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The Best Expert Skin Care and Makeup Tips For Your Winter Wedding

By guest blogger Daniela Soto, Owner of Beauty by Daniela

 

To me, winter weddings are so magical! The air is crisp while the grounds may be covered in a beautiful blanket of light snow, and the sun shines bright through all the naked visible trees. There’s often a wood-burning smell in the evening along with crackling noises and a unique charm like no other season. Since your wedding is about to stand out during the winter months, you want to ensure that your skin is perfected so that the makeup looks amazing. Below are some important tips that will help you achieve a gorgeous face on the best day of your life!

 

Skin tips

 

Hydrate

 

One of the negative impacts that we get from having cool, crisp air is that our skin can become extra dry from the lack of moisture in the air. The heat in our homes is on so high to keep us warm but yet it works against us by drying the skin. Hot showers feel amazing in the cold winter months but these are stripping out any oils in our skin which we need to retain. Bathing and showering in lukewarm water is best. A humidifier is a great investment for any winter brides as it aids with producing moisture in the air with helps with dryness on the face and peeling of chapped lips. While this may sound cliché, I strongly recommend drinking more water what you are used to drinking as this will help the skin become more supple and radiant.

 

Cleanse

 

As the seasons change so does our skin. We, therefore, need to compensate for that by having a different cleanser during this time frame. Rather than washing your face twice a day, stick to washing your face in the evening. If your have dry skin to begin with, use a milky cleanser that will not further strip your skin. Cleansing oils are great to use if you want to try something different as these will use good oils to cleanse your skin while removing the bad oils and dirt that are currently trapped in your pores from makeup.

 

Exfoliate

 

Often, we see flakiness associated with dryness which you definitely do not want for your wedding day. To help with the flakiness, you want to exfoliate no more than 1-2 times a week on your face. It’s best to do this at night after you have washed your face with a gentle cleanser. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips as they too need extra care in the winter time and focus around the corners of your nose as dry patches tend to build up in that area. Try a rice powder exfoliator which isn’t harsh but yet gets the job done in removing any flaky lingering dryness on the skin.

 

Moisturize

 

Moisturizing dry skin is so important year round and especially during the winter months because it protects the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. In the long term, moisturizing is proven to help against anti-aging which is a win for us all! For dry/parched skin, reach for a cream with a high oil content rather than a water based moisturizer. Creams are great for nighttime as they tend to be thicker and higher oil content means it will be higher absorbed by the skin. Always remember to use a spf of 30 or more each day regardless of what the temperature is outside.

 

Makeup tips

 

Now that I have provided you with some skin tips, let’s talk makeup for winter brides!

 

Foundation

 

Stick with a dewy finish foundation if you have dry skin. It will give a youthful glow to dull skin. Mix a tiny bit of illuminator in with your foundation when applying it to your face to help diminish winter dullness.

 

Cheeks

Rosy cheeks are a must and should resemble a flushed effect. You don’t want to pack on the blush but you do want to use a bit more than normal so that it translates well in the photos. Go for the glow and add a bit of highlighter above the blush to further add luminosity to the skin.

 

Lips

 

Red/Berry/Wine color lips are so beautiful during this time of year. The contrast against the skin will automatically brighten your complexion. Make sure your lips have been well exfoliated in the weeks to come if you are going to be using a bold lip. In the morning before having your makeup done, apply a thick layer of Aquaphor to the lips so that way before you have your lips done, they have been moisturized. While matte lipsticks are great, I don’t recommend them for this season. Stick with a creamy lipstick but first apply a lip primer and then line your lips entirely with a lip pencil. Next, apply a few layers of lipstick while blotting in between so that your lip color lasts longer but yet your lips don’t feel dry. Keep the lipstick close by for any touchups which may be needed.

 

Follow these tips and rest assuring that both your skin and makeup will be camera ready and you will look amazing in your wedding photos! Perhaps some light snowflakes will fall to add a finishing touch on your big day!

 
What’s your winter skin routine? Does your makeup look change in winter?
 
Featured Photo Credit: Jac & Jules Photography

 

 

 

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The Worst Times of The Year to Get Married in 2019 and 2020

If you are one of the estimated 3,600* couples to have gotten engaged in the Hudson Valley over the holidays, congrats!
 

By now, you and your fiancé are probably deciding on when to get married, if you haven’t done so already. Chances are, you might be finding that choosing a 2018 date with vendors who are still available is slim. There’s a good reason for that.
 

The average length of engagements is around 18 months*, so that means that couples who got engaged in 2016 or early 2017 are getting married in 2018 and have reserved most of the available dates. So…realistically, if you got engaged over the holidays, you’re going to have to look at dates in 2019, or even 2020!
 

The first thing you should think of when choosing your date is what else is going on during the time you’re thinking, and the second thing you should think of is when you want your anniversary to be. It’s easy to be caught up in the moment for your wedding, but that date will last a lifetime. That being said, there are three main categories of dates that you should avoid, if possible, and two specific to the Hudson Valley, that you shouldn’t necessarily avoid, but requires a bit more advanced planning. Read on to learn more and scroll all the way down for a complete list of date that you may want to avoid.
 

Avoid birthdays or special family dates

 

When my husband and I got married, it was a no-brainer for us to get married in October. Not only are both our birthday’s in October, but more than half of the month is full of friends and family birthdays and anniversaries. So, of course, we wanted to add to the list.
 

We quickly found out that “adding ourselves to the list” was a lot trickier and challenging than we thought. While we’re happy we did it, it was incredibly stressful to plan because we only had 4 Saturdays to choose from and needed to make sure none of them fell on anyone else’s special day, including ours.
 

While we did have one special guest who was turning 6 on our wedding day and made sure we made it special for him with a little cake and singing “Happy Birthday”, you still need to put yourself in your guest’s shoes. Do YOU really want to be going to a wedding on your birthday or anniversary?
 

While you may say it wouldn’t bother you, when the day comes, it will. Trust me, I know! Several years ago, I was invited to a wedding that took place on my birthday. I already had previous birthday plans prior to receiving a Save the Date, but it was a friend of mine at the time, so I didn’t want to not go to the wedding. With some rearranging, we made it work, but it was still tough.
 

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Avoid holidays (big or small)

 

Many couples think getting married on or near a holiday like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or even a long holiday weekend like for Memorial Day is easy because their guests are already in “celebration” mode and they may have extra days off from work. However, the truth is, for guests (and some venues), it’s really inconvenient. Here’s why…
 

Christmas, in any given year, is a crazy time for so many people and adding a wedding into the mix can really make it insane for you and your guests.
 

For many, New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays you either love or hate. You either want to be out celebrating, living it up or have nothing to do with it at all and want to be in bed by 11:00 pm. Many people don’t like to be out on the road that night either because they know many people will be out celebrating and you never know who might be on the road drunk.
 

For many venues, they host their own New Year’s Eve parties and may not have the night available for your wedding, or they may be available, but be more expensive.
 

Valentine’s Day (if it falls on a weekend) is a bit cliché. In fact, there have been articles written that say people who get married on Valentine’s Day are more likely to get divorced. Who knows if that’s true, but thinking long term, do you really want your anniversary to always be on Valentine’s Day, or do you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day separately? Also, think about floral costs. It may cost you more to get flowers for your wedding due to the high demand.
 

When you think of Memorial Day, it’s a patriotic day set aside to remember those who fought and continue to fight, for our freedom. In addition, it’s the first long weekend of the year and the unofficial first weekend of summer. People plan getaways and vacations around that time, sometimes a year in advance, meaning your wedding might interfere with their plans or their plans may interfere with your wedding and they may not be able to come. Even if people aren’t going away, it’s still a long weekend and some people may not want to do anything. Costs for hotel rooms are also going to be more expensive, so you want to make sure you take that into consideration as well.
 

Avoid repetitive, “superstitious”, leap dates, or somber memorial dates

 

In the past, dates such as 11/11/11 or 12/12/12 were hot days for weddings. In fact, couples who wanted these types of dates booked way out to make sure they got them. While not so prominent now, looking in the years ahead, 8/18/18, 9/19/19 or 2/20/20 may be popular dates as well.
 

If you are superstitious, you may want to avoid dates like Friday the 13th or March 15 which is the “Ides of March”, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, and is traditionally considered a superstitious date. Leap dates you want to avoid for obvious reasons and September 11, and any other somber memorial dates are others you might want to avoid.
 

Hudson Valley times to be aware of

 

There are two times of the year in the Hudson Valley that require a little extra advanced planning. Having a wedding during these times is totally doable, you just need to plan accordingly.
 

May and June

 

May and June are some of the most popular months for weddings. But, guess what else happens in the Hudson Valley in those months? College and High school graduations. There are dozens and dozens of colleges and high schools in the Hudson Valley, and while students are not typically booking venues for graduation parties, their families, who come from all over the tri-state and beyond, are booking hotel rooms. You want to make sure that you book hotel room blocks far in advance so your guests don’t have to compete for rooms.
 

RELATED: MAKE THIS MISTAKE AND YOU’LL RUIN YOUR FALL WEDDING

 

Fall

 

More popular than May and June are September and October. You have tourists coming in to look at the fall foliage, colleges have both homecoming and parent weekends, not to mention countless festivals. The same issue you have with hotels in May and June happens here again.
 

In 2017, JUST in September and October alone, an estimated 2,900* weddings took place in the Hudson Valley. Let’s break that down… say each wedding had 120 guests, estimating half those guests need hotel rooms, that’s 174,000 people (or 87,000 couples) needing rooms in 8 weekends. If that’s not competition, I don’t know what is.
 

So, we want to know how you chose your wedding date if you have one already? Did you find any challenges with your date?
 

Source: The Wedding Report
 

Featured Photo Credit: The Photography of Jeremiah Shaffer

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3 Ways I Incorporated My Maltese Heritage Into My Wedding

Here’s a little fact about me. I’m Maltese. Usually when I tell people that they literally look at me like I have two heads. The conversation usually goes like this…

 

“Mal-what?” they ask.

 

“I’m Maltese!” I say.

 

“Oh, like the dog?”

 

“Well, not exactly. My family comes from Malta?”

 

“Malta? What’s that?”

 

“An island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily”

 

“Oh, so…your Italian?”

 

“Nope. Maltese.”

 

Malta

Photo taken by my cousin

Then I go into my favorite part where I get to talk about Malta. How it’s a country composed of three “tiny” islands (about 200 sq miles) between Sicily and North Africa with a population a little over 400,000. How it has some of the oldest ancient ruins on earth that predate the pyramids of Egypt. How it has its own unique language (Middle Eastern/Arabic with a mix of English, French and Italian) that’s the only Semitic language that’s written in the Latin alphabet. I could go on and on because I love educating people about Malta.

 

I’m first generation American on my father’s side, second generation on my mother’s side. In fact, if you do the math, I’m probably more Maltese than American (though I’m proud of both my heritages equally). But here’s the ironic part…I’ve never been to Malta (yet).

 

I’ve come close twice. Once in college when I was studying abroad in Europe (but wasn’t allowed to travel outside of the group I was with) and once the year I got married, when my cousins went. I couldn’t go then because between saving and planning for a wedding and saving for a house, it just wasn’t financially possible at the time. So, visiting is still on my bucket list.

 

That being said, because I’m so proud of where my family comes from, it was very important to me to incorporate my Maltese heritage into my wedding. I’ve said over and over that one of the best things about weddings is that it’s a great opportunity for the couple, even though they are coming together as one, to showcase their induvial styles, religions, heritages, cultures, etc. So, here’s what I did…

 

RELATED: 3 UNIQUE WAYS TO SAY ‘THIS IS US’ AT YOUR WEDDING

 

I incorporated my Maltese heritage in the details

 

Maltese Cross

Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This is a rhyme brides know all too well. The “new” was easy…that was my dress. The “blue” was easy…stickers I put on the bottom of my shoe that read “I Do.”

 

The “old” and “borrowed” was tricky. I was trying to figure out what those could be and then my mom had an idea to look through her jewelry box.

 

As we were going through the box which is full of family heirlooms, I found a magnificent filigree Maltese Cross pin that belonged to my grandmother as well as some lace she made. Making filigree jewelry and lace are traditional Maltese arts. My thought was to use them both on my bouquet. While I opted, in the end, not to use my grandmother’s lace (for fear of getting it stained from the flowers, or oils from my hand), I did have lace wrapped around my bouquet as homage to her and attached the pin to it. (There’s another story here on how I lost the pin on my wedding day and miraculously found it the next day…but that’s a whole other story for a whole different day).

 

I incorporated my Maltese heritage through romantic proverbs

 

Maltese wedding

Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

My husband is Irish, so Irish wedding traditions and blessing are easy to find. Maltese wedding traditions and blessings, not so much.

 

Most Maltese are Roman Catholic, in fact, we’re some of the oldest Catholics in the world, dating back to 60 A.D. So, other than having a full Roman Catholic mass wedding, it was really hard for me to find ways to incorporate Maltese wedding blessings. Not to mention, the Maltese language is very complex, so I needed to find blessings that also had English translations.

 

I thought a cool thing to do would be to have Gaelic and Maltese love proverbs scattered on the tables during cocktail hour. I went online to see what I could find, because we know that if it’s online it must be “true”, right (haha!), and held my breath that what I found was correct (I’m not too fluent in the language). My saving grace was that if they weren’t right, only a few people would know. Thankfully, I have a cousin in Malta who looked over the sayings and said that, for the most part, they were right, so I went with it.

 

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I honored my Maltese heritage by keeping my last name

 

My last name, Zammit, is not common at all over here in the States, but in Malta, my last name is like Smith or Jones here. It’s very common.

 

When couples marry, 98% of the time the bride takes the groom’s name. However, I didn’t want to lose my very Maltese name. Now, I know no one can take my heritage away from me, but without my last name, no one would be able to tell, from the outside, what or who I am. It’s very much a part of my identity and how I define myself.

 

A disclaimer here is that changing your name is a very personal decision. Everyone is going to have a different reason for changing or keeping their name, and whatever you decide is correct. For me, I wanted to keep my name but also honor my husband and our unity by taking his name as well, so, I hyphenate my last name.

 

Hopefully, learning how I incorporated my heritage into my wedding will give you some ideas on how you can do the same for your wedding. What specific part of your heritage or culture are you incorporating into your wedding? We’d love to know.
 
Featured Photo Credit: Majestic Studios

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