Our 5 favorite interactive sweet stations for a winter wedding from a hot chocolate bar to a make your own frost cupcake. Sweet doesn’t begin to describe the deliciousness we are imagining. Continue reading
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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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.
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’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’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.
I call this dress the snow queen dress. Covered from head to toe in beaded lace (yes that’s lace with tens of thousands of beads sewn overtop) tulle and everything that sparkles, this dress is fit for the snow queen herself. Not the girl with a heart like ice but the girl that wants to impress her guests and knows how to do it. When pared with this one-of-a-kind Pricilla of Boston faux fur coat, this dress goes from WOW to HOLY SMOKES! Would you wear this crystal beaded stunner? Tell us why or why not in the comments!
You’ve probably seen some of the pictures from our styled shoot at few weekends ago at Hotel Viking. If you haven’t, go check out the first three looks Low Backed Beauty, Boho & Beautiful, and The Ballerina Bride. For the shoot we had makeup artist Lyndsay Simon work her magic. Lyndsay has been doing professional makeup for years and now runs her own business, Lyndsay Simon Beauty and during the shoot we did a mini interview asking her for some tips and tricks!
Tips to Having the Best Wedding Day Makeup:
- Finding the Right Makeup Artist for You – Research artists in your area that have a portfolio filled with images that fit your beauty style. Does that artist produce a range of looks on a variety of faces? Do these makeups translate flawlessly on camera without obvious photo editing? Once you narrow your search down to a few artists, read through reviews past brides have posted. Hopefully, reviews give a good idea of the personality of your artist. Lastly, research your artists rates. If they are much lower than other artists in the area, that may be a warning sign that they use lower quality products. An experienced bridal makeup professional should also provide you with an agreement which guarantees their presence on your big day.
- Choosing Your Look – After booking your makeup artist, the next step is preparing for your makeup design appointment or makeup trial. Create a mood board with a collection of images and looks you feel are timeless and will be beautiful for years to come. I always tell my brides to save the trendy looks for their bachelorette party or boudoir photos, and keep their wedding day look romantic and soft. When describing your vision to your artist, bring in photos of your dress, hairstyle, venue and color scheme to help pull inspiration for your look. Pull inspiration from colors, textures, and intensities. Pictures go so much further than words when describing your desired look. Show your artist what you mean by a “smokey eye” or “nude lip”. Most times, your definition of these terms will differ from your artists. Being clear with your artist will make locking down a look easy and enjoyable.
- Skin Is Always In – Taking care of your skin leading up to your wedding day is so important for your makeup to look its best. Removing any unwanted facial hair (I’m obsessed with threading!), getting regular facials, moisturizing, and exfoliating every few days will make a noticeable difference in the way that makeup sits on your skin. Water will be your most important beauty ritual. It plumps the skin, flushes out toxins, and gives your skin an overall healthy glow.
How did you get into being a makeup artist: Growing up I was always obsessed with beauty in the human form. It all began with a little purple Covergirl eyeshadow kit my classmate brought me in third grade. After proceeding to expertly apply the shadow on my face (so I thought, anyways) and parade around the classroom, I was told by my teacher to wash my face and take a letter she wrote home to my parents. Being the mini-rebel I was, I ripped open the envelope on the bus and was horrified to read the word “ridiculous” to describe my self expression. Ever since, I was determined to prove the world wrong and create looks that made individuals feel beautiful and fearless. After many years of doing makeup on thousands of faces, from special effects to clean beauty, bridal makeup has become one of my favorite mediums.
It’s only Tuesday and we’re in need of some serious coffee. As avid coffee lovers, the idea of a coffee themed wedding seems perfect. It smells good and the rich warm colors seem comfortable and cozy. Fill a center piece with coffee beans and guests get a treat for the senses. With some custom printed mini bags, guests get a wedding favor they actually want! The escort card set up below, that’s pure genius.
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Last weekend we held our first styled shoot. Thank to the generous collaboration of some beautiful vendors, everything came together perfectly. What girl doesn’t want to play dress up in a gorgeous wedding dress?
We started the day with 3 models, 7 dresses, a dozen pairs of shoes, bouquets, and jewelry; the full shabang. After hours of dress changes and flying hairspray, we came away with 6 polished looks. Over the next few weeks we’re going to debut the outfits. There’s inspiration for every bride, something boho, something pink, something retro, something classic, some that are pure fun! Stay tuned and check back to see all the gorgeousness!
Styling: The Newport Bride
Photography: Sweet Alice Photography
Makeup: Makeup by Lyndsay
Location: Hotel Viking
Dresses: Alexandra’s Boutique
Whether you love over-the-top or super-simple decor, a ceremony arch can be a great addition to where you say your vows. There’s something nice about a feature that defines the space. In case guests were wondering, it says “look here!”. These beautiful fall themed arches are a gorgeous way to showcase the season.
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You know how candlelight looks good on everyone? Fall is the same way. The cozy sweaters and warm color tones are flattering on all. Fall engagement sessions are for bright red leaves and gorgeous golden hour pics where everyone’s happy and comfy. When everything is rainbow colors, any location from a corn maze to a dirt road is perfect for pictures. These gorgeous fall e-sesh shots are top on the to-do list!
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You’ve probably heard of BirtchBox or Ipsy, or one of those other services that sends monthly goodie deliverables. There’s ones for makeup, accessories, clothes, home decor, almost anything. Now, there’s one for brides!
Bride Box sends you a package full of fun accessories, planning materials, girls night out inspiration, or things for your new home. With almost 100 brands supplying products for the boxes, you’ll never get the same stuff twice. I wish this was around when I got engaged! You can choose to sign up for 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months and you can cancel at anytime. When you sign up there’s a questionnaire that helps the box fillers get to know you. If you choose to fill it out, some of the items in the box will come personalized. If you’re giving Bride Box as a gift, be sure to fill out your friends information so she can get the ultimate Bride Box experience.
(All photos from the thebridebox.com)