Featured on Pretty Pear Bride

Featured on Pretty Pear Bride

This fun bride wanted two different hairstyles on her special day. For her walk down the aisle, April wanted an elegant, Hollywood vintage wave. Then she wanted it off her shoulders during the reception, a hairstyle that would last through the night of dancing she and her groom had planned.

April's hair had gone up easily for the trial. The day of the wedding, however, there was so much humidity that her hair did not want to cooperate. It took a bit longer than anticipated based on the trial, but that is an example of why we always add in cushion time for unforeseen challenges!

 

Photographer:  Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Cake Designer: Ashley Cakes | Dress Store: bridals by lori | Event Designer: Fresh Affairs | DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company | Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge | Photo Booth Equipment: ShutterBooth | Cinema and Video: Swept Away Videos | Bridesmaid Dresses : The Dessy Collection | Reception Venue: The Washington Duke Inn 

Posted on June 24, 2017 .

Carlee Farm | Stylized Shoot - Wedding Hair | Oxford, NC

At rustic Carlee Farm, a relatively new wedding venue, I was working with very straight and soft, fine hair on a blistering, hot day. To withstand the heat, I recommended updos so their hair would stay beautiful throughout the day.

I prepped the blonde bride's hair using dry shampoo to add volume and texture and absorb any oils and sweat caused by the heat of day. Then I curled, sprayed, and pinned, adding a lovely braid on one side for contrast and pinning up some curls underneath.

For the bride with softer, dark hair I prepped and twisted it into a bun, giving her a nice, simple hairstyle that would flatter her features and her dress without having to worry about the heat.

Looking back at the last photos of the day, their hairstyles withstood the heat of the day from the first shot to the last.

Venue: Carlee Farm - Oxford, NC | Makeup: Fallon Deliso – Raleigh, NC | Rentals:  Homemade Bride | Florist :  Rebecca’s Silver Rose | Videography: Lee Guthrie | Second Photographer : Chris with Nieto Photography – Louisburg, NC | Models: Alex Jones and Jordan Holt | Horse and Carriage: Bull City Carriage and Limousine Service

Posted on June 17, 2017 .

May Day Stylized Shoot | Beautiful Romantic Hairstyles

Everyone knows hot, humid days can wreak havoc on your hair. This fun, May Day style shoot was on just such a day, and the models needed two options: a soft wave downstyle and a more sophisticated upstyle.

Two models with distinctly different hair are good examples of one option for humid day hairstyles: a beautiful braid. On the model with curly blondehair, for example, I did a mermaid braid, which took advantage of any possible frizz caused by the humidity. The black-haired model, on the other hand, had heavy and somewhat straighter hair, so a braided upstyle was the better option in her case.

This was an all day shoot, and their hair stayed all day, looking just as beautiful at the end of the day as at the beginning, demonstrating that these would be perfect hair style options for any outdoor event.

Photography: Casey Rose Photography | Event Planning: C&D Events | Makeup: RAI Makeup Artistry | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Cake: Details Cake Design | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Dress: Traditions by Anna | Invitations: The Oblique Pen | Jewelry: Kendra Scott, Other Vendors: Indie Film Lab

Posted on June 3, 2017 .

Savvi Prom | Fashion Show | Raleigh NC

Being the hairstylist for this fashion show was so much fun. The girls were full of excitement, and I wanted to give them hairstyles that matched their personalities as well as complimenting the style of dress and neckline. I also wanted their hair to remain youthful while still being current.

Of course this was a different kind of fashion show: a dance fashion show. A true test run for their hair for the night of their prom, which meant making sure their hairstyles lasted all day...even through all the dancing.

Venue: Savvi Prom of Raleigh, NC | Photography: Chris with Nieto Photography | Makeup: Radiant Beauty by Ashley – NC | Image Consultants: Highlight Concepts | DJ: Jeff Simpson of Simpsound DJ & Lighting Services – Raleigh 

Posted on May 26, 2017 .

Homemade Bride | Style Shoot | Chapel in the Woods

It was so great working with this group of individuals! They are truly talented, and it was a joy to have my work featured in Homemade Bride! This styled shoot was assembled to demonstrate several different options for bridal hair. The brunette has more of a pulled to the side look whereas the blonde has more of a modern up-do. For more information check out all the featured vendors listed below:

Confectinate Cakes: Laura McMillan | Nieto Photography | Red Bridge Photography |North Raleigh Florist | Chapel in the Woods | Wedding Hair by Liz | The Makeup Addict | Savvi Formal Wear| Moon and Lola | Models: Joe Kolousek and Danni Breezie

Posted on February 8, 2017 .

Kristin + Jordan | The Love Between A Bride and Her Flower Girl | May 20, 2017 | Rose Hill Plantation

Everyone knows a wedding is about the love between a bride a groom, but the love between Kristin and her flower girl was an experience I'll remember forever.

 It only took a moment for me to realize how special Kristin was and once we got to talking at her trial, I truly got a glimpse of what an amazing person she really is.  Here is Kristin's story of how she and Jana, her flower girl, met and became life long friends. 


In the fall of 2012, I went off to college at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Having a heart for special needs children, I was searching for a way to volunteer and help someone who was physically unable. I volunteered with the special needs program at Thomas Road Baptist church on Wednesday nights and that is where I met Jana Moon. Jana instantly became one of the most special people I have ever met. Jana was a 10-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy. She was in a wheel chair and no way to talk or move. Her smile and sweet spirit was something I was so blessed to experience every time I was with her.

A year had gone by and I had spent every Wednesday night as her aide at church. I will never forget the night Jana was able to tell me something for the first time. I knew Jana was bright; I just needed a way to find out what she was thinking. I wrote down the alphabet in her journal during a Wednesday night session. Jana took her fingers and traced over the letters for the first time to tell me what she wanted to say. Jana pointed to these letters in this order, I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U.  Tears streamed down my face, as I could not believe me what I had just saw. We then had a way of communicating to each other. (Needless to say, talking to each other became a huge distraction during the sermon.) For my entire 4 years at Liberty, every Wednesday night I was there with her and even some weekends I would go see her.  I watched Jana experience so many changes, surgeries, and physical challenges throughout the years. We had a bond that was like nothing I had ever experienced.

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I became engaged the summer of my junior year of college. Moving forward with wedding plans I knew I would get married the summer after I graduated. I decided that there’s no one I would rather have to walk the aisle before me in white than sweet Jana. The ceremony would be outside and with Jana’s condition I was unsure if it was possible for her. I asked her mom and she was thrilled at the thought. So, I got a gift and a card and asked Jana to be my flower girl and explained to her what she would do. She was so excited to wear a dress and be at my wedding! I also asked her younger sister, Aleah to help assist Jana throw flowers out of the basket. That semester, we looked for the perfect white dress for Jana. Jana has her own style and would let me know if it was ‘the dress.’ Eventually we found the perfect dress for Jana and she was smiling from ear to ear and dancing in her chair. It is one of those moments, I will never forget.

Her whole family traveled three hours back to my hometown to make it for this special occasion.  The day of the wedding, Jana was all dolled up, which she loves to be. Her hair was fixed up just like she wanted by the wedding hair dressers and her make up was flawless. Her dress was stunning and she was wearing the biggest smile I have ever seen. Jana was strolled down the aisle by her mother and sister by her side to help her toss the flowers. Though I was not able to see this moment, I have heard this moment had grown men in tears. Though we didn’t think Jana would be able to toss flowers, she managed to pick up flowers and toss the flowers down the aisle.

The rest of the night she danced and danced with so many people. She even was pushed into the middle of the dance floor for a dance off.  Nearing to the end of the reception, her mother put her in the van because she knew seeing my new husband and I leave would be too much for Jana to bear. I knew my wedding would be a farewell in a way for us, because I had graduated from Liberty moved away from Lynchburg. Seeing her having the time of her life and walk before me is one of my favorite parts of my wedding day! She lit up that day with her smile and the same sweet spirit that I saw from the first time I met her.

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Jana is truly a remarkable child. Though her body may be limited, Jana’s strength is through her personality and her willingness to never give up makes her one of the strongest people I have met.  Four years ago, I went to help a special need child when she is the one who helped me. She helps me to in so many ways and she is one of my lifelong friends.

Written by Kristin Lyles. 


Check out the beautiful video from Kristin and Jordan's wedding at Rose Hill Plantation

Posted on February 8, 2017 .

Vintage Carousel Wedding | Style Shoot | Merry Hill

I was asked by Amy Plant-Purdue from Plume Events to participate in her style shoot this past April. It is exciting to see it featured in Fab You Bliss blog post today! Amy explains her inspiration for this shoot below. 

"The inspiration for this shoot came to me, as almost all of my best and most creative ideas do, in the middle of the night. I awoke with a vision of the beautiful historic carousel I used to visit as a child at a park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The carousel features detailed scroll work and a menagerie of hand-carved wooden animals, including a lion, ostriches, rabbits, and even pigs. I knew I wanted the inspiration to be subtle, so little nods to the carousel can be found in the details planned by my vintage rental and event-planning company, Plume Events. Jenna DiPrima of DiPrima Photography and I knew we wanted the shoot to be soft, romantic, and full of light, so I used those ideas and added in the whimsy of the carousel. Some of my favorite details were the real vintage carousel ticket, the cotton candy cake topper, and the vintage animal figurines placed on soft beds of moss in glass cupcake stands at each place setting. The maypole, with its ribbon streamers and floral topper and the bridesmaids frolicking around it, was another fun way we brought the feel of the carousel to life.  

The beautiful cherry blossoms, overgrown wisteria, and lush grounds of Merry Hill provided the fantastic, romantic setting, and the peacocks and mini donkeys that roam the lawn were reminiscent of the exotic animals on the carousel.  

Even the pattern in the vintage chairs, the vintage china salad plates, and the custom scalloped table runner provided by Plume Events and the fun, modern take on damask in the invitations and programs designed by The Fabled Papery mimicked the intricate details of the vintage carousel.  

The dapper groom and ring bearer fit right in with the vintage feel with their gray suspenders, while the bride’s modern gown and the combination of long and short bridesmaid dresses and a stylish jumpsuit in a range of pastel hues from ASOS made the fashion both fun and relevant for the bride with modern tastes. The relaxed and romantic hairstyles were styled by Wedding Hair by Liz, and the fresh, natural makeup look was created by Adriana Lopez.

For the flowers, Plume Events chose soft, feminine roses, peonies, and ranunculus and wrapped the bouquets and boutonniere in a lush dusty pink velvet ribbon. The flower arrangements were created in assorted vintage clear glass vases and containers to keep the look light and fresh."
 

Styling, Coordination, Florals, & Vintage Rentals: Plume Event (Facebook
Photography: DiPrima Photography (Facebook | Instagram | Twitter)
Venue: Merry Hill
Tabletop: CE Rental
Bridal & Bridesmaid Fashion: ASO
Makeup: Adriana Lopez  @a.lomakeupartist

 

Jewels: Gemma Jewels

www.gemmajewelsshop.com

Instagram: @gemmajewelsshop

Facebook: https://facebook.com/gemmajewelsshop

Twitter: @gemmajewelsshop

 

Cake: Main Street Cake Shoppe

www.mainstreetcakeshoppe.com

Instagram: @mainstreetcakeshoppe

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mainstreetcakeshoppe

Twitter: @mainstcakeshppe

Ring Bearer Outfit: SageNThymeDesigns

http://www.sagenthymedesigns.com/

 

Paper: The Fabled Papery

http://www.fabledpapery.com.au/

Instagram: @fabledpapery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabledPapery/

Khanh & Hai | Engagement Shoot

Here is a sneak peek of one of our August brides' recent engagement shoots. We think that Khanh and her fiancé Hai look absolutely stunning!

The one with Hai and I on the grass was after two hours, and my hair and makeup still looked fantastic!! - Khanh

We love having chances like this to get to know our brides before the big day. Khanh is such a sweet girl! We are honored that we get to be a part of her upcoming special day--we are so looking forward to their wedding in August! 

Photographer: Richard Barlow / Makeup: Julie Robbins / Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz / Venue: JC Raulston Arboretum 

Posted on July 15, 2015 .