5 beauty tips 

for the Destination Bride

# 1

Following the Trend

Think about a timeless look for your wedding day. There’s nothing like looking back at you wedding pictures 10 years from now and cringing because you went with the heavy smokey eye look, heavy false eyelashes or chiseled cheek-bones. It’s important to remember that you’re getting photographed and make-up is important but find a stylist that understands that it’s important to still look like yourself! 

# 2

Drink Lots of Water

When traveling, especially air, we become dehydrated. It's important to drink water and lots of it. It's recommended to drink 1 oz per pound of body weight to begin with, carry water with you at all times and sip though out your journey.  *BONUS: try avoiding salty foods and alcohol. I know, I know when we're traveling we eat out and want to enjoy ourselves! Especially in tropical climates we tend to bloat because it's so humid. Wait til your big day and after.

# 3

Using Shimmer and Shimmer Eye Make-up

Because the nature of natural light photography, matte and non-shimmer make-up translates better on film. If the light hits it wrong, you'll have some weird looking spots on you and your face. 

# 4

Tanning/Sun Exposure

If you’re coming to Hawaii (or even a local girl) to get married, you need to pay attention closely…I know you want to look sun kissed and who doesn’t want to make their friends back home a little jealous that they’re getting married in Hawaii?!? Follow along, even if it’s cloudy, wear sun-screen. Why? because the sun here is extremely strong and if it’s your first few days here there’s nothing worse than sun burn and tan lines. Wearing a strapless dress? be sure to go out with a strapless bathing suit. No one wants tan lines on the day of (and I can’t tell you how many times this happens). I always recommend my couples lather up with SPF 50 the first few days upon arrival. Cover up the best you can remember if you're wearing a tee-shirt, that will give you a farmer's tan... and then move down to 30 SPF after your wedding day. If you do get sunburned, go out immediately and get Aloe Vera Gel (Actually, have it on hand upon your arrival!), take a warm shower (as warm as you can bear, not cold), pat dry off and then lather up on the Aloe Vera as soon as you get out of the shower. This way the gel will absorb into your skin (because your pores will be open) and it will heal a tad faster*. Keep applying the Aloe every couple of hours. (*I’m not a doctor, this is just from personal experience. If you have extreme burns seek medical attention immediately).

BONUS: Do not experiment with a spray or fake tan. There is nothing worse than being stressed out about your fake tan...Orange skin is not a good look on anyone. Consult a professional if you're considering this option.

# 5

Get that Mani-Pedi

Your wedding photos will last a lifetime and you want to make sure you look polished from head to toe. A couple of weeks before your big day make sure you schedule an appointment for a manicure, pedicure, waxing, and facial. Even if you don’t normally get your nails or toes done, this is one time when you’re going to be happy that you spent the time to get a mani-pedi. If getting your nails done is not part of your usual routine and going to a salon makes you nervous, make a party of it and invite your bridesmaids to enjoy an afternoon of pampering. Better yet, check with the salon owner ahead of time and you may be able to bring champagne and glasses to the salon, turning the girls spa day into a celebration! (Be sure to arrange a designated driver or even better call an Uber!). 

ABOUT ME: A chaser of light and all things beautiful is what inspires me to continue on my creative journey. A love of movies, story telling, and intimate connections is a narrative I love and being a part of. I shoot in both digital and medium format film as the aesthetic of film is is like no other of its unrivaled beauty. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii always looking to travel the world, I love looking for all life's stories to be captured.

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