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Even as a bridal stylist, girls ask me all the time what exactly goes into a hair trial. “How far in advance should I do it?” “Should I schedule both a hair trial and for the actual day at the same time?” “Do I show up just as is?” “Do I need to bring anything?”
Well ladies, I will be completely honest with you. I had no idea myself. But being in the wedding world, I have met and made connections with quite a few within the bridal industry and one of them is now my dear friend Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty.
Aubrey and I decided to do our own mock hair trial to help you lovelies know the 411 on what to expect. It can be a little intimidating meeting someone you don’t know to help you look amazing for your special day. But no worries, I’m going to take you step by step on how Aubrey works and how easy it all is.
I met up with Aubrey at her super cute home, and with a cup of coffee, we sat down, and I showed her my Pinterest board. Aubrey also said that clients could send her any inspirations they have ahead of time to give her an idea of what the vision for the entire wedding is. And upon viewing my own “Special Day” board we saw that I myself am not quite traditional but not eclectic either. Bohemian wasn’t really my style, and I don’t think I’d go very 1920s. We looked at hairstyles that I loved, and makeup inspiration photos I adored. I wanted my look to be very classic and natural but possibly a little hint of glam in there. Not too done, a little messy and somehow make it look effortless. Aubrey was all ears and helped me really zone in on what I wanted.
So now I’m sitting in her beauty chair and we are chatting away. Now, I know that Aubrey is a friend of mine, but when I first met her, I immediately felt comfortable. She definitely has that affect on people and I think that’s incredibly important. This is a big day, and every part of the journey to the altar should be a wonderful experience.
But back to sitting in the chair, chatting away, Aubrey starts with curling my hair and pinning them to my head to hold the curl. Once my whole head is covered in pin curls, she starts on my makeup. Now, it was brought to my attention how sanitary Aubrey is. She never put a used sponge on my face, and always sprayed brushes down with alcohol to disinfect any germs. She also never put any foundation on her hands, only on a freshly cleaned palette. I believe this to be very important as well when looking at who is doing your makeup. Germs and breakouts are not fun, and if we can avoid this, that would be awesome. I mean I would want to be clean and clear on my honeymoon, wouldn’t you?
During the makeup portion of my trial, Aubrey asked me questions all along the way just to make sure I was getting what I wanted. Be sure to pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions or have them use a different lip color. Did I want a smokier eye? Did I want more color on my lips, or more of a subdued natural color? I really appreciated this, and in the end, got exactly what I was thinking for my makeup and felt like a million bucks! Now to finish my hair…
Because my imaginary dress is a backless gown, I would want my hair up. And with my inspiration pictures, Aubrey twisted and curled, and pinned my hair up into the perfect up-do. It was done in a flash, and I loved it. My look was complete! But since this is a hair trial, we tried a different “do” to make sure it was the one I would go with on the actual day.
The second time, Aubrey put my hair lower and added this awesome braid down the center. See, now I was in a dilemma because I really liked this look too!
Then, Aubrey surprised me again with pretty much reading my mind. I had the thought that I would wear my hair up for the ceremony and then take it down or half down for the reception. Aubrey already started showing me that I could do this, and what I found really awesome, was that she kept the braided part still intact. She showed me how easy it is, and that I could definitely do it myself or have a bridesmaid help me for when I would chose to make this change.
I truly was very impressed with how Aubrey worked. She asked questions that I would not have even known to ask, and definitely followed through with my answers on how I wanted things to be. If there was any advice I would give, which of course is the whole point of this blog post, I would for sure take part in the following:
1. Come prepared with pictures of what you are imagining for your special day. Or send them to your hair and makeup artist before hand.
2. Come with a clean face and dry hair (sometimes day old hair works great too), and be prepared to stay for a couple hours.
3. After the hair trial is all said and done and you have decided on your “look” for the special day, go ahead and schedule your time with your artist for the wedding day. That’s one more check off your list.
4. On the wedding day, before your artist comes to get you all ready, and any bridesmaids or Mother of the Bride, have them pay you for the services before hand or with a designated person. Of course letting your artist know all the specs at your hair trial about how many girls and if it’s both the hair and makeup for them all, or just hair, etc.
5. On the day of, have an area for your artist to work. It’s so nice and considerate to have a table set up with a chair and mirror for them so all they have to do is set up and do what they do best.
Now I hope this little mock trial helped you understand what to expect for your own hair trial. And if you need any more questions answered or are interested in the fab Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty, check out her blog and website. Aubrey is always more than willing to assist and she’s a pretty cool chick anyway. BIG thanks to Merrill Melideo from Sweet Little Photographs for helping us document this lovely mock hair trial, and allowing you lovelies to see all of this in action.
Aubrey will also be doing a mini consultation during the Sarah Seven Trunk Show to provide a little up-do to go with a dress you pick during your appointment. That way you can see the whole image coming together for your special day!
You can also meet Aubrey at her Braid Bar at this year’s Christmas Party at Lovely Los Angeles on Dec. 13th from 6-9pm! This year’s theme celebrates the new GOLD LABEL from Sarah Seven, so make sure to wear GOLD!
“…go for beautiful, fun, and spontaneous photography” is what Brooke & Sam Photography is all about. For our Featured Vendor, we have this wonderful kind hearted duo, and their love story is just as unique as their photos. Lovely interviewed the cute couple so our brides could get to know them!
LOVELY: Why wedding photography?
B&S: Because photographing weddings is incredibly fun! Every time you turn around you see beauty, laughter, happiness, and emotion. What’s not to love about photographing all of these things? It’s a privilege to to document such an important day for two people and their families AND have a great time doing it.
LOVELY: What is it like working with your spouse?
B&S: Working with Sam is a dream; we are totally in sync. I know instinctively what and how he is going to photograph something. We bring our own distinctive photographic strengths to the wedding and complement each other. It is always fun for me to see what he has photographed after the wedding.
We’ve been immensely excited for all of our readers to get to know Jacquelyne Mae Photography because well, Jacquelyne’s photos are just so darn beautiful. We wanted to know a bit more about Jacquelyne so we recently chit-chatted with the photographer about her business and love for photography.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to our April Featured Vendor, LoveLeigh Invitations – a sweet graphic design duo who specialize in custom stationery design for weddings and other social events. Looking through their products, we couldn’t help but appreciate they’re use of color and bold patterns to translate an overall feeling of a wedding. How amazing is this save the date for a wedding in the Bahamas that incorporated a bottle of rum to get guests in the mood for a tropical destination wedding?!
So if you’re in the market for wedding invitations, save the date’s or just some good ‘ol birthday invitations, LoveLeigh Invitations is a good place to start.
One thing I absolutely love about blogging for Lovely is all the amazing small companies I get to interact with on a daily basis. Our relationship with Hal Horowitz originally began last year when his wife Drea, purchased her wedding gown (pictured below) from Lovely New York! Wanting to know a bit more about his business, we recently reunited with Hal Horowitz to get the inside scoop on our March Featured Vendor.
Lovely: S0 how did you get into the photography business?
Hal Horowitz: Since 2001, I’ve been working as a professional music and celebrity event photographer. I’ve always loved attending weddings as a guest: dancing, the food, the drama have always captured my imagination. So when a friend asked me to photograph his nuptials in 2007, I jumped at the chance. Much like concerts, weddings are spontaneous events full of thrills, excitement and emotion. A perfect fit! Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments is still my greatest joy.
Lovely: What would you say is your favorite part of being a wedding photographer:
HH: I love the energy at weddings! More than concerts or celebrity events, weddings are so full of love. Being able to capture all those treasured, special moments is not just a job, but also a privilege. I love knowing that what I capture can be a part of people’s lives for generations to come.
Lovely: What would your ideal couple be like?
HH: I don’t have an ideal couple as I really enjoy shooting all types of weddings. I was recently married and an unexpected rainstorm interrupted our wedding. We had to make all these last second changes about moving the ceremony indoors and where we would shoot portraits. I understand how those few hours before a ceremony can be an exciting but anxious time. As a photographer, I believe my job is to help create a stress-free and fun environment from the first shots of the bride getting dressed to the last dance.
A photographer who tries their best to create a stress-free environment? We’re in! To find out more about Hal Horowitz, make sure to visit his website.
Photo from Hal & Drea’s wedding courtesy of Rob & Lindsey Photos. Interested in becoming one of Lovely’s Featured Vendors? Email Elizabeth (at!) LovelyBride (dot) com for more info!