The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

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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

bridal hair inspiration - rustic chic

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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Wedding Planning Tips: Finishing Touches – Ceremony Aisle Markers

vintage style aisle marker

It’s the start of a fresh week and we’re kicking it off with ideas for the most important of new beginnings, your wedding day ceremony. Today we’re talking about taking your ceremony location from basic to exceptional with the addition of awe-inspiring aisle markers. Whether you use them to mark the top of your ceremony site, the bottom, or to line everything in between, aisle markers are that subtle touch of something special that finish off the big picture to perfection. And all it takes to pull them together are some fresh flowers, or ambient candlelight, or perhaps a little bit of both! Here are just a few of our fave looks to get your personal inspiration underway.

candle ceremony aisle marker

vintage finds
featured here: an assortment of pillar candles trimmed with lace ribbon and rolled lace fabric flowers

floral ceremony aisle markers lace flower

purple pomander aisle marker

garden in bloom
featured here: wooden floral pomander balls

grouped candle aisle markers

burning flame
featured here: cylinder vases filled with pillar candles

calla lily aisle markers

calla lilies

art deco sophistication
featured here: tall cylinder vases filled with over-sized calla lilies

birch aisle marker

rustic bundles
featured here: natural birch logs bunched with dried lavender and cotton stems, sitting in cylinder vases

hydrangea aisle markers

black and white glitz
featured here: rose embossed metal cones filled with hydrangeas, accented with acrylic crystal decorative drops

Make it Fancy. Make it Yours.

If you’re feeling crafty and want to see more aisle marker options, come back and visit the blog this coming Wednesday for our DIY Pearls and Lace marker tutorial.

xoxo.

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3 Easy Steps to a Simple {and Enjoyable} Wedding Planning Experience

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If wedding statistics are correct and December is in fact the most popular month to get engaged, I have a feeling there are a lot of brides out there right now, iPads in hand, magazines laid out, and brows furrowed, not knowing where to begin the oh so daunting wedding planning process. If you’re one of those brides then this post should not be missed! What follows is a breakdown of the planning process into three key steps, paving the way for an easy and enjoyable wedding planning experience.

Wedding Planning – Step 1: Start with You.

The best place to begin your planning journey is with you (and your groom of course!). Consider your personal styles and the things that appeal to you most. From fashion, to favourite colors, even your home décor, basing your wedding design on who you are will make the planning process a natural one.

bride and groom getting ready  for their wedding

Wedding Planning – Step 2: Go Big. Then Get Serious!  

The start of the planning process is where you want to take the opportunity to soak in all the possibilities. Start with the big picture and using all available wedding planning resources, print magazines, Pinterest, even other brides, pull together every single idea that catches your eye. But only allow yourself to do so for a few weeks. Then it’s time to get serious!

Pouring over all the options you’ll very quickly find repeating design concepts and color palettes. When you do, commit to the things that pull you in most and set aside those that, although lovely, muddle things up. It’s a big world of inspiration out there, with plenty of options. Committing to your wedding design early on avoids a lot of unnecessary stress.

style inspiration for the bride and groom

Wedding Planning – Step 3: Refine and Personalize.  

Now that you know what you want there’s nothing stopping you from going after all the little details you need to pull your wedding design together. Start the sourcing, booking and buying early on. It’s the details that infuse you and your hubby-to-be into the event. They personalize your wedding in such a way that it can only be yours. The last thing you want to do is leave these essential details to the end of your planning process.

vintage wedding theme inspiration, design details

vintage wedding theme tablescape

vintage wedding design details

bride and groom embracing

That’s it. It’s really that simple. No Step 4! That doesn’t mean that the planning process isn’t a big time investment that requires commitment. But if you approach it the right way from the start, your wedding planning journey is guaranteed to be an incredible one.

If you love what you’ve seen here and want to make it yours, visit the vintage theme section of the Weddingstar website to shop the entire look.

xoxo.
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