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.
This is our fourth Valentine’s Day together, but this year is the most special of them all. We are officially a family now & since our wedding, our love has only grown. (As cheesy as it sounds…it’s true!) Ben & I wanted to do something special together to celebrate our first married Valentine’s Day, but we had to do it a little bit early this year. I will be performing tonight & the rest of the weekend, so Ben had the great idea of visiting the beautiful Agecroft Hall last weekend. Neither of us had ever been, so we slept in, had cinnamon rolls & coffee, then left at noon to arrive right when the gates opened.
Agecroft Hall is a lovely, Tudor manor house right on the James River located just minutes from our house. Believe it or not, this home was built in the late 15th century in Lancashire, England. Then in the early 20th century it was deconstructed, shipped overseas, & rebuilt. This place is incredible. The details, paintings, elaborate beds & ceilings were magnificent. Not to mention the masterfully laid out gardens. Needless to say, we cannot wait to go back in the spring & summer when the gardens are in full bloom. I hear that in the summer, the also have live Shakespeare performances outside! We had a lovely afternoon on this amazing property & cannot wait to go back.
Our First 6 Months
Ben & I recently celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary. Since our magical wedding day, we’ve travelled to Italy, Ben started a new job, I changed my name, we had both of our families here at home for Christmas, & we’ve worked together as a team on building our life together as well as our finances. We love spending time together & dreaming big dreams for our future. Both of us have mentioned that it is still some much fun calling each other husband & wife. As we were reflecting the other night & talking about the last 6 months of marriage, the same truth rang true in both of our hearts: we’ve never felt more in love. Maybe it’s the honeymoon season, but either way, I love this man & am so thankful we are on this path together.
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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Our wedding day was pure magic. It took place in Harpswell, Maine at my husband’s family’s property right on the water. This place is already just breath-taking on it’s own. So much so that during my very first visit, I sat alone on the dock, writing in my journal, completely crying just imagining the prospect of getting married there one day in the future. Since it was already so beautiful, it was my biggest hope that the weather would be perfect so that we could enjoy the wedding & the reception without a tent. Our prayers were answered & it was just the most gorgeous day.
My number one task when dressing the space for our wedding was to make it truly ours. Put in the details that reflect our love, our relationship, & our personal style. Let me share with you a few ways we did just that.
L i g h t
Almost exactly a year before our wedding, we stood on the ground where we would be saying our “I do’s” to each other. We then determined when the best time to hold the ceremony would be, based on when the sun would just pass the trees & not be in anyone’s eyes. It worked out perfectly that in the time between our ceremony & the reception was golden hour which was just idyllic for our photos.
Then once the sun started to go down, we had hung lights above the reception site to illuminate the space. We also had about 90 candles along the tables lit for a pleasing ambiance as well as to light people’s faces in photos. It’s important to think about light in this way, because if you are paying for a good photographer to capture your day, it’s so important to ensure good light for them to be able to get the best photos.
S p a c e
We had a rather small wedding for such a vast space. I wanted it to still feel intimate, so we thought of ways to do just that even with a large space. For the ceremony, we kept the chairs looking straight ahead in even rows. This helped set parameters. The shape of the chairs helped provide structure to the space, giving it that more intimate feel. Also, having the large arbor (which Ben helped make) as the focal point really helped draw everyone’s focus to the main(e) event.
For the reception space, the layout came together about a week & a half before the wedding. The deck where the band played had just recently been built which inspired this new setup. I had originally pictured the space in reverse, with the water being behind the band, but I think this way was even better! When the guests looked towards Ben & I, they could see the water behind us.
The table setup was also key in dressing this space. Our band played on the corner of the deck & the tables went out on a diagonal in a U shape to form the perimeters of the dance floor. Everyone danced in the empty space between the tables & had a great time. Also, the lights hung above helped create a clear outline for the reception space.
D e t a i l
The smallest details can make the biggest impact when dressing a space. From freshly potted plants at the ceremony site to lights along the dock, these details look lovely, & also capture so well in photos. My MIL even had the great idea of giving each of the statues in the gardens little flower crowns! How adorable?! While putting the final touches on the space, my bridesmaids even laid some extra greenery & flowers to line the aisle. This made a huge difference & I loved the way it looked.
There were so many amazing ferns all over the property, so naturally I wanted to incorporate them into the decor. We used little fern leaves to dress the seating chart as well as to add that special touch to each person’s place setting. Using natural elements from the space like this really gives a cohesive feel.
E x p e r i e n c e
So yes, this wedding was about Ben & I getting married, but people flew in from all over the country, so we wanted to show them a good time. During cocktail hour, people could grab a drink & take a boat ride around the harbor. Guests loved this, seeing as though some of them had never experienced anything like it before. We also had a fireworks display to the song “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” right before we exited by boat. It was pretty magical. Honestly though, the band really sealed the deal. They were incredible & helped make this event one to remember.
I know not every wedding can have fireworks & boat rides, but make sure to think about the guests attending your wedding. They are showing so much love & support by being there for the two of you, so show them your gratitude by giving them an incredible night of love & laughter.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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Because I was my own wedding planner & our venue was on family property rather than a typical, established venue, it was up to me to find & choose our wedding vendors. There are so many amazing options out there to make each & every wedding special & unique. I think that’s what I love most about weddings. When each detail is chosen to reflect that particular bride & groom. Today I want to share with you our dream team, our amazing vendors who together made our big day come together seamlessly.
A l l T h i n g s P a p e r
Save The Dates
We knew that we wanted to save a little money on this aspect of the wedding, but still wanted something nice & meaningful to be able to send out to our loved ones. For our photos, we asked Ben’s sister, my bridesmaid Abby, to take them right after we were engaged. It was so special to have our engagement photos taken in Maine on the same property our wedding would be held just a few months later. The funny part about this day is that it was -12 degrees outside while we were shooting! We just decided to get extra snuggly which helped us get the perfect shot quickly (thank goodness!).
After choosing the perfect photo, we chose Minted to print our save the dates. They came out just perfect & at a great price. We also made our wedding website through their site which was a great tool for getting info out about our wedding & our registry to friends & family.
We knew we wanted our invitations to be simple & elegant, so when I saw this design from Shine Wedding Invitations on Pinterest, I immediately fell in love. The simple, romantic font in navy combined with the blush silk ribbon tied around it was like a match made in heaven. This style perfectly captured the style & theme of our wedding. I even ended up ordering extra ribbon from them to wrap around our bouquets & also the flatware used at our reception. This tied everything together from start to finish just beautifully.
When looking into purchasing all of the miscellaneous stationary bits for our wedding with a similar font to our invitations, the prices seemed way to high for our budget. Thankfully, I came across this gem of an Etsy shop that had the perfect font! We used simplysuite products in navy & gold Melia font for our wedding programs, place cards, table numbers, & several of our signs. The best part about these products is that they come as a digital download to which then you can go in a fill in the appropriate words & print out as many copies as you want! You guys, this alone saved us so much money! Thank you simplysuite!
T h e B a n d
Our number one priority for our wedding was to have an amazing band. We had seen this band called the Bachelor Boys, play at two different weddings over the years & totally fell in love with them. After asking them if they were available for our day, we found out that they do not travel as far as Maine, but that they had a sister band called The Silver Arrow Band that was based up north that could potentially work for us. I immediately contacted them & thankfully they were available on our day! Let me tell you, they were AMAZING! People left the reception saying it was the best party they had ever been to, & I have to attribute that to our beyond incredible band. We chose to have an 8 piece band that included a brass section which I highly recommend. They have so many options to choose from to accommodate different price points as well as different music preferences. We also had them MC the evening, so once the ceremony was over, they helped keep everything moving on time without any lulls.
D o n u t s
After knowing we wanted a band, we knew that instead of cake or cupcakes for our guests, we wanted to have a wall full of donuts. Then I remembered several years ago, we had visited a local donut shop called, The Holy Donut, in Portland, Maine & that had very eclectic style donuts. I looked them up to see if they catered, & they did. I was thrilled to find out they also had gluten-free & vegan options to accommodate all guests. They come in so many delicious flavors & are all potato based. If you are ever in Portland, ME, definitely give them a try, you won’t regret it!
T h e B e s t C a t e r e r
I came across the Bread & Butter Catering Company while doing some wedding research online. Ben & I fell in love with the menu choices & felt like the food choices reflected our personalities perfectly. One of the most helpful parts of the wedding planning process was our catering coordinator. She was so nice & helpful & made sure we had the right rental equipment as well as the right quantity of both food & rentals. They were amazing at communicating with us & checking in on our progress. But not only that, the food was divine. I’m convinced we had the best caterer ever. 🙂
C a p t u r i n g O u r D a y
Since our wedding was a destination for the majority of people, we knew that there would be people in our lives that would not be able to attend our wedding. Therefore, we made it a priority to find spectacular people to capture our wedding day. As I mentioned in my first wedding week post, I found both our photographer & our videographer on Instagram through hashtags. How cool is that?!
We chose Emily Delamater, along with her husband Matt, to photograph the biggest day of our lives. These two are just the sweetest. It was such a pleasure to have them there with us each step of the way. Not only were they such a delight to be around, but they perfectly captured the moments & the feeling of the day. The pure joy & love is so visible in our photos, feelings we’ll treasure & remember forever. (See her Instagram here.)
From the very first clip I saw by Haley from OTD Collective, I knew that no one could capture our day quite like she could. Her work is like art. A beautiful motion picture of the best day of our lives. We haven’t seen our full video yet, but she recently posted a preview on her Instagram that is just incredible. (Watch here.) I’ve watched it probably a hundred times. If you’re wondering whether or not you should have a videographer at your wedding, I say do it! Pictures are amazing for preserving memories, but a video has the power to really take you there. (See her Instagram here.)
A l c o h o l
In terms of alcohol, we decided to keep things pretty simple. We chose a red wine (Cocobon) & a white wine from Trader Joe’s to have on the tables for our guests to serve themselves. Then for beer, we had a local brewing company, Flight Deck, provide 3 different kinds of beers on tap again for guests to serve themselves. The cool part about having Flight Deck beer be at our wedding is that Ben is friends with the owner! He really hooked us up, & the beer was amazing.
R e m i n d e r
It’s a common thought that having your wedding somewhere like on family property would be cheaper because you don’t have to pay for the venue. I have to believe that it comes out to be about the same in the end, & let me tell you why. Yes, you’re not paying for the space, but then you have to find a rental company to supply all the tables, chairs, glassware, flatware, linens, etc. These things really add up fast & when I first started planning this wedding I was unaware of how much things like that would cost. I don’t regret doing it this way at all, I just wanted to share with you guys all of the information I wish I had when I was in the planning process. Hope this helps! Also, let me know if you have any wedding related questions because I’m thinking about doing a wedding planning FAQs post in the future.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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