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2017 Bridal Beauty Looks to Inspire

We get downright giddy when it comes to hair and makeup; add in the bridal element and before we know it, we’re head over heels heart-eyed. So when Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup wanted to share some fresh bridal beauty looks to inspire all you newly engaged ladies out there, we literally jumped at the chance. And of course we needed some gorgeous gowns to pair all the lovely looks with and Gabriella New York Bridal Salon came to the rescue. Matthew Ree of CLY BY MATTHEW worked his magic behind the lens and the finished results? Let’s just say, our Friday has been made.

The “No Makeup” Makeup Look

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupWe created a fresh faced look with a touch of a moisturizing water-based airbrush foundation and a little highlighter (in a “C” shape from cheekbone to the upper brow) to give an instant glow! Braids are back and have been all year so we created this soft and romantic take on a side braid to give a more “dressed up” feel with an effortless appeal.

The Bella dress by Reem Acra

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon This style really speaks to our Gabriella New York bride. It’s beautiful and feminine with just the right amount of sexiness and edge. Because of the plunging neckline and stunning lace detailing, we felt that it would lend itself to a variety of hair and make up styles and just couldn’t resist seeing what the experts came up with!

Updo + Bold Lip

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupShine may be fun for your lips, but for a more dramatic and vampy look, go matte! It’s a bolder look which then requires less overall makeup. Many matte lipsticks have moisturizers in them nowadays so you won’t feel like you’re in the Sahara Desert anymore! The hair for this look may look like a hot mess but it’s on purpose! Pretty easy to do too! Just straighten your hair and add in a texture spray (salt sprays work great too) and do a fun bun for that red carpet hair!

The Palace dress by Lela Rose

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon We love this gown because of its clean lines and very “of the moment” off the shoulder neckline in the front and then the surprise amazing train detailing in the back. This is a perfect gown to highlight a fabulous hair style because there is no detailing such as lace, appliques or beading to compete with.

Smokey Eyes + Crazy, Fun Hair

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupConsider natural tones when applying “smokey” eyeshadow colors to your eyes. We like less smoke and more lashes – we LOVE fun and flirty false eyelashes! This is the key to this soft, yet dramatic, look. THM Hair Extensions were added in for the tousled “down do”. We waved the hair with a one-inch iron, wrapping wide pieces around the barrel and then allowed the hair to cool before literally tossing her hair up and down! Pin the sides up and you have some sexy waves, which will stay out of your face throughout your wedding. Or use the volume and texture to create an amazing braided updo for later (dancing time?!).

The Greta dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonElizabeth Fillmore used this amazing hammered silk for her Greta gown, which takes her iconic sheathe silhouette to a whole new level. It’s the perfect gown for that sophisticated, chic, sexy bride. It felt like the hair and make up options for this gown were endless, which is why we chose it. We just knew that Mar from TEAM Hair + Makeup would do something amazing and they did!!!

Pretty Finishing Touches

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… Hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch to any hairstyle. When choosing a piece for your hairstyle, keep in mind that less is more! It’s called an accessory because it meant to add a little, not a lot. For example, this delicate chain piece is the finishing touch to a fun boho inspired style.

The Freesia dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis dress is a personal favorite of mine due to its nod to the 70’s and subtly sexy style. I felt that this gown would be a great way to showcase that 70’s hair that we love so much – think modern day Farrah Fawcett! It’s just an overall incredibly chic look.

The Maple Tree Top + Venus Skirt by Lihi Hod

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis gown is the epitome of boho chic. The silhouette of the bodice gives off a “casual” vibe, but the gorgeous beadwork steps it up to be more than bridal worthy! We selected this gown because it really lends itself to an updo in order to highlight the beautiful detailing on the bodice. It also presented a unique challenge to style the bride’s hair up without being too traditional!

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… When your groom sees you walking down the aisle, wouldn’t it be nice if he recognized you? This is why so many women say for their wedding day look “I just want to look like myself” and we agree! Bridal hair and makeup, for us at TEAM, is more about the natural enhancement of a bride rather than a total overhaul! And these looks are perfect examples!

P.S. More coming soon…

Are you as obsessed with these looks as we are?! Stay tuned, more coming soon, including all the details to “Get the Look” for this one!

P.S.S. Even more magic from Matthew Ree…

As if we needed another reason to love Matthew Ree, he’s hosting a photography workshop in Cuba in February… and there are only a few spots left! Head right here to get all the details and join in on what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience! P.S. SMP will be presenting virtually!

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Photography: Matthew Ree of CLY BY MATTHEW | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions

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A Darling Bakery-Set Engagement

This bride and groom-to-be are officially the cutest. They celebrated their upcoming nuptials over croissants and coffee, followed by a change of dress code for formal portraits under the Texas sun. Elan Makeup Studio worked her hair and makeup magic while Allen Tsai Photography captured the fun all along the way.

From the Bride…Our story began at Crossfit. It took about 2 months for Albert to finally muster the courage to ask me out, but it only took one date for us to become inseparable. Since then, our life has been a whirlwind of adventures, from music festivals to scuba diving in Costa Rica, and yet the best adventure was yet to come.

Each month on our anniversary, Al would always send me flowers. So when they arrived, it wasn’t out of the ordinary except for the card, which had hinted we were going to dinner and the theater. So that next night he took me to Uchi, where we’d had our very first date. On the way to the “show,” he pulled in front of Addison airport and surprised me with a sunset helicopter ride over downtown Dallas. When we landed and were about to walk inside, he grabbed my hand, dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife. And it’s still the best day of my life.

So when it came time to plan, we knew we wanted it to be intimate, simple and elegant which is why we chose our venue, Summerfield at Tate Farms due to it’s wild beauty and rustic feel. We wanted our photos to emulate our overall theme as well, which is why we decided on more intimate settings such as the coffee shop and where we will actually say I do. When it came to the outfits, we wanted to keep them classic, yet fitting for each location. We chose darker tones for the coffee shop to play off of the wood in the store, and then contrasted the field with more formal wear.

Now aside from the standard hand on the hip, our photo shoot posing skills were rather subpar. But through every step of the way, Allen provided continuous instructions and directions that made it look like we actually knew what we were doing. The beauty and love that he was able to capture in his photos are everything and more that we were hoping for.

When putting together our “dream team,” as we like to call them, we needed those who were able to bring our thoughts and ideas to life. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with such talented individuals along the way, from the custom design of my engagement ring with Shapiro Diamonds, the look and feel of my wedding with Keestone Events, and our absolutely gorgeous photos from Allen Tsai. We are looking forward to seeing everything come together for the big day!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Event Planning: Keestone Events | Engagement Ring: Shapiro Diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Location: Summerfield At Tate Farms | Location: Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.

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How to Incorporate 2017’s Hottest Color Into Your Wedding

Drumroll, please. The color gods have spoken and Pantone‘s 2017 color of the year is Greenery! We thought it couldn’t get any better than last year’s Rose Quartz and Serenity — soft, romantic and pretty, but this year’s zesty, yellow-green hue is giving us life. The proof? These inspired ideas for a bright, fresh and beautiful Greenery-filled day!

Inspired by Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year
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A Mountain Wedding Packed With Color

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of visiting Beano’s Cabin in the Colorado, so I can personally tell you just how special this couple’s venue really was. Tucked in amongst the mountains with views like you wouldn’t believe, it’s an incredible spot to start your forever, especially when A Vintage Affair and Winsome And Wright are a part of the vendor entourage. Dive straight into the pretty right here.


From the Bride Whitney… We are that couple that met in a bar but ended up with a happily ever after! We shared some tequila and the rest is history. I can attest to the old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder as we started our relationship overseas and it was over Skype dates, a twelve-hour time difference and longing to be back together that sparked our love. Our first date was when Eric came back to the states for one of his best friend’s weddings. We were inseparable ever since.

A few years later, Eric took me on a summer trip to one of his favorite places, Telluride, where he proposed at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls…swoon! Having been born in Colorado, we visit often and it has always had a special place in our hearts. We knew right away a mountain wedding was a must!

Planning a wedding in Colorado while living in Florida required a relaxed and carefree attitude. We actually booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person! I was very lucky to have found the venue, our phenomenal photographer and exceptional florist on Instagram. I put all my trust in my vendors and let the experts take over. This gave results better than I could have imagined and definitely made things much easier for me.

We wanted our guests to feel relaxed yet be awed by an extravagant experience. We envisioned a dreamy, romantic and chic boho vibe. We chose to go with shades of neutrals and incorporate some natural elements. As everyone who knows me is aware I have an absolute love for lavender so we enjoyed including it into our decor, using fresh sprigs on our place settings, creating a signature lavender infused cocktail and designing a crate of dried lavender to hold our escort cards. The florals were soft with pops of color to keep a fun summer feel. I gave full rein to our florist and she put together incredible bouquets with an assortment of florals that were even accented with fresh mint! She also made a stunning hair piece that really complemented the style I was looking for.

The most memorable part of the wedding for us was writing and exchanging our vows in front of our dearest family and closest friends. The dinner was exquisite with four courses and complemented by some incredibly funny and heartfelt toasts! The party carried on as the band rocked the dance floor late into the night. We chose to take a special moment together at the end of the evening. As the guests were lining up outside for our exit we shared one last dance together, just the two of us, to Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons. It was as if everything went into slow motion. It was such an incredible way to take in all the delight of the day. Our wedding was more magical than I ever could have imagined. It rained for almost two straight days before the wedding but hours before the ceremony it cleared and made for the most mystical backdrop as the clouds filled the mountaintops.

To anyone currently planning, start early if possible, absolutely get a planner, and let go completely of any expectations once the day arrives. It truly will be the best day ever!

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Photography: Winsome And Wright | Videography: Films About Love | Event Planning: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: The Wells Makery | Ceremony Venue: Beano's Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Liz Wegrzyn | Hair Stylist: Brittani Estes | Film Lab: The Find Lab

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