Retro Washington State eShoot

Anything with a vintage/retro vibe gets an A+ in our books. So naturally, when we received this cute engagement shoot from Washington photographer Melissa McFadden, we knew we had to share here on Head Over Heels!

(As told by Melissa) Jaimie & Jamie have known each other since high school. (I know, two Jamie’s — they usually go by Jaimie-girl and Jamie-boy.) We didn’t do an ounce of styling for this session, everything in the photos is 100% them.

They shop at Goodwill and local yardsales to find great vintage pieces for their home (featured above) and then we went downtown to shoot some urban photos in their hometown. They are so authentic in their style and in their love, the two came together beautifully!

We love! Thank you, Melissa, for sharing these amazing photos from Jaimie & Jamie’s engagement session. To view more of her work, visit Melissa’s website at


Melissa McFadden and Head Over Heels are proud partners of Two Bright Lights!

Win This: Bridal Beauty Bundle

We know how important it is for a bride to look her best on her wedding day. That’s why were gifting one lucky gal with a bridal beauty bundle of get-gorgeous products!

This bridal beauty bundle includes:

• Avon’s Spotlight Moisturizing Shimmer Gel (6.7 fl. Oz)

• Clearskin™ Blemish Clearing Spot Treatment (.5 fl. Oz)

• Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips and Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal Toothpaste

• Hope’s Healthy…Products Body Gift Set in Bliss (body cream, sea salt scrub and soap round)

• And to tote your products in style, this Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bag in “Madrid Nude”

A value of over $150!

How to Enter:
Between now and midnight, Thursday, July 21, 2011 (EST) leave a comment below about your no fail, go-to beauty secret! Be sure to include your wedding date with your post as well!

Contest details: One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Replies posted after midnight, Wednesday, June 20, will not be counted. Anonymous comments will be discarded. You will need to login with your DISQUS profile or have posted your email address in the comments box so we may notify you if you win. By submitting your email address, you are opting in to receive future communications from Perfect Wedding Guide. No Facebook or Twitter comments will be counted as submissions. Open to U.S. residents only; items will be shipped directly from Perfect Wedding Guide offices to the winner. No monetary exchanges or substitutions allowed. Void where prohibited. Total value $150 U.S. dollars.


Bridal Beauty Timeline

When it comes to making wedding plans, keep in mind that there are some personal preparations that shouldn’t be left until the last minute. I’m talking about your bridal beauty regimen: hair, makeup, nails, skin care, and more. We all want to look our best on the big day, so I’ve put together a schedule for a few health and beauty treatments you may be considering.

1. Months in Advance: Hair and Makeup Appointments

I suggest scheduling a “trial run” of hair and makeup prior to the wedding day. The time frame to schedule a run-through depends on what type of stylist you are using. If you are using a hair and makeup artist at a hotel spa, I suggest waiting until about two months prior to the wedding; that way it is more likely that the person with whom you do the run-through will still be employed at the spa when your wedding day comes around. If you use someone with whom you have a personal relationship, do it shortly after choosing the gown and head piece. That way if you want to grow out your hair, you have the time to do so.

2. Week(s) in Advance: Waxing and Facial Appointments

If it’s your first experience with waxing, the best thing to do would be to book an initial appointment about a month prior to the wedding. This will give your skin time to heal if you should encounter any irritation or sensitivity. Then book a second appointment two to three days prior to the wedding, particularly for any facial waxing, to freshen up your look, but still allowing time for any redness or swelling to dissipate.

Pre-wedding skincare is important, to look and feel confident on your big day. In addition to staying hydrated and keeping your skin clean and moisturized, you may want to incorporate a facial or two into your pre-wedding skincare regimen. Schedule your facial the week before, but be sure to communicate with your esthetician and let her know about the upcoming wedding.

If you’re planning to schedule any treatments with more permanent results (such as dental whitening, Botox injections, dermal fillers, laser hair removal, or chemical peels), be sure to meet with a qualified service provider well in advance of your wedding date for a consultation. While these procedures may yield positive and lasting results, it’s best not to leave them until the last minute, as they may require some healing time in order to produce the full desired result.

3. Days in Advance: Manicure and Pedicure Appointments

I suggest doing all nail appointments one to two days before the wedding, so that the polish is dry and completely hardened for the wedding day, but your nails still look fresh and chip-free. Keep in mind, if you’re going for a natural look on your wedding day, don’t forget to take your vitamins to help with strong, healthy nails!

One last tip– don’t let the guys off the hook, brides! Remember, their hair, skin, and even nails (closeup shots of the rings) will be photographed just as much as yours, so don’t hesitate to pamper them as well!

Tomorrow, we have a really cool giveaway to announce, so be sure to check back here! If you have questions on this or any other wedding related topic, please post for me here on Head Over Heels or send me an email to susan(dot)southerland(at) Also become a fan on Facebook (search: Susan Southerland Secret) or follow me on Twitter (@Susansoutherlan).

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