NACE: Styled Shoot Competition

There is nothing like a little competition to get the creative mind going! This month I was fortunate enough to attend a National Association of Catering and Events’ (NACE) meeting. Each meeting has a different subject and theme, however this specific event was designed to talk about PR Strategy and how to utilize styled shoots for your creative business.  A styled shoot is how vendors are able to collaborate together to market and showcase their services. These styled shoots often end up on blogs, in print and on marketing literature.

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{Featured Expert Panel: Robyn Mangrum and Maureen Powell of Weddings Magazine and Jenna and Donna Parks of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine}

What better way to show what these vendors learned by throwing them right into a competition! The groups were split into three teams that were asked to choose from several different elements and create a themed styled shoot. There were floral arrangements, props, models and outfits for a Bohemian, Romantic and High Fashion look. As a stylist, I had so much fun working with my fellow artists to create these looks with our models. Makeup and hair can truly transform the mood you are looking to create.

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Some of our MYD Beauty Team with the Models {Megan S, Kelsi, Verronica, Megan A, and Valentina}

 

The teams all had such different ways of putting together the same concept. Our Romantic model is wearing a soft low chignon with a soft classic bridal look.

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Photo By:  Adam Chapin

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Photo by: Adam Chapin

 

It was interesting to note that this team chose the Romantic model for their bohemian look! That floral headpiece really changes the whole feel of this look!

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Photo By: Adam Chapin

We had so much fun putting together the High Fashion look! Its not everyday you get to break out your green and blue eyeshadows. I believe this look was inspired by a peacock. The models brilliant eyes just wear this look so well!

Her hair needed to compliment this look. She needed height and texture to compliment such a bold look! It paired perfectly with her sequin gown.

The bohemian model was a real treat to put together! Who doesn’t love a tousled curl look with some braids?

This model had the most stunning blue eyes and I think this soft smokey eye just compliments them so well!

The bohemian shoot by Fancy This Photography ended up winning the competition for Southern Bride & Groom magazine! You can see more images and details from this winning team over on Southern Bride & Groom’s blog feature.  The winning photographer for Weddings magazine was Red Bridge Photography for the romantic same-sex couple shoot.

We so enjoyed styling the guys for the shoot, as well.  There’s more to male grooming before they get in front of the camera than you think! This winning shoot is featured on the Weddings magazine blog here and we encourage you to hop over and check it out.

Styled shoots are all about putting different elements together to create a cohesive look. Hair and makeup is such a huge part of this as it can affect the overall outcome. You can see more photos and read more about the event on Southern Bride & Grooms blog.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these shoots and any ideas for upcoming styled shoots we have in the works! Tell us what you’d love to see more of or maybe what you think you’ve officially had your fill of. Leave us a comment below to share your thoughts and follow along with us on Instagram, Snap Chat and Facebook to see everything our team is up to in the upcoming weeks.

xoxo,

Kelsi

**Kelsi is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh studio. She is available by appointment for all salon services including, but not limited to, cut, color, waxing, and extensions. If you’ve enjoyed reading Kelsi’s posts and would like to work with her specifically for your big event or beauty needs please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your appointment! 877.588.7451**

 

3…2…1… Nashville!

Hi MYD fans! Caroline Lucas here, reporting from Nashville, TN. I know you have been waiting on pins and needles wondering what we would be revealing this week and here it finally is! Makeup for Your Day is expanding to Music City!

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Photo published in Southern Weddings Magazine with image courtesy KT Merry. Hair, Makeup and Styling by MYD.

Starting in Raleigh, NC and traveling all over for destination weddings we felt like it was time to branch out and explore new territory, and what better fit for our artists than the city that is known for its talent?

At Makeup for Your Day we are always looking for new inspiration, and even though I have only been living in Nashville for a short period, let me tell you, this city is full of it! From festivals and concerts, river views to mountain tops, not to mention all the great food, and growing neighborhoods – Nashville has it all.

So lucky me… I got the opportunity to use this Nashville launch post as an excuse to play tourist in my own city! Come along with me as we scratch the tip of the iceberg on this fun-filled city.

 

 

Like most things, to get started, first we need COFFEE! Okay so this might not count as a tourist moment… but can you blame a girl?

Barista Parlor is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods known as East Nashville. A little hip, trendy, and up and coming East Nashville is the place to find awesome food, craft cocktails, and off the charts coffee.

This, my friends, is a whiskey caramel latte and get a load of the DOUGHNUTS! One of each please!….*someone rolls me to my car.  Looking at this all I can think is, “Where can I find a lipstick the shade of that pink glaze”? Talk about the perfect “subtle with a pop” color!  That, my friends, is on our #mydbeauty to-do list!

Alright, alright, now that we’re nice and awake let’s keep it moving. Next stop… The Grand Ole Opry! This place is enormous. It was a beautiful day and good thing because you could walk for days and not experience this whole space.

My brain kept heading straight to all the amazing event spaces. The bridal photo opportunities were endless, and every where you turned was another great piece of Tennessee history. I cannot wait for this to be a regular spot for us. Seeing our artistry on a beautiful Opry bride seems like a dream come true!

Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without heading out to Broadway…Nashville’s self-proclaimed “Honky Tonk Highway.” Downtown Nashville is always on. Walking down the street you can hear the talent streaming out of the famous bars like, Robert’s and Tootsies.

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At Makeup for Your Day, we are known for all the work we do with our amazing brides, but we also do a lot with commercial shoots and head shots, and in a city like Nashville I have a feeling that is going to keep us pretty busy.

Doing hair and makeup meant for lights and stage can be a whole different animal – which is why we make sure to train all our artists and hair stylists on the varying components for each situation. We also make sure that we carry the best products for every situation.

Unlike a lot of people who migrate to Music City, I’m not looking to have my name put up in lights… but I sure am looking forward to seeing the names and faces of our clients up there!

So this concludes the first leg of our Nashville tour. But don’t you worry, there is a lot more where this came from. Our blog, Instagram, and Facebook are going to be filled with bridal inspiration, hair and makeup trends, and our travels from Nashville, Raleigh, the beautiful NC Crystal Coast and Outer Banks, and destinations worldwide! So stay tuned and keep an eye out on all the exciting things Makeup for Your Day will be up to.

We’d love your support in our new endeavor! If you have friends, family or colleagues in the Nashville or surrounding areas that you feel would love our luxury services, please pass our info along and make sure they let us know who sent them! And if there is something you would like to see or a place in Nashville that you find inspiration please leave a comment below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Thanks again, and we will see you soon!

xoxo,

Caroline and the MYD Beauty Team!

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Makeup for your Day is now proudly serving Nashville and surrounding areas! For more information on services check out our website at makeupforyourday.com

Bridal Show Month: The Wed Tour

February is Bridal Show Month and I am documenting all of the shows Makeup for Your Day attended! This time we were on The Wed Tour of Raleigh.

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This was a fun event because guests took a trolley between several different venues where different vendors were set up.

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Makeup for Your Day was set up at the Merrimon Wynne! This is one of my favorite venues in Raleigh just because the bridal suite is so gorgeous!

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I was in love with the paper crane display cascading from the center of the house! The entire Merrimon Wynne was glammed out with splashes of navy, gold and fuschia.

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I spy our spread in Trendy Bride magazine which was shot at the Merrimon Wynne!

This was a very intimate event with only a handful of vendors at each venue. We had the honor of sharing space with vendors like Perry Vaile, Donovan’s Dish, Erin McLean Events and Bunn DJ company!

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I will continue to document the bridal shows we attended in February on the blog! Catch us tomorrow to see where Megan and I ended up next!

 

-Kelsi

 

Bridal Show Month: Carolina Inn

February was Bridal Show month at Makeup for Your Day! We kicked it off at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show in Chapel Hill!

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Jen and Jen at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show

Caroline, Abbey, Megan and I started our day by making over our two gorgeous models.

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Models at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show. Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Dresses provided by Tre Bella.

I had so much fun at this show because we come to the Carolina Inn several times a year for weddings, and it was great to see the place totally decked out. Several of our artists & stylists were able to come to the event to meet all of the brides that came out to the show.

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Members of our team with Heidi!

We even got to hang out with Heidi Dawson, the director of catering for the Carolina Inn and a good friend of the Makeup for Your Day team. One of our resident stylists, Megan is getting married this year and was able to attend the show with her fiance, Anthony!

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Anthony and Megan at the Carolina Inn

One of my favorite parts of bridal shows is the food! I don’t know that I have seen so many different food vendors in one place before! We had cake, pie, chicken and waffles on a stick, and there was even a s’mores bar. Yes.. a buffet where you could make your own s’mores. YUM! Jen and Susanne had to grab a cheerwine and donuts!

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Tasty treats were available all over The Carolina Inn!

I will documenting all of the bridal shows Megan and I went to in the month of February on the blog over the next few days! Please tune in tomorrow for more!

See you at the next show!

-Kelsi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real MYD Raleigh Wedding: Sydney + Adam

The wedding we’re about to feature is so full of pretty!  In an intimate residential venue in Raleigh, Sydney + Adam exchanged vows.  Jen B and Rachelle had a wonderful time working with Sydney and her bridal party on the morning of their wedding.  Sydney was glowing all day and we adore her loose, textured updo and smokey eye makeup!  Enjoy the photos below by Carrie Coleman Photography.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this beautiful Raleigh wedding.  Please leave Jen B. and Rachelle some love below in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Real MYD Raleigh Wedding: Katie + Nick

Our bride, Katie, was just beaming her whole wedding day!  She was such a pleasure to work with and we love her half up, half down hair style and clean, natural makeup that she chose while working with our talented mua/stylist Kristin.  We wish Katie + Nick the very best and look forward to working with Katie again in the future!

We hope you have enjoyed these images from A.J. Dunlap Photography and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts and leave some love for Kristin here in the comments or on our Facebook page and Twitter!

Our Bride is Featured On Style Me Pretty!

We are over the moon excited for our bride, Margo, to have her wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!  She was such a sweet and beautiful bride and our stylist, Kristin and makeup artist, Dee just adored working with her and her bridal party.

Take a peek at all the gorgeousness on this post that Katie from Events by La Fete planned and the ever-talented Michael Moss Photography captured.  We’re swooning over Margo’s amazing dress!

What are your favorite accents?  We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!