MAKE IT PERSONALSeptember 4, 2014
We truly believe that every event should be an experience. Whether it’s big or little touches, we love creating intimate moments that will later become incredible memories.
For this real EVOKE Wedding we created a wishing stone station that played off of our stone escort cards. The moment guests arrived they were able to pick up their stone to find their seat while having the opportunity to leave the couple a special wish. These stones later became a part of our couple’s home as a reminder of their special day and the important people they shared it with.
Get creative and include something special into your celebration that will last far after your Wedding day is over!
BRIDAL BEAUTY WITH ABIGAIL DE CASANOVASeptember 2, 2014
We are kicking off this new month with another vendor spotlight with Abigail De Casanova. We have had the pleasure of working with Abigail a number of times both professionally and personally and definitely recommend her for both hair and makeup services for your upcoming event! Jump in with us and get to know more about Abigail!
How long have you been in the business and how did you get started?
I’ve been a hairstylist and makeup artist for several years now, doing fashion/editorial/commercial work; I started in the bridal business full time a little over two years ago. My brother brought up the idea of me working with brides; he thought I’d really enjoy it and it would fit my “romantic personality”. Needless to say, he was right! It was one of the best decision I’ve ever made. I absolutely love working with brides.
What do you love most about what you do?
First of all, I love weddings; they’re an enchanting event! And, as a hairstylist and makeup artist, I love that I get to be a part of something so special. I’m passionate about what I do because it adds to the final magical moment. But, most importantly, I love applying my creativity, my artistic expression and I love sharing it with so many wonderful people. I feel immense satisfaction when I see the look of joy on someone’s face when they peer into the mirror.
What is one question you ask your client to prepare you for the look they want on their Wedding Day?
To prepare my brides for a look they want on their wedding day, I always ask them to send images of everything that inspires them when it comes to hair and makeup. After reviewing their ideas, it’s easy to start seeing a pattern of what our bride is attracted to, her aesthetics and personal style.
What is one hair style you would recommend to a bride that wants a timeless look?
If a bride desires a timeless look, I recommend a low chignon or soft waves for those who prefer to have their hair down. Be mindful when choosing hair accessories; keep them clean and classic so they don’t make your timeless look appear dated. A medium flower or a classic barrette can always add to the timeless feel.
Any new hair or makeup trends?
Bridal hair right now is all about soft waves and texture; volume on top and softness all around the face. Many brides go for a formal yet effortless type of hairstyle. Large and texturized buns from low to very high on top of the head are definitely a trend.
When it comes to makeup, the eyeliner is key to adding a little drama and definition paired with natural lashes. Many brides in DC fancy a softer lip, so having their eyes lined to add definition always works beautifully. Also, richer red/burgundy shades of lips are very trendy right now. For brides who want this look, I dab the color on the lips so it’s more of a soft stain; it gives it a modern pop of color. Loving this trend right now, there’s always a beautiful shade for each bride to try.
For the bride to be, here are some tips to help keep you looking glorious throughout your special day:
1. Look for inspiration and once you have made a decision, stick with it!
2. Practice your look a few times until you know how to do it well. Many brides do better in calm environments getting ready by themselves. Remember you can always invite your bridal party to your room for final touches!
3. Keep your look soft, classic and simple. Pay close attention to your prep routine. If your hair is properly set, (which means curled with a nice working hairspray like: Kerastase Laque Dentelle, then pinned up and cooled off. ) it should last all night. Make sure to try your look ahead of time such as on a night out so you know how your hair will react and make any changes if needed. That is the true test.
Same advice for makeup. Prep your skin. If it tends to get oily in some areas, but, still feels dry in others try Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion before your foundation. This helps to “balance” out your skin and minimize any powder touch ups.
3. Hair coloring/highlighting, facials or other treatments should be done about 4 days before the wedding and waxing two days before just in case of any mishaps. If you want to try a new haircut or color for your wedding do it about 4 months ahead of time, this gives you the opportunity to see if you like it.
4. When it comes to hair and makeup, anything you do, “try” it with time. You don’t want to take your chances and experiment at the last moment.
Enjoy the process and never be afraid to ask questions. As professionals we can always give you sound advice on what might work best for you. We do it all the time and have tested styles, colors and products of different price ranges that you can benefit from.
SCOTT AND MICHELLE’S DECATUR HOUSE WEDDINGAugust 28, 2014
What a magical evening. A small intimate ceremony followed by a tasting dinner at Decatur House was the perfect Wedding celebration for Scott and Michelle. They are both foodies and having a culinary experience was one of the important things they wanted to incorporate into their special day. Jose Andres catered a four course tasting menu with wine pairings while the guests enjoyed live music from Bon Musique. Music and entertainment was another component they couldn’t live without. Kicking off the celebration with Scott’s daughters singing “Marry Me” by Train during the ceremony was the perfect personal touch. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed walking oyster shuckers, an illusionist and the night ended with the fabulous 19th Street Band.
Take a look into this romantic and intimate DC Wedding!
Photographer: Rodney Bailey
Venue: Decatur House
Catering: Jose Andres
Oysters: Oysters XO
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Valet: MJ Valet
Elan Artists: Bon Musique
Hair and Make Up: Abigail de Casanova