Hoppily Ever After: Primping Under Pressure

Back at the bridal lounge (no boys allowed, obvi) we were busy primping and styling to get ready for the wedding paparazzi.


Liz and her assistant, the hairstylists I had hired, were still wrapping up at another wedding, but the sweet makeup artist arrived on time and went right to work. Bridesmaid R poured me a tall mimosa, and the makeup artist attached my loooong, luscious false eyelashes—I was in diva heaven.


False eyelashes for the win! / Personal photo

I sat patiently while my every blemish was camouflaged. Remember how insecure I was about my adult acne? I shouldn’t have stressed, because the airbrush makeup covered every last pesky zit.


Personal photo

As more time passed, things got kinda crazy. The hairstylists were really late because they were stuck in major traffic. (The Texas Renaissance Festival was going on and all of the traffic lights were turned off. It took the stylists two hours to get from their first wedding to Oak Tree Manor. Yeah…the traffic in this city is a beast.)

Our makeup artist stepped up and started curling hair, so once the hairstylists arrived they could go right to work on updos. I swear we were still having fun, but Bridesmaid H (on the far right) looks like she’s passing a kidney stone in this photo.*


The minutes ticked by, and panic began to spread among the bridal party that the hairstylists wouldn’t make it in time to do everyone’s hair. Some bickering occurred over who was up first, and who might have to do their own hair. In spite of it all, I just didn’t care. I was ready to marry my man and nothing could get me down.

One bridesmaid asked me if I was worried and prodded me to call the hairstylist again, and I brushed her off. Everyone else was wayyyyy more concerned than I was about the hair sitch. I was getting married! Nothing else mattered! And nothing could get me down.

To everyone’s relief, Liz and her assistant Tori did finally arrive. We were all prepared, inspiration photos in hand, lined up to have our hurr did. Funny story about that…

Up until the week of the wedding, I couldn’t for the life of me settle on a hairstyle. I don’t know why. I’m usually pretty decisive. But thanks to my over-consumption of wedding blogs, I was overwhelmed with choices, and since I was paying a pretty penny for an expert to pin my hair up, I wanted to make it count. I printed off about 10 photos of updos and brought them to Oak Tree Manor the morning of the wedding. I put the options up for vote. Luckily, there was a unanimous decision in favor of one style: the fishtail bun.


Photo (and complete DIY instructions!) via Teen Vogue

Believe it or not, I pinned the hairstyle ages ago under “new looks to try” (totally not wedding related). I somehow thought I was capable of giving myself a fishtail braid, and pinning the whole thing up to look like I just walked out of an Anthropologie catalog. Hey, I can get pretty ambitious when I’m pinning away.

Liz had never created a fishtail bun before but she seemed a little excited to try something new. I gave her full rein, and she mastered the look in one try. The girl is a genius.


I had to make one more game-time decision. Long-time readers, you might remember how I bought a fingertip veil from another bride, and proceeded to iron a gaping hole in the veil. I trimmed off the bottom few inches and resolved that, ahem, little issue. But I still wasn’t 100% sold on the long veil. When I practiced wearing it around the house (a la Monica Geller) it felt really heavy, and honestly a little itchy. My ballerina days are long since over, and I’m not used to wearing tulle. So, not surprisingly, I was feeling a little veil regret.

And then I saw this photo and I fell in love:


Photo by Braedon Flynn Photography / Image via 100 Layer Cake

Isn’t her birdcage veil dreamy?


Photo by Braedon Flynn Photography / Image via 100 Layer Cake

And so I set off on a crazed internet hunt in search of her veil and bedazzled comb. I couldn’t find her exact Renee Pawele headpieces, so I turned my search to Etsy and found a similar (and probably cheaper) nine-inch French netting birdcage veil. I also found a pretty, vintage-inspired comb to complete the look. Both were delivered to my doorstep the week of the wedding. Can you tell I live for doing things at the last minute?

When Liz finished pinning up my fishtail bun, I knew that I was going to wear the birdcage veil. Although my original fingertip veil looked ethereal draped over an antique armoire, it just didn’t fit the mood of the day.


So Liz secured my newest little accessories to my updo, and I became a blushing, veiled bride.


Next: Mr. W makes me cry (happy tears), and I get dressed. (Ooh la la!)

*All photos by the swell Mustard Seed Photography except where noted


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Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:45 am

    Your hair, makeup and veil were perfection! I’m glad you didn’t let the stress and drama of the hair stylists running late get you down :)

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    jbarker09 382 posts, Helper bee @ 12:26 pm

    you looked great! This made me really glad I decided on airbrush makeup (and having them come to my house!) Did the hair girl give anyone a discount for being so late?

  3. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:44 pm

    you look amazing. May I ask where you got your robe from? It’s gorgeous!

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:10 pm

    You look beautiful, I love all your styling choices!

  5. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 1:36 pm

    So many last minute choices! But I think you chose perfectly, and did an excellent job staying cool under pressure (I would have FREAKED if my hairdresser wasn’t there!) :)

  6. bat Member
    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    Your makeup and hair look beautiful, and I LOVE your veil! 😀

  7. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:08 pm

    I think you made the right choice with your veil. You look gorgeous!

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:09 pm

    I know what you mean when it comes to pinning ambitious hairdos! I’m totally guilty of that! Love your hair and makeup, I’d love to see a close up!! I too have been really indecisive about what I sort of want for hair on my wedding!

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 9:38 pm

    You look so beautiful!! This has made me decide I am for sure going with airbrush make up! I am insecure about my acne as well, although its not awful.. who wants to worry about a few annoying zits on their wedding day! Does anyone have any idea what airbrush make up cost? Just curious but I am doing it no matter what!

  10. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:50 am

    @jbarker09: No, they didn’t offer us a discount. You know, we really should have asked! It didn’t even occur to me!
    @Miss Panda: Aw you’re so sweet! My robe is a knee-length kimono-style robe in the Beckoning Creatures print from Pretty Plum Sugar. I’m actually reselling it so PM me if you’re interested! :)
    @ecjohnson: Right?! It’s such a tough choice!!
    @Brooklyn55: It totally depends on where you live! Here in Houston airbrush makeup for bridesmaids seems to be between $50 to $100, and for brides between $100 and $200. But if you shop around you can find a pretty good deal! (I contacted about 10 different people for their pricing – I was surprised how prices are totally across the board.) And I do think it’s worth it!!!

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 8:38 pm

    Love the veil choice! And airbrush makeup is awesome! I didn’t spring for it for my wedding, but I had it done for another wedding when my skin was in an awful breakout.

  12. otter Member
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    I LOVE that you didn’t stress about the hair. You will officially be my inspiration on the day of so I don’t totally freak out should something similar happen to me. :)

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    Aww you look so lovely! i love that there was all this stress around you and it didn’t touch you at all! Thats so sweet!

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