Planning your destination wedding is stressful, to say the least! You are beholden to trust the recommendations and referrals of others and hold endless long-distance meetings with your vendors. The stylists at Smart & Chic Bride have done everything humanly possible to assure you that hair and make-up are totally stress-free and the two things you can check off that list! And to show you just how beautiful the result can be we’re sharing an early summer affair planned from afar. This destination wedding has lots of smiles, tons of fresh florals, and the day wouldn’t be complete without one totally gorgeous, glowing bride…

From Smart & Chic…

Planning a wedding in a different state than you’re living can be particularly difficult and nerve-wracking, but we make sure to take extra special care of these brides. Communication is key – respond in a timely matter, answer all questions, discuss styles using many photos (especially if a trial run can’t be done) so the stylist understands what the bride is hoping for and the bride can take comfort in trusting a stylist she’s never met to do her makeup and hair on such a special occasion. Johanna was a joy to work with. She has an irrepressible spirit and glow from the inside out. Adding a pop of Bobbi Brown’s French Pink blush and MAC’s Silver Dusk to highlight her cheeks just brought out more of her natural radiance. Johanna’s hair was styled with a thermal spray to hold her loose waves the entire day. Traveling from Los Angeles, Courtney, Johanna’s maid of honor, chose a loose side bun hair style that complemented her face shape. To achieve a soft, yet defined eye, we used Smart and Chic’s water proof mascara in darkest black and applied cluster lashes.

You can see the rest of this beautiful Minneapolis wedding right here

From the lovely bride…

Jonathan (or Kich as he is known by his friends) and I live in Los Angeles, where Kich grew up. We met in Madison, Wisconsin in college where we lived only a fire escape apart. After a beautiful surprise engagement in an apple orchard near Palm Springs, California, we decided to get married in the Twin Cities, where I grew up. We fell in love with the Depot ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel located in the historic former train station in Minneapolis. The space had beautiful traditional elegance right in the center of Minneapolis.

We do not consider ourselves to be a traditional couple, so we wanted to find ways to add our personal touch to give the wedding flair. Our wedding invitations were a bright teal and our flowers were bright and summery and looked great next to the J&J orange embroidered napkins, which were borrowed from friends who coincidentally shared our initials. The black and white cake was decorated with teal ribbon and bright flowers. We chose non-traditional music for both the ceremony and the reception. Kich walked down the aisle to a piano/flute rendition of “Final Countdown” by Europe and our first dance was to a favorite song, “Blue Skies” by the Allman Brothers.

We also wanted our guests to love the Twin Cities and feel a part of the wedding festivities. We made up J2 welcome bags in orange and bright teal (like our invitations) that included a detailed list of our favorite spots in the cities. Amber Procaccini took great photos around the Guthrie Theater, one of our favorite areas in the city.

Months before the wedding, guests were invited to decorate a cloth square with wedding wishes to us. Kich’s mother sewed them together to form a chuppah cover, the traditional canopy that Jews are married under. It was special to stand below the creative artwork of so many friends and family as we were married. We were surprised at the reception by the performance of three bridesmaids who re-wrote the lyrics to my favorite Madonna song, Like a Prayer, with the chorus “When he says her name, it’s like a little prayer, You couldn’t dream this up, you make a perfect pair…” All night the dance floor was packed with dancing and laughter.

As for the attire, my dress was the very first wedding dress I tried on. I went with my mom to the Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul right after Kich and I got engaged and immediately told the salesclerk, Carol, that I would NOT be buying a dress that day. I didn’t know what I was looking for and all I had was a photo of a dress I’d seen in Spain when I studied abroad well before a wedding was even a seedling of an idea. Carol at the Wedding Shoppe first brought me a Tara Keely lace dress to try that didn’t look anything like the photo. I fell in love with it and even though it wasn’t like me to make such a fast decision, I bought it on the spot. My five bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choice. The girls live in five different cities from the Northwest to the Southeast of the country so it was easier to let them choose their own and they all looked fabulous. With simple, bright purple and yellow irises, they really popped.

Julie and Amber from Smart & Chic Bride did a great job on our hair and makeup. They were so easy to work with and made us all look beautiful. It made the day so much more relaxing to have them come to us at the Depot. Julie even came back right before the ceremony to make sure my hair and makeup looked fresh.

This delightful Minnesota wedding isn’t the only piece of pretty we have up our sleeves today. To celebrate all things beauty, Smart & Chic Bride is giving away two of their essential makeup kits to a couple of lucky readers. Just head on over to Smart & Chic’s blog for all the details and to enter. The winners will receive one of the following kits…

KIT #1 ~ Prime and Prep Kit
Before Makeup Essentials
Face Primer
Lid Primer
Lip Primer

KIT #2 ~ Finish and Seal Kit
After Makeup Essentials
Makeup Setting Spray
Double Sided Blotting Papers
Colorless Setting and Blotting Powder

While you’re there, don’t miss all their makeup and beauty tips… you can also check out their online cosmetic boutique. No matter your location or style, the ladies at Smart & Chic totally have you covered. Click here to enter.

Vendor Credits: Photography: Amber Procaccini Photography / Dress: Tara Keely from the Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul, MN / Veil: Che Bella / Shoes: Brass Plum from Nordstrom / Groom’s suit: Michael Kors-Barney’s and Hugo Boss / Ceremony venue: Shir Tikvah / Reception: The Depot Minneapolis / Florist: Summer Harsh / Jeweler: XIV Karat Jewelry in Beverly Hills, CA / Necklace: Borrowed from my grandmother/ Earrings: Borrowed from Kich’s grandmother / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Program Designer: Jon Mark, Office of Design / Napkin Design:  Borrowed from J&J friends who were married a few years ago / Table Settings: Linen Effects / Band: The Sevilles / Cake/Baker: Buttercream