Wedding: The Hair & Makeup!

On Saturday, I had my hair and makeup trial for our wedding! (If you’re new to the blog — I’m getting married to my fiancé Matt in October! Check out my wedding page for all our previous wedding planning-related updates, are here is our engagement story.)

This was definitely one of the most fun parts of wedding planning so far — up there with food tasting and wedding dress shopping. I brought my mom with me and we had a great time. The women had a bunch of my favorite country music playing while they worked and it felt like a fun hang out session! I brought the hair piece I mentioned buying at my dress fitting a week ago as well as my veil, so we could see how it looked with the hair. The idea is that when I take off the veil after the ceremony, I’ll put in the fun feather hair piece.


Our wedding venue set up the trial for us with a couple women contracted from a local salon that they use frequently. My mom and I loved both of them — very professional but also fun and laid back. Perfect! We got right down to work — the hair stylist put some rollers in my hair to give it some texture, and while the curls set, the makeup artist got started on my makeup.


I told her I wanted makeup that would look good in the photos, obviously, but that wouldn’t be too intense in person or leave me not looking like me. She was fully on board with this plan; I was instantly at ease and told her to do whatever she wanted!


I tried a fun type of foundation that’s put on with a little mini air brusher! This is supposed to be great for making it look really natural and blended in well. I was a fan — I didn’t look like a ghost, but my skin looked a lot more even.


Air brushing in action:


I also tried fake eyelashes, just for fun, since I never have before — but we decided we like my real eyelashes better. The fake ones just looked too intense in person on me, so we ended up taking them off. Oh, well — it was fun to try them!


Makeup done, I headed back over to the hair dresser! My mom also ended up having them test out some makeup on her while she was waiting, and it looked great!

First, out came the rollers — “Wow, your hair holds curls really well!” Haha, yeah.


Hello, curls!


Then we got started with the updo. I showed the hair dresser some photos from my Pinterest wedding board and told her I wanted something soft, fun, and romantic, with a lot of texture and cool twists.



She somehow immediately got what I was vaguely talking about and got to work! I took a couple Instagram action shots while she was working. :)



If you’re on Instagram, connect with me! My username is fANNEtasticfood.

And here’s an action shot of the back from my real camera — how fun are the braids?! I love that she included those. Great way to make the hair stay up easier without more bobby pins/hair spray, too!


And then — we were done! I hope you guys like it, too. :)


Here I am outside with better lighting. :) I was torn between having the hair partially down at the end on the right side with some fun curls, but I think all up will be better for dancing and not fussing with it. Plus, the back of my wedding dress is pretty! We’ll see — maybe I’ll change my mind the day of!


It looked great with the veil, too. We tried the hair piece and are debating if we want to use it or not — the hair alone is so ornate it’s almost sad to cover some of it! I might buy one of the round ones I saw and see if that looks better than the straight one — we’ll see.

Either way, I loved both the hair and the makeup. Matt and I went out with friends on Saturday night after I had it done and it was fun to show it off. Can’t wait until I get it done for real in October! :) Getting close now!


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    I love that look on you! Very pretty and classic :)

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    So pretty :)

  4. 4

    looks awesome!!

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    The makeup looks great, but that hair…whew! It’s gorgeous!!!

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    Ooh pretty – love the braids in the hair. Definitely with you on not having to fuss with it once it’s done!

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    Looks gorgeous! Agree completely on the false eyelashes – a lot of people told me I’d want them to help my eyes pop in the pictures so I did a trial run and really didn’t like them. I ended up using the L’Oreal Double Extend mascara and was thrilled with the results, gave my lashes some extra oomph for the pics but I still looked like myself :)

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    Looks beautiful, Anne! I really like it.

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    I never thought I’d be a fan of braids as part of a wedding up-do, but it looks so awesome! I especially love the french braid along the bottom.

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    love the hair! I actually like it best when it was half way done.. it looks like there’s a little bun to the side. I love the braids and I bet that makes it more secure! Very pretty, although I thought you were going to wear your hair down? The make up does look natural… looks like a successful trial :)

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    Gosh Anne, you look stunning. I’ve always loved a soft updo on brides but you could totally pull off the half up half down look too. You really can’t go wrong lady! :)

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    both your makeup and hair looked GORGEOUS!! i absolutely love all the little braids!!

  13. 13

    Ahhh, how fun!! Love that hairstyle on you. :)

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    Yes, pretty and classy! You look great! :)

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    Wow! Looks awesome!! :)

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    Pat Elsberry says:

    Your makeup and hair look awesome!! I never knew they could apply makeup with an airbrush – very nice look!

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    I love the hair and the makeup! I’m looking at similar styles to yours for my wedding :-), Very cool!

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Makeup and hair looks so beautiful on you. I vote for the feather. Anne, I’ll bet when the month of your wedding gets here, you won’t be a Bridezilla. Hahaha

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    Wow, you look lovely: classic and sophisticated with your hair like that! Good choice.

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    You look truly lovely and very romantic and classic!

  21. 21

    You look gorgeous! LOVE the hair :)

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    Both your hair and makeup look amazing!!

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    You are so pretty!!!!!!!

  24. 24

    You look beautiful!!! So much fun to get dressed up!

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    I absolutely love the hair! The braids look fabulous and your makeup looks beautiful….very natural and pretty.

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    The hair and make up look gorgeous!

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    Wow! You look like you should be on the cover of a wedding magazine :-)

    Your hair and make-up is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Can’t wait for the BIG day! :-)

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    Gorgeous!!!! I absolutely LOVE the up do!!!!!

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    Oh my gosh I love love love your hair!

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    Love the makeup and those braids!

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    Adventurer says:

    Wonderful! Looks great, Anne!

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    looks awesome!! you’ll want your hair up for all the dancing!!

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    Wow! So pretty! And so unique! Love the braids ;). Wish interest was around when I got married. My hair was very boring…and I tried the fake lashes also..didn’t suit me either. Love the makeup!

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    Very Pretty Anne, wonderful!!

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    Your hair and make up looks so lovely. I love the braids and think it helps the style look modern, fun and super good. I loved getting my hair done for my wedding and i had a vail and beaded headband. i had my vail really low under my hair and totally forgot to take it out all day! I hope you have a wonderful day and can’t wait to hear all about it.

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    It looks gorgeous!! You look gorgeous. :-) I love the addition of the braid.

    Is that shirt from Banana Republic? I think I have the same one!

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    WOW – the braids are amazing. I saw the picture and wish I had done my hair like that for my wedding! Sophisticated yet fun.

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    Love it!!!! Especially the braids : )

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    The hairdo is absolutely beautiful! It’s good to know that pinterest is possible in real life ;)

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    Anne, thanks for sharing these pics with us!! You look beautiful and the hair is really fun! I would be torn too – wanting the hair up for ease, but down for prettyness. :)

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