Picture Perfect Makeup Tips

Approach your wedding makeup the way you would think of makeup for a date. You don’t want to load it on, but you don’t want to go bare either. Be realistic, and be yourself. If your style is fresh, healthy, and low-key, don’t suddenly transform yourself into something you’re not. To master your makeup so it looks fresh and pretty in person and in photos, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. Follow this tips, relax, and don’t forget to SMILE!

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To diffuse harsh light in photos, look for light-reflecting foundation, or one that contains ingredients that  give your skin a soft, dewy quality without the shine. If your skin is oily, obviously, look for oil-free foundation.

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Use cream blush, rather than powder or gel, to add warmth to your skin tone.

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For shine-free photos, don’t forget your powder.

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If you use powder, continue it down onto your neck and chest to prevent lines that can appear in photos.

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Make sure your mascara is waterproof, for obvious reasons.

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Avoid lipstick shade with brown undertones, which can look really flat in photos. Steer clear of really dark lip shades, which will dominate the photos, or very pale shades, which will wash out.

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Lip gloss is fine, but not super shiny, it will reflect too much in photos.

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Blend your makeup really well, especially your blush, concealer, and eye shadow. The camera can embellish visible makeup lines.

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Try a long-lasting gel liner instead of liquid liners. Liquid can look too harsh, and pencil liners tend to smudge.

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Apply your makeup in natural light, preferably near a window. Artificial light will encourage your to over apply, and you may wind up looking overdone.

When you’re deciding on your makeup make sure to keep in mind not only your personality, but the rest of your wedding. Smokey eyes, for example, might look overdone at a beach or garden ceremony, while sheer, neutral shades might be too low-key for a formal evening affair.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Wedding Day Locks of Love

Most brides want their hair to look soft, healthy, and beautiful on their wedding day. Beyond that, there are several other things to consider when choosing the perfect hairstyle. Keep in mind your personality, the location, your headpiece, and your dress. I would recommend researching available hairstylist up to six months prior to your wedding, because good hairstylist can get booked up months in advance. Everyone’s hair texture is different, so give your style a test run before you decide.

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A chignon hairstyle is an easy, elegant style for a more traditional bride who wants to look immaculately groomed. It’s also perfect if you’re a worrier because it’s a long lasting style with great hold.

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A chignon that sits low on the nape of the neck is easy to wear with a tiara. You can also accessorize this style with jewels or tiny pearls to hold shorter pieces of the hair back.

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A French twist is a structured, sophisticated style that keeps your hair off your face and works beautifully with a veil or tiara.

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A brooch at the top is a beautiful way to glam up a simple French twist.

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It may sound retro, but for a wedding, a French braid is a simple, romantic style that works well with straight or wavy hair.

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Wrapping a silky ribbon around the elastic a few times then tying it in a flat bow adds a touch of color.

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This is a romantic, almost universally flattering style. It’s less controlled than an up do, but still keeps your hair off your face.

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Adding some fresh floral or a brooch is a great way to add some glam to your hair.

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Flowing hair is an extremely pretty, romantic look for a wedding, but it can be hard to control, especially if the weather is hot or humid.

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If you plan on wearing your hair loose, consult with a stylist who will advise you on how to control your locks and create the best style.

If you’re getting married on the beach, a loose, natural style may feel more appropriate than a chignon. But it’s hard to predict what your hair will do when you wear it loose, especially in the great outdoors. If you’re the type of bride who needs things under control, you may be more comfortable with the structured up do. And remember your dress. If you’re wearing a full-skirted ball gown, for example, a style that’s tight to the head may not create the most flattering proportion.

Best of wishes,

Stacey B.

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Caring for your Bridesmaids

While the time leading up to your wedding can be stressful and emotionally taxing, don’t go hormonal on a bridesmaid who hasn’t bought her shoes yet if what’s really upsetting you is the fact you’re $5,000 over on your budget. Treat her like the friend she is! To help you get off on the right foot with your bridesmaids, take to heart my list of dos and don’ts.

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Don’t put too much pressure or too many expectations on your bridesmaids. You’ve asked them to be in your wedding because they are special to you. Don’t make it another job for them.

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Do start things off right with a great dinner or get-together.

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Don’t expect your bridesmaids to bring a gift to every wedding-related event. In fact, you shouldn’t necessarily expect them to attend every wedding-related event. Remember, being a bridesmaid involves an enormous outlay of funds.

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Do budget enough for gifts that show you appreciate all they’ve done for you.

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Don’t behave badly. This is a very stressful and emotional time in your life and you don’t want to ruin a lifelong relationship.

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Do provide sufficient information regarding what type of jewelry, hairstyle, and nail color you’d like to see on the wedding day. If you take everyone out for manicures and hire a hairstylist for the wedding, you can budge on the more delicate areas. Gifting your attendants with jewelry, a handbag, or a wrap is not only generous but also a great way to exercise some control over style.

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Don’t email your graphic artist bridesmaid the day before she leaves for your wedding, asking her to design your programs in the next twelve hours.

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Do give your bridesmaids plenty of notice regarding dates and deadlines. Though the maid of honor is often in charge of this area, she needs to get directions from you in time. If you want them to attend a fitting with you, help you assemble gift bags for out-of-towners, or have their shoes dyed a particular shade, give them a heads up.

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Don’t choose bridesmaids dresses that only a runway model could wear.

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Do consider the various dress sizes, body types, and skin tones of your bridesmaids when choosing a style and color for their dresses. While finding an outfit that’s universally flattering is virtually impossible, there are some choices that are kinder than others. And unless you’re paying for the dress, consider their budget limitations. If you can find a comparable style in a less expensive fabric, go for it.

Like I said many times before, this time in your life is emotional and can be at times stressful. Take time to listen to your bridesmaids when they’re expressing options, especially where it concerns their attire. These are your best friends you choose to guide you through your wedding, so give them plenty of time to enjoy the festivities as well. You want them to have wonderful memories of your wedding day too.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Freesia

Freesia when added to a bouquet reminds me of a similar look to the snap dragon. Instead of the funnel shaped flowers growing on all sides of a stem it only grows on the top. This fragrant flower is native to the eastern side of South Africa. It comes naturally in white, yellow, pink, and shades of blue. Their fragrance can be found often in hand creams, shampoos, and candles.  This flower is known to symbolize innocence and friendship. Below I have pointed out some of their main qualities and how they tie into wedding floral designs.

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These flowers are mostly planted in the fall. Going into more depth about their growing habits, once the stem has reached it maximum height the bud will make a right angle allowing all of the flowers to bloom facing straight up.

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It is best to grow this plant in well drained areas of your garden. If you are looking to add the most fragrance plant pink and red variations.

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As explained above this flower is known to symbolize innocence and friendship. It is the seventh wedding anniversary flower.

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The expected vase life is six days. If you are planning to use this flower in your wedding have them delivered approximately 4 days before the wedding so that each flower has the opportunity to bloom.

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These flowers are very fragile. If you add them to a large arrangement and they touch other branches they will turn brown and wilt. It is important to only add them to bouquets, singular vases, hair pieces, and boutonnieres.

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Each stem will have 3-6 blooms per stem.

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Freesia costs approximately $1.43 per stem.

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This bouquet is my absolute favorite! Freesia can either blend in well with a wild exotic bouquet, or be used for an elegant all white bouquet.

I think that if your florists handles this flower properly it can add excellent volume to any bouquet or arrangement. When adding it to a floral design treat it as an accent flower versus a full or filler flower. This flower will give enough fragrance for your guests to enjoy the entire night!

Laker

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Destination Wedding: Texas Hill Country

There is definitely something special about Texas Hill Country. From the unforgettable wildflowers and sunsets to the best wine, food, lakes, and hospitality, there’s no place quite like it. Nestled in the heart of Texas, Hill Country provides all the luxury and country living, good-eating, and line-dancing, that any bride and groom would want to have. With local attractions, breathtaking views, and top entertainment this place really has it all.

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When soul mates join hands at Horseshoe Bay Resort, it creates the perfect start to an exceptional marriage. With the tranquility of Lake LBJ and activities for everyone in your wedding party, you’re destined to fall in love with this location.

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La Cantera Hill Country Resort offers the perfect romantic backdrop of the Texas Hill Country for your big day! Whether your ceremony will have 20 or 500 attendees, La Cantera is dedicated to making your wedding day as smooth and stress-free as possible. La Cantera Hill Country Resort has an assortment of indoor and outdoor venues that can accommodate ceremonies from 10 to 350, with wedding receptions for up to 1,000 guests.

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Stablewood Springs Resort is the Hill Country’s premier wedding destination. Exchange vows beneath a grove of century-old live oaks or atop a 2000-foot high ridge with incomparable views. Here are the area’s finest facilities for your rehearsal dinner, your ceremony and your reception.

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Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock presents a magical setting that is sure to enrapture all your guests during your Texas wedding. Every detail, from an intimate 50-guest ceremony in their elegant courtyard to a lavish reception of up to 275 in the 5,000 square-foot reception hall, will be handled with the utmost care by their onsite professionals. The spa lets you unwind before your big day, while their onsite restaurant will help create a menu perfect for your guests. There’s no place better than here to say, “I do.”

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Say “I do” at the beautiful Willow Point Resort, located on the shores of stunning Lake Buchanan. This elegant setting is perfect for all types of celebrations, from extravagant events to intimate ceremonies, and is sure to enchant all of your guests! Their new lake house is ideal for guest accommodations, and their professional staff will help you plan all the details!

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The charming Hill Country is the perfect place to say “I do.” At Acorn Bed & Breakfast, you can enjoy a truly intimate celebration with your family and friends under a canopy of oak trees, plus a goldfish pond and gazebo that make for a truly elegant setting. Let their professional staff help you plan all the details so that your dream wedding can become a reality.

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Plan an exclusive, elegant plantation-style wedding retreat with overnight accommodations for up to 44 family and friends for a unique Texas style event. The Walden Plantation provides an all-inclusive facility to showcase your wedding weekend. Your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and the reception will be fabulous.

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Newly engaged couples who have the idea of having the ultimate destination wedding, but don’t want to travel far to say their “I dos” will love Lakeway Resort and Spa. You can stay in your own backyard and still have the special day of your dreams in the Heart of Texas on the shores of Lake Travis.

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The Full Moon Inn has 20 years of experience when it comes to catering weddings. The inn’s professional staff will assist in all the details, legwork, and make your wedding stress-free and enjoyable. This charming Hill Country setting is sure to enchant all your guests!

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At The Resort at Tapatio Springs, event professionals will make sure that your wedding day is as beautiful as you’ve always imagined! You have the option between a private outdoor venue near the golf course complete with a patio featuring a beautiful stone fireplace, or there’s the indoor ballroom that also shows off those amazing views! Let their staff help make sure your big day goes off without a hitch!

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Located 35 minutes north of Austin, the Vineyard at Florence wedding experience is a desired venue for weddings and bridal parties. The Vineyard offer beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces with natural surroundings such as, the rolling hills, spring-fed creek, and starry nights for your perfect event. Imagine your wedding overlooking the lush vineyards and dancing under the stars as you celebrate your new life together.

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Weddings at Red Corral Ranch are magical events that bring together friends and family in a casually elegant setting. With multiple sites available for gathering with loved ones, and hosting a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, your wedding at Red Corral Ranch will be the event of a lifetime for you and your guests.

Which venue would you choose?

Stacey B.

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