Captivating Beauty with Tom Thornton Photography in Pierz MN

captivating beauty with Tom Thorton Photography

What a fun, happy wedding party, wouldn’t you agree? The weather was absolutely perfect for a traditional wedding held in Pierz MN. Jayaye and her bridal party were primped with airbrush makeup and wedding hair at her family’s farm. We have quite a few brides getting married on their families property this summer..makes it a little extra special.

In all honesty we never heard of Tom Thorton Photography before this wedding, but are so glad to have heard of him now. We are loving his photos…more to follow soon

All we can say is they look so happy…..and we were honored to be a part of it.

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Bridal & Wedding Party Packages include False Eyelashes

beautiful bride at grandview lodge in nisswa mn with captivating beautyDid you know that false eyelashes are included free of charge in all of our bridal and bridesmaid packages. One of the most important reasons for wearing false eyelashes on your wedding day is to provide your eyes with a little more drama and to help them stand out even better in your wedding photos.

Most of our brides go for the natural look, but just a little more enhanced. We have a few types to choose from. Personally we like using lashes that have a criss cross effect it gives a more natural, but thicker looking lash. Every makeup artist has their own particular favorites…this writer likes the criss cross:) 

Yet our top choice for all brides and of course for all her bridal party are Eyelash Extensions. You really can’t beat how they look in pictures – How easy they are to care for and….you will wake up on your honeymoon looking beautiful.

The other great news is they are only $75 for a full set..and she is amazing at what she does:)

For more information please call or text 218.831.5372

What Happens the Day of the Trial!

captivating beauty makeup artist at grandview lodgeOur team at Captivating Beauty from Brainerd MN first objective is to help you envision what your wedding day hair, makeup and skin will look like for your special day. We take the time to listen and get to know you, all the while providing helpful suggestions based on our many years of experience in the wedding beauty industry.

We always ask for pictures before we even meet face to face. Pictures of yourself, wedding hair and makeup ideas that you are desiring for your wedding day.

During the trial run we will discuss…

  • Skin issues such as: acne, acne scarring, dry or oily skin, and offer skin care recommendations based on your age and skin type. We want your skin in perfect balance & condition for your big day. We will also provide samples if necessary or desired. Facial treatments are also recommended. Remember your makeup will only look as good as your canvas. (Peach fuzz is not good for airbrush or traditional makeup – we have options to get rid of peach fuzz and dead skin) We’ve had quite a few bride do the Dermaplanning
  • Full skin prep/makeup and hair styled based on your preferred wedding day look
  • Hair care and styling recommendations that you can apply to your everyday routine that will help prepare you for your wedding day.
  • We will discuss your bridesmaids and additional bridal party members that will also be having makeup and hair services on your wedding day so that our team can provide first class service to everyone involved on your wedding day


Smude Photography with Captivating Beauty at Pine Peaks

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We had such a lovely bride that we had the privilege to work with at Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center in Crosslake MN. It was so……cold…but you can’t tell in the pictures that they were all freezing:) This MN weather is so crazy:)

We went for a natural makeup look, but more enhanced. She pulled this off beautifully as did her bridesmaids. She also has the most beautiful curly hair. When we straightened her hair we swear it grew by about 6 inches….

Enjoy all the loveliness that Smude Photography from Pierz MN captured on this most beautiful love-filled day:)

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I have to say….it was so…..cold that day…..but you wouldn’t even know it by looking at these pictures.

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Venue: Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center

Photography: Smude Photography

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Wedding Tips From Captivating Beauty

Captivating Beauty Wedding hair and airbrush makeup in brainerd mnCaptivating Beauty has been in the wedding business for a relatively short time – about 4 years. Yet, we have learned many things and have loved every minute of our adventures. We get to meet so many lovely wedding brides, see so many lovely venues and so enjoy the many fun times with each member of our team. Since we have been in the business for a number of years we thought we should pass on some of the tricks of the trade. 

Captivating Beauty at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa MN Bridal Hair and Wedding MakeupTry & Pose Naturally For Your Wedding Photos

All of us know this can be a little hard to do and especially if you are one of those brides that hate to be the center of attention. Trust me we’ve had quite a few of brides who were dreading being the center of attention for their big day. So here are a few things that might help you:

Try and relax, stand up straight yet not stiff looking lol…try not to slouch. Any good photographer should tell you how to angle your body, lift your neck or tilt your head for a certain look. We’ve had the privilege of working with a fantastic photographer Samantha Glumec. She will tell you exactly how to move, how to tilt your head etc and even though it feels odd…the pictures turn out fabulous. Personally that would be the type of wedding photographer I’d be looking for.  One of the best things you can do is practice in front of a mirror. Practice until you feel confident, comfortable and look and feel natural.   

Airbrush Makeup at Grandview in Brainerd MNHave a Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run Before Your Big Day

As a makeup artist we encourage all of our brides to have trial runs, yet we understand this doesn’t always work for every bride. In fact we just had one this past weekend who opted out of the trial run because of her schedule…and I tell you she was an absolutely stunning bride.  We believe in this so much and is half the reason why we started Captivating Beauty.  In our humble opinion investing in a good makeup artist with years of experience is well worth the cost and expense. If you wanted to shave off some expenses…I would do it elsewhere……just saying:)

captivating beauty wedding makeup in brainerd mnMake Sure Your Wedding Photographer Fits Your Style.

There are a lot of wonderful wedding photographers around the Brainerd Lakes. One suggestion would be to check out their style. Do you want a wedding photographer who is a little whimsical, dark, traditional…Ask for a link to their portfolio and make sure you are a good match. We can’t state this enough…make sure you love your wedding photographers style. Communicate well with your expectations …never make assumptions…over communicate if you have to so you are all on the same page.   

Captivating Beauty Engagment Photos with Kelli Engstrom PhotographyHave Your Engagement Shoot Right After Your Trial Run

We’ve had a few brides who did this and were so glad they did. It’s the perfect set up and the perfect time to see how your makeup and hair projects on camera and also to check out your wedding photographer’s skills. Normally these shoots are less formal than wedding day photos. An engagement photo session is also the perfect time to for you to practice all your poses and  smiles you’ve been practicing in front of the mirror:)