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50 Hairstyles For Long Straight Hair

14 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Want a hairstyle for your long tresses that can turn people’s heads? Then you have come to the right place! The following 50 hairstyles are so unbelievably gorgeous, that people can’t help but fall in love with you once you try them!

Go ahead and get ready to amaze!

1. Spiked Twirl:

Spiked Twirl

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The spiky effect at the top in this half up style gives a different look to the hairdo. The style is full of precision and is well defined.

2. Sleek Ponytail:

Sleek Ponytail

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The sleek ponytail posses the shaded brown shines. The smooth finesse enhances the hairdo and gives a very elegant impression.

3. Brunette Straight:

Brunette Straight

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This hairdo is done by backcombing the bangs and giving a wavy flair to the straight stands. The hairdo exudes sophistication.

4. Purple Layers:

Purple Layers

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Color the hair purple and layer them with fine chops. This is one of the best haircuts for long straight hair that gives a very punk character which is complete with a purple hat!!

5. Ombre Layered Straight Hair:

Ombre Layered Straight Hair

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The hair is pretty with brown tinged edges. The hairdo is marked with subtle bangs on the top.

6. Knotty Knot:

Knotty Knot

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The knot is intricately tied making the hairdo eccentrically attractive. The elegance is radiated by this hairdo.

7. Platinum Edges:

Platinum Edges

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The platinum edges are just so chic and give a unique blend to the hairdo. The style has layered edges which give a very edgy charm to the hairdo.

8. Ombre Layered Hairdo:

Ombre Layered Hairdo

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The hairdo is characterized by shaded hues of brown. The blonde brown at the lower end of the hair gives a very distinctive vibe to the hairdo.

[ Read: Best Long Hairstyles for Black Hair ]

9. Long Black Ombre Layers:

Long Black Ombre layers

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The black long layers displayed on one side give a very sensual feel to the hairdo. The deep brown highlights make the sleek layers different.

10. Blonde Straight:

Blonde Straight

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The hairdo is blonde hued. The hair is backcombed from the side part to give a very edgy and chic appeal.

11. Brown Ponytail:

Brown Ponytail

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The long sleek ponytail is dressed for a neat and pretty style. The finesse is shiny and is defined by sleekness.

12. The Side Part:

The Side Part

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The long hairdo is done with a sleek side part. The hair is flaunted on one side; it has trimmed uneven edges which are very fine and ombre hue to complete the look. The style is clear cut and very sporty.

13. Platinum Hairdo:

Platinum Hairdo

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The hairdo is done with messy tinge and long side swept bangs. The pink lips enhance the hairdo and make it look extremely chic.

14. The Side Long Hair:

The Side Long Hair

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The long hair done by keeping to in the side again has cropped bangs right at the top followed by sleek even edged hair. The hairdo is done again with a side part.

15. Vivid Display:

Vivid Display

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The vivid display is done with bright yellow streak blending in with the brown shade. This hairdo is one of the most stunning hairstyles for straight long hair. The fine bangs contour the face and give it a very defining shape.

16. Black Sleek Long:

Black Sleek Long

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The sleek long black hairdo is pretty with a side part. The simple hairdo is void of any bangs but still have a very sophisticated feel to it.

17. Simple Half Up:

Simple Half Up

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The style is simple and effortless done in the half up style but with a pulled back effect and sans any side part or mid part.

18. Blonde Fringe:

Blonde Fringe

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The fringed blonde hairdo consists of sharp edgy bangs which make the style distinctive. The style has these edgy bangs at the top which gives a very perky feel.

19. Side Part Shine:

Side Part Shine

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The side part here presents a shiny style with a slight ruffled essence. But overall the style is very formal and effortless.

20. Round Bangs:

Round Bangs

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The round bangs give a very edgy and elegant appeal at the same time. The style is effortless and very chic.

21. Layered Hairdo:

Layered Hairdo

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The layers with edgy bangs trimmed in fine layers give a very exotic appeal. The layers seemed to be style to be wide apart. The mid-part gives a different look to the hairstyle.

22. Mid Part Blonde:

Mid Part Blonde

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The mid part blonde with sleek layers and edgy headband give a different feel to the hairdo.

23. Side Part Long Layers:

Side Part Long Layers

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Ashley Tisdale wears this long ombre hairdo which makes her look sophisticated and stylish.

24. Burgundy Hairdo:

Burgundy Hairdo

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The side swept hairdo is chic and stylish. The side swept bangs give a very unusual style to the hairdo.

25. Long Blonde:

Long blonde

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The long blonde fringes are pretty and simply chic. The style makes Bella Thorne look adorable and stylish.

26. Edgy Twist:

Edgy Twist

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Model Rosie Whitley wears this effortless twirl at the side part with the edgy twist in the front. The hairdo is simply chic and pretty.

27. Shiny Volume:

Shiny Volume

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Havana Brown wears this long and shiny hairdo in huge length and thick volume. The hairstyle is straight but boasts of thickness and shiny glamour.

28. Ombre Roots:

Ombre Roots

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The hairdo is featured with ombre roots and layered outward done edges.

29. Ombre Long Side Ponytail:

Ombre Long Side Ponytail

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The side ponytail has a very cheerful vibe to it. The hairdo gets the unusual feel because of the side ponytail done with a very sleek essence.

30. Ombre Side Part Caved In Bangs:

Ombre Side Part Caved In Bangs

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The side part gives a very edgy appeal with this ombre side part. The fine thin bangs give make the hairdo shiny and sophisticated. The bangs give more volume on top and thinner volume to the long edges.

31. Platinum Ombre Fringes:

Platinum Ombre Fringes

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The platinum ombre hairdo consists of fin edges and a thick fringe at the forehead. The bangs are cut is steps and look very edgy.

32. Shiny Glow:

Shiny Glow

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The texture is glossy, and the shiny brown hairdo makes you look adorable and pretty.

33. Platinum Sleek Purple:

Platinum Sleek Purple

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The sleek purple hairdo with a mid part is again stylish and smart. The twisted ‘do’ near the crown on both sides gives a very different tinge to the style.

34. The Half Up:

The Half Up

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The half up hairdo is stylish and elegant. The hairdo is done with a side swept bang. The style is extremely chic and stylish.

35. Quirky Bangs:

Quirky Bangs

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The bangs done on the top with a mid part makes the style different and unusual.

36. Thin Blue:

Thin Blue

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The sleekness of the thin blue is edgy and perky. The blue color gives a different edge to the hairdo.

37. Brown Mid Part:

Brown Mid Part

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The hairdo worn by Sarah Hyland is swanky and stylish. The hairdo is extremely edgy with a tousled essence.

38. Brunette Edgy Steps:

Brunette Edgy Steps

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The hairdo is exudes sleek elegance with step cut edges and is very modish.

39. Puff Tied Up:

Puff Tied Up

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The puff is tied up with all the elegance and looks great with blonde hues.

40. Mid Blonde Sleek:

Mid Blonde Sleek

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The mid blonde sleek hairdo is chic and smart. The hairdo is done by tucking the tresses behind the ears which makes it informal and with carefree vibe.

41. Sleek Gold Black Streaks:

Sleek Gold Black Streaks

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The gold black streaks exude very tangy and unconventional style. Wear it if you like the color blend.

42. Flawless Brown:

Flawless Brown

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The flawless brown shine is edgy and class with voluminous long hair with even edges sans the bangs.

43. Low Ponytail:

Low Ponytail

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The sleek long ponytail is full of precision and exudes class modishness.

44. Two Layers:

Two Layers

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The two layered hairdo with a sleek character is very distinct and sensual hairstyle for long straight hair. The blonde hue enhances the style.

45. Blackish Ombre Half Up:

Blackish Ombre Half Up

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The blackish ombre half up half down is stylish and very modish.

46. Ombre Mid Part:

Ombre Mid Part

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The edges outwardly shaped the sleek hairdo gets a very chic appeal.

47. Fine Top Bangs:

Fine Top Bangs

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The blonde top bangs give different characteristics to the hairdo.

48. Blonde Hairdo:

Blonde Hairdo

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The hairdo is done with longer edges at the top and longer edges at the bottom.

49. Blonde Edgy Tips:

Blonde Edgy Tips

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The tips have grayish blonde hairdo is full of sleekness and layered precision.

50. Black Mid Part:

Black Mid Part

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The layered mid part is edgy with a chic feel. The hairdo is pretty in flawless brunette shade.

We have listed out 50 best variations of long straight hairstyles.Do you know any other easy hairstyles for long straight hair? If so, please feel free to share them with us. We value reader feedback so do not forget to leave your comments below

13 Daily Struggles Only Curly-Haired Girls Will Understand

12 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair
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As a child, I longed for pin-straight locks like Jennifer Aniston’s. But instead, God gifted me with a head of crazy curls like Anne Hathaway’s in The Princess Diaries (or, at times, like Seth Rogen’s in Knocked Up). I’ve spent 25 years battling with hairbrushes, attempting the latest hair trends only to look like a fool, and rolling my eyes at those who say they wish they had curly hair. Clearly those women have never considered the struggles that my curly-haired sisters and I deal with daily. So to all those wishing they had a head of curls, consider these 13 things before investing in a perm.

5 Tips for Planning a Wedding in 5 Months

07 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas


Yes, it can be done! When G and I got engaged, we knew off the bat that we didn’t want a long engagement – 6 months max. To us, a longer engagement just meant having to wait even longer for things we wanted to be able to do yesterday. As much as I had dreamed about my wedding day, by the time I had realized that G was the one I was just ready to be his wife, for married life and to be able to wake up to my best friend sleeping right beside me every single day. With all that in mind, making decisions on vendors and food and this and that maybe didn’t come super easy, but I’d say I was more laid back in the decision making process. I had 2 goals for our wedding day: to be the love of my life’s wife by the end of it and for our guests to have fun and feel how much we loved them. That was it. That’s all that mattered. It turned out, though, that our wedding was so much more beautiful than I ever could have hoped for and we receive compliments on it to this day – over a year later. Looking back, I do remember a few key things that I think helped it to go so well in such a short amount of time and that’s what I want to share with you today.

1. Make a list.  Make a list of everything that needs to get done! My mom did this for me when we first got engaged because, let’s face it, I had no idea where to start! She made a list of EVERYTHING and even set a rough timeline for what needs to get done by when and designated things that may need a deposit as a heads up! Honestly, I cried when I got it because I was so thankful! It really helped to streamline things and to help keep me organized. Trust me, you don’t want to get 1 month out from the wedding and realize you should have done something 2 months ago! Here is the list she made me – hope you find it useful! (PS- if any of you would like a PDF version of the document below emailed to you just let me know and I’ll send it over!)

Sunkisse Sophisticate Wedding Checklist

2. Set a budget. This is especially the first thing you want to do if you know that you’re gonna need to stick to a certain amount (even if you don’t know exactly what that amount may be yet). Knowing your limitations will really help you determine which vendors are out of the question and which are much more realistic. This can save a lot of headache for everyone involved! Sit down with your fiance and whoever else might be contributing financially (parents? in-laws? grandparents even?) and hammer out the details. It’s not that fun, but it’s completely necessary and you’ll feel better moving forward once it’s done!

3. Book Your Venue First. The first vendor that I would suggest booking is the place in which you will get married. This will take so much stress and pressure off your shoulders. Booking your venue will give you two important pieces of information off the bat: 1 – your wedding date and 2 – how many people you can invite to the party. Of course, you and your fiance will want to have a ball park idea of how big you’d like your wedding to be before you book. For example, don’t book a venue that limits you to 100 people if you know you there will be that many coming from the groom’s side alone! Be smart about where you choose to get married and it will set you up for smooth sailing for the next few months of planning!

4. Prioritize and Be Flexible. When you are planning a wedding in a short time frame, one of your biggest challenges is finding vendors that you a) want b) can afford and c) who are available on your date. You have to decide what is most important to you both and work around that. For example, we knew from the start that we really wanted to get married at this plantation in Thomasville, GA called Pebble Hill. It was the only place we looked at and, although we got lucky and had several dates in our time frame to choose from, that was the one thing that we would have moved heaven and earth to have. For you, figure out what is most important. What takes priority for you and your almost spouse?Is it having fresh cut flowers? Is it having a specific type of meal or caterer? Maybe it’s the music or the decorations? Whatever it is, identify it off the bat and be willing to adjust budget allocations, vendors or even your date to accommodate those things.

5. ENJOY THE PROCESS. Seriously. I truly believe this is one of my most important tips. Planning our wedding in five months brought stress and frustration, but more than anything, it brought so much fun and joy. When it was all over all I could think was, “let’s go back and do it again.” If you have ever seen that Friends episode where Monica and Chandler have just gotten married, it’s the day after and everyone is checking out of the hotel. Monica sits down with Chandler and says in a slightly disappointed, slightly sassy tone something like “It’s all over. I’m never going to be a bride again.” I kid you not, that really resonated with me – I even said to G, “that’s exactly how I felt!” Planning your own wedding is truly a once in a lifetime experience and, as I said in my maid of honor speech for my best friends wedding a few weeks ago, “to quote our good friend Trace Adkins: You may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back.”

To reiterate, planning a wedding in 5 months is completely plausible, friends. Maybe 5 months of planning restricts some preferences, maybe it restricts your budget, maybe it goes by really fast, but honestly, as long as you get to see your groom do this:

Sunkissed Sophisticate | 5 Tips for Planning a Wedding in 5 Months

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

07 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Getting ready in the morning, no one actually has time to try a brand new hairstyle before they run out the door–if you’re that daring, then you’re the one stuck finishing the rest of your makeup on your commute due to the multiple failed fishtail braid attempts. Most of us stick to a rotating set of three styles (okay, four if you’re really good) just because finding the time to figure out how to wrap your hair into one of those sock donuts or mastering the task of a milkmaid braid just seems pretty impossible. But, cute hairstyles don’t have to take a lot of time–or effort.

From messy top knots to braided buns, all that these cute hairstyles require is 10 minutes of time (and a little bit of braid ability) to get you looking fantastic when you’re in a rush.

1.Leaving your bangs out, wrap a headscarf up into a headband, then tuck in the excess hair in the back.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

2.For an easy and quick style, pull your hair into a high ponytail and loosely wrap it around itself, making sure to keep the ends tucked in. This results in a petite little ballerina bun on the top of your head. Spray with hairspray to battle flyaways.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

3.This awesome dutch braid is actually quite simple–just created an inverted braid on both sides of your head, connect them once you reach the nape of your neck, and then twist the single braid up into a bun. The messier the bun, the better.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

4.For those with natural texture, an “easy” hairstyle is an understatement. This sleek, super-sized bun is a go-to, but getting it right is all in the products.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes
5.This five minute low bun works both for running errands and attending weddings (it’s the jack-of-all-trades hairstyle), and you can actually do it in five minutes. Put your hair into a low ponytail at the back of your head, then loop hair around the base and tuck ends in with a bobby pin. Simple!

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

6.This center-parted, tightly tucked low bun is an easy yet sleek cute hairstyle for every day. Just make sure to pull it taut and keep your ponytail low to the nape of the neck.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

7.It may take a little work, but this twisted hairstyle is so worth it. Make sure to add texture to your hair first, to ensure that it will hold. Then, section into two pieces on either side of your head and twist each section back, haphazardly pinning as you go.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

8.The messy, textured wave is all anyone wants to achieve–but if you have stick-straight hair, it can be hard. The trick is to use a flatiron to put a slide bend in your hair instead of a curling iron, so that you don’t end up with a full-on glamour curl.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

9.For a bedhead messy bun, loosely pull hair into a ponytail and when securing with a hair tie, don’t pull the loop of hair entirely through on the last twist. Then, pull out a few wispy, face-framing pieces at the front.
10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

10.To make a simple ponytail look sophisticated, tease hair at the root before starting, and make sure the rest of your strands are super straight. Then, leave some face-framing pieces out to fall as they may.

10 Cute Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 10 Minutes

Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding

24 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding

Our hearts are soaring for today’s Malibu estate wedding perched over 2,000 feet high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rachel and Phil’s California wedding, held at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard, was an absolute stunner with its expansive bird’s eye view of the incredible natural beauty of the mountainous surroundings.

Adding a second big dose of wedding day bliss were cheerful pops of yellow and an elegantly appointed black and white reception designed by Strictly Weddings’ Luxe List partner, Butterfly Floral & Event Design. There to capture it all was the exceptional talent of Dmitry Shumanev photography. Read on and join us in having your hearts lifted by all the delightful details of Rachel and Phil’s big day.

Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
What guided your decision in selecting your wedding venue?

“We love the mountains and have spent a lot of time alpining and climbing. The mountains also hold spiritual significance; a place where I love to spend my time. Living in Malibu, we knew of a magnificent estate on a vineyard. Rocky Oaks Vineyard Estate with its expansive Tuscan-style villa was an ideal location to share this sacred day with loved ones in the ultimate beauty of a mountain setting.”

What inspired your décor direction?

“We love simple elegance. Black and white was our theme with chandeliers! Yellow is my favorite color so we added a ‘splash’ throughout. We had yellow flowers in our bouquets, in the chuppah décor, and embellishing our wedding cake. It also appeared in the yellow yarmulkes and the candles that we gave as gifts to our guests.”

Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
How did the two of you meet?

“We met online! Both of us were fairly new to it and skeptical but we found each other and likely wouldn’t have otherwise!”

How did Phil propose?

“It was Phil’s birthday and I was going to take him for a sushi dinner. Each evening we typically walk our dog, Bare, on the beach where we live in Malibu. Before dinner, while on our nightly walk, Phil asks me, ‘do you know what I really want for my birthday?’ He then kneels in the sand and says, ‘for you to be Mrs Abramson’ and asks me to marry him taking a ring from his pocket.”

Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
What was the most special part of your wedding day?

“It was the ceremony. We wrote our own vows and the first time we heard them was under the chuppah in the mountains – quite a moment for us to share with our family and closest friends. The estate’s helicopter pad with our gorgeous chuppah and suspended chandelier in the middle of the mountains was a magical backdrop.”

What will remain your most cherished memories?

“We’ll never forget the smile from ear to ear all day and all night long. Spending time in the mountains with the sunset, supermoon and stars is a full day of memories I will always cherish!”

Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding
Mountain High Love | Malibu Estate Wedding

5 Ways to Light Your Wedding Receptions

22 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

As you may know, lighting is one of the hottest wedding ideas for receptions and more and more couples begin incorporating many different lighting options to add a romantic touch to the big day and set the mood for their guests. Here’re five ways for your reference and they’re all so IN!

top 5 rustic lighting ideas for wedding receptions

Photographed by Docuvitae via Style Me Pretty

1. String Lights

romantic string lights for evening wedding reception ideas 2015

Fondly Forever Photography via Style Me Pretty/Misty Miotto via

Something Turquoise/Morgan Trinker/Light Positive/

2. Light Bulbs

Edison light bulbs inspired wedding reception ideas

Studio Impressions Photography via Style Me Pretty/Jac and Heath/rad and in love via Style Me Pretty

3. Candles

candle lighting ideas for wedding reception decoration ideas

Rock Designs/Bridal Guide/Project Wedding/Colin Cowie Weddings/Half Orange Photography/Social Bliss

4. Lanterns

different lanterns inspired rustic wedding reception lighting ideas

Buzzfeed/Story Mix Media/Something Borrowed Wedding/Bridal Guide/

5. Chandeliers

chandeliers inspired vintage rustic wedding reception lighting ideas

Mathieu Photo/Bridal Guide/Sarah Kate, Photographer via Style

Me Pretty/Jeff Loves Jessica via Style Me Pretty/The Knot Blog

Wedding Bells: The Wedding Planning Timeline

22 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Hi everyone, it’s Alex. For today’s installment of the Wedding Bells series I’ll be breaking down the ever-intimidating wedding planning process into a simple and straightforward timeline. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a Bridesmaid, or an attendee this timetable will let you know what to expect and how to be prepared. I hope you find this helpful!

Ideating the vision for your wedding is easy. Most of us have been envisioning our dream day since we were little. And if you’re like 99% of the women on Pinterest, your wedding is practically planned on a not-so-secret “I Do” board. (Come on, you know you have one.) While establishing the aesthetic for your wedding is definitely the fun part, planning it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things to coordinate that it can take away from enjoying your engagement.

In light of this, I’ve put together a wedding planning timeline based on a bevy of reading and research (and some help from my amazing planners, Ashley and Christina of Mein Schatz). Bear in mind that just because this timeline is based on a yearlong plan, it doesn’t mean you cannot apply it to your schedule. If anything, it should serve as a helpful guide in letting you know thebasic order of events. Check it out and be sure to read my notes below the timeline for more in-depth details! 

Wedding Bells: The Wedding Planning Timeline

 12 Months Before

  • Book Venue: Venues book up fast—in some cases, up to a year in advance.
  • Draft Guest List: I suggest doing this in a Google Doc spreadsheet so that your family can easily access the list and update as needed. It also avoids the issue of having multiple versions of the same document floating around in your email.
  • Engagement Party: This is completely optional. Traditionally the parents of the bride host the engagement party.
  • Register: It’s better to do this sooner rather than later so people know what to get you if they want to send you an engagement or shower gift. You can always go back and edit your registry so don’t feel like you’re bound to everything you register for right off the bat.

10 Months Before

  • Pick an Officiant: Like venues, officiants book up fast.
  • Select Bridal Party: This was one of the toughest decisions for me because it was impossible to include all of my closest friends. Nevertheless it’s good to get this out of the way early so your attendants can plan accordingly. I’ll go into more depth about this subject soon and will also provide some fun ideas on how you can ask them too!
  • Choose Vendors: First and foremost, book a photographer (I am using The Long Haul). I would also suggest hammering down a caterer (again, we’re using Whoa Nelly! Catering), DJ or band (we’re doing a DJ for our reception, The Flashdance), and florist at this point, too. The rest can be booked later. Since I am based in Southern California,  I went with local vendors that my wedding planner has worked with before. If possible, it’s best to book vendors that have not only worked together, but have worked at your venue as well!
  • Take Engagement Photos: This is optional, although many couples like to include an engagement photo in their announcements or save the dates. If you do not wish to include a photo in either, you can take them at a later date or not at all. Completely up to you! Personally, I suggest taking some photos together as a couple where you are not in your formal wedding attire at some point before the wedding. These will be lovely images to scatter around your home later down the road.

8 Months Before

  • Order Your Dress: Believe it or not, a Wedding Dress can take up to 7 or 8 months to receive after ordering—especially if you are doing something customized like me (and in case you’re wondering, my dress is from JLM Couture, but I’ll go over finding the perfect dress for your body type and aethetic later).
  • Block Hotel Rooms for Guests: If you have a handful of guests coming in from out of town or you’re doing a destination wedding, you should book a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. Typically hotels will give you a discounted group rate if you meet the minimum room block requirement.
  • Cake Tastings + Order Cake: If you ask me, this is by far the best part of the entire process. I’ll go into more detail about this later…
  • Begin Hair & Makeup Trails: Once you’ve ordered your dress, it’s a good idea to begin thinking about your beauty look. If you are doing your own hair and makeup, be sure to test out a few styles with some serious staying power. Also, if you are going to get an airbrush tan, I suggest testing out a few different places. Once you find a tan that works for you, book your wedding appointment at least 48-hours before your actual nuptials take place.

6 Months

  • Send Save the Dates: If you are doing a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to send these out with as much advance notice as possible—10 months prior to your date should be sufficient. Otherwise, it’s important to give your guests at least 6 months notice so they can save the date on their own calendars and plan accordingly. More on this later!
  • Book Honeymoon: Figure out where you want to go and begin researching transportation options and accommodations.
  • Order Bridesmaids’ Dresses: These can take up to 5 months to receive after ordering. Your maids will also need time to get any additional alterations done so it’s wise to order these sooner rather than later. My maids ordered their dresses from Bella Bridesmaid (Lauren actually suggested this place to me since she wore a dress from their boutique for her friendHannah’s wedding last summer, which is featured on Carats & Cake).
  • Purchase Wedding Bands: If you are customizing your bands with an inscription, it’s best to order them in advance in case there are any issues with sizing.

4 Months

  • Select Groomsmen Attire: Whether the groomsmen are renting or purchasing, it’s a good idea to get this sorted out a few months before the wedding to avoid any last minute mishaps.
  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Traditionally the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
  • Confirm Vendors: Confirm and book additional vendors (lighting, cake delivery, sound equipment, furniture rentals, etc.).
  • Decide on Hair & Makeup: Finalize your look and make sure you have the appropriate makeup for touchups on the day of the wedding.

2 Months

  • Mail Invitations: Wedding invitations are typically sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding.
  • Write or Decide on Vows/Ceremony: If you are writing your own vows, it’s a nice touch if you memorize them.
  • Purchase Day Of Accessories: Figure out what you will be wearing with your dress—shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, veil, etc. Also, don’t forget the old adage: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!”
  • Confirm Day Of Transportation: Determine how you, your bridal party, and your families will be getting to and from wedding locations.

6 Weeks

  • Apply for Marriage License: Check US Marriage Laws for your local requirements and details.
  • Get Everything Printed: Make sure you have all of your menus, nametags, wedding programs and the like printed and ready to go.

1 Month

  • Bachelorette Party: There isn’t a textbook rule of thumb as to when you can have your bachelorette party. Just find a date that works for your bridal party. Typically the Maid of Honor plans this with the rest of the Bridesmaids. More on this later!
  • Bridal Shower: Traditionally, the groom’s mother’s close friend hosts the bridal shower. Or your Bridesmaids can host a shower as well. I’ll delve into this in more detail later.

2 Weeks

  • Final Dress Fitting: Be sure to test out how all of your accessories look with the dress and make any changes as needed. Also, it’s wise to start breaking in your wedding shoes at this point.
  • Give Shot List to Photographer: Figure out what photographs are important to you and put together a list of shots you would like taken for your photographer. I’ll go over this in more detail later.
  • Review Music with DJ/Band: Touch base with your band or DJ to finalize the playlist and confirm special request songs.

1 Week

  • Final Headcount: Once you have reviewed your RSVPs, you will then need to confirm the numbers with your rental companies (chairs, tables) as well as your caterer.
  • Finalize Seating Chart: Sit friends and acquaintances together whenever possible. I’ll provide more pointers on this later.
  • Get Facials & Waxings: Sometimes these treatments can cause unforeseen breakouts, so be sure to give yourself a one week grace period post-treatment to give your skin some time to calm down before the wedding. Also, you never want to get waxed after you get spray tanned…unless you’re going for an intentional zebra look.

48 Hours Before

  • Get Tan: If bronzed skin is important to you, get an airbrush spray tan. Aside from tanning beds being incredibly bad for your skin, the risk of getting a last minute sunburn isn’t worth it.
  • Have Nails Done: You want your manicure and pedicure as fresh as possible so try to get this done as close to the wedding as you can.
  • Wrap Bridesmaids & Groom Gifts: Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap these—better yet, wrap them upon purchase to avoid any headaches later on.

Day Before

  • Rehearsal Dinner: Attend and enjoy!
  • Give Bridal Party Gifts: Typically the day before the wedding the bride will give her Bridesmaids’ a gift. I’ll offer some simple ideas later on.

Day Of

  • Get married & live happily ever after! No wedding is perfect and things might go astray. Just remember to enjoy the moment (it goes by fast) and have fun!

I hope you find this helpful!

15 Gorgeous Half Up Half Down Hairstyles for Your Wedding

10 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Are you stressing about how to wear your hair for your wedding?

You want your hair off your face for the photographs, but you love the natural look of wearing it down.

Well then, a half-up half-down hairstyle is an absolute no brainer, right?

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Photo by Nicole Berrett Photography via Ruffled

This is a versatile style with endless possibilities, half up half down hair goes great with veils and hair accessories, but works equally well with braided hairstyles, fresh flowers, and mini twists.

A look that works on straight hair (pump of the volume with a bouffant at the back) or with curls and waves, it can be boho, classic, or vintage, depending on your bridal style.

So, to help you choose what to do with your half up half down tresses, we’ve got some gorgeous wedding hair inspiration to help you decide…

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Aren’t they gorgeous? Let us know what you’re planning for your own half-up, half-down hair – we’d love to see pictures!

5 Romantic Half-Up Wedding Day Hairstyle Ideas

03 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

There are a few reasons why half-up hairstyles are so popular amongst brides: First, the go-to wedding-day ‘do manages to keep your hair off of your face, but it’s still super romantic. Second, it’s perfect for fastening veils, sparkly pins, and even headbands. Plus, half-pinned locks can be tailored for any type of tresses.Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogrena’s hairstylist Sam Leonardi agrees. “This look can really work for anyone, and especially good if your wedding location is in a warm climate,” he says. “If your hair is fine, you can even consider layering in extensions for thickness, as thick hair tends to hold the style better.”


Half-Up Wedding Day Hair Style

Photo: Marisa Holmes


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