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A bit of inspiration from a fun, alternative bridal photoshoot : )

By ClayBouquetShop

I have planned to include alternative brides in my advertising for awhile, and finally had the opportunity to include models willing to have fun with this idea earlier this year. Here are some photos to enjoy…and possibly use as inspiration. : )

We had multiple outfits available for models, some more traditional than others, so many models appear more than once. The models had loads of fun in the wardrobe room changing from one outfit into another, accessorizing their attire, and wandering around Turkey Hill Inn for photos by the different photographers. : )

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Veil by Chaos Couture 

Haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Jacket by Blooms In The Night

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Gloves and lace neck wrap (eye mask) by KVO Design

Bouttonniere by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Hair Flower by Chaos Couture

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Fascinator by Chaos Couture

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Fingerless gloves and Lace neck corset by KVO Design

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Layered skirt by Blooms In The Night

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Lace eye mask and cuffs by KVO Design

Bouquet charm by DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Skirt handcrafted by the model (Elderberry)!

(Yes, I told her that she should open up an Etsy shop, too!)

Thank you to all of our participants!

(listed alphabetically)


Hair Stylists

Allison Tegano

Make Up Artists

KimmV  MM# 2357138

SK Faceworks Makeup MM# 2213330












Serums vs. Moisturizers

By Rtisan


Sunlight, harsh weather, alcohol consumption, smoking, not enough sleep, all play havoc with your skin as you age.  Good skincare is never too early to start, even in your 20’s. Remember that your skin starts to age the day you’re born!

So what is the best hydrator to have in your beauty arsenal, serums or lotions?


Each serves a different purpose.  Serums contain no barriers, like wax, silicone or other emulsifiers, so ingredients are able to penetrate deeper and easier.  Serums are usually treatments for your skin, which contain cosmetic actives, like peptides, fatty acids, enzymes, vitamins and natural oils.


They moisturize your skin really well.  To apply, you massage a few drops onto your face and allow 5 to 7 minutes for it to absorb, before massaging in any remaining serum.


Moisturizers contain barriers, like wax, silicones, etc. which help protect the outer layer of your skin.  These barriers form a “transdermal  patch” to hold moisturizer to your skin’s surface.  These same barriers can also protect your skin from the elements.


Don’t be afraid to purchase moisturizers containing silicone.  Silicone molecules are too large to enter any skin cells.  Instead, the silicone stays on the surface of your skin.  Silicone is what provides a velvety feel on your skin.


Moisturizers also allow cosmetic actives to penetrate your skin cells, but not as well as serums.


So which is better for your skin?  Both, I would say!


Apply serum first, then moisturize.  If it makes your skin too oily, use moisturizers during the day and both at night before bed.


Look amazing for your special day!  Pay extra attention to your skin!

>Get your wedding day face on!


Makeup on your wedding day can be daunting.  Hiring a makeup artist may not be in your budget or finding one to go on location for your destination wedding may be a challenge.  I have some easy steps for you to create a beautiful look.  A little practice and the right tools will make all of the difference.

                    Makeup Makeovers: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations 
Makeup Makeovers

You can see how makeup can completely transform a face from beautiful to drop dead stunning with this book of tricks.


Coastal Scents Contour and Blush Palette
Coastal Scents Contour Blush Palette video for contour powder application.  Easy to watch.  Only nine minutes long.  Tiffany uses this exact palate to create contours.  A great value at only $18.95 on  

Every makeup artist I know has always said if you have the money buy Laura Mercier foundation products.  This is a small starter set perfect for your big day.  $65.00 at  I cannot stress to you enough how important a good base is to your wedding day makeup.  Perfection only comes in these expensive bottles.  If you have flawless skin I would still recommend the tinted moisturizer for a more uniform tone.
Oil Free Flawless Face Kit ($159 Value)
Laura Mercier starter kit
If you have been using sponges or your fingers you may not be getting the best results and for sure are losing money on the wasted foundation.  In my opinion foundation brushes are CRITICAL to a well applied base.  They allow the foundation to glide over fine lines and blend evenly along the jaw and hair line.  Your fingers will not provide a seamless blend.  This brush is only $5.99 and it is eco friendly to boot!

Ecotools Foundation Brush
Ecotools Foundation Brush

Stay tuned for my next makeup post on wedding day eyes.