Nov 16,12

Article By Stephanie Nault –   Stephanie Nault has been doing makeup for over seven years with experience in photography, television, film, fashion, runway, wedding and event work.

  1. Get your Beauty Sleep.  The old adage of getting beauty rest and drinking plenty of water holds true.  This will improve the look and feel of your skin.  Even though there are last minute details and nerves to contend with, it is important for the long day and celebration ahead.
  2. The Look. Go with a look that is similar to your daily routine.  Many brides object to this because they want to look made up on their day, but you will.  Having an artist to do your makeup, even if it is the same look you do, will look different because of the techniques and styles.  Making too drastic of a look change, such as doing a very sultry, smoky, eye when you wear minimal makeup will not have the best results.
  3. Find Examples. It is great to find pictures of the look you are going for.  This will convey a clear picture of what you want.  Several times the same description, when spoken, can have two very different ideas.  By being specific, you will help the artist create the look you want to achieve.
  4. Touch Ups. Having the necessary touch up makeup is also important.  A blotting powder, or a powder to reduce shine that does not add to the face is a must.  MAC blot powder comes in several shades.  It’s perfect for after the wedding day too if you need a quick pick-me-up after work.
  5. Lips. Lip products are important.  If you are not wearing a long wear product, you will need a lipstick or gloss to finish your look once it has been kissed to your groom.  A soft neutral color works best, unless a bold lip goes with the overall makeup look.  Eye makeup, foundation and cheek color should last throughout the day without any problems.

Many components go into creating your dream-wedding look, and while the dress is obviously the most important piece to the puzzle, accessories can really take your wedding day look to the next level. The shape and extravagance of your dress should dictate which path you take when accessorizing. Also, the theme of your wedding as a whole should play a role into choosing the dress, and therefore accessories.

Each bride’s vision is very unique and these tips can be customized to fit many wedding themes. When choosing accessories, the most important tip to keep in mind is to not overpower your dress. The dress should be the focal point with the accessories worn as compliments. With a ball gown or princess dress, a simple string of diamonds or pearls is very elegant and gorgeous. With a mermaid style gown, a more predominant necklace is very flattering depending on how detailed the fitted dress is. If your theme steers more towards vintage lace, pearls are a great compliment, as well as touches of color that fit with your wedding palette. A glamorous theme calls for diamonds, and Marilyn says it best with, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

As with any other outfit, it is important to choose one piece of jewelry that will be the largest and will draw the most attention from your audience. This can be done with a beautiful jeweled bracelet, detailed necklace, or pair of chandelier earrings. As far as your fingers, it is best to only wear your engagement ring on that special day, since that is what the day is all about. Unless, of course, you have a sentimental ring that you always wear.

Think of your wedding look as a mural, and the dress is the first step to your masterpiece. Let your dress steer you to your perfect wedding accessories, and with these tips in mind, you will know when you have found the right pieces for your special day.

By Lauren Melby
Some Like it Classic Wedding & Event Design

Photos by Diana Elizabeth Photography
Venue: The Felch House Inn/ Event Stylist: Angela Saban Design / Bridal Gowns: Uptown Bridal and Boutique
Makeup: Aeni Domme/ Hair: Vonn Wynn/ Florals: The Garage By Ivy /Bridal Jewelry: Twice Loved Vintage

by Mindi Leatheam

Minimoons are a quickly rising trend, offering all the luxury and romance of a honeymoon in just a weekend.  They’re the perfect solution for couples who need a break from the wedding planning as well as newlyweds unable to coordinate a large amount of time off from their busy schedules.

With its reputation as a spiritual center, artist’s commune and recreational paradise, Sedona offers an ideal combination of required mini moon relaxation, entertainment and adventure.  The most important item on the agenda of a bride and groom is R & R.  One of  Sedona’s most indulgent treatments is the Spa at Sedona Rouge’s Pas De Deux, a synchronized massage to celebrate and strengthen couples’ connections.  Seasonal elements such as hot salt river stones, brown sugar and honey may be incorporated for their exfoliating, moisturizing and detoxifying abilities.

For entertainment, there’s no place like Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village.  Named after the Mexican city.  Tlaquepaque is a word from the Nahuatl Native Indian language meaning “best of everything”.  The village is home to over 40 galleries, gift shops, clothing and accessory boutiques as well as restaurants.  Artists are often found playing instruments or painting under the many ancient sycamores, happy to chat with passersby.

Pink Jeep Tours have been a Sedona staple for over 45 years and are a great way to add excitement to a mini moon.  Out of the several tours Pink Jeep offers, the Broken Arrow is the recommended mini moon adventure, lasting 2 hours and leading up through the Coconino National Forest.  While four-wheeling to the two stopping points, guides are quick with a joke and offer interesting information such as what makes Sedona’s rocks red and what plant tequila is made from.

From spas to culture to outdoor adventure, Sedona has everything to make your minimoon memorable.

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