Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Wedding: The Hair & Make-Up

Getting your hair and make-up done on your wedding day with your girls can be one of the funnest parts of your entire day, if you have talented people working for you. And if you don't, it can certainly be one of the most stressful. I know this.

First off I'll say that my make-up artist Jessica did a great job and I have no complaints there. But my hair stylist, that's another story. To make a long story short I didn't get a trial run with him (not that I didn't drive all the way to Dallas one afternoon in order to, but I digress.) So the day of the wedding I showed him my inspiration photo (which he had seen before, BTW) and he proceeded to make me look like Farrah Fawcett in the 70's. I wanted a kind of natural looking almost "hippie-esque" wave, and he made these horrible huge feathery curls. Really it was atrocious and I was becoming increasingly appalled.

So then in steps my savior, aka my sister Nicole. She had to literally tell this guy step by step how to style my hair. He would curl it and then try to brush it out and Nicole would yell, "Stop! Don't touch it!!" I'm laughing now but at the time...not so much. So finally we get it acceptable. I think it looks pretty decent in the pictures below. (I'm showing those pics primarily because they show my hair the best, but also because I think it's a funny progression. Mary offered to feed me yogurt, and then we laughed about how ridiculous it was, then I saw that our photographer [Casey Benson, he took all of these] had taken pictures and I threatened him lest he make me look like a bridezilla. But I digress.)

I wore my hair down because that was what Brent liked the most, and for that I'm glad I wore it that way. However, I did have an outdoor, Texas reception and so as the day wore on it just became progressively more unkempt looking. I think if I had it to do over I would have worn it in an updo. But more importantly, and this is the moral of the story, I would have insisted on a hair trial. But this is just my experience, and it's the worst I've heard. I don't recall hearing many of my brides complaining about their hair, so maybe either I'm super picky or I picked a super unskilled stylist.

I have one more important tip to share with you. Brides, take note. Half-way through your reception, steal away to the bathroom with a little make-up and check yourself in the mirror. I went to the restroom right before our getaway and I remember looking in the mirror and being so surprised with how bad my make-up looked; it did not wear off gracefully. I was in desperate need of a touch-up and I wish I would have seen it sooner. You might put a bridesmaid in charge of reminding you to do this.

Here are a few pics from Nicole's hair and make-up session, which was a wonderful experience because we were working with true pros. (Nicole and I both used hair extensions to beef up our do's a little, another little tip you might look into.)

My mum invented an ingenius little contraption for storing your lipstick, and I'm happy to share it with my dear readers. During the alterations of her wedding dress, Nicole had her seamstress sew a tiny pocket into the inner lining of a layer of her skirt, so she could just lean down and pop it out for touch-ups. I love it!

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