Bridal Airbrush Makeup & Hair at The NP Event Center

Can we just feast our eyes on this beautiful bride for a while. This bride had a little bit of edge to her and we loved it!! She was married on a cold….windy….MN day …which took us all by surprise. She desired a simple, organic look with some edge…we are simply in love with her wedding photos.  I’m not sure if you can see the color of her hair, but it was a pretty steel light grey and looked fabulous on her! She wanted a simple down style for her wedding day with just a little hair pulled back with a gorgeous geometric hair pin. Stunning!!

For makeup she wanted it pretty natural look but as you can see we amped  it up a bit and put some edge to it:) We used a neutral eyeshadow palate that played up her beautiful blue eyes and paired it with a pretty neutral lip and all the goodies in between:)

Airbrush makeup is the choice for brides. It is so seamless and beautiful!!

Wedding Venue: The NP Event Space

Wedding Photographer: Janelle Elise

Wedding Flowers: Bloom Designs

Wedding Caterers: Prairie Bay

Wedding Hair & Makeup: Captivating Beauty

Bridal Airbrush Makeup and Updos at Pine Peaks Event Center in Cross Lake

Amanda booked us for her wedding in May for bridal airbrush makeup and updos at Pine Peaks in Crosslake Mn.  Pine Peaks is one of our favorite places to head to on a Saturday morning (early morning:)

We always love when  Tim Larsen is the wedding photographer…as you can see he creates stunning photos!!

Bridal Spray Tans, Airbrush Makeup & Updos in Cross Lake MN


Dani was married at Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake MN this spring. Again so thankful the weather smiled upon them….this Minnesota weather can get crazy sometimes:)

Our bride wore her hair in a classic romantic updo and like most brides who come to us she wanted a very natural makeup look with her eyes played up a bit. Her bridal spray tan was perfect for her, she desired a light natural glow and that is exactly what she got:)

We are so thankful to the brides who have entrusted us with the best day of their lives….

Remember we have bridal teams located in Grand Rapids MN, Mpls, Duluth, Cross Lake and we travel to St. Cloud, Bemidji, Walker MN


Why Have a Hair and Makeup Trial?

1521608_694474647237588_1964773226_nYour hair and makeup trial is a very important part of planning for your wedding day. As a hairstylist with Captivating Beauty I look forward to this time with the bride getting to know a little more about her and what she likes.

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Sometimes a person doesn’t know exactly what they are looking for and this time can be used communicating and discovering. It’s always good for the bride to explore ideas with a professional who can help them find the look that’s just right for them and compliments their face shape, skin tone and dress the best way possible.

captivating beauty wedding day hair and airbrush makeupCome prepared with pictures of makeup and hair that you like as well as any hair pieces that you may be interested in trying out and your veil if you have one. If the look isn’t just what you would like that is okay. Communication is key, just be sure to be honest and upfront with your stylist about any changes that would need to be made in order to get it spot on.

After all that is the purpose of the trial run!

Most importantly make sure that you choose something that you are comfortable with and makes you feel like yourself. A trial run gives your stylist and chance to work with your hair and skin and gives you the opportunity to wear the look and try it out before the main event. It is always a good idea!!!

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We, Tracy Watson and Jenn Marie, from the team of Captivating-Beauty had the privilege of working with this beautiful bride and her bridal party.

Shelly Paulson did an amazing job capturing  beautiful memories for this couple. Take a peek below and see for yourself. Great work

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When it comes to outdoor weddings, I always say that sunshine and heat are better than rain. Well, it definitely didn’t rain on Chris and Jill’s wedding day. The sun was an honored guest for their lakeside wedding and reception on the beach at Madden’s on Gull Lake Resort in Brainerd.

This first image sums them up as a couple. They adore each other and are adored by their friends and family. It was so fun to be a part of their day and share in the love!

Photographer’s Notes: Photographing weddings means being ready for any type of lighting challenge, this includes full sun on a white dress and human skin. What I have found to be the best approach is to shoot RAW (which I always do) and underexpose the image. I always photograph weddings with the highlight alert on in for the back of the camera. As a general rule, I don’t let the dress “blink” or overexpose (though once in awhile, I’ll let it blink maybe 10-15%). Once you lose detail in the highlights of an image, there is only a little leeway to recover that detail. I know that especially in a situation like full sun where I am using very low ISO settings on my camera (usually ISO 100), I will have a lot of leeway in bringing back the shadow detail. The image may look dark on the back of the camera, but you have to trust that you are getting the most data to work with in your RAW file by underexposing.

On a side note to that, brides spend a lot of time, money and energy choosing just the right gown, and that includes the small details and texture in the fabric and detailing. I see many photographers overexposing the gown so much that all the lovely detail is pretty much gone. Keeping your highlight alert on and not letting the dress blink will fix this problem! Even if you like a more bright, washed out style of editing, not blowing out the dress highlights in camera will give you more dress detail once you get your exposure back to where you like it in post-production.

Okay, on to the wedding photos












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