Romantic Side Braid Hair Tutorial


I’m always scouring the internet for braid tutorials because the braids of my childhood just don’t cut it as an adult. I look for braids that have a sophisticated, yet casual feeling to them, and they must be easy for me to recreate on my own. I don’t always have time to sit in front of a mirror for an hour or two fussing with my hair, so a quick and simple braid is always my go-to for a day-to-day look.  If you’ve ever looked for hair tutorials, you may have noticed that the internet is a bit lacking in this casual and simple genre of braids, but we can always count on Bryce Covey to supply us with absolutely stunning and easy tutorials.

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This French braid style tutorial, sent over by Bryce and Heidi Garrett, is perfect for a really chic everyday hairstyle. I’m also really like this romantic side braid as an alternative to traditional wedding up-dos. This chic, and slightly bohemian braid would look gorgeous for a more casual affair or on a bride looking to let her hair down (literally) after her ceremony.


The Romantic Side Braid

1) Create a deep side part and pull all hair to the opposite side.

2) Begin a regular French braid at the top, near the part.

3) Continue creating the French braid along the side/hairline moving towards the ear.

4+5) Add hair from the opposite side by taking horizontal sections and bringing them around to the front where the braid is located.

6) Continue taking even sections to add to both sides of the braid, making sure the braid remains located along the hairline.

7) Once you have placed all the loose hair into the braid, continue braiding the tail and secure with a clear rubber band.

8) Spray with finishing spray.

9) Loosen braid to desired size.


If you have thinner or shorter hair, add clip-in or permanent extensions to create more fullness and length.

Let us know if you try out this romantic side braid on your wedding day, or even just running errands around town. We’d love to know how this gorgeous style works out for our brides!

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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01.06.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Create a Custom Wedding Website with Squarespace


The holidays are a prime time for engagements and the beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to start getting guests excited for the big day (and answering their inevitable questions about dates, registries, etc) with a custom wedding website. That’s why we’re so thrilled about our newest sponsor, Squarespace, the DIY website builder that will let you create a custom wedding website that’s as elegant and beautiful as your wedding will be.

Each Squarespace site is fully customizable (check out the real subscriber examples for some inspiration) and features responsive design, meaning that it’ll look great on smartphones and tablets. Joy and I actually use Squarespace to build sites of our own and love how easy it is to create beautiful galleries and more tech-y elements such as contact and RSVP forms. Squarespace is a great option if you’re looking for an elegant way to collect mailing addresses and share details about your registry or accommodations.

We all want custom elements for our weddings and Squarespace makes it easy to create a custom domain name. In fact, a custom domain is free with an annual Squarespace subscription. Amazingly, your custom wedding website and domain are available for as low as $8 per month and that includes Squarespace’s award-winning 24/7 customer support.

Squarespace has also been kind enough to extend a special offer to our Once Wed audience! Enter the code ONCEWED14 when you sign up to save 10% off your annual subscription! Sign up for your annual Squarespace subscription today!


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01.03.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Outdoor New York Wedding

Happy New Year! And congratulations to all our newly engaged couples! We hope everyone had a restful and joy filled holiday. We’ve been saving a few of our favorite weddings to start off 2014 with a bang including the beautiful wedding of Alexandra Grecco photographed so perfectly by Rylee Hitchner.

Alexandra Grecco is an amazing fashion designer drawing influences from decades past and magical places – real and imaginary. Her pieces are classic with a bit whimsy, and were the inspiration from one of our favorite shoots in Mexico with Jose Villa. So it should came as no surprise her wedding was an absolute dream. Taking inspiration from the past, but still mixing in elements of elegance and whimsy I’d say her weddings is going to be an all time favorite here at Once Wed.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Grooms Suit: Brooklyn Tailors | Mother of bride and Maid of honor Gowns: Alexandra Grecco | Jewelry: Vintage (engagement ring, bracelet) Earrings – Noriko and Akiko | Flowers: Ariel Dearie | Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti | Hair: Halo Salon | Catering: Oliver Kita | Tent: Sperry | DJ: Beat Train Productions


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01.01.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Atlanta Outdoor Wedding at River Run

Joy Thigpen and I have always been surprised how few options exist for couples looking to have their wedding outside in Atlanta, so imagine our excitement when River Run Stables right here in Sandy Springs, GA(only a short drive out of the city) approached us about working with them on a shoot to help promote their new event venue. Nestled in a pocket of trees on the banks of the Chattahoochee, River Run is an oasis perfect for any couple hoping to have a more casual, intimate outdoor wedding or rehearsal dinner.

Guys, the first time I drove up to River Run I was amazed at not only how beautiful the property was, but how peaceful and removed it felt from the city even being only a short drive away from Atlanta. A wide and peaceful section of the Chattahoochee River runs along one side and a smaller offshoot of the river runs along the other side so its actually a thin strip of land resting between flowing water. It really is a “jewel on the river”.

Joy and I had a wonderful time working in such a magical place with such a great crew. Atlanta couples be sure to check out River Run if you are considering an outdoor wedding.

Photography: Buffy Dekmar | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Venue: River Run | Flowers: Joy Thigpen | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye “Ophelia” from The Sentimentalist | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Flower Girl Dress: Gap Kids | Hair and Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Calligraphy: Neithersnow

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12.30.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog