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. 

 

 

 

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: 10 Must Have Summer Braids

Braids have been so trendy lately and this summer is no exception. Its such an effortless style that adds a little bohemian flair to an otherwise “normal” hairstyle. On the blog today we have some of my favorite summer braid looks for inspiration. These styles all pair perfectly with some balyaged highlights Wether you are heading to the beach, meeting someone for lunch or heading to a wedding, these braids are sure to keep you looking cool.

  1. Voluminous Side Fishtail
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This is a go to beach day look. Tease hair at the crown and throw a fishtail braid into a side pony. 

2. Half Up Half Down Loose Two Strand Braid

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This is perfect for second day waves. Throw some twists and then braid the ends to create an effortless braided half up half down look

3. Dutch Braid Headband

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Create a faux headband with a quick dutch braid to give yourself a boho accessory

4. Loose Knot Braid with Face Framing Pieces

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People will stop you on the streets to ask how you did you hair! This is a combination of a rope/twist braid that is knotted together with a fishtail braid. Paired with perfect romantic waves.

5. Messy Braided Faux-Hawk

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This edgy look is perfect for going downtown and works great with a deeper lip. No need for perfection here as this style looks better when its rough around the edges

6. Mermaid Braid

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Fan out the end of your fishtail with a good texture spray and make your hair have a literal fish tail. Perfect for when your hair has a little extra salt water in it. 

7. Quick On-The-Go Braided Bun

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For a quick on-the-go look braid your hair into a ponytail and then pin it into a bun!

8. Messy Top-Knot with Hidden Braid

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Hidden braids are the best summer go to look! Throw your hair into a quick top knot and then add a braid or two into the hair that is down for a little bohemian flair

9. Dutch-Fishtail Side Braid

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Mix up your braid pattern by starting with a three strand braid and then convert it to a two strand braid. The different texture will create interest in your hair style. 

10. Double French Braid

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A classic that you most likely wore when you were younger is coming back in a big way! Sleep on this style and enjoy the waves the next day.

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: NCMA Bridal Portraits

We love unique venues like the North Carolina Museum of Art located in Raleigh, NC. There are so many interesting sculptures and art pieces on the grounds of the museum. Gabi was such a delight to work with for her bridal portraits on this gorgeous North Carolina day. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite spot at the museum is!

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Photography: Fancy This Photography// Dress Provided by: New York Bride & Groom// Designer: Essense of Australia //Florals: The English Garden// Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day//Venue: NCMA

 

 

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.**

 

Honoring Lost Loved Ones at Your Wedding

In observance of Memorial Day, Makeup for Your Day would like to not only extend our condolences for those loved ones that you’ve lost but also share some beautiful ideas that we’ve seen brides and families implement at their weddings to honor a deceased family member and/or serviceman or servicewoman.

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Photo by: Casey Rose

Something Borrowed..

A great way to show your support is to wear a small memento of your lost loved one. This can be as small as your grandmother’s wedding earrings to something larger like your grandfather’s tie. These small additions are great conversation pieces to get people speaking about them and to show you care.

In writing…

A small notation in a program or their name on a seat marker are all great ways to show, in writing, that you are including those who have passed. Carrying a small handwritten note within your bouquet or in your dress is another great way to honor them with the power of the written word.

A little light…

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A candle is a great way to symbolize the passed individual. This candle can remain lit through your wedding or you can dedicate a small portion of the ceremony to lighting the candle followed by a moment of silence.

 

Here at Makeup for Your Day we would love to thank all the brave men and women for their sacrifices to this country. Please tag a member of the military who you would like to honor.

St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ve got two looks to inspire you today whether you are going downtown or just having some green cupcakes at work. These two looks should help to keep you from getting pinched!

Our talented artist, Valentina face charted this look and it is perfect for work or a daytime event. Who doesn’t love a good green eyeliner?

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Face Chart by Valentina

I love how the different green hues transition into each other! This look is actually easier to achieve than you might think. To create the ombre wing effect I simply used an angled brush that I sprayed with a spritz of water to intensify the green pigment. I laid the light color down first and then slightly overlapped with the darker green to create a transition effect. I then added an even darker color green just on the wing to create  a small amount of depth. Top it off with your favorite mascara and you are ready to go!

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The next look Valentina created is a sultry green and gold look. This would look amazing for an evening out!

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This look has a lot of layers. I first started with a “transition shade” that was slightly darker than my skintone throughout the crease. I then packed in some of the darker pigment do the outer corner of my lid. I then patted on the matte green shade on my lid, then popped some gold shimmer pigment on top! I finished the look with a bold black liner. For a more intense look you could pop some of the green pigment on your lower lash line as well. Top this with your favorite set of falsies and enjoy some green beverages!

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Leave us a comment with your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration plans or traditions!