Wedding Tats!

by Jenny Bryde 19. July 2015 14:19

You say the vows, sign the papers, and don the rings.  Are you and your significant other willing to take on something a little more permanent?  As in ink?  Check out these couples who have gone under the gun for each other.  



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Neutral Wedding Makeup!

by Jenny Bryde 23. April 2015 07:03

One of the biggest faux pas that I see in wedding photography is when the bride has makeup that makes her look like someone else.  Your wedding day attire and get-up should look like you with an exclamation point and not a question mark.  Today on the blog we're featuring neutral color palettes for bridal makeup.  You don't have to be nude, and you don't have to be a vixen.  Somewhere in between and close to your everyday look will be lovely!


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Nine Steps to Get Glowing Skin for Your Wedding!

by Jenny Bryde 15. March 2015 16:07

Hopefully, you are reading this article months before and not moments before your wedding.  Having beautiful skin is a key to being photog ready, but it is something not all of us are blessed with.  The good news is that with a little routine and mindfulness, you can have dramatic improvements in your skin tone and quality.  Here's how:


1) Wash your face at night.  Get the daily grime off so that your skin can rest and repair while you slumber. A freshly washed face will also help keep the oils off of your pillow which could cause additional acne and irritation.

2) Use a gentle cleanser and possibly a toner to remove all traces of dirt and make-up from your skin. 

3) Use and intensive moisturizer at night time and a lighter one for during the day.  Don't forget the SPF!

4) Gently exfoliate when needed.  About once a week should do the trick to remove dead skin cells. 

5) Leave your face alone!  Do not pick or pop pimples as this can make them worse!

6) See a dermatologist if what you're doing at home isn't working well enough.  He or she may be able to give you a prescription to something stronger than what you would find at the drug store. 

7) Stay hydrated!  Drink plenty of water so that your body is able to flush out toxins.  

8) Eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium.  Salty foods cause your body to hang on to water causing your skin to be puffy and look irritated.

9) Take a daily vitamin to be sure that you're receiving all the nutrients your skin needs.



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Our Top Picks for Wedding Updos for 2014!

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2014 03:21

When it comes to wedding hair, it's your opportunity to step outside of the box and do something daring for your look.  The possibilities are endless, and in the end your hair can make as much of a statement as your dress.  Today we are focusing on updos, but not like we've ever seen them before.  After what seemed like a dry spell of all updos looking similar, hair stylists and brides are starting to show off their creative sides with some new amazing looks.  Let's take a look!  


Being daring doesn't mean having to be wild and messy.  We love this tailored hairstyle.  Classic and chic.  This would be great for many different face shapes, hair lengths, and bridal style.


The high bun is back!  The higher the better, and the options just get started with a good basic bun.  Imagine all the hair accessories and veil styles that would compliment this lovely look.


Look close as this hair style features sculpted hair, not a pinned in flower!  It's amazing what an artistic stylist armed with some heavy duty hair spray can do.  Wow!


We love this whimsical bowtie made of hair.  Sculpted yet fun, a great option!


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Plastic Surgery for Hand Selfies???

by Jenny Bryde 26. May 2014 00:46

We here at are all about the wedding mania:  Planning, scheming, obsessively dreaming about making your wedding day the best thing ever.  Come on and admit it.  Every bride wants her day to be perfect.  It's okay to dream.  And we often encourage our couples to splurge on that item that's high up on the priority list whether it's a top of the line photographer, amazing food, or the perfect location.  I've even entertained crazy ideas like custom fireworks, hand crafted ice scultures, and pig roasts.  It's all good!

I finally found a wedding expense item that I do not endorse in any way shape or form.  It's called a "hand lift" by those who want you to buy it, and what it boils down to is botox for your wedding ring hand so that you can have the perfect engagement ring selfie.  Yep.  Sounds stupid to me too.

For around $1200 you too can have this procedure done so that the veins in your hands aren't quite as noticable because you know that people don't give two hoots about your actual ring.  They are actually sitting there making fun of our ugly hands.  Not!  (I haven't said "not!" since about 4th grade.  I must really feel strongly about this matter.)  And the best part is is that this procedure isn't even permanent.  At best you can expect it to last for 9 months.  $1200ish for 9ish months?  Please say no thank you to this ridiculous trend.  I can think of 10,000 better ways to spend that money!


Doesn't that picture look painful and unnecessary???  

Some alternatives if you are truly self-conscious about your hands but need that absolutely perfect hand selfie:

1) Ask a friend to model your ring for you.  No one will ever know.

2) Edit the picture afterwards.  That's why God invented Photoshop.

3) Don't take a ring selfie.  How about instead, you take a picture of you and the wonderful person who gave it to you?  That's the real prize, folks.  


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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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