When I was little I would spend hours braiding my Barbie’s hair and then I’d move on to my sister’s hair and finally onto my own. My braiding skills have never been more useful than in the last year. Braids are back and are a huge part of wedding hairstyles for 2013. Whether you stick with a traditional french braid or you want to try something crazy and inventive, braids are the new curl. Here are 12 fabulous wedding day braid tutorials for your wedding day.
Keeping it real was on the top of Brett and J.R’s list when it came to their intimate wedding. To do this they kept things close to home and finished it up with a dip in a local swimming hole.
“The swimming hole location is very special to us and we loved having the ceremony there. It’s where I spent my childhood summers and is pretty much the most relaxing place on earth for me,” says Brett, adding that kayaking up the river with her father prior to the ceremony, and having J.R’s mother as the officiant were also highlights.
After their low key ceremony, the couple enjoyed fresh pizza and homemade desserts.
“We wanted the day to be relaxed, lighthearted and not filled with stress,” says Brett.
The whole day was captured beautifully by Kim Smith Miller in Portland.
Brett, 32 & J.R., 34
Wedding Date: August 18, 2012
Number of Guests: 60
Wedding Cost: Less than $7,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: Private Swimming Hole in Gasquet, CA
Wedding Reception Location: Parent’s House in Gasquet, CA
Ring bearers play an important role. Not only do they help to announce the bride, they also have the obvious privilege of holding the wedding rings.
Flags and signs carried by the ring bearer are a fun way to announce your arrival. These simple signs add color and interest to the day and give the ring bearers an added responsibility.
Adding a ring bearer to your special day is a great way to include your children in the ceremony. It makes them feel special and helps them to feel like they have a say in what is going on. A great idea is to practice with your little one what will be happening on the big day. Although children love attention, sometimes a crowd staring at them is very daunting – especially if they are shy.
For those of us who are lost when it comes to fashion, I found this guide very helpful. Not all weddings call for a suit or a tuxedo. With a more laid back ceremony the ring bearer may be more comfortable in shorts or a vest.
You can’t forget that most kids hate being dressed up. Once they have done their duties they should have the option to change into something more comfortable. I love these t-shirts. It makes them feel special but at the same time lets them be comfortable for the long night ahead of them.
If you don’t have children you can always chose to include your special friend. Lots of brides are choosing to make their dogs part of their wedding as they are part of your family. If you have a well behaved dog this isn’t a bad idea. There is also an option to sign them up for classes to make sure their trip down the aisle isn’t a total disaster!
Image One: Jessica Claire; Image Two: Ryan Ray Photography; Image Three: Jason Crater Photography; Image Four: Chelsea Nicole; Image Five: Green Wedding Shoes; Image Six: Sakura Photography; Image Seven: CinemaCake Filmmakers
Who doesn’t love Instagram? I’ve only recently discovered this wildly popular photo app and I’m already hooked.
Why not Instagram your wedding? There’s no doubt that some of your guests will be capturing your event with their smartphones anyway, why not encourage them to use Instagram so you can see all of their photos?
How to Instagram your wedding:
Happy 2013 and congrats to all the couples who just got engaged! 2013 is going to be an exciting year here at Intimate Weddings. We’ve got some awesome changes in the works. Stay tuned!
Photo: Sea Glass