Hello! It's that kind of in-between time of year. Not cold and snowy enough for winter engagement pictures and not warm/green enough for pretty spring engagement pictures but not to worry. I have a series of interesting and informative Vendor Spotlight interviews coming up in the next week or so - everything from my favorite wedding venues to florists and planners!
Leah: How is "wedding hair" different to everyday hair? If a bride is thinking of doing her own hair is there anything she should be aware of?
Here's Diana and her beautiful bridesmaids with hair by Hair That Moves:
Note that in the picture above Diana's hair is perfectly curled, looks shiny and healthy. That picture was probably taken around 1pm. Now fast forward through a wedding ceremony, family pictures on the (windy) rocks of Nubble Light, couples pictures on the beach in the sun, crazy dancing at the reception and here are Diana & Jeff just before 10pm that night. Note how Diana's hair still looks awesome - no frizz, no limp curls.
Leah: And what about a friend offering to help with hair?
Here's Lena doing Lauren's hair for her Kennebunkport wedding to Dave:
Lena also did hair for all of the bridesmaids and Lauren's Mom. My favorite "Mother of the Bride" hair ever:
And after a very windy/scorchingly hot outdoor ceremony by the ocean, check out Lauren's perfect hair during the first dance with her new husband. Take that humid-frizz ocean air! You are no match for Lena's magic hair skills:
Leah: So if a couple are in the early stages of planning, when should they start thinking about hair?
Leah: Is your focus always on the bride?
Here's Lena helping pick out a style from her big book of hair with one of Catherine's bridesmaids back in October:
Catherine's veil being pinned (I love that Lena also shows a bridesmaid how to carefully remove the veil without pulling out the style)
And Catherine's beautiful updo with jeweled hairpin. You are probably thinking that Rob's reaction is utter joy at seeing his wife for the first time but perhaps he was thinking "OMG, I have never seen Catherine's hair look so awesome!" Kidding ;)
Leah: Are there any common "hair mistakes" you hear about and advice on avoiding these?
Leah: I know from a photography point of view it's much easier for me to take the getting ready pictures if hair and make up come to you but are there other reasons?
Here's Lena in action doing Jane's hair for her wedding to Wendy just last month:
And Lena doesn't only do updos, she did everyone's hair in the image below - short hair, long hair, guy's hair!
Leah: What wedding hair trends are you seeing right now?
Leah: Speaking of veils, they're usually only worn for the ceremony so how do you style the hair so that it still looks great once the veil is removed?
Leah: Tell me a little about your qualifications?
Leah: Tell me something about you that people might not know and what you do when you're not doing hair?
Lena: Oh, this is a hard one. I may look confident, but I'm definitely an observer first and a talker second. I try really hard to overcome this, but I'm not a fan of being center of attention. [Side note from Leah - this is actually awesome on your wedding day, Lena will talk to you if you want her to but it's not the "Lena Show". I've worked with some hairdressers who don't shut up. Blah blah blah and it can get really annoying when you want to relax, chat with your friends and family]. When I'm not doing hair I'm a busy mom with two great children and I love just spending time with them and my husband.
Leah: This was awesome! Thank you! Any final remarks?
Lena is obviously crazy busy with weddings at the weekend but during the week she also does "everyday" hair in and around the Dover, NH region. I personally used to get my hair done at a high end salon in Andover, MA but after paying $290 for cut/color/highlights and not being able to see any difference at all I tried Lena out for my own hair and I am happy to inform you that the results were awesome (and over 50% less than the Andover salon!) and I am now a regular client.
And if you enjoyed this interview, here are a bunch of other vendor spotlights from the archives:
Joya Beauty in Dover, NH - Joanne is all kinds of amazing and together with Lena they're my hair and make up dream team!
Soiree in Andover, MA - fabulous wedding stationery and more
Flair Bridesmaid Boutique on Newbury St in Boston, MA - you MUST make an appointment here to see Stacey and Lindsay if you don't have your bridesmaid dresses picked out.
Boston Uplights in Reading, MA - Paul is a lighting genius, his magical lights can take your venue from beautiful to spectacular and they look amazing in your photographs!