be natural airbrush & hair design

Basically every bride I’ve ever worked with has hoped to find a professional who can deliver the beauty goods on their big day. When we hooked up with Michelle Curl during the styled shoots featured at The Bridal Experience coming up this weekend, I KNEW that I found THE ONE.

And then I promptly handed her phone number over to my 2017 brides 🙂

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

Hi, Michelle! Tell us a little about yourself.

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for over 16 years, and weddings have always been something I love to be a part of. Growing up, my mother was a wedding coordinator and I always loved being around the hustle and bustle of the big day… it’s always an honor to be asked to be a part of someone’s special day. They are asking you to help them create memories that will last a lifetime!

Photo by Pure Visions Photography
Photo by Pure Visions Photography

What types of services do you offer?

I have always loved doing hair design! Weddings and special events always allow me to be creative with different styles, while bringing to life a vision the bride has in mind. I also offer Be Natural Airbrush makeup, which is a wonderful way to add the finishing touch to your special day– Be Natural Airbrush is a Salon Professional makeup line, consisting of pure minerals & water. Perhaps what’s best about it is not what it has in it, but as to what it doesn’t have. It’s free from silicones, parabens, talc & and many other harmful ingredients found in traditional drugstore makeup and provides beautiful flawless coverage to make you look stunning on your special day.

Have any advice for brides planning their wedding?

Have in mind a for vision of what you would like to create. Use photos and imagery to convey the look you desire. Many times, I will have a bride that says ” oh you know just do whatever” but it’s very important for them that they do you have some sort of vision. Communication is key to achieving the look they want on their special day.

Photo by Ken Gehring Weddings
Photo by Ken Gehring Weddings

What about the cost?? Is it available to brides on a budget?
The myth is, only movie stars can afford to have their hair and makeup done professionally! But that’s not the case at all! Packages are available to fit any budget, wether it’s just the bride’s hair and make-up, or hair and make-up for the entire wedding party. A custom package price can be put together to fit their specific needs.

Every bride wants to feel and look like a princess on her wedding day, Be Natural Airbrush makeup provides a flawless finish, while feeling & looking natural!

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

You can find Michelle at The Bridal Experience this weekend, or connect with her on Facebook.

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AWake makeup artistry

So one of my FAVORITE things about my job is finding amazing talent and sharing with my clients. I absolutely love connecting my brides with the passionate small business owners who can help make their dreams come true, especially when the small business is just getting started!

We partnered with AWake Makeup Artistry for the first time when we shot the looks for The Bridal Experience. Alicia was creative, knowledgeable and super on-trend with the eye looks she created for our models. I can’t wait to watch her business grow!

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

My name is Alicia Wakefield- I am a freelance makeup artist. I’m constantly learning new makeup techniques and plan on pursuing a career in makeup design. For now, I get the awesome opportunity to share my passion and creativity through makeup by providing services to you for your special event.My goal is to enhance your beauty and have you looking your best when all eyes are on you!

Bright eye makeup

How did you get into the wedding industry?
I’m new to the wedding industry and hoping to expand on that as time goes. Getting involved in the The Bridal Experience has made me more comfortable in displaying my work. My favorite shoot was Fresh Whimsy- The models were fun and vibrant. I got to experiment and change up the look for each bridesmaid!

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What types of services do you offer?

I offer make-up application for weddings, proms, photo sessions (engagements, pregnancy, senior portraits), and any other special events! My favorite service is birthday parties for girls ages 4 years-12 years. I get to come and “make-over” the birthday girl & her friends, listen to them laugh and compliment each other. It’s a chance for them to explore different looks from soft & pretty to bold & dramatic.

makeup application

For rates and to book appointments, you can contact Alicia at AWake Makeup Artistry via call/text (417)770-6813 or Awakemakeup@gmail.com

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bryan loves kayla

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kayla Jones.  I’m a stay at home mom to a very busy little boy. Bryan and I had our last first date on January 12th, 2013 after we met three years ago on an Internet dating site.  We were married on November 21st, 2015. I love everything about being married to my other half.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How long did you plan the wedding?

We spent [a little over] six months planning our wedding.

Bridal bouquet
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How did you save money on the big day?

I bought things I knew I could resell easily. My dad also cut all the cedar used as decorations, including the arbor at the church and all of the wood used at the reception.

Wedding rings on a Bible
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Share a moment from your wedding day that you’ll never forget.

The day of the wedding was freezing cold and windy. Our pictures were taken on a bridge, so of course it felt like it was below zero. We’d been having pretty decent weather, up until our wedding day.

Kayla and Bryan Jones
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

What was your favorite thing about the wedding?

We worked great together- I made the choices and he gave me a yay or nay. There isn’t anything I would do differently…it was a perfect day.

 

 

Featured Vendors

Photography: Lauren Cook Photography

Caterer: Boone’s BBQ 

Cake: Deb Cook of Collins, Missouri

Florist: Beyond Blossoms

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair: ENVY Salon

Boots: Boot Barn

Rings: Maxon’s Diamond Merchant

 

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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trenton loves kelsey

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

Trenton works for Dewitt and Associates out of Springfield and is in school full time at MSU. He will graduate in May of this year with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. I work at McGill’s Gas and Grocery and substitute at Dadeville R-2. I am also in school full time at Drury University. I will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Hobbies include; woodworking, crafting, hunting, kayaking, gardening, and playing with our new puppy. We went to elementary and high school together and got married on July 19, 2014. Our hobbies include woodworking, crafting, hunting, kayaking, gardening, and playing with our new puppy.

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How did he propose?

Trenton asked my dad for his blessing about a month before he proposed. I had no idea it was coming! I told Trenton that I really wanted a new pair of boots for Christmas. During my family Christmas party we all began unwrapping gifts. When it was my turn to unwrap my gift I quickly torn into a boot box- I was pretty excited! To my surprise, I opened the box and  found a small brick to act as a weight  and a handmade red and green card that said, “Coupon good for one free husband.” After staring at the card for what felt like an eternity, I looked up. All I saw was Trenton on the ground, proposing. My family cheered. I was overwhelmed with tears of joy.

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Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

How long did you plan the wedding?

About 6Âœ months. I don’t regret it being a short engagement. My husband and I had dated quite awhile before we were married. I also think we spent less money in those six months because we got all the things needed for the wedding and didn’t keep buying and buying more things we didn’t need. It also helped that I had a lot of ideas in my head and on my Pinterest 😉 that showed pretty much exactly how I wanted the wedding and reception to look.

bouquet
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

I absolutely love vintage, old, antiques, rustic, and country dĂ©cor. So why not incorporate that into our wedding? After all, we got married in a barn 😉 I also love bright fun colors so I incorporated that into the wedding, too. I wanted my wedding to be very special and personal just as any woman does. I used my grandmother’s doilies, my mom and I handmade all of the banners used at my wedding, and we used a variety of old china dishes along with mason jars for drinking glasses. I also love old-fashioned candy, so for wedding favors we used brown paper bags and a candy bar for everyone to take home a sweet treat.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

 How did you spend money wisely?

My parents wanted to make sure I had the wedding of my dreams. However, with that came a budget (which is a good thing.) It also helped that I knew what I wanted. I wanted to make a lot of the items being used: the chalk signs everywhere, the wedding fans, the memorial of family that have passed away, etc.  I also used some of the older antique stuff I or my family had. The two biggest expenses were the venue and my dress. I saved a lot of money by also picking a whole bunch of wild flowers that were used in the aisle and around each table at the wedding reception. We also saved by buying brightly colored candy after Easter. We bought the babies-breath and food at Sam’s to cut back on food expenses.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What was your favorite thing about the wedding?

My favorite thing about the wedding was how unique and different it really was. I’ve had so many people say they love, love, loved the uniqueness of my wedding and all of the small details that I included in my big day. It was so wonderful to hear people comment on how beautiful it was; even people I didn’t personally know!

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What has been your favorite thing about being married?

My favorite things about being married are: doing real everyday life with my husband- like cooking, cleaning, laundry, fixing lunches…building a home with my husband. Encouraging him through the good and bad times. Faithfully praying for my husband. Getting to serve my husband everyday. His unconditional love for me. He continually keeps me laughing. His constant drive to make sure we are financially sound.

And best, gaining a whole new family that I love and who loves me.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

 Featured Vendors

Photographer: Tara Hailey Photography

Caterer: Susan Sales

Venue: The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation 

Cake: Back Porch Bakery 

Florist: Orchard Hills Floral & Gifts

Wedding Dress: Ella Weiss

Hair and Beauty: Erin Sayers (Hair) and Emily Bailey (Beauty) at The Chandelier Salon

Nail Salon: Susan Freeze at All About U

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Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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spencer loves lacey

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Lacey Allison.  In February of 2015, I opened Country Lace Boutique and love every minute of it! I have a beautiful, almost 5 year old, daughter named Oakley Rhae. A few of my favorite things about being married to Spencer are the family me and my daughter gained,  the fun we have had remodeling my grandparents’ home, the laughter the three of us share and the preparation of our daughter due May 2016.

How did you meet each other?

Spencer and I met in December 2012. He caught my eye on Facebook, but it took some encouragement from a good friend to actually shoot him a message. Numbers were swapped and dates were planned. It didn’t take long to know that we were in love.  We got married on August 1st, 2015 in a field of sunflowers that he planted on his family farm.

Photo by Lauren Cook
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How did he propose?

We had been working cows in the cold all day long. I was in jeans and boots covered in poo. The last thing we had to do for the evening was move some bulls. He told me to stay in the truck while he let them out, because they were too mean. I heard him hollering my name, on the ground, in pain. I jumped out of the truck, ran to him and asked what had happened. “A bull got me! He got me!” I began to panic. After a good minute of some great acting, he  gets to one knee. He asks me, “Babe, will you marry me?” I gave him a few good slaps to the arm before finally saying yes. After that, we couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces!

How long did you plan the wedding?

We planned our wedding in 8 months and it went by super fast, but it was beautiful.

What were your priorities for the wedding?

Our priorities were it to be relaxed and fun for everyone. We didn’t want it to be this big to-do that took away from the actual meaning of the day.

Photo by Lauren Cook
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

He is a farm boy, so he planted sunflowers so that we could be married in a field of them. We also had his tractor sitting at the entrance of the wedding. My granny had passed away, but she was a big part of my life. We used her quilts and doilies to decorate. I have a weird obsession with mason jars. You could find them placed just about everywhere you looked at the wedding. He introduced me to hunting, so deer sheds were used as décor on the tables and around the barn where are reception took place. We are both pretty laid back, so we both wore boots along with our bridal party. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. At the end of the evening, our guests lit sparklers as they gathered around us to send us off.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Share a beautiful moment from the wedding day that you hope you never forget.

My daughter is a HUGE part of my life and Spencer’s. She won our guests over by prancing down the aisle, with a huge smile, carrying a sign that read, “Spencer, here comes my momma!” During the ceremony, Spencer got down on one knee and asked her if he could marry her momma while presenting her with a ring. Without hesitation, she said yes. Not only was I in tears, but everyone else. For the rest of the night, she went around showing her ring off. That was a special moment that I won’t ever forget.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Featured Vendors

Photographer: Lauren Cook Photography

Caterer: Smith’s Restaurant

Venue: Family farm in Flemington, Missouri

Cake: Donna O’Briant

Flowers: Vickie Ross

Wedding Dress: MK Bridal

Hair: Jay Doke at Visible Changes

Spray Tan: Bora, Bora Tan

Pedicure/Manicure: Vanessa Campbell at Solutions Salon

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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dustin loves jessica

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jessica Legan and my husband’s name is Dustin Legan. We got married on September 6, 2015. I am a full-time student studying Elementary Education and Dustin is an Automotive Technician. Our favorite thing to do together is build cars. That’s been our thing–we currently own about 19 cars altogether!

How did you meet each other?

I had known OF Dustin since I was about seven years old. He lived about five houses down the street from me but we never really spoke to each other. We officially met in the art room at our high school. I was a freshman at the time and Dustin was a junior. We became friends who had a lot in common. We both loved cars, we liked the same music, had the same outlook on life, and a lot of the same goals. We quickly started falling for each other…we have been inseparable ever since.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

How did he propose?

Dustin had been wanting to give me a surprise for a while. I was at my little sister’s softball practice and got a phone call from Dustin. He asked me if I wanted my surprise. I told him that I did (of course.) He said, “Okay. When you get home pack your bags. It requires a trip out of state.” My wheels were turning and my best guess was that we were going somewhere to buy a new car for our collection. I was so excited! We finished our 10 hour drive in Texas. Dustin wouldn’t even give me a hint. We got to our hotel and he told me we needed to get some sleep because we had to be up around 5am. I just assumed we had to drive a little further and he wanted to start the trip early. We got up the next morning and started our journey in the car when Dustin looked at me and said, “Do you remember when you told me to wanted to go skydiving?” I started to panic. “Dustin, you better not have driven 10 hours to get me to jump out of a plane because I’m too scared to do it!” He just laughed and said, “No, that’s not it.” But at this point I was freaking out. It was dark when we arrived. I still had no idea where we were or what we were doing. Dustin said, “Well, I might as well tell you because you’re about to see for yourself. This is a hot air balloon festival. We’re going to ride in one.” I almost cried! My number one bucket list item was to ride in a hot air balloon at sunrise and he loved me enough to make it happen. I was so excited! I didn’t know the ride wasn’t even the best part. We got into the basket and our guide started airing the balloon up. As I’m taking in this beautiful experience, I look to my side and Dustin pulls out a ring from his pocket and says “Jessica, will you marry me?” I was totally shocked and speechless. It was the second most beautifully perfect moment of my life (our wedding was the first!)

How long did you plan the wedding?

We began planning right away. We planned our wedding for about a year and a half and knew we had to do our best to conserve our money where we could.

How did you spend money wisely?

Our main expenses were our venue, the photographer, and my dress. Everything else would need to be budgeted tightly. We cut corners and did things ourselves where we could. We didn’t cater in food, but instead had a potluck style dinner where the guests brought the dishes. It turned out amazing!

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

We knew our wedding had to reflect our relationship which is why we chose to have a rustic car-themed wedding. Dustin and his groomsmen wore spark plug boutonnieres, while I had spark plugs in my bouquet. Our centerpieces were car and hunting themed, and even my garter had a Honda emblem on it.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

My favorite part about the wedding would have to be when we exchanged rings. We did this part a little differently than most people. During our ceremony our wedding bands were each held on a lock. While our preacher was preaching, we unlocked the locks, took our rings off and put them on each other’s fingers, and then locked our locks together. We then tied our keys to the locks to a balloon and released it into the sky. We wanted to do this to symbolize a bond that couldn’t be broken.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

I wanted to have a wedding like this to show girls that it’s important to be yourself, ESPECIALLY on your wedding day. It doesn’t have to be frilly and girly, or even traditional to be beautiful. Your wedding should be a reflection of your relationship. Your marriage is the most beautiful part.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

 
Featured Vendors

Photography – Jessica Yahn Photography

Venue – The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation

Wedding Dress – Gracie’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal

Grooms and Groomsmen attire – JC Penny’s

The Engagement Ring – Gabriel & Co

Wedding Bands – Helzberg Diamonds

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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