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I’ll let the pictures do the talking on how the rest of our day went…


After we finished getting our hair done at the salon, we piled back into our separate cars and drove back to the hotel. Our makeup artist was due to arrive around 11am, so we turned on the tv around started watching The Price is Right until we heard a knock on the door.

Our makeup girl arrived and immediately got to work on one of my mom’s closest friends first, followed by my mom, then one of my bridesmaids, and then finally me. They like to put the bride in the middle of everyone for whatever reason.

I hopped up to sit on the table and she got to work following the instructions she had written down from my trial back in March.

After the rest of the girls got finished with their makeup, we all decided that we wanted some shimmer on ourselves, so we all stripped down our tops, and were dusted with shimmer.

Now that we were all prettied up, the girls went back down to their room to get changed, and I hopped back into my trusty chair to watch more tv and waited until our photographer showed up.

I woke up Friday morning around 6am, after not really sleeping through the night. I got up, showered, got dressed, and plopped down in the chair and watched Lady Gaga on GMA until my bridesmaids texted me saying they were ready.

We piled into two cars and headed over to the hair salon ready to get all hair sprayed and bobbie pinned up! The below two pictures are from my hair trial back in March and how it was for the wedding:

My veil was put on over the full bun…like so:

Once our hair was done we headed back to the hotel to meet up with our makeup lady!

Here are one of those small details that I need to decide on – what color do I want my nails to be. I’m one of those girls who would rather have color instead of a french manicure or fake tips. Just give me a nice manicure and pedicure and give me some color and I’ll be good.

I’m trading in my bright blues, reds, and purples, for something from OPI’s bridal collection. My mom ended up picking out four different shades and they were mailed up to me. Here are the shades that we went with (remember colors can look a bit funky on computers, and some of them look a bit different in their bottles):

From left to right we have: Bare to be Different, Dear Diary, A True Romantic, and I Need Space.

I’m planning on painting my toes and fingernails two of the colors and then switch them out after a week or so, so that I can see what they look like in person versus what’s on the computer and what it looks like in the bottle.

Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not showing any pictures of how my trials went. BUT, they went amazingly well! I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED how my hair turned out, and my makeup was natural and easy.

God bless my hairdresser. She is going on vacation the entire last week of May, and is coming in on her day off to do my hair for the wedding!! Her husband isn’t all thrilled about it, but she agreed to it when I got engaged last year. She has been doing my hair since high school and of course I couldn’t dream of having anyone else do my hair!

In regards to the makeup, I absolutely love the fact that they will be coming to the hotel to do it. Saves us the hassle of driving around and wasting more time outside the hotel. Also, I highly HIGHLY recommend doing air-brush foundation! It was the first time I ever had it done, and it feels like there is nothing on your skin. It looks amazing, and you don’t feel like you’re going to sweat off makeup. I’ve heard great things about using it, and even my mom was blown away by how good it looked.

It took me a while to figure out what was going on with someone doing my makeup. I am one of those girls who hardly ever wears any, so when it comes to finding someone, it’s sorta difficult because I am completely clueless.

Thanks to one of my friends who got married last May, she recommended someone to me that also specializes in airbrush makeup.

In a whirlwind back and forth emailing craze over the last 24 hours, I went ahead and called her and put down a deposit to hold our date, as well as booked my makeup trial for the same day as my hair trial!

The place is called Bridal Beauty on Location, which means they will be coming to our hotel to do all our makeup! One less place I will need to be driving around to on our wedding day.

Courtesy of my amazing photographer, Heather Saunders, I scoured through her blog and found some pictures of how I picture my veil to look with my hair:

I have officially booked my hair trial for the same weekend that my bridal shower will be taking place. Of course I had to go on a rampage of different styles that I wanted to show my stylist. Here are a few of my ideas, and after looking at them all together, I think I can say that I really like the whole weaving stands of hair in and out of each other…


Oooh the choices!!

Alright, now I’m not revealing any pictures about what I’m wearing or what anyone else is wearing until after the wedding. I figure I want to have at least a few surprises to share with everyone. With that aside, I know I haven’t really talked much about veils.

When I first started planning I was on the road of not wanting a veil, and just let my hair speak for itself. The first time I tried on wedding dresses, everything changed. The stylist put on a veil that mirrored my dress and I was in love. And I mean c’mon, when else are you ever going to wear a veil?! It’s your big day, go all out and become a bride!

Now in the back of my mind I knew what length of a veil I would want if I did want one. Onto the diagram:

I knew I didn’t want a short little thing, and I also knew I didn’t want one that dragged on the floor. If we were doing a full-out formal, huge chapel, black tie affair, you bet your dollar I would have a long cathedral length veil. But that’s not what I went with.

Instead, the veil that was chosen was a fingertip length. There’s no decoration minus the satin rim that goes completely around. And the best part is, it matches perfectly with my dress.

Now with wearing said veil, my mind has been all over the place. I know for a fact that I do NOT want anything like this:

No veil on top of my head. Ever. I was never a fan of those bump-it’s for your hair, and I’m sorry, I don’t need anything sticking up off the top of my hair. Moving on.

I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I do want my hair pulled up for the big day. I’ve found a few inspirational pictures for my hair, but that’s for another time. As for having the veil with my hair, it’s a bit tricker trying to find pictures that I like. This is somewhat how I’m thinking:

I’m not talking about how the hair is, but how the veil is placed on the head. It’s not on the crown of the head, nor is it poking out from underneath the bun at the nape of the neck. It’s placed on top of the bun, so it covers it, which you could easily take it off after the ceremony if you want to show off your style during the reception.