Messy French Twist Tutorial


Here are a few frames of Martha and the process of her messy French Twist to inspire your next event from Irrelephant. Keep your french twist modern by letting the imperfections fall and letting your natural texture take its course. The key to this look is the texture. Having silky clean hair is not going to do you any favors for this. Make sure the hair has grit but still has movement. I had such a hard time narrowing down a favorite, I’m including the finished hairstyle look on a dark and lighter background. Enjoy!




1. Start by prepping the hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Spray generously and quickly blow dry in cold setting and dry with fingers. We added Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finish to the mix to add that airy feel to the ends.

2. Take your comb and start teasing the crown section. Add a little bit of tease to the sides and lightly tease the ends as well.

3. With your fingers, lightly “comb” all the hair back as if you’re about to do a mid pony.

4. Follow through to the ends and start rolling the ends to the direction you want the twist in. We rolled to the left.

5. Keep rolling until you reach the head, this is also the part where you can “poof” out the crown a bit and loosen it up.

6. Now that you have the shape you want, go a head and pin the twist to the rest of the hair. *Pin the bobby’s as if you’re crocheting through the hair so you don’t flatten the twist. Lock it down by spraying.

Photography and Tutorial: Irrelephant

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10.15.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Intimate Santorini Wedding

How incredible is the brides wedding dress? I don’t usually find myself drawn to dresses with sheer backs, but the draping on this Carla Zampatti dress is absolutely breathtaking.  I love it paired with her delicate hairpiece and sparkly wedding heels. To see more details from this wedding, check out the original feature on The Lane.

Photography: Image Haus Weddings | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti

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10.14.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Mid Century Elegant Wedding Ideas

Anyone who has even been to Oregon knows the sheer beauty that is found everywhere. Portland is a beautiful city with an amazing history, and its incredible architecture stands testament. I fell in love with the Manor House and Estate Gardens at Lewis & Clark College; it’s stone stairways, carved fountains, and of course the incredible views of beautiful Mt. Hood in the background.

With this editorial, I aimed to capture that impeccable elegance of turn of the century Portland. Invitations addressed in gold calligraphy on soft cotton paper. A bride in her grandmothers diamonds, walking barefoot by candle light through her families gardens. The intimate dinner table set at the foot of a carved stone fountain. A couple walking together up the stairs after dinner, sipping on champagne before they slip into their honeymoon suite.

Design, Concept and Styling:  Joy de Vivre Event Design Boutique | Photography: Erich McVey | Location: Lewis & Clark College | Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair & Makeup:  Brooke Morse | Florals: Kae and Ales | Stationary: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls | Dress: Nearly Newlywed | Tux: Mr Formals | Female Model: Thalia Kell | Male Model: John Beck

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10.11.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Vintage Savannah Elegance with Tec Petaja

I never really thought much about my wedding as a little girl, but when the day came I knew I wanted it to be intimate. I’ve always been drawn to things with a past…the history really draws me in whether it be an old Federal style home, an antique veil or the 1915 engagement ring my now husband gave me.  So, when designing the wedding, we kept elements that were classic, but had a little bit of history to them. I wanted all the beautiful details of our day to carry through for years to come. With that in mind, Jared and I decided to be married in Savannah at the historic Wormsloe Historic Site. We just knew the visual architecture of this beautiful city would serve as the perfect backdrop for our classic Southern wedding. We kept the ceremony really simple as we really wanted the design of the trees and the environment to speak for itself. An antique table and lovely arrangement became our altar, white benches became our pews, and the Savannah oaks became our natural cathedral.

While planning our reception, we kept the idea of a dinner party in mind. We wanted it to feel really comfortable and light, so we chose to have our reception held at the amazing Harper Fowlkes House. A beautiful home built in 1842. To help enhance the feel, we had a family style meal prepared in vintage dishware that kept the theme of our classic Southern feel. All the flatware and floral brassware was vintage and sourced by my mother- she did a fantastic job keeping everything cohesive. The napkins were screen printed with our menu by my talented and sweet friend Meredith of Hazel Wonderland.

My favorite part of day was looking around and seeing all of our dear family and friends interacting, laughing and just enjoying themselves. I will remember this day forever and cannot thank all of them for being such an important part of our day. It would not have been nearly as special without them.

{Wedding Preview} //Featuring Katie & Jared// from Timm Young Films on Vimeo.

Vendors ::Wedding Venue: Wormsloe Historic Site | Wedding Reception: Harper Fowlkes House | Photography :: Tec Petaja | Film :: Timm Young Films | Wedding Gown :: Temperley London | Tiara: antique 1920s  German Tiara | Veil :: 1920s sourced by Cheryl Taylor | Bride’s Shoes : Chloe | Groom’s suit :: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Boutinnerre: antique 1920s  | Groom’s shoes :: Ben Sherman | Bridesmaids Gowns :: BHLDN, Free People, and Neiman Marcus | Hair :: Bride’s Mother | MU :: Dollface by Jules | Florals :: A to Zinnias | China Rental :: Southern Vintage Rentals | Catering :: Paul Kennedy Catering | Wedding Cake :: Two Cakes Bakery | Music :: Matt Palmer | Calligraphy & Paper :: Hazel Wonderland | Tent Rental :: Beachview Rentals | Car Service :: Luxury Limo Services | Pedicab :: Savannah Pedicab | Day of Coordinator :: Morgan Gallo Events | Rentals :: Ooh! Events | Styling :: by the Bride – Singorma Mare

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10.08.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog