DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lanc├┤me Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself ­čÖé

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox

I have by no means seen every beautiful beach in the world – there are still so many on my list!- but I have been to a lot of beaches. Here is a round up of the most stunning ones I have visited in my life. All of them were pure, virtually unspoilt paradise.

Belle Mare, Mauritius.

One year ago we were here, and it’s particularly special because we got engaged on this beach! Belle Mare is one of the quieter resorts in Mauritius and the country is so chilled and generally unspoilt by tourism. Nothing but miles and miles of white sand, crystal clear water and the odd water sports centre. Also it’s mainly couples so not many young families if you’re after a less hectic vibe. Blissful.

Whitehaven beach, East Coast Australia.

Often coined the most beautiful beach in the world because, well, look at it! A tiny strip of powdery white sand so pure you can clean your teeth with it (true story) and the bluest blue shallow warm water. WOW. Only accessible by boat I exploring the island on foot and also viewed it from the air and it was totally stunning and lived up to its reputation. Only criticism is that, as it is so famous, it can get very busy. But what can you do! When you’re this beautiful your bound to get a lot of attention.

Long Beach, Koh Lanta Thailand.

The clue is in the name – a long sandy beach with beautiful shallow waters perfect for chilling and paddling! One of he quieter beaches in Lanta with less large resorts and more small beach huts so it’s got a nice ‘hippy’ vibe. I spent a lovely week here and it was my favourite Thai island for many reasons; the food, the people, but mainly the beautiful beach.

Cameo Island, Zakynthos

Okay yes it’s not exactly a beach, more like a cove BUT it’s got sea and a bit of sand and it’s totally stunning. And how could I not pick the place where I became Mrs Erler?! It may not be an endless sandy beach like the tradiontal famous beaches but there’s a reason why it’s one of, if not the most, popular wedding venues in Greece. It’s rustic; a small island only reachable by a rickety bridge and a stone staircase. Proper romantic. The sea is blue and warm and the shingle gives it a really bohemian feel. The best bit is it faces away from the land so all you can see from the bay is the open sea and the odd boat.  A perfect wedding venue, but also beautiful to visit on your holidays.

As you can tell – I love beaches! Can’t wait to explore more.  Where is your favourite beach in the world?

xox

If you are getting married abroad or having a beach wedding a San Unity Ceremony is a real cute and popular addition to the ceremony. We didn’t have a religious ceremony and the civil ceremonies in Greece are very short, just a few lines and the exchanging of the rings; it would be over in a few minutes! The Sand Ceremony was an add on that our planners offered and as Paul and I are total beach bums we thought it would be a nice touch and was very ‘us’.

The couple are given a vial of sand each, and take it in turns to pour it into a larger, decorative vase. It’s actually very symbolic and as your pour the sand the registrar reads words explaining how your sand is now mixed together forever, as one, never to be separated, which represents how you have become one person in your marriage and will be bound together forever. The words meant a lot to us and we were so glad we decided to have it.

If your planner doesn’t do it or you’re not using a planner you can get the vials of sand easily online, or more mean fully you could easily collect the sand yourself. If your weddings isn’t beachy I really like the idea of doing it privately on the honeymoon, like some people plant love trees, to cement your bond and you can use sand from that special place and remember your honeymoon forever.

Plus you get to keep the vase as well which is a lovely memento and looks cute in our living room.

xox

For someone who has never taken much interest in weddings before becoming engaged the process of planning a reception seems like a long and extremely daunting one, full of terms that I┬áhad never heard of before in real life (calligraphy anyone?!) and potential pitfalls regarding having a ‘theme’ and choosing a ‘palette’ with ‘accents’ (what the hell?!). ┬áTo be honest, I asked my creative mum who has an amazing eye for detail to take the reins on most of those decisions. However, there was always one thing that I knew I wanted for the reception: a long, banquet style table set up.

I wanted this look for the following reasons:

  1. It’s DIFFERENT. Although becoming more popular it stands out from the regular round tables with a top table set up.
  2. I don’t like round tables. No offence I just find them too formal and they remind me of corporate events.
  3. I couldn’t deal with the stress of who would sit at the top table. My brother?! Sister in law? What about Bridesmaids partners?! Minefield.
  4. I had seen sooo many cute pictures on Pinterest of long tables covered in jam jars full of flowers and I was won over.

Let me tell you something. I received a lot of opposition to this decision. ‘But how will people talk to each other?!’, ‘People won’t mingle!’, ‘I won’t hear the speeches if I’m on the end…’ Honestly, I had so many comments like this. But I’m so glad I stuck to my guns and had the long table.

We had 50 guests in total so 25 on each side with Paul and I in the middle. The seating plan was easy because I sat couples opposite each other and mixed up family groups and age groups. It worked really well and everyone mixed in. Plus the fact that the table looked stunning with the jam jars and all the guests commented on how amazing it looked! It gave the wedding much more of the casual, ‘big family meal’ feel that was so important to me.

Go for it girls! Break table tradition!

xox

 

Deciding on a bridal look is one of the most important things about your wedding day. Whether it’s classic, vintage or something a bit different it’s important not to underestimate how much what you wear will affect how you feel on the day. ┬áSome girls have a look firmly in their mind, others it takes some time. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted but one element of my look had always been clear in the forefront of my mind: a flower crown.

As a person, I’m quite free and bohomian and this is reflected in how I dress on a daily basis. I knew I wanted a beautiful boho flower crown for my wedding but I was very unsure as to where to look. I didn’t want fresh flowers as I thought they may wilt throughout the day, and a lot of the high street crowns looked quite cheap close up.

I visited the National Wedding Fair with my mum and although we were looking at dresses mainly (I didn’t find one) I saw a crown at a stall and fell in love with it instantly. It was made by Ana Maria Bufnila; a bespoke bridal accessories designer and once I tried it on I knew it was the one. It was how I’d imagined feeling about a dress all along! The peice was beautifully hand crafted, with ivory flowers, pearls and beads, and looked stunning from all angles, even the back. I was sold and later that month I visited Ana’s studio so that she could make one for me.

I’m so pleased I chose this statement piece for our big day. Looking back at the photos now I am totally in love with it and it looked stunning with the dress and veil as well. I would encourage any bride to follow their heart and if you want something a bit different for your look – then go for it! You will look back and smile and think ‘that is so me!’┬á

xox