Boho-chic long curls. Photo by Matt Kennedy Photography


Perfect hair accessories. Photo by Gucio Photography


The classic bun. Photo by Jenn Best Photography


The sleek longtail. Photo by Taryn Baxter Photography


Braids of every kind. Photo by Barnett Photography


Loose and messy updo's. Photo by Sakura Photography

The 2015 wedding season is well underway, and details for your big day are all coming together. You’ve chosen your venue, bought your dress, sampled your cake… but don’t forget about your makeup and hair.

This is a very important decision, as your hair and makeup must go with your gown and reflect your own style. It’s your day to shine and be as glamorous or as natural as you want to be. Still, picking the right look can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone – there’s an artist for that!

Find Your Style

While growing up, I remember seeing celebrities in magazines and many of us marching right into a salon and demanding to have our hair exactly like in the photo. But trends are meant to inspire and steer you in a new direction. They can be a lot of fun, but your wedding is not the time to launch a new you. You want your fiancé and family to recognize you and have their breath taken away.

So if you see something and love it, go for it. Talk to your artist/stylist and work together to make your desired hairstyle happen. Don’t have thick enough hair for your chosen look? Don’t worry, that’s what extensions and backcombing are for. We’ve got great retailers in Vancouver offering the best extensions out there.

Work With a Pro

Not sure how to make your makeup work with your hair? Don’t stress, this is what trials are for. A consultation is key, as you’ll get to see the look put together before your wedding. It’s also a time for you to get to know your artist, who will be a part of the biggest day of your life. Gather your inspiration from Pinterest and other sources, then sit down together to discuss why you’ve chosen those styles, why you think the look goes best with your dress and why it suits you.

We, as artists, are very visual. Just minutes after talking to you, we can get an idea of who you are. Together we can establish the perfect look, try it out and send you off feeling confident about the look with which you’ll be walking down the aisle.

There are lots of things to consider, such as time of year, the neckline of your dress, or whether you’ll wear a hairpiece. For example, in the hot summer months, an updo may be a better option so your hair holds in place, and your back and neck stay cool.

Top Trends

Of course, nothing’s written in black and white. By all means follow your heart, and go with your gut. But if you’re looking for some guidance and inspiration on trending hairstyles for spring/summer, here are my top picks (as seen above on real local brides):

1. Boho Chic

Long hair is back, so start growing out that short bob! Very common on the runways, long cascading curls and big voluminous blowouts are the ultimate symbol of gorgeousness. Bouncy curls can be sleek and polished, or natural and carefree. Just add flowers or bling for a twist of glam.

2. Pretty Accessories

Complement a simple, easygoing hairstyle with a statement accessory. This season we’re seeing Russian netting with appliqués on soft tulle belts, vintage 1920s-inspired combs, clips and barrettes.

3. Classic Buns

A chic bun can be sophisticated or loose but still look polished. Consider a romantic Spanish-style bun, using bigger flowers in your hair. Or weave tiny flowers through braids (try baby’s breath) to add a cool new twist on wearing flowers in your hair.

4. Sleek Longtails

Longtails are beautiful when perfectly pulled up, not too tight, and worn lower on the head – as opposed to the ponytail, which sits much higher. Textured backcombing around the top crown adds volume and interest.

5. Braids & Twists

Today is all about braids, any and all kinds, including waterfall, fishtail, halo-crown boho, two-strand, five-strand, twisted side braids, braided headbands, even delicate cornrows. Whatever you love, there’s a braid for everyone and they can be incorporated into any up or down style. Leaving wispy pieces around the face makes the look feel more natural.

6. Messy Updo

For a fresh contemporary look opt for a big, loose, tousled updo. Chignons remain popular but today’s style is not as tight or polished as before, yet still sophisticated and beautiful.