Hair Tutorial: Romantic Side Fishtail Braid

romantic side fishtail bride

We are still obsessing over the photos from our gorgeous styling collaboration with Green Wedding Shoes + bridesmaid dress designer, Joanna August. If you remember our Glamorous + Modern Bridesmaid Look post, we styled model Erika with a fishtail braid + today we are sharing how to braid the same one! Thanks to the Symmetry Beauty ladies for sharing how to do this!

romantic side fishtail bride

Step 1: Start with messy, textured hair and a deep part.

Step 2: Separate hair into two sections.

Step 3: Take a little piece from the first section and bring over to the second section.

*Tip: grab your pieces from over the edge of the braid, and not the inside.

Step 4: Bring a piece from the second section to the first section.

romantic side fishtail bride

Step 5: Repeat until you have finished.

Step 6: Fluff the braid and pull apart to give more volume to the braid. And you’re done!

romantic side fishtail bride

romantic side fishtail bride

romantic side fishtail bride

Pretty easy, right?! We love the braid paired with the Elena Dress and a pretty bar necklace from Gorjana!

First and last two photos from Brandon Kidd, other DIY photos by Katie Pritchard. Pretty dress from Joanna August, hair + makeup by Symmetry Beauty, bouquet from The Little Branch and jewelry thanks to Gorjana

click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!

Wedding Invitations from Invitations By Dawn

Wedding Invitations by Dawn

Choosing + ordering your wedding invitations can be a severely overwhelming experience. There seem to be so many styles to consider, and deciding what type of ‘branding’ to go with for your big day can be just a bit intimidating. But fret no more, because today we’re introducing you to the experts in the art of wedding inviting, Invitations by Dawn! At Invitations by Dawn, their biggest priority is to help connect their customers with invitations + paper goods they will love. They offer a huge variety of invitation styles, and couples can see samples ahead of time so they’ll be guaranteed the perfect invitation once they commit. We love getting both supreme style AND peace of mind, all in one fell swoop!

Here’s a peek at a few of our faves, but you can view the entire wedding invitation collection here.

Wedding Invitations by Dawn

Wedding Invitations by Dawn

We all know that your wedding invitation sets the tone for the entire day. So whether you’re going for an elegant vibe, a rustic celebration, a vintage design plan, or something entirely unique, Invitations by Dawn has a theme and style to fit any wedding style you can dream up!

Wedding Invitations by Dawn

They also help brides and grooms stay within their budget, by directing them to the perfect invitation options in the style they want, at a price they can actually afford!

Wedding Invitations by Dawn

We love how Invitations by Dawn puts their customers first. From connecting you with the friendliest, most knowledgeable consultants to sharing etiquette tips + assembly guides, they’re here to make the invitation ordering process a total breeze.

If you’re completely sold, we have some exciting news! Invitations by Dawn is offering GWS readers 25% off their wedding invitations with the code GREENWED25! This offer includes their premium collections (such as Letterpress and Foil-Stamped invitations) and is valid through February 28th, 2015. Discount offer not available toward Disney Invitations. 

* This post is sponsored by Invitations by Dawn. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!

Hawaiian-Inspired Vineyard Wedding: Alyssa + Dana

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Yep, you read that post title right + vineyard weddings inspired by the islands are something you definitely don’t see everyday! Alyssa + Dana live in Hawaii, but wanted to have their wedding in a convenient destination for family and friends. They decided that Sanford Winery & Vineyard in Santa Barbara, California was the perfect place to celebrate with their guests; most of whom were flying in from far away places like Hawaii, New York, and Colombia, South America. To make things interesting + reflective of their current lifestyle, A + D went with rustic vineyard + Hawaiian fusion theme. Pretty unique, and we seriously couldn’t love it more! Let’s hear a little more about how they got to this place, directly from the bride herself:

We had a destination wedding with almost all of our guests logging significant flight times to California. We were really touched by that, so we wanted to create an inclusive event that was about celebrating everyone being there with us. That philosophy drove our plans for the wedding. We included all of our parents in the ceremony by having them walk each of us down the aisle. To ensure that all of our guests felt included in the ceremony, we set up the site with the huppah in the center and the seating surrounding us on all sides. (I like to refer to this as the wrestling ring set up.) The ceremony was held in the vineyard, so we were first surrounded by friends and family, then by the grapes and finally by the mountains around that. It was a really beautiful and special moment.

Thanks so much to Troy Grover Photographers for these oh-so-beautiful images and big congrats to Alyssa + Dana on a beautifully original day!

tropical peony bouquet

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

We love Alyssa’s tropical bouquet by Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs. Tenly Erin Young also tackled the event design for the day, so it’s no surprise that the fun fusion styling, which could have been difficult to pull off, ended up being perfectly cohesive.

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical peony bouquet

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Alyssa adds, Neither of us wanted to bridesmaids or groomsmen, but we didn’t want to disappoint a few very excited, eager and important people in our lives, so we asked my nieces, Dana’s nephew and our close friends’ daughters to be our bridal party. They walked down the aisle and stood with us during the ceremony.

flower girls and a ring bearer

lei favors

All of our guests arrived at the winery by bus at the same time. They exited the bus and went straight into the vineyard where Dana and I greeted and welcomed each guest and personally presented him or her with a Hawaiian lei, which we had shipped in from Hawaii. We had white orchid leis for the women and kukui nut leis for the men. Since the bride and groom typically stay “hidden” until the ceremony begins, it was a nice surprise for everyone and helped set an informal and intimate mood for the rest of the wedding.

tropical floral arbor

tropical floral arbor

tropical floral arbor

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

What a beautiful spot to tie the knot. The fusion of details came together just gorgeously…

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

If you agree that the mix of Hawaiian decor elements in a vineyard setting is pretty amazingly unique, you can shop with us to get a similar look for your day below:

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard menu

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical reception florals

tropical reception florals

chalkboard table number

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical reception florals

tropical reception florals

olive oil favors

chalkboard drink menu

 cheesecake table

Dessert was cheesecake from Junior’s in New York, where Alyssa is originally from. Yum!

cheesecake

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Use the familiar wedding traditions as guidelines or a menu, not a script. Include what is meaningful and important, add in other personal touches and toss the rest. Don’t feel guilty about not doing something. Many of our guests actually appreciated that we skipped the typical wedding stuff and really focused on creating a wedding that was uniquely ours. Many time over we heard things like I’ve never been to a weeding quite like this, or that people really appreciated the small unique touches that were distinctly us.

photography: Troy Grover Photographers // venue: Sanford Winery & Vineyard Santa Barbara, California // event design: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs // event planner: Jessica Kuipers of Bijoux Events // florals: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs, Leis by Rachel’s Lei Stand in Honolulu // wedding dress: Watters // hairpieces: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs //shoes: Stuart Weitzman // junior bridesmaid dresses: Une Deux Trois // hair: Ashley Sinnott of Sanctuary Salon, Honolulu // makeup: Chateau Belle, Santa Barbara // groom suit: Ted Baker // paper goods: Minted // catering: Season’s Catering // cake: Junior’s Cheesecake, NYC // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // officiant: Ian Forsyth, a close friend // dj: Music by Bonnie //guitarist: Sam Adams //specialty rentals: Scout Rental Co // linens: La Tavola Linens // calligrapher: Leslee Sipress

click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!