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03/05/2016

Fresh, natural makeup and hairstyles for Vermont brides

Whether your style is laid-back — flowers in your hair, a radiant natural glow — or glam, with a perfect cat eye, full eyelashes, and a bejeweled updo, you’ll want to choose a hairstyle and makeup that make you feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day.

A good makeup artist and hairstylist can ensure that you’ve got your beauty bases covered. It just takes a little planning, a spark of inspiration, and a test drive!

“The last thing a bride wants to worry about on her wedding day is her hair and makeup,” said Jamie Dragon, owner, artist, and stylist at Lush Salon in Stowe.

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Planning ahead

With so many decisions to make before the big day, hair and makeup may seem like insignificant details. You’ve got to pick a date! You need a venue! What are you going to feed dozens of guests? But if you’d like to hire a professional makeup artist and/or hairstylist, arrangements need to be made well in advance.

In Vermont wedding-makeup and hair specialists are in high demand, and finding that perfect artist who will travel to your site on a designated date can be a tricky equation.

“My general rule of thumb for the bride is once that ring is on your finger and your date is set, you need to call us,” said Sarah Crowley, a hair and makeup artist based in Burlington. “Ninety percent of my wedding season is booked the September before the next season.”

Stylists will often book weddings one to two years in advance, although some prefer to wait until the year of the actual wedding before locking in an appointment.

Finding the right ‘look’

While it’s important to book hair and makeup artists in advance, you’ll want to take your time deciding on the right style for your wedding day.

“A lot of brides are just looking for an enhanced version of themselves,” Sarah said. This often translates to very natural-looking makeup with a few special details — false lashes, a darker lip color, and a bit of extra highlighting.

“They want their makeup to represent something, whether it be romantic, completely natural, or bold,” said makeup artist Jennifer Perellie. “They want it to add to the overall feel of their wedding day.”

Jamie loves “natural and fresh” makeup, as well as elegant, timeless looks.

“Cat eyes, 1920s waves, and an elegant French twist for the mother of the bride are classics,” she said. “They never go out of style!”

“Strong brows and the use of contouring and highlighting” are popular, said makeup artist Beatriz Jarvis. “Many Vermont brides love a polished natural look, and these two trends can be done subtly to accommodate their wishes.”

Deciding on a bridal ‘do

The possibilities for hairstyle choices are nearly endless, so you might want to consider other details — the vintage bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and style of the wedding — for cues on what hairstyle will be the most complementary.

“Braids and very loose, romantic styles are very popular amongst my brides,” Jamie said. “A lot of Vermont brides are looking for a very casual barn or rustic setting, which is complemented by loose waves, casual, and somewhat strategically messy styles.”

A bride’s hairstyle should match her dress and the overall feel of her wedding. A simple wedding dress requires a simple hairstyle; a more dramatic, over-the-top gown calls for a bolder hairstyle, Sarah explained. “My job as a stylist is to help achieve a hair and makeup style that goes along with the whole picture.”

Some brides have a clear idea of what they want, but many are looking for guidance from their stylist. It’s always helpful for your stylist to see photos of your dress and any other wedding details, or of makeup and hairstyles you love.

“Most brides will have a Pinterest board of hair and makeup ideas,” Jamie said. “I’ll ask during the trial that the brides have their bridesmaids do the same for the wedding day.”

Many stylists offer a consultation and/or trial run. This gives you both a sense of the time required to complete hair and makeup. Plus, knowing what you’re going to look like on your wedding day “really eases those nerves,” Sarah said.

“The trial is the time to plan it all out so there are absolutely no surprises on the big day,” Jamie agreed.

Primping the wedding party

When it comes to other members of the bridal party, there are no hard-and-fast rules for hair and makeup. Ask your stylist what options she can provide, and keep your budget in mind when deciding if you’ll pay for your bridesmaids’ makeup and hair or ask them to contribute.

Some artists will require a three- or four-person minimum if they’re traveling to do hair or makeup, and will sometimes bring an assistant.

But it’s not just your bridesmaids who want to look their best. Grooming for the groom is also done on request. “It’s easy and very noninvasive,” Beatriz said. “Usually I’m covering a few blemishes or under-eye circles and cutting down on shine. Super simple!”

Communicating with your stylist

Ultimately, great communication with your stylist is the surest way to achieve a look you love, Beatriz said.

Before the big day, let your stylist know what to expect at the location, and ask what they might need — table space, electric outlets, or lighting sources. Chances are, they’ve seen it all in Vermont, from barn weddings to mountaintop ceremonies.

“It truly is such an honor for me to help a bride look and feel her best on such a special day in her life,” Jennifer said. “Being a part of the wedding planning journey is really something I don’t take lightly.”

Good stylists have not only perfected their hair and makeup techniques, they’re flexible, responsive and eager to make sure clients are totally satisfied with their wedding-day look.

“Really, it’s like finding the plus size bridesmaid dresses,” Jennifer said. “When you know, you know.”

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29/04/2016

Wedding: Sandra and Tito Gutierrez

For most of the guests attending the nuptials of Tito and Sandra Gutierrez, theirs was a destination wedding in San Diego. But the couple has lived in Bonita for the last year and a half.

“We only had three people from San Diego,” said Sandra, who was born and raised in Calexico. “It was a nice getaway for our guests, who came from Imperial Valley, San Francisco, New York City, Mexico and Europe. We have family and friends in all those places. We’re glad they came to celebrate with us.

“I was worried about the weather, because people were saying February’s a rainy month in San Diego. But we had really nice weather. No rain. Perfect.”

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Tito, who is from El Centro, and Sandra met in Calexico. They moved to San Diego for his job, Private Client Advisor at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Sandra quickly secured a position as an administrative clerk at the Charter School of San Diego.

“We wanted an intimate wedding,” Tito said. “We both come from big families and wanted everything to be more personal than most big, formal weddings. We only chose 100 people — people we truly communicate with, not just Facebook friends.”

Tito also wanted his proposal to Sandra to be intimate. In late December 2014, the couple planned to spend the holidays with family in Imperial Valley. Instead of popping the question then, he arranged a gondola ride in Coronado right before their trip.

“Sandra is very analytical and likes to know about everything that’s going on,” Tito explained.” I had to kind of misguide her. She thought she would be meeting my boss. She got all dolled up. I told her we’d won a gondola ride so we’d do that before going to dinner. On the gondola, we had a violinist, and I gave her roses. She figured it out then.

“I got down on one knee — kind of — because I didn’t want to fall in the water. I still tease her that she didn’t say yes until she saw the ring.”

Sandra admitted hesitating, but she had a good reason.

“He’s making me sound bad!” she exclaimed with a laugh. “I didn’t respond fast because I was actually scared he’d fall into the water.”

Because of the elaborate proposal’s location, the couple chose Coronado Community Center on the peninsula’s Glorietta Bay for the wedding. For another romantic touch, they picked Valentine’s Day. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held outside, but the reception was in the center’s event room. San Diego Linens decorated the venue.

“It was beautiful,” Sandra said. “My cousin did the flowers. We had hydrangeas, roses and orchids. Because it was Valentine’s Day, I used purple, red and hot pink for the wedding colors.

“I had worried about the bridesmaid dresses being different colors and styles. I had seen it on Pinterest, but translating a Pinterest idea to reality sometimes doesn’t work. I told them any style as long as the dress was floor-length, and I gave them each an exact color of dress. When they came together, it created a beautiful color palette.”

During the cocktail hour on the patio, Mariachi Real de San Diego performed while guests munched on bruschetta. The reception was catered by Bekker’s Catering, which offered a buffet of southwestern cuisine. To save money on the cake-cutting fee, they asked Daisy Manzanero Cakes to provide individual cake-cups, arranged in tiers.

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28/04/2016

7 things to remember when searching for the perfect wedding dress

The first time I decided to go and try on wedding dresses I wasn’t even technically engaged.

My boyfriend had asked my father for his blessing, I knew he had the ring, and we even had a tentative date, so I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Also I was going back to school and probably wouldn’t have the chance to look at dresses with my mom, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

This was my very first time ever shopping for this type of bridesmaid dresses online, and I was as excited and nervous as a professional football player before a big game.

I had my team with me, and we were ready to go.

However that first experience definitely did not go as planned, but I did learn some very important things that would have been good to know beforehand.

So here are some of my takeaways, and things that eventually led me to find my dream dress; and hopefully it will help you find yours.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is not all fun and games. Read my list of 7 things I wish I had known when finding my dream dress. (DepositPhotos)

1. Come well rested, groomed and fed

Finding the perfect dress takes a lot of time and energy.

For most people it involves trying on multiple heavy, but lovely giant gowns.

Looking your best and feeling your best will definitely help with the overall experience, and make you feel as gorgeous as you should in your beautiful gown.

2. Do your research, but have an open mind

I was definitely one of those brides who knew EXACTLY what I wanted my dress to be like, and I let the saleswoman know.

At the same time, when I tried on what I thought I wanted, I realized it might now work with my height and body shape.

So definitely know what you like, but also be open to try new things that might surprise you.

3. You might get frustrated

Because I had an idea of what I wanted, I got pretty frustrated when I realized that I might have to change that idea.

Also when the people you bring are giving you their thoughts and ideas, it might become frustrating as well.

But take a deep breath, understand that you can always come back another day, and just have fun with it.

4. Take your time

Most bridal places will let you make appointments lasting an hour or even longer, so don’t feel rushed in finding a dress.

Finding your dream dress can take time and effort, and it is time and effort that will be well worth it on that special day.

If you don’t find a dress that you are totally in love with that first time you go dress shopping, it’s totally ok. Go back as many times as you want, go to different shops, and do some more research.

5. Compromise, but also don’t give up on your vision

Like I said before, I had an exact vision of what I wanted my dress to look like, and I wasn’t willing to give up on it completely.

The good news was that although it took more time and a lot of looking, I was able to find something that fit my dream as well as having it look and feel fabulous on me.

So although your dream dress might have to be tweaked slightly, don’t give up on what you want completely.

6. Don’t be afraid to look online

The online world of wedding dresses is getting incredibly larger and more beautiful, so don’t be afraid to look online for dress options.

I would definitely recommend going and trying on dresses in real life as well, just to see what fits and what you like. But I have had many friends who have successfully ordered gorgeous dresses online, and at super great prices.

7. Your mom might not be there

I know every girl has the dream of having their mother there when they finally find “the dress,” but honestly because of work, distance, or school there might be a chance she’s not there. But don’t let that hold you back!

Because of technology your mom can always be there in spirit, and you will still be able to find the perfect wedding dress.

As I found, finding the perfect wedding dresses australia can be quite a quest, but one that is worth the struggle. When you see the face of the man you love light up at the sight of seeing how amazing you look, you will know every second was worth it.

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