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Wedding Tips: Choosing your Hair Stylist

I love helping my couples as much as possible throughout the wedding planning process and am very excited about sharing a new series of posts from my favorite wedding vendors! These experienced and talented wedding professionals will share their advice on all aspects of the wedding process. Todays tips come from the amazing wedding hair stylist, Lena Hartford, of Hair That Moves.

Great wedding tips on choosing your perfect wedding hair stylist

“Choosing your Hair Stylist for your wedding is such an important part of your wedding day. Not only are they helping you create your dream wedding look, they also set the tone for the day. The getting ready portion of the wedding day should be fun, relaxing, exciting and in the company of a great support system.  An experienced wedding hair stylist will be well aware of the timeline for the day and ensure that you are picture perfect when you need to be. If your hair stylist is running behind schedule, this can effect your entire timeline. It is the hair stylist’s job to make sure that the bride is done on schedule, working with the bride, photographer and event coordinator to keep everyone on the same page.  When I am working with a bride I make sure to talk with her about the vision of her wedding day. If she is concerned about timing and not being rushed, I may add in some more time. If I know the photographer wants ample time for photos, I may schedule that in as well.

After having a trial with the bride, there is no question about the style she is looking for. It is so fun creating her vision and seeing her happy reaction. I also like to know what the rest of bridal party are looking for, some have their own visions and others follow direction from the bride. The bride may have requested that everyone have their hair up, or that everyone can do whatever makes them feel pretty. All things that should be talked about previous to the day so that the wedding day is stress-free.

When you are hiring a hairstylist for your wedding ask them about their experience with weddings, the details of the trial and the time they will need on the wedding day for you and your bridal party. I always recommend having a trial as early as possible. Make sure it is a complete hairstyle and not just an idea of what it may look like. See how long it lasts, are the curls right? Do they share your vision? To help convey your ideas, you can make a Pinterest board, include must-haves and god please no styles!!! I love these and find them really helpful when creating a brides vision!

All of these details are things that an experienced wedding hair stylist will know and take care of. Like all professionals, experience with weddings is vital. Your regular hairstylist may give you the best hair cut or color and has been your friend forever, but they may not have experience with weddings. In fact, only about 20% of hair stylist do formal styling so I strongly recommend you look elsewhere before committing to them.  An experienced wedding hair stylist will book about 12 months in advance, so if you want someone to come to you and meet your needs, book early! It is never too early! I continually get phone calls weeks before weddings after brides have had trials and they are not happy and unfortunately I can’t help them because I am already booked. It is better to be safe!

If you are unsure about where to start your search, you can always ask your photographer for recommendations. They have worked with many hair stylist and know who they can trust with great customer service and polished work!”

– Lena Hartford, Hair That Moves

Thanks so much for these helpful tips Lena!

New Photo Guest Book for Weddings

My new Photo Guest Book for Weddings has just arrived and I couldn’t be happier with it! Noelle & Joey’s couple session is shown beautifully and the linen cover with embossing is the perfect compliment. The photo guest book is designed with the perfect amount of white space to allow all your wedding guests to share their love. Also, there is no need to worry about passing around your beautiful keepsake as the pages are substantial, thick and fingerprints can be wiped away. I am so delighted to offer these photo guest books to my couples as they are made to the highest standards. The photographs are printed on archival, professional quality photographic paper and mounted to inner core. Because they are hand sewn, each spread lays perfectly flat and this makes them so much more enjoyable to view and write in. A photo guest book is a great way to showcase your engagement photographs while making a memento you will treasure for years to come.

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Wedding Tip: “Should I do a first look?”

Wedding planning is full of decisions and while I don’t usually give input into choosing the dress – I often help my couples create their wedding timeline and find the answers to the burning question ‘should I do a first look?’ As this question is a popular one, I thought I would share my thoughts on the first look and help you make an informed decision about including one on your wedding day.

If you choose to see each other before the ceremony, we will find a private and beautiful spot away from everyone. This special moment will be between just the two of you and I will be sure to stand back and capture it all from a distance. I love giving my couples the time to just be with one another and feel the emotion and joy of what is to follow. Being able to have this moment alone, rather than at the top of an aisle with an audience offers a different kind of intimacy. And from that moment on, the day is spent together!

A bride and groom hug during their first look at a vintage inspired wedding in boston massachusettsOften, couples fear that by including a first look, the ceremony won’t be as special. After photographing hundreds of weddings I have found that the first look only offers another meaningful moment for the two of you. No amount of time doing a first look can take away from the amazing feeling when you walk up the aisle to meet your husband to be. You will still get those butterflies and an overwhelming feeling of excitement and love, but the two of you will be much more relaxed.

The first look also allows you to spend much more time with your guests as all the formal photographs will be taken care of. After the ceremony the two of you can attend the reception and focus on celebrating with your loved ones. As you will be spending more time with each other and your guests, your photo collection will reflect this and feature much more candid photographs of the day as well as sweet portraits. The first look also improves the formal photographs as there is plenty of good light and the process is much more relaxed. This makes the photographic process much more enjoyable and no one has to miss out on the reception.

A first look can be a wonderful addition to your wedding and I’ve had so many brides tell me it was one the best decisions they made, but no matter what you decide, the important thing is that you choose what is right for you as couple.

Tips For Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is the preparations. There is so much excitement, laughter (and really great stories) as a bride gets ready with her closest friends. To help you make this time as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, I thought I would share some tips for getting ready on your wedding day.

It is important to ask your hair and makeup artist how much time they will need to get you and all your special ladies ready. You may be surprised by the amount required but it is always better to have more time with them. This will ensure everything runs smoothly and there is no unwanted stress. They can also recommend bringing an assistant along if you have a large wedding party as this will help move things along.  Another great way to create an enjoyable morning is to have the hair and makeup artists come to you. This will eliminate the stress of traveling and allow the bridesmaids to slip into their dresses before they help you into yours. This makes for much nicer photographs and gives everyone a moment to take it all in before heading for the first look or wedding ceremony.Some great getting ready tips for the bride to be

Some wedding vendors  recommend that the bride begins getting ready first and others recommend that they get ready last. From a photographers point of view, getting ready first is ideal. This way, the photographer will be capturing the special moments of the preparations while you look your best. They will also be able to photograph your the hair and makeup artists applying the final touches so you won’t miss out on these shots. Regardless of when you choose to get your hair and makeup done it is always best to have more time than you anticipate. This will get the day off to wonderful start and allow you to take it all in.

For more information on the importance of timing, check out my wedding timeline tips.



Wedding Tips: Permission to Photograph

Let’s say you and your other half have a particular cafe, store, garden or building that you would love to use during your portrait session. Before you turn up on the day, it important to get permission to photograph. It usually takes a quick phone call, email or visit but some places may also require a signed letter or even a copy of your photographers liability insurance. You can of course reach out to your photographer and ask them to help you with this process. I often visit venues to ensure photography is allowed for upcoming couple sessions and weddings. They are usually happy to offer their premises and can help determine the best time to visit for maximum privacy.

For a few tips on where to go for your portrait session have a look at my Couple Session Tips.

A wedding couple cuddle on a bench during their portrait session in a walled garden