In the world of weddings, Ginny Au is regarded as one of the pioneers of organic, minimal design. Her aesthetic is not only visually beautiful; it is brimming with meaning and life.
We are thrilled today to officially launch Ginny’s new course, Process Driven Design, developed in partnership with Once Wed and If I Made.
Process Driven Design is an in-depth exploration of creative direction for weddings and photography. No matter your role in the industry, be it as a stylist, planner, floral designer, stationery artist, photographer, or other, this course will speak deeply to the challenges we all face in our personal growth as creative entrepreneurs.
We had Process Driven Design tested by a cross-section of wedding industry professionals. They each identified the following as their greatest takeaways from Ginny’s teachings.
Finding your creative voice and defining your brand
Understanding the importance of unique inspiration imagery, and how to source it
Creating minimal, cohesive, and original designs to transform your portfolio
Rethinking the way an environment can inform your creative process
Strengthening your styling and humanizing designs for more authentic imagery
If you are looking to forge your own path as a creative and attract clients that appreciate and value your uniqueness, Process Driven Design will resonate with you on so many levels.
The course is officially ON SALE TODAY. Register before March 31 and save $200 off the regular retail price.
When women regularly wore pin curls in the 40’s, the look always evoked an elegant glamorous feel. We love the idea of updating this classic style to better suit a looser, more organic aesthetic that women today are seeking. While a little time-consuming, this style is easy to mimic and so beautiful!
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DIY Modern Pin Curls
-Pin curl clips or bobby pins
-Hairspray, medium hold
1. Start with a side part.
2. Taking 1-2 inch sections, roll hair around fingers into a curl, toward the face.
3. While holding the curl, gently flat iron the curl off and on for 3-5 seconds, and pin in place when complete.
4. Continue to section, curl, and pin until entire head is pinned.
5. Allow to cool and set for 10-15 minutes.
6. Gently remove pins and allow the curls to fall naturally.
7. Brush out the curls to create soft waves, and spray with hairspray.
We all want to look and feel our absolute best on our wedding days. But don’t let it stop there. You don’t need to wear a lot of makeup on an everyday basis to get a beautiful glow. Follow this simple DIY for a natural, everyday look!
Everyday Beauty DIY:
1. Set skin with a lightweight moisturizer.
2. Blend foundation with moisturizer on your hand.
3. Apply foundation with beauty blender lightly underneath your eyes, and along the t-zones.
4. Using the Hourglass Lighting Palette, dab the eyeshadow brush on the far right bronze and apply along the eyelid.
5. Using the Hourglass Lighting Palette, dab your blush brush on the middle highlighter and apply along the under eye and below the upper brow to provide highlights below and above the eye.
6. Apply mascara
It’s finally the holiday season, and with Christmas just a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about presents and wrapping! We loved working with Simone LeBlanc and Nancy Neil to create this elegant and unique DIY wrapping tutorial for you. Keep reading to find out more about Simone’s inspiration and for the full supply list and step-by-step tutorial!
From Simone LeBlanc:
I was inspired by old-world flora etchings and watercolors for this holiday DIY wrapping project. By using simple hand-made details such as a color printer, a touch of holiday shine and a few finishing touches, we turned the basic, ready-made kraft box into an elevated, elegant holiday wrapping collection.
1. Flora Fauna Images: Choose seasonal images with an antique feel in both black and white and color. I selected these greenery and flower images from Dover Pictur.
2. Kraft Label Paper: Paper Bag from Paper Source is the perfect kraft color. I love the full sheet label size as it’s so easy to print.
3. Kraft Boxes: Choose a few different sizes depending on the size of your various gifts. I like these from Paper Mart as they are affordable and versatile.
4. Sumi Paint: This paint is a more natural metallic and gives a beautiful luminescence when it’s painted on kraft. I bought this set at my local Blick.
5. Flat Paintbrush: Any kind of small brush will do.
6. Hemp Twine: For tying around your boxes (found here).
7. Wax Seal and Sealing Wax: Use a pre-designed seal or create your own. You can do both at Letter Seals. Bronze or copper sealing wax pairs really nicely with this color palette.
Instructions: 1. Print your flora and fauna images in different sizes on the kraft label paper.
2. Trim them to your box sizes and adhere to box tops, making sure to not seal the boxes shut when you do.
3. For an added touch of holiday sparkle, paint the edges of the box lightly with sumi paint. Don’t worry about being perfect here, just give it enough coverage to add some shine.
4. Pack up your box with it’s intended gift and when you’re ready to seal it up simply wrap your hemp twine around the box, twice in each direction.
5. Then seal at the cross point with your wax seal. Your gift is ready for giving!
Building an arch for a wedding is a job that most people leave to professionals. It is one of the bigger jobs, and there are lots of variables and risks associated with it. You want your arch to be sturdy, no uneven ground or gusts of wind can be allowed to affect its stability. There are endless possibilities for types and shapes of arch structures, but this is one that can easily be recreated by an adventurous DIYer.
1. An arch base: Start with an arch base that can be mounted into the ground. This could be a small or large structure, just make sure it is balanced and can be anchored into the ground easily. These can be purchased at lots of garden or home improvement stores.
2. Some small, watertight vases or buckets that can be wired to the arch to hold the bulk of your flowers.
4. Water tubes
5. Flowers & greenery to fill the arch with (we used lilac here)
1. Start by anchoring your arch into the ground.
2. Wire your vases or small buckets to the arch. Make sure they are right side up and can hold water. I used six on this arch, use as many as you think you need to make it look full. (The number here will also depend on the length of your branches.)
3. Start filling the buckets with greenery. Make sure the stem is in the water, and then arrange the greenery so that it frames the arch and covers you base. Wire the ends of it back of the arch if they need to be held secure.
5. The great thing about this arch is that you don’t need to water tube EVERYTHING that you are putting on the arch! But, if you feel like you need to have some flowers running horizontally, or in a place where they won’t reach a bucket, water tube them, and then wire them in.
Creating your own DIY wedding paper projects is a fantastic way to save a little money during your wedding planning process.
Check out our top 5 favorite DIY wedding paper projects!
1. Easily recreate the these DIY watercolor escort cards (shown above) for a colorful addition to any wedding!
When most people see a gorgeous floral arrangement, they think “how pretty”, without ever thinking about what goes into creating that prettiness. So for this feature, we would ask that you practice having a trained eye by observing the following details! First, you need to know that these arrangements were created in the springtime, so spring blooms were abundant.
Next, you need to know that the focus here was placed on intricate and textural blooms – creating a relationship with both their shape and color. The golden mustard of the dress was an unexpected color pairing with the floral tones, but helped the little floral centers and stemans to stand out amongst the rest of the blooms. If you study the images you will see the play with color context – how the different colors interacted with each other. See if you can spot the subtle differences between the arrangements! We guarantee that the next time you see a pretty arrangement (maybe when you are picking your own wedding florals) you will view it from a whole different perspective.
From Photographer Sadie Culberson:
I was inspired to create a wedding that felt like a refined art project. The goal was to evoke a sense of walking into a friend’s studio where loved ones gather and contribute their craft to the celebratory day. The guests would sign in by painting their mark on a piece of artwork. One friend may bring handwoven napkins while another who excels in ceramics may bring the plates. This simple and intentional collaboration would set the backdrop for the day of celebration. Detail, craft and natural elegance embody the hearts of the couple and the guests, creating a moment that lingers as inspiration for their next artistic endeavor.
This project began with four simple, handwoven napkins made with my grandma’s hand spun yarn. I care deeply about ethical resources and wanted to include as many local makers and quality goods to the vision as possible. Along with thoughtful sourcing, I wanted to choose details that could be reused for years to come in the couple’s home together. The linen tablecloths would be used as picnic blankets and bed sheets years after their wedding. Her MaraisUSA shoes are her favorite sandals in the summertime. The ceramic plates are used at family meals around the table and wedding guest’s artwork is the focal point in the couple’s living room.
To me, a wedding is special because of the handiwork of close friends and the celebration of savoring life in community. So rather than creating an impressive production with vendors and large bouquets, we focused on the simple moments of celebration and the belief that life itself is artful.
Today we’ve compiled 15 of our most popular hair tutorials that are so easy you can literally do them yourself (click the links for full tutorials).
If you’re so inclined, you could just as easily pass the photo and instructions along to your hair stylist. Either way, we think you’ll find these styles so gorgeous that you’ll want to use them beyond your bridal moment.
They would also look beautiful for a night out, girls lunch, bridal shower, or they’d even work on members of a bridal party.
Many of these tutorials we created ourselves because they were in our imaginations, and we just had to create the tutorials in order to share them with you. Let us know which ones are your favorites, and hope you enjoy!