should i? shouldn’t i? : makeup and hair for your engagement shoot …

September 29, 2014By stephanie

Brides often ask me if it’s worth getting your makeup and hair done for their engagement shoot.  Engagement shoots, depending on the bride, are normally more of a lifestyle/casual affair. Some brides feel that since it’s not the wedding day … maybe they can DIY it (which of course is always an option!). Some on the other hand, still want the polished hand of a professional … but aren’t quite sure if its a necessity.

So back to the original question: Should you have your hair and makeup done professionally for your engagement shoot … the short answer is “yes”.  I really do think taking the time and money to have a professional doll you up is money well spent.


Well, because it allows you the opportunity to see how your chosen’s artist work and makeup application will translate in photos. Did they use enough coverage? Did they apply enough blush for your liking? Does your request for a natural look seem almost tooooo natural on film? Or, did your request for a smokey eye look like just a mess?

The way you take a photo (but first … let me take a selfie …), the way the artist takes a photo, or the way your family takes a photo, will never compare to the way a photographer captures your look on screen. Arranging for your artistry team to beautify you and then having your wedding day photographer capture you on camera is the perfect test before the BIG show. Your photographer will capture you from all angles, in all sorts of different lighting and moods that it’s like getting a full 360 look at your best “almost” wedding self. Once you receive the teasers from your photographer, I highly suggest that you share your professional photos with your artist(s) and provide any necessary feedback or changes.

A game plan like this ensures a very VERY happy wedding day.

(Sometimes, my brides will use their trial run as the opportunity to prepare for their engagement shoot, which I personally think is a great idea. It’s a great way to utilize your trial run … it’s a great way to make the wedding budget stretch.)

Tell me … do you plan to hire a team to get you all  blushpretty for your e-shoot?


things we love : bridesmaid beauty etiquette

August 19, 2014By DJMC

It’s no secret we’re in the business of brides here at BP, and we’re always interested in sharing articles and content that will help them navigate the wedding planning process.

We came across this article on and found it was too good not to share: “Your Burning Bridesmaid Beauty Etiquette Questions, Answered!”

Most brides count on their bridal party to help them get ready for their big day, but it can be a big task to take on for them to participate. This article takes you through some key things to keep in mind when planning your wedding to make sure everyone feels appreciated and things are looked after in a fair matter.

Do you agree with the advice in the column? Let us know in the comments!

lightbox : bridal beautiful …

May 2, 2014By stephanie

Check out this amazing photo by Ed Huang from our photoshoot at Graydon Hall.

Samantha and Tess from the bp team provided hair and makeup respectively.

Such a beautiful shot!