Crown Braid Chignon Tutorial


One of our most popular pins from yesterday’s Springtime Maidens story is the pretty hairstyle of one of our lovely bridesmaids, so I’m thrilled to share the tutorial on how to recreate this crown braid chignon at home. This wedding hairstyle for long hair is particularly lovely because it incorporate the french braid and chignon. Please let us know how it goes if you try this wedding hairstyle for long hair at home. Enjoy!


1. French braid front section of hair from one ear to the other. Leave end of braid out until Step 7.

2. Take the top section of hair, tease it and pin securely with bobby pins creating a half up – half down look.

3. Then starting on one side of the hair take a section of hair, twist it and bring it the opposite side and pin it with bobby pins. Make sure to cover the previously secured bobby pins from Step 1.

4. + 5. Then take the remaining “tail” from the section of hair just pinned with an additional section of hair, creating one section of hair, twist and bring it the opposite side and pin securely with bobby pins directly under the previous twist.

6. Repeat the process until there is no longer any more sections on either side and you are left with just the “tails”.

7. + 8. Pin the remaining “tails” by twisting and overlapping, mimicking the overlap twist look.

9. + 10.  After all hair is twisted and pinned, bring the braid into the back and secure with bobby pins. Making the “tail” of the braid mimic the already pinned twists.

11. After all is hair and braid is pinned securely, gently tug at hair creating a looser more full look.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling & Design: Ginny Au // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Paige // Bridesmaids Gowns: Nordstroms

Check out more popular hair tutorials:

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

A Tutorial on Long Wedding Hair Updos

French Braid Bun Hairstyles

Waterfall Braid Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Fishtail Bun Wedding Hair Tutorial

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04.17.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Springtime Maidens

There is something quite sacred about the morning hours a bride spends with her maidens. The shared excitement and anticipation can be heard in every laugh and often shown through joyful tears. This shoot was designed to inspire a bridal party to savor these final moments together. We can easily succumb to chaos when a group of girls frantically get ready, but if we slow that process down and create a sensual environment for them, these precious moments can remain engrained in their memories, becoming a part of the magical process leading up to a ceremony.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling & Design: Ginny Au // Flowers: Cloth of Gold // Bridal Gown: Finery Boutique // Calligraphy: Holly Hollon // Props & Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonde // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Paige // Linens: At Home Furnishings // Bridesmaids Gowns: Nordstroms // Nightgowns: The Lingerie  Shoppe of Mountain Brook // Engagement Ring: Vintage // Outdoor Venue: The Swan House // Indoor Venue: Callanwolde 

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

Winter Wedding Centerpieces


A winter centerpiece with peach amaryllis, garden roses, and ranunculus, gold and wine-colored orchids, and an unruly assortment of foraged goods created by Joy Thigpen at her workshop in January to demonstrate how to create flower arrangements for the attendees. After some instruction the group was sent out to give it a go themselves. We were so impressed with their work we wanted to share a few with you here!

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So good, right??? AND today Joy is actually announcing 3 more workshops for the year. One will be a repeat of the January workshop which covers all the basics of Creative Direction + Styling and then she’s adding two new ones–an Advanced workshop for those who have taken one of her workshops already or have had other experience and a Crash Course on Styling for wedding photographers so they can take their work to the next level, even when they don’t get to work with a stylist.


Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Arrangement 1: Joy Thigpen // Arrangement 2:  Karrah Tines //  Arrangement 3: Eileen Morales // Arrangement 4: Lucia Sandaal // Wholesale flowers: Fifty Flowers

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04.11.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

NYC Destination Wedding

Combining our love of travel and desire for an intimate affair in a beautiful setting, a destination wedding in New York City seemed the perfect choice. Stuart and I were incredibly lucky to be joined by twenty of our closest family and friends who made the journey from Australia to share in our special day. With everyone in holiday mode and many never having visited the city before, it was a week full of events and extended celebrations.

Being a cake decorator, it was lovely to be on the other side of the wedding planning process and to work with such brilliant vendors and artists. They really did bring our vision to life! The city’s streetscapes and the chic Greenwich Hotel served as the perfect backdrop for our classic and relaxed affair. Our simple yet elegant stationery suite was designed with this in mind; custom made by the talented Samone who is one of my closest friends and also my business partner back home.

Choosing the right photographer to document our day was at the top of the priority list and Maggie exceeded our expectations in every way. Not only did she capture the beautiful details and essence of the day perfectly, she was also incredibly friendly and professional throughout the entire process. She also pointed me in the direction of Saipua who created my stunning bouquet and other floral arrangements for the day.

I’ll never forget the moment I walked out on to the beautiful rooftop garden, arm in arm with my Dad, to meet Stu and to say our vows on that warm and sunny Autumn morning. Though short and sweet, the ceremony was very intimate and emotional and, on the advice of a good friend, I made sure to take a moment to take it all in.

Once the formalities were complete, we made our way back downtown to join our guests for cocktail hour and a delicious lunch in the private room of Italian restaurant Locanda Verde. Being of an Italian background, good food, wine and plenty of laughter was an absolute must. It was also a nod to my beautiful Nonna who sadly couldn’t make the trip but had given me her Mother’s gold wedding band which I had tied to my bouquet on the day.

We loved that we chose to celebrate our union in a way that reflected ‘us’ and ensured we had the entire day to enjoy time with our guests…and party until the wee hours of the next morning!

Wedding Dress: Mariana Hardwick // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Hair: Stacy Pitt of Styles On B // Make-up: Lindsey Jones // Earrings: Samantha Wills Bridal  // Groom’s Suit: Rhodes and Beckett // Groom’s Tie and Shoes: Macy’s // Photographer: Maggie Harkov // Flowers: Saipua // Wedding Venue: 620 Loft and Garden // Reception Venue: Locanda Verde // Invitations: Cake Ink // Officiant: Judie Guild // Cake: Baked // Hotel: The Greenwich Hotel

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04.09.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog