Nicole & Nicholas’s Summertime Cincinnati Wedding!

Have you ever noticed how many couples have similar names?  Names that start with the same first letter, that rhyme or are just simply the masculine/feminine version of their partner?  There’s actual science behind this called “The Name Letter Effect” and was discovered in 1985 by a Belgian psychologist.  Here’s a link if you’re interested:

Whether Nicole an Nicholas had a subconscious attraction due to their similar names or not, we are happy they found each other and were even happier that they let us be a part of their love story!

Hair & Makeup byWhitley & Allie

Photo Credit: Images by Daniel Michael

Venue: The Phoenix


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Beverly & Martin’s Krippendorf Lodge Wedding!


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Choosing to have an outdoor wedding really sets the tone for the day and event.    Whether a couple goes with an intimate, backyard ceremony or a venue as lovely and time- honored as the Krippendorf Lodge at The Cincinnati Nature Center, they are guaranteed to have a glorious back drop, thanks to Mother Nature!  

Beverly & Martin’s wedding was nothing short of stunning locations for the ceremony, reception and photos.  Eleven 11 Photography not only did a beautiful job of capturing so many sweet, emotional moments of this wedding, but they showed off the grandeur of this beautiful venue.  Christy & Josh, owners of Eleven 11 Photography for the past 7 years, have been a couple for over 11!  Their work work shows their professional and personal history and we were so excited to be able to share this wedding with our readers!

Hair & Makeup by Angie & Melinda

Venue: Krippendorf Lodge

Photo Credit: Eleven 11 Photography

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Phlawless Skin or Photoshop?

Trial runs can be an important part of deciding on your perfect wedding day look. A bride may be deciding between leaving her hair all down, a full up-do, or something in between.  Working with your stylist to find the most flattering style to shape your face, what’s going to hold all day and night and what makes you feel simply beautiful can be a lot of fun and so rewarding when you have that “OHMYGOSHYES” moment!  This is why I LOVE doing hair.  To me it’s easy.  If you don’t like the first style, great, no big deal.  Let’s take it out and try something else.  With hair, the only illusion out there are these girls with crazy long, thick hair.  This is a simple fix.  Clip in extensions can be found at your local beauty supply and are so easy to work with.

On the opposite end of that spectrum is makeup. Doing a search for “wedding makeup” can be fun and downright inspiring. The internet is flooded with gorgeous pictures of girls with “flawless” skin.  Let’s say you’ve finally found the makeup look that you are ready to try out. You bring it into your makeup artist and sit back, enjoy a little bit of pampering and anticipate the big reveal of the new, more flawless version of yourself.  Except you look in the mirror and feel a little bit of disappointment.  Sure, you love the makeup.  Your eyes look big and bright and you love the lip color, but your skin doesn’t look like the picture.  You can still see the peach fuzz on your face, the fine lines around your eyes and (GASP) PORES!!!  Check out these gorgeous ladies…that actually have fine lines, a couple freckles and NO PHOTOSHOPPING!!

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Guess what, ladies?  You’re human and so is your makeup artist.  We may be good at our job, but we don’t have magical powers.  Our makeup brushes aren’t wands that transform your “normal person” skin into “internet skin”.  These pictures that you find?  Lighting has been set up, filters have been added, editing has been done.


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When you have the expectation that  your skin is basically going to look fake after your makeup artist has worked his/her magic, it’s unrealistic.  Cut us a break and even more so, cut yourself a break and realize even though you may not be perfect, YOU’RE GORGEOUS!!!

Taking Care of Yourself Doesn’t End at Yoga and Kale…



Hellooooo, Rollers and Rouge!  Thanks, Natalie- my high school band geek buddy (“I promise it was cool at our school!”  No, really.)- for allowing me to guest post!

A mere two and a half years ago, I had the wedding of my dreams- outside, in my childhood backyard, a slight chill in the air, at sunset.  It was great.  What wasn’t always great was the months leading up to it, can I get an amen?  Planning, reserving, ordering, fitting, meal plans, workout plans, showers, decisions!  I wouldn’t take any of it back, mind you, but wow was it tunnel vision in a thousand different directions in those days!  My main focus was on getting more shapely- through wise eating and a boot camp, and keeping my sanity- through continuing my regular yoga practice.

What I didn’t pay as much attention to was what was going on my body! I had a makeup trial run and ordered a crapton of new, expensive, AWESOME stuff.  But what I didn’t realize then was that I needed to be focusing as much on my beauty regime as my physical one.  I still workout 4-6 days a week, I still try to eat well, and now I prioritize the ingredients going on my face and body.

My newest obsession is the line at Beautycounter.  It’s proven safe by Mia Davis and made effective by Christy Coleman.  I love their Essentials line for my daily face care.  Add in a Lustro Oil with the moisturizer and I promise your life will be changed.  What I love about this line is that it’s the best out there- not only is it toxin-free and safe for you (check out their “Never List” of ingredients they promise to, well, never use), but it also makes your skin feel amazing.  And don’t get me started on their cosmetics line.  Because it’s a new company, new products are rolling out by the month! Their newest valentine-worthy product, Scarlet Lip Sheer, is somehow “the perfect red” for truly everyone that puts it on!  And if you don’t agree, they have a fantastic 30 and 60 day return policy!

Start taking care of yourself now, with a product that looks great and takes care of you!  









Laura is a K-4 Spanish teacher in Nashville, Tn.  She was also my favorite percussionist in our awesome marching band days!  Want more info on her Beautycounter?  Visit her here.