bridal beauty

Colorful Estes Park, Colorado Wedding
by Christina Child

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When I attended this colorful Estes Park, Colorado wedding last summer I knew it was destined to be featured on the WedPics blog.  Kellie and Rob are *personal friends who live in Vail with their two adorable dogs.  I can say, without a doubt, that this is one of the most beautiful, expertly curated weddings I've ever had the privilege to attend.

Kellie and Rob were roommates in Vail before quickly realizing they were falling for each other.  Four years later they tied the knot in a July ceremony at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, which boasts stunning mountains views and a spectacular outdoor & reception space.  Every detail of this this gorgeous wedding was brought together with impeccable style, from the custom watercolor invitation suite, eclectic furniture, table settings, and AMAZING floral arrangements that hung from the reception hall ceiling in hand-crafted macrame hangers.  These two surprised guests with late night Blizzards from Dairy Queen, and closed the night with a hot tub party.

On the wedding day Rob gave the maid of honor a handful of Alex & Ani bracelets to surprise Kellie with throughout the getting ready and first look phase of the day.  She says she wears one or two every day as a fun reminder of the best day ever :)

Kellie's bridal advice is to have fun planning the wedding and not take it for granted because you only get to do it once! "It will turn out magically no matter what because you're standing next to your best friend in marriage."

The wedding was photographed by Laura Murray Photography and wedding planning/design was provided by Milk Glass Productions.

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*Fun fact: One of the dresses that was pulled for me during a recent dress consultation was Kellie's exact reception dress :)  Thank you Kellie for allowing me to feature your wedding - you are a beautiful soul, both inside and out (and I can't wait to see you at my wedding in October!).

Vendors | Band - Dead Winter Carpenters | Wedding Planning & Design - Milk Glass Productions | Photography - Laura Murray Photography | Flowers: Fiori Flowers | Guest book - Velvet Raptor  | Ring boxes - Britt Felton | Photo booth - Shutterbus | Rentals - Eclectic Hive Yonder - Floral and Decor House | Linens - La Tavola Linen | Invite, Programs, Welcome bags, Signage - Lana's Shop | Hair and Make up - Janie Rocek | Cake Intricate Icings | Bridesmaid Dresses - Haley Paige | Wedding Gown -Robert Bullock | Reception Dress - Lian Carlo

A retro glam wedding at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs by Joel Bedford Photography
by Stephanie

What's not to love about a hip couple that not only has an amazingly stylish wedding day, but an incredibly emotional and sweet one as well? Viv and Frank's retro glam wedding at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs was a beautiful celebration that was visually stunning and celebrated the couple's love in the most perfect way. From the tear-jerking first look to their joyful first dance together, you can tell that this is one couple that is excited to start the rest of their lives together.

Captured beautifully by Joel Bedford, Viv and Frank's wedding is one we're going to be remembering for a long time. Read on for more amazing retro glam wedding inspiration!

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How beautiful is Viv and Frank's love? These two are clearly destined for a long, happy marriage, and will have lots of sweet memories of their wedding day. Congrats to Viv and Frank, and thanks to Joel Bedford for sharing this amazing day!

Vendors:

Photography backdrops: katebackdrop | Event Planning: Rachael Ann Lunghi | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: lilybridal| Bride's Shoes: Alexander Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: FoxBride | Makeup Artist: Nicole Vaisman | Hair Replacement: NewHairLine | DJ: Dart DJs | Groom's Attire: High Society | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs

A romantic waterfront wedding by Taryn Baxter Photography
by Stephanie

There's nothing more idyllic than a beautiful, sunlit evening on a waterfront in the summer months — except, of course, if you're celebrating a stunning wedding at the same time! Jennifer and Micheal took advantage of the gorgeous summer months in British Columbia to celebrate their wedding day, which was complete perfection from start to finish. Taking place at the Poet's Cove Resort on Pender Island, this romantic waterfront wedding was filled with touches of emerald, a glamorous bride and lots of love and happiness between the couple and their guests!

Jennifer, a graphic designer, even created their invitations and programs — which I have to say is some of the prettiest and most unique wedding paper goods I've seen in a while! Read on to see more of the bride's beautiful wedding day style, their memorable waterfront wedding and stunning photos by Taryn Baxter!

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How fun does their wedding reception look? Jennifer and Michael definitely had a wedding day celebration for the books. Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks to Taryn Baxter for sharing!

Vendors:

Photography: Taryn Baxter | Venue: Poet’s Cove, Pender Island | Hair + Makeup: Ma-Luxe | Videography: Cassie O’Neil CinematographyBride’s Dress: The White Peony | Invitations + Graphic Design: Jennifer Pesant (the Bride!) | Florals: Rook + Rose | Bride’s Earings: Stella + DotBridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

21 fall flower crown ideas & inspiration for boho brides
by Stephanie

When you think of fall weddings, beautiful and abundant flower decor and accessories might not be the very first thing you think of, given the season. But there are actually a lot of beautiful flowers in season (think dahlias, orchids, lillies and more...) that would not only look gorgeous in a fall bouquet, but as a fall flower crown for a bride! After all, who says that summer brides get to have all the fun with flower crowns?

We've rounded up 21 gorgeous fall flower crown ideas and looks that are perfect for a bride who wants a boho or rustic feel to her fall nuptials. They not only lend a certain elegance to the bride's overall style, but they are perfect for embracing autumn as well! Take a look and get inspired by all these gorgeous ideas after the jump...

 Photo by  Tilly Clifford  via  addwigs

Photo by Tilly Clifford via addwigs

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Photo by Ryan Ray via Once Wed

How beautiful are these flower crowns? The best part is that you can see the diversity in gorgeous colors, flowers and details you can add into your own fall flower crown for the big day. Which of these fall boho bridal looks are your favorite, brides? Let us know in the comments!

9 Boho Hairstyles for Summer Brides
by Lindsey Delgado

 Photo by  Danielle Poff

Photo by Danielle Poff

Summer is the perfect season for the classic boho wedding. Whether you are going for the full alternative feel, or simply adding a few flowers in your hair, the boho trend is perfect for the casual and light-hearted wedding theme. And what bridal beauty essential captures this bohemian atmosphere? You and your hair do.

Before planning your beauty look make sure that whichever hairstyle, and possible accompanying accessories, you choose are cohesive to the ambiance of your wedding and complementary to your dress, face shape, and hair texture. If you're channeling Kate Middleton, don't overdo it with Kate Moss. Find a happy equilibrium like Lauren Conrad. Think: does this accessory clash with my dress? Do these flower pieces coordinate with my bouquet? Veil, or no veil?

Check out some of these 9 boho hairstyles for summer brides to find your perfect look:

Flower Crown + Middle Part

The quintessential boho wedding wouldn't be complete with out the flower crown and loose curls. Perfect for brides rocking the long sleeves. Make sure to find fresh, seasonal flowers that enhance the colors in your hair, make up, and bouquet. Think: light pink and ivory cosmos, lilies and daisies. Finish the hippie look by being bold and going for the middle part!

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Photo by Addcolo

Flower Crown Veil

Feeling the pressure to strict to tradition and ignore the trend? Merge them! The flower crown veil is one of the most beautiful and au natural looks a bride can embody. Show off your creativity and incorporate the flower crown into any style of veil that speaks to you.

 Photo by  Lev Kuperman

Photo by Lev Kuperman

Fishtail

Not your childhood pigtails, the braided fishtail is a chic and unique hairstyle for the alternative bride. Wear it as a low pony, to the side, or add it into your updo! However, fishtails are tricky and definitely complicated. Be sure to do a "hair-rehearsal" before your ceremony to sort out any unwanted knots or kinks. TIP: splurge on a professional!

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Photo by VeryHair

Baby's Breath

Crown, accent, wreath, you name it and baby's breath will shape it! From backyard bashes, to forrest elopements, baby's breath is the perfect hairstyle accessory for any type of wedding. Incorporate the flower into a soft bun, small braids, or style it as its own headpiece to emulate the graceful and delicate bridal look.

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Photo by Tessa Barton

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Photo by Abby Ross

Floral Side Sweep

The floral side sweep blends whimsical romance with the alternative, boho trend. Concentrate your flowers to one side and try making the soft bun as loose as possible to create a glowing and carefree bridal style.

 Photo by  Lora Grady

Photo by Lora Grady

Ribbons

Ribbons are a creative and inexpensive accessory to add to your boho hairstyle wigs. Whether tied into ringlet bows, or acting as unique-styled veils, ribbons encompass the DIY feel into the boho atmosphere. TIP: tie your ribbons into the rest of your décor to perfect your wedding theme.

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Photo by Montana Bach

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Photo by Jasmine Star

Braid + Flower Accent

Similar to ribbons, light flower accents into your braids give your bridal hairstyle creativity. Make sure both the style of the braid, and the size of the flowers do not overpower the dress or your bridal make up.

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Headpieces

Perfect for the bride looking for a little boho and a lot of glam. Headpieces are the tiaras of boho chic and are great for darker haired brides looking to give off a little pop and glitz. Check out fashion websites EPLOVE and Bo + Luca to shop through dozens of gorgeous and stunning headpieces.

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Photo by EPLOVE

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Photo by Bo + Luca

Crown Braid

Looking for something a little less glitz and floral, but still queenly? Try the crown braid. One of the biggest trends of 2015 bridal beauty, the crown braid is as à la mode as it is complicated. Like the fishtail, go for the professional and be sure to do many run throughs!

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Photo by Paula O'Hara

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Photo by Paper Antler

Hair + Makeup by Steph

Hairstyle? Check! Now go check out more bridal beauty tips for some bold and gorgeous wedding make up ideas!

Bridal beauty: bold wedding makeup ideas for daring brides
by Karly Anderson

While traditionally brides tend to opt for classic and neutral looks, bold wedding makeup ideas that consists of bright colors and/or deeper hues have made their way onto the scene and are becoming timeless in their own right.

When envisioning and putting together your wedding day look, it’s important to consider your makeup and how it will fit with your dress and overall wedding theme. If you’re wearing a tulle ball gown and having a Cinderella theme, a smoked-out eye with bright red lips isn’t going to go with your look very well. On the other hand, a bride that is wearing a slinky dress and wanting to bring some sex appeal to her look probably isn’t going to gravitate toward traditional contoured eyes and a pinky-nude lip.

If a bold look or something with a pop of color is what you’re after for your wedding day, try one of these three looks.

BOLD, DRAMATIC EYES

Even if you’re a traditional bride opting for traditional makeup, a bold, dramatic eye will help bring definition in photos and add a touch of sultriness to your overall look – think a smokey eye or dramatic winged-out eyeliner paired with dramatic fake lashes and neutral lips. Jaclyn Hill, a popular YouTube beauty vlogger, created a video that offers lots of great tips for achieving this type of look on your own or by a professional.  Below are some examples and inspiration for dramatic eye makeup.

Classic Smokey Eyes

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Photo by Ellie Makeup

Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry // http://www.Tamaramakeup.com

Defined, Contoured Eyes & Full Lashes

Cat Eye Winged Eyeliner

Bold wedding makeup ideas
Bold wedding makeup ideas

Jenny Berger Hair & Makeup

Love this look? Karly recommends...

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STAND-OUT LIPS

If you’d rather keep your eye look on the simple side, then opt for a bold lip color! Depending on the season of your wedding, you can go for a bright pop of color, such as pink or coral for spring and summer, or a deeper-toned shade, such as a classic red or cranberry color, for fall and winter. One thing to keep in mind is that a stand-out lip color can make the rest of your face appear washed out – be sure to do some subtle contouring and add bronzer to your complexion. This video tutorial is a great example of how to get this look on your own.

Bright pinks and corals

Jewel tones and deep hues

Want to rock a bold lip? Try it with:

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GO FOR THE COMBO – BOLD EYES AND LIPS!

If you’re a bride that isn’t afraid of makeup and ready to make a statement, go for it and rock both the dramatic eye and bold lip! I recommend consulting with a professional makeup artist, whether you’re having your wedding makeup done professionally or are doing it yourself, if this is the type of look that you’re after. A professional will help guide you in the direction of what eye shadows and colors will pair well with the lip color that you choose. If you’re going the DIY route, check out another video from Jaclyn Hill, as well as this doll-eyed-inspired video tutorial for inspiration.

Regardless of the makeup look that you go with, whether it is neutral or bold, make sure that you look like YOU. You don’t want to meet your spouse at the altar and have them not recognize you – if your makeup look reflects your personality, then you can’t go wrong with any look that you choose.

So, what kind of makeup will you be wearing on your wedding day? Will you stick to timeless, traditional makeup, or will you go for bold and make a statement?

Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and TwitterFind Karly's creative musings here.

A guide to wedding veil lengths: choose your perfect style with these pros & cons!
by Biana Perez

For some brides wearing a veil on their wedding day is a no-brainer, but for others it's more of a process. Any bride considering wearing a veil on her big day will be answering questions like, "Does the length of the veil match with the venue where I'm getting married?""Does the wedding veil length match the style of my dress?" and most importantly: "Am I going to be wearing the veil all night, or will I take it off after the ceremony?". It doesn't matter if you're not sure what category you fit into, because this post will guide you into the direction of the right wedding veil length for you!

From the wedding infographic above, it's clear to see there are a variety of different veils to choose from. Today, I'm going to be delving into the five most common veil varieties and do what any bride does: go through a list of pros of each! That way you can obviously make the most informed decision without breaking a sweat. The best (and probably most cost effective) place to search for these types of veils is on Etsy, so I'll share the best Etsy retailers to buy your wedding veils from without breaking the bank!

BIRDCAGE

The birdcage veil is understated and doesn't compete with you or your prom dress. You can easily take the veil off after you've taken some pictures or the after ceremony, and it fits perfectly with a vintage themed wedding! Just be careful when choosing this veil — since it sits very close to your eyes it can make it hard to blink, especially while wearing false lashes!

The birdcage veil above already comes with a crystal brooch to add the sparkle for your wedding day look.

FINGER TIP

You get beautiful flow from a fingertip veil, so it will undoubtedly look gorgeous in your pictures and while walking down the aisle. Keep in mind that it's unlikely you'll be keeping this on all night, since the length will interfere with hugging friends and family, and most importantly, dancing with your new spouse!

 Photo by  OWD Jewelry

Photo by OWD Jewelry

The elbow length veil is the most flattering and goes universally with all wedding dresses. It's easy to wearing this veil for extended periods of time and you can even add layers to have a blusher for the ceremony, which you can later pull back to add volume for the reception. To me, there really aren't any cons with this length because of versatile this veil is! Whether you wear your hair up or down, you'll feel elegant and beautiful!

 Photo by  Twigs & Honey

Photo by Twigs & Honey

 

BALLET (AKA WALTZ LENGTH)

With a waltz veil, you get the elegance of a cathedral length veil without the danger of someone stepping on your veil! The waltz veil definitely adds a touch of drama, and it also isn't as commonly worn as the other lengths which makes it a bit unique! This length falls right below the knee but above your ankle, so you can keep it on for your first dance (which is why it's called the "waltz" length!). The only con? Given that this length is a little more rare, it can be hard to find!

 Photo by  Veiled Beauty

Photo by Veiled Beauty

 Photo by  Daily Mail UK

Photo by Daily Mail UK

The mother of them all is the cathedral length veil! The visual impact and drama of walking down the aisle in a cathedral length veil is like none other, and the pictures are sure to be breathtaking. You might even be able to wrap your groom around your veil! Sadly, this veil does not lend itself well to being worn after the ceremony. This means if budget is an issue, you might want to steer clear of spending too much on this type of veil.

 Photo by  Alisa Brides

Photo by Alisa Brides

As a former bride, I realize how scary it is to purchase things that will be worn for your wedding online. I took to Etsy myself for my own veil, and couldn't have been happier with the service that I got. Here's a tip — before purchasing your veil from the retailer, ask for a swatch of the fabric so that you can confirm it's a perfect match to your dress!

Now that you've seen the veils, what would your choice be? If you're already married, did you keep your veil on the entire time, or did you take it off after the ceremony? Let us know in the comments!

Biana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. She's co-owner of Bespoke Boston Weddings & Events in Boston and you can read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter!

Wedding hairstyle tips: how to find your perfect bridal hair
by Jessica Zimlich

So, you're engaged to be married, congrats! At this point you may be stuck between trying to plan for peonies on a baby's breath budget and fighting tooth and nail for your dream venue during the thick of the wedding season, but don't let your wedding hairstyle add to the long list of stressors.

We're here to help! We got wedding hairstyle tips from Jordan Zimlich, an updo guru at Skyline Downtown Salon, to find out how she helps her clients nail a look fit for walking down the aisle.

Choosing a style should be a fun, flexible experience that your knowledgeable stylist is ready to walk you through - let's get right to it! Below are some key items to remember when deciding on a style for the day you say "I do."

 

Play up your natural-born features

Work with your stylist to find a look suitable for your personal style and face shape. For example, leaving hair around face that extends below the chin can elongate an a already long face, so opting for a style that features a shorter swept bang can soften long angular shapes. If your cheekbones or dimples are defining features, sweeping hair off your face to showcase some of your best attributes may be a great option for you.

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Add some oomph

Your stylist can discuss with you ways to distribute volume and texture throughout different areas of the style to flatter your face and create a lasting style for all of the day's festivities.

 

Keeping it classic is always a good idea

Choose a style that is composed of classic lines, and timeless texture and color. While an updo with maxed out volume, a focal braid or ombre colored hair hanging in loose waves may be beautiful, trendy styles may date your wedding day photos ten years down the line. If you love a current trend, talk to your stylist about how to incorporate or alter the style to create a timeless look. Perhaps a subtly woven braided texture throughout your bun will be more suitable than placing a braid front and center through your bangs.

 

Do your homework

If you're uncertain of how to describe the looks and styles that appeal to you, gather photos and reference eras that you love. Keep in mind that hair color will play a factor in how a style looks. Dimensional blondes often embody a look of texture and multi tonal shine when put up in a bun, a brunette wearing the same style may look more sleek and smooth. When looking at photos, try to check out styles in your color range.

 

For best results, keep an open mind

Be open to adjusting what you have in mind for your bridal hairstyle. Having your hairstyle customized to work with your dress, the weather, your face shape, daily style and more is not only important but invaluable.

 

Practice and perfect

Talk to your stylist about things you love, hate and would be open to during your trial run, which should take place about a month before the big day.

 

With these tips under your (garter) belt, you'll be sure to land a look that you love almost as much as your beau! Happy planning!

Jessica Zimlich
Jessica Zimlich

Jess Zimlich is a Kansas City based lifestyle blogger at 26 and Not Counting where you can expect to see a heavy emphasis on personal experience and life adventures. When she isn't working on her fitness, you will most likely find her enjoying brunch (mimosas included!), catching up with her best friends or flipping the pages of her latest read - she's old school like that. She isn't engaged, yet, but she looks forward to the day when she can put that Pinterest Wedding Board to work!