Part of the whole Bridal experience is the “getting ready” part. The pampering, the beautifying, the excitement and the butterflies.
Since I wasn’t having the typical wedding with bridesmaids, make-up artists or the coming and going of people, my getting-ready experience was thankfully quiet and relaxed.
It was just me and my Mom getting beautified, so it made the experience a lot more intimate and calming.
Together with my Mom, we turned our guest room in a vintage feminine bridal suite where we got leisurely enjoyed Americano and croissants breaks in between hairspray and lipsticks.
Below I’m sharing the most special details of my Bridal experience through photos.
To me, the most important to create the ideal Bridal pampering space is to choose a room with good lighting, clean surroundings and decor and energy that suits your personality. To me, that was vintage and feminine decor.
I am so grateful that my Mom saved my treasured furniture when I moved out. She brought them back to transform a perfect space for a Bridal room. My refurbished antique chair, my desk, my armoire and my mirror are all beloved vintage pieces from my old bedroom that apparently all had a future purpose.
If it wasn’t for COVID, I would have had a makeup artist do my makeup professionally and my Mom’s, but to keep things safe, I was the one who did my Mom’s makeup, and my own Bridal makeup.
We did hire our long-time hair stylist to get both my Mom and my hair done. She created soft romantic curls on my long hair, and she weaved my floral veil into my curls, making it look like a veil of flowers cascading down my hair.
Check out this “How To” blog post to see this floral veil in detail, and to learn how I created it. I promise you, it was so easy and so affordable!!)
My Bridal jewelry was incredibly special to me because every piece was vintage, and passed on to me by my Mom. I felt like an Arabian princess slipping on these gold pieces.
The most special jewelry piece was my gold bangle from Lebanon that my Mom also wore on her wedding day, and gifted to me on the morning of my wedding day. In Lebanese tradition, the Bride receives gold jewelry, particularly a gold bangle.
My turquoise and gold earrings ended up being my “Something Blue”.
They are playful, they matched my dress beautifully, they fit the vintage theme and most importantly, they are comfortable. They don’t have heel so it was perfect for walking on grass for our wedding ceremony, and walking up trails for our wedding portraits.
The final accessory was my beautiful, whimsical Bridal bouquet from Dawn Dust Florals. She is a true artist.
I originally just wanted a green and ivory bouquet but after I showed her my Mom’s wedding dress, she suggested adding tones of blush. I was hesitant at first because I was afraid it would be “too much” colour, but I trusted her professional advice and I’m so happy I did.
Since this accessory was so special to me, I successfully dried my bridal bridal bouquet and am using it as a special keep sake through decor. Check out this blog post to see how I preserved my wedding flowers.
My Vow Book
Writing my vows was hands down the most important prepping I did in this room. When I saw these vow books on Etsy, I knew they would tie in beautifully with our backyard wedding theme and colours, and would make writing and reading our vows more special.
I hope you enjoyed taking a behind-the-scenes peek of my Bridal experience, and I hope this inspires you to create your own unique Bridal space, or serves as a nod to nostalgia to your past Bridal experience.