and standout accessories allow brides to showcase their personalities. Romantic removable cap sleeves. Dramatic capes. A surprising overskirt donned for the reception. In stores, Matthews is seeing gowns with removable overskirts, sleeves, capes, wings and more. These features allow for multiple looks in one night. “Be prepared for more elaborate accessories — longer veils, elbow length gloves, big earrings and sparkly heels to show off in slits,” said Kristen Barstow, owner of Vocelle’s Bridal in Tallahassee.
Picture middle parts sleeked into a chignon or bun at the nape of the neck or a teased high pony with volume at the crown. DEWEY AND GLOWING Brides are loving the no-makeup makeup look, enhancing their natural beauty. This approach spurns heavy foundation, fake lashes and bold eyes and lips. Instead, it embraces natural features — radiant, highlighted cheekbones, neutral mattes on the eyes, brushed brows, individual lash clusters and soft lip shades.
PEARLS AND FLORALS Femininity is in full force with florals and pearls appearing on dresses and accessories. While often dainty and delicate, these adornments are also showing up in bold ways. “From pearl scatter veils to dangle pearl earrings to pearl embellishments on the gown itself, pearls are everywhere,” said Barstow. “They’re the perfect touch of classic with all the glam of modernity.” Trending are floral appliques, threedimensional floral effects woven into dresses or a simple dress with a dramatic floor-length veil.
“Brides right now are loving the natural glam look, which includes focusing on the contour and highlight to give that dewy, smooth, glowing complexion we all desire,” said Brittany Sigler, owner and master artist at Destin/30A Mobile Makeup Box. This look further enhances that already-present wedding-day glow. ▪
A cascading cape and a teased and tousled power pony are statement makers that pair perfectly with a simple silhouette.
Hair & Makeup
SLEEK BACK Allison Viviano, executive beauty director and makeup artist with Destin/30A Mobile Beauty Box, notes that sleek modern styles such as chignons and power ponytails are also popular, especially for brides with a more minimalistic style.
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LIGHT AND LOOSE CURLS Slightly tousled, but completely intentional, “I woke up like this” curls are showing up everywhere. Whether your stylist creates a beach wave or lets your natural curls thrive, this effortless look pairs well with any wedding style. “Styles are more lived in,” said Sherrie Clark, owner o� Fuel Salon + Store in Tallahassee. “We curl and pin up and then go back to softly let pieces naturally fall.” Clark suggests the following styles: twists or braids with cascading curls, sweeping curls gathered and pinned at the crown or big curls gathered in a low pony allowing the hair to hang in the open space at the back of your dress.
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