70 Stunning Bridal Hairstyles From Real Weddings


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While celebrities strutting down the red carpet might be your go-to source for hairstyle inspo, real weddings are actually the perfect place to start finding snapshots of bridal hairdos. Nothing takes our breath away quite like a stunning bride beaming on her own special day. And who better to look to for some bridal style inspiration, especially when it comes to the ultimate finishing touch—your wedding hairstyle.

From pretty ponytails to the classic half-up, half-down style, these are the prettiest hairstyles real brides rocked for their "I dos." Some brides wore their lush locks down in romantic, soft curls spilling over their shoulders. Others swept their hair up in chic and clean chignons for a totally timeless formal vibe. A few even incorporated unexpected hair accessories to elevate their big-day 'do. And because they're all straight from the pages of our Real Weddings section, you know these gorgeous gals pulled off their wedding-worthy looks IRL. That's without the help of a celebrity's glam squad.

We've combed through (pun intended!) hundreds of real weddings and pulled some of the prettiest wedding hairstyles below.

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A Feminine Feat

Bride and bridesmaids smiling together

Molly Peach; Hair by Leah Wilson

Chloe's low chignon was kept whimsically feminine and relaxed with gentle twists feeding into it and lots of loose pieces around the face. A crystal headband added a little sparkle and provided a bit of structure for some of the undone tendrils.

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A Voluptuous Updo

Newlyweds on motorcycle

Jose Villa

When one of our fave wedding photographers, Jen Huang, walked down the aisle, she rocked a soft and romantic low updo. In this case, bigger is better.

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Voluminous Braid

Newlyweds Kissing

The Hons 

Ali accessorized her custom Naeem Khan wedding dress (she did marry the designer's son, after all!) with a perfectly undone half-up 'do, featuring soft waves beneath an intricate, twisted style.

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Silken Simplicity

Bride walking to altar

Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Hair by Scotty Cunha

Tara's sumptuous, inky locks contrast magnificently against the delicate ivory and verdant greenery surrounding her. The simple and sleek chignon shows off her lace choker and dazzling earrings without overpowering the airy look.

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Architecturally Sound

Bridal portrait

One and Only Paris Photography & Le Secret d'Audrey 

Kea had her blonde locks swept into a near-architectural low bun for her Parisian nuptials.

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Showcase Strength

Bridal portrait with veil

Chi-Chi Ari; Event Planning by Tiffany Rivera of Simply Breathe Events; Hair by Hair by Fran 

When choosing her bridal style, Anita sought a look that emphasized her strong persona and combined traditional and modern elements. She totally nailed it with this strong, blunt lob and brushed-out waves.

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A Perfect Pairing

Newlyweds kissing

Gina & Ryan Photography 

Both of these beautiful brides rocked stunning styles on their big day. Rachel wore her blonde locks in a chic, messy updo, while Brittany went with an intricately braided, faux-hawk-inspired 'do.

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Keep It Fresh

Bridal hair

Cassidy Carson 

Kelsey added a fresh sprig of andromeda to her multilayered updo. We love how it complements the larger greenery throughout her bouquet.

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Jazz Things Up

Rice toss

Jillian Mitchell

This vintage-obsessed bride completed her look with an era-appropriate hairstyle for her Jazz Age wedding.

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A Budding 'Do

Bridal portrait

Chelsea Diane Photography 

Mermaid waves and a flower crown looked whimsical and beautifully bohemian on this smiley bride.

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A Low Ponytail


Julia Elizabeth Photography 

Cate's bridal ponytail was dance-floor ready while her French braid added an unexpected boho touch.

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A Twist on the Classics

Ring exchange

A Heart String Wedding Co.

This Miami bride twisted her locks away from her face for a half-up, half-down look that was totally effortless. A genius way to stave off some of that tropical humidity.

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Cascading Curls

Bridal portrait

Weddings By Sasha

Stacy went with a classic half-up, half-down 'do for her San Francisco wedding.

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A Bedecked Braid

Newlyweds kissing

Edward Winter for READYLUCK; Hair by Boho Hair Salon

We can't help but envy this bride's ample plait. Maanasa decorated her lush braid with traditional jewelry and fragrant jasmine flowers as a nod to her South Asian heritage.

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Vixen Vibes


Amber Gress Photography 

A flirty retro-inspired hairstyle was the ideal choice for this too-cool Brooklyn bride. We're absolutely living for those sultry pops of scarlet against her skin tone and vintagey dress.

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Shine On

First kiss

Julian Ribinik Photography 

That gloss, though! This bride's slightly wavy, super-shiny locks nearly outdid the glimmer coming off her engagement ring.

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Full Bloom

Bridal portrait

Michelle Scott Photography 

This beachy bride rocked her natural curls and a punchy flower crown at her seaside South Carolina wedding.

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A Dazzling Swirl


Elisa Bricker Photography; Hair by Lucas Shaffer

With her blonde tresses swirled into a classic chignon, this bride was ready for her formal ballroom wedding.

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Floaty Waves

Bride twirling in wedding dress with flutter sleeves

Kelly Brown; Hair by Sabrina Rana

A center part and blunt, mid-length cut practically call for some tousled tendrils to create this ethereal dream. We can't get over how beautifully the flow of Jena's hair mimics that of the floaty dress.

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A Crystal Halo

Bridal hair

Melina Wallisch Photography 

Christine's romantic bun was made even more so with the addition of a sparkly hairpiece. Check out how it gloriously frames the interwoven masterpiece.

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A Curly Creation


Lauren Baker; Hair Accessories by Jennifer Behr

Take note of all the texture and dimension that natural curls add to a traditional style, even creating a stable canvas for a sizable barrette. Not to be completely restrained, this vivacious bride later unleashed the full glory of her voluminous coils for the reception.

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Big Blooms

Flower grown

Tara Polly Photography

A whimsically beaded floral crown added a fresh youthfulness to this Colorado bride's curls. We're obsessed with this new spin on the classic, placing the large bulbs just at the nape of the neck to anchor the look instead of all the way around.

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A Wreath of Greenery


Laura Murray Photography 

A pair of dainty braids completed the beachy-wave 'do of this Colorado bride. The crown of greenery is the perfect complement to the woodsy locale, transforming this beauty into an enchanted fairy-tale bride.

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A True Romantic


Rachael Osborn Photography

For her wedding, Vivian layered her curls in a full, messy bun that was equal parts romantic, effortless, and elegant.

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Sunny Strands

Groom kissing bride's shoulder

El Marco Rojo; Event Planning by Tres Eventos; Hair by Michelle Navar

Mariangel's textured waves and sun-kissed ends have her looking like a mermaid that just stepped out of the surf. We couldn't think of a better 'do for the tropical beach locale.

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Art Deco

Bridal hair

Kate Weinstein Photo; HAIR & MAKEUP by Jen Ronning of Sparkle Darling; HAIR PIECE by Jennifer Behr 

For her romantic, rustic Wisconsin nuptials, Megan had a hairstyle to match, and she accessorized her wavy brown tresses with a delicate gold-chain hairpiece.

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Team Effort

Bridal party

Ryan Phillips Photography

We're sure no one was able to take their eyes off this bride's woven and braided bun as she was walking down the aisle. The bridal party's lush curls and thick plaits are not to be overlooked either.

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Feathered Flair

Bride with feathers in her bun

Sidney Bensimon; Hair by Beautini

Susan first fell in love with the playful, ostrich-feather Kelly Faetanini skirt and crafted the top herself to match. But she didn't stop there. She paired a plume of the same ostrich feathers with her minimalist 'do for a head-to-toe look.

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Old Hollywood

Bridal portrait

Nirav Patel Photography 

Kalisha chose retro finger waves for her vintage-inspired lob. The results are simultaneously soft yet unquestionably vampish. Ooh-la-la!

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Fresh Picks

Newlyweds kissing

Kate Headley 

Anna studded her soft updo with white and green flowers for her D.C. wedding. The refreshing buds and berries feel decidedly clean and modern.

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A Beachy Bun

Bride putting on earrings

Katie Ruther; Event Planning by Destination Weddings Tulum; Hair by Dahena Buhaya

Gathered as a low-slung braid, this chignon has an undone vibe that befits the sandy Tulum nuptials. With dimensional, caramel highlights accenting the weave and tons of exquisite flyaways, bride Donna nailed the effortless beach-goddess look.

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A Budding Crown

Bride getting ready

Ashley Caroline 

Full curls are always a major hit. Just ask this Massachusetts bride, who sweetened the look with a whimsical flower crown.

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Something Blue

Bridal party

Jessica Castro Weddings 

This is one cool Cali bride who's definitely not afraid of a little color! Her brown curls were dip-dyed a bold blue hue for her walk down the aisle.

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A Face-Framing Style

Newlyweds kissing

Sargeant Creative 

Jennifer pinned up a few tresses of her effortless loose curls to frame her face. The look is guaranteed to be first-kiss approved.

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Dainty Details


Anthony Hoang of Lover of Mine

With a braided bun and a dainty, glitzy headband, this California bride was wedding-ready.

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Au Naturel

Bride and groom holding hands

Alex Tome Photography; Event Planning by Vows Portugal 

A relaxed, late-summer fête calls for an unfussy hairstyle that speaks to the informality of the season. Josiane's natural texture needed no extra additions to shine, save for some bold earrings and a laid-back wrap dress.

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Sheer Elegance

Newlyweds kissing in front of all white bridal party

Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Nathalie Cadet-James of Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio; Hair by Lara Navarrini

Christina went ultra-elegant for her Tuscan wedding with a side-swept chignon that was accessorized with a delicate hairpin. The groom clearly had no complaints!

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A Waterfall of Curls

Groom kissing bride with long hair

Tamara Gruner; Hair by Melanie Ortiz of Priv; Makeup by Amy Park

Jennifer completed her modern yet soft bridal style with brushed waves in her ultra-long locks.

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Lace-Like Plaits


Sawyer Baird

With her tresses in intertwined twists, Kristin accentuated her updo with gold beaded pins. The texture of the braid almost mimics the beautiful floral lace pattern on the back of the dress.

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Iced Out

Low chignon with crystal hair pin

Laura Gordon; Hair by Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists

Now this is winter-wedding perfection. Wenna's rich, brunette strands were combed back into a deliciously smooth chignon at the nape of the neck and embellished with an icy floral pin.

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Romantic Locks

Bridal portrait

Kristen Lynne Photography 

For her North Carolina wedding, Mallory wore her shoulder-length hair in side-swept curls.

Experiment with your part to completely change the feel of a hairstyle. Where a center part can add softness, a deep side part can bring about a sexy edge.

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Long Lengths

Bride getting ready

Becca Lea Photography 

Tousled touch-me waves completed this bride's romantic wedding-day look. We love the sunny highlights that add some dimension to the natural vibe.

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Fashionable Fringe

Bride with blunt bob

Norman & Blake; Event Planning by 42 North; Hair by VickyC5

There's nothing quite like an ultra-glossy, blunt bob to evoke a fashion-forward persona. The full fringe matches the dress's soft drama exquisitely showcasing a composed full look.

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Retro Reveries

Bridal portrait

Gia Canali Photography 

Barely there curls and a center part were the ideal finishing touch to Ashley's '70s bridal style.

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A Romantic Crop

Bridal portrait

Funkytown Photography; Event Planning by Gladys Santizo of Saguzo Eventos

Lengthy locks aren't always needed for a captivating bridal hairstyle. Jazmyn's delicately finger-waved crop is absolutely alluring in its retro appeal.

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Don't Discount a Bun


Birds of a Feather

This bride wrapped her locks into a sleek top bun for her California nuptials. The sky-high 'do magnificently showcased those statement earrings.

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Something Borrowed

Bridal portrait

Sara Wight Photography 

"I wore a pin that belonged to my maternal grandmother, who is no longer with us," Diana said of the hairpiece she wore in her braided updo. "She was a very classy lady, and it was a beautiful piece of antique jewelry."

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Embrace Your Natural Texture

Bridal portrait

Lauren Methia Photography

The beautiful Rochelle styled her tresses into a texturized bun, accessorized with a couple of pretty pins, for her Martha's Vineyard wedding day.

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A Bombshell Blowout

Bridal portrait

Roey Yohai Studios; Event Planning by JZ Events; Hair by Hair by Halli


This just might be the bridal blowout of dreams. Sydney's bright blonde locks dazzled with this sexy blowout that was equal parts smooth, bouncy, and voluminous with just enough of a wave.

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Boho Braids

Twisted crown braid


Look every bit the effortlessly cool, Cali bride with these funky and bohemian milkmaid braids. The escaped wisps and curls complete the slightly undone look.

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Side Swept

Intricate elongated asymmetric chignon

Anya Kernes; Event Planning by Rekindle Creative; Hair by Sherilyn Beauty

Classic elegance meets a hefty dose of edge factor. An intricate chignon takes on a slightly more elongated shape allowing for a side-swept, asymmetric vibe. Topped with a little sparkle this style is oh-so rocker-chic.

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A Silky Chignon

Bridal portrait

Leila Brewster; Hair by Brushed with Honey Beauty 

This Manhattan bride's ultra-smooth and voluptuous chignon are unquestionably chic. Not to mention, it looks absolutely exquisite with the back of that Marchesa dress.

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Pony Up

Bride with ponytail having veil put on

Robin Harper; Event Planning by Tara Cathcart of TMC PR; Hair by Matilde Campos

This bride's low-slung, voluminous ponytail is not only unique but totally glam, too. We're loving how the veil flows over the completed look rather than being pinned into place.

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A Relaxed Look

Bridal portrait

Mike Larson; Event Planning by Bash Please; Hair by Katie Nash Beauty; Floral Design by Marigold

Bride Sarah's unfussy style accented with dusty-hued blooms transformed her into the autumnal fairy she envisioned for her wine country wedding in Napa.

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Glam Factor

Bride putting on earrings

Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Hair by Styles by Omar; Makeup by Makeup by Kimaris 

Old-Hollywood curls with ample amounts of shine and bounce have Brittany looking every bit the on-screen siren. A deep side part plays up the volume for an added dose of sexiness.

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Free Flowing

Nuptial Ceremony

Sara Lobla; Event Planning by Petite Mafalda; Hair by Maqueda Peluqueros 

Amanda's silky long locks were left to cascade freely about her shoulders, framing the magnificently embellished Berta gown she wore. A dainty tiara added a touch of glimmer to bring the look together.

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Double Dose

Brides kissing

Kristin Sweeting; Hair by Katie Be & Shear Abby

Both of these brides rocked laid-back braided chignons for their rustic Colorado wedding.

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Waves Galore

Newlyweds portrait holding hands

Melissa Marshall; Event Planning by Diana Romo Weddings; Hair by Zoë Elizabeth

“Tulum has a boho-style to it,” says bride Katy of her wedding locale. She specifically chose the relaxed, wavy hairstyle to complement the destination's trademark combination of a natural aesthetic and chic aura.

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Tousled Tendrils

Bridal portrait

Rachel Havel; Hair by Kyrsten Bryant

Ashley's perfectly disheveled, voluminous locks made for a sexy addition to her bridal ensemble at her Aspen wedding.

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A Fabulous Fishtail

Bride with flower-adorned fishtail braid

Kaylee Chelsea Photography; Event Planning by Novelty Events; Hair by Tiara Evans & Janet Miranda

Fishtail braids can be so refreshingly unexpected in comparison to their traditional French and Dutch counterparts. Bride Jenneh adorned the sweet style with a swag of pastel roses and greenery that hugged the side of her head.

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A Floral Pony

Bridal hair

Kate Headley; Hair by The Village Parlor; Floral Design by Susan McLeary 

Diana gathered her abundant waves into a full, low ponytail at the nape of her neck and tucked a bunch of freshly foraged florals into the base.

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A Soft Touch

Bridal portrait

Stephania Campos; Event Planning by Daryl Wilson of D Concierge Events; Hair by Nikki Garcia; Makeup by Stacy Kent

Who needs a distinguished part when you can fully showcase that bridal glow instead? Lillian's soft style was combed back before cascading into a gentle curls at the bottom.

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A Chic Lob

Bridal portrait

Bonnie Sen; Event Planning and Floral Design by Vieira Events; Hair by Caitlyn Meyer

Bride Jennifer rocked this glowing crop with barely there waves at her DC nuptials. A stunning—and slightly edgy, slightly romantic—accompaniment to her minimalist gown.

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An Embellished Plait

Bridal hair

O'Malley Photographers; Event Planning by Valley and Co.; Hair by Misbehaven Spa & Salon 

Alexandra nestled these floral pins into her loosely plaited hair to inject a touch of whimsy into her vineyard wedding.

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A Bridal Blowout

Bride in robe getting hair done

Flora & Flauna; Event Planning by Tall & Small Events; Hair by Seven Salon 

Silky smooth, devastatingly bouncy, and super soft, Megan's bridal blowout is nothing if not a true masterpiece. You may be surprised to hear that she chopped off the length for a sophisticated lob between wedding events!

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A Beachy Bob

Bridal portrait

Ryan Ray; Hair by The Salon & Spa at Vision of Tomorrow

Pina's beachy, voluminous waves and playful length were the ideal choice for her seaside nuptials.

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A Voluminous Crown

Bride kissing son

Jenny Haas; Event Planning by A Charming Fête; Hair & Makeup by Jeneen Jelnik and Lindsay London 

A classic chignon just isn't the same without tons of volume running through the crown. The stunning shape is adorned with a single pin before transitioning into the woven bun.

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Show Off

Bride showing off back of architectural gown

Bottega 53; Event Planning by Venice First; Hair by Makeup by Jane

Sometimes the dress dictates the hair. Skye wore hers up in a sleek style to show off her gown's gorgeous back and architectural design.

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Glossy Glam

Bride with glam squad

Atmosphere Fotografia; Hair by Tom Perdigˆão; Makeup by Yara Lacerda 

Amanda's luscious curls are all about that generous gloss. We'd go so far as to say this side-swept look is absolutely glassy.

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Side Piece

Side swept fishtail braid

Mirelle Carmichael; Hair by Playacar Palace Spa

We're getting all the bohemian, mermaid vibes from this beach-bound bride. The loosely-woven fishtail braid with an asymmetric positioning and face-framing flyaways is topped with a tiara of greenery.

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