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

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