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Organic French Bridal Inspiration

Some of my favorite captures during a wedding day are the quiet, calming (yet filled with anticipation) getting ready moments. They radiate that sweet wedding glow and the excitement of a full day of love to come. This shoot from Sarah Carpenter and Meggie Francisco defines that emotion—from the color dotted blooms by Bricolage Curated Florals to the Sarah Janks wedding dress. See it all here.

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Summer
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Romantic

From stylist Meggie FranciscoThis shoot tells the story of a bride day-dreaming of her Parisian wedding from the comfort of her home town. Cozy in her favorite grey tee, she tries on her veil and waits for winter to pass.

Suddenly but slowly, she opens her eyes between naps. She finds herself enveloped by a hazy warmth as the colors begin to dance alive from the gray and everlasting cold, yet she still feels disbelief: Is this real? Is that time finally here? A half-smile comes to her lips as she feels the sun warm her bones. She breathes in the scent of fresh blossoms and relishes the feeling of her delicate dress resting – finally – on her shoulders.

This style session draws on inspiration from the buttery tones at the Palace of Versailles: warm yellow and cream colors, complemented by subdued blues for contrast. After the icy winter and rainy spring, it’s time for peaches and pastels to come to life. The concept celebrates the joy and sophistication of summer with just a touch of European elegance.

Photography: Sarah Carpenter | Floral Design: Bricolage Curated Florals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Invitations: Yeti & The Beast | Hair And Makeup: Quyhn Nguyen | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Kourtney Kellar | Pajamas: Anthropologie | Photo Shoot Location: Carrington Crossing | Rentals: Birch & Brass | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Styling And Design: Meggie Francisco

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#SMPWedding101 – Tips for Keeping Lipstick in Place

I absolutely loved my makeup for my recent wedding and after seeing some pics, I’ve learned the brighter the better for me – like these bold looks I’m loving! But it doesn’t do me any good if the color comes off before I even leave the house. So we connected with Melanie Dial, founder of Bridal Makeup MD for her tips on making sure that fab fuschia or pretty plum stays put no matter what!

TIP #1 | USE A GOOD LIP EXFOLIANT.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is one of the best lip sugar scrubs on the market. Before applying any lip product you want to make sure your lips are prepped. Post scrub, lips are left smooth, protected and hydrated. Dior also makes a fabulous lip balm called “Creme de Rose” that contains rose water as one of it’s main ingredients, which has been proven to hydrate lips.  This product is perfect for hydrating lips that are cracked and dried; it’s a must have and great staple for your makeup bag!

TIP #2 | USE A LIP PENCIL TO NOT ONLY OUTLINE YOUR LIPS, BUT TO ALSO FILL THEM IN ENTIRELY.

This creates a foundation of color for the lips that helps your lipstick adhere and last longer.  This one technique alone can extend the life of your lipstick by several hours and will give you longer wearability by providing an additional layer of color.  Sisley-Paris has one of the creamiest lip liner formulas on the market!

TIP #3 | FOR MAXIMUM STAYING POWER, USE A LIP STAIN OR 14 HOUR MATTE LIPSTICK.

YSL and Dolce & Gabbana have some of the most vibrant lip stains on the market, and NARS has a great line of matte finish lip colors to choose from that will last all day.  For a great drugstore option, check out Revlon’s 14 hour wear lipstick.  They have a wide variety of long lasting, very wearable colors for everyday.

TIP #4 | FINISH WITH TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER.

After you have prepped, applied your lip pencil and your selected shade of lipstick, go ahead and set your lips with a translucent setting powder.  This additional step will ultimately be the finishing magic that will have you reapplying a lot less frequently. Load powder onto a puff, shake off any excess, pat gently, not applying too much pressure around the outer perimeter of your lips. This is especially helpful when wearing red and will give a perfectly polished finished effect to the lips that will last.

TIP #5 | IF YOU NEED TO FRESHEN LATER IN THE DAY, BITE YOUR LIP!

Dior makes a lip product called “Lip Glow,” a Color Reviver Balm that actually stimulates the blood vessels in your lips and pulls the natural pink pigment found naturally in your lips to the surface.  This is a must have and great staple for your makeup bag! If you even bite your lip prior to applying the lip balm, it’ll speed up the process. Later in the day if you need to refresh your lip color, just bite your lip again and the color will magically reappear!

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Colorful Texas Hill Country Ranch Wedding

We love to see how couples personalize their big day, and this ranch wedding in the heart of Texas Hill Country stands out with its pops of color and DIY charm! Friends and family helped with the succulent arrangements, bright table displays and food, making it all extra special for the beautiful Bride and Groom. Thanks to Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography, you can see all the lovely details right here.

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyThis beautiful summer wedding of Jacey and Dex was full of love as they were surrounded by their closest friends and family at this remote venue. They were married next to a gorgeous water spring in Rocksprings, Texas at the 700 Springs Ranch. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect backdrop for them to exchange vows.

Jacey walked down the aisle in her sister’s wedding dress which fit her perfectly. It was so special that they both were able to wear the same dress for their wedding days! The blue of the bridesmaid dresses played off the gorgeous blue water of the river.

Their friends and family helped them by creating beautiful, colorful flowers, table displays and food arrangements. Succulents were incorporated throughout this Texas ranch wedding. Guest gathered around the banquet tables to eat dinner by candlelight as the sun set behind the cliff.

It was a beautiful, intimate and perfect Texas wedding for Jacey and Dex.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Vicki Turner | Wedding Dress: Bride's Sister's Dress | Rings: Kerr's Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Suits: BlackTux.Com | Wedding Venue: 700 Springs Ranch | Decoration: Vicki Turner

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Garden-Inspired Summer Brunch Wedding at Camp Lucy

I love a bold Bride. A Bride who throws white out the door and rocks an unbelievably stunning navy Tara LaTour wedding dress, like this beauty. She’s kind of my new hero, and her Camp Lucy fete? It’s equal parts garden-lovely and sophisticated elegance and it now sits atop my faves list. With Mint Photography behind these gorgeous snaps, I’ve got a feeling you’ll fall in love with it too.

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Summer
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Camp
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Rustic

From Mint PhotographyMegan and Drew’s brunch wedding was one of the most beautiful, easy going, wedding’s we’ve had the honor of capturing. Her wedding style was brunch/garden wedding themed, and her bold statement with a navy blue dress was flawless! We love unique brides with an effortless sense of style and Megan was definitely that bride! This wedding was full of morning sunshine, sweet people, elegant decor, and yummy brunch foods!

Photography: Mint Photography | Floral Design: Whim Florals | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Cake: Sweet Treets | Ceremony Venue: Camp Lucy | Bridal Boutique: Unbridaled | Bride's Hair And Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon | Bridesmaids' Dress: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dress: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dress - Jenny Yoo From : Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dress - Jessica Howard From: Dillards | Bridesmaids' Dress With Flower Belt: David's Bridal | Film Development/Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Programs: Tupelo Honey Design | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals

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