“Well, hello there! Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Lauren Fanelli Teague and I am a writer and adjunct college professor in literature working on my Ph.D. I am, more importantly, a fan and client of Berit Bizjak’s, who not only shot my own wedding in October of 2011 but my two best friends’ weddings as well. Recently, she took gorgeous and precious photos of my 9-month-old daughter.

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I suppose you could say that at this point, Berit is part of my family, as she’s been present to capture so beautifully two of the most important experiences in my life. Imagine my excitement, then, when she graciously asked me to write a monthly blog for her website, Images by Berit, to cover and present ideas, current trends, and sage advice in the bridal stratosphere, while highlighting Berit’s unique and gorgeous portfolio of wedding albums and engagement portraits, among other things. Berit’s committed work as a professional wedding photographer combined with my experience as a bride (once a bride, always a bride!) and my love for writing seemed a happy synthesis of energies and a great opportunity to participate in the ever-evolving bridal community. And so, without further ado, we present September’s post. We welcome ideas, recommendations, and comments any time!”

Get GORGEOUS: Current Bridal Hair and Makeup Trends

Every bride has a vision of how she wants to look on the day of her wedding. Whether she hopes to showcase a smoldering eye and elegant chignon or a dramatic lip and old Hollywood barrel waves, her desire to look  “the part” reigns supreme. Ultimately, however, every bride wants to look like herself—albeit the most glamorous, stunning version. Veteran makeup artist Meryl Schwartz Proctor of Ashimoto Essential Beauty (www.ashimoto.com) attests to the current trends in bridal makeup: “Brides today still want to look like themselves. However, we are seeing more of a smoky eye with the use of neutral tones in taupe, mocha, and rich deep hues of chocolates all done with techniques of brushes that leave the eye with a beautiful smoldering look that photographs amazing.” Runway models in the Spring 2014 Pronovias bridal collection fashion show indeed rocked a hypnotizing, smoky eye, dew-kissed cheeks, and neutral lips. They also awed in oversized chignons, exhibiting a fun modern take on a classic bridal style. Hair bling—as seen on models in Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2014 bridal collection fashion show—also set the runways ablaze! Brooches, combs, necklaces, and bracelets glittered and wowed under long gossamer veils, chic birdcage veils, and on their own as the perfect accessory to a polished bridal look. Naomi Burton, hair magician and owner of Cranford Hair Company Salon and Team Wedlock (www.teamwedock.com) speaks to this new trend in hair baubles: “As we move into the Fall of 2013, brides are now starting to richen the tone in their hair color and also go for the more classically-structured glamorous updos (i.e. the chignon and very artistic side swept updos). Alongside these beautiful updos, we are seeing more embellishments in the hair, such as a gorgeous diamond brooch as opposed to a crown or tiara. This accessory just adds to the class and sophistication of the old-made-new updo.” And fortunately, hair bling is a versatile accessory—working with a myriad of materials including lace, satin, silk, and organza. If the bauble you choose also has sentimental value (something borrowed, perhaps?) all the more memorable and on trend!

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Color You Happy

There is something to be said about the bride who wants all of her bridesmaids to be comfortable and happy on her wedding day, and so generously gives her gals free reign to choose their own dresses and even the color that flatters them best. On occasion, this freestyle approach can create an interesting and fun wedding palette, but usually, the overall result is a wedding party that looks more discombobulated than adorably quirky. Certainly one doesn’t have to demand (though many do) that all her maids are dressed alike from head to hem to achieve wedding portraits that are cohesive and elegant. But, choosing perhaps one color to work with (even if the shades slightly vary and the dresses reflect each maid’s personal style) can transform the look of one’s wedding photo session into one that is enviably chic and unique. A photographer’s view of the ultimate product of one’s wedding album is incredibly resourceful; he/she can be a keen asset in guiding a bride towards a vision she feels reflects both her current style and one that will remain fresh and contemporary through the years. A photographer can also be a bride’s best friend in terms of helping to manage the timing of her wedding day. A photographer’s experience and understanding of how most wedding days unfold (from prepping for the ceremony to shaking a tail-feather during the last dance of the evening) can help coordinate the logistics of the day to assure that the happy couple achieves their vision. Common issues that often derail important timelines are hair and makeup prep running over, drivers getting lost, and other professionals advising the couple without “closing the loop” on communications with all involved in making the day a success. So in addition to your wedding coordinator (if you have one), by all means lean on your photographer to use her singular vision to help orchestrate your day to a smooth and seamless finish. Your job is to have that extra glass of champagne and savor every delectable moment. Cheers!

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