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How to Look Like Yourself on Your Big Day

I was not prepared for the anxiety I felt going into my hair and makeup trial for my own wedding: “How can I look extra special…but still look like me!?” Oh how I wish I had Janelle on Location in my neighborhood, because with her wise words, those worries would have been out the door. She gets to know all her clients so she can create the most authentic looks for their special day and her tips below are absolute lifesavers. Check them out - and Attention Creative’s fun film – right this way!

Know Yourself

Don’t minimize your comfort! Do you wear your hair up every day? Do you have a certain way you like your eyebrows? Those details matter! Just because a style is pretty, doesn’t mean it’s the best style for you on your wedding day. Take into account your personality and personal style, and let your hair and makeup be a reflection of your inner self. When we feel comfortable in our own skin we smile bigger, are more relaxed and at ease, and it makes for the best photos!

Compliment Your Gown

What better reflection of your personal style is there than the gorgeous wedding gown you chose?! It makes a statement – a bold one – about who you are, what you’re like, and the bridal style you’re going for. Let that inspire your hair and makeup look to tie everything together perfectly.

Choose the Right Stylist

None of this is possible if your Stylist doesn’t take the time to get to know you! Find someone who actually cares about your wedding, who asks about your dress, the theme and atmosphere of the Big Day. Unless a Stylist gets to know you as a person and your style as a bride, their recommendations won’t be helpful. Try to find someone whose “brand” of hair and makeup is consistent with the bridal style you’re aiming for.

Pick the Right Second Opinion

Be really intentional about who you invite into your hair and makeup decision making process. Find someone who knows and gets your style, and won’t try to encourage you to do something that is their style. A mom, a sister, a friend… whoever it is, find someone who’s honest and will be true to who you are without their own agenda.

Photography: Cheryl Dawn Photography | Videography: Attention Creative | Hair And Makeup: Janelle On Location | Floral Crown: Janelle On Location

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Intimate + Chic Joshua Tree National Park Wedding

Why am I crushing on this wedding oh so much? To start off, these two said their “I do’s” on October 10th… the same day both of their parents married in 1981. And those very special vows were said among the gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park, after primping and prepping at the retro chic Parker Palm Springs. And finally, one fab jumpsuit not to go unnoticed. Betsi Ewing captured it all – right this way!

From the Bride… Being newbies to the LA area, we didn’t have any sentimental places in mind for our wedding day. All we knew was the date- 10/10. Both sets of our parents were married on 10/10 in 1981 and they are both still together. Ian’s parents were high school sweethearts, while mine met and were married six months later! The wedding date was the most obvious detail of the day. We wanted to find a location that would make us and our wedding guests (all nine of them!) feel special. After visiting the San Jacinto Mountains and the Palm Springs area our decision was made – to spend the wedding weekend at the gorgeous and colorful Le Parker Meridian in Palm Springs and have our intimate afternoon ceremony under the Joshua trees in the park. After driving through Joshua Tree that first time we were totally swept up by the scenery. It was so foreign to us being from Appalachia, it felt like being on the moon! There is something otherworldly about it, but it is also so open, and so unbelievably gorgeous. It suited our style perfectly. Ian and I were determined to focus on the marriage rather than the details of a big wedding, so we pared down and had a beautiful ceremony in a venue that was nearly free with little details and only nine guests. We didn’t want to stress about food tastings, venue size, linens, we just wanted to celebrate the joy we felt with those who have supported us through our happy and trying times, nothing else. In the end, the day was perfect and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Palm Springs Flower Mart | Ceremony Venue: Joshua Tree National Park | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bracelet: Lulu Frost | Hair: Jose Neira Salon At The Parker | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Accomodations: Le Meridien The Parker Palm Springs | Earrings: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress (Jumpsuit): J Crew

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Rustic + Elegant Wedding Inspiration at The Dixie Gin

Mixing a variety of designs, rustic, elegant and modern geometrics, this shoot by Pursuing Eden, captured by Brandi Smyth, comes together beautifully, creating one unique style infused with gorgeous greens, golds and blues. But it’s not too much to steal the attention from this fab venue, The Dixie Gin, a Southern gem in Shreveport. It too has a style all its own and this gallery is packed with proof.

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From Brandi Smyth PhotographyLocal vendors came together to inspire and recreate the idea behind the Dixie Gin, taking it from rustic to elegant. A slightly modern and sophisticated style mixed with a cotton gin venue. The Dixie Gin has inspired brides to travel way down south all the way from New York to get married here. It is truly a unique place with endless possibilities.

Photography: Brandi Smyth Photography | Event Styling: Pursuing Eden | Floral Design: Mandy Cathey | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Social Bites Of Ruston | Catering: Maison Louisiane | Makeup Artist: Kendall Morehart | Hair: Brittney Methvin | Wedding Venue: Dixie Gin | Bridal Boutique: Happily Ever After Boutique | Rentals: Pelican Tent & Events | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Rustic Elegance Rocky Mountain Bridal Inspiration

Can something be both ridiculously elegant and downright cozy at the same exact time? Yes m’dears, it can. Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits shows us the beauty of both coming together in perfect unity with this shoot set amongst the Rocky Mountains, with lush bouquets by Natasha Kolenko and gorgeous gowns from Blue Bridal Boutique. See all this rustic romance right this way!

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From Majesta Patterson Weddings & PortraitsAs my trip to Colorado grew closer, I decided to reach out to some Denver-local wedding vendors because I was dying to photograph those big, gorgeous Rocky Mountains and create Colorado magic! With blue skies and green fields, we were pleasantly surprised by a fresh dusting of snow the night before our shoot. Blue Bridal Boutique selected a soft tulled Wtoo gown, creating a delicate balance against the rustic charm at the Chautauqua forest in Boulder. Our florist, Natasha, who also flew in from San Francisco, designed lush arrangements with golds and blues to accent against the majestic flat iron mountains. These bright, organic florals created a beautiful pop of color, complimenting the blue hued snow. Sarah Swell offered her organic gold jewelry to compliment the romanticism of our look. Everything for this shoot just fell into place like it was meant to be; to epitomize that Colorado-esque beauty!

Photography: Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits | Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Dress: Watters Wtoo | Jewelry: Sarah Swell | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Sameera | Hair Stylist: Noelle Benjamin | Bridal Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique | Model: Cayte B

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Dinosaur Valley State Park Engagement Session

I get a bit giddy when I see the name Feather & Twine in my inbox. It means a sweet couple, gorgeous location and breathtaking imagery is about to be delivered my way. Case in point: this beautiful duo and their Dinosaur Valley State Park engagement session. Can you even handle the perfect glow-y sun in this shot?! Stay tuned for their wedding up on the docket tomorrow!

From the beautiful Bride… Jason proposed on Christmas Eve, and we began the whirlwind of planning our wedding at the start of the new year. As a lover of natural light, I immediately knew that I wanted to take our engagements outside, but we knew that could be a challenge during the late winter and early summer due to the fickle North Texas weather. After rescheduling on three separate occasions due to ice and rain in Dallas, we finally had perfect weather for our shoot! Our photographer, Kelsey, had suggested Dinosaur Valley State Park for the variety of settings, and I’m so happy she did! She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and I love how she was able to capture such sweet, intimate moments that truly reflect our relationship.

Photography: Feather & Twine | Cream Dress: Nordstrom | Embroidered Tunic: Dillard's | Floral Dress: Anthropologie | Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park | Sportcoat: Ted Baker

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