Years down the road you don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and say, “What was I thinking?!?!”. You want to look fabulous on your big day, but that doesn’t mean you should look unrecognizable Many brides decide on these elaborate up-styles and yet they NEVER wear their hair up. Other brides get stuck with a heavy handed makeup artist who probably failed to ask all the “right” questions before she started applying the “mask of makeup”. I always suggest playing around with your looks. Think about your dress, your venue, your wedding theme and your own personal everyday style. Let’s take a moment and look at some extremes. Imagine this beautiful, vintage/rustic/outdoor wedding (pictured above), and your big poofy dress, with sky-high hair and dark rimmed eyes and pale skin (I’m thinking that makeup look is more for a ‘True Blood’ themed wedding, just saying). I know everyone has their own taste and ideas-so no offense to anyone who DOES like this as a complete look! But in my mind’s eye, everything should compliment everything else and come together easily and not be forced.
Think about all the details of your big day-tear pictures out of magazines, create an inspiration board, look up other photographers work. Make sure when you’re getting ready for your trials you have all your questions prepared for the stylist and/or makeup artist (as they should have questions for you as well). Have color swatches, a photo of your dress and a description of your venue and theme handy.And when all is said and done (with your trial), if you don’t like what you see-speak up! It is your day! I’m not giving permission to be a Bridezilla, but if the look is way off or you just don’t feel comfortable, say something. Sometimes it does mean finding someone else. This doesn’t just pertain to hair and makeup-it covers all aspects of your wedding. You know yourself and your future husband best, you know what works for you and what doesn’t. Know what you want, say what you want and most of all enjoy planning YOUR big day!
With all this said, this last photo captures everything-and it all makes beautiful “sense”. Everything blends well and goes together. There is not one thing that stands out too much or is an “eye sore”. It’s all in perfect harmony and this is a photo that will be cherished forever. I could never imagine hearing, “Wow! That is sooo 2012!” All styles come and go, but when everything compliments each other it’s often hard to nitpick.This photo (at least to me) will forever be timeless.
Beth WAS amazing-you could not tell that she had any reservations about being in front of the camera! She truly was a natural! Loved getting to know her-she’s beautiful, inside and out!
I was lucky enough to work with Alexia Wardell and Melissa Harrington and help them launch this fabulous package! I’m nervous about taking my “turn” in front of the camera-but I’m doing my Simply Couture shots with my Mom, so it will be so much fun!