6 Tips for Incorporating Nature in Your Raleigh Wedding

6 Tips for Incorporating Nature in Your Raleigh Wedding

By Emma Bishop

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Get me to the park on time! Outdoor weddings are a growing trend right now. The idea of exchanging vows in the beauty of nature has expanded from backyards, parks, and beaches to ranches, barns, and even wineries!

 

Any wedding venue, whether outdoors or in, is enhanced with a touch of nature. That includes everything from the decorations and gifts to the bride herself.

 

Ways to incorporate nature into the tying of the knot are limited only by your imagination. It’s a great way to get the bride, groom, family, and friends involved in the hands-on adventure of creating an experience that is uniquely yours!

 

Here are a few ideas for starters.

 

1. Prep Your Venue

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If it’s an outdoor setting, make sure the lawn and plants are neat, trimmed, weed-free, and pruned. Indoors or out, see that electrical lines to lights, speakers, and instruments are tidy and out of the way, not only for appearances but for guests’ safety.

2. Consider Potted Plants

You can place these practically anywhere — at the end of seating rows and on prosceniums, stages, and altars. Arrange them in asymmetrical groupings with taller ones at the center, and shorter ones huddled around. Choose blooming plants that complement the surroundings and your color scheme. Orchids are favorites because they come in such a large variety of shapes and colors. Hibiscus can give the event a tropical flair, and you can’t miss with roses. Hint: Plants with heart-shaped leaves such as philodendron and anthurium impart a subtle message. Keep in the spirit of the season — poinsettias around Christmas, lilies at Easter, red, white and blue blossoms in July, and garnish with gourds in autumn.

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3. A Flower for Her Hair

Continue the nature theme with a complementing flower, crown, or wreath in the bride’s hair. Garlands are challenging traditional bouquets as a wedding favorite. Blooms intertwined in vines may be a simple shoulder wrap or trail elaborately down the train. Smaller versions are great for bridesmaids.

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4. Think Arbors and Bowers

Arbors and bowers can be constructed from a trellis available at any garden center. Intertwine with vines of ivy and a few blossoms for color. Weave in eucalyptus branches to add a pleasant, fresh aroma.

5. Hang Baskets, Ferns

In an indoor setting, Use a suspended frame to allow English ivy or fern fronds to dangle above guests. Just make sure the frames are sturdy and securely suspended.

6. Trees

The owners of the hall you rented might frown on planting trees in their space, but you can always use potted trees to add diversity to your venue (and cover up things you don’t want showing). Topiary trees make excellent sentinels at the entrance of the aisle. Instead of buying, you might find them at rental companies that carry wedding supplies. Good artificials can work as well as real trees.

 

In addition to beautifying the decor, touches of nature work as gifts. Small potted succulents make excellent take-home favors. So do wildflower seeds in decorated packets. Tiny glass terrariums are more expensive, but always a hit.

 

Adding a little extra nature to an outdoor wedding has a practical benefit. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can always take your portable forest inside at your Plan-B setting. Another practical advantage is that with some careful planning, nature weddings can cost less than a traditional formal ceremony.

 

Don’t be tied to old-fashioned ideas and rules. It’s your wedding, so make it the once-in-a-lifetime experience you want it to be!

 

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion. 

 

 

 

An update on Hurricane Florence from Makeup for Your Day

 

 

Dear MYD Beauty Family,

After so much coverage about Hurricane Florence and its aftermath, we wanted to update you on the storm’s impact on our teams in Raleigh and Eastern NC as well as how you can help as we focus on supporting our neighbors and fellow North Carolinians in the wake of tragedy.

Fortunately, we did not sustain any damage to our Makeup for Your Day Studio in Raleigh, NC and are open for business. Our Wilmington, NC office and team were unfortunately forced to evacuate and have not all made it back home as of today. If you have mailed correspondence or payments to our Wilmington Office please reach out to us directly so we may note your account. We are unsure of how long it will take to get postal mail updated in that region.  Your patience is appreciated in advance.

During this time of need for our Wilmington team and our neighbors at the NC Coast, we are working to deploy resources to help with the relief efforts. We have collected items to take back to Wilmington and will continue doing so for the next few weeks. If you have any donations that you would like to give to the recovery efforts there you can drop off your items for collection at our Makeup for Your Day Raleigh Studio located at 6308 Angus Drive, Ste B.

To all the emergency management officials, first responders and others across our North Carolina Community who are working around the clock in the midst of this crisis, we are forever grateful for you!

If you would like to help, we encourage you to sign up through the State’s volunteer website, or — for donations — go to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.  For local, direct monetary donations made to support basic need supplies for those affected in Wilmington, NC please visit our friends with the Port City Disaster Relief Fund.

Affected areas of Hurricane Florence will require extensive, long-term relief. We appreciate your help for our state in any way that you can, no act is too small.  Even just a social media share of this message, posting a link to one of the relief funds previously mentioned or volunteering your time is so appreciated.

Thank you again for your calls, messages and genuine concern for our team and our community. We hope to send updates on the coast soon!

xoxo,

Jen B.

Kelly and Steven – The Sutherland

We are all swooning over getting photos back of our sweet bride Kelly’s wedding to her new husband, Steven.  Her classic look elegantly comes together in a beautiful garden wedding at The Sutherland.  Enjoy!

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Photos: Carolyn Scott Photography

Venue: The Sutherland

Hair/Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

XoXo
Megan
**Megan S is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair styling lessons, as well as waxing by appointment. To schedule a session with Megan S (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Megan S, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

Fun and Romantic Styled Shoot at Mims House

I think we all can raise a hand with a big “yes please”, when it comes to the idea of spending an afternoon dancing around in a gorgeous wedding dress.  We were so exited to be part of Sean Szitas’ styled shoot with Tre Bella at Mims House.  A gorgeous lace gown, romantic floral’s and a beautiful old home come together to create gorgeous inspiration for your big day!

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Photographer: Sean Szitas

Dress and Florals: Tre Bella

Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Venue: Leslie-Alfred Mims House

For more inspirations, check out our Pinterest board

XoXo
Megan
**Megan S is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair styling lessons, as well as waxing by appointment. To schedule a session with Megan S (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Megan S, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

April and Costa – Duke Gardens Wedding

When you think of a beautiful garden wedding, so many gorgeous ideas come to mind!  In our world of beauty, there is always one thing that pops out in my mind for a garden wedding: BRAIDS!  I must say that I personally as a hairstylist am a huge fan of braids for any occasion, but April chose the absolute best mix with choosing to incorporate braids into her wedding hair as well as her wedding party, and getting married in Duke Gardens.  If you’ve never visited Duke Gardens, you must put it on your list!  This is a wedding venue that is not just solely a wedding venue.  (Perhaps I’m feeling extra mushy feelings for it since I am a Durham native myself and grew up visiting, but it’s so beautiful!)  As you walk through the gardens you’ll see a vast array of wonderful flowers, water fountains, statues, bridges and of course wild life.  We were so excited to get photos back of our bride April’s wedding, not only for how excited we were over the braids she had us do, but the gorgeous scenery she and Costa are submerged in for their wedding photos.  We can’t help but wonder how long it took them to choose which photos to hang on their wall!

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Jump from a garden wedding to a wedding in a hurricane with our last blog post!  For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board!

Gather Together (Event Planning & Design) 

Katherine Miles Jones Photography (Photographer)

Sarah P. Duke Gardens (Venue)

Jessy Milicevic (Officiant)

Parizade (Catering, Bar & Desserts)

Details Cake Design (Cake)

Watered Garden Florist (Florist)

Party Reflectons (Rentals)

Party Tables (Linens & Draping)

Get Lit Special Event Lighting (Lighting)

Greenhouse Picker Sisters (Furniture & Decor)

Mason Dixon Designs (Paper & Printing)

Makeup For Your Day (Hair Stylist)

Tim Leonard (Cellist)

SPIN (Sound & Reception Music)

Carolina Livery (Guest Transportation)

EcoStyle Transportation (Getaway)

 

XoXo
Megan
**Megan S is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair styling lessons, as well as waxing by appointment. To schedule a session with Megan S (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Megan S, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

Hurricanes and Weddings!

Hello sweet friends! It is hurricane season!  It’s also wedding season!  I am totally biased, but autumn is my very favorite season as well as time to get married.  But like I said, I’m so biased!  If you don’t know much about me, two years ago I got engaged in October and then last year I got married in October.  So October and autumn are my favorite time of year!

But with this time of year, comes hurricanes!  Watching the weather on the news the past few weeks, we have been getting a lot of those passing all around us.  My whole perspective changed about the idea of  rain on your wedding day when Matthew came through NC last year.  We had planned almost everything for outside, and then the morning of the wedding, good ‘ole Matthew started blowing through.  There was a sadness about me upon waking up, realizing that everything we had pictured was out the window.  But little did I realize how perfect this storm was going to change our day.

Rain can make for amazing photos, amazing video, and it heightens your senses of all that’s around you.  Rain cleanses and makes things grow.  It is not something to be upset over, it’s something to be thankful for.  When I look at the photos from our day, I remember all that rain.  But when it’s raining like it is now with the remnants of Irma passing through, it reminds me of our special day.  There is beauty in rain that you must step back and look at to realize.  So, today I wanted to share with you all, photos from our wedding when rain was there.  Matthew came through, but we still got married.  And at the end of the day, that’s what we wanted most. :]

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This last one is one of my favorites, it’s so close up, but you can see how wet my husband’s jacket is.  At that point, the ends of my hair were drenched as well, but neither of us were paying attention to any of it.

One thing is for sure ladies, Airbrush makeup is hurricane proof! I was lucky enough to have both Jen’s of MYD do my hair and makeup and my hair was what needed the most work before the reception.

For more rainy day inspiration, check out our Pinterest board by clicking here!

I’ll leave you with our video, I love the way our videographer incorporated the rain.  The poor guy was soaked after getting all that footage, but he made it so beautiful in the edits!  Have a lovely rainy day everyone!

 

Photographer – Emily Moore

Videographer – McLeod Jones

Hair/Makeup – Makeup For Your Day

Venue – Summerfield Farms

XoXo
Megan
**Megan S is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair styling lessons, as well as waxing by appointment. To schedule a session with Megan S (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Megan S, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

 

 

The Wonderful World of Halo Couture!

Hello sweet friends!  A couple years ago I went to a hair show that introduced me to the amazing world of Halo Couture hair extensions!  These little beauties change everything about the world of clip in extensions and I quickly became obsessed with mine.  I always talked about wanting “mermaid” hair for my wedding, that long flowing hair that comes over the “girls”.  There’s just something about that length of hair that always made me feel so girly.  I was 3 weeks away from getting engaged when I went to this hair show and my hair was no where near mermaid length!  But miraculously I went home with one!

Here is my hair just regularly styled without my halo…

halfbackfrenchtwistAnd here is a style with my halo, not too long after this first photo!

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The reason I love the halo is that its just one weft of hair that has so much hair on it!  It goes over your hair with a clear wire feature in which you pull your hair over and you are finished!  And so I leave you, with the beautiful mermaid hair I had for my wedding thanks to my halo.  And now that it has made an appearance on my big day, I’m even more attached!

 Photo Courtesy of Emily Moore Boutique Photo Editing 

Here’s a few lovely ladies who used a halo to get their dream hair.  They were so happy with the final result. Who doesn’t love nice dreamy, long hair?!

 

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This bride wasn’t necessarily wanting extra length, but more fullness in her half up half down style.  Her halo worked in perfectly to add that volume!

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Soft, romantic curls!

XoXo
Megan
**Megan S is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair styling lessons, as well as waxing by appointment. To schedule a session with Megan S (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Megan S, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**