Photographs by Jessica White Photography
It all stared with the dress: a light-as-air, vintage-esque Claire Pettibone gown with hints of pink velvet and delicate embroidery from Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. The romantic frock inspired photographer Jessica White, florist Lizy Bowden, and hair and makeup artist Cali Stott of Cali Stott Artistry to dream up this styled bridal shoot at The Loft Studio in Lehi. (The new, natural light-filled space is available to rent for engagement and bride and groom photo sessions, as well as small wedding-related events.)
"We wanted to create a classic look with a surprise, modern twist," explains White. Stott took those words literally, curling and twisting the model's hair in to a voluminous style. With wow-factor locks, Stott kept the model's makeup simple and sun-kissed; the warm beauty palette perfectly complements the peachy blooms in Bowden's garden bouquet.
White recommends professional hair and makeup services to all of her brides and says it makes a big difference in photos. Plus, she says, "why not pamper yourself on your special day?"
HAIR To create this unique big-day 'do, Stott added soft curls to the model's long locks using a curling iron (hot rollers would also work), then back-combed it and pinned it all up into a "fauxhawk" style. She smoothed the top layer and left some curls peeking out, and then added a pink bloom for a pretty finish. Stott's take-away for brides? "Don't be afraid to push the envelope," she says.
MAKEUP Stott applied Urban Decay eye primer in Eden—"it's a great primer for shadows and helps colors blend beautifully"—topped by a fusion of gold and burnt-orange hues all over the lid and a touch of soft brown liner blended with chocolate-brown shadow. She mixed different shades of foundation and used them for coverage and to contour and highlight the face. Bronzer and a hint of pearlescent powder on the cheekbones helped create a lit-from-within glow. For the final touch, she applied whisper-pink lipstick and translucent lip gloss.
Glow With It
Stott loves MAC Fix+ finishing spray. "It's my last step for all my clients," she says of the radiance-enhancing formula. "It helps settle your look and keeps makeup fresh throughout the day."
Into the Blue
Photograph by Megan Robinson Photography
When the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium opened its doors in Draper last year, Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events assembled a team of local vendors to create a wedding inspiration shoot inside the beautiful aquatic structure. "Utah is so lucky to have this new aquarium," says Price. "It's different from any other local venue." Inspired by the shark tank's dark, dramatic lighting, she and her fellow pros designed an elegant tablescape and this glam winter bridal look.
They dressed their model, Marina Hayes, in a sparkling beaded gown from Gateway Bridal. Beauty expert Brynn Thomas chose a palette of cool tones for Hayes' makeup and pulled her locks back and low for a modern but romantic hairstyle. Five Penny Floral provided a snow-white bouquet with pops of blue booms and fresh greens, and Megan Robinson captured it all from behind her lens.
HAIR To start, Thomas curled Hayes' hair using a one-inch curling iron and then tousled the strands. "I wanted the style to look organic, so the curls couldn't be too uniform," she explains. For hold and texture, she applied Redken Rewind 06 Styling Paste, then she loosely pinned most of the strands at the nape of the neck, leaving a few soft pieces out to frame the face.
MAKEUP "I was inspired by the incredible shades of blue throughout the aquarium but didn't want to actually use blue eye shadow," explains Thomas. Instead, she focused on bold brows and full lashes for on-trend eyes. To create a flawless porcelain complexion, she used Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation—"it melts into the skin and looks amazing and natural on camera"—and highlighted the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid's bow above the lips with creamy MAC Pigment in Vanilla. She finished the look with a pink pout using Revlon Lipstick in Primrose, one of her favorite lip colors.
Ice, Ice Baby
"Anyone can pull off cool makeup tones," says Thomas. She suggests blushes and lipsticks in the pink and berry family, and neutral eyeshadows like gray and muted silver.