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. 

 

 

 

Katie + Josh | The Fearrington, Pittsboro, NC Real Wedding

Katie and Josh’s wedding at The Fearrington has us gushing!  Her dress detail absolutely is darling and her sweet, flowing bridesmaids dresses go perfectly with her.  Check out these gorgeous images from Nancy Ray Photography of Katie and Josh’s big day and let us know what you think of her party’s Southern style!

 

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Ceremony & Reception Venue:The Fearrington
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Officiant: Triangle Custom Weddings
Cake Artist: Maxie B’s
Caterer: The Fearrington
Florist: The Fearrington
Event Designer: Simply Put Vintage
Event Coordinator: The Fearrington
Band: Elegance/East Coast Entertainment
Hair  & Makeup Artist: MakeUp For Your Day
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier/Alexia’s Bridals
Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom’s Suit: Gordon’s Menswear
Groomsmen Suits: Gordon’s Menswear
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
Linens: CE Rentals
Pews & Lounge Furniture: Simply Put Vintage
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

Lauren + Mark | Matthews House in Cary, NC

Lauren and Mark tied the knot at the beautiful Matthews House in Cary, North Carolina.  Their sweet loved was captured beautifully by Nancy Ray Photography.  We loved working with Lauren and hope you enjoy these beautiful images that celebrate sweet love!

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Venue: The Matthews House
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Officiant: Candy Snively
Cake Artist & Caterer: The Matthews House
Florist: Brides and Bouquets
Event Coordinator: The Matthews House
Reception DJ: Touch of Class DJ’s
Hair & Makeup Artist: Makeup for Your Day
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Dates: Minted 
Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet at David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew
Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Badgley Mischka 

For more of our gorgeous brides and bridal parties, check back here regularly and visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for more inspiration! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

XOXO,

The MYD Beauty Team

Rebecca Rose Events Blog Feature!

This past Tuesday our very own Jennifer Buenviaje was featured on the Rebecca Rose Events Blog!  We’ve had the luck of working with the lovely ladies of this team before, and were honored that they chose MYD as their beauty vendor to feature.

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For a quick read and to get some insight on your hair and makeup choices for your big day, check out the full blog here!

September Beauty Challenge!

Hello all my favorite MYD Beauties!  I hope you’re enjoying these back-to-school days and settling in to your new routines as we transition in to fall.

It’s well known with family and friends that summer time is definitely my favorite time. Being super cold-natured, I actually despise the winter.  That all being said, I do have very fond feelings about autumn simply because it’s the best time of year to express yourself through fashion and beauty.  I mean, hello, the 2 inch thick fashion Bible (Vogue) launches all of the fall “must-haves” and “oooh I wish had the money to splurge on” goodies!

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This year, I’ve challenged our MYD team (and subsequently YOU!) to choose 3-4 products in  your cupboards, vanity, shelves, showers, etc to finish off during the month of September. Why?  Well, to make room for all the new fall arrivals, of course!  We’re calling this our #septempties challenge.

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We’re going to upload videos and posts throughout the month from our team finishing off some of their products from home and we’d love to hear about yours!  Upload a video of yourself with your challenge products or your finished off #septempties and let us know your thoughts: did you love it, hate it, would you buy it again? We’re all beauty junkies here so we can’t wait to hear your reviews! Most of all…we want to know what you’re finishing things off FOR. What are you replacing your empties with?!

Stay tuned for my own video update later this week.  I’ll be polishing off these gems this month:
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Hair Product Category: L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

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Body Product Category: Jergens Natural Glow +Firming Daily Moisturizer

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Makeup Product Category: Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara

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Skincare Category: Eminence Organic Skin Care Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

I can’t wait to see your videos and hear all about your progress with emptying out your current products! Please use the hashtags: #mydbeauty and #septempties so we can easily keep up with all your videos to respond.  Of course, we’d love you to tag us, too @makeupforyourday on Instagram and @makeup4yourday on twitter. Good luck!

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.**

 

 

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.**

Bridal Tea Shower Inspiration

Tea Anyone? This darling styled shoot was done at the Glass Box in downtown Raleigh. Bridal showers and parties are such a good excuse to get all dolled up with your girlfriends.

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glassboxstyledshoot (184 of 203)This shoot will appeal to our brides who are interested in staying on trend all while keeping with sophisticated southern style. Our bride is wearing a Makeup Forever lip stain with a Lorac Gloss to keep her lips a gorgeous shade of Fuschia all day, even through a tea party. A subtle neutral toned cut crease in her eyeshadow is a soft way of showing off those gorgeous eyes. Kensley is also donning a fishtail top knot. This style can be worn everyday, but with a touch of elegance is transformed into a more refined look.

Our blonde bridesmaid is sporting a textured top knot. While it is more of a street style,  a top knot is the definition of modern ease and simplicity. Brides looking to stay on trend this season are going to be looking for that simple, contemporary look. Don’t you love her subtle pop of emerald in her eyeliner? 

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Do you spot the hidden braids in our brunette bridesmaids half up/half down look? Braids are a must have for spring and summer hairstyles for weddings this year. By incorporating them into a classic style, it adds a splash of modern appeal. Her lavender eye shadow is the perfect touch to this soft romantic look. 

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These looks paired so nicely with the fun decor! A small brunch of finger sandwiches and scones go great with a yummy tea. These pops of color from the flowers are a wonderful accent to the all white color scheme of the Glass Box.

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Leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite look was!

xoxo,
Kelsi

Vendors:
Photography: Fancy This Photography/ Hair and Makeup Styling: Makeup for Your Day/ Floral Arrangements: Tre Bella/ Glassware: Baileys Fine Jewelry/ Dresses and Jewelry: Tre Bella/ Paper: PaperBuzz/ Linens: CE Rental/ Venue: The Glass Box at 230

**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.**