Hi Garden! I can’t believe it’s October already! Tomorrow will be the one month mark until our wedding day, it’s crazy! Last week, I went and got my hair and makeup trial done for the wedding. I was a little nervous with how it would turn out, but loved the end result.
Here’s the looks I was going for with my hair and makeup:
Who doesn’t love the way Carrie Underwood always looks–hair and makeup included! I love her makeup look here and wanted to go for something similar with slightly less lashes.
For hair, I wanted a half up/half down look:
I personally love it!
Of course, I don’t look anything like these beautiful girls, but here’s me:
(So, it’s a bit blurry and granted I’m sitting in my puppy vet’s office, but you get the gist.)
I think it’s a good idea to give your hair and makeup artists some form of inspiration, and the look that you’re hoping to achieve. One more thing to check off the list!
If I could give brides one tip when it comes to getting ready: make a timeline!!! I honestly didn’t and that was the only part of my day that was a bit of a cluster. I should have planned out better who was getting their hair and makeup done at what time. It was a free for all! Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but drink plenty of water (not mimosas) and eat something! My sister was literally forcefeeding me because I forgot to eat! Enjoy the time with just your ladies. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get dolled up with your best friends.
Here are a few pictures from our getting-ready experience.
(PS: We stayed in the most incredible Bed & Breakfast in Glendale, Ohio called The Glendalia. It was amazing and provided some great background for pictures!)
Photo Credit: BH Photography
I have recently been contemplating my wedding hair. When do you cut it? When you do you dye and highlight it? When, when, when?
I am a little worried about my wedding hair-do, since my hair stylists change quite frequently. I tend to bounce around from stylist to stylist, which is a big no-no. It is important to have a consistent stylist who knows your hair and knows how to do it well. I have curly hair, so I end up with a stylist who thinks they know how to cut and style curly hair yet end up hacking my fro into sad chunks. My most recent hair stylist does pretty well and her price is unbeatable, so I’ve been content enough to stay with her.
The thing about me… I always dread having my hair done. I always assume the cut will get messed up and the color will somehow turn orange. Sometimes, these things totally happen. I am cursed with unforgiving hair.
So how long before your wedding should you get it colored and trimmed up if you have wonderful, straight, dark blonde, forgiving hair (aka everything that is the opposite of my ‘do)?
1. Six months before the wedding (if possible), have a major consultation with your stylist of choice. Bring along the headpiece and the picture of the dress if possible. The more the stylist knows about the mood of the wedding, the better he or she can create the perfect hairstyle.
2. Do not use the portrait session as the “dress rehearsal”. There should actually be a “test run” for the portrait.
So, good news… I picked up my dress the other day! *squeals*
I got to try it on and make decisions about what I needed to get altered. While waiting for the lady to pin me a figurative bustle, I noticed one thing I wasn’t fond of: I have 3 tattoos that hang out of my dress on my back and sides/ribs. When I got these tattoos a few years ago, I figured I got them low enough that eventually when I would get married that I wouldn’t have to worry about them sticking out of my dress. I have painfully avoided my shoulders and arms when getting tattoos (do you know how hard that was?!?!) because my dad isn’t a big fan of them to begin with. So, out of respect for him and the fact that my parents would be paying for my wedding I tried to keep any tattoos out of sight in a dress. Now, don’t get me wrong I am definitely not embarrassed to have them, I just think the small pieces that stick out look out-of-place and I don’t want my professional pictures showing them.
This brings me to my next topic: covering them up. I don’t want people gawking at my tattoos, especially the older guests, like my grandmothers and aunts, so I guess I will have to figure out a way to cover them up! I have read reviews online that Dermablend is a pretty good product and had people tell me to ask my make-up person if airbrush can cover it up. What I ultimately worry about is any product getting onto my dress! I know it’s not going to be something I’m thinking about while my wedding is going on, but I would prefer if it wasn’t an issue.
Do you have tattoos you need to cover up? Have you thought about what to do about it? Any other suggestions are appreciated!
As you know, I had a lot of DIY projects so now I want to show them off! Remember me talking about making my veil?
I am fairly fanatical about my nails. Peachy Mom has done an excellent job of instilling in me the importance of a good manicure. Sadly my law student budget doesnt allow me to get professional manicures weekly, every weekend (usually early Sunday evening) I manicure my nails for the upcoming week. Not only do I stick to this schedule, but as soon as my nail polish starts to chip, I have to take it off. Yes this is a tad bit obsessive. Side story. Mr. Peach knows how I am about my nails and apparently paid close attention to my nails the week leading up to our engagement and had Peachy Mom on standby that week to swoop in and take me for a surprise manicure. Have no fear my nails were in tip top shape that day. See!
Look at those RED beauties!!!
Anyway, as you can see I take pride in my nicely manicured nails, and so my wedding day will surely be no different. Obviously this decision is one of the more minor details of the day, but still have you thought about what color your nails will be? They will be photographed often that day!
If you’ve spent any time on the wedding blogosphere, there is one look you can’t get away from…braids! I absolutely love braids so am happy they are making a comeback.
This beautiful braid from the blog Love Maegan is absolutely stunning! The link includes a tutorial to show you how to do it yourself and trust me, you can! I just tried it out and it was a success! With a few more tries and a little bit of patience, I could have the “perfect” side braid updo.
Don’t believe me? Let me show you!
Well helllllllo there Garden. I am unbelievably sorry about my recent lack of posts. Back in May, I got a new job as a Graphic Designer for a national cosmetics retail chain. Pretty exciting – but also a very, very big change from my previous job. I’ve been working like CRAZY to get adjusted to the new job, and, in turn have not had much time to do wedding planning. (PS – huge thank you to those who suggested a long engagement for me – you were SO right.)
So, with the new job comes a wealth of knowledge of the cosmetics industry. I do a ton of product research to put into my e-blasts each week, and I also got a wonderful goodie bag of products when I started. Prior to working at this company, I bought cosmetics solely from CVS. Didn’t really care what brand, just got what I needed and off I went. So, when I saw a travel size tub of ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream in my goodie bag, I had no idea what it was, or what it could do.
If a picture says a thousand words, why are we all writing long invitations? Can’t I just post card everyone a photo and just leave it at that? Sounds like a good plan to me.
Engagement photos can say a lot, especially if you’re including them with invitations and on wedding blogs/websites. It’s more than just a documentation of how you looked on that day. Just as the style of the invitation may say lot about the wedding so can the photo. When the invitation arrives in the mail the invite is the first peek that the guests have at the theme and style of the wedding. Is it going to be formal, causal? Beach style, Vintage, dress-up, casual, a BBQ or picnic? If that invite can convey that much, even before reading the details, then a photo included can say even more. What does your photo say about you? What does your photo say about your wedding?
The number one thing for me would be for the friends/relatives that know us well to look at the photo and say, “that’s so Daisy Bud and Mr. Daisy.” I spent a long time debating if we were going to include engagement photos in our invitations, we decided to do it because the only decent picture of us together was one taken on a cell phone 3 years ago. (it really is a pretty cute picture), But, we thought it would be good to have something a bit nicer. The hard thing about photos for us in general is that Mr. Daisy is a photographer and so we almost never get in a photo together.
We have a great Wedding Photographer, Vanessa Menendez. She primarily does editorials, headshots and pageant photography. Fortunately she’s a good friend and we were able to snag her for the wedding, engagement photos, and a session of head shots for me. We met up in a sweet location about 20 minutes away from where I live and we took my headshots (of which I was in desperate need) and then headed off to the park to do the engagement photos we’re hoping to include in our invites.
I recently had my trial run at Shear Envy in North Canton. I picked my “hair place” by stylist as opposed to salon.
My stylist is Laura, we met through my sister’s wedding and she was working at another salon at the time. She asked what my plans were for hair for my wedding and I confessed that if I had things my way, I would have someone come out to the church and do my hair and my bridesmaids’ hair. She smiled and said, “If you wanted, I could do that.”
So over the past couple of months we discussed logistics of getting my hair, 4 bridesmaids and 2 moms styled at the church on the day of my wedding. Laura and another stylist, Julie, will arrive at the church at 9 a.m. and start making us lovely.