what is pantone and why should you care?

It is December!! Which makes my heart happy, because any day now we will find out the Pantone Color of the Year!!

Anyone else??!!

If you are planning a wedding this year and want to get ahead of the curve, Pantone is the place to go to get inspiration for your vision. Pantone selects colors based on trend-forecasting and provides direction to the global design community…without a doubt, their predictions shape what draws us in the coming years.

Anyone coming down off of the Marsala craze that took over Pinterest accounts and swept the wedding industry?

Lauren Medley Floral. Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

It was the Pantone Color of the Year 2015.

The popularity of greenery taking the spotlight in bouquets and arrangements?

Lauren Medley Floral. Photo by Shana Lynne Photography.

Greenery was literally the name of the Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

One of my last weddings of the season combined 2015’s Marsala with 2016’s Greenery AND incorporated the Classic Palette anchor of the season, Navy Blue. Whew!!

Haseltine Estate and The Nest. Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography.

Regrettably, I cannot say the same for 2016 when Pantone chose an unprecedented two shades…which thankfully, did not pick up steam in the wedding industry. I am sure the baby blue and powder pink worked marvelously at baby showers, but that is not exactly my specialty 😉

While I wait…patiently…to discover what is next in the world of wedding color palettes, I spend my moments dreaming up ideas with the Spring Color Palette, which you can find here.

I have a May 2018 wedding that features the Classic Palette with navy Sailor Blue and muted tones of Harbor Mist, Warm Sand, and Coconut Milk, shaking it up with the Spring Trends Almost Mauve and Ash Rose. I can’t wait!!

What are your favorites?

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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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