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Dressed in Love

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

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Samantha is a writer and stylist with a love for pretty details. She took her trip down the aisle in June 2013 and is now living the married life in Charlotte's South End. Samantha can be reached here.

In the words of the ever-fabulous stylist, Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Since I was a little girl I’ve been expressing myself through style everyday. When I was feeling fearless I would wear my favorite black cowboy boots and nowadays I reach for leopard print. When I was feeling pretty I would throw on something sparkly and, well, not much has changed in that department.

When it came time to choose my bridal look, I knew I wanted it to be a reflection of both my personal style and the style of our wedding. When it comes to my style, I lean towards timeless pieces but I love playful, whimsical details. My husband, Chase, and I wanted a casual outdoor wedding complete with cornhole, BBQ and all our loved ones. To blend the two I decided my look should be simple and laid-back with a little bit of flair.

For my dress, I choose a gown that would fit the feel of our wedding. It was lightweight, flowy and had just the right amount of detail. My veil was trimmed with a little bit of sparkle and my necklace brought in a vintage touch. During the reception I switched out my veil for a flower crown I found on Etsy, which was super fun and made me feel like a boho goddess.

On the beauty side, I wanted to simply enhance my natural self. Cynthia Carrington of Cailin Rua Natural listened and achieved the perfect make-up look. She kept everything toned down but still flawless. The one thing Cynthia talked me into was doing fake eyelashes (not something I do normally) and I couldn’t have been happier. My eyelashes look crazy amazing in our pictures!

Expressing myself through style on my wedding day was way different than any other day because it was a blend of so many emotions. When choosing items I just went with my gut and didn’t second-guess myself. A gorgeous gown, veil, and flawless make-up can all be beautiful but the natural glow of being in love is truly what makes a perfect bridal look.

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