

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08.06.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Tousled Layered Ponytail

TousledPonytail If you’re looking for a more laid-back, yet sexy, hairstyle for your wedding, we love the idea of this tousled layered ponytail from Mimi & Taylor. We adored working with them to create a simple and elegant look for either you or your maids to pair with a casual, flowing gown like this Rick Owens dress that we featured during the Erich McVey Workshop. Keep reading for the full tutorial!

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Tousled Layered Ponytail

1. Divide hair into two parts (top half and bottom half).

2. Tie lower part into ponytail.

3. Loosen top portion of hair, select a smaller section on top and lightly twist using bobby pins to secure in back.

4. Take small sections of each side while overlapping in the back with bobby pins (a layer at a time), until all the hair has been overlapped above the ponytail.

5. Use a hair bungee band to tie both the excess-layered hair strands and pony tail together.

6. Conceal the hair band by wrapping a small section of the hair from ponytail.  Secure using bobby pins.

Tell us- would you rock a sexy, tousled look like this on your wedding or is this something you would want your bridesmaids to wear?

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor 

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08.05.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured