Archives for July 2012

Love at Happy Trails: Caroline & Kurt Married!

Happy Friday Friends!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite weddings from last year! The whole ceremony and celebration took place at a venue that is near and dear to my heart: the enchanting Happy Trails Catering in Pasadena.


I’m sure that with one look at these photos, you’ll fall in love with both this couple and this venue! Where else can you get the gorgeous combination of red brick and garden greens with a fabulous tree right in the middle of all the action? I am seriously in love with this wedding location in case you can’t tell!


0048_07.09.11_C_K resizeCaroline & Kurt are a set of love birds that were simply made for each other! I really loved this couple’s sense of style. I still think Caroline’s shoes just might be my favorite wedding shoe selection to date: just the right combo of sassy and bridal! And check out the super cute flower embellishment on her dress… seriously! Kurt had fun with his guys’ look as well: with the sunglasses and chucks, it made for a well styled, yet comfortable crew of men to back him up.

I’m so glad I was a part of this fun and magical wedding shot by the talented crew at Hello Studios (also check out this wedding’s feature on Something Turquoise!).

Tuesday Tip: Wedding Hair & Makeup Done Right!

Happy Tuesday Friends!
We’re right in the middle of wedding season and my post today is aimed at helping all you lost soul brides who are stressing about what to do with your locks and looks on your special day. I’ve come up with five tips to share with you that will help ensure your hair and makeup on your big day are simply fab fab fab (from a wedding planner’s point of view, or course!).
1: Go With A Pro!
Believe when I tell you that going with a professional is one of the best things you can do on your wedding day!  Even if you are an artist with a make-up brush and super handy with a curling iron, I have seen many a bride break under the self-imposed pressure of making herself up on her wedding day.  Choose to take 374326_267582316618300_264100191_ncare of yourself by bringing someone in who knows what they are doing and is 100% focused on making you look like a rock star. Your stress level with thank you and your photographer will bless your name! FYI, the camera lens will take off 25-50% of your make-up. You’ll be glad you invested in a professional with sustainable products to protect your hair & make-up from looking drab in those all-important photos.
2: Choose A Look That Looks Like You!
My goal for each of my brides is that they look their best for their big day. Too often a bride will go crazy with colors and styles that she would never even consider under normal circumstances. While we do want everyone to be able to tell immediately that you are the bride, remember to keep your choices consistent with your everyday life sense of style. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to look back on your wedding photos and think, “I don’t even look like me” or “what the heck was I thinking?”
3: Time It Out Right!
Make sure you give your stylist enough time to perfect your wedding look. Wedding days are crazy: people run late, tasks run behind, but make sure that the time you schedule to be in hair & make-up is protected. You want to make sure you have between 2.25-2.5 hours for your hair & make-up to be completed! Even though your stylist may say only 2 hours are needed, give yourself a bit of extra time in case you need to change anything or something crazy happens.
228981_230528473657018_1429862_n4: Spring For The Trial!
Seriously, I can’t impress this upon you enough. You absolutely, 100% need a trial before your wedding day to make sure that what you think you’d like your wedding style to be, actually looks good on you. Don’t take chances on your wedding day! This will also give your stylist the opportunity to get to know your complexion and hair-type so that they can use the best products that will work for your particular hair & skin on your special day. Seriously, despite the cost, have the trial!
5: Communication Is Key!
Before you go in for your trial, send your stylist photos of both hair and make-up styles that you are considering for your wedding day. Describing what you like verbally won’t be enough. Make sure you give your stylist a visual example of what you are looking for and then explain why you like the photos and how that translates to your wedding look. Also, don’t be afraid to be verbal while your in the chair! If you’re uneasy about what you are seeing, make sure you communicate your feelings!
Bonus: Show Your Stylist Some Love

Just as you would always tip your hair-dresser or manicurist in a salon, make sure to show your wedding stylist some love and include a tip in your final payment! Always remember that happy/well taken-care-of vendors go above and beyond to make sure your day is perfect.