Messy Side French Twist Tutorial

We love sharing beautiful, attainable hair and makeup tutorials with you. This messy side French twist is one of our new favorites! Simple to re-create with these detailed, step-by-step instructions, this look would be perfect for an organic wedding look, a bridal shower, or even a day at the office.



1. This style works best with hair that has some wave or texture. If you have naturally wavy hair, you are good to go! If your hair is naturally straight, wrap different sized sections around a 1 ¼” curling iron to create some wave.

2. Mist a texturizing spray or surf spray through the hair to give it more “grip”. This will make styling the hair easier and help the finished look stay in place. Hair designer Claudia Mejerle used the Sea Salt Spray from Not Your Mother’s.

3. Back comb (or tease) the last few inches of your hair with a wide-toothed comb to give it even more texture and body – this makes it easier to pin the hair in place in the following steps.

4. Part your hair wherever you feel is most flattering for your face. Either a side part or center part will work great. Then, gather all of the hair in a low ponytail with your hands.

5. Twist your ponytail toward the side of your head that you would like for the French twist to be situated.  As you twist, tuck your hair into itself low on the head. This will start forming the French twist.

6. Pin the twisted hair in place with several hair pins and bobby pins.

7. Tuck the ends of the ponytail up into the twist and pin the ends into place. Feel free to leave some loose bits out to give the hair a soft, “lived in” feel.

8. Finish the style with a mist of hairspray. Mejerle used the Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.

Photography: Katie Hyatt for Laura Catherine Organic Photographs | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Model: Emily Cuppia | Top: Elizabeth Suzann

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05.07.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Websites Made Easy with Squarespace


Using a well-designed wedding website will make certain aspects of planning that much simpler–we promise. There are many different platforms available, and to help you navigate the options, we asked real couples to weigh in on their wedding website of choice: Squarespace.


When looking for a referral of any kind, the first question is always going to be: “Why did you choose that?” Ashley and Daniel told us that they chose Squarespace for a few reasons, namely, that they were also referred to the platform: “My brother and sister-in-law used it for their wedding and we absolutely loved it. She is a graphic designer, and we were so excited to find out it was a template we could use too and not something custom-created by her. It looks so good – like we paid someone to create it especially for us. Since it’s actually a platform for business sites, it looks super professional. It’s so easy to create on our end, and easy to use on our guests’ end.”

So what is it that sets Squarespace’s customizable wedding site templates apart from others? Bride Amanda said, “The biggest different for me has been the template selection and ability to customize everything to our taste. Most wedding websites have a very “wedding” feel to them–lots of frills, pastels, and outdated design. We LOVE that Squarespace gave us the ability to create a website that is modern, beautiful, functional, and completely us.”

A wedding website will help you collect RSVPs in an organized manner, distribute information to your guests without any inquisitive phone calls from your distant relations, and will also save you money on your stationery costs, eliminating the need for RSVP cards (and postage), details cards, and printed maps. “We have had such great reactions to our Squarespace site! People love how it looks and how easy it is to use. Everything they need is right there–hotel, what to do when they’re here, welcome BBQ details, wedding day transportation options, and so on.”

Squarespace is offering a 10% discount exclusively for Once Wed readers! Simply sign up for your annual subscription using the cost ONCEWED15!


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05.07.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Wedding Planning

Seaside Day-After Wedding Photography Session

After celebrating their long-awaited wedding with friends and family in Los Angeles, Yvonne and Mo set aside a day for just the two of them, to intimately treasure their commitment together. Already having spent the last 14 years of their lives together, the couple chose a seaside day-after photography session, with Yvonne donning each of her 3 stunning wedding gowns.

More from the stylist, Joy Proctor Design:
“After their beautiful wedding at Greystone Mansion, Yvonne and Mo wanted the chance to spend some time alone, and chose to do a photo shoot in their wedding attire on the beautiful backdrop of the Santa Barbara coast. Inspired by the natural landscape, we styled three different looks for each of Yvonnes custom wedding gowns. The first look was a Grecian inspired look, set on the coastline. In an ethereal champagne gown, Yvonne wore a delicate gold crown with soft feminine make up. For a more traditional look, Yvonnes second gown had intricate lace detail on top of yards and yards of tulle underlay. Camellia Floral Design created an organic bouquet that mimicked the wild feel of the coastal brush, with a few soft peonies and hand dyed silk ribbon to keep the look romantic. Wrapped in an ivory chenille blacket, and surrounded by clusters of pillar candles, the couple warmed up in their intimate sea-cove hideaway. At sunset, Yvonne changed into her red gown, and walked up to top of the bluffs on a lantern lined pathway. In the fading light, Yvonne and Mo shared a dance, before watching the sun fade on the edge of the bluff.”

Photography: KT Merry | Styling and Design: Joy Proctor | Dress Vera Wang Helena:  | Veil: Vera Wang | Burgundy dress: Vera Wang Kandell Dress | Ivory dress: Chaviano Couture Carlee Dress | Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani | White Bow Tie: Gucci | Black Bow Tie: Louis Vuitton | Tuxedo Shirt: Zegna | Engagement Ring: Harry Winston | Wedding Ring(her): Tiffany | Wedding Ring(him): Jens Hansen | Headpiece: Jennifer Behr | Makeup: Grace Lin | Burgundy Bouquet: Aquafuzion Event Planning | Ivory & White Bouquet: Camellia Design

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05.06.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

A Whimsical Garden Wedding

Sometimes, we don’t feel the need to say much about a particular wedding, because the photos speak for it so beautifully. From El’s delicately accented gown to that stunning ceremony site, this whimsical garden wedding is so beautiful that we’ll just let the bride tell her story!

More from the bride:
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a vision for my wedding day firmly implanted in my mind – a whimsical, fairytale-esque garden party.

When Michael and I stumbled across Tree Elle Retreat’s beautifully manicured European style gardens, we booked it on the spot.  Being a specialist turf consultant, Michael was sold on the venue’s lush lawns, while I was in awe of the crab-apple and canopy of weeping trees, reminiscent of childhood days I spent fawning over pictures in Jill Barklem’s ‘Brambly Hedge’ series.

My choice of gown and veil was dictated by my love for the feeling arisen when looking through another one of my favourite childhood books – Walter Crane’s ‘A Flower Wedding.’ The celestial mood Crane’s illustrations evoke were a huge inspiration from the hand sewn delicate lace veil and headpiece to the hint of art deco beading on my dress. I carried the ethereal theme through with the soft palettes of my bridesmaid’s dresses and the flower girl’s floral headpieces and forest foraged-looking posies.

For me, flowers were always going to be one of the most important aesthetic elements of the day. I was looking to create a lush, naturally abundant and enchanted tone, enhancing the natural aisle the weeping trees make with rows of bountiful blooms on either side. I was awe struck by the way Rebecca Grace had perfectly merged her floral designs into the natural landscape of the venue.

We carried the garden party theme on through to the cocktail hour, creating a whimsical feel with the laid back jazz band, canapés and custom lavender cocktails. Once guests migrated into the marquee, there was a sumptuous and abundant floral chandelier over the dancefloor with potted ferns and orchids down the tables. Hints of luminous gold vases and glimmering candlelight throughout dinner added to the nights enchantment.

Our photographer, Jemma Keech, has a charming and innate ability to capture the iridescent details of our wedding in such a mesmeric and dreamy way. The photos make me want to relive our special day all over again!”
Photographer: Jemma Keech | Florals & Styling: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace | Make-up: Hendra Widjaja | Hair: Lee Preston | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Gown: Pronovias Atelier | Venue: Tree Elle Retreat | Wedding Coordinator: Rachael Haase | Marquee & Furniture Hire: Albany Event Hire | Catering: Pepper & Salt Restaurant | Cake: The Cake & I

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05.05.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog