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

Simplify your Travel with Travefy

Trips are one of the most exciting times during the wedding process. Whether it be your bachelorette party, or bridal shower in your hometown, your honeymoon, or even a destination wedding, everyone looks forward to time away to celebrate. However, it can be hard to ensure the trip goes smoothly from start to finish.

Travefy, an interactive group travel planner, will help you organize it all from your computer or iPhone for free. They provide the tools to share trip ideas and collect payments easily so you don’t have the typical pains associated with a group trip. Today, they are sharing tips with us on how to make your plans as simple as possible:

Decide Your Travel Date

Get your friends in one virtual spot and decide a date that most people can attend. Dates can be the most limiting factor to get everyone on board, so figure those out first!

Pick a Location

Plan based on a number of factors: weather, locations of attendees, costs, and desired areas. Think about what vibe and type of trip you want….relaxed and serene or adventurous and upbeat?; book in bulk if possible to save money; make an itinerary for once you arrive.

Determine Your Travel Budget

Make sure everyone agrees on an approximate trip budget per person and a method of payment. Using a travel and expense organizer makes it easy for a group to split hotel rooms and collect money upfront via credit/debit cards.

Know The Group’s Arrival & Departure Times

It’s simple but a lot of work to know when everyone is getting there. Keep track so you know when to plan events for the group.

Get Everyone on the Same Page

Ensure everyone is ready and aware of the plans. Simply communicating the plans and ideas ahead of time gives everyone a feel of “having a say.”

Live in the Moment

Enjoy your trip!
Visit or download the iPhone app for more stress relief in your planning process

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06.13.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog