The morning of the wedding I had a very unique emotion flowing through me. I was happy, I was on the best vacation I’d ever been on, I woke up in a place I was completely enamored by, and I woke up next to my very favorite human—my almost husband. It was a unique kind of happiness.
I had to round up all of the ladies who were attending the wedding because one of my gifts for them was to have their hair and makeup done.
During planning I had hair and makeup sticker shock, and I thought about finding an in-room stylist for Danielle and me. After a few conversations with people I respect and love, we opted to make this one a splurge. Why spend tons of money on hair and makeup? Because memories. Because looking back on that day, I remember the joy everyone experienced sitting in those chairs feeling pampered, and that when our photos were taken we all felt as beautiful as ever.
And let’s be honest—we partied a lot in Vegas, so having professionals responsible for making sure we looked our best was a GREAT decision.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share one of the most meaningful parts of the experience—a gift from my brother.
When we arrived at Cristophe Salon we were greeted by a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. This gift from my brother, his girlfriend, and her family. This was the first round of tears I cried that day.
My brother has lived a really tough life and has made a series of poor decisions. Today, though, he’s better. He’s happier. He’s living a life that we’ve always dreamed of for him, and him reaching out and being present in his own way on that day was so, so big.
*All photos personal or taken by a member of the party unless otherwise noted
I was quickly ushered to a chair where my hair was expertly dealt with.
While I was getting my hair worked on, Danielle was having her makeup done, and my mom was in another chair having her hair done.
Danielle’s makeup was flawless. It helps that she’s already as perfect as they come.
We swapped chairs, and her hair was managed while my makeup was applied.
Somewhere else in the salon, Brad’s grandmother and his mom were around getting their hair worked on…
In a matter of a couple of hours, all five of us were in flawless condition.
This may be one of my favorite selfies because I managed to get Danielle in the background!
But here’s a better look at her beauty! And her shirt that says “Bride’s Woe.”
My mom is a real simple lady—so she skipped the makeup part of the day and just got her hair done. She loved it!
Brad’s mom had her hair and makeup done—and she looked SO amazing!! She’s already a beauty to begin with, so not at all surprised that she looked so fantastic.
I failed to get a picture of Grandma after her hair and makeup were done—oops! You’ll see how fabulous she looked soon, though! She had a great time at the salon.
While we were at the salon, I took a few minutes to try on the gift Danielle gave me that morning: a set of Tiffany pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.
These are such beautiful treasures for one of the greatest memories I’ll ever have.
After we were all pretty, we went back to the Cosmopolitan and prepared to get dressed!!
Photo by Gin & Sake Productions
We were looking beautiful and feeling fab! Next up—we get dressed!
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