Wedding Hair Trends For Summer 2015

Since we covered whether or not you need a makeup artist in my last blog post, I thought it would be fun to touch on wedding hair trends we’re seeing for Summer 2015. To help me out, I contacted Hannah of Urbanista Weddings, check out what she had to say!

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What hair trends are you seeing this year for weddings that are different than last year?

This year we are seeing a lot more braids, then last year, and a more understated glam. The messy, side bun is going far far away, and brides are leaning toward a more effortless look. It’s what I like to call ‘Messy on purpose’. As for makeup, we get a lot of requests for a soft, defined eye and a natural lip color, with a high demand for peachy pinks and bronzed nudes. Last year, we did a lot of really sharp eye makeup, with an emphasis on black shadow and liner.  
wedding-hair-trends-summer-2015-adornmentsAre there any trends from last year that are still going strong this year?
We are still styling a lot of low updos and adding hair adornments. Texture is a huge request for the majority of hairstyles whether it’s up, down or half up. Boho makeup and hair is still amongst the favorites and of course, our specialty. 
 

Do you have any suggestions for a bride who’s trying to determine if she should wear her hair up or down?
The very first thing we do when consulting with a Bride, is to have them create a beauty inspiration board on Pinterest. That gives us a thorough wedding-makeup-tends-bronzy-neutralsidea of what they are attracted to. The next things we want to know is what the dress looks like, the colors of her bouquet and the location of her wedding. All of those details will help decide what her style is. The final thing we determine is her face shape,hair texture and length, and if she is comfortable with having her hair up or down. Some Brides have a tendency to fiddle with their hair a lot, which could cause the style to relax a bit. There are so many factors that go into planning a hairstyle, which is why we recommend having a trial run before hand. 


Urbanista Weddings is a team of 8 Artists and Stylists, that travel to each Client for their special Occasions. Although they (Urbanista) have a storefront in Seattle, they like to make the getting ready process convenient and easy on the Bride’s wedding day. With a collective talent of magazine publications and website features, their artists have also worked on films, productions, music videos, fashion shows, and pride themselves on their charity work, donating their time and talents to benefit good causes.
Staying up to date on trends and technique,  Urbanista Weddings is a leading, high end makeup and hair company that can accommodate any beauty needs and services.

Why You Should Hire A Makeup Artist

Continuing with the Do You Need A… series that started with Do You Need A First Look, we’re going to continue with Do You Need A Makeup Artist.
One of the things brides seem to wonder is whether or not they should hire a professional makeup artist. While we understand that it may not be in everyone’s budget, or something that you’re kind of on the fence about, we thought we’d feature one make artist’s opinion. And she was very willing to answer the questions I sent her way. Take it away Erin!
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0014Why should brides hire a professional?
When it comes to wedding Hair & Makeup you should ALWAYS hire a professional!!!  I hear all the time..”My friend is going to do it”  Ladies, unless your friend is a professional or well trained artist, you are making a mistake.  Friends back out, you can’t tell them you hate their work and do it over.  Friends do not have the experience in long-lasting wedding day makeup and the curve balls that get thrown into a wedding day.  Brides spend thousands of dollars on a gorgeous gown but are not willing to spend a few hundred on their face!! THEIR FACE!!!  Of all things to skimp on, please don’t let it be your face. A professional knows the delicate balance between wedding day makeup and camera ready makeup.  (Trust me there is a big difference between everyday, night, camera, going out, and wedding day hair and makeup.)
What can you expect out of a professional makeup artist?
A professional knows how to schedule your day so you do not run 1-2 hours late.  They have the access to assistants so your entire bridal party can benefit from beautiful H&M, and not be left to their own scattered styles.  I schedule everyone on the “45’s” meaning each service, Hair takes 45 minutes, Makeup takes 45 minutes.  My Brides get usually 1 hour 45 or 2 depending on style and I like to give them some extra love.  This allows a little wiggle room for everyone just in case ladies get stuck in traffic, are on the phone with a lost bridal party member, hung over and running late 🙂 or in case someone decided last minute they would like a service.  This happens all the time!
Are makeup trials that necessary?
I highly recommend a trial pre-wedding.  This is not a requirement but if you have the budget, incredibly valuable.  This gives you the opportunity to meet with your artist and determine a multitude of important factors.   Do you like the artist and will they be a good fit with your style and personality?  Your wedding day should be fun, joyous, calm, and a time to spend those few hours enjoying your family and friends leading up to your big very busy, moments.  If your artist is rude, arrogant, does not understand you and your vision, this will do none but create an awkward and uncomfortable environment.
k53The Trial will also give you the opportunity to see if the style you have in mind is truly the right style for your hair and skin.  Many many brides come in with Pinterest pictures of gorgeous looks but when they get that look, the jaw dropping vision is not what they had in mind at all and looks terrible on them personally.  Let’s be real…Kim K is a stunner, but not necessarily the look you may want on your vintage or bohemian wedding, not to mention… she wears a ton ton ton ton ton of makeup with lots of additions to her hair and face. Photoshoots and magazine covers are styled and set to the perfect moment, your wedding will not be sitting in one place in front of a camera with a H&M artist touching you up every 3 minutes for the perfect shot.  You need to move, dance, hug, kiss, and all around look “real” while still pulling off that gorgeous “natural” glow. Lastly this trial will give you and your artist a step ahead on wedding day.  We can prep to your exact needs, know if you had any allergic reactions, positive or negative preferences, and adjust our products to your specific wishes.  Wedding day goes smoother and faster with a trial.
What should brides do ahead of time to get themselves ready?
I always advise a daily moisturizer routine prior to wedding for as long you can.  Facials are wonderful a week prior, no less than a week in case you have a reaction.  No chemical peels, crazy out of ordinary waxing, cutting, or plumping the week of the wedding.  Do all of these at least a week out to 00026make sure you know the outcome and like the results. Drink lots of water the week of the wedding, and please please please do not go overboard on the alcohol the night before the wedding!  I know you want to live it up, family and friends are there, it is so exciting all the planning is done, wedding is here…But..what you get when you drink too much is dehydrated and ashy..yes  GREY.  That will ruin everything we have worked up to and force us to change our products in order to color correct your face.  You just don’t look like that glowing beautiful bride that you would have if you could have just stayed in moderation.
In conclusion 🙂  Brides need to realize they are hiring a “professional” this is our business, not just someone who has some makeup and hair products and likes to do it here and there.  We pay taxes, rent on our spaces, buy tons of products, take classes to continue to excel in our craft,  spend money on advertising, pay our assistants, babysitters so we can work, spend hours replying to your emails, creating schedules, prepping for your event, etc.  I can not stress enough it is not “just makeup” its our business and our passion.  This is why we cost what we do!!! Don’t want to spend the money? NO problem, go to a counter or get someone just starting out I completely understand you need to stay within a budget. Remember this is your wedding day, these pictures will be in your house, parents house, FB, instagram FOREVER, wouldn’t you want the best possible H&M you could get?  You don’t need to break the bank, but understand it should cost money this is your face and hair we are talking about, everyone will be looking at it including you.
Check out our blog post on wedding hair trends!

Erin is a Freelance Hair & Makeup Artist residing and working in the Seattle/Bellevue Area.  Erin has been doing weddings for 14 years, and traveled all over the country doing Hair & Makeup.   Although Weddings are her passion, she also works a great deal in video, print and TV.  Since moving to Seattle from NYC 5 years ago, she is honored as having received Weddingwires Bride Choice awards the past 5 years.

“Every bride is unique and special, their hair and makeup should be the same” -Erin Hunt
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Thanks Erin!
Hope this helped all of you in some way!
-Lindsay

Wedding Trends

Alyssa Hoffman Events2015 has already been an incredible year for the wedding world. Brides are diving into their individuality and really pushing for their unique styles to shine through to each guest at their wedding. This makes wedding trends exciting, because there really aren’t any rules! Before we share some of our favorite 2015 styles however, we wanted to make note that “the color experts at Pantone… named Marsala — a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red’ — the color of the year for 2015. ” (bridalguide.com) So here is your challenge! How can you incorporate the versatile Marsala into your wedding plans? Check out our brides below and notice the subtle hints of marsala, or imagine where they could be.

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The Organic Bride- one of my personal favorites is the organic bride. This bride tends to be softer in her color choices- using lots of off whites, muted greens and other neutrals. This bride generally will emphasize her florals and fill her wedding with greenery. (psst- there’s a little marsala peaking through in her flower crown)

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The Royal Bride- this 2015 bride takes a new twist on sophistication and class. We have found that our brides that lean more toward the “high class” look are also loving the trendy florals and table scapes. This leaves us with a lovely combination of royal colors (ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blues) and often outdoor organics. (Check out the marsala in her bouquet!)

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Happy planning lovelies! And don’t forget to let your unique style shine through at your wedding! xo Heather

Do you need a “First Look”?

Breaking traditional trends, the concept of a “first look” is becoming significantly more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. The idea behind a first look is to provide a private moment before the ceremony for the groom to see his bride. This is certainly a generational trend, but there are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial and often preferred. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of those with you-

  • Your photographer/videographer will LOVE you. Having a first look will free up so much of your day to take pictures. Without a first look your picture time is condensed to your cocktail hour and maybeee a couple pictures during reception if you manage to sneak away from your guests (not likely). This can make your pictures feel rushed and potentially incomplete if anything goes wrong.
  • You get to spend more time with your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day! So many people have said that the wedding goes by in such a blur and you don’t even get to spend most of it with the one you’re marrying! A first look gives you that opportunity to spend the day together AND have the emotional moment of seeing each other for the first time.
  • A first look can ease your nerves. The anticipation of your wedding day can be stressful enough without the pressure of waiting for the big reveal down the aisle.
  • For those grooms who have always envisioned seeing their blushing bride for the first time walking down the aisle, don’t fear! Almost every groom that we ask says that seeing their lady in white for the first time prior to the ceremony doesn’t change their emotion of seeing her walk down the aisle. Most tell us that it is in fact a completely different feeling!

Like I said, first looks are becoming more and more popular, and hopefully I was able to explain what makes this trend desirable!  Check out some of our couples big first look moment along with the creative idea that Marissa used to prolong the “viewing” process for Connor! Happy planning! xo Heather

Do you really need a videographer!?

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One of the most recent trending topics in the wedding industry is the importance (or lack there of) of a wedding videographer. In fact I find myself having this discussion with most of my brides, so I figured it’s time for this topic to be addressed! So let’s be real- the debate comes down to money. Is a videographer worth my money? Why do I need a videographer when I already spent so much on a photographer? Don’t photographers and videographers basically capture the same moments? Well, the fact is there isn’t a black or white answer- I can only share from my own experiences. So here it is- a videographer is completely different from a photographer, and let me tell you why. Yes photographers and videographers may capture some of the same visual moments- but a photographer will never capture the inflection in your grooms voice as he says his vows. A photographer will never capture the humor in your best mans speech or the sway of your first dance. There are indescribable moments that happen during the beautiful whirlwind of your wedding day, that will inevitably be lost forever without a video clip to take you back to that exact moment time and time again. Now you might argue that your parents had their wedding ceremony filmed and they haven’t pulled their dusty VCR out in 20 years….I know this is the case for my parents. But this is exactly why the new trend is to get a wedding highlight film, because while you may never take the time to watch the full 4 hours of footage that encompass the entirety of your wedding ceremony/reception experience, I can almost guarantee that you will find countless moments to watch and re-watch a highlight film. This type of video is one that ranges anywhere from 5-15 minutes and will capture literally just the “highlights” of your day- the getting ready process, the first look, the walk down the aisle, your first kiss as husband and wife, the first dance and the toasts, etc. It is essentially 5-15 minutes of your favorite memories from the best day of your life. Who wouldn’t want that??? So now is the moment that I extend a huge shout out to our go-to videographer as wedding planners. This guy knows his stuff, and I have never had a bride regret her decision to spend the extra money to have him beautifully tie up her gorgeous wedding with a bow, and hand it back to her in 5 minutes of visual heaven. Let me introduce you to Denver Nathan Visuals, a Seattle based videographer who has traveled all over the west coast perfecting his skill and making brides dreams come true. Check him out at denvernathan.com or follow the link to his Vimeo attached below. Seriously do it. What are you waiting for?

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XOXO,

Heather Miller | Associate Planner + Assistant 

 

 

Wedding Dress Spot Light

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Happy Thursday! I’m super excited to debut a new blog feature here at the Alyssa Hoffman Events blog- wedding dresses!! The dress can set the tone for your whole wedding so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the first things brides go after.

The first dress I decided to feature is the stunner you got a peek of at our fall-inspired shoot. It’s one of those dresses that none of us were so sure about on the hanger but once our model put it on we all knew it was perfect.

It’s from the Blush by Hayley Page line and described as, “White strapless fit to flare brocade bridal gown with peplum tier at join line, beaded trim at natural waist and chapel train.”

I would describe it as a versatile dress that pairs well with an art deco inspired wedding or as we did, a fall wedding. I love the color palette we paired with it.

The brocade texture of the dress pairs well with the richnavy, burgundy, orange and green in the linens and florals but really softens the look so it doesn’t have too much of a heavy feeling.

What do you think? Would you wear this dress?

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XOXO,

Lindsay | Associate Planner

Fall Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot

Here’s a little sneak peek into a fall-themed shoot we did recently. We started out shooting in Meghan Klein’s gorgeous space in downtown Seattle (right in the heart of Pioneer Square!) Alyssa came up with the original concept and brought Bash & Bloom in to complete her vision with florals. The bouquet that Eleanor from Bash & Bloom came up with is amazing! It was super loose, and organic, it completed the look perfectly.


To give the shoot a fall feel, Alyssa decided on deep blue linens which complemented the rich hues of the flowers beautifully. How fun are the colored linens?! Meghan took a ton of photos – we can’t wait to see the detail shots. She was balancing on chairs, ladders, fire escapes – wherever she needed to get the perfect shot.

Our “bride” was gorgeous, the dress was simple brocade with kind of a peplum look and an art-deco detail at the waist. The grasses and flowers Eleanor used coupled with the linens and the brocade definitely gave it a fall feel all of us were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the whole look.

My favorite picture of the night came when Alyssa literally had to help catch the bride as she came in from the fire escape.

After the indoor shots, we headed outside to take photos in the city. Unfortunately my phone died but we’ll be sharing the pro photos when we get them from Meghan. We’re all so, so excited about this shoot!

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Understand Your Wedding Style : Part 2 Sub-Styles

Last post we talked about your overall wedding style and how regardless of wanting a “theme” you need to have an overall concept or style to fully develop the look of your wedding. A lot of brides struggle with seeing the bigger picture when they overly focus on the descriptive words such as “formal” or “elegant”. These descriptions are great because they allow you and your planner to understand a direction to move in, however these are what I call sub-styles and the problem lies in the fact that these words do not define the look you want but the feel that you want for the day.

Some examples of sub-styles are:

Romantic: You want your guests to walk awaywanting to be in love more than they were before.

Elegant: You want your guests to leave feeling more graceful and sophisticated then when they arrived.

Whimsical: You want your guest to leave feeling playful and excited.

Ethereal: To me this means you want your guest to leave feeling as if they stepped out of a dream where everything was light, simple, and natural.

Simple: You wantyour guests to feel as though the day was easy going, not over the top or as if you tried too  hard.

Formal: When a bride and groom want a formal wedding you want your guests in gowns and tuxedos; you want them to feel as though they are attending a red carpet event.

Casual: You want your guests to feel at home, they can come dressed as they please but in this instance it is typically about the party not as much the décor and the formalities.

Semi-formal: This is the most common sub-style that I hear and definitely the hardest to define. The best way I can is by telling you that your guests should come in cocktail or business attire, you want them to enjoy the party but still feel like they are getting a night out on the town.

Feminine: You want your day to feel light and lady-like. This is typically done through the use of pale colors, pearls, diamonds, ruffles, lace, bows etc.

Masculine: You want the day to have a rich depth to it. This is typically done through the use of darker colors, leather, wood, etc.

Again, there are so many sub-styles out there and these are just a handful of the ones that I hear most often.

It is important to pair your sub-style(s) properly with your overall style or theme in order to have a cohesive design, look and feel. It is rare you will see a traditional/casual wedding; however you can take whimsical and add it to just about any style, same with romantic, feminine, masculine, and elegant. You can also choose more than one sub-style to pair with your overall style/theme. For example say you want a romantic and feminine industrial wedding. You typically would not think of pairing these together however this is one of those instances where you choose a venue to represent your theme and then use your sub-styles to create the feel through your choice of linens and décor.

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Your sub-styles are going to help define you as a couple, if you are casual and laidback please don’t force a formal wedding because it is important to feel at home and comfortable on your wedding day. Your venue may or may not be your dream location that shows off your styles but when choosing the feel you want for the day you can manipulate how people view the venue so that they see what you want them to see. With that being said try not to book a classic ballroom and think your planner can work a miracle and turn it into a rustic casual event, it most likely will not turn out the way you want.

Good luck in your search for your personal sub-styles, and don’t forget it is ok to know your sub-styles before your overall style is chosen but both are equally important to make your wedding day design feel unique to you as a couple!

Keep your eyes open for our next post that will help you understand the details of your wedding day!

YourStay FabuLyss!

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Understanding your wedding style: Part 1

Finding a style of wedding that suits you is not always the easiest thing to do. I am going to walk you through the three layers of design for your wedding day; overall style or theme, the sub style, and the details.

When working with a couple I find that most have found their inspiration from Pinterest or bridal magazines and they should be just that, inspirations, a starting off point to help you create a unique wedding day about you. Just like no two people are the same, no two weddings should be the same. I have always believed that the biggest and most important compliment you can receive on your wedding day is that it is “so you”. That is what I am here to help you learn and understand so that you can find that balance of your inspiration images and your actual wedding day.

The overall Style/ Theme

There are so many styles out there that we could talk about, but just to list a few biggies we have:

 Rustic – This is the idea of having raw and unfinished materials for your décor.

Vintage – This a word simply used to describe things that are of a different time or era.

Classic – Something that has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

Modern – Something that is current and of the now. Also associated with clean and simple design.

Industrial – Is associated with raw exposed materials (open pipes, metal, unfinished wood). Unlike rustic, industrial has a clean smooth feel to it.

Nautical – Lends itself to the idea of being near the water, sand, shells, blue and white stripes are all things typically associated with it.

Off Beat – The idea of the off beat style wedding is simply that the couple chooses to break the mold of anything done before, colored wedding dress, unique wedding location, etc.

Then you have the specific themes; tea party, Gatsby, 1950’s, just to name a few and of course the novelty themes but I am not going to get into those.

I am going to start this off by saying if you and your significant other naturally like a more traditional/ classic style don’t try to design a contemporary wedding. Just because you saw an image of a wedding that you fell in love with does not mean that it will suit you. It is a great thing to have an appreciation for all styles but I can assure you that if you try to completely break your style you will be pulling your hair because it will not feel natural.

If you are someone that wants to fuse and find a balance in two differing styles, I applaud you. Luckily in the world that we live in today this is something that is widely done and 99.9% of the time you will come out with a design that is 100% you. A few common and current combos are the modern-vintage weddings and classic-rustic weddings. But let me remind all of you that modern is not a style in it self, it is a word used to describe what is present and current, however it is also associated with clean, and simple design. So the idea of vintage-modern wedding is taking some old or antique items and strategically using them with things that are new to create a balance of old and new. If you are going to try this I urge you to do your research and find some items that are actually old or antiques, mason jars are not going to make your wedding feel vintage. A great way to achieve a classic-rustic wedding is by finding a rustic venue and using classic/timeless décor.

At the end of the day you must stay true to yourself. When I planned my own wedding I thought I wanted a contemporary/modern wedding and it turned into a classic and feminine day with a stunning rustic backdrop. If I had stayed with my instincts I would not have been in love with the final product. Do not let those around you, or what is popular, influence your choice. Be proud of who you are and what your style is!

Stay Fabulyss!

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