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Greetings on this wonderful Saturday! I have the day off as of right now and decided to post some marvelous images I was just editing, and wanted to share them today!

So with your bridal session coming up, you want to make sure you can get the most out of it, right? Well, here are a couple of pointers for the bride to be! Actually, this is the perfect opportunity to have a mini wedding rehearsal with your dress, makeup, and hair done, that can include just about anything else you want there for you on the day of the actual wedding! You will not only get some of the most fabulous images of yourself, but also get the chance to test out all your hired stylists and see what it’s like to work with them!

I’ve put together a few tips of certain things that you may want to check through before the day you have your bridal session and actual wedding as well:

Hair

How important is hair you ask? It can make all the difference! Do you want it up, do you want it down, how curly do you want, or are there any specific designs to the way it should look? And how long does it truly take to do everything you want for the style you’re seeking for? The stylist will most definitely give you the answer to all these questions if you seek help, and if they’re exceptionally great, they will most definitely keep within their time frame. But sometimes, just sometimes, you should deal in with some delays, especially if there are smaller children involved or it’s a huge bridal party. Most importantly though, you should get an idea of what your hair style will look like on the day of the wedding, and getting that hairstyle done before the wedding day, can work in great benefits for you.

Let me give you this quick real-life example of why it may be a good idea to get a quick sample done at your Bridal Session as well. During one of my past bride’s Bridal Sessions, she decided to test out her look exactly how she wanted it for the wedding. (This is a huge tip for future brides, by the way!) She wanted to go completely natural, therefore, wanted her hair down as well as have some simple waves in her hair that would add volume to the whole look. When she arrived for the shoot, she was really happy with how it looked. Yet as the shoot progressed, she began to realize, just like her stylist had told her, that her hair began to come down and had less “umpf” in it. She said that if this is what the hair does after a 2-hour shoot, imagine what it would look like after an entire ceremony! Needless to say, on the day of her wedding she chose a completely different hairstyle.

Another quick tip: bring pictures. Yes, we love pictures! Well, I’m not a hairstylist, but all the ones I’ve worked with just adore having a sample of what the bride is expecting, even if afterwards they give it their own touch to the entire look! 😉

Makeup

Let’s talk about makeup for a minute. I think here, communication is key! Your makeup artist should be a professional, therefore completely know all aspects of what accentuates your features in every way. We all have different shapes, colors, and forms to our faces, and it’s important that you try out what shades you want on your face and on your eyes, so when the big day comes, you can rest assured that he/she knows exactly what they’re doing. They know what it takes to make your eyes look a bit bigger or smaller if needed, or how to make your lips more luscious and beautiful, or can even help you choose that shade of color that will go perfect with your face.

(Also, some makeup artists charge extra for eyelashes, so make sure you let them know what you want on the day of your wedding just in case!)

Wedding Dress/Accessories

Ok, so you know how your dress fits you. But have you tried walking around in it for 3 hours? This is huge! Did you know, that the average weight of a wedding dress is 30 lbs? I was so bewildered by this information when I first found out. Again, going back to my past Bridal Session with Christina, she was extremely happy with everything—makeup-check. Hair-check. Nails-check. Dress…ummm, how do you get this thing on again? You will of course, have your bridesmaids, mom, or family members help you get it on if it’s one of the more complicated ones, but it’s always good to have this mini rehearsal so you know some things you may possibly stumble through. And let’s not forget accessories! You can take advantage of this time and make a check list: those special earrings, and that beautiful necklace that was gifted to you…or how about that something borrowed and something blue?

This checklist can be a huge stress-saver! (Is that even a word? 🙂 ) Once you know exactly what you want for your wedding, have worked with several of the vendors that will be with you on the day of, and have complete trust in their capabilities, you will feel more relaxed in knowing that things will look just as they should. Having that confidence in your vendors, makes a huge difference!

I hope this has helped you get an idea of how you can plan for that perfect Bridal Session. For your shoot, well, just have fun while you look fabulous and your photographer snaps some amazing photos of you! And make sure you bring your shoes so you know what it feels like to walk in them too!

Today’s images featured in this blog are of a Vintage Inspired Bridal Session we did of Vanessa at The Gallery-Houston Wedding and Event Venue. She was just fabulous, along with the team that made it all happen! Thank you everyone!

Hair: Lydia Coronado (coronado_lydia@yahoo.com)

Makeup: JN Co Company (www.jncomakeupartistry.com)

Wardrobe: Brickhouse Bridal (www.brickhousebridal.com)

Accessories: Cosmik Souls Handcrafted Jewelry (www.etsy.com/shop/cosmiksouls)

Flowers: Something Special in Flowers (www.somethingspecialinflowers.com)

Location: The Gallery (www.thegallery-houston.com)

Happy Shopping Everyone! May the planning be as blissful as your wedding day!
~Carolina

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