Introducing Darling Unveiled

Behind the Veil started with a passion for making women feel beautiful and confident. In 6 years, we have never steered away from that. Surely, we weren’t the first salon to yearn for women to feel beautiful. But we were the first of OUR kind in the area – a salon focused on brides with a driving desire to make their wedding day effortlessly beautiful. We love what we stand for and the group of likeminded women on our team help us stay true to our zealousness and beliefs always. It’s not always smooth sailing and we would be lying if we said anything to the contrary. In this industry, there is plenty of crazy to go around. Weddings can be full of stress so, if we can be the one constant smile for a bride, we’ve done our job.

The past two years have brought forth more change than any of us could have imagined. Changes ranging from the fixtures on the walls to the faces behind the chairs. Not to mention countless obstacles. Had we known that every change and every choice made would have led us to where we are now, we would have undoubtedly hurried the process along because we have found ourselves on the brink of something amazing. The future is full of the unknown but, it is confidently full of heart, passion, unparalleled talent and a leader who knows no limits. Behind the Veil, in name, might be leaving; however, its core beliefs, enthusiasm, amazing artists and never-ending thirst for success are drilled deep into our roots.

Ladies and gentlemen, Darling & Dapper is here. Are you ready?

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Wedding Day Trials: You Be the Judge!

You be the Judge…go to trial!

For some brides, hair and makeup is on the top of their ‘must find’ vendor list. They Pinterest hair and makeup for months trying to paint the perfect wedding day picture – everything from hair pieces and veils to perfected eye brows and expertly contoured cheek bones.

For other brides, hair and makeup comes later in the planning process and it’s something they have put a little less thought into. This isn’t to say that it’s not important – wedding planning can be INSANE so it’s understandable that hair and makeup be at the bottom of the list or, not on the list at all!

Whether you are a hair and makeup aficionado or prefer more of a natural façade, your wedding day hair and makeup is important! You want to look back at all of your wedding-day pictures and feel beautiful and, most of all, like yourself.

When you start looking for your hair and makeup team, use the internet to your advantage! Wedding Wire and The Knot are just two of many tools at your fingertips. You can search HUNDREDS of salons and read a bios, read real reviews by other brides and you can find contact info.

Don’t be afraid to go straight to the source and call or email and ask a thousand questions. We LOVE taking calls from shopping brides – we know that your hair and makeup can end up being a costly expense and we want you to feel comfortable with moving forward, booking, and knowing you are in the best of hands.

Ultimately, your comfort is the most important to us. Which brings us to… dun dun dunnnnnnn………..hair and makeup trials!

Darling & Dapper LOVES meeting brides for a trial run of hair and makeup. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know the stylist who will be with you on your wedding day, go through pictures together and get pampered. We want your day to be just as perfect as you do! A trial allows us to consult with you and ask you about your vision so we can fine tune your hair and makeup to be exactly what you want – it’s not uncommon for the pictures brought in by the bride to be tweaked and customized for each bride’s hair type and face shape. We do our best to make sure our brides walk out the door feeling wedding-day ready! We always leave the lines of communication open between the trial and the wedding day and we are 100% open to feedback and critiques. Again, your comfort is what’s most important to us.

Trials aren’t just for the bride, either! It is fairly common for the Mother of the Bride or the Maid of Honor to have a hair and makeup trial, too. This way the bride is able to see if the Attendant’s style works with her vision and it’s a really great way to bond before the big day. When you are searching for your wedding day stylist, don’t hesitate to schedule a trial before booking. Call us to discuss pricing and availability. We can’t wait to talk to you!!

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Joyful Send-Off Campaign {Being Eco-Friendly is the Way to Be}

We were super stoked to be part of these awesome styled shoots for Joyful Send-Off, a nonprofit organization aiming at showcasing that you don’t need to release balloons in order to have a beautiful wedding day.  Learn more about all their environmentally friendly ideas here – and for now, be sure to check out the epic work that we got to do on these shoots!

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Vendors Involved:

Photography: Dragon Studio

Coordination & Styling: Misty Saves the Day

for Joyful Send-Off

Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper

Venue: Yacht Club at Marina Shores

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Why We Did Boudoir {And You Should, Too}

When Mike & Misty of ISO:LUX wanted to do a bff boudoir shoot of Liz & I, I was stoked!  And terrified.  And filled with trepidation.  I wear a one-piece bathing suit and have a total mom-bod (in my opinion).  I had never done anything like it before.  I had seen plenty of shoots from photographers I follow on Facebook and Instagram and had never considered myself eligible to be in front of the camera for boudoir.

In the days leading up to the shoot, I picked out a few things to wear.  I am uncomfortable in lingerie, so I went with some super cute panties, a sweatshirt I cut the collar out of, and a band tee.  The feel of the shoot was supposed to be a “BFF sleepover”, so I think I picked my outfits well.

I arrived at Liz’s house where we were shooting with my hair and makeup all the way done up.  I was feeling pretty sexy, I can’t lie.  Champagne started flowing pretty quickly to loosen up any inhibitions, music was playing, and before I knew it, the cameras were clicking away.  It all felt SO natural – I couldn’t believe it.

Mike and Misty made me feel comfortable and beautiful the entire time.  They kept us laughing to rid off any nerves that might creep up on us.  They let us take the lead rather than directing us and I think that’s what really made the experience memorable.

Boudoir is something I will absolutely do again.  All the nervousness and feeling unphotogenic dissipated so quickly… taking those pictures gave me this sense of overwhelming confidence and empowerment over my body.  It was the pick me up I didn’t even know I needed.

If you haven’t done it and are considering it – do it.  Do it for you.  Do it for your lover.  Do it for whatever.  I guarantee you won’t find another way to feel as sexy.  Don’t wait until you “lose the last 5 pounds”, don’t wait… I brought all my curves to my shoot, hunny.  If you are with the right photographer, you will feel amazing – whatever shape and size you are will work for you.  Be yourself and be proud of your body.  Reclaim your sexy.

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A Starry-Night Inspired Shoot in the Mountains {ISO:ALT}

I (Liz) drove all the way to the mountains with the two crazy amazing people from ISO:ALT for this incredible photoshoot right under the Milky Way.  Taking inspiration from the stars that we could see (even more than you can see in these pics) – I was able to create something incredible, for our model, Jennifer, to rock under the stars.  Check it out.

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Vendors Involved:

Photography & Styling: Dragon Studio

Styling & Coordination: Misty Saves the Day

Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper

Model: Jennifer Linke

Gown: Jeilyne Santana

Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge

Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

Florals: Fluttering Flowers

Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering: Ceindy Doodles

Cake: Kadi Bakes

Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events

Constellation Glasses: Ballou Sky

Bride & Groom Cut-Outs and Stars: Jollity & Co.

Chargers: At Home

Plates & Flatware: Bed Bath & Beyond

Chairs: Target

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Norfolk Botanical Garden Styled Shoot {The Perfect Palette}

We loved being part of this fun photoshoot with Will Hawkins Photography and an amazing cast of vendors, featuring some gorgeous attire, a killer backdrop, and some amazingly colorful fall wedding inspiration.  Check out the latest from this styled wedding inspiration below – and get inspired!

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Vendors Involved:

Photography: Will Hawkins Photography

Venue: Norfolk Botanical Garden

Styling & Coordination: Misty Saves the Day

Attire: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach

Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper

Florist: Fluttering Flowers

Rentals: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events

Paper: Lauren Perry Studio

Cake: Candies Treats

Backdrop: Katherine Hallberg Design

Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge

Featured on The Perfect Palette, submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Gold, Pearl and all that shimmers

 

 

November 12th was, by far, our most beautiful event yet. From the red carpet outside to the lights above our heads, this party was one for the books and it’s going to be hard to beat it! But, per our usual, we will 😉

Every year, Waterman’s very graciously allows us to transform their attic into a whole new world for our charity event. A portion of the funds we raise benefit the JT Walk which is an amazing charity for ALS research. If you want to learn more about the charity, you can click HEREWe always choose November for our party because it’s around the time that wedding season starts to wind down and we, along with all of our vendor friends and nearest and dearest, deserve to take a breath and celebrate together. There are so many working parts to this party and I have quite a list of “thank yous” to put stamps on but, until then, let me thank you all here…

First, thank you Watermans. You have been the home to our event for 3 years now and we couldn’t imagine hosting it anywhere else. The Attic space is beautiful and really is perfect for our party. Your bartenders let us have free reign over their hair and makeup for the evening – what a better way to showcase our work?! P.S. you guys haven’t lost your touch with the Orange Crushes 😉

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Everyone loves a party that gives you a souvenir. Snapqub’s photo booth was a huge hit as always and was busy the entire evening. I took home at least 10  photo strips and they are stuck to my refrigerator <3 Anyone looking for a fun, creative way to jazz up a party/wedding/event should consider Snapqub! Click HERE to have a look at their website.

If you attended our party then you already know how amazing The Attic looked. From the gorgeous blooms that adorned each table and the bar, to the lights above our heads that were every bit reminiscent of a starry night – the room was perfect. Stage Right Lighting and Palette of Petals are so talented and creative…making our lives better all year and specifically at this event. We love you guys! The tablecloths provided by Waterford Event rentals resembled the skirt of a wedding gown. They were stunning! They always know how to help put together a 5 star event.

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Astro DJ is and always will be our wing man. They are so much fun and always willing to do everything in their power to make sure a good time is had by all.

Now let’s talk about the music…there was a perfect mix of fast, slow, new and old. DJ Might E had an awesome set list and the dance floor was busy all night long. It’s not a party without The Wobble, right?!

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Kelly Stinson Photography did a fantastic job of capturing  the beauty of the room and everyone in it. Her team is so talented…You can view the entire photo gallery by clicking HERE.

Most importantly, thank YOU for supporting us and our dreams. This party wouldn’t mean anything if no one showed up. Your attendance and support are everything.

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If you weren’t able to attend our party then you missed out on a BIG announcement! Stay tuned for more in the next few weeks.

Xoxo,

Anna Bissett

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Pumpkin Spice is in the HAIR…

I cannot express enough how much I welcome the change of seasons from Summer to Fall. While I do love summer and all that accompanies it – tan lines and sand in my toes, flip flops and sun dresses, barbecues and fireworks – there is something magical when the air starts to crisp and the leaves begin to change. Halloween is around the corner and then shortly after we get to celebrate one of my favorite holidays: THANKSGIVING. I love gravy.

As the weather changes we slowly start to shift our wardrobe from bright, patterned outfits to more neutral, slightly darker ensembles. Our skin starts to pale from a lack of sunbathing. We trade our hot pink and neon colored nail polish in for something a little more mauve.  With everything around us changing, maybe ever so gradually, it’s a great time to warm up those bleach-blonde locks with something a little richer. There is definitely no rule that says you should alter your hair when fall arrives, but it is something that a lot of us do.

Whether you want to make a complete transformation and go from Gwen Stefani to Demi Lovato or do something a little more subtle, there is definitely a great look waiting for you! One hot new trend to consider is going “bronde”. The best way I can describe this is as follows: you love your blonde hair (that I know you’ve worked hard for) but, you want to warm things up without making a DRAMATIC, hard to reverse change. It’s the perfect blend of blonde and blown, thus “bronde”.  Have a closer look at this trending style here.

Here are our suggestions for incorporating a fall look into your current hair color:

If you have been blonde all summer and are ready to go a little deeper, have a look at the link above and consider going Bronde. You can insert a darker base while keeping some of those pieces really light blonde, thereby adding depth while still keeping you all over blonde. If you’re currently a dark brown or an all over darker color, a suitable choice would be to balayage some highlights in. Those highlights can be anywhere from a copper to deep burgundy. The goal would be to add some warm dimensional color. if you already have some highlights, a toner or color wash would be a great choice to freshen those locks and add a golden glow to your current look.

Whatever you do (or don’t do!) with your hair this fall, let me say this – may your yoga pants be comfy, your Ugg boots be warm, and your Pumpkin Spice Lattes be plentiful!

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Our amazingly talented girls would love to opportunity to consult with you about ways to update your cut, color and style as well as your makeup. Give us a call to set it up at (757) 965-7500.

Love,

Anna Bissett (Salon Manager) and Megan Bell (Stylist and Makeup Artist)

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Be Radiant with the 2014 Color of the Year!

If you started to drive a Volvo, suddenly you see Volvos wherever you go.  You didn’t seem to notice them before, but now that you are driving one, you are much more mindful of these particular cars.  The same has rang true for me with Pantone “Color of the Year”.  Let me explain…

…if you were to say the word “Pantone” to me before my husband started art school, I would not know what you were talking about. However, now that I understand what this word means and how it relates to me, I want to share this with so many people.  Pantone is a company that known for it’s Pantone Matching System (PMS) to represent colors to a variety of industries, mainly printing, but we can communicate colors to so many just using their system.  Each color is assigned a different number & there are 1,140 color spots in their system.

In addition to regulate colors between designers all over the world, Pantone will work with designers to forecast “Colors of the Year” which will be reflected in fashion, interior design, textiles, WEDDINGS…all sorts of places.  Last year, the Color of the Year was Emerald, or 17-4651.  Below we feature a sample of 2013’s color:

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Since we are at the beginning of the new year, we want to fill you all in on Pantone’s newest choice for 2014 which is “Radiant Orchid” or 18-3224.  See this lovely hue below:

Official image 2014 color of the year

 

Now that we have shown you this color, watch, just as you had started to see the car you are currently driving everywhere, you will start to see this color everywhere, too!  Here’s a few pics collected of Radiant Orchid:

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Why is this the “Color of the Year”?  How is this color chosen?  Click here for a video that explains this process.

In addition to the Color of the Year, Pantone also chooses seasonal colors in a Fashion Report for both women and men that will accent the color of the year.  Again, these are all reflected in Fashion Weeks all over the world.  This just goes to show you how color affects each and every branch of the art and design world. Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiserman, explains the Women’s Spring 2014 Fashion Report.

…of course we haven’t forgot our guys!  Here’s the men’s Fashion Report:

 

To read more about Pantone and their wide range of colors, visit their website!   If you enjoyed our blog post, please share it on your favorite social media outlet!

 

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Veil Studios Host Black and White Party

We gathered all of our family and friends this past Thursday at The Attic at Waterman’s to premiere our promotional video that was so wonderfully crafted by The Girl Tyler…check it out below!

We really had a BLAST making that video, so a huge thank you, again, to The Girl Tyler and her crew!

We had 153 people attend our Black and White Party and raised $1385 for The JT Walk!  That was all you guys!  Thank YOU!

Without the team of vendors & pals that we have, this event wouldn’t have been able to happen… so let’s give some shout outs to all our peeps!  🙂

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Some of the fun props from SnapQube!

SnapQube provided a photobooth that was a HIT the whole night!

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 DJ Might E rocked us with tunes ALL NIGHT LONG! What a rad mix of music.

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Liz Alfier & Somer Anne

Some Anne Photography  captured the whole evening and we are going to post her pics, too!  SMILE!!

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Stage Right Lighting did it right! So pretty!

Stage Right Lighting really set the mood and transformed a really cute spot into the most fitting vibe for our party!

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Unbelievable talent from Palette of Petals.

All of our lovely arrangements were designed and made by Palette of Petals…the arrangements brought our party to a whole other level!

View More: http://someranne.pass.us/blackwhitepartyWaterford Rentals knows how to set the stage, for sure!

Waterford Rentals made sure that each and every surface was representing the feeling of Veil Studios from linens to candles, they really helped to create the mood!

We noshed on DELICIOUS cupcakes from Flour Power (some of which had all sorts of HOOTCH in them!)

And a HUGE thank you to Nancy Rosen Events for making sure that all the “I”s were dotted and the “T’s” were crossed.

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