Timeless Bridal Headpieces + Accessories by Olivia

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If you’re looking for a sophisticated + stylish accessory to complete your bridal ensemble, be sure to check out the ultra lovely pieces in the new collection from Olivia. At Olivia, attention to detail is their thing. Every piece is carefully handcrafted using the finest materials. The latest collection has a beautiful art deco vibe, with details like stunning crystal beading, millinery tassels + artful appliqués. Take a peek…

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And some fun news! Olivia  is generously giving away a beautiful bridal adornment to one lucky GWS reader! Just fill out the form below and let us know which piece from the new collection is your favorite! If you don’t want to wait to enter, shop the new collection now + use the code GWS14 to receive 10% off! (Coupon code is valid until February 28, 2014.) Thanks Olivia, for this exciting opportunity!

**This contest is now over. Congrats to Tanya H who was our lucky winner!**

photography: Hilary Van Dyke // dress: Ramona Keveza // hair: Carver Johnson // make up: Jasmin Nyack // model: Lilla Mihalik

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Hair Tutorial: Soft Glam Hair

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This afternoon we have a lovely hair tutorial that our friend Heather Chapman is sharing with us! Perfect for those of you looking for romantic, timeless glam look for your hair. :)

Begin by choosing a timeless, decorative headband. This one is from Mignonne Handmade.

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1. Section hair diagonally across the head from left temple to right nape. Divide sections, clipping away the right section & securing the left section at the bottom right nape.

2. Take down the hair on the right that you have clipped out of the way & using a 1″ curling wand, (or curling iron) curl all of the hair towards the face. Let the hair cool for 10 minutes in it’s curled state.

3. After the hair has cooled, brush through all of the hair with a paddle brush. The waves will start to appear. It’s okay if it is just a subtle wave. Place the wave how you would like to see it frame the face & position with clips. Then hairspray. Let sit for two minutes.

4. Take the clips out of the waves. Gently gather then entire section that you curled, bang section as well, and twist towards the face. Once twisted, carefully start to pull out pieces of the twist to “rough up” the twist. This adds amazing texture!!

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At this point, you will put on the headband (see above). Still holding on to your textured twist, take the tiniest pinch of hair at the bottom of the twist, hold it & with your other hand, push the rest of the hair towards the head. Pin to your liking. Take the left section (the one you put into a low pony) and repeat the twist, pull & push. Pin as well.

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So pretty, right?! Thanks again to Heather Chapman for this lovely hair tutorial and to K. Mari Photography for the photos.

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Autumn Arboretum Wedding: Megan + George

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Megan + George are high school sweethearts who have been together for 8 years + attended 3 proms together! When they started planning for their fall California arboretum wedding, they knew they wanted the day to reflect them as a couple and to include the talents of friends + family who have been by their side all these years. Their celebration was packed with the prettiest fall details and a beautiful rich color palette. And the florals by Art With Nature Design really set the perfect tone for the event. I hope this lovely wedding delivers a big dose of inspiration for all of you couples who are planning now for your fall wedding later this year!

From Megan, We wanted it to be relaxed and fun, but still classy. We worked on little details to make our wedding about the two of us. George and I created a playlist of all our favorite love songs to be played during the cocktail hour and dinner; we served beer from our local brewery; our friend played our songs on the piano for the ceremony; one of my bridesmaids designed the necklaces the girls wore and we all, including George!, worked on making them; and another bridesmaid did my hair for the wedding. All these details and more made our wedding so special to us!

Thanks so much to Acres of Hope Photography for the gorgeous images and Megan + George – congrats on an absolutely beautiful day!

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Megan looked so pretty in her Wtoo Camilla Gown and love the bridesmaids deep purple J.Crew Raquel Dresses!

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This distressed fireplace mantel from Found Vintage Rentals, which Art With Nature Design beautified with a seeded eucalyptus garland + insanely lovely burgundy dahlias, is probably my favorite detail. Isn’t it gorge?!

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The most memorable moment of our wedding day for me was George's vows. I always knew I had a thoughtful guy, but he surpassed even my expectations with his vows! We've been together since I was 15 and he was 16, so there was definitely a lot to cover. He did such a wonderful job fitting in all aspects of our lives! I'm so happy 618 Studios captured everything he said in our wedding trailer. George and I were also thrilled to see all of our family and friends come together on the dance floor and really enjoy our hard work!

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The yummy cakes + treats were provided by Sweet and Saucy Shop.

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Processional: Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

First Dance: Earth Angel – Ben Gibbard

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Catch their charming wedding film by 618 Studios below!

For us, taking our time planning the wedding was so helpful. We had 14 months to work on all the details, which really kept the process stress free! It's important to remember why you're planning this event!

photography: Acres of Hope Photography // venue: The Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton, California // floral design: Art With Nature Design // wedding dress: Wtoo Camilla Gown // bridesmaid dresses: J Crew Raquel Dress // hair: Shelby Haller // makeup: Lisa Nickerson Maloney // groom suit: J.Crew // videography: 618 Studios // catering: Colettes Catering // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // music: DJ Nu Holguin // rentals: Found Vintage Rentals and Create-A-Party

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFound Vintage Rentals and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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