And it was Everything.. We get Pretty(er)

The morning of the wedding I had a very unique emotion flowing through me.  I was happy, on the best vacation I’d ever been on, woke up in a place I was completely enamored by, and woke up next to my very favorite human – my almost husband.  It was a unique kind of happiness.

I had to round up all of the ladies who were attending the wedding because one of my gifts for them was to have their hair and makeup done.

During planning I had hair and makeup sticker shock, and thought about finding and in-room stylist for Danielle and me.  After a few conversations with people I respect and love, we opted to make this one a splurge.  Why spend tons of money on hair and makeup?  Because memories.  Because looking back on that day, I remember the joy everyone experienced sitting in those chairs feeling pampered, and that when our photos were taken we all felt as beautiful as ever.

And let’s be honest – We partied a lot in Vegas, so having professionals responsible for making sure we looked our best was a GREAT decision.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share one of the most meaningful parts of the experience – a gift from my brother.

When we arrived at Cristophe Salon we were greeted by a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.  This gift from my brother, his girlfriend, and her family.  This was the first round of tears I cried that day.

My brother has lived a really tough life, and made a series of poor decisions.  Today, though, he’s better.  He’s happier.  He’s living a life that we’ve always dreamed of for him, and him reaching out and being present in his own way on that day was so, so big.

*All photos personal or taken by a member of the party unless otherwise noted

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I was quickly ushered to a chair where my hair was expertly dealt with.

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While I was getting my hair worked on, Danielle was having her makeup done, and my mom was in another chair having her hair done.

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Danielle’s make up was flawless.  It helps that she’s already as perfect as they come.

We swapped chairs, and her hair was managed while my make up was applied.

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Somewhere else in the salon, Brad’s grandmother and his mom were around getting their hair worked on..

In a matter of a couple of hours, all five of us were in flawless condition.

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This may be one of my favorite selfies because I managed to get Danielle in the background!

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But here’s a better look at her beauty!  And her shirt that says, “Bride’s Woe”.

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My mom is a real simple lady – so she skipped the make up part of the day, and just got her hair done.  She loved it!

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Brad’s mom had her hair and make up done – and she looked SO amazing!!  She’s already a beauty to begin with, so not at all surprised that she looked so fantastic.

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I failed to get a picture of Grandma after her hair and make up were done – oops!  You’ll see how fabulous she looked soon, though!  She had a great time at the salon, though!

While we were at the salon, I took a few minutes to try on the gift Danielle gave me that morning..  A set of Tiffany pearl earrings and pearl necklace.

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Such beautiful treasures for one of the greatest memories I’ll ever have.

After we were all pretty, we went back to the Cosmopolitan and prepared to get dressed!!

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Photo by Gin & Sake Productions

Things were looking beautiful and feeling fab!  Next up – we get dressed!

Missed a recap?  Catch up here:

We make it to Las Vegas
We take care of last minute things

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