DIY Halo Braid Tutorial with Frou Frou Ribbon


So, if you’re plugged into the wedding world at all (and if you’re visiting Once Wed, you probably are), we’re sure you’ve seen a lot about more Frou Frou Chic floating around the web and instagram since we posted a giveaway introducing the new handmade ribbon line a few weeks ago. Ginny Au and her step-mother Heather Cowie created this absolutely stunning line of hand died silk ribbon, and we couldn’t be more excited by the fact that they are choosing to share about Frou Frou Chic here on Once Wed.

Ginny, the marketing and styling guru behind the lovely Frou Frou Chic brand, teamed up with one of our absolute favorite hair stylists, Joanna Ballentine, to create a couple of hair tutorials inspired by Frou Frou Chic ribbon. Wearing ribbon in your hair is not just for little girls anymore, although this would look absolutely precious on any little girl. Ginny and Joanna worked together to design this chic and gorgeous halo braid hairstyle that would be beautiful for any bride on her wedding day.

Isn’t the way they braided the ribbon into the hair absolutely darling? We simply love this classic and bohemian-inspired halo braid for a bride looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding updo. Let us know if you feel bold enough to try this flawless look out for your wedding because we’d love to see how this works out for our brides. Visit Frou Frou Chic today to pick up your hand died silk ribbon to polish off the look!


Steps for braided Frou Frou:

1. Prep hair to give texture and hold. We used Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray- it gives an undone messy look. Start from either side above the ear (or over) and begin braiding with your choice of braid technique.

2. Continue braiding loosely around the shape of the head- bobby pin as you go to keep in place.

3. Complet the braid at either the temples or continue the braid around like a crown. Tuck the end in between the hair and pin.

4. We then took a 1/2 inch frou frou chic ribbon and folded it in half, hooked a bobby pin on it and anchored the ribbon in the hair by weaving in the bobby pin in the hair (hidden).

5. Then we weaved the ribbon through the braid. We used our hands for this step and weaved it in a random pattern. Step back and look at it every once in a while to make sure the ribbon is weaved through symmetrically. Also- make sure the ribbon is loose through the hair to make it look fuller.

6. As you get to your end, tuck the ribbon and pin- then spray to lock in your look!

Photography by Joanna Ballentine | Hair and styling by Joanna & Molly of irrelephant| Ribbon by froufrou

09.12.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Lake Como Villa Inspiration

Mara of Neithersnow recently sent over this stunning inspiration shoot from photographer Cinzia Bruschini on the banks of Lake Como at this  gorgeous villa . It was a fairy tale setting styled by Cristina of Le Jour du Oui with so many beautiful details and moments.

Venue: Villa La Cassinella – Lenno (CO) | Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini | Video: Paolo Manzi | Wedding dresses: Max Mara Bridal | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Shoes: Giordano Torresi | Flower-design: Sofia Barozzi @Il profumo dei fiori | Wedding Cake: Giulia Marson @Sweet Pastry Lab/Maggioni Party Service | Hair&Make-up: Veronique @Trucco Sposa Milano | Model: Margarita@MP Management/Milan | Event design, styling and production: Cristina Di Giovanna @Le Jour du Oui | Special thanks to Villa La Cassinella Staff and to Max Mara Press Office

09.12.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

We’re Hiring an Account Executive!


If you want to work from home, have flexible hours and love interacting with people, you should check out this position. The secret is…. the people you’ll be calling really want to talk to you, they just won’t know it until five minutes into the call. Getting to that point is what we’ll train you to do. So if you are interested in learning state-of-the-art selling, building a career (not just a paycheck) and working for one of the finest wedding publications in the world, please send us your cover letter and resume. We are eager to get to know you!

Let’s fast forward one year from now and discuss what a Successful Account Executive (you!) will have accomplished at Once Wed:

1. You innovated and refined an approach to close major accounts in retail, makeup, beauty, and fashion with major brands such as Macy’s, L’Oreal, and Vera Wang providing them packaged promotional campaigns including serialized social media contests, banner advertising and original styled shoots sourced and executed by the talented Once Wed creative team.

2. The incisive client feedback you provided to Once Wed Management and Development Teams lead to the creation of superior advertising services increasing client retention by 22%.

3. Your quick grasp of split testing methodologies and strong communication of the power of this approach has won you a dozen major banner ad accounts and raised average monthly banner price we charge by 17%.

4. Your efficient work, internet savvy and persuasive proposals over email, phone and social networks have moved the Vendor Guide from 60% to 85% capacity and created recurring commissions for yourself based over 200+ accounts.

5. Your clients brag to management about your customer service skills, responsiveness and attention to detail – and tell us that “whatever you pay her, it’s not enough” Some clients have even tried to lure you away from Once Wed with not so subtle job offers.

6. Your dedication to your career demonstrated by your high call volume, thoughtfulness, learning from your manager and sales team, and multiple sales books you study challenge the whole sales force to improve and propel you towards six figure earnings.

We can’t wait until next year.

Now Back to Today

If you’d like this story to be yours….

Please email Brett Newman ( your cover letter and resume for consideration.

Desired Skills & Experience

– Appreciation of the OW style & Aesthetic
– Flexibility – Once Wed is a growing company and we will need people who can flex and adapt to change
– 2 Years of Sales or equivalent industry experience (exceptions will be made for exceptional candidates)
– Preference given to Atlanta – it’s easier to train our Account Executives if they are nearby, but we also like to take our people to lunch
– Life Experience is a major bonus (though not required)
– Dedicated phone line and high speed internet
– Installation of Rescuetime Software
– CPU or Laptop
– Headset

09.10.13 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Tea Dyed Linen Bunting


Do you remember the absolutely gorgeous shoot that we featured a few weeks back that Ginny Au and Rylee Hitchner created while they were in France?  Well, these talented ladies were inspired by the environment of in the South West part of France to design a minimalist-inspired shoot that highlighted the beauty of their surroundings. Ginny wanted to use this shoot as a way to demonstrate to brides that they shouldn’t be afraid to tackle simple décor for their weddings. Work with the beauty of your surroundings and utilize natural materials like silk, cotton, and linen to create a simple and magical design.

We instantly fell in love with the playful nature of the tea died linen bunting that Ginny created to mimic old-fashioned festival bunting. That shoot was one of our favorites of the year so far, and Ginny has been sweet enough to provide us with a quick and simple tutorial on how to recreate this white linen bunting.  The scene Ginny and Rylee styled looks like an absolute dream, and if you’re in love with the bunting that hangs over those sweet little tables as much as we are, you can easily reproduce the same style for your very own French-inspired wedding day. Use this DIY tutorial if you’re looking for something really simple to adorn your reception area to achieve a similar minimalistic aesthetic.

Take a few minutes and read over Ginny’s instructions on how to create your own DIY linen bunting for your wedding celebration!



Sewing Pins
Cotton Cord
Tea Bags
Large Mixing Bowl or Bucket

1. Brew Tea (make sure to use a dark tea.) Take your linen fabric and cut into long strips. Pour the tea into your large bowl or bucket and allow to sit until desired color.

2. Wring the fabric and rinse lightly under cold water. Hang dry. Take a piece of paper and draw and cut a flag template.

3. When fabric is dry, lightly iron and pin your template to the fabric and cut.

4. Fray the edges by pulling a minimum of four strands on each side to create a weathered look.

5. Take your long piece of cotton cording and pin each flag in place along the cord.

6. With a sturdy cotton thread, do a running stitch along the top of each flag, making sure to go through the cording on the edges.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Styling: Ginny Au

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09.09.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured