Today, bohemian isn’t just a state of mind – it’s a fashion statement. This offbeat, worldly style is ideal for that bride who chooses to move away from tradition and create a more inspired, natural look. It is a look that reflects both personal style and creativity, one that is sure to be given a glamorous edge in many Summer 2012 weddings. We caught up with Tony Allen and Emily Laird who shared some hot, new, and awe-inspiring looks for the beautiful boho bride.
The Innocent Gypsy
For stunningly gorgeous boho hair, messy curls and braids are key; and with a multitude of braiding techniques to choose from, the sky is truly the limit. Tony used three loose braids and two tight braids as the cornerstone for this sultry look, that could either be worn down (Top of Page) or as a relaxed and striking updo, for those hot Texas summers. (Above) Tony also created soft curls throughout and added a wildflower to enhance the natural vibe. “I love bringing nature into the hair; adding flowers and feathers is a great way to look even more boho,” Allen said.
To achieve the au-naturale, no-fuss look, Emily went for neutral colors. “I started with applying neutral pink on entire lid, followed by purple liner around her eyes and blue liner along the top lid.” Laird goes on to say, “I love to use neutral shimmer shadows as a highlighter for the brow bone. This gives an angel-like glow to the eyes, while giving off a stunning wide-eyed look.” She then applied a light blue color directly under the brow bone, blending it with a brush – subtlety is the key! Emily then added a hot pink shadow, swooped under the blue, then blended all the colors with a tapered brush.
This Sottero and Midgley gown is a boho bride’s dream dress. The bride’s free-style spirit can be magnified as she walks down the aisle in this long, flowing gown with tiers of lace. The satin band with a dazzling display of flowers highlights her natural curves, and stunning lace glistens with beaded embellishments accenting the tulle silhouette; Aurora JSM1414, provided by Dress Me Bridal.
For this fun and free hairstyle Tony used a pencil curling wand, then used his fingers to pick through the hair, to create the bride’s long elegant curls. “Using a curling wand provides a great way to add soft, wavy curls, while leaving the ends loose. Curls that are placed randomly throughout the hair will create that look of just throwing your hair up and walking down the aisle,” says Allen.
For a darker bohemian look, Emily chose to use earthy golds and browns. “I began by applying a gold cream shadow around the entire eye, across the lids and under the bottom lashes. The tones really opened up the models eyes for a another wide-eyed look,” said Laird. To make the look more “Cleopatra,” she used a chocolate brown to accentuate and define the brow area. To accomplish this, she applied a square beginning just under the brow bone. “You need to keep it boxy to create that strong edge, which gives it that aggressive flare,” Laird explained. She then applied a highlighter on the brow bone, as well as to the highest point of the cheekbones. Finally, Laird applied black liner on the inner top and bottom lid, then finished the look with mascara, neutral lip gloss and a bronzer swept across her cheekbones, barely kissing the entire face.
This antique ivory gown from Allure Bridals embodies the boho chic look with its delicate lace appliqués, slightly scooped neckline, taffeta ruched waistband, and sweep train that follows behind it; Allure 8917, provided by Dress Me Bridal.
The Ethereal Goddess
A bohemian bride may opt for a statement headpiece instead of the traditional veil. From the elegant and simple, to the grand and prominent, floral wreaths made from fresh flowers instill a sense of romance, while releasing your inner goddess.
To compliment this full and vibrant hair wreath, Tony teased the models tresses, providing ample volume to coincide with the headpiece. This raw and untamed hairstyle contrasted perfectly with the elegant flowers, creating a look straight from the pages of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
The fresh and vibrant flowers which make up the exquisite bouquet (Bronze Cleopatra) and hair wreath (Above) feature an array of roses, fresh lavender, snowberries, peonies, parrot tulips, ranunculus, wax flower, white French lilac and hypericum berries; Bouquet and hair wreath created by La Tee Da Flowers.
About the Stylists
Tony Allen has been in the hair business for over 8 years. During that time, he has worked as a chemical technician for Toni & Guy and acted as salon coordinator and area training leader for J.C. Penney. He currently holds the position of salon manager at a prestigious salon in Lindale, Texas.
Emily Laird has been helping make people look beautiful for over 10 years. She is a licensed esthetician with a passion for makeup. She also specializes in eyebrow shaping, facials, waxing, and skin care. Emily currently works at a distinguished salon in Lindale, Texas.
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The Wedded Bliss would like to personally thank Mrs. Jill Smith, owner of Dress Me Bridal, for supplying the beautiful wedding gowns, Mrs. Barbara Tidwell, owner of La Tee Da Flowers, for creating the extravagant bouquet and floral wreath, and Mrs. Dee Dee Turnage, owner of Elmwood Gardens, for letting us use your awe-inspiring venue to host our photo shoot. Without each of your support our photo shoot would not have been possible.