The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

stylist series

 

Today we’re talking hair. Great hair. Scratch that, amazing hair. But before we get there, a bit of background notes for you as an intro to our latest Blog series.

In this year’s “new look” issue of Weddingstar magazine you will find loads of inspiration for the most trending wedding designs, along with direct access to the products that will get you the look. What you won’t find however are the details behind the bridal styles featured on the “brides” and “grooms” that graced the pages. Considering how swoon worthy the looks pulled together by our beauty and style contributors are, we figured it only fair to arm you with all you need to know to make the looks yours. And so was born the idea for this series. We’re calling it the Weddingstar Stylist Series and we’re running it every Friday for the next four weeks.

Which brings us back to the beginning, starting with hair, amazing hair, with styling tips for our favorite looks of 2014, direct from the person responsible, the insanely talented Sylvie Prud’Homme of The Loft Toronto.

Vintage

bridal hair inspiration - vintage

Behind the Look: “When I started planning the “Vintage” look for Weddingstar, I decided I wanted to channel something other than the Old Hollywood Waves from the 1940′s. I thought we’d bring it back with less movie star flare and more royal grace. Sweeping the hair up and off the face and neck, we gave the shoulders and clavicle some serious presence. The end result, pure elegance, with a touch of sexy.”

To Get This Look: “When speaking to your stylist,  request a low bun or chignon, and ask her/him to incorporate volume into the crown and around your face. The full chignon must be balanced to achieve that “antique” look. I always have Kerastase Couture Styling V.I.P. (Volume in Powder) on hand when working with any upstyle that requires lift, movement and hold.”

Wanderlust

bridal hair inspiration - wanderlust

Behind the Look: “We all know that a Wanderlust bride is not concerned about a big “to-do” wedding, so why would she have a fussy bridal hairdo?  Our globe-trotter wants easy-peasy. But just because she wants something simple doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Soft, flirty curls are the perfect way to accentuate a girly, carefree gown. A centre part for loose curls adds a sense of the bohemian and a certain playfulness.”

To Get This Look: “Be sure to remind your hairstylist that this is in fact your wedding day. Even though you may be walking down the aisle with a less traditional hairstyle, you want to ensure that it’s executed flawlessly. Shine and hold are key. Finishing this look with Kerastase Gloss Appeal will add brilliance and reliability.”

Woodland

bridal hair inspiration - woodland

Behind the Look: “Who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? The birds are singing, the leaves are rustling, and the sun is warming your face as you walk down the moss bedded aisle.  When planning your alfresco wedding, remember that your beauty look needs to follow the same path. Just like the forest, your hair needs to tell a tale of textures.”

To Get This Look: “With braids and large buns being such a common request with brides, a modern take can set you apart from the rest. I added some texture by using a crimping technique around the frame of the face, avoiding a smooth surface. Crimping may seem a little dated, but subtly used it can actually work to add multiple layers of interest to the hair. I always finish my bridal looks with a finishing spray to ensure that there is still movement but that the upstyle will last as long as my bride needs it to. I suggest Kerastase Lacqure Noire, which is a strong hold spray with added shine, allowing a bride to remain in her spotlight.”

Rustic Chic

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Behind the Look: “How would I relive my wedding day? In a barn, a bourbon cocktail in hand, feeling like a rustic Cinderella, pre-Prince Charming, marrying the shy farm hand instead. Not that I’ve given it much thought! To me, curls were a given for our Rustic Burlap Chic look. I wanted to evoke the 1920′s farm girl. She had to have tightly wound hair that would blow in the wind as a gust went by. She had to be delicate and youthful. Untroubled, but aware.”

To Get This Look: ”If your hair is naturally textured, have your stylist smooth out your roots to create a fresher style and diffuse your natural locks by applying a curl enhancing product to your length and ends. I recommend Kerastase Curl Fever, which launches in November 2014. If your stands are naturally straight, good news is you’re a blank canvas. Ask your stylist to work from scratch to recreate this look.”

About The Stylist

Sylvie Prud’Homme is a Master Stylist and artist for the Kerastase Canadian Artistic Team. Her excellence in upstyles and session styling has earned her the reputation as the hairstylist to see. She owns her own salon, The Loft Toronto, in the trendy heart of Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

To Be Continued…

Join us next Friday for the next installment of our Stylist Series, Makeup Must Dos.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decorative Petite Pumpkins

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The last couple of weeks we’ve been on a bit of a DIY Fall feature roll, and with Fall now officially here we’re continuing the seasonal treats with today’s mini pumpkin post. Because let’s face it, you can’t have a Fall wedding without a mini pumpkin! As per The Details’ DIY M.O., this lovely little accent is a cinch to pull together and packs major decorative punch. Although we’re recommending it as an added rustic touch to your guest place settings, an assortment can be used to accent just about any type of set up. And as you’ll see, even we couldn’t commit to just the one look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using a very sharp knife, score a round opening to the top of your mini pumpkin.

{Tip: create your pumpkin accents no more than two days before your event, and ideally the day before. After a couple of days the color of the outer skin begins to turn.}

Step 2: using an ice cream scoop, scoop out all the seeds. Scoop slowly and gently to avoid cracking your pumpkin.

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Step 3: fill your pumpkin with baby’s breath that has been cut down to size. We selected this particular floral stem because of its ability to keep out of water for an extended period of time. That said, do not complete this step any earlier than the day before your event. If using a different floral that requires hydration use floral foam instead of water as it will leak through.

Step 4: give the look a sophisticated finish, that doubles as a pretty keepsake favor, by resting your pumpkin in a mini glass bell jar.

The End Result

decorative mini pumpkin pumpkin place setting accent baby's breath glass bell jar

and because we couldn’t resist a group shot…

mini pumpkin accents pumpkin favors favor display

DIY Fall Inspiration Galore.

For more DIY Fall wedding ideas check out our DIY Fall Favors and DIY Fall Decor posts.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Ring Pillows and Inspired Pillow Alternatives

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I hate to sound like a broken record (I’ll admit I’ve said this once or twice before) but there are few things I appreciate more than couples who infuse their personalities into their wedding day. The brides and grooms who take the time and make the effort to personalize every last detail to ensure their celebration is like no other. And it’s precisely these creative twosomes that inspire the designs behind every custom product in the Weddingstar line up. Take for example the ring pillows and pillow alternatives that are being featured today. It’s no coincidence there are as many designs as there are. And just in case there isn’t a traditional option that fits your style, there are plenty of other products that with just a little bit of imagination can be transformed into the sweetest of ring cushions. I’m personally definitely all about the vintage box. Which option is right for you?

Stay Tuned.

If you’re loving the idea of going with a unique ring pillow alternative for your nuptials and want some additional options, stay tuned for this December’s new product release which will see a whole new series of ring holders. Having had a sneak peek you can trust me when I say they are breathtaking!

xoxo.

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Designer Wedding Gowns: The Ines Di Santo Collections

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featured here: dama – spring / summer 2013 collection

There are wedding dresses and then there are showstopping designer gowns that make you feel like a goddess. The Ines Di Santo bridal collections fall into group #2. Made to fit a woman’s body to perfection, hugging every curve in the most flattering way, each and every handmade gown can only be described as pure luxury. Collection after collection the designs, made using the most lavish textiles available, consistently blend pure elegance and just the right amount of sexy, oozing femininity and beauty. Walking down ceremony aisles and red carpets, the collections have received global praise and attention. But I’m clearly preaching to the converted because one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the blog ask for details about the Di Santo gowns we’ve featured in the Weddingstar lookbooks and the print magazine over the last two years. Given the popularity of the request we’ve decided to pull together a quick reference guide for you, which just happens to be both practical and extremely easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

ines di santo - liberta

featured here: liberta – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - candide

featured here: candide – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - marghera

featured here: marghera – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - murano

featured here: murano – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - neige

featured here: neige – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - rialto

featured here: rialto with peplum – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - malfi

featured here: malfi – fall 2011 / winter 2012

ines di santo - jacomina

featured here: jacomina – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - millie

featured here: millie – spring 2014

ines di santo - istria

featured here: istria – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - matthia

featured here: matthia – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - papillon

featured here: papillon – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - emmy

featured here: emmy – spring 2012

ines di santo - nuit

featured here: nuit – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - swan

featured here: swan – spring 2012

Want More?

To see more Ines Di Santo stunners pick up a copy of the next issue of the Weddingstar in print magazine, hitting stands this coming December.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Warm My Heart

 

If I had to pick one word to describe the Fall season it would be ‘comfort’. With its vibrant landscape coupled with cool crisp air, by its sheer nature Fall offers up the invitation to cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the view. It’s warm in its essence, and naturally beautiful. It encourages us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings, take the time to appreciate all the little things. With carefree summer days a thing of the past, Fall grounds us in the most soothing and gentle kind of way.  It inspires endless heartwarming creative possibilities and it makes me think there may be no lovelier way to think of love than in the context of Fall.  So grab a blanket, your beloved, and enjoy the latest installment in the Inspired by Color series, “Warm My Heart”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

centerpiece supplies

  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

mini vases vintage inspired candle holders diy floral centerpiece

Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpiece Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

faux birch tree centerpieces

wooden floral pomander balls floral candelabra

floral table runner

art deco inspired floral arrangements

pink wedding centerpiece

Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: Bursting with Color – The Fall Bride

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It may still technically be summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights a little chillier, and we’re eagerly pulling out all our warm and woolly sweaters. Why? Because just around the corner awaits Fall, with all its glorious deep rich colors, an ideal backdrop for a stunningly beautiful wedding. And we LOVE Fall weddings. To kick off our first of many features of the season’s best, we’re sharing our very own Fall inspired wedding shoot in the next installment of our A Girl & Her Table series. So throw on your most fashionable cardigans, coats or capes ladies and let’s take a glimpse into what it looks like to be a Fall Bride.

Her Style Personality

Dramatic. Bold. And far from traditional. She’s the perfect blend of style and comfort, always on top of all trends but only following those that best suit her personal taste. She favors rich and dynamic colors and is convinced that any excuse to wear a cape is a good one.

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She Likes

Playing with unconventional color palettes, pulling together unique design details, and anything inherent to the Fall season. Extending her appreciation for the comforts of life, she wants her guests to feel right at home at her event.

fall wedding tablescape fall wedding - seating fall table runner fall wedding decor

She Has to Have

Anything and everything that pays tribute to her love of the season and the beauty of nature. And if it’s of the red color persuasion, it’s pretty much in.

fall wedding - cake table

owl cake topper

woodland pretties
featured here: porcelain owl pair figurines cake topper

candy apple favor

fall fair favors
featured here: rustic country design square tag

signature drink - cranberry cocktail

rich indulgences
featured here: mini martini glasses

wedding signage

take our trail
featured here: rustic country design wedding directional sign

Are You a Fall Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on weddingstar’s fall wedding pinterest board.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful BrideThe Garden Whimsy Bride, or The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trends: Seeing Gold

Glossy. Matte. Glittered. No matter what finish you put on it gold currently holds the spot as one of the hottest wedding colors. And chances are that has everything to do with its unique ability to bring elegance and interest to any color scheme or wedding theme. It’s like a bride’s best decorative friend! What’s the catch? Knowing how to use it. If overdone gold can easily go from brilliant to gaudy. Because we’d hate to see a little challenge stop you from using this gorgeous hue, here are our top picks of foolproof ways to incorporate it into your wedding day look.

gold charger plate

featured here: gold charger plate

gold glittered paper feather

featured here: gold glittered laser expressions feather tag

acrylic chair markers

featured here: black and gold opulence design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Love This Look?

If you love this look and want a few DIY ideas on how to make it yours, come back and visit the blog this Wednesday for our accenting with gold post.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading