5 Thoughts Every Bride Has While Planning

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now, enjoy ruthless non-stop planning for the next year of your life. It’s a wonderful burden and I wish you all the best! Mwah!

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I’m going to have the biggest, most extravagant wedding of the year!

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Wow, why is everything SO expensive?

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Who cares what kind of napkin rings there are!?

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I just hope I get a piece of cake…

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This is going to be the best day of our lives. 🙂

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Wedding Wednesday – Is A Traditional Wedding For You?

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Today’s blog is going to be more of a wordy post about a topic not discussed much (at least not where I am from). This Wedding Wednesday post is dedicated towards choosing between a traditional vs a non-traditional wedding. This topic has been on my mind for quite some time and I thought it was time to put it all down in writing for those of you who have the same mind set as I do.

To me, when I think traditional wedding, I think of a chapel ceremony then retiring off to a large venue with those awful ceiling drapes and multi-colored lighting. Food buffet as far as the eye can see. A cake that stands taller than you (even in those gorgeous heels you spent way too much money on). With all your friends and family (that weird second cousin you’ve met twice in your life, your mom’s aunt that you met when you were 18 months old but are obligated to know their name, and all the friends you’ve promised to invite along the way).

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When I got engaged, that was the wedding I started planning. I made arrangements and signed contracts. I absolutely LOVE planning so I was a nonstop machine, checking things off of my to-do list left and right! Until, one day I sat down with my fiancé and we started talking about what we envisioned from our “big day”. That’s when I/we realized. Why in the world was I planning this big traditional wedding? We aren’t flashy people. We can’t hold a smile or conversation that long with so many different people. We weren’t even fans of larger crowds. So, why?

At that point we both realized that the wedding we were planning, wasn’t ours. Lots of calls and cancelled contracts later we finally had a sigh of relief. By this time, we had already been engaged for a year and a half (yes we were initially planning on a long engagement) and were over waiting. We wanted to get married now! We sent out the bat signal to our family members and a few close friends and decided to get married almost immediately.

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Can I just tell you how many people were taken aback by our non-traditional ways? I can’t tell you how many people asked if we were pregnant, if we were moving, etc. For some reason, people couldn’t just wrap their minds around the fact that this style was more our personality. But once my fiancé and I had talked more openly to everyone about why we changed it and how we felt about the whole ordeal, suddenly everyone understood and everyone said that this smaller wedding “seems more our style”. Why was it that no one understood our decision before explaining our thoughts? If it was “so us”, why was their question at all? If everyone knew a small wedding was more our pace, why did no one throw up a red flag and say, “Guys, I really think you really need to think about planning a smaller wedding!” Because going smaller is not the norm nowadays.

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When it was all said and done, our small wedding cost us less than (or at least as much as) JUST the venue for the larger event. (Yeah, not joking. That’s how disgustingly expensive weddings are.) Now that our big day has come and gone, I can confidently tell you that we had an even better time than I previously thought possible with the big event. The smaller intimate ceremony allowed us to feel more comfortable talking about our feelings in front of other people (which neither of us are too keen on). And having the smaller reception let us have a blast with some of our favorite people. We were able to spend more time with everyone than have to constantly make rounds to talk to every.single.person. I think the guests enjoyed themselves more as well. A more laidback smaller setting allowed our guests to feel more comfortable as well. It really seemed like a big party instead of making it into this big formality.

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I wish my fiancé and I had sat down months prior to starting the planning. I’d be lying if I said that societal norms didn’t take control of my subconscious as I went through the motions of planning a larger wedding. So, I urge you brides out there to sit down with your partner and really think and imagine your big day. Planning A wedding is so much different than planning YOUR wedding. Once we envisioned bits and pieces of what we saw our day looking like, the decision was simple. My point is, learn from our mistake. Take your time to run through what you, as a couple, see your day looking like. What you both feel comfortable with. Everything always works out. Happy wedding planning to you all!

*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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Wedding Wednesday – The Makeup Look

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I am so pleased with the look I gave myself on the big day and how well it lasted all day and night! I picked up a few new products to use for this day and was more than pleased with their performance. A few of them I will even repurchase again. Let’s take a look at the steps I went through to achieve it.

Cleanse

One of the most important steps in the makeup process that deals with nothing but makeup. I used my Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control cleanser for this.

Moisturize

Following the cleanser, I applied a small amount of my Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer to make sure my skin stays hydrated all day. I love using this moisturizer for daytime use because it’s so lightweight and seeps into the skin quickly.

Prime

After giving my skin some time to soak in the moisturizer, I went in with my Benefit Porefessional focusing the majority of the product in the center of my face and working my way out. I always use this product when I know I’ll have my picture taken throughout the day. I love it and have repurchased it a few times

Eyeshadow

I knew I was going to be creating a rather smoky looking eye for the big day so I started with my eye makeup. I used my Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette to create the look. Afterwards, I cleaned up the edge with a bit of makeup remover to give it a crisp edge. The look I went with is very similar to my Everyday Eye Makeup Tutorial except I used some of the darker shades in the palette for a more dramatic look.

Lashes

I used my trusty eyelash glue with these new Vegas Nay lashes to give the look the extra wow factor. I loved the look of these lashes. Many people asked if I had gotten eyelash extensions for the big day. I topped it off with my old L’Oréal Carbon Black Waterproof mascara just in case some crying happened throughout the day.

Foundation

I bought the Hourglass Foundation Stick for the big day and thought it was absolutely amazing! It was extremely high coverage yet looked like my natural skin. I would highly recommend you try it out.

Creams

Then I went in with my cream concealers and contour. I use NYX HD Concealer every day and never regretted using it on my big day. I have a Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer that is way too dark for my pale skin that I like to use for my cream contour.

Powders

After all the creams, I set my entire face with the RCMA No Color Powder and then baked the highlighted portions of my face with it. Next, I went in with Wet n Wild’s dark shade to bronze my face. With my face bronzed, I started contouring with my NYC contour powder. I love this product because it gives a real shadow effect. Wet n Wild’s Mai Tai blush dusted on the high points of my cheeks finished the powder process of this look. I brushed off the baking I did and moved on to the last step.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray finished off the look and locked the whole look into place. I was so pleased with this product and now I can’t imagine my life without it! It helps my makeup survive all day long!

Lips

On my lips I used NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up. I love this color and I know that this formula wears best on my lips.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into getting ready on the big day. What are some of your makeup holy grail products? Leave a comment!

*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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Wedding Wednesday – The Nails

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Happy hump day everybody! Today I wanted to talk to you about the gorgeous set of nails I had done for the big day. I tried a new nail salon and ended up really enjoying my experience there. They did a great job with my nails and spent extra time/effort to make sure they were perfect. Whether they do that to all their clients or just because I mentioned I was getting married, who knows. They don’t have a website and aren’t active on social media, otherwise I would link them, so I really only went off of the reviews they had online. Which I’m glad everything worked out for the best!

Of course, I brought them a picture I had found on Pinterest hoping that the look was achievable. I’d say they did a pretty good job! I originally was just going to go for the traditional French tip but I needed that glam effect! So, instead of just a flesh colored base, I went with a rose gold/copper glitter base. I had them blend it into the white so it appeared to fade into one another. I really like how they turned out. I thought they complimented the colors in my dress well and didn’t overpower the sparkle of the ring. Perfection!

*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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Wedding Wednesday – The Dress

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I have officially peaked. I will never wear a more beautiful dress ever again. I am absolutely in love with my dress and I still love it afterwards. Despite it’s not so great price tag, it was my perfect dress. If you read my Most Expensive Delivery I Have Ever Received post, then you know the struggle I went through to find this gorgeous piece. I’ve linked that post here so we don’t have to talk about any negative experiences in this post!

Kitty Chen is definitely my favorite designer from now on. I highly recommend you check out her designs (whether or not you’re getting married) because I know you’ll fall in love. All her designs are so unique and beautiful; however, Makayla is something else. The front of the dress is obviously gorgeous but the back is to die for! As soon as I tried it on, I knew. Not being able to decide which sided was my favorite was definitely a sign that it needed to be mine. To customize this dress a bit more for my taste, we raised up that gorgeous pendant in the back so that it hit my mid-back area. Leaving the pendant where it originally was would’ve been beautiful but I felt that my back was a little too bare with the pendant hanging so low.

Every time I see this dress I fall in love with it all over again. I’m sure that feeling will always linger when I revisit these pictures and memories. Now off to get this beautiful baby preserved! I’m not quite sure what I want to do with it just yet. I can’t even imagine selling this beauty yet.

For those that have done this before, what are some creative things you have done with your dress?

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*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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