The 7 Easiest Fall-Themed Escort Cards

Fall is finally here and it’s time for pinecones, leaves, and bright colors. Bring on the blustery breezes! If your wedding is fall themed, consider making your escort cards stand above with one of these 8 easy fall-themes.

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Top Bridal Makeup Techniques

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Didn’t you just love Lyndsay‘s tips for better bridal makeup? We did! We loved them so much we got her to share her favorite bridal makeup techniques. See if these give you ideas for your bridal makeup.

  • Airbrushing: Flawless, long lasting coverage. Perfect for concealing and evening out skin discoloration while producing an all over glow. I like to use silicone foundations like Temptu S/B to give the skin radiance while still covering imperfections. Airbrush makeup can also be used for tattoo coverage as well!
  • Individual Lashes: Create extra definition of the eyes while giving the lashes a fanned out, feathery look without the problems that strip lashes can produce. Unlike a lash strip, individual lashes are lighter on the eye and wont pop off and poke you through the night. Your guests wont know you are wearing falsies, only that your lashes look amazing!
  • Priming Your Canvas: A good primer and setting spray are so important to keep your wedding look lasting all night. My go to products for this are Skindinavia’s The Makeup Primer spray and The Makeup Finishing Spray. The primer creates a smooth barrier between the skin and makeup, reducing redness and pores so your makeup sits beautifully on the skin. I cant finish a bridal makeup without The Makeup Finishing Spray: Bridal. It helps the makeup resist oil and moisture while working to keep your makeup looking fresh for 16 hours. I swear by these sprays to keep my looks fresh throughout the day.

Check out her website Lyndsay Simon Beauty for her full portfolio and to see these tips in action.

Photos by Sweet Alice Photography 

The Best Way to Decorate the Reception Tent

Tent weddings are a beautiful way to bring the outdoors into your party. Depending on how you decorate them, the tents can feel like anything from a free form garden party to a elaborate glamorous affair. It’s all in the decor. The best way to instantly dress up a tent is to make use of the ceiling space. Many couples hang decorations to add extra charm up above. We love the idea and put together some of our favorites. Which one do you like best?

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Low-Backed Stunners You Can’t Miss

We can’t get enough of these low backed stunners Did you see the gorgeous one from our styled shoot? Whatever the fabric, texture, or theme there’s a way to rock a low back.

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Julianna and Tyler’s Hotel Viking Wedding

Hi! I’m Julianna. The Newport Bride is my brain child and I am so excited to finally share my wedding with you!

I’m that girl that’s been planning my wedding since I was  4. I dreamt of the flowers, bridesmaids, the dress, church, even the music. I’ve been planning my wedding for as long as I can remember and the only thing that could have made the whole process even more exciting was having my best friend and soon-to-be husband along for the ride. With my 12x great-grandfather being one of the founders of Newport and the cities first governor, the city by the sea runs in my blood. As soon as Tyler proposed, I said “YES!” immediately followed by “Wait, you know we have to get married in Newport, right?” There was nothing I wanted more than to marry my favorite person in the world in my favorite place in the world.

 

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3 Tips for Better Wedding Catering

Kathleen Geasy happens to know a thing or two about catering weddings; especially ones pertaining on the island she calls home. Tourists spill into Newport during the summer months and through the fall, enjoying all the wonderful foods it has to offer, from traditional gourmet seafood, to decadent meats. Kathleen works for Russell Morin Catering, one of the top catering companies on the island. They know a few things about what it takes to get the best for the big day. We sat down with them in an interview and asked for their tips to get the best catering.

1. Choose foods that are in season for optimum freshness. The main suggestion to really think about is the season, and choosing foods that are appropriate for the event. We a wide variety of different venues for different styles of weddings but some remain timeless like filet and lobster. We also love to offer twists of customary foods, like a Newport lobster bar – where we had four different kinds of lobster: Lobster rolls, lobster bisque, as well as, miniature lobster tacos. The idea of this is taking something traditional and giving it a little twist! The best tip I would recommend though, is matching your venue to the season and style

2. Make it personal.  We did some very upscale burgers – simple but elegant. Another favorite we did once for a couple was a lobster dish in a Thai coconut curry sauce.. It was to die for! The more personal, the better!

3. Make sure your caterer has a style that matches your own. You definitely want to meet and make sure they’re style and value matches what you have in mind. Make sure they are listening to you, and what’s important because people put in different values on different things. Important to make sure caterer doesn’t pigeon hole you and surpass little touches. Definitely keep in mind their response time and check references or read reviews. Specially speak to references make sure they can handle what you are asking them to. We pride ourselves on being flexible but we also want to make sure we are being realistic with our clients.

Photo Credit: Summer Wedding at the Whaling Museum, http://www.morins.com/blog

Post created by The Newport Bride intern Juliette Livingston

The Makeup behind the Magic

Now that you’ve seen all the looks from our styled shoot at Hotel Viking, it’s time for the makeup secrets. Makeup artist Lyndsay Simon created the looks and gave us the deets in a behind the scenes interview.

Leila

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For Leila’s look I wanted to give her really fresh radiant skin, with a soft contoured eye. This look goes perfectly with her girly and fun dresses. I massaged Embryollisse Lait Creme and Anti-Age Re-Densifying Serum into her skin and followed with Makeup For Ever Ultra HD foundation to ever her complexion. I popped on NARS Orgasm cream blush with my fingers to the apples of her cheeks, and illuminated the high points of her face with MAC Soft and Gentle highlighter. Her eye look is softly contoured with the Viseart Matte Neutral palette and a champagne Inglot loose pigment. To finish her look, I applied my favorite bridal lip color, Inglot #63 lip paint, a gorgeous combination of a lipstick and a gloss, for a creamy pop of pink to match her cheeks. For her second look, her dress was more simplistic, so I went with a rose-toned lipstick to warm up her look.

Joanna

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Joanna’s first dress has a very bohemian feel, and I wanted to bring that relaxed essence into her makeup while still bringing fourth the glamour aspect that she loves. Her skin is more on the matte side with some light contouring to bring out her gorgeous cheekbones. I always use a cream foundation one to two shades darker and cooler than the skin to mimic the shade of natural shadows on the face. I rimmed Joanna’s eyes with Inglot #77 black gel liner to define her eyes and smoked it out with some matte brown shades with a pop of bronze pigment on her lid. I love the sex appeal the smokey eye gave to the look, and so did she! We finished the look off with a rosy matte lip and cheek to pull the whole look together.

Sarah

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Sarah’s first dress had a vintage-feel to it. I gave her a very sleek winged liner to bring the retro glamour into her makeup. I placed a cream colored eyeliner into her lower water-line to brighten her eyes up, which is one of my favorite tricks to make the eyes look bigger. To add more definition to her eyebrows, I carefully drew individual hairs into her brow with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is Medium Brown for a very natural way to add fullness to the arches. With her first dress, I lined and filled her lips in with Cherry lipliner from MAC and powdered over a tissue to keep from smudging or kissing off. For her second dress, a very detailed pink and cream gown, I applied a glossy, cool-toned pink Lip Paint from Ingot. It isn’t a typical bridal color, but the dress had so much character, I had to add a little more sass into her makeup look.

For more makeup inspiration, check our Pinterest Board, Wedding Hair and Makeup.

Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates | Model: Leila

13 Classic Cocktails

One of the joys of going to a wedding (apart from witnessing the marriage of course) is the chance of an open bar. If you are so generous, here are a few cocktails to make sure your bartender knows how to make. You can’t go wrong with the classics! If you’re feeling creative, give them cutsey names that tie back to the wedding. If your name is Brittney call your Martini a Brit-tini. If your name is Jen, call it a Jen and tonic.

The Gimlet – From Creative Culinary

The Cosmopolitan – The Framed Table 

Old Fashioned – Gimme some Oven

Gin and Fizz – Inspired taste

Manhattan – Honestly Yum

Dark and Stormy -Movita Beaucoup

Martini –Creative Cullinary

Moscow Mule – Recipie

Sidecar – Recipie

Whisky Sour – Jelly Toast Blog

Classic Mojito – Chef Savvy

Peach Bellini – Laylita

Mint Julep – Camielle Styles

Monica and Mike: A Blithewold Wedding

Meet Monica and Mike. Like something out of a movie, the first time they met the sun shone down through the clouds, their eyes locked and it was love at first sight. It seems fitting that during their wedding ceremony the sun shone down through the clouds illuminating the happy couple. (Check out that view!) On Saturday September 26th they said their vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking the ocean. They choose Blithewold as their venue and looking at the gorgeous pictures, it was a fantastic choice. Stephanie Vegliante Photography captured their day and the results are stunning.

Congrats Monica and Mike, you are a gorgeous couple and your wedding was a stunner. Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

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Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

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Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

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Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Monica and Mike a Sea Side Blithewold Wedding | The Newport Bride

Photographs from Stephanie Vegliante Photography

16 DIY’s for the Bride-to-Be

Most of us have an idea of what we want our wedding to look like. Not all of us have the pocketbooks to support our dreams. For some that means making cuts, for others it means it’s time to break out the DIY skills! Contrary to popular opinion, DIY doesn’t make your party less glamorous, it makes it more fabulous because you got to make everything exactly as you want it! Here are a few of our favorite DIY’s for the bid day. Which one is your favorite?

Glittery Mrs. Shirt from Everyday Dishes

Envelope Liners can be expensive, Buckets and Bunches has a DIY tutorial!

Wedding Themed coffee sleeves from Something Turquoise

Paper English Rose tutorial by Jennies Barn

Polka Dot Confetti Bags from Martha Stewart Wedding

Sequin Hanger from My Wedding

How to create a boutonniere from Once Wed

Glitter Heart Canvas Tote from Style Me Pretty

How to create a personalized bridal hanger from Something Turquoise

Mother of the bride/groom wrist corsage from Martha Stewart Wedding

A Stunning Ceremony Backdrop – Britt + Co

Unique chair covers for your sweetheart table from Intimate Weddings

Chair Garlands for your sweetheart table

Custom Wedding Signage from Paper and Lace

Paper, string, and lace hanging decorations from Utterly Engaged

Photo booth backdrop from DIY Ready

Header from Pop Sugar