“I love it so much… I’ll take two!”
Costume changes aren’t just for the theater. The idea of having an alternative dress for the reception, or your bridal portraits is a great way to have fun with your look. One of my brides recently relayed her secret motive for a second dress was to have more fun at her reception.
“My main dress was too big to really dance outside at my reception. A shorter dress let me be more comfortable…I was more myself and happy!”– Pearl Atkinson
Want to showcase your multiple fashion statements and stay within your budget? Be on the lookout for sales at local bridal boutiques. If you start your gown hunt early enough in the game, you are sure to find a beautiful bargain that won’t take away from other wedding necessities.
Glossy neutral lips have been the most prominent pout request since the early 2000s. But the allure of hot pink, vibrant coral and even purple is convincing brides to go with a lip color that pops. A prominent lip conveys confidence while the neon shades are undeniably modern. Leave the gloss for the neutrals as bold colors photograph and wear much better as a matte. Neon lips too bold a statement for your look? Get creative with your manicure to satisfy your craving for color.
Von’s Vice: For matte lips that will last, skip the lipstick and gloss altogether. Instead, fill in the entire lip area with a lip pencil. Gloss is the enemy of long lasting lip color.
Blow It Out
Gone are the days of tousled, romantic hair styles. Smooth soft waves are dominating the altar. Taking a note from the likes of Veronica Lake, this old Hollywood inspired look has a classic appeal for brides of all ages. Celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain sent a clear message to the hair world during the 2013 awards season- never underestimate the power of a good blow out! Tamed tresses definitely require a trial run as keeping a smooth finish is paramount. The humidity and heat of Texas provides unique obstacles so be sure to meet with your hair stylist to ensure your hair type can withstand a long wedding day.
Birdcage veils have given way to a new bridal headwear trend – the headband. This tribal based look translates in the bridal world in the form of rhinestones and pearls. Brides are loving the versatility a headband provides as it can be worn with a variety of hair styles, ranging from a formal up-do, to long flowing locks. Remember the double wedding dress trend? The headband is a perfect fit for a fun reception dress so you don’t have to sacrifice the traditional veil for the ceremony.
Von Criswell is a native East Texan originally from Nacogdoches. After graduating from Baylor University, she focused her sights on the beauty industry. Von has worked as a Make up Artist, Stylist and an Art Director for print, runway and film. She later received her Esthetician’s license in pursuit of understanding the functions of the skin as well as total body wellness. Von and her family now make their home in Tyler where she works as a freelance Make up Artist and consultant.