November 18th, 2013
To say Ashley and her girls were just plain ol’ fun would be an understatement. Okay fine. They were fun (with a capital F), hilarious, totally gorgeous and in love with their beautiful sister and friend.We know we aren’t supposed to play favorites but if we were to have any (and we don’t), these ladies would be on New Leaf’s list for 2013;-) New Leaf provided Ashley and her entourage with hair and make-up in Newport, and we left wishing we were wearing bridesmaids dresses too!
Ashley & Scott’s wedding was too dreamy to even explain in words, so Corinna Raznikov Photography helped prove it to you all with her breathtaking images from Castle Hill. Without further adieu…
You can never smooch too much on your wedding day…ever!
Imagine trying to wrangle up this group? Nice work Corinna!
No idea what is happening here but we love it.
Hair and make-up still flawless after hours of kissing, crying, hugging, dancing…and kissing.
And we leave you with this classically Castle Hill kiss.
Believe it or not, these images are just a few of Ashley & Scott’s big day. If you simply must see more (and you must)…check out Corinna Raznikov’s post for the full blog.
Beauty, smiles and love overflows….
Much thanks to Ashley for choosing New Leaf, her lovely sis Christina for her lovely note and photos, and to Corinna Raznikov for your incredible talent!
The professional pictures are starting to arrive so stay tuned for more…
November 4th, 2013
As the ‘wedding dust’ settles from the summer season, we had a few photos of another New Leaf-er bride we wanted to share! It’s always so exciting to see one of our New Leaf-ers tie the knot. Emily and her mom, Cindy, have been faithful clients since 2005. We would be hard pressed to find a kinder, more genuine and lovely mother-daughter duo. We were thrilled when we heard the engagement news and that we would travel to a new venue for New Leaf…Whispering Pines Conference Center.
Our bridal team hopped into the wedding wagon and took the voyage (we are Rhode Islandah’s after all;-) to Whispering Pines in West Greenwich, RI. The title isn’t exaggerating, it seriously has the most beautiful pine trees you have ever seen. Any nature-lovin’, adventure-seeking future brides out there? Ladies, stop doing research, you have just found your perfect venue!
Can’t you just smell the fresh air?
This place has so much character, it’s definitely our most unique destination yet. From the squirrel themed decor…to the rustic outdoorsy feel…to the s’more making post reception, this place captured our hearts on the drive in.
It did not take too much work at all to get this gorgeous gal looking dreamy. Emily opted for a super natural, dewy look that would allow the groom to recognize her on her way down the aisle. Rachel gave her a soft smokey eye to bring out those baby blues, and to also tie in her favorite color!
Love this shot of her bridesmaid looking on as her mom, Cindy, is captured in the mirror’s reflection. So many brides swear that the ‘prep time’ is one of their favorite memories of the day.
TGFB!! For those of you who don’t know what this acronym means…THANK GOD FOR BRIDESMAIDS! From bridal shower planning to walking down the aisle with your nerdy nephew, bridesmaids do a TON behind the scenes. In this case, what is not pictured is the two bridesmaids holding up an ancient ceramic lamp (that weighed about 100 pounds) to the right of the bride due to insufficient lighting. A personal THANK YOU! from us to them for undertaking that task to help us out! TGFB, right?
It took barely any work to whip these beautiful girls into shape, I mean look at them! Natural beauty all around. My goodness..all that’s left is some gorgeous purple gowns. We have never met such a sweet and crafty woman as Emily’s mom, Cindy. She handcrafted most of the things at the wedding from the bride’s gorgeous veil to these flowers in the bridesmaids hair. Cindy is like a real life Pinterest board!
After lots of hairspray, bobby pinning, chit-chatting and laughs, we were finished….oooo, and this hairpiece! Every bride needs to have one sparkly “wow factor” accessory, and Emily chose the perfect one.
Take a look at this rustic heaven as the sun just sets. We wanted to grab our camping gear and crash the wedding!
Imagine you and your entire family toasting marshmallows by the campfire after dancing all night long. We hope we get to visit Whispering Pines again in 2014!
A huge, warm thank you to Emily, Cindy and her bridal party for inviting us to be a part of your very special day. We were so glad New Leaf could be there, and look forward to sharing more milestones with your family.
As always, stay tuned for more….wedding season isn’t over quite yet!
October 2nd, 2013
ashley & drew 8.3.13
We had been waiting for two years for this special wedding…Ashley was a bride near and dear to our New Leaf family because she is sweet, beautiful, gracious, and well, real family! Ashley and her mom, Pam, are not only relatives but also loyal New Leaf-ers who have been coming to the Studio since the doors opened in 2001. We are pretty sure Ashley booked New Leaf before securing Mount Hope Farm…we are SO glad that their two year engagement felt like it flew by!
Ashley was like most of our brides….BUSY! She was planning a wedding from another state and enrolled in an intense nursing program, but somehow managed to earn our title of “Most Organized”. We were blown away. And we were blown away again after seeing Rebecca Arthurs Photography capture their charming, rustic, gorgeous wedding at Mount Hope Farm. One word: breathtaking. Without further adieu….
Ashley’s dreamy, ethereal Sarah Seven dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique…
The moment we love so much…dads & daughters taking their memorable walk.
Ashley and Drew exchanging vows…
You can also catch a glimpse of Ashley’s unbelievable headband. This was one of those times a hair trial was crucial. The flower headband was this wrap style piece that we both thought should probably be sold with a book of instructions, or at the very least a diagram;-) After 30 minutes of trying to satisfy an OCD hairstylist’s need to make the headband sit just perfect, we figured it out and took lots of pictures. The day of the wedding, no problem!
A stylist’s favorite photo…the rear view of the ‘dos. We spend all that time on the back, and then we never usually get to see this angle in photos. Thanks Rebecca!
Our other special New Leaf-er of honor that day…Pam or “Auntie Pam” as she is known around New Leaf:)
Pam has naturally curly hair. Ladies who rock their natural texture on a daily basis know the anxiety of having their curls ‘coiffed’, especially for a special occasion. Pam put her trust in New Leaf and was so happy she did. She was also concerned about her make-up lasting through all the tears, and we are happy to report that it withstood flood like crying.
Pam wrote us such a lovely ‘love note’ right after Ashley’s wedding, we had to share:
“Everyone complimented our hair and make-up all night long. Our hairdos could not have been any prettier or comfortable than the way you did them. I am happy I didn’t even attempt to tell you how to do my hair. You did it perfectly!! I wish I could wear it that way every day. I felt “princess like”.
The wedding was magical, in part, because of you & New Leaf Studio.
Thank you again..
—All the best,
This light is just perfection. And Ashley’s complexion is too. You’d never know this was a warm, summery August day looking at her flawless skin.
Ashley wanted her hair to be super textured, soft, loose and natural. There always needs to be a balance of ‘texture’ and a style that will withstand hours of hugging, smooching, dancing and every other -ing you can think of.
Ashley’s fabulous ladies…we loved these girls so much. We experienced our first dread lock ‘do, and while most brides would be a tad nervous about it, Ashley didn’t sweat it. Her bridesmaids put their trust in us, and we think they look pretty happy about it all;-)
Gorgeous flowers, right? Kudos Robin Hollow! Amazing.
You simply MUST check out the Rebecca Arthur’s blog for Ashley and Drew’s wedding…there are so many details of their day not to be missed.
Love Ashley’s expression in this last image….smitten and in love. Ahhhhh.
Thank you to Ashley and Pam for entrusting New Leaf to completely take over your beautifying for one of the most special days of your lives. You were absolutely wonderful to work with, and that’s not just because we are family;-) Cheers to many more memories to be shared!
As always, please stay tuned for more wedding fun from this summer…and fall!
August 28th, 2013
So we met beautiful Jessica and her elegant mother, Janice, on the day of their trials and we fell in love. Not creepy-stalker love, just we-kinda-wish-you-were-a-New-Leaf-client-all-the-time love. Never have we met such a calm, cool and collected bride as Jessica. She just had everything together and knew exactly what she wanted which was fabulous! On the ‘big day’ in August, we re-created her dreamy bridal look. She had the natural beauty of a ten porcelain skinned, blue-eyed, sunny blonde (ahem, photoshopped) models put together. As much as we would love to take credit of doing this crazy, beauty overhaul-type makeover for Jessica, she really was just a perfect canvas.
If you have not had the absolute pleasure of visiting Oceancliff in Newport, you must. Such a beautiful drive over, the location and setting are to die for and the hotel rooms are amazing. Stepping foot inside the hotel doors feels like walking into a castle with large ornate fireplaces that you could basically walk into and tall golden mirrors at every turn. We wished we could stay there for the “I do’s!”
It never, ever gets old rolling into this driveway.
When Jessica and Janice left the studio smiling on ‘trial’ day, they promised us delicacies for the day of the wedding. Normally, we always politely say, “Oh, no thank you, we just ate” when parties offer. If the brides really saw us scarf down our coffees and terrible fast food breakfast sandwiches in our cars like savage beasts prior to arriving, they probably would turn us away at the door. On this day, the food spread was so amazing, there was no time for etiquette. We ate. Everything was delish…thank you St. Johns!!
We know, this is a bridal beauty blog. Sometimes, we get distracted by other things and simply must photograph….like Jessica’s flowers. These would fall into the beauty category, right??
Natural light is a make-up artist’s best friend….here is our make-up team hard at work!
Just hangin’ out….
We truly believe that when in doubt, opt for a chignon. You just can’t go wrong.
If Jessica wasn’t so sweet, we would think it was a requirement to be drop dead gorgeous to be her friend. Luckily, just being genuine, fun and kind is all she needs.
Meet Gorgeous and Beautiful.
Since it’s a rarity to get our brides in their gowns (unless they are kind enough to send photos…hint, hint), we have the next best thing: a bride and her father. Apparently, the good looking gene runs rampant in the St. John family. You could tell how proud Jessica’s parents were of her and it was so easy for us to see why:)
We told you she was dreamy!
We would like to give a shout out to Jessica, Janice and her bridal party for choosing New Leaf and for really being such sweet, caring people. Your family and friends are truly amazing. Despite the mild rain, it didn’t put a damper on your gorgeous day and you were all beautiful…inside and out!
As always, stay tuned for more….
July 10th, 2013
We couldn’t wait to share the fun we had in the sun this past weekend! The bridal team road tripped it to Stonington, Connecticut to one of the most breathtaking wedding venues, Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Who knew this little piece of paradise existed? Clearly, we need to get out of little Rhody more!
We joined Stephanie, a New Leaf-er faithful since the very beginning of New Leaf time…(and before, but we don’t want to date/age anyone;-). Stephanie was just a girl when her family started with us so we were super excited when we caught wind of her engagement. She upped our excitement when she emailed and said she wanted us to travel to Connecticut for her big day. Joy!
We arrived ready to prep and glam, while the ladies chatted and relaxed in their beyond luxurious bridal suite! Located above the winery, is a loft, with breathtaking views of the vineyard and all the comforts of home.
Right below the suite was a HUGE dining space with floor to ceiling windows, spilling in all the sunshine from the patio outside with views of the vineyard, all a few footsteps away.
To think of all the potential wine to be made from those tiny little grapes growing? Ahhhhh….
How gorgeous are these Monique Lhuillier dresses with a matching pair of Toms?
An early morning chat between Stephanie and her flower girl, coaching her for the big day!
While the Saltwater staff was working feverishly downstairs….
Upstairs the New Leaf bridal team was blending, pinning and curling away!
See, we told you the suite had all the comforts of home. Who doesn’t love the ambiance a fireplace creates? Cozy and relaxing…You can just tell how calm the vibe was here!
How cute are these robes? Stephanie told us she bought them on Etsy.
Smart bride, a robe makes for mess-free hair and make-up. Imagine trying to get a t-shirt off after you just had your hair and make-up done? Disaster and heart attack for the stylist.
Meet Kim and Chelsea, both sisters of the bride. We’ve known them since their middle school days too, and they are such beauties!
(Almost) all done…just missing, a dress, some shoes and a groom! A blushing bride is timeless, never seems to get old. We wait for this moment to happen, right after her hair and makeup has been done. She looks at herself in the mirror for the first time…sometimes, we are lucky enough to catch it on camera!
Stunning hair and smiles all around. Stephanie has the sweetest Grandmother. We fell in love with her and wanted to take her home with us!
Loving the beautiful chignon, accented by a gorgeous hair pin.
An end to a beautiful day! We just couldn’t resist this picture. We swear we weren’t pretending that we were guests at the wedding…Okay, fine we’re lying. Maybe just for a second. Wouldn’t you?
We just love our ‘office’!
A huge thanks to Stephanie and your entire amazing family for choosing US to be part of your big day. We would have been really jealous looking at these pictures if we weren’t there! We can’t wait to hear all about the details.
Now for the professional images…we will be demanding them at your next hair appointment;-)
As always, stay tuned for more!