Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The beginning...

The night before the wedding, I stayed in the bridal suite (which the fabulous hotel coordinator, Marisa Gindi, upgraded me to.) Not wanting to spend the night totally by myself, I asked my youngest brother if he wanted to crash on the pullout sofa.

Tip: if you are looking for a place to get ready in downtown Cleveland, I highly recommend the bridal suites at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The suite was easily bigger than our 750 sq. ft. apartment, and the bathroom? Let's just say that you could very easily have a dance party for 20 in it. It was amazing.

The day began at the very pleasant hour of around 7:30am. Hair and makeup wasn't scheduled until 10:45, so I took my time getting ready and enjoyed a bit of room service breakfast.

Tip: If you are staying at a hotel the night before the wedding, order room service for breakfast.

My brother headed out around 9 or so to meet the guys for breakfast and I just relished in the fact that I was getting married. Being someone who needs her space, it was really good to have the morning to myself.

At 10:15, I called my bridesmaids, and asked if they could join my in the bridal suite, so that we would be ready to go at 10:30 for our appointments.
Tip: It's a good idea to double check verbally that everyone knows when things are happening.

The appointments were at Studio Palmieri, conveniently located just a few blocks from the hotel. When we arrived at 10:40, our amazing photographer, Ken Blaze, was waiting for us.

Entering the salon. I chose to wear one of my favorite shirts, which I've borrowed from my mom (and which she wore to her rehearsal dinner nearly 27 years ago.) Along with my favorite jeans. And these:

My favorite Birkentocks were a necessity.

Waiting for our appointments

The ladies were called for their appointments first

Best friend (and maid of honor!)

Brother's fiancee

Calvin's sister

And then it was my turn. The look I was going for was a french twist...

Which meant that my fine hair was teased. Really teased.

So I was reading Marie Claire magazine, and happened upon these pictures of Tina Fey- which turned out to be pretty much exactly what I wanted to do with my hair. I pointed out the picture to Dena, and she was able to do exactly what I wanted.


And then it was time for makeup- not only does Dena do amazing hair, but she does absolutely fabulous makeup.

Tip: If you have a favorite lip gloss or lipstick, use it on your wedding day

One last coat of hairspray...

A final check of the hair...

Taking care of the bill...

And we were good to go.

All photographs are copyrighted by Ken Blaze


Sarah said...

Hi Meg!

I am getting married in a month and found your blog through Indiebride. I have been putting off what to do with my hair, but it is about your length. I have two questions:

1) Did your French twist "wear" well-- i.e., did it last? Was it hot and/or humid for your wedding day? (I am just wondering if that will make a difference).

2) How did you get your veil attached and unattached without messing it up? (I think I saw from that one picture that you had a veil-- correct me if I'm wrong).

Looks like a beautiful wedding so far-- I can't wait for the rest of the updates!


Meg said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by :-)

The french twist wore extremely well. A small part of it started coming out in the early evening, but that's more a result of my hair being just about the shortest it could be for that hairstyle- it's about an inch past shoulder length. It was about 60-65 degrees for the wedding day, and was on the humid side.

As for the veil, I just put stuck it in on top with the plastic comb that came with the veil. It was easy, and for the most part stayed on. When I wanted to take the veil off, I just carefully pulled it out.