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SAY 'I DO' IN STYLE: BRIDE GUIDE 2012

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Bridal 2012 is going to be filled with throwback styles that are being made new again, and I for one, can't wait to see how the Utah Bride uses these retro inspirations in new updated ways. During Bridal Fashion Week in New York City,  I saw three main hair and accessory trends to incorporate into your wedding day look. Here's what you can expect for Summer 2012: 


Vintage is new again
There are two main vintage looks that will be big in the bridal arena this year: 
First is the 70's- Think boho chic with natural texture and loose waves for the hair. We will see the center part at the crown of the head with these looks as well as the addition of braids and soft buns. The hippie bride can adorn her locks with lace, macrame, and of course flower-power.  These looks are great for a more casual out-door wedding where nature takes a big role in the design choices.
The second era that we will be seeing lots of brides reference is the 50's. As popular TV shows like 'Mad Men' and 'PanAm' have already discovered, the feminine beauty of the 50's is worth taking note of. These looks will be the most formal of the looks we see this season, where we use wet-set curls, deep finger waves, and rolled twists that are structured but still soft looking and wearable. 
These bridal looks are complimented by pearl accessories, birdcage netting, and vintage broaches. 

Headband bonanza
The red carpet is a great place to get bridal inspiration and the return of the headband has been BIG in 2012. With stars like Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron rocking the look, it's hard to go wrong when following in their footsteps. The headband can be worn with both up-styles and down looks, as well is in shorter haired brides to add a little razzle dazzle to your hair. We love the diversity in styles and the option to change head pieces throughout your wedding day. Recently I worked with a bride who wore a more formal beaded headband during her ceremony, then later we took her hair down and added a lace and flower band for a more casual look at her reception. The headband is a great alternate to a veil, but still says 'bride'.

The return of gold
It's been a few years since gold was the metallic finish of choice, but 2012 is the year of the comeback. Gold accessories can be extremely diverse, which makes them more applicable than ever. We will see gold looks that read regal and formal- think royal wedding in a ballroom. And we will see gold in a more casual way like at an outdoor barn wedding. Hair styles that work well with gold are diverse too, a sleek finished updo is beautiful with a polished gold comb or broach, while a natural textured wave works beautifully with a brushed or rose gold finish headband. One rule of thumb with gold is to pick a shade and a finish that is contrasting with the color of your hair. That way you'll be sure to see the detail from a distance and in your photos.

Here is to your wedded bliss!





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