Soft and Delicate Wedding Inspiration

We absolutely love sharing inspirational ideas for brides planning their weddings, and these soft and delicate style ideas from Michelle Boyd, Ginny Au and Amy Osaba are no exception. This effortless, elegant look combines a rich color palette, natural-inspired floral design, and sincere details that would be beautiful touches to your own wedding. Read on for more from the creative team.

More from the photographer, Michelle Boyd:
“As 2015 came around I began to wonder how I could dig deeper into photography and start capturing things with a keener, more sincere eye. I met Ginny Au last year at Erich McVey’s workshop and knew minutes into chatting with her that she saw things differently, and when I found out she offered one-on-one workshops for photographers, I didn’t even hesitate. I can say with all my heart it was the best thing I could have ever done–not only for my business, but even more so for my art.

Ginny has the incredible ability to look at you, your work, and your goals, and tell you exactly what needs to come next. She covered so much, from business strategy, refining my brand, how to direct a couple, and everything in between. She helped me understand the importance of authenticity when I’m shooting, and how to translate it across my entire body of work. She especially helped me to finally understand how to find a softness and strength that I’ve been striving to produce within my photography.

For our inspiration shoot, Ginny pulled the soft, delicate, and organic natures of both our florals and model and effortlessly paired them with a clean and modern kimono-styled gown for our bride. With natural makeup and a minimal hairstyle we were able to focus on the simplicity of the gown, our surroundings, and the delicate details throughout the shoot. The soft floral color palette included café au lait, cream, and deep burgundy, and was a perfect way to marry the softness of our bride with the strength of the forest.”

Photography: Michelle Boyd | Styling: Ginny Au | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Flowers: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events | Paper: Script Merchant/ Kaela Rawson

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06.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Half Up Half Down Wedding Hair

We are so on board with the recent trend in hairstyles where messy is better. The more natural the wave in your hair, the more we love it! That’s why we’re so excited to share our most recent hair tutorial from Samantha Landis today. Keep reading for the step-by-step and video!


DIY Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyle 


1)Bobby Pins


1) Curl hair for loose wave.
2) Tease crown for volume and texture.
3) Take a section of hair from the right crown, twist and pin.
4) Take a section from the left crown, twist and pin.
5) Continue to alternate sides, until front pieces have been pinned back.
6) Pull out loose pieces.

Can’t get enough DIY hair tutorials? Check out our favorite wedding day looks here!

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Videography: Kelly Christine | Creative Direction and Design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and Makeup: Samantha Landis

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06.16.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Minimalist Flatbush Wedding

It’s not often that we get to see gorgeous wedding that take place in the heart of the city, but we were absolutely enamored with this stunning Flatbush wedding from Samm Blake the minute we saw it. Keep reading for more from the photographer:

From Samm:

Jean & Matthew celebrated their wedding day at Flatbush Farms, a dark little bar & restaurant in Brooklyn. It turned into a rainy day and they had planned for dinner under the stars in the backyard, but instead turned into a intimate dinner across the bar & restaurant areas inside. Thanks to Accuweather, we were able to time the rain clouds so they were still able to have their ceremony outside, with just a little sprinkling of drops. Emily Asher’s Garden Party played amazing jazz all night long.

Photographer: Samm Blake | Venue: Flatbush Farm | Music: Emily Asher

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06.15.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

How to Style Kitchen Shelves with Zola and Ginny Branch

Since so much of newlywed time is spent in the kitchen, we partnered with Zola and some of our favorite stylists to bring you tips on decorating yours with all your wedding gifts. Haven’t heard of Zola? They’re the wedding registry that we’ve fallen for since they make registering for all the gifts, experiences, and funds you want easy + hassle-free. While we were shooting their amazing kitchen accessories (all available on their website’s home store), like this graphite Staub pot and these wooden bowls, we snuck a little advice from our favorite prop stylist, Ginny Branch. Check out her awesome advice below on how to style all of your new home items from your Zola Registry, and remember to sign up today and get $25 towards your registry from Zola!

From Ginny:

When styling shelves, I try and create a consistent color palette and groupings of textures to carry throughout the shelves to create some continuity throughout. Consider mixing metallics like copper, brass, and stainless steel that you might find in your pots and pans with classic dinner whites and warmer, weathered woods from cutting boards or wooden utensils that will show their use.  I also try and balance the shelves with both larger item like a potted plants or stock pots with groupings of smaller items like stacks of bowls or a row of glasses. Another easy way of creating levels of varying height on your shelves is to use books to stack under items. Also, vary the way you stack your books both horizontally and vertically, and if one has certain cover appeal, showcase it proud and facing forward, or layer several covers, or  tuck slightly behind a stack of plates. And when in doubt don’t hesitate to infuse some life into the shelves with little jars of herbs, bud vases, or some happy houseplants.

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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06.15.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog