We are always talking about the incredible opportunity to connect with people thru social media. We have made it a beloved practice to collaborate with local innovators while travelling and it has been seriously inspiring, heart warming and super fun to meet some really talented and genuine creators around the world. When we reached out to Moni of Moni + Adri Photography to ask about collaborating during our latest trip to Playa del Carmen, we had no idea what would come of the attempt at connection. It turned out that not only was she a amazing photographer, she was also wonderfully sweet and a totally driven business woman. While photographing weddings nearly every day we were in Mexico, Moni made the time to connect with us and from our first interactions, we were blown away by her open and friendly vibe. We excitedly talked about all the possibilities, locations and inspirations and were pleasantly surprised to hear about her newest venture, a destination wedding vlog called Sail the Veil. She wanted to incorporate an interview with us /// SEE BELOW!!! /// all about destination wedding hair and makeup during our shoot! WOW!!! Now our original ideas were not only coming to life, we also got an unexpected video interview and a bunch of awesome tips from Moni of others to bring on board for the shoot. On her recommendation we reached out the the impeccably modern Andaz Mayakoba who graciously agreed to have us shoot on their gorgeous resort. For florals Moni suggested the wildly talented Vanessa Jaimes for florals. The shoot came together even more perfect that we could have dreamed, creating incredible imagery and making awesome new friends and we love we got the chance to share all our best destination wedding hair and makeup tips and products!
Check out Moni’s Sail the Veil HERE!
Photography @moni_adri_photography | Make up Artist @savethedatebeauty | Venue @andazmayakoba.mx | Video @2xjaime | Floral Design @vanessajaimesfloraldesign | MUAH & Styling @savethedatebeauty | Model @aleksandrakii | Wedding Separates @fernandmoon | Veil @janerhyanthecollection
We kicked off this year right! Starting with our first wedding of 2019 in Mexico, making so many new solid friends in the industry and expanding our team with a few more amazingly sweet and talented stylists!
We are absolutely gushing over the photos from our most recent shoot at Dundurn Castle in downtown Hamilton! Big thanks to the lovely Ariana Del Mundo Photography for reaching out and including us in this amazing collaboration with these very talented lady bosses!
Ariana was such a blast to work with and she had our beautiful couple laughing and enjoying every moment of this shoot. She is fantastic at capturing those super sweet candid moments and has such an eye for detail. And we really loved how Meghan wanted to showcase her natural beauty with soft and light colours for her makeup with effortless waves with a romantic messy braids for her hair.
We were also incredibly happy to work alongside all the other totally talented and unique vendors on this shoot. Jessica of @jheventartistry showcased her expertise in event design and florals, Ashley of @tayneandashley created the beautiful calligraphy and design details and Laura of @gofluffyourselfdesigns introduced us to her super cute pillows! Together we turned downtown Hamilton’s Dundurn Castle into a parisian style fairy tale for our lovely couple Meghan and Nathan! Such a fun day with these absolute gems.
Big shout out to our incredible hair guru Robyn for blowing us away again with her talent, check her out @hairbyrobynrees! We are so happy to have her a part of the Save The Date Beauty Hamilton team!
Written by Kristalyn of Save The Date Beauty Hamilton
Returning to Mexico and Playa del Carmen this year, we knew we wanted to pull together a few creative styled shoots. We started with wardrobe here in Vancouver because we wanted to ‘travel with’ a few of our home based gems. We got in touch with our new friends, the wonderfully brilliant Fern and Moon to lend us a few pieces. These exceptionally driven best friends are the masterminds behind this super versatile and supremely designed line of bridal separates. Their modern pieces offer any bride the perfect combination for her figure and style with soo many options from crop tops to bodysuits (with every desired sleeve or no sleeve option) to full skirts to the most impeccably fit pair of suit pants. AND on top of all that, they travel outrageously well! We also asked the amazingly talented Kady, the woman behind the so so stylish Jane Rhyan the Collection for a few of her stunning veils. She let us take all our top faves with a perfect mix of 60’s mod, timeless simplicity and just fun! One of her veils was so feisty that it kept taking air during one of the shoots… hopefully there will be a photo to prove it…
Once we had wardrobe and our Vancouver representation sorted, we set out to connect with a few inspiring local Playa del Carmen/Cancun/Tulum wedding talents and of course, ‘brides’ or our models!
The incredible thing about social media is the social factor and the ability to connect directly with anyone anywhere in the world. We searched hashtags for the areas we were in and scoured other accounts we already followed in these cities and surrounding towns. We were super lucky to discover the extraordinary Moni & Adri Photography and her super cool new video project Sail the Veil and their awesome team. And we reached back to last years connections, friends and photographers we had met, like the totally talented Hideki of Button Up Photography who introduced us to his new endeavour the WLKRS with his lovely and also talented friend Andre Gouin Photography. We also connected with some wildly gorgeous models Tonje, Aleksandra and Luna. It is seriously awe-inspiring how it all comes together. Having an idea, sharing the idea, connecting, chatting, brainstorming, troubleshooting and really making new friendships and connections based on wanting to create beauty together. Everyone we connected with during our creative shoots showed up this way, open, friendly, present and excited to be there and create something special. We even had gorgeous and glam venues like Andaz Mayakoba and El Pueblito Mayakoba open their doors to host us because we reached out with a determination and a plan/dream.
We can’t wait to show you what we have been up to (even more) during our travels in the Mayan Riviera, to show you more of our love of creating and collaborating with other inspired people!!!
♡ STAY TUNED!! ♡
With Valentines day quickly approaching, here at Save the Date Beauty Hamilton have been checking out some of our favourite local businesses and how they are celebrating this day of love!
If your looking to surprise your loved one with the perfect bouquet, we highly recommend Belle Époque Floral Design‘s popup shop Wednesday February 13th and Thursday February 14th. The shop is in the heart of Hamilton (279 Locke Street) you will see her sign down the lane way. We have gone to visit the lovely Kate during her holiday popups in the past and she has such an eye for florals and colour. Her arrangements are so beautiful and we guarantee they will put a smile on your loved ones face!
Ka’Kau Chocolate company is our go to this Valentines day to get our chocolate fix! This is another Locke St. shop we just cant get enough of! We are so excited to try their Sea Salt Caramel melt-away chocolate hearts to celebrate this day of love and all things sweet! Go check them out at 184 Locke Street Hamilton.
We definitely want to add our favourite local restaurant Bread Bar (258 Locke Street South, Hamilton) to the places we highly recommend checking out this Valentines Day! The cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to spend an intimate evening with your loved one. We love that they source fresh and local ingredients and the food is to die for! Some of our favourite dishes are the Steamed Mussels, the Umami Burger (with skinny fries on the side, they are so delicious!), and the Here Comes Truffle stone baked pizza. Call to make your Valentine’s Day reservations! 258 Locke Street South, Hamilton
One of our great loves in life is sharing wine and charcuterie with our favourite people, so we can’t get enough of Toast Wine Bar (10 John Street North, Hamilton) located in historic downtown Hamilton. The decor, the exposed brick, their support for local breweries and wineries, the fantastic food and super friendly service are the things we love about Toast! They are offering a fabulous Valentines Day special February 14th – their full meat and cheese board, a bottle of bubbles and desert starting at $75.00! If your looking for a unique spot to share with your loved one this Valentines Day, make your reservation before its too late!
♥ ♥ ♥ Our personal FAVE ♥ ♥ ♥ Come celebrate with us first, we are excited to announce Save the Date Beauty Hamilton is offering a super sweet Valentines Day PROMO $85 for Hair & Makeup!!! We are including lashes, great tunes and laughs!!!
BUT space is limited so book TODAY!
Wishing a very happy Valentine’s Day to all our beautiful clients and the fabulous local businesses in the heart of Hamilton!
Right from the beginning of our adventure with Save the Date Beauty we knew we wanted to make travelling a part of our business. We loved the idea of travelling for love and making destination weddings a part of our lives. Along with our partners, we revered spending time outside of Vancouver and we all routinely spent a lot of time on the Sunshine Coast. Soon we were actively working on booking weddings up there. Those efforts created some super special friendships and really set off our Sunshine Coast chapter. As we continued to get to explore the Coast, other destinations started calling and we began regularly travelling to Galiano and Bowen islands and up to Squamish and Whistler. And we started dreaming beyond our incredible province and about all the tropical destinations calling our hearts! We were talking about it all the time. Searching destination wedding hashtags and thinking about all the places we could go. As it has been a long held love and also a pretty easy/affordable trip from Vancouver, we set out sights on Mexico. We started looking at which part of the wildly diverse and so so beautiful country to really focus in on. Maybe it was that crazy perfectly blue water or maybe it was the sweet flight deal we found but we had our answer, Playa del Carmen. Right in the middle of the Riviera Maya strip, you had it all right in the heart of a Mexican city and still totally accessible to all the resorts that most destination brides seek out for their weddings. There’s nothing like getting to visit a place again and again to have it start to feel like ‘home.’ In that way to say it becomes familiar, comfortable and special to you. You get to learn its nuances and treasures you could never know from hashtags, articles, reviews or even photos. You get to meet the people and learn from the ground up and that is seriously one of the best things about travelling for us. This year our travels took us outside of Playa del Carmen a little more and we got to spend a few (albeit too quick) days in Tulum and got a little lay of the land from cursing the Cancun – Tulum highway for all our adventures. Straight off of coming home, we can’t wait to go back. Back for more adventures and getting to know more of the Riviera Maya and back for the awesome and friendly connections we made in another piece of paradise.
Photos by the wonderfully talented Jennifer Picard Photography
We love destination weddings and one of our top fave areas is in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Getting married in Playa del Carmen? Tulum? Cancun? Or Cozumel? We are offering top bridal hair and makeup styling, on or off location, at unbeatable prices to suit your budget!
We don’t usually spend too much time blogging about our favourite hair and makeup products for that flawless wedding look. It’s not because we don’t have any, its just because we typically prefer to talk about our brides, our team or favourite vendors or our travel dreams.
As our super busy season begins to wind down, we wanted to give a special nod to some of our favourite products that carry us through all our weddings.
Photos by Jennifer Picard Photography
A major fave is the super powered setting spray Final Seal by Ben Nye. We always joke that it is hair spray for the face, but its really is just that. The perfect finish to any makeup look, a few sprays set the look in place, amp up the waterproof factor and keep the look flawless through all the crying, laughing, eating, dancing and kissing.
For that photo perfect finish we love Makeup Forever HD Foundations and the new Matte Velvet Line, depending on the level of coverage our ladies are after. We love Makeup Forever HD Foundations because they go on smooth and clean and really stay put. They are all waterproof and give a gorgeous hydrated and flawless look. We also love their flexibility in being easily applied by airbrush or manual technique.
For eye shadows, few perform like the solid shadows by MAC. The eye shadows don’t fall and make a mess while applying and they blend perfectly, plus they come in every colour any bride could want!
While we always have our kit stocked with Davines and Kevin Murphy, our go to product for getting that all night hold is Power Spray 8-10 hold hair spray by Joico. We love this hair spray because no matter how much you spray, you can always brush it out for a soft and flowing look that really sets the style in place. It never leaves the hair sticky or crunchy and as a little bonus it smells incredible.
For finishing off a look, we always reach for our favourite Oi Oil by Davines. A little goes along way with this wonder serum. We love the smooth and non greasy shine and this one smells amazing too. We pretty much recommend any of Davines products and routinely use their This is a Medium hair spray as well.
Give a few of these gems a try! We promise you will not be disappointed!