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Fresh + Modern Bridal Shower featured on Style Me Pretty


When Style Me Pretty approached us to do a Facebook Live video with them, we knew that a simple Q+A just wouldn't do. After some creative brainstorming sessions, we decided to (literally) spice things up and create a fresh and modern bridal shower theme, inspired by one of our favorite things: FOOD! Taking on inspiration from the classic "The French Laundry" cookbook, our "Sugar and Spice for the Soon to be Wife" bridal shower concept quickly transformed into the styled shoot of our event planning dreams! Our color palette was simple: black and white, accompanied by lush greens and hints of marble, courtesy of our local Crate and Barrel. Serving up some stunning florals, Allison McGeary created a low, herb-inspired centerpiece for our tablescape in addition to a whimsical bouquet bar. We all know that an invitation sets the tone for an event, so More Than Words designed a chic stationery set, featuring a unique script font that the whole team adored. With dessert always on our mind, we thought a cake decorating demonstration would be a "sweet" activity and favor for guests to enjoy. Our friends at Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique constructed adorable buttercream flowers, a technique that will totally be trending in 2016. Lastly, crisp white linens (from Mosaic), feminine chairs and black glassware (from Event Source) added some french flair to this sweet and spicy soiree.
We would like to thank all of the vendors involved in this gorgeous collaboration, especially Lauren Renee for the AMAZING photos featured both below and on the Style Me Pretty post!
See our Facebook Live video and more photos here.

Florist | Allison McGeary Floral & Event Design
Invitation and Menu | More Than Words Pittsburgh
Cakes | Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique
Linens | Mosaic Inc.
Rentals | Event Source
Marble Chargers | Crate and Barrel
Spices | Penzeys Spices
Venue | The Union Hall
Cookbook Favors | The French Laundry

 

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Q + A with Hannah Conard

Hannah Conard Beauty | The Event Group | Bridal Beauty Blog Q & A | Mandy Fierens Photography

Mandy Fierens Photography


This month, The Event Group had the pleasure of talking one-on-one with Hannah Conard, founder of Hannah Conard Beauty! Armed with magical makeup brushes and a sunny disposition, Hannah specializes in enhancing a bride's natural beauty, giving her that "I woke up like this" glow (ah, the glow!). Covering everything from hair and makeup trends to foundation preferences, Hannah leaves no beauty secrets behind for you soon-to-be blushing brides! 
What does your everyday beauty and makeup routine consist of? 
It's pretty basic! SPF is a must for me so I always put on a tinted moisturizer or CC cream and fill in my brows at a minimum. I feel naked without either of them.

What prompted you to start your own company? 
I worked in salons for years but it just wasn't the right fit. I have been doing hair and makeup for events since I was in High School and it was always what I loved most. I finally had an epiphany and realized if that's what I love, that's what I need to focus my energy on doing. I quit both of my jobs and devoted myself to getting my business started

Are you forecasting any trends for bridal makeup and hair for 2016? 
Braids are huge right now. Brides have moved away from anything too formal or contrived. Soft, romantic, effortless even messy! That is what brides want and lucky for me is what I love and really specialize in!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 1 beauty product, what would it be? 
Anything with SPF in it! If you want to have great skin you have to protect it!

Do you have any tips for brides planning out their getting ready timeline for their wedding day? 
Schedule lots of fudge room! No matter how hard you try, things just tend to run behind. You will feel so much better and relaxed if you allow your self extra time.

Is there anything you recommend brides to incorporate into their beauty routine before the wedding? 
If you are going to make any big changes do it at least 4-6 months before to give your skin time to adjust and for the results to really show. Other than drink lots of water and exfoliate, your skin and makeup artist will love you for it.

Airbrush, liquid or powder foundation? Ready, go! 
The never ending debate! I have never been a big fan of powder foundation, particarly not for special events or woman over 40. There are a lot of differences between Airbrush vs Traditional both are great options.The most notable difference is Airbrush is lightweight and waterproof while Traditional is more dimensional and versatile. There isn't a best option it's just about finding the right fit for you!

Hannah Conard Beauty | The Event Group | Bridal Beauty Blog Q & A | Veronica Varos Photography

Veronica Varos Photography

 

Staff Picks: Valentine’s Day Cards

Be mine. You melt my heart. XOXO. No matter how you choose to say "I love you," there is sure to be the perfect Valentine's Day card out there waiting for you! Still searching for that one statement-making card that absolutely captures the essence of your love? As our Valentine's Day gift to you, The Event Group team has compiled a list of our favorite cards that are sure to keep the romance alive (especially for you last minute shoppers). Browse our staff picks below and click on the links to shop!

Forever Yours,

The Event Group

 

Erika - 1

"I love Rifle's flower designs!" - Erika

Rifle Paper Co. - $4.50

 

Erika - 2

"Because Brad and I always stay in on Valentine's Day - and he cooks!" - Erika

Sugar Paper - $6.00

 

Kate - 2

 

Kate - 1

"I picked these cards because I enjoy giving funny cards over lovey dovey ones. It’s more me and my boyfriend’s personalities. And cause these relate to my life 100%." - Kate

Emily McDowell Studio - $4.50

 

Sara - 1

"I picked this card because John eats more pineapple a day than a normal person would eat on a weeklong tropical vacation. I am also always into cards that incorporate food, yum!" - Sara

Rifle Paper Co. - $4.50

 

Sara - 2

"What could be more fun than a balloon valentine?!" - Sara

Meri Meri - $6.95

 

Gina - 1

Gina - 2

"These are both phrases Dom and I say to each other! So perfect!" - Gina

Paper Source - $5.95

Read Between the Lines - $6.00

 

Sara - 3

And for those of you who want to celebrate Galentine's Day with a girls only dinner party, place one of these adorable cards at each place setting to let all of your besties know how much you love them!

Rifle Paper Co. - $12.00 for pack of 12