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

Rick Owens Aurora Gown

Sometimes the most beautiful wedding gowns are not wedding dresses at all. We absolutely adore the movement, color, and shape of this original gown, and our model looked great in it with stunning hair from Mimi and Taylor at the Erich McVey Workshop. We would love to see this dress for bridesmaids as well, and we’re sure they’d love it too!

Come back tomorrow for the full tutorial on how to create an edgy, elegant, and laid-back hairstyle to pair with a stunning dress like this!

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Rick Owens

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08.04.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dinner for Two

One of the best things about a new marriage is coming home to the person you love every day. You walk through the door, and there they are, waiting for you in your new home together- ready to make memories! One of our favorite things in the entire world is cooking dinner, and you’ll never want to leave the kitchen once you’ve received all of your amazing new cookware from your Zola Registry! Find everything you need and could ever want in one place- like pots, wine glasses, water glasses, flatware, servingware, and so much more

Now, get spicy, and get cookin!

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Ali Harper | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick

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08.01.14 / Featured