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Providence G Wedding Styled Shoot in Rhode Island

Rhode Island, here we come…

Last November we announced our plan to trek up the East Coast and introduce Darling & Dapper to Rhode Island and New England. Well, we have been making moves, meeting people and networking like crazy to make this little dream of ours come true! This past April we (Liz, Anna and Amber) hopped in the car and made the 10.5 hour drive up to Newport, RI. The plan: A styled wedding shoot on the Rooftop at Providence G with Blueflash photography!

Getting there

We were all set and ready to go by 5:30am. The car was packed from top to bottom with our luggage, hair and makeup necessities and everything we could possibly fit for the shoot. We could still kinda see out of the rear view mirror so, we were all good! The drive was long but, because we are easily entertained, it was nothing a little carpool karaoke couldn’t cure. We probably listened to and sang every song from 1950 – 2018. I am sorry to admit that none of us will be dropping a new single anytime soon. Once we hit New York the excitement started to build a bit as we knew we were in the home stretch and just a couple hours away. Also, we couldn’t wait to stretch our legs! We’re talking about flying for our next trip up.

We made it!

We were lucky enough to stay with a friend while we were in town (Thanks Kelly!) which made everything so comfortable and easy! Thankfully, the three of us had a couple of days to explore the Island before we had to put our work hats on. Rhode Island is such a beautiful state. Everything was picturesque from the rocky coasts and beaches, the astounding real estate and history and food to die for! Liz is from Newport so, she got to show us her old stomping grounds which was pretty cool. Ocean Drive and the Castle Hill Lighthouse were the most memorable.

It’s go time

The day of the photo shoot was full of excitement (and, perhaps, a little anxiety). For starters, the weather was NOT cooperating. It was a very grey, rainy and windy day. Did I mention we were shooting on a rooftop?!  But, the team of vendors we were collaborating with were pros! Everyone arrived and got right to work, setting the stage for our “bride and groom”.

The Mr. and Mrs

For the bride, we knew that we needed something original. We wanted a look that was edgy, rustic, eccentric, but still soft and romantic. We loved Every. Single. Detail. Everything from her intricate and crimped up do adorned with a beautiful head piece, the denim shirt tied at her waist, the softness of her lace skirt and the bad-ass boots underneath. She was our vision. For her makeup, we didn’t want to over do it. We played up her eyes and gave her big, fluffy lashes which was the perfect contrast to her soft face and lips.

The Groom didn’t quite need as much primping because he naturally has a serious and mysterious yet playful demeanor about him. A crisp white button down and blue dress slacks paired with a brown belt and shoes and a seriously sweet wooden watch were all he needed. We think the glasses really set the look off in our opinion.

The Dream Team

Everything about this shoot ended up being perfect…Blueflash was a dream to work with and they really made sure they captured our vision. The tables, place settings and decor from Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals  helped us get that edgy, retro quirkiness we were looking for. Bianca from Queen B’s Bakery custom made not one, but THREE amazing cakes! Michelle Jeanne Floral went above and beyond with her design for us – we couldn’t have dreamed up a prettier backdrop if we tried. The arch she created was the perfect match for the the the flower “lanterns” made by our friend Katherine Hallberg Design.  To match our edgy good girl/bad girl vibe, the invitations were a creative contrast of soft blush with bold lettering and unique textures – made special for us by Champagne and Ink!

That’s a wrap!

After hours of commitment and dedication from all involved, the shoot was wrapped. All of the vendors parted ways but we stuck around to enjoy a celebratory beverage or two. This was a really big hurdle for us to jump over but, we nailed it! Coordinating everything from Virginia Beach wasn’t the easiest but, our collective efforts made it happen and we are so thankful…we can’t wait to work with everyone again.

We knew that the photos were going to be amazing and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on them so that we could submit everything for publication. It’s been a few months since the shoot but everyone’s hard work is paying off – our styled shoot was recently published on The Newport Bride! What an honor – check it out!

You can pay a visit to everyone involved in this shoot by clicking their names above or by scrolling to the bottom of this page 🙂

We have a few of our favorite photos below – we hope that you love them as much as we do! This is just the beginning of our adventure and we can’t wait to share more with you as we move forward. Cheers to chasing dreams!

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Vendors:

Beauty and Coordination: Darling & Dapper Studio

Photography: Blueflash Photography

Venue: Rooftop at Providence G

Stationary and Invitations:  Champagne and Ink

Flowers: Michelle Jeanne Floral Design

Bridal Gown and Accessories: Spark Bridal |  Milk and Honey Bride,

Wedding cakes: Queen B’s Bakery

Decor, furniture, place settings: Uniquely Chic Vintage

DIY | Handmade: Katherine Hallberg Design

Models: Amber Dillon | Nick Walker

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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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