Happy Friday!


The end of the week is upon us, and the weekend stretches forth in front of us. I have a wedding this Saturday for the lovely Tiffany Stevens at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and clients at the salon both days, too.

I am looking forward to next week, as it begins my 5 days off, and I can’t wait to sleep in, lay out by the pool, read for hours on end, and see friends. I usually plan out my days and weeks into minute detail, but I think I will just go with the flow for this one, and only have a few things planned so I can actually enjoy my time off, rather than need more immediately after to recuperate from hectic planning.  I say this now, but we shall see what comes to pass when my days off are here, as my overly organized nature is very hard to fight!

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Celebrity inspired wedding hairstyles for 2010


I figured you would enjoy a post that details what my brides have been asking for style wise for their hair this season. I collected photos of the most requested wedding hairstyles for 2010 for you to check out, so here ya go! I would love to hear if you wanted any of these looks for your own wedding, or if you had something else in mind!

The side pony. This is hands down the most popular wedding look for my brides this summer. All the girls want some variation of this look. It’s gorgeous, a little casual, and shows off the back and shoulders without having a traditional updo. I love it.

Eva Longoria. This look is printed out and brought to trials, and even day of weddings by girls who want a sexy all up look. Usually the looks end up a little closer to the head, as they have to withstand wind, dancing and long hours, whereas Ms. Longoria had to walk down a red carpet and attend an awards show only.

Taylor Swift. There are many Taylor looks that come my way. I am not a fan of her tight spiral curls, but I understand the appeal for many women, and I do what they want. Taylor Swift has a very unique look, and she carries it well, so why wouldn’t a bride or bridesmaid want to look like that on a special day?

Carrie Underwood. OK, I have to admit Carrie is my go-to celebrity for hairstyles. She always looks fierce, amazing, polished, and classy on the red carpet. I love her hair, makeup, and the gorgeous dresses she is always in. I feel bad for her team, because she goes to a lot of red carpet events, and has to look fabulous each time, so they must have to get extra creative to find new styles for her to wear.

Lauren Conrad. Her twisted back curly updo, seen below in the upper right corner, is second to the side pony for most often requested styles. She’s a cute girl, her style is impeccable, and she has a classy way about her, so I approve. I usually make the twisted back look a little curlier for texture, but there have been many variations this summer.

Jen is married!


I have mentioned my galmance with Jen here, and here and how awesome she is. Today I was thrilled to be able to do her hair and makeup, as well as hair for her wedding party. These girls were a riot! They had me cracking up more than any other bridesmaids ever have, and I especially loved the loosely thrown around use of the word wicked, because the girls were all from Boston.  Jen’s wedding took place at the Seascape resort in Aptos, CA which is a beautiful location on the California coast near Santa Cruz.

I could not get over how gorgeous this bridal party is, just check out the photos! I’m bummed I didn’t get any photos of Krista, she’s the cute blonde with the short hair in the group photo, but I did manage to get photos of Kim, Kate and of course, Jen. Let me know what you think!

Preferred Vendors


Vendors I enjoy working with, who provide excellent services for weddings and special occasions. I will update when I have more selections, so check out this section regularly for new vendors!

Photographers:

Shanni Weilert- www.whatshannisaw.com I have been following Shanni’s work for a while, and I adore her style, her editing, and her heart for her clients. Trust me, this will rock your world!

Ashley Maxwell Photography-  http://ashleymaxwellphoto.com/index2.php I am a new believer in Ashley Maxwell, having only discovered her recently. You may notice her style is a lot like Shanni’s,  that’s because they have worked together (or something like that, I heard a second-hand story, so you might have to ask them to get the full version).

Michelle Dickson-  http://www.booksnshoes.com/aperture.html Michelle shot my  own wedding, and I loved it! She is original, fresh and has a simple approach that is awesome. She allowed me a great deal of creative freedom in how my photos were edited.

Juliet Nicole- www.julietnicole.com One of my favorite photographer friends! She focuses mainly on senior portrait type sessions and photo shoots, so not sure if she is offering weddings anymore, but if you have other photographic needs, you should definitely seek her services! I know you like the photos I have at the top of my blog, the 2 end photos are both by Juliet Nicole, and my previous entire header was her work.

Makeup Artists:

Sara Garcia of A Bridal Glow- www.abridalglow.com Sara is super sweet, a steady rock on a stressful wedding day, and very professional. I very much enjoyed working with her this summer.

Diana Cortez Makeup Artistry-  www.dianacortezmakeupartistry.com Diana is quick, efficient and creates effortless and beautiful looks for weddings and special events.

Bakeries:

http://www.icingonthecakebakery.com/ yum! I love their baked goodies, and I have had their wedding cakes and they have been delicious.

Wedding boutiques:

Betroth bridal and accessories this is Ashley Maxwell’s new venture that mixes photography, fashion, cupcakes and beauty all in one cute boutique in downtown Willow Glen. Super cute space, and has the greatest wedding accessories you could ask for made by Ashley herself!

http://www.gabriellesbridal.com/ I loved this shop when it was located in Los Gatos, and now they have an even better location to serve your wedding needs in Campbell!

http://www.trudysbrides.com/Contact.html another Campbell favorite.

http://www.elegantlacebridal.com/ my best friend found her dress here, they had amazing customer service and a huge selection of dresses.