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!
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!
Trillium Resort and Spa – Port Sydney, Muskoka ON
We have fallen completely in love with this beautiful cottage style venue. This serene 86 acre resort features 17 cottages and chalets for your family and friends to spend a memorable weekend celebrating the love between you and your partner! Our favourite part about Trillium is the Post-and-Beam Dining Room, featuring an antique bar, wooden beamed cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace. The large arched windows offer stunning natural light and a picturesque view of Devine Lake. The dining room is often used for indoor ceremonies, with incredible staff to transform it into your dining reception area and later to a floor to dance the night away! We absolutely love that Trillium also offers ceremonies outside on the lawn or the beach front, with the stunning private lake as your back drop to say I do! They also have an on location Spa offering a special array of services for you and your bridal party to be pampered and unwind before the big day. The resort also has a pool, a variety of motor less boats at the lake and a charming waterfall for you to enjoy during your stay. Safe to say, the incredible team at Trillium Resort and Spa specialize in making your cottage style wedding dreams come true!
Windermere House – Windermere, Muskoka ON
This unique wedding venue stole our hearts with its historic Victorian-style setting nestled along the shores of the breathtaking Lake Rosseau. This Muskoka landmark offers a variety of venue options including the Islandview Room, the Grand Verandah and the sprawling lawn front. You and your guests can enjoy the 56 charming rooms and suites for a luxurious overnight stay just steps from your ceremony location of choice! Their AMBA Health and Beauty Spa also offers wedding packages, so you and your loved ones can indulge in their relaxing services. A wide variety of water, sports and leisure activities and equipments are available for you and your guests to enjoy during their stay, along with an exceptional golf course right next door. With an “it’s all in the details” planning approach you can rest assured their team of event specialists will be there to cater to your every need. The Windemere house will leave you and your guests with an unforgettable wedding experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
Photo credit: Williamson Photo