Being a bridesmaid is an honor — often an expensive, time-consuming honor, but an honor nonetheless. That being said, it really bugs me when I attend a fancy wedding and see the bride’s closest family and friends dressed in the matching formal gowns, with flowers and updos and heels… and their everyday makeup. When a bridesmaid looks like she slapped on whatever was in the bottom of her makeup bag that morning, a little piece of me dies.
Nobody understands more than I do that we can’t all afford to hire a makeup artist. I’ve always loved doing makeup, so when my best friend of over 20 years asked me to apply makeup on the rest of the bridal party, I happily agreed. I spent the weeks leading up to the wedding choosing colors and products, keeping in mind the different skin types and tones of the group, plus the various ages of the bridal party members (from pre-teen junior bridesmaids to the mother of the bride). Clearly, one “face” was not going to cut it.
Here’s how you can get a fabulous smoky eyed look that is party-appropriate and special enough for the wedding of the season!
Consider dress color. If you’re wearing a jewel tone (think blue, green, purple), you can absolutely incorporate this into your eye shadow application. If your dress is a warm color, like red, orange, pink, you may want to stick with the traditional black/gray palette to avoid scaring people away at the buffet line (unless you want all of the mini crabcakes for yourself, of course; in that case, pinkeye away!). And if you’re wearing black or gray, you can pull off any shade.
MWSL had the pleasure of working with the most incredible team imaginable in a truly stunning photoshoot. All in preparation for the 2017 launch! Here we share with you all the behind the scenes details of Maid with Style’s wedding day at The Roost, Dalston.
We wanted to show modern day bridesmaids from the beginning to the end of the day when everyone begins to let loose on the dance floor. Each dress was specifically picked to compliment each model’s look. This is MWSL’s ethos, each bridesmaid is an individual!
Bridesmaids for the day – Bryony and Jessica – wear Mistress Rocks and Hannah – our bride for the day – wears Ersa Atelier Wedding gown from Morgan Davies Bridal, Wedding Ring from Daniel Christopher Jewellery (Hatton Garden).
Bridesmaids for the day – Jessica and Ezzy – wear Monsoon gowns, Flowers by Ricky Paul.
In this image Bryony wears a beautiful House of CB gown fit for a very special Maid of Honour. This was styled to compliment the brides beautiful Inbal Dror gown along with the other bridesmaid’s glamourous Mistress Rocks dresses. Maids of Honour (and style) shouldn’t feel afraid to wear something unique!
Photographer Michelle George and make up and hair stylist Lauren Kay also came together to capture each of our beautiful models’ individuality.
We can’t wait for the next shoot and we hope it will be just as magical and inspiring as this wonderful day 🙂
Venue: The Roost, Dalston www.theroost.co.uk
Photography: Michelle George Photography http://michellegeorgephotography.com
Make up: Laurenkay http://www.laurenkay.co.uk
Flowers: Ricky Paul http://rickypaulflowers.co.uk/fullscreen/about-ricky-paul-flowers/
Diamonds: Daniel Christopher http://www.dcjewellery.com
Bridal Gowns and accessories: All from Morgan Davies Bridal http://morgandaviesbridal.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: Monsoon, House of CB and Mistress Rocks
Bridesmaids dresses are notoriously hard to get right. When your nearest and dearest are varying body shapes and skin tones it is extremely tricky to find a dress that will suit and work for all of the ladies in your bridal party. The key to getting it right is to make sure each and everyone of your bridesmaids feels comfortable in what they wear.
Over the past year bridesmaids dresses have been getting more and more interesting and accessible, with the likes of ASOS launching a bridesmaid collection it has never been so easy to source playful and unique styles.
One key bridesmaid trend that has been prominent in 2016 is the use of textured fabrics. This is such a fun way to incorporate more excitement into your bridal party. Keep the cut of the dress simple but look out for striking fabrics and patterns such as crochet, pleating or bead work.
Two brands that are dominating the bridesmaid market with this textured fabric trend are Self Portrait and Needle & Thread.
Self Portrait also carry a bridal wear collection so it makes sense that their incredible dresses complement these and work fantastically as bridesmaid dresses. The majority of their dresses are crochet which is perfect for summer weddings. The cut of their dresses is modern and there is plenty of variety to suit different body shapes. These are some of my favourites from the new collection, the colour combinations are totally perfect and the textured fabrics add depth and charm.
Needle & Thread are a contemporary brand with incredible attention to detail. The main focus of their collections is on embellishment and floral motifs creating stunningly adorned pieces. The texture and detail on their dresses it intricate and delicate. They really are the perfect choice for a really special bridesmaid dress.
It is really exciting that there are now so many wonderful choices for bridesmaids who are looking for something more unique and stylish. The variety of choice and the fact that the high street has finally tapped into the bridesmaid market means it is readily available and easy to find meaning brides and bridesmaids can get a little more creative with styling the whole bridal party.
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