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I can’t wait until Bliss. It is such an amazingly fun event! For more information or to register, just click HERE. I just wanted to show off our pretty poster, which you will see around town soon.

When I hear that Crystal of Crystal George Studios and Emily of Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon are up to something, I know it will be wonderful, but then seeing the results always blows me away! This session they crafted recently just oozes of beauty and a lot of makeup, hair and veiling ideas. Here are Crystal‘s own words about the shoot, and I hope you enjoy it!

Creative collaboration is one of my favorite things in the world. Artists from different genres can often inspire each other and bounce ideas back and forth in a way that creates something special. Emily and I both share an interest in fashion and we were excited to explore veiling in a way that wasn’t your traditional bridal look. 


Hair & Makeup: Emily Garbee, Bodyworks
Styling: Crystal George Studios & Emily Garbee
Models: Irina Fuller, Kellie Hunt, Ruby Young, Abbey Gail Johnston, Ivy Taylor

Love what Crystal and Emily do? Well, they will be presenting a session at Bliss, a fine wedding fair on April 1st. Be sure to come and hear what they have to say!

  • Linda Hall - Love Is In The Air - ahhhhhh….. loveliness personified! Two incredibly talented ladies doing what they do best…. a feast for the eyes!

  • Amanda Gray - I L O V E the use of the white wide brim hat!! Gorgeous ladies!!

Thank you once again to my lovely friend, Emily Hudspeth, who is an expert at making brides (and others!) beautiful through hair and makeup. She is also super sweet! If you missed her first guest posting, be sure to click here

The trial run or, as I like to call it, the dress rehearsal, is a very important step in your planning process. You want to make sure that your stylist understands your vision. You want to go into your wedding day totally relaxed, knowing that you are confident in the decisions that you have made regarding hair and makeup. Most importantly, this time gives you an idea of how much time it will take and what it will look like 4,8, 12 hours after you have it done. This is your opportunity to remove the fear of the unknown.

This is the time to communicate with your stylist details of the over all theme and feel of your event. Create a inspiration board or a collection of photos to share. Pinterest.com is an excellent tool that you can use to organize this information. (To view Emily’s hair/makeup Pinterest boards, just click here.)

What would you include in your inspiration board? I like to see photos of the bride’s dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers you have chosen, the location of the ceremony and reception and any other details that make it clear what the event will be like.

Emily has lots of tools to help you look amazing! Photo by Chris Owens Photo.

Find photos of hair or makeup concepts that you like. If you cannot find photos of styles that you love, showing examples of things that you do not love can sometimes be a great reference point. You may not love everything about every photo, but you can use them as a reference point to show what you like or do not like about each style.

Bring your accessories, including any hair clips or combs, and your veil. You may want to try on jewelry, like earrings or necklaces to see the whole look come together.

You have many options for how you will have your hair and makeup done on your wedding day. You can hire a professional, go to a salon or makeup counter, have a friend do it for you, or do it yourself. Regardless of which of these options that you choose, make sure to do a test run to see what the experience will be like. From there you can make any adjustments to the plan, but you will not get a “do over” if you wait until the day of the event to try it out.

When should you schedule this appointment? You have some options here too. You can schedule it to help you interview or choose your stylist to make sure you are a good fit. You could also schedule this with your final dress fitting or bridal portraits so you can see the entire look come together.

Be sure to stay tuned for more on hair and makeup. Coming soon… tips on preparing yourself for the big day.

Emily Hudspeth is an on location hair stylist and makeup artist specializing in events, photo shoots and more. Contact Emily for more information on booking an event. Follow Emily on facebook and twitter to keep up the latest on her daily blog posts with tips on on things beauty related.

Also, don’t forget that Bliss, a fine wedding fair is just a few weeks away! Sign up soon, and click here to check it out.

I saw this idea on Martha Stewart Weddings’ website, but I thought that it would be fun to go out, have fun and personalize this DIY post the best way we know how … by going on a tour of the Hill City itself. After perusing the downtown area and the historic districts (with my 9 year old son who was a great help in finding the numbers!), I came up with the numbers 0-9 that can be used to make unique table numbers for your wedding reception.

This is a fun way to incorporate your hometown or even places that you and your fiance’ frequent. Take photos of the numbers from your favorite restaurant, where you met, the proposal location or even places you lived when you were growing up. The possibilities are endless, but the end result is the same … an adorably different way to mark your reception tables!

This full set of photos is available on Flickr, so feel free to view the numbers there. The photos on Flickr are labeled as to what streets the numbers came from, and you will see that I tried to incorporate some of the most important streets in town. Enjoy this fun DIY post!

This is the sampling of our Flickr set of photos that I found in Lynchburg. Feel free to download these, or have your own fun evening of hunting for the perfect numbers.

You will need to take photos first, and have them printed. If you want double sided numbers (as in a number on each side of the card), be SURE to print out two of each number. Try to estimate the size table number cards you desire. I printed these out to be a 4×6 size, yet I did some trimming after they were printed. The supplies you will need are: your printed photographs, thick scrapbooking paper (I purchased mine at Michael’s), a paper trimmer and double sided tape (scrapbooking tape works well for this).

Begin by folding your paper in half. I purchased 8.5″ x 11″ paper and folded it into an 8.5″ x  5.5″ card. Then place your photo on top of it to see how much of the paper you will use as a trim. You can cut your photograph if necessary … I did trim! Here there is about .5″ of the green paper trim around the edges. This will help you determine where to make your cut on the paper.

Proceed to cut your paper. My blade was very sharp, so I decided to cut the paper while it was still in half, but you may need to open the paper and cut it as a single sheet if your blade is dull.

Take your double sided tape, and use it to adhere the number to the cardstock paper. Turn the paper over and repeat if you are making a double sided card with a number on each side.

Once you affix the number to the front of the cardstock, you can run a thin line of tape along the inside edge of the fold so that the card will stay folded once it is put into place.

Stand your card up and admire how adorable this will look on your reception table! I love how the “6” seems so 3-d due to the shadows and the time of day I took the photograph. This “6” was from a building on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. It has a very Art Deco feel to it.

Here is a sampling of the finished table numbers. Remember … they all do not have to be uniform in size and shape because they will be on different tables. The “9” here is slightly skinnier due to the styling of the number.

That is a darling project, isn’t it? I know a lot of you scrapbooking and crafty types can take this DIY a bit further by adding embellishments and fun flairs of your own. An alternative could be to place each number in a frame instead of adhering them to cardstock. Martha Stewart Weddings suggested using mat board (used in framing), which would offer a heavier weight for outdoor weddings.

If your table numbers enter into double digits, just put two of our numbers together, or have fun hunting for combinations such as “10” and “17” on your own … trust me, this is a challenge! Hopefully I have inspired you to add a hometown flair to your wedding, and I am looking forward to sharing more hometown DIYs with you in the future.

  • Amanda - Thank you for taking the time to get all of these lovely images!! I love this project. Will have to do it myself 😀

  • LemonBride - Those are awesome! That is a really cool project.

  • Jennifer - Thanks, Amanda!! We had fun hunting for numbers around Lynchburg for sure!

  • Jennifer - It would be fun to do one in Roanoke, too!!

  • sandra guelzo/RS Exclusive Event Company - Jennifer, This was a great project you took on! Terrific idea too!

If you are really crafty (or can print) this may border on DIY, but for me, this just has fun and uniqueness written all over it! Vintage hankies are readily available at flea markets and antique shops for just a few dollars each, so you may want to start making your collection now if these strike your fancy. I found these cuties at Bird and Banner, and I thought that brides who love vintage things (as I do!) may find this a great idea starter!

I also adore how they used flea market style price tags for their labels… so cute! For more photos of this project visit Bird and Banner.

  • Sandra - Li'l Inspirations - Love the wedding handkerchief invite. I love all things wedding, especially custom hankies for such a momentous occasion.

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