With Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) approaching, Gillian from Coastal Bride shares these simple yet completely chic place setting ideas for the holiday.
Hi everyone! I’m Gillian from Coastal Bride, a Charleston, SC, based wedding blog. I am so excited to be sharing some fun Thanksgiving table-scape DIY’s with you today. Each of these place settings are super simple to create yet will make a splash with your guests!
For the first setting I decided to work with a purple color palette. I chose the eggplant ribbon from Wedding Paper Divas collection as well as the Midnight Beauty place cards in Amethyst. I kept the florals simple and organic by using fresh greenery, which gives the table a pop while letting the décor shine. I created a gold wishbone that doubles as a place setting and a favor for guests to take home.
The second place setting has a pink undertone. Thanksgiving is a time of harvest so I kept the décor natural with wheat husks serving as place settings tied off with elegant wine colored ribbon. The Krafted Love menu cards in copper foil are the perfect contrast to the bold tones of the protea centerpiece.
I repurposed the wheat husks to create the centerpiece for the third tablescape and added a navy table runner for a pop of color. I decided to keep this setting simple so that the Thanksgiving greeting card could take center stage.
The lovely Rebekah of A and B Creative designed a dreamy rose gold wedding inspiration board, inspired by the romantic colors of fall. We adore how this is a unique and magical take on the “typical” fall colors. With elements of rose gold (including our rose gold foil invitation suites), paired with organic and natural elements, we love how this look can be replicated for a fall or even a romantic winter wedding.
This week’s Real Engagement will have you wanting to take your engagement photos all over again! Chelsi and Zac absolutely nailed the “we’re the fun couple” look, especially since they ended their shoot at the drive in (too cute!). Photographer Chriselda captured the miles and miles of pure beauty at White Sands Monument in New Mexico, along with a gorgeous slice of nature in Lincoln National Forest.
For more on this adorable couple take a peek at their story and proposal video, here.
Today we have the gorgeous and talented Jane Kim with her wedding makeup tips. Jane is the owner and founder of The Glamourist, and an award winning makeup artist and hair stylist based in San Francisco.
How important is a makeup trial session before the wedding day?
I think the trial session prior to the big day is pretty important and not so much because the bride can see exactly how she will look on her big day. Honestly, brides will never look exactly the same on their wedding day as they did for the trial session. That statement is not meant to scare anyone, but many times brides come to the trial session unprepared. There is a lot of prep that leads up to the big day such as skin care and treatments, hair cut, hair color, and tanning. For the artist, the trial is when they become familiar with the brides features, how their hair takes to styling and they make necessary adjustments to better deliver the finished look. More importantly, the trial session is a great opportunity to get know the artist, understand their personality and see if it’s a good fit for both parties.
On that note, a makeup artist plays vital role in the wedding day, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a makeup artist. They are with the bride for a better part of the morning and afternoon, how these moments start off will dictate how she feels for the entire day. It could be the difference from the bride feeling the most beautiful she’s ever felt to feeling unhappy and less than stellar about herself.
Do you have different makeup for different skin types?
Most of the products I use are pretty safe, but I may get a a rare case where the bride is hypersensitive to a lot of products, at which point, I’ll suggest working with her own products instead. Typically, reactions are caused with foundations, base, powders and mostly skin related products. Eye makeup and lip products are usually OK and don’t cause an allergic reaction. For those with skin sensitivities and allergies, I would highly recommend doing a trial session.
What advice do you have for brides that don’t normally wear makeup? What are the must-haves?
For everyday, my musts are concealer, highlighter, blush and lips. It’s minimal and does not require any type of precision like eyeliner or eye shadow. Since all else is pretty minimal, I like the colors to be on the brighter side. It really adds a lot of liveliness while still being very natural. The concealer is to also brighten and cover tired eyes while the highlight adds that extra oomph of radiance.
On the wedding day, makeup should be approached as fun and not something that is meant to “change” anyone. Sadly, how you look in person is not necessarily how you’ll be captured on camera so adding a tad more blush or extra eyeliner and, of course, false lashes are always recommended to add just the right amount of definition and to prevent the bride from looking washed out on photos.
Do you suggest any skin treatments before the wedding? If so, how far out before the wedding should you stop your appointments?
Some people are blessed with good genes and they can splash a little water and call it a day. However, most of us are not so lucky. A lot of brides, need just a little TLC with a good skin care regimen while others feel the need to get laser treatments and facials. I would never suggest such treatments to those that don’t need it. Treatments are on a case by case basis depending on the individual and what their needs are. Some want to treat dark spots, acne and scars etc… For those, more intense treatments, that involve lasers and peels, I suggest consulting with a dermatologists around the 6 month mark, or earlier, and maintaining treatments at least till the wedding day. You don’t want to start too close to the wedding in the event a reaction occurs and other treatments requires several sessions in order to get to their target goal.
Who in the bridal party should have their makeup done professionally?
My clients, many times, book services for the entire bridal party, plus moms. And on occasion, it will be the just the bride or even more family members.
What are your emergency makeup must-haves all brides should have in their clutch on their big day?
The key items to have on the wedding day are foundation, powder, blush and lipstick. To freshen up, I like to focus on the triangle below eyes starting from the outer to the inner corner of the eye, down to the sides of the nose then again to the outer corner of eye. This area usually wears the fastest… so the focus of the touch-up should be there and working the extra product outward. I would also touch up with foundation in these areas instead of concealer because of the lighter consistency and finishing with a dusting of pressed powder. And, always follow up with a blush and lips.
If you could only use one product what would it be?
AYE! That’s a hard one! I’ve been into bright lips for a while now so I would pick a vibrant lipstick… plus sunglasses. Somehow that combo makes you look like you put in the time to look put together, while that may not be the case.
Do you have any tips or tricks as far as contouring?
I’m not particularly a fan of the heavy contouring, as seen on Kim Kardashian. I think for aptly lighted photo-shoots it looks great but in real life it is way too much. I do, on a daily, highlight and contour that’s appropriately suited for every day. I take Kevyn Aucoin Bronzing Veil and shade in the outer areas of my face and on along the bottom of my cheek bone. This trick subtly slims down the face. Also, using a blending brush, I use the same bronzer and dust the color down the sides of my nose, starting from the inner brow and running along down the sides of my nose. To finish, I run Benefit’s High Beam down the center of my nose from center of the forehead down to the tip… this automatically adds a lot of height from my less than tall nose. Also, a concealer and concealer brush should be in the every makeup bag! It’s like the Magic Eraser.
This week’s Real Wedding features Mallory and Charles’ destination wedding at Sandals Resort in Whitehouse, Jamaica. You would never know by looking at their vibrant pictures that many of their photos had to be taken the next day, due to a tropical storm blowing in, immediately following their “I Do’s.” Their wedding makes us want to hit the beach, with an umbrella beverage (of course!).
Delano from Sandals captured the couple’s destination celebration. Take a look!