18 Jul

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Ah, nature. Always coming up with the best backdrops around. Take these SoCal sand dunes, for example: vast, interesting, and such a fun place to go on a little photog adventure. Which is exactly why Megan + Adam shouted a big resounding “YES!” when photographers Luke + Katherine of Max & Friends asked if they’d be up for the trip four hours south of Los Angeles. Road trip, anyone?

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Megan says, It was an overcast day, which was so nice since there was a breeze and we weren’t melting in the heat. Kat and Luke made us feel so comfortable. We felt like we were just hanging out in the Sahara and not doing a portrait session near the Mexico border.

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

We’re not in the city anymore, guys…

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Katherine and Megan actually met via Instagram (Megan was always checking out her and Luke’s beautiful instas). So it was a perfect match. Megan says, Surprisingly, Adam and I had been wanting to go out to the same dunes so we jumped at the chance to see the dunes and be photographed by such a talented couple. The actual shoot was such a blast! 

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Great shots!

Photography: Luke + Katherine of Max & Friends / Megan’s Dress: Victoria’s Secret / Adam’s Top & Pants: Club Monaco / Oxfords: B Store

 
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17 Jul

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

There’s something so elegant about a black + gold color palette. Add in the biggest bunches of colorful flowers you can find, and you’ve got a recipe for a dramatic, sophisticated wedding theme. Photog Kristen Curette had the idea for a luxe vineyard shoot, and Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Designs put her spin on it with all the matte black details to contrast with all those big, beautiful florals.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Calligraphy, matte black, gold, and a single flower…

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Black velvet ribbon chair sashes by Le Petit Mariage, an oversized candelabra, and a lush garland sure make a pretty place to sit.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Can a centerpiece be too pretty? Jennifer says, We sprinkled in a ton of pretty with florals, fruit, and gold details.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

So unique and unexpected.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Ah, fruit + desserts rollin’ in on a vintage gold bar cart. Yes, just yes.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Kudos to the team below for such a beautiful setup…

Photography: Kristen Curette / Venue and Wine: Haak Vineyards and Winery / Design and Styling: Jennifer Laura Design / Florals: Maxit Flower Design / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Paper: BP Invites / Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents, Bourbon and Bloom, and Moonshine Vintage Rentals / Place cards and bride and groom chair sash: Le Petit Mariage / Model: Mallory White

 
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17 Jul

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

We so wish our hair looked this glamorous every day. Wouldn’t that be something? Lucky for all you brides-to-be, you get to spend hours swooning over pics like this (okay, we do too), all in the name of landing on the perfect ‘do. Janet Miranda, owner and bridal hair expert at BE.NYLA is here to nudge you in the right direction with a series of bridal hairstyles based off of romantic summer beauty + fashion. Shoutout to Betsi Ewing for the photos in this new lookbook, and to Janet for all the wedding hair 101

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Deep Side Part + Loose Waves

Note: For medium curls, use a 1.25” curling iron; for large and voluminous curls, use a 1.5” curling iron.
Tools: Protective serum, light hold hairspray, curling iron

Steps:
1. Create your part before curling
2. Using the curling iron, curl sections away from your face
3. Run your fingers through hair from roots to ends to loosen the wave 
4. Finish off by spraying with the light hairspray 

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Rope Braid

Note: Second-day hair is best to create this look—texture is key.
Tools: Two elastic bands, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a low ponytail
2. Grab a thick portion underneath the pony + wrap around to cover the hair tie; pin
3. Separate hair in two equal sections; twist together
4. Finish by tying hair with elastic band, and tie a few strands around to hide band

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Top Bun

Note: Best with second-day hair.
Tools: Boar brush, one elastic band, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a high pony, using boar brush to smooth
2. Twist the hair
3. Wrap around to form a bun, and pin!

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

So great! Thanks, Janet! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Photographer: Betsi Ewing / Hairstylist: Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist Janet Miranda of BE.NYLA / Dresses: Temperley London, Monique Lhuillier provided by Nearly Newlywed / Model: Annelise Cherie

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