Just because it’s a wedding, a super special event steeped in traditions and formalities, shouldn’t mean you have to do anything you don’t want to do. Especially if it doesn’t make you feel great. We have a lot of brides who come in to their trial thinking they ‘should’ get an up do for the big day. Some ladies feel compelled to wear it up based on traditions or pressure from their family, others think it’s more bridal looking, but they end up not feeling like themselves when everything is all put up.
On your special day, you want to feel amazing, you want to feel like an effortlessly glamourous bridal babe, but the same babe your fiancee knows, loves & recognizes coming down the isle. For your wedding look, our best advice is keep true to how you feel your most beautiful. Follow your instincts and wishes on how you want to look and don’t let others influence weigh too heavy. And if you wanna wear your hair down, then DO IT. We support you! And here are some gorgeous down style inspo:
We were so pleased to meet the ladies of Union Bridal. We had long been admiring(drooling over) the amazing collection of exquisite, modern and boho gowns they have composed and couldn’t wait to take a peek up close. Walking into their bright and sunny studio, we felt the waves of inspiration wash over us and meeting Emily was as wonderful as could be expected! We chatted about weddings, the beginning of Union Bridal and all the amazing designers they work with. We were in complete awe of the incredible detail and handwork of their gowns and will definitely be recommending all our Brides make an appointment at this dreamy studio. We left SO EXCITED for our upcoming creative shoot with Union Bridal, Jennifer Picard Photography & Sasha Taylor Weddings on the Sunshine Coast BC.
We met stylist Maneli Nourbakhsh on set of another photo shoot. We immediately connected over fashion and travel and planned to do a creative shoot sometime soon. A few weeks later, she got in touch and put together this awesome shoot with photographer Ivan Calderon. He scouted out this hidden gem location known as Finn Slough, a little fishing village set along the Fraser River in South Richmond. Maneli pulled clothing from designer Sara Armstrong, her own wardrobe and props from all over for our gorgeous model Jessica Fangi. Our inspiration for hair and makeup came from an old Vogue editorial, with a chunky black cat eye and dewy skin, natural lips for most shots, until a deep rich red lip to pop with the gold of the clothing. For hair we went a little wild with big brushed out curls with slick finger waves around the face.
Words By Kelsey Adlem
Lady in Black
There is nothing more sophisticated or mysterious than wearing an all black ensemble. For a more delicate touch mix in some florals, lightweight pants, ballet flats, or gold details. I’ve been wanting to try this white-ish hair colour for a while and since it has come into style lately I thought I would take the plunge. It definitely adds an ethereal look to one’s appearance. My colour was done by Aaron Brousseau, who is the only person I will ever trust to dye my hair. For this editorial we got a little creative mixing beauty shots with full body shots and adding different elements to the photos such as flowers, coloured backdrops, even including the makeup artist’s hand in a couple of the looks. I always love working with Alex Waber because he is super creative and continually comes up with new ideas that turn into striking images. It was my first time working with the girls from Save The Date Beauty and they really know what they’re doing when it comes to makeup and hair. We kept the makeup light and dewy with wavy locks to compliment the look. The girls always carry a special moisturizer with them everywhere they go and they used it on my skin during the shoot. Needless to say I had to buy one for myself afterwards and have been using it ever since. It’s made locally with all natural ingredients and I don’t think my skin would have looked as nice in these photos without it. The clothes and shoes in the outfits below are from Zebra Club Vancouver, Still Life, Oak+Fort, American Apparel, Zara, and Stuart Weitzman
Photographer: Alex Waber – http://www.alexwaber.com
Makeup & Hair: Save The Date Beauty – http://www.savethedatebeauty.com
Model & Stylist: Kelsey Adlem – http://www.kelseyadlem.com
Story on Assignment Fashion – http://www.assignmentfashion.com/lady-in-black/
A beautiful visual tale of the Brock House Wedding Show through the eyes of the incredibly talented Maru Photography. What an amazing day for our team of makeup artists and hair stylists to work and mingle along side these exceptional wedding vendors: Dreamgroup Productions, Kathryn Bass Bridal, Wonderlust Photography, The Borrowed Collection, The Curious Oyster, Mink Makeup, Isabelle’s Bridal & Rockwater Secret Cove to name just a few.
It was always our goal with Save the Date Beauty to find amazing, like minded ladies to work along side us and to help grow our team with the addition of their incredible inspiration, personalities, laughter and work ethic.
She was the first to officially join the Save the Date Beauty team and we couldn’t feel luckier or happier to have this wonderfully talented soul and artist on board.
Meet Stephanie Pall:
“Just like in any industry, there are many styles and outcomes in ours. Makeup products, makeup application, makeup perception, makeup wearers… I meet many other artists and we all use the art form differently, from our own canvases to those of our clients. Some faces you look at and ask yourself if they used a spackling knife to apply it, it’s so thick! It can look amazing, but can still be horrifying to the everyday user. Then there is the other extreme… Are you even wearing any? Do you even lift, bro?
In my own world of painting on my war paint, I’m a less is more tender. I love makeup as an accessory. I’m not going to wear a fur hat, a ball cap, a tiara, a choker, bangles, dripping diamond earrings, earmuffs and a bindi. I’ll chose a few of those items and make the grand picture work. That said, I see makeup as an art of expression and overall outfit enhancer/completer. I may play around a bit and match the chandelier earrings with the ball cap. I’ll take a page out of Kim Kardashians book of some lighter contouring, but skip the blush and the lower lash mascara. My daily makeup routine is quite bare, so when I do decide to get all saucied up, I usually get the comment from my friends ‘ah, yes, this says makeup artist’, because I’ve made the choice to leave some steps behind, they think it looks makeup artist-y and edgy, even though my application is still quite subtle. My mascara wand only applies to the top and bottom lashes if I make it do that. Every time you see someone rocking a style you aspire to dabble in, but think, nah, I could never pull that off. Think again!! Try it. Tweak it to your comfort level. You’ll have others glancing at you, saying the same thing you said about your makeup inspiration look just the day before. You wear it, don’t let it wear you and be kind to yourself <3 ”
Words and Photo by Steph Pall
On this chilly November afternoon, the pretty sunlight peeking through the trees reminds us of this dreamy summer day shooting with Ronnie Lee Hill.
This past Sunday, October 18, 2o15 we showed at the glamourous 25th Anniversary Brock House Wedding Show. It was an absolutely gorgeous show this year, larger and more opulent that ever, with tons of amazing vendors. We were so pleased to share the fashion show stage with the wonderful ladies of Kathryn Bass Bridal. Our lovely makeup, hair and styling team arrived for the early call time as the sun was coming up. We were happy to share the backstage ‘salon’ with the talented ladies of Mink Makeup as they styled the models walking for Isabelle’s Bridal. As the models did the show run through, we had just enough time to set up our booth and prepare for all the beautiful brides who would be coming through the doors in less than an hour! We met tons of super sweet and excited brides-to-be, their trusty bridesmaids and lovely mamas. We were also so pleased to share the show with some truly exceptional companies, like the creative ladies at Wonderlust Photography, the charismatic Curious Oyster guys, the sparkly jewels of the Borrowed Collection and the dreamy Sunshine Coast BC retreat Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, just to name a few. We also can’t get over the extraordinary (dream)team behind Dreamgroup Productions, the masterminds of the Brock House Wedding Show, who were completely accommodating, friendly and on top of all of it! It was an unforgettable experience!
Thank you to everyone who made the show a total success!
1 On location or at the salon – First you need to decide if you want to have your styling done in your home or choice venue or if you prefer going to the salon on the day of. You may want the luxury have having your hair and makeup done at your choice location. This option offers no travel stress and the convenience of having your stylists come to you, armed with all the salon essentials. Or you may just love the salon setting and see that as the ultimate in pampering. We obviously love the first option as we are all about mobile hair and makeup!
2 Ask around, get referrals – Its true that referrals are our best form of advertisement but it is also a trusty way to find hidden gems your friends or colleagues have already sourced out and have experienced first hand.
3 Search and review – Check out the local stylists, wedding blogs and magazines. See whose work stands out to your most. Most companies offer free consultations, so take them up on it and see if you mix well in person. It is a super intimate and special part of the day so you want to be sure you have the right team to help enhance your natural beauty.
4 Book a trial – Once you have found a stylist you click with and whose work your love, book a trial styling. Come equipped with ideas, photos, Pinterest boards, etc of how you envision looking walking down the aisle. The trial will not only give you the opportunity to try out your dream look and get to know your stylists but to test that you have chosen the right look for yourself
5 Make the deposit – If you loved the look and loved the experience, set the date in stone with a deposit. When you find someone you connect with on a personal and professional level is makes your styling experience that much sweeter.
Photo credit: jennifer armstrong photography