On my wedding day, I knew the look I was going for. I wanted to look like me, but the very best version of myself. Since I have makeup, I know my face, & I’ve watched enough YouTube to have at least a minor degree in makeup application, I decided to do my own makeup on the big day. But this wasn’t my first go at bridal makeup – or my last! Over the past couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of doing bridal makeup & bridesmaid makeup for a handful of weddings. I am by no means an expert, by I have learned so much & I have been wanting to share this with you for some time now. With wedding season upon us, let’s talk bridal makeup tips.
When I envision bridal makeup, I see glowing skin, flattering lipstick, bright eyes, & a sculpted face. Make sure you use a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your foundation & don’t only use it under the eyes. Take it down the center of the face from the center of the forehead to the chin. Doing this helps uniform the look as well as brightens up the center of the face.
Use a good contour. I’m totally smitten by the Charlotte Tilbury Contour & Highlight Wands & I recommend them to every bride. They just work, it’s as simple as that! I use this brush to blend in the contour & my beautyblender to blend out the highlight.
I’m not sure if this is a tip necessarily, but I do not recommend using false lashes on your wedding day unless you use them on a daily basis already. Not because I’m not comfortable putting them on, because I wear them for shows all the time, but because they don’t look natural on me. On the most photographed day of my life, I want to truly look like myself. If you don’t think your lashes curled with mascara will be enough, I would recommend getting a lift or extensions for the wedding over applying false lashes.
*Photos below taken on an iPhone in natural light*
I’ve played around with looks from so many different eye shadow palettes, but I’ve found my bridal holy grail. The Urban Decay Naked2 Palette will forever be my go-to for brides. My favorite colors are Tease in the crease, Snakebite to darken up the outer v, Bootycall all over the lid, & Chopper on the outer half of the lid for a bit of warmth & shine.
For bridal lipstick, I would have to recommend using either YSL or Charlotte Tilbury products. On my wedding day, I layer two YSL lip products on my lips (shade 11 & shade 70) & I absolutely loved how fresh & feminine it looked. Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks have mad staying powers & always seem to wear off so well! Even the non-matte K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks last for so long & look amazing. You can’t go wrong with either of these brands.
Our wedding film is finally here! It’s like you’re all invited to our wedding! Re-live our wedding day through this magical recap of each moment. Huge shoutout to OTD Collective for killing it on this film! You guys are amazing! We could not have asked for a better way to keep our memories of this monumental day alive.
So you may not have actually been at our wedding, but watching this film will definitely make you feel like you were. Hope you guys enjoy it!
This is the last post for wedding week, but don’t worry, I have a feeling this will not be my last wedding post. Today Ben & I want to share some of our very favorite moments of our wedding day, & share with you the true feelings we had on that day. Every couple is different & every wedding is different, but this is our story, our song…this love is ours. (Yes, I did just reference 2 different Taylor Swift songs.)
T h e G r o o m
To my own surprise my stress level on wedding day was actually pretty low. There was so much to do, and so much to keep busy with, that my mind didn’t have a chance to get caught up in “what if” scenarios. Adversely, during our rehearsal ceremony, I was a complete wreck, and started crying even before Lauren walked down the isle. (I’m a cryer)
All the feelings really came rushing in when Lauren’s music came on before she walked down the aisle. Such powerful music, accompanied by her stunning beauty, really took me a second to breathe it all in. We said our “I do’s”, danced our way out of the ceremony, and the moment I felt like I (we) could truly breathe was after we both signed our official marriage paperwork with our dear friend (and officiant) Billy. At that moment we were legally Malones, and we could breath, relax, eat some delicious food and celebrate our marriage!
The first highlight of the day for me came before any of the official celebrations started. I was getting dressed for some groomsmen photos and when I opened my shoebox to put on my shoes, Lauren had strategically hidden a love letter to me. It was simple, sweet, and one of the moments I’ll remember most fondly about that day.
Secondly, I’d be crazy if I didn’t highlight the amazing people who surrounded us for the whole day (and week) before our wedding. We absolutely wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it weren’t for my family, my rockstar groomsmen, Laurens beautiful bridesmaids, significant others, and great neighbors.
Next up for me was the band. They totally drove the night for me, and being able to dance with my new wife, like we didn’t have a care in the world was awesome. Get a good band. you won’t regret it.
Last but certainly not least was our exit. As you’ve read in a previous post, we left our party to “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” while there was a spectacular fireworks show was awesome. We left by boat. That’s pretty epic if you ask me.
T h e B r i d e
The whole time leading up to the wedding, I thought for sure that I would not cry at our wedding. I just knew I would be so happy, but I typically am not much of a public cryer. So when our rehearsal came around, the night before our wedding, & I come out of the woods & walk down the aisle with my dad towards Ben, I just lost it. I was shocked. I couldn’t contain my tears. Thinking back, I feel like I got totally lost in the planning mode, that for me, that was the first time this really felt real. I was really going to marry the man of my dreams. He chose me. I felt so completely known & loved just the same. I ended up crying three times over the course of the evening (totally not the norm for me), & was at a complete lose as to whether I would cry the next day or not.
On the actual day, I felt very prepared. I knew what had to be done, & I was totally ready to finally be Mrs. Malone. The only slight freak out I had on the day of was with my dress. I just kept steaming it & steaming it because I swore I could see more creases. My photographer had to convince me that the dress was fine & I should just put it on. Once I did, all the nerves went away. I had been dreaming of this day my entire life, so I was ready to soak in every second of it.
Ben & I had gone the whole day without speaking to each other or even texting. So, my first highlight was definitely finally seeing him & holding his hands throughout the whole ceremony. These were the hands that helped carry me (literally) through a major foot injury at the very beginning of our relationship. His hands have warmed me, comforted me, cooked for me, cared for me, wiped my tears, fixed countless things around the house, & it’s those same hands I will be holding through every coming stage of life. I felt how precious it was to have someone like Ben in my life.
Another special part of the ceremony was having my family be a part of if. My dad spoke & performed the first half of our ceremony, & also my sister, Grace sang “Ought To Be” by Audrey Assad during our vow to grow. It was so amazing having them be a part of our ceremony.
It’s hard to pick a highlight, because it was all so perfect. I loved taking our photos & being all cute together. We had such a blast during our first dance, dancing our un-choreographed dance to our song, “Polka Dots & Moonbeams”. My dad & I had a dance-off for our first dance which was just so much fun. All of things things made for an incredible night, but I think that once all of the “tasks” of the evening were over & we could just let go & dance, that was maybe the best part of the day for me. All of that planning had worked out so well, & it felt so good to finally be married & dancing the night away with my husband.
You know what the weirdest part was? Leaving! I didn’t want the party to end! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for some alone time with my husband, but after such a fun night that ended with fireworks & a petal toss on our way to the boat, it was the strangest thing to just float away & leave everyone! We didn’t even have any of the donuts from our wedding, so we snuck a couple onto the boat with us to have at our hotel that night. I highly recommend this! Don’t forget to bring food!
Anyways, all in all it was a magical day. I got to marry an absolute dream of a man & party with all of my favorite people. I’ll never forget it.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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There is absolutely no way to know how you are going to react or feel when trying on wedding dresses. In movies & shows like Say Yes To The Dress, there are usually tears from either the bride, the family, or both. It’s portrayed as a very emotional experience, but it is not always that way. Let yourself feel any emotion that comes your way. For me, I had only a couple happy tears but not even associated with the dress I chose. I guess what I’m trying to say is that don’t expect a huge rush of emotions or “that feeling” to come that is going to help chose your dress. Choose the one you feel your best in. The one that you know you will love looking back on for years to come.
W h a t I T h o u g h t
I W a n t e d
Before I went to try on any wedding dresses, I was convinced I wanted a flowy dress with lace long sleeves. I mean, my Pinterest board was covered in them! I knew I wanted to try on other styles like a classic ballroom style just to be able to have that experience, but I thought I would end up in a long sleeved dress.
My family lives in Oklahoma, so before they came for me to officially say, “Yes” to a dress, I booked my first round of bridal appointments in the D.C. area with my friend & one of my maid of honors, Melissa. We first went to BHLDN where I tried on almost every single one of their dresses. It was here where I had my first bit of bridal tears. There’s something about seeing yourself in a veil for the first time. It got me. I actually ended up ordering their Perdita dress & thought it could be the winner. However when it arrived, I found that it just didn’t fit me right, so I sent it back.
We then visited another bridal salon, but found nothing noteworthy. Finally, we went to Love Couture Bridal. This place is the real deal. They are always burning the most amazing Nest candles inside & the people who work there are so genuine & helpful. I was helped by a lovely lady named, Francoise, who actually used to be a ballet dancer as well! She pulled so many incredible dresses in my price range to try on.
My runner up dress was the West gown by Hayley Paige. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t end up choosing this dress just because of how sparkly & stunning it is! Melissa & I drove home that night & I was so torn between Perdita, West, & what we called “The Jackie-O” dress. Guess which one I woke up thinking about the next day…
W h a t I C h o s e
Yep! I woke up picturing myself walking down the aisle in that simple & elegant, “Jackie-O” dress. When I finally went back to Love Couture with my family, I tried on both the West & the “Jackie-O” dress, but there was no question that the Romy gown by Anne Barge was the dress I would marry my husband in.
This dress is just so classic & timeless. I knew that I would show it to my grandkids in pictures someday & still love it. It’s never going out of style, & it fit just perfectly. The dress gave me all the bridal feels, & even though it is quite simple, the details are quite memorable. There are buttons that go all the way down the back of the dress which immediately made me think of Pippa Middleton’s dress at the royal wedding. I love the off the shoulder sleeves, the low back, & the unique cross in the back. Overall, this dress was so perfect for my wedding day, but you know I couldn’t have said yes without a little sparkle…
A c c e s s o r i e s
Francoise knew what she was doing when she paired the Romy dress with the incredible Tippi veil. Oh-my-goodness. Not only is it long & dramatic, but it has the most beautiful flowers with delicate pearls fluttering along the bottom of it. It’s such a special piece & makes quite the statement, which of course I love.
I knew that I would only wear the veil for the ceremony, so I wanted to look at some options for adding some sparkle to my dress for the reception. I swore I would never wear a belt, but I changed my mind once I saw how good the Marian belt looked wrapped around my waist. It also went so well with my Art Deco earrings & my bridal heels I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. (These helped be be able to wear my heels in the grass!) This combination was like a match made in heaven.
On the actual day, I didn’t know if I would want to wear my heels for the entire night or not, so I got this pair of pearl slides just in case. They actually saved my feet & allowed me to dance the night away pain-free. I even ended up wearing them to the rehearsal dinner the night before.
One last & very important accessory I thought I’d mention is my choice of undergarments with this dress. I chose to get my first pair of SPANX to go under my wedding dress & it worked out perfectly. There were no lines & I felt very covered!
W o u l d I C h o s e
I t A g a i n ?
Yes, yes, a million times, YES! I felt so beautiful & so bridal in this dress. I’m so happy with my choice even though it’s not what I thought I would choose. You really just never know until you go & try things on what you are going to fall in love with. Ben absolutely loved this dress too. I’ll treasure my memories in it forever.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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I asked you guys in an Instagram stories poll if you would like to see some wedding posts here on F&F before the big day, & 100% who voted said yes! So here we are, starting a new series rightfully called: Wedding Wednesday. With our special day quickly approaching (less than 150 days!), I am working on getting organized & staying on track with the budget & the timeline. I have dreamed about planning my wedding for as long as I can remember, & now that it’s here…I’m finding that it requires a lot of organization. That right there is not really my forte, but I’ve found that with the proper tools, wedding planning can be fun & stress-free.
I am very picky about planners. I tend to just write all over the pages instead of following their prompts because I feel like I need something different. As my search began for a wedding planner, I felt very unsatisfied by the selection I was seeing. Therefore, when I was contacted by Kayla aka The Internet’s Maid of Honor to try out her system of planning, I was delighted to give it a try. She made this planner after she got married because she felt the same dissatisfaction as I did, so I hoped this would be just what I needed.
Guys. it’s perfect! Not only is it so helpful & well thought out, but it’s beautifully laid out on page after page in such a way that I know I will love looking back on it even after the wedding! It’s such a great tool to help keep me on track with deadlines & to know what comes next. Also, it let’s you dream & document your inspiration process which is oh-so important to me.
Let me show you how I use it…
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Instead of binding my pages like a book, I chose to keep them in a clip-folio. It’s a clipboard on the front, where I display current to-dos & inspo, as well as a pocket for my other pages & notepad on the inside. I’ve loved this setup. It’s easy to use & beautifully displays everything.
The entire planner is over 200 pages long! Which is amazing! One of the best things about this planner is that you are able to pick & choose which page you really want to use & order them in a way that makes sense to you. It’s printable, so if you need multiple of any particular sheet, you are able to have as many as you need! For example, there are wellness sheets that help you track your food, fitness, water intake, etc., that I have printed out specifically for the week of the wedding to ensure I’m taking care of myself during the preparations. But, if you wanted them for the duration of your engagement, you could use them daily or weekly or as a goals sheet monthly.
There are lots of blank sheets with headlines for inspo in a variety of categories. On these pages, instead of writing or drawing my thoughts, I decided to cut out inspiring photos from all the magazines I’ve been flipping through over the past few months & create mood boards, if you will, for each category. Not only is it so fun to do, but it’s so nice to have visuals right there in front of you while you’re planning.
My Favorite Planning Pages
Day of Tasks
Honeymoon Planning & Packing
Floral Inspo (with flowers broken down by color!)
Every question you need to ask each vendor
& so much more!
(She literally thought of everything!)
How To Get Your Hands On One Of These Game Changing Planners
Head on over to The Internet’s Maid of Honor to purchase your binder, or choose from a few smaller packages as well. The full thing is only $27, which is such a steal! If you are getting married soon or are looking for a super helpful gift to give a friend or family member who is getting married soon, I have a discount code to help you save a couple of dollars off as well! Type in FELIX&FLORA3 at the checkout to shave three extra dollars off your purchase. It doesn’t get any better than that!
I won’t have this code forever, so get your wedding planner discount while it’s here! Cause you know, when planning a wedding, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! (am I right?!)
Are you a fellow bride to be? Let me know in the comments below! What do you use to keep yourself organized?
Already married? What advice on wedding planning do you have to give? xx