COOL & COLLECTED: BEAUTY FOR THE MODERN DAY BRIDE
In reflection of all the gorgeous looks that graced the red carpet at last night’s Oscars, we got to thinking about how to achieve that timeless glow that we saw on so many of the stars over the course of the evening. We just adored the seemingly effortless and chic locks on Zoe Saldana, and the lip stain on Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Sienna Miller was a vision as always in her hot off the runway Oscar de la Renta gown, and bride-to-be Lady Gaga gave us a little preview of what her wedding gown might be in her custom gown by Azzedine Alaïa.
Since so many of us look to the stars on the red carpet for inspiration when we’re getting ready for the big moments and events in our own lives, we thought we’d share an article from the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition about achieving your best look for the big day, and enjoying the process.
Gone are the days of brides flocking to get their hair done in Murray Hill, and makeup set in Flatiron. “Let me see a picture of your dress!” the stylist might have said, from within the big and noisy product-pushing establishment. She’s already mid-way through the up-do, and she’s only really asking to be polite, anyway.
Anticipating a need for something greater in bridal beauty, White Rose Collective was born. For the modern and sophisticated bride who craves a hair and makeup regime that really takes her vision into account, this luxury boutique collective caters the anti-salon experience. “I really enjoy getting to know my brides,” says Teddi Cranford, founder of White Rose Collective. “We create a tailored experience. It’s about paying attention to detail, making brides feel comfortable, and enhancing their natural beauty.” The result? Brides come away from the experience feeling more relaxed and special than ever before. The Collective consists of a multitude of artists that hail from the top of their respective fields. Utilizing their expertise and gaining a sense of the bride’s inspiration, what remains is a personal experience that is artful yet unintimidating. “We consider all of the elements of the wedding, and match each bride with the artists that best share their vision.” The key is to get everything in place for the bride’s big day, so when it comes, everyone is on the same page, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy the flow. No long rows of swivel chairs and blasting hair dryers. No cookie cutter looks that worked for someone else. No drama, confusion, or regret. Just the freedom to achieve the dream, without sacrificing composure.
The Feel: Pure, fresh, and relaxed.
The Process: Her locks were thickened for the ultimate
lived-in dream hair, and make-up was soft and luminous.
The Build-Up: Months of creative preparation went into
curating the perfect look for her big day, and all of the events
that led up to it.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN OTH
The Background: Hailing from a career in fashion, this bride had a star-studded
cast of guests awaiting her.
The Vibe: Classic and chic.
The Vision: A take on the modern ‘60s bride, which perfectly
complemented her big beautiful eyes!
The Mood: Intimate backyard wedding at her childhood home.
The Look: True to herself. Half-up bohemian hair that appears polished, yet not overdone.
The Inspiration: To enhance upon her signature style and comfort in a way that was reflective of the soft details and earthy essence of her wedding.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE HOULE
The Setting: The JW Marriott Essex House in New York City.
The Tone: Super soft half-up look with a thick, rich, and smooth texture.
The Beauty: Sophisticated, glamorous, and timeless.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLISON CONKLIN PHOTOGRAPHY
Hair & Make-up in above photos was provided by White Rose Collective. An original version of this article was printed in the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, available for purchase online and on newsstands.