Go Glam With These Top Hair & Makeup Tips

Coming to a final decision about the feel of your wedding day can be a daunting task. Between follow-up phone calls, dress fittings and finishing up handcrafted details, you may be distracted from your hair and makeup for the big day. So, rather than considering your beauty consultations as simply items to check off your list, use them as a time to relax and be pampered. When deciding on hair and makeup styling, remember that your fiancé fell in love with you and wants to see you walking down the aisle, not someone unrecognizable. Follow these easy suggestions to be well prepared for your hair and makeup sessions, and also truly enjoy them.


When considering your wedding makeup, keep in mind that less is more. Your wedding day is not the time to debut a new smoky eyeshadow or bright red lip color if you’ve never worn them before. It is important to show your true self on your wedding day, so follow these steps to guarantee and flawless look when you walk down the aisle.

Wear your everyday makeup. On the day of your consultation, wear your everyday makeup to your appointment rather than showing up fresh-faced or overdone. Your makeup artist will use this to gauge how much makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis and come up with a perfect balance between done and overdone. If your daily routine includes only wearing concealer and mascara, discuss some neutral eyeshadow colors and light lip gloss options. If you love to wear eyeliner and darker shades, your makeup artist will see that you do not shy away from a bold look and can consider this when discussing options for the day of your wedding.

Bring photos. Bring a few inspiring images with you, such as photos of celebrities or Pinterest finds. Do not hesitate to pick and choose certain elements from different images. Explain what you like and do not like about each. You may love the rosy cheeks on one and a full lash line on another. Most women have a difficult time describing their makeup wishes, so bringing along an image or two can illustrate a better picture of your makeup artist to follow on your big day!

Plan a night out. The best way to test the longevity of your makeup and to fully enjoy your consultation is to plan an evening out with friends or go on a date with your fiancé the same evening. This will not only serve as a test to see if you love sporting those false lashes for a few hours, but you will experience an extended wear time, giving you a feel for how your makeup will look after a turn or two on the dance floor and a few bites of cake. Snapping a few images of yourself is also a great way to see how comfortable you feel with the results. You want your makeup to look flawless, all the while highlighting your gorgeous features. Be certain to take note of any changes you would like to make after this test and communicate them clearly with your makeup artist.


Much like your makeup, your wedding-day hairstyle should be comfortable and reflect your personality and fashion sense. The person walking down the aisle should be the one your fiancé fell for, not someone with a radical new haircut or extra-long extensions. Be true to yourself and wear your hair in a style that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

Hair Care. Many hair stylists will agree that your “day-after” hair is typically the best to style. By not arriving with freshly-washed, squeaky-clean hair, your stylist will have some texture and body to work with. As always, when scheduling your consultation, ask your stylist for their preference.

Come one, not all. Since most salons are smaller spaces, it can quickly become distracting and intimidating for a stylist to practice your wedding-day style with a crowd of bridesmaids or family members surrounding the chair. By bringing one or two select guests, you will relieve pressure and boost the enjoyment of your first session. Remember that this is a practice run-through, not the actual day, so a formal hairstyle might feel slightly out of place in jeans and a T-shirt. While you should be very satisfied with your bridal hairstyle before leaving the salon, it is not the time to obsess over every bobby pin in your updo. Focus on how comfortable you feel with the style, how long the look will last throughout the day and if you have any desired changes to the volume or curl.

Bring Your Accessories. If you plan to wear a veil or other hair accessory, don’t forget to bring it along with you to your consultation. Allowing your stylist to practice with the piece in advance will ensure that the appointment on your wedding day goes seamlessly. Also, you will have the chance to try different positions for your veil or accessory and then snap a few photos of these looks to decide which you prefer for the main event.

Wear Makeup. If you are able to schedule your hair and makeup consultation back-to-back, be sure to at least wear your everyday makeup to your hair consultation. Wearing makeup will allow you to feel more comfortable visualizing your bridal look, and your hairstylist can consider your personal beauty routine while styling your hair.

Image Credit: Sam Areman Photography

A Classic Fall Wedding with a Modern Twist

Jodi and Austin Carper met in junior high and are high school sweethearts since he asked her to their junior prom. After six years of dating, Jodi started bugging Austin for an engagement ring. On a Monday evening in May 2017, Austin snuck out for a bit and bought a ring for Jodi at Greenberg’s, where a close friend was working. His original proposal plan was to place the ring in a board game, where she’d find it as they played, but Austin couldn’t wait that long. When Austin got home and Jodi opened the front door, he was down on one knee. She was so taken off guard that she almost shut the door on him, but she held back and said yes!

The couple chose to have a classic wedding that featured modern touches to create a sophisticated fall celebration. Jodi was stunning in her elegant gown from Sample & Soiree which she paired with a lush bouquet of white roses. The wedding included a black and white color palette and was complimented by invitations and place cards showcasing a minimalist design. The reception featured long feasting tables adorned with black linens and topped with white chargers and a simple floral arrangement, bringing cohesion to the classic meets modern aesthetic. Creating an upscale look, billowing ivory fabric, string lights and cascading chandeliers were added overhead along with elegant silver chandeliers which softened the space and allowed for more personalized touch.


Photographer: Megan Kovar Photography

Venue: Noah’s Event Venue

Bridal Gown: Sample and Soiree

Bridal Accessories: Ready or Knot , Gunderson’s

Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie

Alterations: Livis Designs Bridal Tailoring

Hair: Reflections A-Salon

Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Gentlemen’s Choice

Catering: Pizza West

Cake/Desserts: Cake Gallery

Flowers: Fancy Plants Flowers and Design

Rentals: United Rent-All

Invitations/Programs/Signage: Designs by Sydney Chapp, Dana Osborne Designs

Musicians/DJ: Image Entertainment

Videographer: Friend of Bride

Wedding Planner: Rachel J Events

Engagement Photos: The Mullers

Rings: Greenberg’s Jewelers

Favors: Chessex

Prairie Magic: Incorporate Natural Grass on your Wedding Day for a Breezy Bohemian Vibe

Enter the enchanted hills of Castle Unicorn, where the scent of warm prairie grasses wafts on a breeze as light as down. You’ll feel like a princess in this flowing tulle skirt by Pure Magnolia and lacy long-sleeved top by Claire La Faye from Noa Brides. A riot of muted blooms and natural grasses from Grow with the Flow add just the right rustic touch.

Table for two? What could be more romantic than your private celebration in the beauty of nature. A white trunk from Hillcrest Wedding Decor Rentals makes a perfect table, and large plumes of pampas grass provide a regal backdrop for an intimate moment. At right, our sweetheart table is complete with sunburst gold chargers, gold and white flatware and pink goblets from Petals to Platinum, with gleaming white plates from Anthropologie.

Let your hair down and enhance your locks with a circlet headpiece of dried grasses by Grow with the Flow. Your bouquet of ranunculus, amaranth and lisianthus brings a whisper of color to the tableau, tied together with a pink pastel ribbon.

Castle Unicorn is nestled in a secluded 440-acre estate in Iowa’s Loess Hills region, 20 miles from Omaha. This unique land formation—its only twin is in China—was formed tens of thousands of years ago. The area is now a National Scenic Byway. Echoing the simple beauty of the land, this invitation suite by Dana Osborne Design uses earthy tones of ivory, gold, pink and stone, with a minimalist pampas grass detail and ribbon.

Everything tastes better outdoors, and this charming cake from Cake Expressions, Inc. is no exception. The three-tiered beauty has textured white and ivory buttercream frosting and cheerful floral and grass accents. Makeup by BUNGALOW/8 takes its inspiration from the environment, in soft tones with a smoky taupe eye shadow and a natural pink lip.

A leisurely walk in the summery hills offers time for quiet contemplation. The rippling skirt and open-backed lace top from Linyage provide elegant, cool comfort. A headband of silver and gold petals and pearls softly frames the face. Both apparel and headband are available at Noa Brides.

Castle Unicorn, Pacific Junction, Iowa
GOWNS & ACCESSORIES: Noa Brides, Omaha
CAKE: Cake Expressions, Inc., Bellevue
FLORAL DESIGN: Grow with the Flow, Denton
STATIONERY: Dana Osborne Design, Omaha
RENTAL & DÉCOR: Hillcrest Wedding Decor Rentals, Seward, Petals to Platinum, Lincoln
HAIR: Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, Omaha
MAKEUP: Sekara Lorsch for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, Omaha
TALENT: Hannah Burmeister
VIDEOGRAPHER: Alisha Cerny Films, Lincoln
WRITTEN BY:  Sherri Hildebrandt


A Pretty-in-Pink Garden Wedding at Vintage Venue

Courtney Buhr and Brandon Sedlacek have known each other since kindergarten. Standing the test of time, their relationship has always been built on a connection that kept bringing the two together. “He’s always been a listening ear,” Courtney says of her dapper groom. One weekend in Omaha, the couple attended Brew at the Zoo at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium before taking a horse-drawn carriage ride into the Old Market. Once they arrived at a set of fountains, Brandon proposed with a classic solitaire ring. Courtney, who was living in the town of Adams, chose the newly opened Vintage Venue in Beatrice. “It was an easy choice, it was so gorgeous,” says Courtney. Friends since high school, the tight-knit bridal party sported subtle hues of pink to complement their lush, greenery-filled bouquets. “I wanted the wedding to be like a garden party,” Courtney says. “I love ferns, the texture of them, how big they are, and I wanted to have something new and unique.” As an homage to their relationship, the couple opted to serve a Bundt cake on each table at their reception, because, says Courtney, Bundt cakes are “what we always go to whenever we’re celebrating something.”


GOWN: Ready or Knot
RINGS: Sartor Hamann Jewelers
MAKEUP: Elle Rêve
ALTERATIONS: Felicia’s Couture Creation
CAKE: Nothing Bundt Cakes
CATERING: Colleen’s Catering
FLOWERS: Blossom Khardt
LINENS: Vintage Venue
CEREMONY VENUE: American Lutheran Church, Adams
RECEPTION VENUE: Vintage Venue, Beatrice

Romantic Blush and Blue Summer Wedding in Lincoln

In a small-town bar in Crete, Laurel Sunneberg and Cameron Duba’s fates were sealed the night they met at Cam’s high school reunion. “I saw his dimples and was totally in,” Laurel says. The whole bar got together to set the pair up, and after a whirlwind romance, Cam surprised Laurel in her office conference room with scattered rose petals and a room full of balloons, some of which spelled out, “Marry Me.” Following a rainy morning in August, Laurel and Cam said “I do” on a sunny afternoon.

The bride focused on royal blue and blush as the color palette, and for their flowers, chose light pink and white with hints of greenery to let her show-stopping wedding gown stand out. The couple also included their beloved pup, Louie, in their photos, who sported a matching bowtie for the occasion. While some brides tell tales of woe when planning their wedding, Laurel felt quite the opposite. She and her mother did most of the planning. “I really enjoyed all of it. I would do it again!”

Ceremony Venue: Southwood Lutheran Church, Lincoln
Reception Venue: Lincoln Station Great Hall, Lincoln
Photography: Sam Areman Photo
Gown: Stella York from Ellynne Bridal
Hair: Plush Salon
Makeup: Kiss and Makeup
Rings: Sartor Hamann Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Ellynne Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Emsud’s Clothiers
Cake: Hy-Vee
Catering: Premier Catering
Flowers, Rentals and Decor: Petals to Platinum
Stationery: Shutterfly
Entertainment: Complete Music