My last bride of 2017, Sarah Hall

As I write my very first blog post, I am tempted to start with my 2018 brides; however, I couldn’t help but highlight my last wedding of 2017, as it was a very special one.

Back in 2016, I had the privilege of styling a dear friend of mine, Lauren, for her special day. Soon after Lauren’s wedding, her new sister-in-law Sarah got engaged to her college sweet heart, Derek, and another wedding was in the family’s future! Immediately Lauren informed Sarah that she needed to contact me and my team to book wedding hair and makeup. Since it was a year out, I was available and excited to work with them again! For her wedding venue, Sarah chose to get married at The Mill in Lebanon which was very unique. It would also be my first time styling there.

Months passed, and it was soon time for Sarah’s pre-wedding hair and makeup trial with me. Sarah, as I like all of my brides to do, came to her trial with a clean face and day-old hair! She had also researched Pinterest and found photos of her desired hair and makeup that would help her achieve her day of look. Sarah also has finer hair and wanted to wear it half up/half down and incorporate a braid. This look was achievable because Sarah had purchased clip-in hair extensions to help create volume with this style.

Sarah’s hair was beautiful without, but if she had not worn extensions, her hair would not have looked very full with the style she chose. One pointer that I always stress to my brides is: if your hair is leaning toward the thinner side and you want to wear your hair completely down, or half up/half down, please consider purchasing extensions. Extensions serve the purpose for not only length, but volume (for examples of my favorite brands, please see below for link).

After Sarah’s trial, she texted me and mentioned that she would rather not incorporate the braid with her half up/half down hairstyle. This is something that brides occasionally do after they get home and spend some time envisioning how they will look on their wedding day. Sarah loved her hair, but she didn’t feel that the braid fit how she wanted her hair to look. Most of the time, when little tweaks like this one need to be made, it is not necessary to schedule another trial with me. If a bride gets home and decides she wants a completely different style, that is when I suggest that she come back for a second trial to get the perfect look.

On her wedding day, Sarah had mentioned that she had gotten a blow out the day before, which I highly recommend for all of my brides! If you are getting married in the Nashville area, I recommend going to They have several locations in the Nashville area and are very reasonably priced. To style her hair, I wanted to incorporate lots of texture and volume to Sarah’s curls. I used Oribe dry texture spray and the Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray. To prep her hair, I used Kenra Thermal Styling Spray, curled in smaller sections and finished each section with Kenra 25 finishing spray and another coat of texture spray. In the end, Sarah and I were both very pleased at the way her hair turned out for the wedding day!

For Sarah’s makeup, she wanted to stray away from natural tones and go a little more glam, which I personally love to do. For instance, if you go a little out of your comfort zone, your makeup will look best in your professional photographs. At the time of the trial, we focused on a smokey eye, incorporating golds, browns, and black in the crease. I topped it off with beautiful Boudoiur Lite lashes from House of Lashes. However, for the wedding, she had changed her mind and wanted me to incorporate pinks and browns on her lids, which ended up looking beautiful! For the eyes, I used Colourpop eye shadow in the color of Snake Eyes on her lids, MHD Cosmetics eye shadow in the color Romanza on her crease, and Mac Cosmetics shade Brown Down on the outer corners of her eyes. As far as skin prep, I have been loving the Waterbalm by Sonya Roselli, especially since it is so cold and dry this time of the year. This product is amazing, great for all skin types, and quenches your skin’s thirst. This product also serves as a primer for the foundation, as well! When it comes to foundation for my brides and bridal parties, I strictly use airbrush foundation. The only brand I swear by is Temptu! Temptu recently came out with a new Hydralock formula which I love, but it can be very mattyfying –  therefore, I used the normal SB formula for Sarah. I strongly discourage airbrush foundation for everyday purposes, hence when I get asked if I airbrush myself, generally the answer is no. It primarily serves the purpose for special occasions, where you’ll have to stay looking camera-ready for multiple hours at a time. For highlight, I used the holy grail of concealers, Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer.

For my brides, it is a given that tears will be shed. It is very important to make sure that the makeup under the eyes stays put. To set Sarah’s concealer, I used Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder along with MHD Cosmetics Dual Powder Foundation. For contour, I prefer to use a powder formula instead of cream formula. I am really loving the Frankie Rose highlight and contour palette which I used on Sarah. For blush, I kept it very clean using the color Melba. Sarah loved the idea of a matte lip, so I used Tarte creamy matte lip paint in TBT. In the end, Sarah ended up being one of the most beautiful brides of 2017, and her kindness made her even more beautiful! I wish the newlyweds all of the best!

Photos taken by Chelsea Summar

iPhone photos taken by me

Katie Kendall