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How to Prep your Hair and Skin for your Wedding.
5 Tips to help you get ready on the morning of your Wedding for glowing skin and perfect hair.
That day is slow approaching an we know you’ve wondering “What should I do to my hair” or “How should i prep my skin care the night before my wedding” Well we get asked this question A LOT and we want to share with you our 5 top tips to prepare your self for hair and makeup before your wedding.
Best Kept Secrets for Perfect Wedding Day Hair and Makeup
Why hydration is most important the night before your wedding Day
Dehydrated skin on your wedding day can be avoided by making your that you balance out any alcohol that you skin with enough water through out the day.
Hydrated skin creates the best canva for your wedding day so that your wedding make makeup stays in place and is radiant through out the day.
Take your Makeup off at night
Did you know that one night without removing your makeup off before you go to seep can cause unwanted breakouts. When taking your makeup off you can use a makeup remover wipe and we still recommend washing your face and having a already night and day time beauty routine in place which takes us to tip number 3
Skin Care Routine Before The Wedding Day
Your Routine can have as little or as many steps as you would like. But we suggest the basics of a cleanser, expoliiator, toner and face moisturizer. Your Cleaner should be used in the morning and night time and your expolator should be used every 2-3 days. When finding your products your your personal preference as you know your skin better than we do.
Should i leave my hair dirty for my wedding day?
“is dirty hair better for styling?” I know you’ve heard it before that second day hair holds a curl better. Now as this may be true our stylist prefer that you hair 100% dry and clean hair on the day of wedding services. We carry an array of texture sprays, powders and many others ways that we use to create grip and grit to your hair. We let our products do the work for use.
How to get the most volume out of your Hair
Now it does not matter to us if you wash your hair on the night before or morning of your wedding just as long as its dry and clean. One way that we love to suggest to create more lift in your hair is to blow dry your hair upside down.
Remember when using any heat on your hair that you are using a heat protectant. You can apply a small amount of product to the mind shaft and end of you hair and blow dry until its fully dry. You want to keep as much product away from your roots as possible. Once your hair is dry perfect you can put your hair in a top knot and leave it until our artist or who ever you hires for your hair styling arrive!
Our team members know how important it is that you and your bridal party looks picture perfect. Your friends and family will be taking multiple photos of you and we are here to help in all ways possible. Our Carolina Bridal Hair and Makeup Team service all locations in both North and South Carolina. Some of our popular locations are Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington North Carolina.
Whats one step or product in you day or night time routine that you absolutely cant live without. Tell future brides in the comment below!
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Hey there! We hope that y’all are enjoying this chilly yet beautiful Charleston day, thistemperature definitely has us wanting to be cozy inside with a bowl of soup!
We all want our hair to grow and be long and healthy, and we probably all have our own routines set. Having a consistent hair care routine is super important when it comes to hair growth, but it’s also important to make sure that your routine includes things that are actually going to promote/aid growth in the first place! Keep reading to make sure that your routine is actually helping, or to find out if you need to make a couple of tweaks!
Turn Down the Heat
While we understand that there are times when heat styling is necessary, (also, who doesn’t love adding a few curls or going for a sleek look?!) but it is important to think about what you have your heat set to. It’s okay to use heat on your hair occasionally, but make sure that if/when you are using heat, that you have it set on the lowest setting possible.
This helps to ensure that you won’t experience too much damage, but when you do this along with applying a heat protectant to your hair prior, talk about results! Your hair will thank you, and you’ll also have a little bit of extra luster from the heat protectant!
Oils, Oils, Oils!
OILY HAIR TYPE DISCLAIMER: While adding more oil may not be the best idea, for this tip, try washing your hair with cooler/colder water and massaging your scalp to promote hair growth. Washing with hot water can produce more oil, so cooling it down will help as will massaging your the oils naturally produced into your scalp!
Incorporating more oils into your hair care routine will change your hair game! Not only does in add moisture into your hair, but it also seals that moisture in helping to ensure that you won’t have any issues with dry ends. You can incorporate oils into your routine by using it as a serum, a mask before you shampoo, or even as a refresher for your ends between styles. Natural oils like coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba oil etc. work best, but even using a cleansing oil shampoo and/or conditioner works wonders!
Brushing and combing your hair is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that you have to experience crazy breakage or pain every time you do so! We all know that it’s important to detangle your hair, but you want to make sure that when you do, you’re as gentle as possible. Sometimes wide tooth combs and paddle brushes won’t cut it, so using tools like a Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer will help to ensure that you get all of those knots out, and as pain free as possible!
CURLY GIRL TIP: The above mentioned products are perfect for you! Be sure to always detangle hair only when it is damp or wet, and after you’ve applied a conditioning product or oil that will aid in the detangling process. Remember to start from the ends up, and to take your time!
Let’s face it, we all saw this one coming. We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably scream it from the rooftops for as long as we live!
Hydration is the key to glowy and healthy skin, hair and nails! If you’re not a big water drinker, and adding fruits/mint just isn’t enough to make it more interesting, try Mio! It’s flavoring that you can add to your water, and listen…it definitely makes it more doable. (It’s also diet friendly)
If flavored water isn’t your jam, try using a timed water bottle (you can find them on Amazon) or make a game out of it to keep yourself on your toes! Either way, keep that water bottle handy and make sure that you’re getting your H2O!
Do you need to make any tweaks to your routine, or are you doing a pretty stellar job? Either way, we’re so glad that we were able to shed some light on how we can all have glorious locks!
Hey there y’all, welcome back to the blog and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
We hope that you’re surrounded by love and enjoying the holiday with your family and/or loved ones. We’re so grateful that we’re able to work with and for so many amazing people, and it’s such a blessing to be able to serve people the way that we do!
This week we aren’t focusing on brands, so much as we are helping you to find that perfect fall shade! There are many different routes you can go, and with so many different versions of what can start to seem like the same color, it can be overwhelming to figure out which shade of lipstick is right for you.
Generally speaking, the most popular fall colors are going to be those that are within the berry, red, and nude families. These colors all provide you with a large variety of options to choose from, and it’s a good place to start as far as picking out a shade goes. Within each of these color families, you can find or combine shades to give you the perfect fall lip!
The great thing about lipsticks is that even if you aren’t able to find that hue that’s just right, it’s easy to alter and mix shades together to complement your individual skin tone based off of your undertones. We practice this quite a bit as makeup artists, and love the fact that we are able to create a shade that may have seemed “unwearable” at some point. Everyone should be able to rock the lipstick of their choice, so why not go the extra mile and combine shades so that we’re able to do so?!
Do you have a shade in mind that’s going to be your go to? We love bold Crimson reds and deep plum/berry shades! Try this trick the next time you pick up a shade that doesn’t seem doable for you, and let us know if you’ve found a new lip shade out of it!
Good morning/afternoon y’all, can you believe it’s already MID November?!
It’s so interesting to see how quickly time flies, but we hope that you’re achieving the goals you set out for yourself this month as well as this year.
Let’s talk long wear makeup! Imagine it being your wedding day and after hours of everyone getting ready and beautified, no one’s makeup lasts even up to the ceremony! The last thing that you want to be stressing over on your wedding day is your makeup not holding up as it should, and with Charleston weather, it’s really important to be prepared for all of the elements. This week we’re bringing you some info about some of the best long lasting foundations to keep you feeling your best through getting ready, pictures, the ceremony, and past the reception. Keep reading to get the details!
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
WE LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! If you’re looking for makeup that’s going to not only long wearing, but that is perfect for outside weddings, this is the foundation for you!! This foundation offers excellent coverage, and does not budge one bit. It also is a very inclusive product, boasting a total of 50 shades for beauties of all tones. Though it’s marketed to those with oily skin, this foundation works wonders for all skin types as well. It’s definitely worth noting that this foundation is transfer proof and is very similar to airbrush makeup!
2. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
This foundation is incredible! This product also has a very inclusive shade range, and in fact was recently revamped in collaboration/partnership with YouTuber Jackie Aina. As stated in the graphic above, this makeup will last you about 12 hours, leaving plenty of time for you to dance the day/night away and enjoy our beautiful Charleston weather! You won’t experience any flashback with this foundation either, making it perfect for when you have photos done. This is a great product for our oily gals!
3. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
This is another product that is absolutely wonderful if you’re looking for makeup that lasts all day! While this foundation in particular doesn’t have quite the extensive shade range as the previously mentioned products, it does have something for almost everyone and is relatively easy to shade match through other means. Similar to the others, this foundation is also medium to full coverage, and lasts up to 16 hours! If you’re looking for a foundation that itself neutralizes discoloration in the skin, this is the one for you, though we do recommend that you follow up with a concealer if necessary.
Did any of these products stand out to you? Have you heard of or tried any of these out yourself? With just enough time until Black Friday, be sure to snag one or some of these foundations to try them out!
Hey there y’all, we hope that Thursday is treating you well!!
Our Owner and Lead Stylist Jasmine is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, furthering her education at the Wedding MBA Convention! If you’ve followed us for a bit then by now you know that somehow all of our posts tie in together, and as we’ve previously talked about in the past, perfecting our craft not only positively impacts us, but YOU the client as well.
Not only is it required of us to take Continuing Education classes as cosmetologists, but it is extremely beneficial for us to do so. There are so many different techniques, as well as trends that come and go in this industry, and it’s super important for us to immerse ourselves in this knowledge and apply it to our own business. There is nothing better than having the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry, and being able to learn tips and tricks to better serve your clientele. We do as much as we can to keep ourselves up to date with what’s new and are constantly practicing to make your experience as amazing as possible!
No harm comes from perfecting your craft. As previously mentioned, not only does practicing/taking classes/etc. help us improve our technique but also helps us with our timing so that we can continue the timely manner in which we beautify our clients! Making it so that you are able to spend more time on what matters, enjoying your big day!
We are so excited to hear about how amazing and inspiring the Wedding MBA Convention was when Jasmine gets back, and cannot wait to use what she’s learned to further enhance your experience. We appreciate you all and hope that y’all have a rockin’ weekend, until next week!
Happy Thursday y’all, we hope that you had a fun and safe Halloween!
Whether you’re color treated, chemically treated or have overly processed hair, we all know what it’s like to deal with damaged locks. But no one wants to have damaged hair on their big day!! With it being the time of year where the air gets drier, it’s important to take necessary steps to keep your hair hydrated and healthy! Not sure of what products to start with? No worries, we’re providing you with three of our favorite product picks for repairing damaged hair. You can find the products listed below at any Sephora, Ulta, Target, or drug store. If you’re ready to have your hair looking it’s best for your wedding day, keep reading!!
1. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
The proof is in the label, this product is a miracle!! It’s A 10 has amazing key ingredients that are key to your hair’s nourishment, like sunflower seed and green tea extracts, silk amino acids, Vitamin C and more! This product repairs damaged dry hair, adds shine, and smooths and controls frizz. It also seals as well as protects your hair color, is a detangler, prevents split ends and hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, AND is a flat iron & thermal protector.
Did we mention it’s great for all hair types?!
2. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
It’s the product that we all know and love!! Most hair stylists as well as us LOVE this product, and often recommend it to clients to integrate it into their hair routines. Olaplex is also great for all hair types, but should definitely be your best friend if your hair is color/chemically treated! The No. 3 Hair Perfector is super concentrated, and works to strengthen your hair from the inside out to help prevent breakage.
Keep in mind that this product is a treatment not a daily conditioner, so try to only use this on a weekly basis depending on your hair’s needs!
3. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing mask by Moroccanoil. This deeply hydrating hair mask is perfect for ladies with medium to thick hair!! Not only does it add moisture back in to your hair but it repairs elasticity as well! If you follow us on Instagram, you likely saw us talk about the benefits of hair masks for Wedding Tip Wednesday. Masks like this one are the perfect weekly treatment for those days when you just want to relax and treat yourself!
Which product are you looking forward to trying before you say ‘I do’?
Hey y’all! How’s this Thursday treating you?
Engaged and still searching for the right Glam Squad for you? We’re here to help! If you’d like to know more about the experience we provide here at Alter Image, keep reading below. Be sure to visit our previous posts, as well as our Instagram @alterimagecharleston, to see some shots and sneak peeks of our work!
What Makes Us Different
When you book with Alter Image, you will have a pleasant and stress-free experience from the time you first reach out to us! Not only is it simple to contact us to book/send us inquiries, but we will take the time to ensure all of your questions are answered promptly. We aim to please, and if there’s anything that we can do to help, just let us know! Whether it’s questions about where to start looking for vendors, or even concerns you may have regarding your wedding day look, visit our contact page and we’ll get back to you in a flash.
To piggyback off of our previous point, we make sure to keep an open line of communication. We love to coordinate times with you, your planner and your photographer(s), to guarantee that you as well as your party’s services are completed within enough time for you to do what you need to do! No need to stress over being ready on time for getting ready photos, we’ve got you covered!
Everything that we do, we do in a timely manner! We also provide our clients with a timeline of services, so that everyone (stylists, bridesmaids, photographers, etc.) is aware of what services need to be completed within what time frames. What’s better than being able to spend quality time with your loved ones and to enjoy the getting ready process without having to worry about who should be in who’s chair next?! Grab that mimosa and chat with your girls!
We Take a Limited Number of Bookings (Per Year!)
As mentioned in this portion of the blog’s title, we only take a limited amount of bookings each year! Right now we cap it off at 51 weddings per year, so if you’d like to secure your space, act fast! We love answering questions and providing help where we can, so if there’s any additional information that you need, visit our Contact Us page.
We always suggest booking in advance when possible, and we will be having a slight price increase effective after November 30th, 2018. So if you’d like to lock in your 2019 wedding date, trial date, etc. at our 2018 prices, reach out to us ASAP!! Again, we only take a limited amount of bookings per year, so jump on it if you don’t want to miss out!
As previously stated, the best way to contact us is by visiting our Contact Us page, at the top of our website. This is especially the best point of contact for appointment bookings, as well as general pricing inquiries. So what’re you waiting for? Head over to that page and let’s have a chit chat! We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that y’all have an amazing weekend. Until next time!
Hey y’all, happy Thursday!! Have you had time to reflect yet today?
This week we wanted to talk about how important it is to take time to perfect your craft. Whether you’re a hairstylist, florist, photographer, etc. you should always be doing something to further your skills. If you know us or have been following us for a while, you know that we’ve always got our hands in hair and makeup!
We love doing training sessions for our team, and the pictures for today’s blog are from the previous session led by Jasmine for our stylist Shelby! Even if it’s just taking a few minutes each day to stay on top of the latest trends, immersing yourself in the industry you’re in will keep you inspired and eager to broaden your skills. You can always learn something, so let’s make the most of our screen time!
Taking the time to perfect your craft not only allows you to expand your knowledge, but also gives you the opportunity to tweak your techniques! By having some extra tips in your bag, you’ll be able to answer more of your client’s questions, and maybe even be able to better direct them when it comes to knowing what they want. And as if it couldn’t get any better, practicing often helps with timing, so you’ll be able to do more in less time! Score!! So what are you waiting for? Get to practicing, and let us know your favorite way to perfect your craft!!
Here is the Final look that we did on our Model who is currently Engaged. We gave a a soft tousled Round Brush Blow Out. For her Makeup she has on Traditional Foundation for one of our favorite Brands that can last up to 18 Hours long. We went with a soft Day Time Look for her and gave her some amazing Lash Clusters.
Happy Thursday y’all, we hope you’re doing well and our thoughts are with everyone being affected by Hurricane Michael.
This week we wanted to share with you all three tips to help you on how to keep your hair thriving!! Everyone wants healthy hair, but sometimes it helps to keep the following tips in mind to have your tresses in tip-top shape.
Tip #1: Hydration!!
Now we’re sure that you’ve heard this a million times before, but the best way to keep your mane looking it’s best is staying hydrated! This doesn’t just mean drinking plenty of water, which is definitely a key point, but it also means keeping your hair moisturized as well. Drinking water will help you stay hydrated from the inside out, but you also need to be sure to keep your scalp and ends hydrated. Deep conditioning treatments are a great way to do this. If you apply a lot of heat, are chemically treated, or your hair is just on the drier side, you can also use a heavier oil to moisturize, otherwise a light oil is just fine! Massaging the oil into your scalp a few times a week will also increase blood flow, which promotes hair growth!
Tip #2: Use Sulfate-Free Products
Sound familiar? If you’re color treated or have had any other chemical process done, we won’t be surprised if you’ve heard this from your stylist! Even if you have virgin hair, using products that are free of sulfates and other harsh chemicals will tremendously improve your hair game. Products that contain these products can not only be drying, but strip color and your hair of it’s natural oils as well. You also want to keep a lookout to make sure that your conditioners don’t contain any alcohol!
Tip #3: Add a Supplement into Your Routine
Lastly, adding a hair, skin and nails vitamin definitely doesn’t hurt! Of course, we aren’t doctors, so always be sure to talk to your doctor before taking new supplements! Taking a hair, skin and nail vitamin, is a great idea especially if you are mainly looking to maintain your hair’s health with the possibility of growth as an added bonus! If supplements aren’t for you, you can always talk to your doc about other dietary changes you can make to help your hair stay healthy.
We hope that we were able to give you at least a couple of new tips to add to your hair care bag! What did you think, will you be using these tips to enhance your locks?!
Hey there, happy Thursday everyone!
This past Monday we had the privilege of going back to Thomas House and Garden in Ridgeway, SC to work on an amazing shoot with Heather Benge, the founder of Styled Shoots of America! This gorgeous venue, owned by Jessica Drew, also of Jessica Drew Photography, is one we were so excited to return to!
We’re so thrilled that we were able to travel back to Ridgeway earlier this week! It is such a cute town, and we’re so obsessed with Thomas House and Garden! Not only is this venue beautiful, but the natural light y’all…GORGEOUS! It was such a pleasure working with so many wonderful photographers and vendors, and to get to travel back to such a breathtaking place!
At this styled shoot, both Jasmine and Shelby did hair and makeup for each model! The look for this shoot was very soft and natural. Jasmine created a look for Kennedy Kapanzhi, and Shelby a look for Ashton Crow. Kennedy wore a beautiful, low messy bun, and Ashton wore a beautiful and boho inspired half-up half-down style.
It was so much fun to see so many creative people in one space! We got to work with some amazing vendors, and got a glimpse at an awesome floral workshop in action. Thomas House and Garden is seriously such an amazing place y’all, and we’re so eager for you to see how the pictures turned out! Head over to our Instagram and Facebook if you haven’t already to see some gorgeous photos!
The Thomas House and Garden is Perfectly located in Ridgeway, SC - a quintessential small southern town, The Thomas House & Garden is only ten minutes from Blythewood, twenty-five minutes to downtown Columbia, thirty minutes to Irmo and Lexington, and one hour to Charlotte.
Happy Thursday y’all! This week we’re taking a break from our new, “What’s Your Why?” Stylist Spotlight series, and diving into the benefits of hiring a Glam Squad for your wedding day or next big event! You’ve seen and heard about them on Instagram and other social hubs, so what is all the hype about?!
No Driving/Worry About Travel
One of the best perks of hiring a Glam Squad is that you don’t have to worry about driving to your appointment, let alone leaving the house! You can find comfort in knowing that your comfort is your Glam Squad’s priority, so kick back, relax, and enjoy your favorite drink while you get pampered!
We Bring the Glam to You!
To piggyback off of the previous point, another great aspect of hiring a Glam Squad is that the glam is brought to you! Rest assured with the knowledge that your Glam Squad will be travelling your way, further helping to make your day hassle free.
We Provide Enough Stylists for a Timely Finish
We’ve got the power — Woman power that is! When you book us as your Glam Squad, we make sure to schedule enough stylists to ensure that yours, as well as your bridesmaids’/others in your party’s services are completed on time. Trust that things will be done quickly, correctly, and you’ll have an amazing look to last you all day!!
We Provide Timelines
One of the other perks from booking Alter-Image for your Glam Squad is that we provide a timeline of services for you, so you are able to see who will be getting what services done at what time. Not only does this keep things organized for you and your stylists, but it also eliminates the issue of figuring out who should go first the day of! This will help things run more smoothly, and allow for more quality time between you and your bridal party.
We Make Things Stress Free!
Lastly, hiring a Glam Squad helps to make things stress free!! The last thing that you want to worry about the day of your wedding day is whether or not you and your bridal party’s services will be completed in time, as well as having to make sure that everyone’s looks flow. By hiring a Glam Squad, you can lessen, if not eliminate, these issues and spend your time thinking about and doing what matters: enjoying yourself!!
Convinced that you need an All-Star team to prepare you for your big day? Be sure to contact us for more information, and if you are a 2019 bride keep in mind that you can still secure your dates for 2018 prices through November 30, 2018! After that date we will be having a slight price increase, so get this deal while you can. Until next time!
Well Hey There!, Our Week went amazing and we hope yours did as well. Check out what Fun Wedding Adventures we had this Week Through out the Town!
We started of Thursday Right! with 2 Wedding Trials for this Weeks Saturday and Sunday Wedding. Having a Photo of the image of Hair or Makeup that your wanting for your Wedding Day is crucial to a smooth running Wedding Timeline. The Ladies I met with this Week planned ahead to ensure the ultimate level of relaxation for the moments they have before her first look!
Are you following our Instagram? AlterImageCharleston
We post tons on our Instagram of Client Set Ups Before and After’s and other fun stuff. Go and Follow us to see what we did today!
Today we woke up early for our Bride who had a 5:45am Hair and Makeup Start Time for her Wedding on a Cruise Boat! (Insert Heart Emojis) We got all of her Ladies Done right on Time to make it to boarding. We had so much fun during her Trial Run an I was in love with her adorable baby boy who is now my best friend lol.
We Wrapped the Day up with a Super Fun Session for a Boudoir Shoot at The MellBell Studio! Lindsey was not afraid of color she told me that she loves a good Smokey Eye. We did a Gold Glitter Smokey Eye with Lash Clusters and Textured and Teased Sultry Hair which is perfect for Boudoir.
So excited to be waking up early in the a.m tomorrow to head up to Hilton Head for a gorgeous Wedding. Stay Tuned in to our Instagram Story to see some sneak peeks!
Hello everyone, welcome back and happy Thursday!
First, we’d like to send our best regards to those affected by Hurricane Florence this past week. We hope that y’all are safe, and experienced minimal to no damage during this trying time.
This week we’re going to be starting our “What’s Your Why” series, in which we’ll be giving you an introduction to each of our stylists/team members, and giving some insight as to what led us to do what we love.
The Stylist: Shelby Lace
Q: What made you decide to go to school for Cosmetology?
A: I actually discovered my passion for Cosmetology in high school! I was in theater and was fortunate enough to have multiple opportunities to help with hair and makeup for a few of our productions, and learned how to do special effects makeup in class. After going to college for 2 years, I decided that it was time for me to turn my longing into action and pursue my passion thus making the switch to cosmetology school!
Q: What joy did you want to bring to clients after upon receiving services from you?
A: The joy that I want to bring to each client after receiving services from me, is the feeling of “Wow, I look and feel like an enhanced version of myself!” There’s nothing more rewarding to me than knowing someone feels comfortable in their own skin, and it’s important to me that they know that their beauty was there all along! We simply enhance the canvas we are given.
Q: Why do you enjoy what you do?
A: Call it cheesy if you must, but I honestly enjoy what I do because I know that I am doing something to bring someone happiness. As I said before, nothing makes me feel better than seeing someone look at themselves in a mirror after and watching a huge grin appear on their face! I love it!
Q: How are you perfecting your craft?
A: I am perfecting my craft by keeping myself as immersed in the beauty industry as possible! Whether it be reading articles/searching Instagram hashtags to find out the latest trends, or reading and watching the materials given to me by our amazing owner and lead stylist, I like to try to keep myself in the know! Practicing different styles in my down time helps as well.
We hope that you enjoyed learning a little bit more about our stylist, Shelby Lace, and be sure to keep an eye out for the next installation of our Stylist Spotlight Series: “What’s Your Why?”!
September is upon us, and with this new month we bring you some of the dreamiest wedding highlights from our bride Nicole and her husband Nate's wedding!!
Nicole and Nate started dating after realizing that they both shared the same love for old school cars!! (How CUTE are those Beetles?!) The bride's dress was her grandmother's, and she had it altered to her liking.
We worked with this wonderful couple a couple of weeks ago and are super excited to share these photos with y'all. It was an absolute pleasure working with them, they're so sweet! Take a peek and tell us which photo is your favorite!!
Wedding Planner: Direct My Day Direct
Photographers: The Wedding Click
Venue: The Lake House at Bulow
Makeup: Alter-Image, Jasmine Jones
Hair: Alter-Image, Shelby Colclough
As you know we love Getting Ready Robes. Nicole got these adorable Robes for her Bridesmaids to wear while they got there Hair and makeup done to make sure that they can get dress without hitting their Hair out of place or accidently wiping off their Makeup when removing their shirts to get into their Dress. Also how fun is colorful Hair!! its so fun and looks so cute in photos did I mention her hair matches the Wedding colors!
The Dress! Nicole showed me pictures of her dress that was created from her Mother Old Wedding Gown. How amazing does the detail of the dress look! This Photo was taken in The Lake House at Bulow. This Venue is Located at Bulow County Park, the Lake House provides a perfect setting for quiet getaways, family vacations, wedding receptions, business meetings, family reunions, picnics, banquets, oyster roasts, and holiday parties. Our Team had the best Time working in this space. There was plenty of room for the ladies to get ready and the guys hung out on the upper side deck of the house and by the lake. This location is one of our favorite hidden Gem Wedding Venues in Charleston, SC
You've said "Yes!" to the dress, but now what?!
Finding the perfect dress can be quite the task, and you want to make sure that on your big day you have a hairstyle that best showcases your dress and it's detailing! Not all dresses are alike, so we decided to break down some of the most ideal styles to wear and what type of dress it works best with. You can find photos and links at the end of this post!
Low Messy Bun
Low messy buns are excellent because as you'll see for a few of these styles, they work with pretty much everything!! Whether your wedding dress is strapless, a boat neck, off-the-shoulder, or has tons of gorgeous detail, this style will last through it all. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to show off the features of your dress that you love!
Half Up Half Down
These styles can go one of two ways: more boho, or more sleek. Half up half down styles are perfect for brides who's dresses are strapless, scoop/v-neck, or off-the-shoulder. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds, and these styles can easily be dressed up with a braid/twist, headpiece, or flower crown!
Putting all of your hair up can provide you with a host of different looks. The greatest part about updos is that you aren't confined to one particular finish, meaning that you can do more of a boho look, something more sleek or anything in between! Updos are another style that does well across the board, but is perfect for those brides that have a dress with a high neck to show off that detail. These are also great if you have a strapless or off-the-shoulder dress, especially if you'll be wearing a statement necklace!
Sleek buns are an excellent go to if you aren't looking for a textured style. These styles can really tie a look together, and add a classic, timeless vibe. Let's be honest, you can never go wrong with a sleek bun, and I think it's safe to say that this will always be in style!! Pairs perfectly with boat neck and strapless dresses.
If you like to keep things simple, but also like to have a little extra texture, this look is for you!! Side-swept styles are super low-maintenance, and are great for those ladies that don't want to wear their hair up. This look works best with off-the-shoulder, strapless, high-neck, and detailed-back dresses! The perfect way to show off any details or statement jewlery.
Braids, braids, braids!!Boho braids are an absolutely favorite, and these are such an incredible way to add some detail and texture to bring your look together. Braids can be integrated into any hairstyle, making it perfect for all dress styles, but for this category in particular we're mainly focusing on braided ponytails. Whether it's braided straight down the back or swept to the side, this hairstyle pairs seamlessly with something off the shoulder, strapless or something that has a lot of detail in the back!
We hope that this was helpful for those of you in the planning process, and if you have any questions feel free to contact us!
Until next week, happy Thursday!!
Welcome back, and happy Thursday!! (P.S. keep reading for exciting news down below!)
If this is your first time reading our blog, you're in luck!! This week we wanted to take a moment to tell you about the amazing things that our company has to offer, to help answer any general questions as well as let our clients and brides to be know what to expect when they book Alter-Image.
As you may know, here at Alter-Image we offer hair and makeup services for weddings, but what some don't know is that we also offer these services for other events! We will provide onsite services for engagement shoots, bachelorette parties/girl's nights, and boudoir shoots. We even offer blowout services, which are perfect for when you feel like treating yourself. If you have any questions about an event, just ask!
In addition to onsite makeup and hair services for weddings and other special events, we also take pride in offering bridal trials. We've covered this amazing service/tool in a previous blog post, so be sure to check that out here!
When it comes to weddings, the planning process can be stressful at times. One of the greatest parts of our job is that we get to do work with different types of vendors, and make connections through each project/wedding we work. With this, you can rest assured that if you're feeling overwhelmed trying to find the perfect vendors, we can help! From fitness/wellness instructors to wedding venues, we can give you a name. We like to make sure that we cater to the needs of our clients, and by helping point them in the right direction, we are able to do just that.
When booking with us, you can have peace of mind knowing that the work that we do for you will be nothing short of excellence. We use nothing but the best products, and will provide you with tips and tricks to help you look your best on your big day. We take pride in knowing that we will try to make your experience as positive and stress-free as possible!
Exciting News Alert: Last week we launched a contest on our Facebook page! As we mentioned earlier, we now offer hair and makeup services for Girl's Nights. One lucky winner (and a friend of their choice) will be picked at random and will receive FREE hair and makeup services! The winner will be chosen at the end of the month, and all that you have to do in order to participate is "LIKE" our page. Head on over, and let us know what special event you'd want this amazing prize for in the comments!
Welcome back, and happy Thursday!!
When it comes to big events, location is EVERYTHING!! We love helping out our brides, especially in the early stages, and what better way to do so than to help you start your search for the perfect vendors? This week we wanted to provide all of our lovely brides to be with a quick list of the most popular wedding venues at the moment!
This beautiful, waterfront venue also overlooks the Ashley River, and is located at 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC. The Historic Rice Mill was built in 1861, and offers a breathtaking event space. This venue is also perfect for weddings of all shapes and sizes, and is definitely worth looking into especially if you're in the market for a place that offers event space for both indoor and outdoor weddings/events!
We hope that these few were helpful suggestions, and will make the planning process a little bit easier. We've listed the websites within each title to help you if you'd like to get more information about these venues. Be sure to keep a lookout for our YouTube video tomorrow, where our very own Jasmine Jones shows you how she perfects a beautiful, tousled blowout!
Lowndes Grove Plantation is an absolutely breathtaking venue! Located off the Ashley River, there's something so special about the way that the sun shines on this place, and when your décor is in place -- talk about magical! It is located in the Downtown Charleston area, at 266 St. Margaret Street, and has the space available for you to get ready onsite!
Located at 701 East Bay Street, The Cedar Room takes the cake for ultimate spaces. This venue is ideal for those who like to have a little bit more space, and is perfect for those with larger guest lists! This venue strongly encourages making an appointment for venue tours, so be sure to head to their website for more information!
Happy Thursday everyone!
If you're newly engaged and have already started the process of deciding on what you'd like your hair and makeup to look like on your big day, then you've likely heard about or been asked about booking something called, a 'Bridal Trial'. So, what exactly IS a Bridal Trial and are they worth it?!
Typically, once you've found the team or person you'd like to provide hair and makeup services for you, the stylist/makeup artist (MUA) will suggest that you book a trial with them prior to your wedding date. Bridal Trials are an extremely useful service when it comes to choosing a wedding hairstyle and makeup look, especially if you're feeling unsure!
During a Bridal Trial, your hair and/or makeup artist, (who will likely be the person providing your services day of) will be there to help you brainstorm different ideas for both hair and makeup looks. Finding and bringing in pictures of inspiration for different looks via Instagram, Pinterest, magazines etc. will make your trial go much more smoothly, as well as insure that you and your service provider are on the same page. If you're using Pinterest as a medium for inspirational photos, this is the perfect time to make use of those wedding boards! Creating a separate 'Wedding Hair' board is a great way to keep your ideas organized, and in one place so that they're easy to pull up during your Bridal Trial. Bridal Trials are also great tools because they grant you the opportunity to make any necessary changes if the look that you choose, isn't actually the look that you wanted.
One of the best things that you can do for yourself before your wedding to help ease stress is to be proactive. The last thing that you want to be worried about on your wedding day is the way you look, so why wait until the day of to figure out what does and doesn't work?! Being a bride can be stressful enough, that's why we try to offer services that will only make your life easier!
So, what do you think? Are you convinced that trials are a godsend?! Let us know by leaving a comment and share your new Bridal Trial knowledge with a fellow Bride to Be!
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