From time to time, we will be featuring vendors that are known for being the best of the best. Our very first dream vendor is Jose Villa, photographer extraordinaire. He captures the unique feel of each and every event he shoots, and the result is a collection of photos that are breathtaking reflections of love, joy, and beautiful details. This post is going to be very photo-heavy because every single one of his images is absolutely to die for, and I simply couldn’t narrow it down any more than this. I’m going to let this small sampling of his work speak for itself, because it has a lot to say.
Pronovias has really mastered feminine details. Their 2014 Bridal Collection doesn’t do anything truly groundbreaking, but it does do classic bridal looks beautifully and incorporates details like lace, beading, and bows in a fresh way. I especially love the way they are using illusion necklines with lace. It just feels so perfectly romantic. Check out these highlights from the Pronovias 2014 Bridal Collection and see if anything tickles your fancy. All looks featured here and many, many more can be found on the Pronovias Bridal page.
You have probably been dreaming about your bridal look since you were a little girl. The dress, the veil, maybe even the shoes, and you as the blushing bride making it all look good. You’re hair and makeup will be flawless, so why not have your nails be too? After all, they’ll be in plenty of pictures showing off your beautiful new wedding ring!
I love nail polish. I tend to gravite toward neutrals, but I’m also a sucker for some sparkle or the perfect shade of red. When I was in Paris, instead of buying tchotchkes as souvenirs I bought a bottle of Chanel Le Vernis in Fire. I still wear it to this day as a reminder of my trip.
Here are some of my favorite nail looks, straight from my collection. Each of these is given the Tulle and Twine stamp of approval for their color, wear, and ability to make your hands as pretty as can be on your wedding day, or any other day for that matter!
The Perfect Shade of Red- Red is the most classic nail polish color, and it works well for bridal nails, too. I love Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon.
Something Blue- My favorite nail trend right now is using your polish as your something blue. If you are looking for a deep navy blue, Dior Vernis in Blue Label is the perfect choice (and my favorite polish right now). If you are looking for something more subtle and feminine, try Sephora by OPI Nail Color in Havana Blue or Essie Borrowed and Blue.
Neutrals and Pastels- Neutrals and pastels are my go-to for day-to-day wear, and they work perfectly as a subtle bridal look, too. I love all of the Ciaté London Paint Pots colors, but Twinset and Pearls is the perfect neutral. Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and China Glaze’s For Audrey polished are beautiful pastel shades.
Hiring a professional makeup artist can easily set you back hundreds of dollars. Instead, try taking a cue from the gorgeous Kate Middleton and do your own makeup! As a bit of a makeup junkie, I’ve spent years searching for the best makeup products that are reliable and kind to your skin. Here are my all-time favorite makeup beauty products to guide you if you are opting to do you own makeup. Best of all, these products will last long after the wedding to keep you looking your best.
All-Over Makeup Palette
The Sephora Collection Smoky Studio 2 Palette ($25) is a relatively inexpensive choice with plenty of options. It has 16 eye shades and 15 lip shades. It will allow you to try lots of options before deciding on your wedding look to see what looks best. I find the colors to be nicely pigmented, and the glitter shades aren’t too gritty. I’ve been really happy with mine!
I’ve gone into some of these products in my Skin Care Routine post, but they are staples in my makeup collection that will make your skin look stunning. They are on the pricey side, but I’ve never had luck with drugstore products working with my. I feel like if you are going to have something sitting on your face all day, it needs to work well and help keep your skin healthy.
These colors work with my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones), but you will need to find the perfect shade for you. I start with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52 for 1 oz, $18 for .33 oz). It makes my pores nonexistent and my skin feel balanced (not oily, not dry). Then I use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude ($43). Finally, I love Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 Marble ($42).
Eyes and Brows
My favorite everyday eye palette is the very popular Stila In The Light Palette with Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner ($39). It is extremely versatile and does everything from natural eyes to smokey eyes really well. If you want a dramatic smokey eye, check out the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 20 Regard Perle ($59). I’ve used this one up because I love all of the colors in the palette.
For mascara, bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Rich Black ($18) is amazing for a natural look. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black ($27) gives amazing length. If you are looking for the perfect waterproof mascara, my all-time favorite mascara is Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Black ($30). Don’t be afraid of the medieval torture device-like brush. It’s amazing and really gets the job done. Finally, for brows, I love the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil in Honey Blonde ($12).
For lip moisturizers, basic Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula is super cheap, does a great job, and looks nice and glossy. I’ve been using the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry ($3.29) day and night for several weeks, and I’m really liking it. It last a long time and smells and tastes amazing. Finally, I use Sephora Collection Color Reveal Lip Balm in Unique Pink ($12) when I was a little bit of color on my lips. It changes color depending on your individual skin! Mine comes out a nice mid-pink color.
Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in 18 Rusted Rose ($10) is a nice, non-sticky gloss. Lancome L’Absolu Rough in Crushed Rose ($30) is a beautiful, flattering shade of reddish pink that looks great on many skin tones. Finally, my all-time favorite colored gloss is the Dior Addict Lip Glos in 363 Dormeuse ($30). The color lasts a really long time, which you’ll appreciate on your wedding day when you don’t have to constantly reapply it!
Blush is an important part of your bridal makeup look because it will help you not look washed-out in photographs. I don’t always wear blush, but I do have two favorites, both by Clinique. They both apply easily, have beautiful pigmentation, and don’t wear off throughout the day. I love Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Smoldering Plum ($21) and Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in Pink Blush ($21).
Finally, I’d like to include my favorite brush set. The Sephora Collection Face and Eye Travel Tool Kit ($32) comes with four eye brushes and an awesome blush brush, all in a folding case. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s still in excellent condition. If you take care of the brushes and clean them when they need it with something gentle like Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, they will last forever.
I hope this helps guide you if you are choosing to do you own makeup. For the cost of a makeup artist and a little bit of practice, you can buy the same makeup your makeup artist would use, some great brushes, and look gorgeous on your weddng day. The best part is that you will get to keep the makeup after the wedding so you can keep looking your very best!
BHLDN, Anthropologie’s sister store dedicated to all things wedding, has brought Anthropologie’s signature craftsmanship and feminine detailing to the bridal world. Every single thing in their store is so old-world romantic. They carry everything you need to outfit the bride, bridal party, guests, and venue from head to toe in the most beautiful way. Here are a few of my favorites from their collection.
This post is not sponsored by BHLDN.
Ah, the pre-wedding parties. Each is just another excuse to look gorgeous (not that you need one!). A bachelorette party is a celebration the passing of your single years, so why not say goodbye in a fabulous way in one of these pretty little dresses?
A little black dress is the eternal standard of sexiness and sophistication, making it a classic bachelorette option. You can also go in a completely different direction with a little white dress. You’re the bride! Why not wear white any chance you can get? Check out this collection of black and white looks for any budget. They start at $17.80!
1. Kenna Lace Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 2. Flare Dot Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 3. Paisley Scroll Dress ($298) via Anthropologie | 4. Lace Shift Dress ($50) via Nordstrom | 5. and 6. Pins And Needles Lace Sheer-Back Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 7. and 8. KNT By Kova & T Long-Sleeve Windsor Dress ($99) via Urban Outfitters | 9. Lace Trimmed Bodycon Dress ($17.80) via Forever 21 | 10. Pins And Needles Embroidered Mesh Crepe Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 11. Pleated High-Low Dress ($78) via Nordstrom | 12. Open Back Lace Dress ($40) via Nordstrom
If you are like me and have taste that exceeds your budget, you should consider renting a designer dress from Rent the Runway. We are in no way affiliated with Rent the Runway, we are just fans of their to-die-for dresses and famous customer service. Their whole site is brimming with beautiful dresses that you can wear once and send back, at a small fraction of the cost of retail price.
Most of the Rent the Runway dresses I’ve featured below are at or well below $100, and you get to pick a second backup size to be sent to you for free. These dresses are perfect for every event from engagement parties to post-wedding brunches. From Dolce and Gabbana to Reem Acra to a Tracy Reese dress that the First Lady herself wore, as a guest or as the guest of honor, you’re sure to receive plenty of compliments on your lovely outfit!
1. Godiva Gown by Catherine Dean | 2. Florence Gown by Reem Acra | 3. Up in the Air Dress by Erin by Erin Featherston | 4. Botanical Berry Sheath by Carmen Marc Valvo | 5. Derby Girl Dress by Lilly Pulitzer | 6. Jenn’s Jaguar Dress by D&G by Dolce and Gabbana | 7. Celina Dress by Kate Spade New York | 8. No Turning Back Dress by Z Spoke Zac Posen | 9. Don’t Mind if I Do Dress by Lela Rose | 10. The Vote is In Dress by Tracy Reese | 11. Yellow Rose Bodice Dress by Moschino Cheap and Chic | 12. Rustic Plum Lace Dress by Nanette Lepore
All via Rent the Runway