Good morning, loves! It’s Day 17 in our wedding hairstyles series and today we’re sharing one of our favorite hairstylists! Have you heard of Hair & Makeup by Steph? She’s pretty amazing. Not only do we swoon over her gorgeous hairstyle and makeup applications, but she’s also sweet as sugar. In this hairstyle pick — the ponytail flip updo — Steph is modeling the style herself. This is the perfect wedding hairstyle for the bride who wants an elegant, finished look.
Ponytail Flip Updo
This look is ideal for medium-to-long length hair. What do you think of this look?
We’re rounding out today’s beautiful wedding features with a camping wedding invitation from Sparkvites. This invitation is a slice of woodland camping heaven: it asks guests to share in a weekend of fun-filled wedding activities, features a canoe monogram, and has a fun camp-inspired postcard RSVP card. So, if you’re a woodland bride who craves a wedding theme that’s offbeat (+ totally fun), we’ve basically found your perfect wedding paperie! (And, P.S. if you’re in the Michigan area, don’t miss this slice of heaven I spotted over the weekend). Take a look…
Camping Wedding Invitation
And, because I can’t resist this theme (and I can never seem to pick just one thing), I also have to share this rustic camping wedding invitation…
Follow it up with themed thank you’s, too! This is a stamp so you can make them yourself, you DIY-diva, you.
It can all be found at Sparkvites! Stop by + tell Irene we said hello. (P.S. She’s a sweetheart to work with.)
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Love this camping wedding theme?
Check out this post we did awhile back! Lanterns, tents, tins…
Hi, loves! Emma here. I love monogrammed bridesmaid gifts: they’re personal and custom-made just for your recipient. Plus, since it has her initial on it, she’ll wear it / carry it / treasure it forever. We’ve hand-picked twelve of our favorite monogrammed things to share with you today. Which of these is your favorite? I’ve got my eye on the cosmetic pouch below in yellow… and that chic pearl bracelet!
We’ve shared some braided updo styles in the past, but this one is especially for my straight-haired friends (I’m there with you!) It seems like so many braided updo hairstyles are with curly hair and while I know you can always curl your hair, it is sometimes refreshing to see it styled straight. We spotted it at Hair Romance and there’s an actual tutorial with it! So, get ready to try this one yourselves, lovelies…
Want to learn how it’s done? You can get the how-to tutorial here.
There’s more coming up next! But first, I just wanted to let you know that our newsletter subscribers receive exclusive (free) wedding planning tips + tricks via email once a week. These are things not shared on our blog… they’re secret, only for our subscribers. You are signed up, right? :)
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Wedding Hairstyles – Want to see more wedding hairstyles? Check out the entire series here!
Today we’re featuring our first engagement session in Alaska! Michaela and Justin’s Juneau Alaska engagement session is full of romance, fun, and a great story. Their e-session was captured by Penny from Becoming Images this past spring. See all the gorgeous details and hear the whole love story after the click…
Juneau Alaska Engagement Session
Michaela tells us, “Justin and I met on a blind date on November 9th at BYU-Idaho. I was actually very sick and didn’t want to attend the date but was told by his brother that they would be at my apartment at 5pm to pick me up. It ended up just being a relaxing evening. Justin and I hit it off. Two days later he really hooked me when he took me out shooting and proceeded to tease me the entire time. After that we spent nearly everyday together just being silly and falling in love. It was always a new adventure. He became my best friend.”
What Michaela loves about Justin:
“I love the way that he is with his family, I spent thanksgiving with the Scott’s just a few weeks after we started dating and instantly knew this was an amazing man because of that love he showed for his family. I really love that he waited to kiss me. Justin made sure it wasn’t something that was expected, it was something special. I know that sounds silly, but I love that he is constantly considerate for everything. I love that he is able to handle me in all honesty. I can be quite a handful. I really love that he supports my dreams. Especially finishing college and opening a photography studio. I could go on forever about what I love about him, he is my best friend and I would never change a thing.”
What Justin loves about Michaela:
“I love her honesty, how she is very open with me about anything and everything. I love how selfless she is and the way that she cares about those around her. I especially love her eyes, and I love how dependable she is. I can always look to her to be there.”
Our Wedding plans:
“We are getting married on August 30! Just coming up. We are getting married in Bountiful, Utah at the LDS Bountiful temple. I love planning the little things for the wedding. We have the flies for flying fishing as the guy’s boutineers and broach bouquets for the girls. We love the cute little details that really show who we are as a couple such as cowboy boots for Justin, and XtraTuf Alaskan fishing boots for me. We have a little mix of both Idaho and Alaska. We are holding a reception a week later in his hometown near Boise Idaho. Then in December, we have an open house happening in my hometown in Alaska. We wanted something simple for the wedding, so we are doing exactly that.”
Hello, loves! If you’re newly engaged, planning on getting engaged soon, or you’ve been planning for some time, you need this post! Bookmark it (CTRL + D), tweet it, facebook it, and pin it for later. We’re always on the hunt for the best wedding resources and today we’re unleashing the most legend-waitforit-dary finds. If you want to get a head start on your (infinitely awesome) registry, need an app to track of ALL OF THE WEDDING THINGS, want to stay on budget and track your expenses, or you’re just looking for some seriously fun wedding planning reads, this is the guide. So, grab a cup of coffee (um, so I found this one and it smells like donuts are being made. in your office. and it is magical.) and get ready to start planning the Best Day Ever…
Get familiar with Appy Couple, the most stylish wedding planning app we’ve seen yet. So easy to use, too. It will keep everything organized and at an arm’s length, since you carry that phone everywhere you go.
The Best Day Ever starts with the best wedding vendors. Oh, and they’re all right here!
5. Get Exercise Anywhere You Go
You want to exercise, but you don’t have the time? I hear ya. It’s important to work out while planning your wedding. And not to fit into any sort of particular size or ideal bridal ‘look’. Instead, work out to keep stress at bay. To feel good. To be healthy. To feel ultra sexy in that totally gorgeous gown and to feel your best and full of energy. Try Daily Burn, especially if you’re short on time (like me — and everyone else in the universe). It’s a lifesaver.
6. Get Inspiration at Your Fingertips
It’s new, it’s modern, and it’s free: BridalPulse pulls the best wedding blog content and brings it right to your fingertips. Awesome. The only reason you may not know about this one yet is because it’s BRAND NEW! We’re so excited to share it with you.
7. Plan the Perfect Registry
The problem: wedding registries in-store are limited. You have to pick items that are only available inside that particular store… until now! Amazon makes it easy to create a registry for anything on the web. It’s amazing. Create one now. I have one ongoing (sort of a ‘wish list’) for things I find. I love it. It’s so easy!
8. Find (or Make) The Most Fashionable Fabric
Need poppy fabrics + prints for your DIY projects? Meet Spoonflower, your new fabric BFF. You can even upload a custom design to make your own personalized fabric. GET OUT.
9. Get a Handle on Those Mailing Addresses
Need to organize addresses for wedding invitations? Meet Postable, your new address assistant. Finally, all of your addresses in one place (and easy to export to your wedding stationer, too.)
10. Make a Map in an Instant
Need a wedding map for invitations? Wedding Mapper helps you create a free wedding map for your invitations. Just enter the destination, and presto-chango, Google shoots out a map.
11. Fill Those Favors
Need unique fillers for those cute favor boxes you found? Try Sugarfina. They have candies you can find based on country of origin, as well as some unique finds (like champagne gummi bears or chocolate covered espresso beans. Yum. Or peach gummi hearts, as shown.
12. Make a Wedding Email Address
If you’re going to bridal shows or plan to enter tons of wedding giveaways, do yourself a favor and grab a free email account somewhere (gmail, yahoo, hotmail) to keep your wedding stuff separate. I wish I did this, as I’m STILL getting emails from vendors from a wedding show I went to back when I planned my wedding, and it’s almost more annoying to unsubscribe than to just toss it in the trash bin.
Don’t stress. Get some inspiration right at your fingertips with The Handcrafted Wedding and, coming soon, The Inspired Wedding. I wrote them both (and poured my heart into ’em!) and I know you’re going to love what you find in there. Promise.
15. Shop The Marketplace
For the ultimate handmade shopping experience, shop here. It’s basically the best on Etsy (and Artfire and Shopenvy and BigCartel) for weddings.
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Good morning, loves! It’s Day 15 in our wedding hairstyles series and today’s pick is a bride top knot! I love, love, love this style. I wear a top knot way too often (remember the this?), but it’s an effortless style that can be dressed up or down. I love how totally elegant it looks on this beautiful bride. If you’re wearing a top knot, I recommend going with a pair of really stunning earrings. Take a look…
Hi, loves. Emma here! I’m obsessed with druzy jewelry right now. But, let’s be honest: is there ever a time I haven’t loved these gorgeous stones? No. Never. So, when I spotted the newly added bridesmaid druzy jewelry over at Bare and Me, it was pretty much a fact that I was going to share them with you immediately. You don’t have to ask your lovely ladies to be your bridesmaid with a gift, but it sure does make it even sweeter, don’t you think? And, with druzy bridesmaid jewelry pieces — like these colorful necklaces and stud earrings — they’re sure to (gleefully) accept your request. Now, I feel a responsibility to warn you in advance: these druzy jewelry pieces are so gorgeous, you might just have to buy one (you know, or ten) to see them for yourself. You know, make sure they’re just as gorgeous as they look. I’m pretty sure they are (but if my husband is reading, I want this in blue. It’s gorgeous.) Ha. Enjoy!
Druzy Bridesmaid Jewelry
I’m just going to go ahead and let the druzy speak for itself. Take a peek at my favorite pieces…
And, hold the phone: this one’s for the bride.
Need to get your druzy fix? Check out these bridesmaid druzy jewelry pieces and more at Bare & Me and tell ’em Emmaline Bride sent you. Sidebar: Laurie is totally awesome to work with. You can see more of her work in The Marketplace and at Lillyput Lane Design.
Brides: if you love the look of a flower hair crown instead of a veil (or you’re wondering what it is), you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing eight oh-so-lovely flower hair crown examples AND Roses & Lemons is giving away a flower hair crown for FREE to one lucky reader! I know, Mondays sure are the best, aren’t they? Read on to get started…
What Is a Flower Hair Crown?
First things first: what is a flower hair crown? A hair crown, in this case with flowers, is a bohemian bridal veil alternative that can be worn by the bride on her wedding day. Instead of a traditional veil, a bride wears a hair crown usually with a more casual hairstyle. Here are a few examples of flower hair crowns we think you’ll love…
This next one – peach rose – is my personal favorite. I love the size of these paperie peach roses and the ivory pip berries. Lovely.
Planning an orchid-infused wedding? This hair crown is ideal and features tiny pip berries in ivory.
Wild child — this one’s for you!
5. Something Blue
Need something blue? This lily of the valley hair crown is the finishing touch.
Love daisies? Need a flower hair crown for your flower girl? This one is a summertime favorite.
7. Pearls + Roses
This is a new one: pearls are added instead of berries for a vintage-y look.
Prefer an au naturale look? Try this brown twig crown on for size. It goes with everything!
Flower Hair Crowns
Now that you’ve seen some examples of crowns, it’s time to win one! Enter below for a chance to win this colorful flower hair crown!
o Enter between 7/14/14-7/20/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Colorful Flower Hair Crown | About: Adorable floral crown featuring fabric rosebuds in green, turquoise, bright blue, hot pink, and peach color with green leaves. It wears like a regular headband or top crown to create a bohemian bride look. This floral crown is lightweight, open on the back and has ivory ribbon to adjust. One size fits all.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/21; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $38; no cash value
o Free shipping included anywhere
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