Look and feel fabulous.

All you wish for on your wedding day is to look and feel amazing, and most importantly, feel like you. Dearly Beloved spoke with Angela, from Angela Renee Makeup about looking your best for your wedding.

See Angela’s gorgeous work on Dearly Beloved here.


Hair specialist and makeup artist, Angela Renee believes

wedding hair and makeup should enhance your natural beauty in a way that effortlessly complements your dress, individual bridal style and personality.”


Here are Angela’s tips for looking amazing and feeling fabulous on your wedding day:


What is your style?

Images of your flowers, chosen jewellery, or a swatch of your dress fabric all help to communicate your overall vision for your wedding. You can create a mood board or look book with your dress being central place. Share your visuals with your hairstylist and makeup artist. This will provide inspiration for how your hair and makeup will complement your bridal style.


Gather your team

Find beauty professionals that you connect with. Make sure your hairstylist and makeup artist are experts in their field and experienced with bridal work – choose people that you can communicate with easily and who share your style aesthetic. Organise your team to come to you on your wedding day. Being beautified in your chosen setting will eliminate a lot of stress and ensure things run to time.


Hair and skin condition

You want the condition of your hair and skin to be optimum on your wedding day so your stylists have the perfect base to apply your makeup and create your hairstyle.  It’s ideal to have a long-term beauty plan. This may include a treatment regime for hair and skin, a haircut and colour plan and consideration of skin sensitivities and hair and scalp issues.




At a trial you will have a practice run for your hair and makeup, two or three months before your wedding day. If you are unsure what you will feel comfortable with, the trial is the perfect time to experiment. If you choose to wear hair adornments such as a veil or diamante hair pins, for example, bring them along. Then your special piece can be incorporated into your hairstyle. Wear a white top with a similar neckline to your dress if possible so you can get a true idea how your hair and makeup will appear on the day. Take photos to refer to.


Bridal makeup

Your makeup should enhance your natural beauty and appear polished and fresh. The overall look should be timeless and classic. Focus your attention to the finer details, a natural shaped brow, long lashes, glowing cheeks and glossy lips. Contouring is important photographically and will enhance your natural bone structure. Softly blended and subtle colour hues in natural tones will be added with blush and eye shadows to accentuate your individual features. For the fashion-forward bride choose one makeup trend to feature. A bold lip or stronger blush can introduce a pleasing colour pop without being too much.


For hair

Choose a silhouette that compliments your face shape and profile. Classic hair up styles will stand the test of time when you reflect on your wedding pictures in years to come.  The classic up styles are also very current. If you have short hair, don’t feel pressured to grow it as there are many options for styling a short haircut. Keep your hair type and the weather in mind – not everyone can have cascading curl successfully. Let your hairstylist advise you on a hairstyle appropriate for the season. Clip-in hair pieces are a great addition to help achieve the style you want. Remember – your dress should always be central to your look. Therefore your hair needs to complement not detract from your gown and sit well with the neckline too.


The overall picture

Over all, when it comes to your bridal look, think: less is often more… and enjoy the experience of being beautified as much as the day itself.

Find Angela’s work on Dearly Beloved: http://www.dearlybeloved.co.nz/angela_renee/


Love your wedding style!

There are so many things to think about when planning your wedding, but deciding on the type of look you want right from the start can make life simpler.
Shaye Woolford styles weddings professionally through her business On My Hand. We asked Shaye to share her key tips on things to consider when choosing a stylist or look that is right for your wedding:

  • If you choose to style your own wedding, consider using your family heirlooms.  They can help make your wedding really special to you. 
  • Consider choosing a look that reflects what you love about life –  for example, if you met your fiance in France you might want to reflect that romantic start to your life together and choose to style your table centerpieces with wild herbs and lavender!         
If you do opt for a stylist, it does make a huge difference. They could have ideas that you may have never considered!
  • Make sure you have a good rapport with your stylist – you end up spending a lot of time together and it helps if you are both on the same page!  
  • Try to meet them your stylist at the very start of the planning process.  As a stylist I like to get to know a couple quite well, so that I can make sure the look of the wedding will suit their personality.   
  • A stylist can also provide advice on other wedding artists that compliment the wedding style and how to make those little touches as cost effective as possible.

Six top tips for wedding flowers…

Six top tips from Emily Sweden to help you plan your wedding flowers…

Flowers are the finishing touch to making your wedding gorgeous and unique to you. If you are like many other brides, you will probably never have put so much thought in to flowers in your life and would love a little guidance on what to consider! 

Dearly Beloved asked Emily Sweden, of Blossom Wedding Flowers to give us her top tips on what not to forget when thinking flowers…

As Emily describes it, well chosen and presented flowers will “thoughtfully tie together many other elements, from attire, to stationary, to venues and scenery, to create visual delight throughout the wedding day”.

Here is Emily’s advice for planning the perfect wedding flowers:

  • Book and confirm well in advance of your wedding date. The New Zealand grower industry is small by international standards, and so wedding florists need to book varieties well in advance to assure quality and supply.  Avoid stress of last minute decision making by sitting down with your florist 6-8 months in advance and keeping changes to a minimum to avoid confusion.
  • Ensure you receive personal and professional service by enlisting a dedicated wedding florist, rather than a florist who also has to deal with general shop trade and huge occasions such as Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day and Christmas.
  • Take your florist’s advice; a dedicated wedding florist has seen hundreds of weddings and knows what works and what doesn’t. They want your flowers to look incredible so will recommend varieties and colours that will enhance your wedding day.
  • Be flexible, flowers are natural things and not completely predictable. Allowing your florist freedom to use what they think will look best to create your look means a more beautiful final product for you on the day.
  • Work with the seasons; using in seasonal varieties will ensure good quality rather than poor quality out of season varieties.
  • Don’t DIY the flowers if you can help it. It takes years to master the timing of preparing wedding flowers since they have to be constructed so close to the wedding time, this can be a stressful experience if it goes wrong.


Wedding dress tips from award winning NZ designer Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell established her label in 1990, specialising in high fashion and bridal wear, and has become one of the most respected designers in New Zealand.

We are very involved in the wedding market, creating beautiful outfits not only for the bride, but for the extended bridal party. There is such a range now for brides – from the very formal black tie affair with elaborate gowns to the relaxed, barefoot bride on the beach style of wedding gown, that any bride can be assured  that she will not only have a unique gown, but one that reflects her personality, and her style of wedding celebration.

 Searching for the perfect dress?

You’ll probably want to consider these useful tips from Liz:

  • Your wedding dress should be a reflection of your personal style, have confidence in your preferences, you know what you like.
  • Your wedding dress should have some kind of unique and interesting detail to make it really special to you.
  • A figure flattering silhouette will make you feel beautiful and relaxed on you big day so get some ideas and advice on what suits you.
  • The best quality fabrics and high quality construction are crucial to the end result.
  • Getting a great result from your designer/seamstress means also getting great undergarments early on so the neckline and line of the dress is perfect.