Hair Trial & Inspiration

When I wear my hair down, I fidget with it. And when it’s up, I wear it in a tight ponytail because I hate it when stray hairs tickle my ears. Thus, I knew from the start that my wedding hair would have to be an updo with sleek sides for me to completely forget about my hair that day. Just like the chignon I wore at our civil ceremony in Germany. But I definitely wanted something different, more playful for our American wedding. And as I’m not immune to trends in the wedding world, many of the photos I saved had braided elements:


{photo by Jill Thomas Photography via Carter & Cook Events}


{photos via Daily Mail}


{photo by Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings}


{hair by Jenny Rabe, photo by John the Photographer via Style Me Pretty}

Armed with these photos, I had a hair-trial appointment before our wedding with Tacy of Twilight Hair Design in Spearfish, South Dakota. Tacy tried out three different hair/braid styles that day.


As you can see, we started with a simple braided bun. Next we did something similar, but with side braids and a looser feel to the bun. The third style came closest to what I was looking for, with smaller braids on the sides and a braided bun in the back.

What wedding hairstyle are you planning to have?


Mrs. Bracelet

Frankfurt, Germany/Rapid City, SD
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    bretonvirgniia 1656 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:43 pm

    love number 2!

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    jkyv2013 27 posts, Newbee @ 4:01 pm

    I like #2 the best. It looks elegant 🙂

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:26 pm

    I love the elegance of your styles, #2 is my favorite, but #3 looks like how I wore my hair for prom, so it’s a tie 🙂

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    Magdalena 1315 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:41 pm

    Your first photo (by Jill Thomas) is the exact same one I took to my hairdresser on my wedding day 🙂

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    hogoboom2012 1724 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:00 pm

    Number 4 was my wedding hair inspiration 🙂

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    halolover 248 posts, Helper bee @ 10:21 pm

    I like number 2 the best but number 1 is nice too. I hope you post the one you decide on. You have such lovely hair.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:18 am

    I love all of your inspiration! #2 was my original hair inspiration, but it looks so.much.better on brunettes. Your hair looks beautiful in all 3 looks from your trial! I can’t wait to see your final choice! 🙂

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    mzjynxie 786 posts, Busy bee @ 8:46 pm

    Number 2 is the best of the three, then maybe a neater version on Number 1. 🙂
    Number 3….not a fan

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    kimblync 2 posts, Wannabee @ 5:05 pm

    I have the same “braid” aspirations. Do you think your dreams were fulfilled on your wedding day?

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