Monday, January 23, 2012

Spotlight on Bride Sarah

I just received a few images from Sarah and Ben's wedding that took place in Naples, FL this past fall. Once I saw the sampling of photos from Binaryflips Photography, I knew that the images from this real wedding were going to fill up more than one blog post! I met Sarah at Washingtonian Bride and Groom's Unveiled Show last year, which I just so happened to be honored to participate in again just yesterday! I thought it was fitting to showcase Sarah in all her bridal glory. Sarah was not only a beautiful bride on her wedding day, but honestly one of the most kind hearted and thoughtful people I have had the privilege to work with. I know that I have gained a life long friend in this bride!

The elegant bouquet above was not only beautiful but a very special gift! The bride's dear friend Suha Kaidbey, owner of Le Printemps, brought the lily of the valleys with her from DC and carried them on the plane in a cooler!

The photos of the Rivini dress from Carine's Bridal Atelier above are a few of my favorites! This was another special delivery from DC to FL. I remember holding my breath taking the dress through security and I may or may not have asked the man next to me to move to another seat so the dress could sit next to me!! I didn't think it was such a outlandish request, but his eye rolling as he moved may have suggested otherwise :)

More of this wedding to come, think mirror calligraphy, bourbon bars and....a Guns n Roses Axl Rose and Slash reunion?!??!?!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Down Side of Hair

Yesterday we navigated through the updos of wedding hairstyles and today we will tackle the downs. Who doesn't dream of having flowy curls on their wedding day...Kate Middleton anyone??? Wearing your hair down or slightly pulled back is not only romantic, but dare we say sexy.

The first rule of this hairstyle is you have to have hair, and lots of it. Sorry girls but if you can get out of the shower and your hair air dries perfectly straight in five minutes, this may not be the choice for you. Unless of course you call on the experts for "reinforcements."

Below are two examples of hair extensions to pull off the half down look that many girls crave. Even if you have thick locks, the hair extensions add body and volume to make your hair look full and beautiful. Don't worry, you do not need to be a "real housewives" star to get extensions. There are many great options that are clip in (and not the kind that gets you an audition for Jersey Shore), just ask a trusted stylist and run from any that are not real hair!

Both of these lovely ladies were styled by Jean of Salon Jean and Day Spa and photographed by Jennifer Lust, and they both happen to be named Bridget....I promise they did not marry the same groom :)

Wearing your hair down allows you the freedom to be "yourself". Some brides are known for their gorgeous hair, like our bride Carine, yes the same one of Carine's Bridal Atelier. Her hair is just too beautiful to pull back. Giselle of Elegant Hair by Giselle created a masterpiece when working on Carine. Not only did she look stunning, but the look was all her own...again, dare we say sexy!!

Hair down does not always have to be super glamorous, but more beach appropriate. Our Nantucket bride, Rachel was effortlessly chic and preppy in her beach friendly do. And if you think she looks eerily familiar, that is her sister with hair extensions above. I was honored to be asked back by her family to plan the second wedding the next year!

If you simply cannot answer the age old question of "up or down" simply do both! Ismail of George's Salon at The Four Seasons created not one but two looks for our bride Avni. She wanted the more formal look of her hair up for the ceremony, but then wanted a more Hollywood look for her 2nd costume change just in time for dancing.

So what did our bride from yesterday's post, that prompted this hair exploration decide? Well we left the trial with a beautiful updo, but a recent email from her is clearly longing for some of the styles above. I say she does both!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Navigating the Ups and Downs....of hair

Even though the last few weeks were filled with holiday cheer it was planning time over here at SoCo Events. Holiday weeks are busy with our out of town brides that come home for the holidays. One of our May couples was in from sunny San Diego and we had a few days of "marathon meetings" before sipping on holiday cheer.

The bride's hair trial was one of our top priorities and she followed my instructions well and came with several pictures for inspiration. While the styles were all beautiful and would look great with her dress (always important to keep in mind), they were split down the middle: half were photos of "updos" and the other half were down and pulled back.

This lead me to mentally catalogue my previous brides to see which style wins out in the polls and what the advantages of each are. Today we will look back at brides that chose to wear there hair up.

The image below from Greg Gibson is a classic example of a polished updo. Here, my bride Rebecca wanted to channel Audrey Hepburn and be the epitome of class and style. Paula from Salon 4 did just that, by creating a sophisticated updo. Plus with the beautiful neckline of her Monique Lhuillier dress, up was the only option.

My October bride, Jacquelyn didn't just share a name with Jackie O, she shared her style and look as well. Here the amazing Justine Ungaro captures her entire look, and how the off center chignon, courtesy of the one and only Ismail at George at the Four Seasons Salon, was the perfect choice.

Not all updos have to be tailored and polished, they can also be romantic and soft. Our Bride, Nicole's style was nothing short of dreamy. Here is Ish again,working his magic

Adding the fresh flower made this look complete, as it played off of the flowers on her Monique Lhuillier dress. This is one of our favorite images from the day...thanks Jennifer Lust!

Wearing your hair up is a great choice if you want to rest assured that everything will stay in place, after all it is a long day! Pulling your hair back also allows you to draw attention to your beautiful dress or showcase some amazing jewelry. Girls that do not have hair like Rapunzel will find that an updo works best and can even give the appearance of more luscious locks!

Tomorrow we will dive into the world hair extensions (oh yes) and more when looking back at brides that opted for loose free flowing waves!