Love in the Mix
It used to be that a color-scheme established the vision for your wedding. Today’s couples are putting their own imprimatur on their party by incorporating personal style as the central theme, resulting in a cool, offbeat vibe. We’re seeing everything from brides in their own chunky-hand knit creations, to leather belts with pristine white gowns, to James Dean-denim looks on grooms.
The New Crop of Brides
Whoever said you shouldn’t make a major hair change before your wedding is pleasantly eating those words. We’re seeing a refreshing new crop of brides with super chic mid-length haircuts that have us using speed dial to reach the salon! The key to this look is the rich, glossy color. An instant refresh a few days before your wedding with a non-permanent color, like Healthy Look Crème Gloss from L’Oréal (shown here, Café Noir), adds intense shine, gloss and glamour to your ‘I do!’ Spritz on L’Oréal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray with Extra Strong Hold to keep your style perfect.
Brides with Braids
Your life is entwined with his; romantic, sexy, entwined hair is a beautiful homage to this sentiment. More and more brides are skipping the chignon and opting for their own version of braids; the options are endless. There’s something so innocent and irresistible about the texture and weight of this relaxed fishtail side braid that begs to be touched – and you can bet your groom will. The key to a touchable, deconstructed braid is texture and hold, so work with a product like L’Oréal’s EverStyle Strong Hold Defining Gel for flexible hold, and a soft shiny finish.
Finally, a shoe that a bride can kick up her heels in! We’re seeing a rash of playful, sophisticated, classic Oxford shoes skipping down the most stylish aisles. Perfect for rustic and outdoor weddings, Oxfords are a geek-chic-gorgeous option for the smarty-pants bride who knows how to have a good time. Dressed up with lace or ribbon laces, and shown in virtually every color including white, distressed brown, spectator, and our favorite green, Oxfords are an uber hip option to consider. FYI: If Sarah Jessica Parker is ditching stilettos for practical shoes, you know it’s cool.
All Buttoned Up
A fitted, feminine jacket is a surprisingly sexy silhouette for your walk down the aisle. Exquisite tailoring results in a body-skimming look that warrants a little shaking in his boots; that’s why new military inspired ensembles are such a hit. To keep your look fun and ladylike, consider a ball gown or tulle skirt and killer sparkly heels. For the true fashionista bride, this is how you work the white carpet.
Radiant and natural with an alluring bold lip. Timeless and always on trend, we applaud the bride who goes with minimal makeup and chooses to be herself; that’s who he fell in love with. Of course going minimal means using the right makeup (!), so start with a primer like L’Oréal’s Miracle Blur and follow with L’Oréal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup for the perfect nude face. A loose up-do reveals your full glow, and daring, romantic red lips. He will be very happy to kiss the bride.
The bright, jewel tones that have been promenading down the runways are making it to the aisles big time. Emerald green, rich magenta, dazzling blue (Pantone’s color of the year for 2014!); all create the perfect backdrop to make your gown pop in contrast. When going with a statement color, hair, makeup, accessories, and everything else (except the champagne!) should be kept to a minimum.
A Trick up your Sleeve
Nothing takes a chill out of the air faster than a hot bride! Actually, it’s not just cooler weather that is causing the shift to sleeved gowns, it’s how cool the dresses are. Sheer, lace, even some with flow, nearly every single collection is featuring such grown-up, gorgeous styles (we can’t get Kate Middleton out of our heads!). Demure and elegant, sleeves are the perfect way to leave just enough to his imagination.
The onslaught of lovely lace gowns we’re seeing is blowing us away; these are not your grandmothers’ doyley dresses. We’re talking chic-sex-appeal to spare, even in a more relaxed silhouette. The intricate texture of lace dresses is best paired with ultra-shimmery makeup so bust out your highlighter and go to town! We love how L’Oréal’s Magic Lumi Highlighter Light Infusing Primer instantly boosts radiance. A few coats of waterproof mascara, and a bucolic background: you’re officially going to show up on Pinterest.
Garden of Eden
Flirtatious, garden-inspired gowns have officially migrated from the summer months to year-round fresh picks at lovely affairs everywhere. Light-hearted and fun, organic, flowing florals play beautifully with textured, romantic curls partially swept up or piled high. L’Oréal’s EverStyle Texture Series Tousle Crème delivers on soft touchable hair that’s earthy, sexy, and irresistible. Your groom will have to wait to run his fingers through it.
You can barely get a reservation these days at the new collection of chic farm-to-table restaurants. Lucky for your guests, they won’t have to! The farm-to-table menu trend is a welcoming, eco-friendly way to embrace not only delicious, organic foods, but also the community where you and your partner are settling in together. Locally sourced seasonable menus are often hearty, healthy, and richly strewn with imaginative touches that speak to the growers and chefs themselves. Whether it’s root vegetable, spring lamb, or berry season, (or you’re lucky enough to live in wine country!) the freshest fare is always original and special.
Great Gatsby Gala
Decadence, drama, scale, and wonder. Only F. Scott Fitzgerald could imagine a larger-than-life, grand gala. Until now! Thanks to Leo and cast, Great Gatsby-style weddings are a front-running trend. A modern-vintage flapper dress with feathers vs. fringe, and over-the-top lips (we suggest you stash L’Oréal’s Colour Riche British Red in your garter) are the embodiment of the Gatsby-girl. Blonde finger curls topped with an art deco headpiece and jewelry are the finishing touches. This is attitude.
Kate does it again
How could we talk weddings without mentioning Kate Middleton AGAIN? Ever since that first glimpse of Kate in her white angora cardigan confection, we knew a sea of sweet sweaters would hit the wedding scene. Contrasting and just cozy enough, your party girls will be chic and warm (you’ve got a groom for that!). Alas, bridesmaids everywhere are dancing a jig: the sweater, at least, they will wear again. Snap.