Hi! I'm Laura! I'm a NJ + Hudson Valley NY based wedding and brand photographer for adventurous couples in love and creative, heart driven brands. I'm a storyteller at heart and am so blessed to call this my job! My photography style is organic and timeless and I can't wait to hear your story!. 






Designing the Perfect Wedding Day Hair and Makeup Look

I’m so excited today to share with you some tips from Michelle Elise Hair and Make-Up Artistry! Michelle is just the sweetest person you’ll ever meet and I’ve never seen anyone do “Natural make-up” better than her! I absolutely adore her and her work and today she’s sharing some tips for designing your perfect wedding day hair and make-up!

“It can be overwhelming and confusing when designing the perfect hair and makeup look for your wedding.  Have no fear though, as long as you follow some simple guidelines you are guaranteed to look your best on your wedding day!

Think In the Long-term

You want to look back at your photos in 10, 20, 30 years and feel like you looked classic and fresh. Just because every celebrity is wearing fuchsia lipstick or smokey eyes doesn’t mean you need to commit to that look for your wedding. Celebrity inspiration is great to guide your wedding-day glam, but don’t take it too literally. Red carpet trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever!

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Do a trial

There should be no surprises the day of your wedding. The best way to avoid a hair or makeup disaster is to meet with a professional for a trial. Your time together can be spent testing out different looks and perfecting the style that you love the most.  Bring a few inspiration photos to give your hair or makeup artist a generalized idea of what you are envisioning.

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Left Photo: North Island Photography and Films | Right Photo: Melissa Kruse Photography

Trust the professional

We are here to provide our best advice and suggestions to create the perfect look for your features, coloring, dress, etc. Find a stylist who has worked with many brides and knows the kind of styles brides seek. We will take your visions and ultimately create the perfect custom style for you.

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In addition, although you may be amazing at applying your eyeshadow or curling your hair, it will not compare to the touch of someone who does it day in and day out. Even more importantly, you want to relax and feel pampered the day of your wedding, not stressed to get everything done on time. So take the time to find someone you like, do a trial, and enjoy yourself the day of the wedding!

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Wearing your hair down for the wedding? Consider adding in some extensions for fullness and length. Want big eyes? Try out different styles of lashes for a bright and full look. A good stylist will recommend additional upgrades to bring your look to the next-level for the wedding day. Try it out because it may ultimately make a huge difference for your look!

..But Stay true to yourself

Are you a girl who only carries chapstick in her purse? Do you wear false lashes just to go to the supermarket? Staying true to your personal style is the key in looking and feeling comfortable in your wedding day hair and makeup.  If you always wear your hair down, don’t feel pressured to put it in a tight updo because your grandmother wants to see it up. If you throw your hair in a ponytail every day, just ask your stylist to recreate a chic version for the wedding!

On your wedding-day you want to look like the best version of yourself. With proper planning and a good stylist you can feel your most beautiful for the biggest milestone ☺

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Michelle Ernest is the owner of Michelle Elise Artistry, an on-location hair and makeup company catered to brides and their bridal party. Michelle and her team service the tri-state area and beyond

Instagram: @MichelleEliseArtistry

Other Photography: Erin H Photography

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