Pinned Half Up

This hairstyle tutorial will show you a simple way to wear your hair half up. I actually wore my hair like this for my wedding 3 years ago. We had a small and intimate ceremony so I wanted to have soft and natural hair instead of something overly fancy.
If you have very thick hair, you’ll need more bobby pins (and probably the strong hold type that can be found at Sally Beauty Supply), however medium or thin hair is a great texture to work with on this style!

Top: Loft
Jeans: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Francesca’s
Earrings: Francesca’s

Update: some wedding photos so you can see this style on short straight, and short curled hair!

Wedding Day:
(straight hair)

Since our wedding was a small destination wedding in South Carolina, we had a reception a few weeks afterwards in my hometown for friends and family.

Photos from Reception:
(gently curled hair)


  1. says

    Great tutorial and such a cute style. Could we please see some pictures of your casual wedding? I love your style and would love to see how your wedding came together! Keep up the fantastic job of utilizing the wonderful gifts that our God gave you!

    • Mary J says

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH for the awesome tutorials!!!! I have been doing my hair using them and I have had so many compliments!!! Thank you for sharing! :) I feel so much better about my hair! thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. Anonymous says

    Love your hair color and hair style! This also reminds me of how pretty you made my hair for my wedding! :)


  3. says

    You have a talent for matching your hairstyle to your outfit! This is such a cute little hairstyle, and seems simple but pretty enough for summer festivities

  4. says

    That’s how I wore my hair for my wedding. My hair stylist (and friend) did my hair and I loved it. I am going to use the tutorial and try to replicate it. I still has my faux crystal bobby pins we used.

  5. says

    I have thick hair… what bobby pins are strong hold? I bought the other kind that you recommended but I am not sure those will hold well enough.

  6. says

    Hi! I’m a fairly new follower and I love your blog, your style, and your hair! Thanks for sharing your tips! I’ve already put some of them to use!

  7. says

    Oh you looked so beautiful on (both) of your wedding days! Your make up is flawless! Love the blog – keep up the great work!

  8. Claire says

    You were a beautiful bride!! Thank you for showing this on short hair also. I have an angled bob and have been wanting to try this style. I’m looking forward to trying it this week! I really love your blog and am inspired to try more of your styles now that I am growing my bangs out. I also am a HUGE fan of Aquage now!

  9. Anonymous says

    I love your short hair in your wedding pictures! Beautiful! How long are you planning to grow it? I’m at the in between stage now and need to either commit to growing it or cut it off again.

  10. Anonymous says

    I love your short hair picture. I love your tutorials, but my hair is too short for most of them. Do you have any tips on how to curl short hair like in your wedding picture??

  11. Kara Craven says

    Gorgeous bride, and still gorgeous. Can’t decide if I like your hair short or longer, you pull off both fantastically. :) Always enjoy coming to your blog.


  12. Anonymous says

    I LOVE yur wedding dress, stunning! And your hair looks great considering it was quite short at the time. Are you growing your hair longer now? And your ‘bangs’ (we call it a fringe here in the UK!!) I’m copying your hair alot lately and my ‘fringe’ is growing out like yours but it is getting on my nerves already – I tend to do the ‘twist’ which is great now our weather has finally decided to warm up lol!! Great blog! xxxxxx

  13. says

    I love your wedding pictures. I had the same colors!! This tutorial is perfect. I have a wedding this weekend and I have been trying to figure out my hair. I did not want to wear it down curly or all the way up. Thanks!!!

  14. says

    Your wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous and I love that hairstyle on shorter hair! I’m cutting mine a couple of inches in a few days so that it’s off my shoulders for the summer and I’ve been worrying a little, but seeing how cute your short hair was makes me excited!

  15. says

    I love your pictures!! The short hair you had at your wedding is exactly what I have been looking for. How would you describe your cut??

  16. Anonymous says

    I love your wedding pics!! Beautiful! I just got married in March and I adore wedding photos! Especially black and white pics! So timeless :)

  17. Anonymous says

    I love your hairstyle! I have long layers and would like to get mine cut like this. How do I tell the stylist to cut it?

  18. says

    Hi Kate!

    I have short hair much like you had in your wedding but can NEVER figure out how to do it. It’s semi-wavy .. not too thick. Do you have any other pictures of you with shorter hair? I just have a hard time getting it to curl with my layers. I’m growing it out now!

  19. Tracy says

    I was just going to ask you the same thing, ha, ha, as Victoria. I have hair that exact length now and am having a hard time with it. If you have any more pictures at that length..we’d love to see them!

  20. Anonymous says

    love your hair shorter! you have gorgeous hair long or short,but short shows of your beautiful face even more 😉

  21. Anonymous says

    oh my gosh what a cute hair do, your so beautiful and your hair is awesome, cant wait to try it, we have a convention coming up this weekend, cant wait to try it! thanks!

  22. says

    O GUESS WHAT??!!
    Catch this great feedback for you and your help-ful-ness…
    I was in a wedding this weekend, and we were doing our own hair and makeup. I am NOT a hair person, so I got on your blog and watched a bunch of your videos and started trying hairstyles. Welllllll… not only did my own hair look good but I got to help several of the other girls with their hair too. WHAT? ME? Why yes, with your help! Thanks for sharing your *creative-ness* with me!!
    And please, continue doing so!!

  23. Karoline says

    I love your videos! I especially loved seeing pictures of your hair at your wedding. That is about the length my hair is. I would love more info on your cut at that time. I am thinking about getting long, side-swept bangs cut, but I am scared. It’s been 10 years since I grew out my bangs and it wasn’t a pretty process, so I don’t want to regret getting bangs again. Any advice for me to tell the stylist?

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  25. Veronica says

    what a great idea!!!!! I have long hair but will try it, I love it. You look so beautiful on your wedding pictures and you so right your hair is just perfect with this elegant dress. :)

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