A creative approach to flowers

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I am so thrilled to share this post!¬†I love working on projects that are a bit out of the normal. It’s featured on Oncewed.com
I had the pleasure of doing the hair and makeup, Photography is by Brit Chudleigh,floral design is by Sara Windward and our lovely model is Taylor Macey. Feast your eyes on this beautyūüôā

We always hear from brides that they would like their weddings to be different, unique, and personalized to them. But how do you do that? We think the best way to be inspired is to step out of our normal routines and try something different. Today, we’re excited to feature a set of images unlike anything we’ve posted on Once Wed before: a creative collaboration between Sarah Winward and Britt Chudleigh Photography, in which they stepped out of their boxes and chose to see everyday blooms in a different way.More from the photographer, Britt Chudleigh: 
‚ÄúSitting at my breakfast table one afternoon, I was sketching some plants I‚Äôd seen on a walk that day. Absentmindedly, I began drawing in a figure behind the leaves and loved how the drawing evolved. Knowing Sarah‚Äôs amazing instincts with organic things and her never-ending thirst to try new things, I sent her the sketch to see if she wanted to try creating flower dresses on a model. We quickly pulled a little team together played around with the lovely living things Sarah gathered. Experimenting with several different approaches, we finally ended up hanging the flowers or plants in the foreground with fishing line and posing our model farther back in the room so the organic materials became an appropriate size for her frame. I really ended up liking the model being out of focus rather than shooting this at a high depth of field so she became abstracted and ‚Äúpaper doll‚ÄĚ like. This really kept the focus on the flower dress as well, which both Sarah and I loved. But since our model was so dreamy and was styled so beautifully by Gabby, we wanted to do something a little more detail oriented with her.¬† This is when we brought the flowers closer to her body and created the feeling that they continued out of frame into a gown below. We especially loved the little blooms we used as earrings.‚ÄĚ

More from the floral designer, Sarah Winward:
“I tend to think of flowers as little creatures, each with personalities of their own. Some of them seem to have happy faces, or be wearing little hats.

I love working with Britt, and I think we feed off of each other really well while creating.¬†This shoot was all about being imaginative together. We played with each flower, studying it from all angles, asking what ¬†it‚Äôs personality was as a flower, what emotion it held. Britt had the idea and some beautiful sketches exploring how flowers would translate into clothing for humans (or garden fairies).‚ÄĚ

 

AMOUR IN BLOOM- SLBG MAGAZINE

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How fortunate I feel to have been asked to do the hair and makeup for the cover story of the current issue of SLPCBG Magazine.  Amor in Bloom was such a pleasure to be part of, especially with a team of such talented people making it so gorgeous and being just so much fun to work with.  Photography by Brit Chudleigh, Wardrobe provided by Alta Moda bridal

AMOR IN BLOOM ‚Äď SLPCBG¬†MAGAZINE

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Britt Chudleigh - Photographer www.brittchudleigh.com www.chudleighweddings.com

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Britt Chudleigh - Photographer www.brittchudleigh.com www.chudleighweddings.com

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Valentines + Vine

Living in Utah this time of year should be cold and snowy.  But for some

reason winter has not really been around much this year.  On the first

weekend of February it was rather unseasonably warm. Which worked in our

favor and made for a perfect day to shoot outside. I collaborated with an

amazing team: Photography by Brit Chudleigh, Florals by Tinge, concept and

styling by Saucy & Kitch and Allie Couch. The shoot was featured in

Saltlakebride.com today. I wanted to share the juicy details. Enjoyūüôā

Queen Of Hearts: Valentines + Vines Inspiration Shoot

Tinge Floral and Saucy & Kitsch team up to create something beautiful for February

Valentine‚Äôs Day has come and gone, but we‚Äôre still feeling the love thanks to this pretty little inspiration shoot byTinge Floral¬†and¬†Saucy & Kitsch, photographed by¬†Britt Chudleigh. A wall of verdant vines, a hint of red hearts, and a simply beautiful bride‚ÄĒwe‚Äôll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Hair and makeup artist¬†Gabby Gabbitas¬†beautified the ‚Äúbride,‚ÄĚ aka Tess Comrie (who¬†bakes cakes¬†and makes music when she‚Äôs not killing it in front of the camera). She focused on fuss-free hair and natural-looking makeup for a fresh look.

Gabbitas styled Comrie’s tresses into an effortless chignon. For the face, she first applied illuminator to the skin to create a dewy glow, followed by soft eye makeup. For a pop of color, she painted Comrie’s pout with a bright pink shade: Funny Face by NARS, one of her favorite lip colors for spring .

We heart this shoot. Thanks for sharing it with us, ladies!

Photo Credits


Concept/Floral: Tinge Floral
Concept/Styling: Saucy & Kitsch
Photography: Britt Chudleigh
Hair & Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas 
Model: Tess Comrie
Styling Assistant: Allie Couch

Gorgeous Giveaway!

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I am teaming up for a gorgeous giveaway with Utahbrideblog.com

The package includes:

1. A gorgeous bouquet designed just for you by Studio Stems.

2. Hair and Make-up by the wildly talented Gabby Gabbitas.

3. And And to complete the package, this bridal session or groomal session will be captured by the amazing Heather Nan Photography!

The photo is of one of my dearest friends and loveliest brides Ashley Bloxham. The photography is by Heather Nan of course!

How is that for a fun giveaway?! Here are the rules to enter this fab giveaway:1. Follow UBB on facebook, instagram and pinterest
2. Follow these vendors on instagram | @studiostems | @gabbygabbitas | @heathernan
3. Once you have completed the steps above leave a comment on this post letting us know what you are thankful for!

The winner will be announced on our facebook page next Thursday.

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Utah bride blog 2014 Spring editorial Beauty and Fashion

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 Today we are focusing on beauty and fashion. We are so privileged to be able to work and rub shoulders with so many talented vendors in our industry and the vendors that helped us style our bride and groom are some of the best!

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Let’s get started with quite possibly the most important decision a bride has to make when planning her wedding; the DRESS!
Alta Moda Bridal provided a gorgeous low back dress by designer Hayley Paige. We love the gorgeous beading and the soft feminine feel of the dress. We had Hilary Anderson, owner of Alta Moda, give us a brief description of the dress.dress1 dress2
We love this gown for a Spring wedding because it has a soft romance about it. The silky, sheer flounces are easy to wear, light-weight and soft, whereas the beaded shoulder and key-hole back detail add a delicate touch of glamour. It has the just-right amount of sophistication, while still being fresh, warm, and feminine.dress3 dress4 dress5To go with the gorgeous dress, our bride is wearing cute flats provided by Yosi Samra. We are smitten with these flats, not only are they super comfortable but they are also stylish! The metallic colors are right on trend for weddings!ubbspring-199 ubbspring-203Now let’s not forget the groom! Grooms often get out-shined, but there is no way he will be forgotten in a custom suit! We loved having our groom wear a custom navy suit made by H.M. Cole. Custom suits can make all the difference for a groom, not to mention he will have a chance to feel special too! We asked H.M. Cole to tell us a little more about their company and the awesome suit worn by our groom.ubbspring-223

H.M.Cole provides the opportunity for all men to enjoy the experience of being fitted for custom made clothing. We send a style consultant to you to accurately measure your body using over 20 different measurements to create the perfect fitting suit.  The customizations are nearly endless as you build your perfect suit.
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Featured here is a custom electric blue two-button suit. This color is becoming the new navy and is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. It also looks great in a suit or a tuxedo. The peanut brown shoes are also a great way to make the suit stand out and give the groom a little more attention then they are used to getting, and deservedly so when dressed so well.ubbspring-224To finish off our day of beauty and fashion we will have the lovely Gabby Gabbitas tell us about the beautiful hair and make-up adorned by our bride!ubbspring-179To compliment the open back dress and Kenzie’s neck line, I began with a romantic thought in mind to casually lift her hair while showing off her neck line. Lifting her hair into a structured chignon formalized the up-style, while the casual lower drape in the back eludes to the romance of the look.beautyFor Kenzie’s makeup, I wanted to extract deep, rich and romantic colors from the spring palette while staying true to the pantones present. By utilizing deeper rich spring colors such as plum tones to soften smoky eyes, we further accentuate the romance of the hair piece. Darker royal colors such as plums always takes us back to the romantic era’s of the past. Matching the plum tones I lighten the pallet for her cheeks and lips by blending softer pinks and berry tones together.beauty2
A casually structured chignon, paired with light plum tones, and you’ve created a classic romantic look, that can remain timeless.ubbspring-217

Concept Design & Styling: Utah Bride Blog
Venue: The Chateau at La Caille
Photography: Jessie Alexis Photography
Videography: Nathan Pickett Films
Flowers: Blooms and Blossoms
Gown: Hayley Paige at Alta Moda Bridal
Earrings: Alta Moda Bridal
Custom Suit: H.M. Cole
Hair & Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas
Invitations & Paper Goods: Pink Piggy Design
Cake: Layers Cake
French Macarons Dolce Bella by Erin
Ballet Flats Yosi Samra
Rentals: Diamond Rental
Bride Model: Kenzie Bess
Groom Model: Devin Sears

 

Utah Bride Blog editorial feature

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UBB Summer 2013 Editorial {Beauty & Fashion}

Beauty & fashion are KEY elements in planning a wedding so we wanted to take a whole day to talk about them! We were privileged enough to have Gabby Gabbitas do the hair and make-up on our gorgeous model, Marley, as well as have Gateway Bridal provide an absolutely stunning Claire Pettibone dress!

We asked our each of our vendors to write up a little bit about what they did to make our bride look even more beautiful! 

THE DRESS:
“Claire Pettibone is the premier designer of romantic wedding gowns.  Her trademark style of sheath gowns that skim the curves of your body will take his breath away, and the hand crafted lace will make this a dress to remember.  

Whether you have a whimsical ceremony in the forest, or a black tie event in Manhatten, a Claire Pettibone gown is a surefire knockout.‚ÄĚ –Barbie Berg,¬†Gateway Bridal & Prom

HAIR & MAKE-UP:
“For the theme of our being Glamping, I wanted to create a look that was simple yet chic. 

For the hair I wanted to create something that would accentuate the style of the dress.  I felt that a soft crown of braids was very befitting.
For the makeup I wanted to keep everything feeling very fresh. ¬†For her skin I applied an illuminator to give her a dewy glow. Her eyes were kept soft and natural. Then I added a pop of glamour with a bright pink lip.‚ÄĚ –Gabbi Gabitas

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palate

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This is the most anticipated sequel of the decade! The Naked2 has 12 pigment rich, taupe and gray neutral eyeshadows. This palate defiantly proves that neutral colors are anything but boring. The shades range from pale to deep and matte to sparkly. The collection lets you achieve lots of neutral looks, smoky dramatic looks and everything in between.

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The case has an art-school inspired look with hinged lid ‚Äď taupe metal with embossed chocolate brown artwork. It’s smooth, modern and cool to the touch ‚Äď a real tactile experience. Plus, the palette also features a travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked, AND a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette).

Overall I am quite impressed! It’s priced reasonably at $50 and I am also pleased with the brush that it came with. So ladies run don’t walk to get this one! They are always sold out at my local Sephora store and even on back order with Urban Decay sometimes. I would highly recommend this in your daily makeup routine.

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How to wear red lipstick

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So you’d like to have a crimson pout but don’t think you can pull if off? Well think again! Here are some helpful tips to finding that inner siren.

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The perfect red might take a few tries to find, but let your skin tone be your guide. Do you have cool or a warm tone?  Cool complexions are pale with pink undertones and tend to burn easily in the sun.  Whereas warm complexions have yellow, olive or darker undertones and tan easier in the sun.
Cooler complexions you should choose a blue based red, pinkish red or a true red tone.
Warmer complexions should choose reds with an orange, gold or coral tone.

How to apply:

First get lips super smooth by exfoliating.(Red chapped dry lips wont look very pretty.) Dust a little loose powder on lips to give the lipstick something to grab onto.  Line and fill in lips with a liner that closely matches lipstick color.  Apply lipstick and blot with a tissue for extra staining.  Go easy on the rest of your makeup.  There is no faster way to ruin a sexy red lip than by it compete with your eye makeup and blush.
The secret weapon is really just being comfortable and feeling confident to back it up.  So stand up straight and smile

My favorite colors:

MAC: Brick for a lipliner, Crazed, Ruby Woo, Russian Red New York Red Apple for lipstick, Rue D’ Rouge for lipgloss, and Persist for a lip-stain.
Nars: Jungle Red, Heat Wave for lipstick and Red Square for lip pencil.

Do you have a favorite red lipstick? I am always looking for new colors to try.

Thanks for reading,

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Hair dryer buying tips

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If you’ve ever gone to the store in search of the perfect hair dryer, you may have found yourself overwhelmed by all the styles, shapes and sizes that line the shelves. Here are some helpful hints on how to find the best hair dryer to meet your needs. The first step is to become familiar with the different types of hair dryers so you can find one that meets your needs. A few General ground rules: Dryers with wattages above 1500 watts tend to work best (though there are exceptions, as you’ll see below)

Look for a dryer with multiple heat/speed settings (4-6 is pretty standard these days), and for a cool shot button to lock the hair in place after it’s been heat styled.
Make sure your dryer comes with a nozzle attachment, which will concentrate the air as you blow dry

Prices Inexpensive hair dryers ($5 to $25) can be found in almost any store. While they may be inexpensive when you first purchase them, they can cost you a great deal when it comes to hair damage. Another¬†danger in the cheaper models is that they don’t often have fan cages, your hair can get pulled into the fan. Moderately expensive hair dryers ($30 to $80) come equipped with most of the settings that you will need for daily use. ¬†Most feature multiple temperature settings and a cool blast button for drying dry brittle hair or for setting curl. ¬†Most people with “normal” hair can do well with these dryers – and the good news is that they’re becoming more sophisticated and developing some of the features from more of the expensive models,like ionic and ceramic technology. Professional hair dryers ($80 to $100 – plus) can be purchased at a beauty supply store, a salon or through a professional web site. ¬†While these dryers are geared toward repeated use by professionals, they can be very ¬†beneficial at home if you are willing to pay the price. Many of these professional dryers are quiet and feature new drying technologies such as ionic and ceramic energy to cut your hair drying time in half. They produce negative ions that diffuse the water molecules on the hair into micro fine particles, improving the hair’s moisture balence and enhancing shine while reducing frizz. Once you choose your price point, the next step is to narrow down the different models. ¬†To do so, look for some of the bells and whistles that could be highly beneficial to your hair type of hair.

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Ionic dryers Ions are hot these days in the world of hair dryers. ¬†They are charged particles, each of which contains either a positive charge or a negative charge. Positive charges, from the common blow dryer cause the cuticle covering of the hair shaft to open, causing the frizzies and a dull appearance. Conventional dryers have a standard rope heater that heats the perimeter of the airflow. ¬†The addition of a ceramic heater provides even heat distribution to help prevent hot spots and hair damage when styling. The ceramic heater is self regulating and turns itself down as it senses the surrounding temperature. ¬†Because ceramic dryers are self-regulating they don’t need multiple temperature controls, usually just low and high. Ceramic dryers are also said to reduce bacteria formation, resulting in a healthier scalp. They also prepare hair to resist the effects of weather conditions, help create lustrous hair that feels freshly conditioned and produce a high-heat drying effect at a low temperature than your conventional dryer.

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Tourmaline Dryers Several dryers are using ground tourmaline in their heating mechanisms, which boosts the ionic power of the dryer and slashes drying time and static.

Here a few of my favorites:

T3 Tourmaline feather weight professional dryer: ($199) combines ionic super powers of tourmaline, plus it uses infrared heat, which helps dry the hair from the inside of the cuticle out, thus not frying the outer layer of the cuticle. Bio Ionic Powerlight: ($120)¬†Powerful airflow (1875W) for faster drying without damage,¬†Conditioning Nano Beads accelerate drying and promote shiny, soft, hydrated hair and also has far infrared technology. Babybliss Pro Cermanic: ($70)¬†Ionic and Porcelain Ceramic‚ĄĘ technology,¬†6 heat/speed settings,¬†Cold shot button.

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How long do beauty products last?

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We all have our favorite tried and true lipstick that has been discontinued (and just what was that makeup company thinking!) But how long is to long to hold on to our cosmetics? Here are the guidelines that tell you when your product has gone bad.

First off, if it smells, stinks has a distinct odor that should not be, throw it away! If you can’t remember when you purchased it, trash it. ¬†Makeup should not stir up memories from ten years ago.
Cosmetics:
Mascara: 4 months
Eyeliner: 2 years
Eyeshadow: 2-3 years
Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
Blush and bronzer: 12-18 months
Cream blush: 12-18 months
Lipstick and lipliner: 2 years
Lipstick: 18-24 months
Foundation: 1 year
Also remember to replace sponges monthly and to be washing your makeup brushes every 2-3 months.
Skin care products:
Face wash/cleanser: 1 year
Toner: 2 years
Eye cream: 1 year
Face moisturizer: 1 year
Hair products:
Can be kept unopened for up to 3 years (but who would want to?) However once you open them, the clock starts ticking on an 18 month shelf life.
 Remember to clean out your hair brushes. Remove excess hair out with a pick often. Four times a year soak in bathroom sink with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. This will help break down any gels or mouses on brush. Rinse and let air dry.
¬†Also don’t forget to clean out the filter on your hair dryer either. Simply remove the back grill and filter screen. ¬†The filter feels like nylon netting; lots of holes for air circulation. Rinse the filter in cool water. ¬†Don’t stretch it while cleaning it. ¬†Let fully dry before using again.
Helpful tips:
Wash hands before use
Store products in cabinet and out of direct sun
Be sure to tighten and secure lid after use
Toss products if change in color, consistency or smell
Write the date of purchase in permanent ink on bottom of package.
PHEW! I know thats a lot of work to do! But you will surely get the most out of all of your products by following these guidelines. Good luck
Thanks for reading,
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