Braided French Twist How To

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I love the ease and elegance of this braided french twist inspired by the messy french twist. The ladies behind Irrelephant both usually do this on errand days- but this look can easily translate to a night look! We’re heading out today for to celebrate the holidays with family. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. See everyone Monday!

braided-french-twist-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Tease and pin the crown section

2. Bring the sides up, overlapping each other over the previous pinned section.

3. Start braiding the left over hair all the way to the ends. (your choice of braid)

4. From the ends of the hair start bending the braid into itself.

5. Keep bending back until you reach the head. Start pinning!

6. Make sure to cross your bobby pins like an “x” for maximum hold. Spray and enjoy!

TIPS: Make sure your hair has a lot of texture to begin with. We sprayed bumble & bumble surf spray and dry spun finish in the models hair. This lets the hair become moldable and gritty so the up do stays. Having silky clean hair sometimes slips out easily, so if you’re having problems add a little spray!

Photography and Tutorial by the ladies of Irrelephant

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11.27.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Irish Cloud Shadows

Irish Cloud Shadows from story of eve on Vimeo.

Gentle light peeks shyly over the horizon, whispering its arrival with growing confidence. The white crests of breaking waves prance like palomino ponies, brazen in their showy display. The wind carries it’s voice, the gulls soar from their lofty perches. The day has begun. Wispy clouds glide by overhead, disappearing, to then manifest again, cloaking the mountain tops. Billowing cumulus clouds froth on the horizon, stained pink and burgundy, with gilded tips of gold.

The inspiration for this shoot was born in nature, of the rawness of wind and wave. The concept and design were woven together in the simplicity of this idea – rustic, organic, natural, honesty of materials, of the earth and ocean. Our wish was to evoke this through all the senses, from the feel of the organic cotton gowns which barely swathe the wind nymphs, the sight of the banquet table decorated with rocks veined with quartz, reindeer moss and mica dust, the smell and taste of the sumptuous fruits of the sea.

A simple and sublime palette of gentle neutrals, of cool blues and greys, creates a feeling of calm and serenity creating a harmonious aesthetic brought further to life with the unglazed porcelain, battered silverware, sea glass escort cards, and buttery stone-washed softened linens and hand dyed muslin fabric.

Production, Art Direction & Styling : Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Tec Petaja | Cinematography: Story of Eve | MUA: Kathryn O’Neill | Hair: Marie Maye | The Gowns: Sarah Foy & María Luisa Rabell | Bespoke Headpiece : Opal & Owl | Stationery & Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja from Oh my Deer | Handmades Florals: Hanako Floral Studio | Food Styling: Jette Virdi | Props: Pearl & Godiva | Models: Christie Brewington from Oxygen Models & Stella Tattan from Morgan the Agency | Location: Coumeenole Beach, Dingle, Co.Kerry | A special thank you to Slea Head Farm

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11.25.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Kate Breuer Photography

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Have you been searching for a natural light photographer that will travel almost anywhere in the world to shoot your wedding? Are you looking for someone with a fun-loving spirit that is excited to capture every precious moment of your wedding day? Well, we’re so excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor, Kate Breuer!

Kate Breuer is a traveling wedding photographer who specializes in shooting happy and romantic weddings for adventurous couples. She’s always eager to meet couples that are interested in hiring a photographer that’s not your typical wedding photographer, and she works hard to capture the real emotions and memories of your wedding day in photos that will last you a lifetime.

Kate understands that choosing a wedding photographer is a big decision and that every couple should be surrounded by people she trusts on her wedding day, and she works hard to make you feel comfortable throughout the most important day of your life. Kate is caring and committed to capturing your wedding in an artistic manner, and she goes out of her way to make sure she’s the right choice for the couples she works with, even traveling around the world to photograph for them. She even brings a second photographer with her at every wedding. Kate is based out of Los Angeles and Germany and loves adventure and traveling the world to shoot beautiful love stories!

So, if you are a couple who hates the boring and traditional idea of wedding photography, Kate and her team may be the perfect choice for you. Visit her website today to see more of her beautiful work!

11.25.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Riverside Dinner at RiverOaks

This past October I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at Bliss and Bokeh, an amazing workshop in Charleston for female photographers. One of the evenings consisted of a delicious dinner at a wonderful new venue in Charleston, RiverOaks.  Marianne, the owner of River oaks, put together such a delightful evening for us all underneath twinkling lights along the riverbanks of the Wando River. If you are looking for an intimate space to host a wedding or event in Charleston, definitely be sure to check out the beautiful RiverOaks!

Photography: KT Merry | Venue: RiverOaks | Event Design, Flowers, and Styling: RiverOaks with Jennigray Hewitt and Deborah Gibson Design | Catering: Harvest Catering | Drinks: Squeeze on Site | Calligraphy: Lydia Hendrix | Tabletop Rentals: Polished | Farm Chairs and Wine Barrels: Eventworks 

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11.21.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog