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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Credit: Caroline Lima Photography Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day

 

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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Credit: Fancy This Photography  Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day

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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Credit: Fancy This Photography

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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Credit: Blueberry Creative Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day

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. 

 

 

 

Vendor Booking Timeline

Choosing your vendors for your big day can be a daunting task.  There are so many things on your check list when first starting out, it’s hard to know where to begin.  We are loving this timeline that Wedding Wire has come out with to help manage when different vendors should be found and booked. WW X2-VendorBookingTimeline-2017_x2_v03

When it comes to hair and makeup, the earlier the better. Thus, why we love this time line.  Twelve months or more gives you time to not only find the hair and makeup artists that fit your style and needs perfectly, but allows you to get in for a trial very early on so you can check off your list what you want your look to be for your big day!

We here at Makeup for Your Day, love traveling world wide to get brides ready.  We’ve seen some pretty spectacular venues out there and look forward to seeing more breathtaking places for gorgeous ceremonies and receptions.  For you newly engaged couples out there, be sure and check out this list to explore beautiful wedding venues in the Raleigh area as well as all over the world!copy-of-mikkelpaige-merrimon_wynne_house-makeup_for_your_day_0009

Inspiration: 15 Bohemian Wedding Updos

Summer is the perfect time to let your inner hippie out and rock a perfectly imperfect bohemian updo. You wont reach for the smoothing serums for any of these looks. They are defined by their organic, “messy” style that often incorporate braids or natural textures. Best worn on second-day hair or with a texture spray to give the hair a little natural grit. Let us know in the comments below which style is your favorite!

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Textured curls with flyaway pieces are essential for a boho look

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Let pieces fall out. Nothing should look too perfect

 

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Combine different braiding patterns to create depth and texture

 

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Add a flower crown for instant bohemian style

 

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Braid. Everything.

 

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Keep texture organic and earthy

 

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Add Real Flowers to keep things soft and romantic

 

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Keep cool by braiding away from your face if you are the type that will feel the need to touch your hair

 

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Let it all hang out. Keep it low and loose.

 

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Boho twist on a classic chignon by keeping the hair textured and piecey 

 

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Tendrils aren’t just for face framing! Let them cascade down the back too

 

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Sneak a braid into the bun to create a unique texture

 

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Let the braid be the accessory

 

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Organic movement throughout the updo is key to keeping the style bohemian

 

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Keep it wispy

XoXo,
Kelsi

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

Inspiration: Brittanys Bridal Portraits at The Carolina Inn

Disney Princess status can be found here in Brittany’s Bridal Portraits shot at The Carolina Inn by Fancy This Photography. WOW! Brittany looked radiant with her long naturally red hair that was loosely placed in a half up half down, voluminous style. Her soft makeup complimented her gorgeous skin so well. Those baby blues just shine with a soft gold smokey eye and defined lashes. Her wedding gown by Lazaro is the perfect choice for the classic style of the Carolina Inn. Everything about this shoot says Romantic Storybook Dream!

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Venue: The Carolina Inn // Beauty: Makeup For Your Day // Bridal Salon and Florist: Tre Bella // Gown Designer: Lazaro

XoXo,
Kelsi

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

How to Get Beachy Waves – For All Hair Types

Its Summertime! Time to hit the pool, the beaches, the picnics, the bbqs and the patios. One of the best hairstyles for summer is beachy waves. They have a trendy, yet low maintenance look to them and they can be chic but laid back at the same time.
Sometimes it is hard to achieve this look because different hair types have different problems. Straight hair may go limp, curly hair may be too frizzy or colored hair may be too dry. Thanks to The Beauty Department, they give a product recommendation for 8 different hair types to help achieve the perfect beachy wave.
Do you like the look of beachy waves? What are your favorite products or tricks? We would love to know! Let us know via Facebook or the comments box below!
XoXo,
Jen B
**Jen B is an MYD Beauty Co-owner, Artist and Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup applications, beauty lessons, temporary lash applications and semi-permanent lash extensions by appointment. To schedule a session with Jen B (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Jen B, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

 

Beat the Heat with These Cooling Sprays!

Are you looking for relief without wiping off all of your makeup? We’ve got some great face sprays that will do the trick.

 
Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray has already hit it big as a must-have in many people’s makeup bags and with rave reviews all over the web. This spray takes all of the great capabilities of that setting spray and adds cooling and hydrating features. This spray will keep your makeup in place all day. Need to freshen up? This product comes out cold and refreshes makeup so it looks like it was just applied!

Derma e – Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid

 
This spray will instantly refresh and add moisture to your skin. With botanicals and nutrients in an aloe base, this spray will leave your face refreshed and moisturized. Hyaluronic acid is extremely effective in retaining moisture in the skin. This ingredient combined with antioxidants such as Green Tea and Vitamin C will help your skin against environmental aggressors.
 
This ph-neutral spray is super refreshing on a hot day. This spray contains silica, which is a natural extract that is very soothing. This spray can effectively tackle any free radicals and cool you off while refreshing and resetting your makeup at the same time.

 

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Greatly enhances the effectiveness of all moisturizers and any skin care regimen. Convenient size perfect for office. Propelled under high pressure by nitrogen, the ultra-fine pure, natural mist allows the skin to absorb a unique balance of beneficial minerals along with the water.The 5 ounce size lasts over a month and should be a daily part of every woman’s skin care regime which is why many say the French may have discovered the fountain of youth.
 
This spray contains glacier water combined with potent herb extracts. It refreshes, improves skin tone, revitalizes dull skin and can also soothe any skin irritation. This spray will not only cool you down, but will also re-balance your skin and improve it overtime.
How do you keep cool and smudge-proof in the heat? Let us know in the comments box below!
XoXo,
Jen B
**Jen B is an MYD Beauty Co-owner, Artist and Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup applications, beauty lessons, temporary lash applications and semi-permanent lash extensions by appointment. To schedule a session with Jen B (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Jen B, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

Bridal Show Month: The Cookery

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Photo Courtesy of Krystal Kast

February is Bridal Show Month for Makeup for Your Day! Our final bridal show for February was back in Durham at The Cookery! This venue is also historic and has a very unique and urban feel to it.

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Megan and I at the Cookery!

This event had a live band and the guests were encouraged to visit every vendor for a chance to enter a raffle!

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Guests could enjoy live music, a full bar and some yummy flatbread options from Donovan’s Dish.

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Tre Bella once again provided a beautiful setting for our booth

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Megan and I had so much fun chatting with brides and their fiances about their upcoming wedding plans! We met guests who were just recently engaged and some that were just putting the finishing touches on their events.

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Bridal shows are a great way to get to chat with vendors and see venues fully decorated. If you find yourself at a bridal show in the future, please make sure you stop by and chat with us! My favorite part of it all is meeting couples and sharing in the excitement of planning a wedding and getting to know them.

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That wraps up our bridal shows before we enter this 2016 wedding season. We’ve got a lot of work to do catching up with all the brides we met at the shows this season! See you at the next show!
-Kelsi