Crown Braid Tutorial

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This crown braid hair tutorial is the 4th hairstyle in our 4 part braid series from the lovely Jesse of Our Labor of LoveAlison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. If you’re joining us for the first time, don’t forget to check out the other 3 braid tutorials in this series including the waterfall braid tutorial, french braid bun tutorial, and fishtail braid tutorial.

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1. Part hair down middle. Secure one side of the hair with a clip or elastic so it doesn’t get mixed in with the other side.

2. Grab a section of hair at the nape of the neck. Split into three.

3. Start to do an INSIDE-OUT French braid (instead of crossing sections over each other, cross under).

4+5. Continue braiding inside-out, wrapping around the side of the head.

6. You’ll cross the forehead and finish the braid. Secure with a hair tie. Let braid hang whilst you braid the second side.

7. Grab a section of hair at the top of the head and split into three.

8. Start to do an INSIDE-OUT French braid down the side of the head.  Finish the braid and secure with an elastic.

9. Take braid and wrap around the back of the head.

10. Secure with Bobbi pins. Tuck and hide small tail under the other braid. Grab the braid resting on the forehead and secure with Bobbi pins. Tuck tail under other braid. 

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair and Styling: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

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03.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Register with SimpleRegistry

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Are you looking for an exciting and creative way to set up your wedding registry? Tired of the same old retail-store registry lists? Look no further than our sponsor, SimpleRegistry. With SimpleRegistry you can add anything to your registry, giving you the freedom do redeem your gifts as cash and decide where, when and how to arrange the purchase of your gifts! With cool and specialized tools that make registering for gifts fun and personable, our members create a registry that is reflective of their personality instead of the latest inventory of the big box retail stores. Plus, friends and family can all go in on expensive items through their Group gift option.

When we write anything from anywhere, we really mean it…even non tangible items like season tickets to the summer concert series in your city, deep see fishing lessons on your honeymoon, or a donation to your favorite charity. Literally *anything* that can be thought up can be added to your registry!

Setting up a registry with SimpleRegistry is super easy. Customize your registry with purpose-built tools like the SimpleAdder(bookmarklet for adding any item from any item from any website with one click), free Mobile App(scan barcodes or snap a photo of anything and add it to your registry), and Instant Registry for those in a hurry(pre-made lists of professionally curated items).

SimpleRegistry will give one lucky couple a $5,000 credit toward their registry on SimpleRegistry if they register between 1/1/13 and 4/30/13! Click here to start your registry today!

Bedroom photo via Interiors, Kitchen photo via House and Home, Outdoor Photo and living room unknown

03.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Fun and Festive New Orleans Wedding

Austin Gros recently sent over the beautiful New Orleans wedding of Whitney and Parker. You may recognize Whitney as the designer behind the adorable brand, Whit, so it should come as no surprise to why the bride, groom, and entire bridal party look as stylish as they do. Their wedding was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, which you can check out here for more details and images.

Locations: Saint Mary’s Church (504-525-9585); Madame John’s Legacy // Event CoordinationCarol Bond Weddings & Events // CateringFood Art, Inc. // Flowers: Meade Wenzel (504-289-9883) // StationeryBlackbird Letterpress // RentalsEvent Rental // Wedding PhotographyAustin Gros // Bride’s GownsMonique Lhuillier;Whit (the bride’s company) // Music: second line, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band; reception, Eudora Evans and Deep Soul // Photo BoothSmilebooth // Bride’s Accessories: shoes, Stuart Weitzman; earrings, Ted Muehling; rental parasol, Bella Umbrella // HairMiranda St. Pierre // MakupMeagan Fairley // Wedding BandsIn God We Trust“Groovy Suede” // Ring BoxesSapphire Lane // PostageChampion Stamp Co.

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03.18.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Old World Vizcaya Engagement Session

How beautiful is this location, Vizcaya? It’s museum/garden venue in Mimai, FL with the prettiest old world feeling. What a lovely setting for an engagement session by the talented, Ozzy Garcia.

Venue: Vizcaya // Photography: Ozzy Gracia

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03.15.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog