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Inspired Intern: A Wet Knot is Harder to Untie

August 12, 2010

I would venture to guess that 99.9% of brides would prefer it not rain on their wedding day, even though some people will argue that it’s good luck. I recently stood up to a wedding back home, and we made it most of the way through the outdoor (covered) reception before the dark clouds moved in and the torrential rains started. By that point in sweltering summer evening, it was perfect. Nobody minded getting a little soggy as they dashed from one tent to the next, and no one wanted to leave during the downpour – which kept the party going well into the evening. Maybe I just miss the summer thunderstorms, we get plenty of rain in Hawaii but I’ve yet to witness thunder and lightening. Whatever the case, I am totally inspired by these rainy day images. Why let the weather ruin your day? I love how these couples embraced it with galoshes, umbrellas, and smiles on their faces.

Rainy Day Weddings

Be sure to click the source links – most of these had too many great rainy day photos to choose from. You might also take a look at Bella Umbrella. They have a huge selection of umbrellas and parasols for rent – I had some as back up for our wedding party in case it rained. We didn’t end up using them, but they were lovely nonetheless… and their pagoda styles look so great in photos, rain or shine!

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To see more from Laura, be sure to check out her blog.

Photo Credits:
clockwise from top left:
Leo Patrone via Once WedSusan Stripling via Green Wedding ShoesMichele Waite via Green Wedding ShoesLucida PhotographyBraedon Photography via Once Wed

Tips and Tidbits

Plan For A Flawless Face

August 10, 2010

I often receive emails from interesting people and businesses in the wedding industry and beyond. A recent email was from Sarah Logan from the beauty school ASI who wanted to share a few wedding day makeup and skincare tips with my lovely readers. Although it’s a slight departure from our usual content, I thought you would appreciate these helpful tidbits… enjoy!

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Wedding pictures hold some of the happiest memories of a lifetime, so be sure you consider all the angles when preparing to be photographed on the big day.

In the weeks and months leading up to the wedding…

Plan your procedures ahead.
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of tastings, fittings and appointments and forget to schedule facial treatments until the last minute. Don’t be tempted to get microdermabrasion or chemical peels within at least a month of the event, depending on the exact type of laser or peel. Laser resurfacing “heals within days and normal color returns within a few weeks- if that long” according to Dr. Edward Lack (Chicago liposuction). Even a simple facial shouldn’t be considered in the last few days leading up. Call well ahead of time and discuss this with the technician.

Practice good skin health.
Stay hydrated and eat healthfully leading up to the event. Don’t try new skincare products, or anything that may irritate your skin. Anticipate your skin’s history, and treat it accordingly depending on changes your skin may experience in the climate or weather that’s expected at the venue.

For the big day…

wedding day makeup tips

Start with a good base.
Be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. You may feel like you should use a heavy cream or stick foundation since you’re being photographed, but heavier formulas will look caked on and are more likely leave a line of demarcation around the neck and hairline that’s tougher to blend away. Just stick with the liquid or powder that works for you, and be sure it’s properly matched to your color. No one wants to look washed out, but it can also age you a bit if your base is too dark for you. Color correcting concealers, like green or yellow for redness, and peach or yellow for undereye circles are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup. Remember that redness will be easily picked up in photographs so take care to balance that out, and stay away from more pink based foundations.

wedding day makeup

Avoid the shiny look.
Glitter will reflect too much on camera, and shouldn’t be worn to a nice event like a wedding anyway. Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, only keep the sheen on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, which is especially important to balance any highlighting applied. If you know you’re more oily, pop pressed powder in your bag so that you stay shine free.

wedding day eye makeup

The eyes have it.
Keep in mind that darker eyeshadows and heavy liner make eyes look smaller. A matte or pearl shadow formula will be universally flattering and especially in warm, earthy tones. To keep eyes looking big and bright, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with an off-white, light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. The older you are, the more important it is to stay fast to the no shimmer rule, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines. Black eyeliner can also look too harsh for older women (same goes for liquid liner) and fair blondes are more suited for eyeliner and mascara in the brown tones. Don’t forget to make sure brows are properly framing the face – everyone looks better and younger with defined brows. Fill the arches with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. Brow color and size are important considerations here, so don’t forget to use a light hand and blend.

Consider your venue and lighting.
Do take the time to stop and think about if the event and/or photos will be taking place indoors or out, and at what time of day. Indoor photos will be taken with flash, so it’s important to use powder to combat shine and to also be sure foundation is matched well. If outdoors, soften makeup a bit as it can easily look too heavy or harsh. Also adjust your makeup look for more formal locations, and later times in the evening. When considering these factors, you will want to use more color and definition over simply adding more makeup.

Keeping these ideas in mind, remember its always most important to look like yourself and feel comfortable on your wedding day. These techniques will help ensure you look flawless both in person and in photographs for years to come.

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Content provided by Sarah Logan on behalf of ASI, which is a beauty school offering a wide range of skin care classes, from waxing to medical esthetics.

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Inspiring Images: No.30

August 9, 2010

Hi there lovelies… so sorry for the lack of posts last week – we’ve been busy little bees over at betsywhite stationery recently and I’ve been super swamped. Anyhoo, I’m back and ready to start the week!

Here are a few images I’m drawing inspiration from today… soft, pretty shades of green and blue…

Photo Credits:
row 1: (both images) Cindy Chae via simple blueprint
row 2: reiko+ via Creature Comforts