Taj an Ashley & Alexandria’s real bride was dressed like modern royalty on her wedding day with her love Hassan. The wedding took place at Byblos Banquet Hall in Dearborn, Michigan. The bride wore an off the shoulder Dovita Bridal ballgown. The wedding gown has a traditional silhouette that exudes grandeur and formality. Using subtle lace and sequin accents the wedding dress evoked a regal feel for the bridal ceremony and reception.
The Beauty Shots You Can’t Forget to Take on Your Wedding Day
It goes without saying that wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of any wedding day. These photos will last a lifetime after all, and you’ll want your photographer to capture every oh-so-special moment—from seeing your partner for the first time to making your grand entrance as a couple at the reception. And when it comes to beauty, there are a few shots that you’ll definitely want your photographer to snap, too, that put the focus on your flawless manicure or let your perfectly imperfect updo shine.
We spoke with NYC-based wedding and lifestyle photographer Jenny Fu about the essential hair, makeup, and manicure shots that your wedding photographer should have on his or her “must-take” list, plus the tips you need to know to nail every shot.
Below, the wedding photography tips you need to take the best bridal beauty photos on your big day, straight from one of Brides Best Wedding Photographers of 2018.
Capture your vibrant highlights or a beautiful updo with an outdoor hair photo, says Jenny. “Bridal hair photos look great when shot with natural light—you can see the texture of the braids or curls.” Ask your photographer to shoot from various angles so that you’ll have tons of options, too.
“I love capturing a gorgeous profile view of the bride because you are able to see all of the detail in the hair and the bride’s beautiful face,” adds Jenny. “Ask your photographer to take these detailed shots early on in the day, before it gets too messy.” We recommend getting these outdoor hair photos right before your first look or ceremony.
When it comes to showing off your wedding makeup, “Great portrait shots are all about angles,” Jenny explains. “Everyone knows that the perfect selfie angle is from the top down, and the same theory works when it comes to bridal photography.” Jenny says that she usually has her brides gaze down at a 45-degree angle over their shoulders to capture the perfect portrait.
It’s also important to capture those getting-ready moments before the wedding, so add a few close-ups of your in-progress makeup and hair to your “must-take” photo list. And before the big day, Jenny recommends to practice taking selfies on your phone, in order to learn which angles work for you and later communicate that to your photographer.
Whether you go for wedding nail art or opt to keep your nails neutral, Jenny says to make sure your fingernails are groomed and ready for their close-up, whether you want to show off that manicure in a spotlight shot or not. Read the rest here.
Wondering how to stop frizzy hair? We’re with ya. Whether you have fine or curly hair, chances are you’ve experienced out-of-control texture at some point in your life. The good news? It’s totally possible to prevent frizz from becoming an unwanted wedding crasher. Before you say “I do,” check out these frizzy hair remedies that will help you get rid of unwanted flyaways and battle humidity on your big day.
What Causes Frizzy Hair
The first step in solving any problem is understanding it. Simply put, frizzy hair is “any hair type that has a naturally uneven cuticle that doesn’t lay flat,” says Tim Rogers, creative director of Living Proof. “Additionally, hair that has been damaged by heat styling, chemical treatments or UV corrosion can experience frizz.”
Start With A Healthy Diet
If your frizz is due to dryness and damage, stop it at its root (literally!), beginning with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Incorporate superfoods such as spinach, salmon, blueberries, and dark chocolate to your meals, which will stimulate hair growth, combat dryness, and strengthen those strands. Beyond making you feel your best, what you consume in the engagement months could pay off in the form of lovelier locks on the big day. And if you want to be extra sure you’re getting all the necessary nutrients, a daily multivitamin containing iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and biotin will help your hair (not to mention your nails) grow fast and strong.
Communicate With Your Stylist
Honesty is always the best policy. When you get your hair cut, clue your hair pro in on your concerns so she can use techniques that combat frizz. “Always tell your stylist that frizz is a concern, so layering can be managed and minimized—no shags—and the use of a razor can be managed or avoided,” Rogers says.
Re-think Your Wash & Dry Routine
Though some will tell you that it’s best to cut down on your washes to prevent dry, damaged hair, Rogers says that it depends on the shampoo you’re using. “Washing the hair often with astringent formulas can damage the cuticle layer over time,” he says. Instead, look for one that fights frizz and blocks humidity, like Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, which contains a patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA). “It’s more effective than other ingredients due to the fact that it creates an invisible shield around each strand, which works better than oil and silicone formulations at repelling humidity and stopping frizz before it starts,” Rogers says. Basically, the bottles are superheros in the shower department ($24 each).
Once it’s clean, don’t yank a brush through it. Instead, run a wide-tooth comb through your hair while it’s still conditioning. And rather than aggressively scrub-drying your ‘do with a towel, which raises the cuticle, use a gentle blotting motion. “Diffusing is fine if a wavy, natural look is desired,” Rogers says. “Otherwise, I recommend gently stretching the roots and mid-lengths with a flat Denman brush as blow-dry prep.”
Style It Right
When it comes to styling for the wedding, Rogers says it’s always best to start with clean hair: “One urban styling myth is that you shouldn’t wash your hair on your wedding day because the hair will be too ‘flyaway’ or ‘soft’ to style,” Rogers says. “With the styling technologies we have available to us, we can synthetically create great styling results without having to rely on ‘day-old hair’.” After all, “if you’re putting the work in to blow dry from scratch, don’t you want it to last as many days as possible?”
Avoid the Heat
Try to cut down on hair dryer, straightener, and curling iron use in the months leading up to your wedding, but don’t let it stop you from doing you. “We all know that high heat can damage hair,” Rogers says, “but if you need that extra bit of insurance against frizz and general ‘style failure,’ go ahead and use a flat or curling iron to lock in your shape. Just be sure to use both a great heat protectant and limit the heat setting to 350 degrees.” John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum is another tried-and-true favorite of brides and pros alike (it’s won three consecutive Big Day Beauty Award titles for the best frizz fighter!), that’s seriously clutch at controlling frizzy hair ($8).
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The bride’s been kissed, the garter’s been tossed and the cake’s been cut — now it’s time for the grand finale exit. It’s easy to make your wedding exit just as exciting as your entrance with a little help from your guests. From streamers to sparklers to balloon releases and beyond, here are favorite wedding sendoff ideas
- Lighting the Way with Pillar Candles
Your guests can light the way out with romantic pillar candles so you and your love exit through a sweet sea of candlelight.
- Waving Streamers
Provide your guests with colorful streamers to wave at you as you leave the wedding. The vibrant colors will make for eternally exciting wedding pictures. And, naturally, you can coordinate the streamer colors to the colors of your wedding.
- Releasing Balloons
Have your guests release a sea of biodegradable balloons into the sky for a truly uplifting moment! This is best for a day-time wedding so you can watch as the balloons ascend into the sky.
- Releasing Sky Lanterns
If your wedding reception will end after dusk (as most weddings do), you can have your guest release sky lanterns as you take off. There’s nothing more romantic than watching these pepper the sky. (Use battery-operated lights, however, instead of an open flame, which can lead to a fire!)
- Tossing Flower Petals
Move over flower girls, blooms aren’t just for tossing along the aisle anymore. A post-nuptial petal toss is a pretty and festive way to kick off the rest of the day’s celebration.
- Blowing Tiny Bubbles
Streamers and petals are pretty, but require extra post-ceremony cleanup. Bubbles double as fun favors with less mess—just don’t get too sticky!
- Releasing Butterflies
Entrust a few appointed guests to release butterflies as you depart (just make sure to find a butterfly release company that ensures the safety of the butterflies, first and foremost.) Setting the butterflies free symbolizes your new beginning together and happiness. The butterflies will flutter about the new couple before flying free, making for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity and a final wedding memory you’ll never forget.
- Releasing Doves
Send doves soaring off into the sky as you and your beloved head to happily ever after. As with the butterflies, just make sure the safety of the doves comes first! Releasing doves symbolizes
- Tossing Oversized Glitter
Why oversized? It’s easier to clean up than regular glitter, and it will show up better in your photos.
- Tossing Sequins
Just like glitter, you can’t go wrong with sequins if you’re looking for a super sparkly exit.
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Even if you’re a year or more out from your wedding day, it’s never too early to start the beautifying process. (Just don’t forget to add the occasional massage to your waxing, coloring, and cutting appointments—your future in-laws will stress you out at some point). To help keep you on the right track all year long, here’s what beauty pros recommend you book, and when. Pull out your day planner, and keep reading!
A year out
Some brides wait till the last minute to book a makeup artist. Don’t make this mistake. According to Julia Ice, an artist at Salon Gregorie’s in Newport Beach: “Brides should schedule appointments anywhere from a year to six months out, especially if the wedding is during prime wedding months. I always suggest doing the trial bridal makeup when they have a special occasion or engagement photos. This way the bride can see how they like the makeup when photographed, and how it lasts throughout the day.”
Kelly Sullivan, a hairstylist at the same salon, says that a year out is also the time to book a stylist and start consulting on the look you want for your wedding day. “Especially when it comes to color, it’s important to discuss the goal as each person requires different timing and results.”
Two to six months out
At this point, many brides already have their dresses picked out. “It’s best to start gathering photos of hairstyles that you envision having, and start scheduling appointments to experiment with your up-do or styles,” Sullivan says. Then, continue booking regular hair appointments for six to eight weeks to get your tresses tamed for show time.
Six months out
Michelle Schlekewey, the director of spa and fitness at Escondido, California’s Golden Door, recommends kicking off your bridal skincare regimen with a peel six months out. “This will clear the slate for your best skin,” she says. Then, “monthly facials with your aesthetician will help clear away most skin breakouts or congestion that needs correcting.” This is also the time to start waxing legs and underarms, ladies.
“The hair grows in cycles, so you will have all of the hair cleared in time for the wedding. Waxing does need some growing out to start so that you can get all of the hair. You want to be smooth and hair-free for your honeymoon,” Schlekewey says.
Three months out
Schlekewey also stresses the importance of conditioning treatments for your hair—starting right about now. The treatments will help your hair get in its best, softest shape, she says; and it’s best start conditioning once a week from here until “I do.” And, don’t forget the rest of your body: “If you are wearing a backless or off-the-shoulder dress, you want that skin to be flawless,” she says. “Work with your aesthetician to receive monthly back facials starting three months in advance. Full-body treatments with exfoliation and hydration will keep your skin soft and clear also.”
A month out
With a few weeks to go, it’s time to start focusing on your eyes. Ice recommends waxing eyebrows a week before the big day. And if you’re getting eyelash extensions, “I recommend booking the appointment at least a month before—just in case brides have any allergic reactions,” she says. Sullivan says that one to two months out is also the time you should be booking your final coloring sessions.
And, this is it! The time to start treating yourself to massages. “You can see stress in a person’s eyes or on their face,” Schlekewey warns. “Have a massage once a week leading up to the big day so that you look and feel rested and relaxed.”
A Week Out
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