Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wedding Weekend & A Concert!

Hey everyone! 
With lots of traveling, a wedding and a concert, it's been a fun, action-packed Memorial Day weekend! Thought I'd do a little picture journal blog post and share what went on. We took off Friday morning for Trussville, Alabama (near Birmingham) for the wedding festivities! It's where Kalee's now-husband Jonathan is from, and they scoped out a gorgeous venue. The roads were very busy and it ended up taking us seven hours to get there. 

Once we arrived at the hotel, I quickly got myself ready (that's the dress I wore to IMATS!) and then did Kalee's makeup for the wedding rehearsal & dinner. Tyler was an usher and I was a bridesmaid, so we learned what we had to do, and met some of Jonathan's other friends and relatives. Then we got some rest for the big day!  

I got going Saturday around 9 to do my own makeup, and then went to the venue at 10:30 where there was some food and more time to get ready. I got myself ready first because I knew I was going to be doing Kalee's makeup, and wanted to be available to help anyone else who asked. There were a couple of super awesome hair ladies there too, and while I was planning to wear my hair half up, during some downtime the ladies said- hey let's play with your hair! And they gave me a cute low bun (wish I would've gotten a pic from the back!) The rest of the afternoon seems kind of like a whirlwind. I first did Kalee's mom's makeup (she's a proud Beauty Broadcast viewer!) She looks so much like Kalee... it's amazing how much more you notice facial similarities when you're doing someone's makeup! I also did fellow bridesmaids Jessica and Melaney, and then Kalee :) I helped a couple of others with false lashes and eyeshadow, too. I blogged about my bridal kit here, and it definitely contained everything I needed. All of the girls couldn't have been nicer and they looked so beautiful! :) 

I brought my camera and fully intended to take some video of the process- but there was no time! I barely had the chance to snap a quick picture and clean brushes in between each application... and I just feel like I get "in the zone" in these situations. Any makeup artists know what I'm talking about? I mean, it's not just makeup for fun, it's makeup for a wedding, plus you have to keep track of the time. I've said it before, but if someone else was there to handle the camera, it would've been great! Does Beauty Broadcast need an intern?! :)  

Before getting pictures taken, a very important member of the bridal party still had to get ready! Kalee's sweet dog Mia Bean was a "flower girl" and a cute little dress was made for her... it was actually made out of Kalee's wedding dress (since she's so short, there was a lot of extra material!) We talked about this in a video on my vlog channel, and many of you said you wanted to see Mia in her dress! In the pic above, a couple of the girls tried to get it on her...

Isn't it SO cute?! I think it just snapped around her waist. 

Once the dress was on, she immediately started racing around! 

How beautiful is this picture?! I nabbed this off of Kalee's facebook page, where photographer Amanda Pair  gave a sneak peek of some of her pictures. I wish I would've gotten some shots of the venue itself, but it was stunning. We were at a house in Trussville- it was very historic-looking. It had a big yard with rolling hills and white fences, and the perfect spot for the ceremony that overlooked a pond... there were also horses frolicking in a nearby pasture. And in case you didn't already feel like you were reading a fairy tale, Kalee surprised us by arriving down the aisle, or "down the lane" leading to the house in a horse-drawn carriage with her dad. I think it brought tears to everyone's eyes. Mia Bean, who ran down the aisle after the bridesmaids (it was ADORABLE), was sitting with Kalee's mom, and let out a single "bark!" when Kalee appeared in the carriage. I know-- overwhelming cuteness. The whole ceremony was just wonderful and the weather was perfect. Kalee is a meteorologist, so that's appropriate! :)  

The reception was on the same property, and I snapped this picture of the couple's first dance. How cute are they?! I am so thrilled for Kalee and Jonathan! 

Tyler and Kalee during the Dollar Dance... she's even shorter than me, and Tyler is 6'6"!

One of the younger Beauty Broadcast viewers! 5-year-old Emily watches with her mom, a cousin of Jonathan's! (sorry for my crazy red-eyes!)

She said that she and Kalee were talking about makeup, and she was mentioning a girl on YouTube... Kalee said- "is it Emily?! She's my friend!" I thought that was so cool! And the fact that she and her daughter watch together is really sweet :)

There was karaoke during the last hour of the reception, and Tyler (yes, Tyler!) is shown here singing N'sync's "Bye Bye Bye" with fellow usher Otto and some other guys. Big hit. LOL!


Everyone lined the entrance to the property and held sparklers- so cool! Stole this pic off of Tyler's instagram.  We headed home the next day and the roads weren't near as crazy- made it home in six hours and then chilled and napped on the couch. Hope Kalee & Jonathan are enjoying their honeymoon!! :)

Monday night we went to a concert at Herrin Festa Italiana! (It's an Italian festival that happens here in southern Illinois). It gets underway every year during the week leading up to Memorial Day with events, a parade, carnival rides, fair food, and they tend to have some pretty big-name musical acts... country music fans-- in years past they've had Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Luke Bryan. This year they had Florida Georgia Line, and Tyler and I are fans! :) The concert ended up selling out, so I'm glad we got our tickets early. In the above Instagram pic, I'm sporting a cute dress that I got for less than $20 from Ross! :) Fittingly patriotic colors for Memorial Day. Didn't wear boots (not all boots are bunion friendly! and I of course wanted to dance about!), so I had on some comfy sandals.

All the tickets were general admission... so you just had a huge group of people standing in front of the stage and you had to try to get as close as you could. After seizing some delicious corn dogs (my fair food of choice), we worked our way up the side and got surprisingly close. Being 5'0", it was a bit of a challenge to see, but I wasn't complaining! We got there for the opening act "Old Southern Moonshine Revival"... what a name!! And while I wasn't drinking moonshine, I did have a couple of Bud Lights in my cup with the moustache (remember, it's Herrin Festa Italiana, haha) 

Toward the end of the Old Southern Moonshine Revival... clouds, wind, and rain rolled in. Cold, kinda heavy rain. The opening act ended early and all 8,000 of us were left standing in the rain... I was soaked, and my face was pretty wet too, but I must say... the hat, my waterproof eye makeup, and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation helped a lot and from the neck up, I stayed looking pretty fresh! :) My feet... not so much. The ground became a mixture of water, gravel, cigarette butts, and other random trash. Fortunately it was all flowing somewhere and eventually dried up quite a bit. Florida Georgia Line came out in the midst of the rain just to say hi-- and the crowd went nuts. They ended up starting not too far behind schedule, and the rain was gone for the rest of the night. Much bopping, singing, and cheering ensued. 

This was Tyler's view- he could pretty much see over everyone. I was basically looking at the back of that blonde girl's head a lot of the time... very familiar now with her waves and highlights... but was able to squirm around and get a better look at the action on stage from time to time. Everything wrapped up around 9:30... and it was SO much fun! So I suppose this whole post has pretty much been my "daily nuggets" :) I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a good week ahead, too! New video coming tomorrow to Beauty Broadcast!

44 comments:

  1. Seems like you had an awesome time! I love weddings, they are so cute and fun haha :D Great post!

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  2. So glad that you had a great time at the wedding and concert. Congratulations to Kalee and Jonathan. I wish them many many many years of wedded bliss.

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  3. Loved your post. Sounds like you had a great time.

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  4. I would love to be your intern and makeup assistant em! Would be an honor ;)

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  5. I would love to be your intern and makeup assistant em! Would be an honor ;)

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  6. I love that the dog had her own little dress. So sweet!

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  7. Aww you were close to me when you were in Trussville and Florida Georgia Line is my favorite duo!!!!

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  8. This was fun to read :) how nice... its good to know that you had a lovely time Emily. I, as well, attended a wedding last Saturday and it was sooo beautiful! Im so greatful for your tips on makeup, luckily I knew what to do with myself in such little time and I loved how I looked in pictures. I had you in my mind all the time hehe :D xo

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  9. This was fun to read :) how nice... its good to know that you had a lovely time Emily. I, as well, attended a wedding last Saturday and it was sooo beautiful! Im so greatful for your tips on makeup, luckily I knew what to do with myself in such little time and I loved how I looked in pictures. I had you in my mind all the time hehe :D xo

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  10. Jajajaaaaaaaaaaa, I can't stop laughing about you looking to the girl's hair at the concert, that happend to me all the time, the diference is that I'm always smelling people's under arms, uuugggggg.

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  11. Emily you did a fantastic job on the bride's makeup -- she looked beautiful, and not over made up, as in some cases the bride doesn't even look like her self. You are such a wonderful friend!!! God bless you. Glad you enjoyed your day at the fair!

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  12. I just put it together and Jonathan is a cousin of mine. Distant and we haven't seen each other in many years but cool to see them on your blog!

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  13. As I'm looking at your pictures, I realized that Kaylee used to be the meteorologist for WCIA 3, here in Champaign (where I live). SO COOL! Congrats to them!

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  14. Aww, what a great post! It is good to see you out having so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. That dress is beautiful!
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  15. I know what you're talking about when you get in 'the zone' at big makeup events. I am forever forgetting to snap pics as well because you just kind of go on autopilot. Your makeup looks on the girls are amazing...and of course you look fierce as always!

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  16. Looks like you had a great weekend at wedding and concert, very happy for you!! I would be proud to be your Beauty Broadcast Intern!!!!

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  17. I was at FLAGA Line too! And was SOAKED but it was so totally worth it, I love that band. We weren't quite as ambitious as y'all to get so close. We parked ourselves conveniently by the beer tent. Glad you had a good time too.

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  18. You guys look beautiful!! I love the wedding dress glad you had fun!!!

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  19. Yes Beauty Broadcast needs interns so I can be one! Lol. Great find on the dress!

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  20. Yes Beauty Broadcast needs interns so I can be one! Lol. Great find on the dress!

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  21. Wow, such a small world. Jonathan and I have mutual friends in common. We both went to the University of Alabama. Pretty neat!!

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  22. Weddings are so much fun! Especially when it's a couple you've known dearly. As for Emily's intern, I'd volunteer but it looks like there's a long line ahead of me already. :)

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  23. Superb :) ... and truly kelee looks like a fairy tale princess :)

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  24. Ah weddings, so much fun always :-) Sounds like you had a great time!

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  25. Sounds like you had a great time!!

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  26. Wow! Fun weekend! Am always surprised by how tall Tayler really is.:)

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  27. This was such a fun read! Sounds like you had a great weekend. This is just a random request, but I found this picture of Rashida Jones and I was hoping you could recreate this look in a tutorial. Thanks!
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  28. Beautiful wedding, beautiful ladies and beautiful makeup...my daughter wants to dress her sugar glider in itsy bitsy, bridal attire for her wedding. Wish us luck! LOL

    You did a wonderful, natural look on the ladies, Emily. I love seeing a bride and her wedding party looking this way and not over done....and I love makeup.

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