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I don’t know how on earth my wedding is almost two months away, but here we are! I am definitely feeling the pressure of everything that still needs to get done, but it’s all coming together, and now that RSVP cards are showing up in my mailbox, it’s feeling more real than ever! Fellow spring brides, know that I am thinking of y’all–we’re almost there! :)

Next up on my wedding to-do list is my hair and makeup trial, so I thought this would be a good time to share some of my inspiration. I am SO excited that Samantha of Lula Hair and Makeup (she worked her magic at this shoot last year!) will be prettifying my favorite ladies and me on my wedding day. She is so talented at achieving the really beautiful, natural look I love, and she’s also as sweet as can be–exactly the type of person a girl wants around on her wedding morning!

When thinking about how I want to look on my wedding day, one of the most important things to me is that I feel like myself. That said, I have two “signature” beauty looks: my hair is really long, and I never shy away from bright lipstick. Long hair means that I can do pretty much anything with it, so I’ve been collecting inspiration that runs the gamut from long, romantic curls to chic updos. Let’s take a look!

There are the “all down” looks–I love the princess-y feel of these styles!

Clockwise from top left: Keely + Hill by Lauren Friday, Tec Petaja, Vogue, Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks

There’s the classic half up/half down, AKA the perfect happy medium.

Clockwise from top left: Meredith + Beau by Lauren Kinsey, Blair + Brian by Justin DeMutiis, Jemma Keech via Once Wed, Sally Ward + Patrick by Geneoh

And, the updos! I rarely wear my hair up, which makes it feel extra special when I do (like at the V7 launch party). I love these elegant, piece-y (but not messy) styles.

Clockwise from top left: Kristen + Patrick by Rachel May, Savannah + Robbie by Andi Mans, unknown, Ben Q Photography

I always feel my most dressed up with color on my lips, and while I wouldn’t want to go too bold for my wedding, I do have my eye on a few bright-ish shades as possibilities (this one in Strawberry Sorbet and this one in Primerose look gorgeous!). Here is some pretty lipstick inspiration from past SW editorials!

Clockwise from top left: Carolina on My Mind by Joey Seawell, A Southern Gentleman by Stephen DeVries, Fun and Fancy Free by Nancy Ray, Berry Bliss by Katie Stoops

How did you/will you wear your hair on your wedding day? Are you incorporating any of your go-to beauty looks? I’d love to hear!

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged! / The Main Characters / Our Venues / Our Photographer / Our Videographer / Planning Our Engagement Pictures / Our Flowers / Bridesmaid Style / Our Save the Dates / The Gents’ Attire / Our Ceremony / The Details

lisa Written with love by Lisa
10 Comments
  1. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Samantha is the perfect choice for someone to do your hair and makeup!! She did ours for my sister’s Chapel Hill wedding, and cannot say enough good things about her (from her sweet, sunny personality to her incredible hair & makeup styling skills)! Y’all are in good hands. And I love the pop of color in the lip, for sure!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    My entire engagement I planned on wearing my hair in an updo (something I never do). But while getting ready on the morning of the wedding I was worried that I might not look like or feel like myself with my hair up but I was also worried that if I wore my hair down that it wouldn’t be special enough. However, my bridesmaids reminded me that Kate Middleton wore her hair down on her wedding day and that convinced me! :) I decided to go with a half up/half down and I’m so glad I did. I felt like myself and when you add a veil, any hairstyle turns special. I know you’ll look lovely whatever you choose!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      That is so sweet!! Love that your bridesmaids were so supportive and encouraging of your last-minute switch…and Kate Middleton is pretty great encouragement, too! :)

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    You are going to look stunning, Lisa!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Well hmm, those all down styles do look lovely, and you certainly looked beautiful rocking something similar at the peach shoot!! I wore my hair up, as you know, and am very glad that I did – I think I would have been fussing too much with it otherwise, and my sleeves needed space to shine :) The funniest part of my wedding day hair and makeup session was that Tia unilaterally decided I and all of my bridesmaids needed eyebrow plucking. Luckily she is a master, and my brows have never looked better!! If only she lived in NC…

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Your hair and makeup was perfect on you, especially with your gorgeous dress! I have not thought about my eyebrows at all…maybe Sam will give me some insight as to if they need any wedding day prep! :P

  5. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    You can’t go wrong with loose curls and wavy hair. I adore the last braid, it is both low-key and elegant at the same time.

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