Wedding Hair and Makeup | Why You Should Hire a Professional

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Why You WANT a Hair and Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

Your big day is around the corner and if you’ve been wondering whether or not to hire a professional hair and makeup artist, I’m here to tell you, YES!  You have expectations of your day, right? Like, I don’t know… say, looking your best! Now you may be thinking, I’ve already paid for so many other wedding day services, are you sure I need one? Again, I say, YES! Whether you choose to have one for engagements, bridals, and wedding day, or all of the above, here are a few things to consider in deciding to hire your own. Believe me, you won’t ever regret having a Hair and Makeup Artist (HMUA) there for you on such a big day!

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Wedding Makeup

Back to the expectations you have for your day. You’re paying a professional photographer to capture you at your best so why not have a professional make you look your best?! You need to find that someone who has the talent to bring out your natural beauty and keep you looking flawless and radiant on your wedding day. This is a photographers dream! Even the slightest bit of high quality foundation applied by a professional, that sees your natural beauty and then magnifies it, means getting you photo ready in a way that will make your best features pop. Think about getting that close up that could potentially reflect high definition pores, redness, and other imperfections. I mean, I CAN edit you to look fabulous. That is part of what you’re paying your photographer for. I’m just saying, a little makeup can go a long way when it comes to being in front of a camera. Let your wedding day hair and makeup artist do what they do best and let them help you look and feel your best!

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Wedding Hair

We’ve covered the importance of makeup but what about hair?  You do your own every day so why would your wedding day be any different? Well, ever woken up to a bad hair day? The last thing you want on your wedding day is a BAD hair day! Think about it. Do you want the added stress of trying to get that last piece of hair to curl when it’s got a mind of it’s own? Don’t even get me started on what I call the frizz halo that occasionally sneaks up as the day goes on.  A professional hairstylist will have all the products and know-how in their arsenal of hair tools to get your hair looking it’s best and finishing it in a way that is sure to last all day and even all night long. However, don’t settle for just anyone that can do a “wedding up-do.”  You want to find a stylist that will work with you and your ideas while staying true to you.  If you never wear your hair up then don’t get talked in to a fancy up do. A good wedding day hair and makeup artist will keep your look natural and in line with you and what you like.

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Take Time To Feel Beautiful

Having a flawless and radiant face, and keeping your hair in place doing what it should, is clearly a must for your wedding day and photos but I haven’t mentioned to you my personal favorite of hiring a wedding HMUA; the pampering. We all know that weddings are stressful and there is a seemingly never ending list to get ready.  Adding one more thing like doing your own makeup or hair may seem fine but think about how AMAZING it would be to take some time for yourself while you sit and be pampered.  You don’t want to show up for any photo session frazzled from rushing through your own makeup and hair routine.  Take some time to sit and have the professionals take care of you.  I promise you it will help you get relaxed and ready to show your beautiful self off! Like I said, you won’t ever regret hiring a hair and makeup artist  for your wedding day or photos.  It’s your time of life to look beautiful. You’re ready for that next big step in life so go ahead and show off that beautiful person you are!

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Take a look at some of my favorite artists below.

 

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Lindsay Lee

Maria Hannifin

Brynne Thomas

Julia Price

 

XOXOXO – Brooke

Provo Orchard Engagements | Ashley + Jared | Utah Engagement Photographer

Provo Orchard Engagements | Brooke Bakken | Utah Engagement Photographer

Provo Orchard Engagements

This secluded Provo orchard provides plenty of romance for an engagement shoot but add Ashely and Jared to the mix and it takes the romance up a few notches. I loved shooting these two here. Their energy and love for each other was evident whether they were giving me their sweet and adorable side or their madly in love and serious side. They absolutely NAILED both!

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Have a romantic place in mind for your engagements? Give me a call and let’s make them happen!

 

XOXOXO – Brooke

 

Downtown Salt Lake Bridals | Brynne + Joseph | Utah Bridal Photographer

Wedding gown | Brooke Bakken | Utah Bridal Photographer

Downtown Salt Lake Bridals

Brynne and Joseph took on a very memorable setting for bridals as we trekked up the foothills of the Utah mountains to overlook downtown Salt Lake City and Temple Square (where we captured their first look) and I couldn’t be HAPPIER about how these turned out! I loved their enthusiasm as they ran through the temple grounds like they were on their way to some grand adventure. Which if you consider marriage an adventure, then I think they have a pretty grand one in store for them! Starting a life together just the two of them and committing to be each other’s only for ETERNITY is pretty spectacular! Makes me want to runaway with my sweetheart all over again!

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Bridals are THE PERFECT way to bottle up all those feelings you have for each other and save them forever! Schedule your bridals today!

 

XOXOXO – Brooke

Romantic Spring Pastel Wedding | Ashley+ Tyler | Utah Wedding Photographer

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Romantic Spring Pastel Wedding

The Salt Lake Temple and it’s grounds known as Temple Square are beautifully romantic in and of itself but add to it spring with it’s trees in bloom and flowers everywhere you look and you’ve got wedding day PARADISE! Ashley and Tyler’s wedding day was as close to perfection as you can get. The pastel colors they chose for their wedding were soft and inviting and created a welcoming and subtle feeling of love and togetherness. I wanted to sit on that velvet sofa and watch the smiles all night long. And who can say they were carted away at the end of their reception in a golf cart?! That’s the way to make an exit!

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You won’t want to forget a single thing from your wedding day. Let me capture every memory of the start of your forever. Call me today!!!

XOXOXO – Brooke

Spring Garden Engagements | Brynne + Joseph | Utah Engagement Photographer

Thanksgiving Point Gardens Engagement | Brooke Bakken | Utah Engagement Photographer

Spring Garden Engagements

The Thanksgiving Point Gardens during spring are a sight to behold! Add to it one beautiful couple, madly in LOVE, and you have yourself the perfect spring garden for an engagement shoot. It’s so romantic with it’s secret garden and tulips in bloom everywhere you look. Brynne and Joseph were all smiles and I loved capturing them here together! You just can’t beat adding a couple in love to a romantic setting like this! See for yourself!

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Schedule your own romantic engagement today before my calendar fills up.

 

XOXOXO – Brooke

Thanksgiving Point Gardens | Kjiersten + James | Utah Bridal Photographer

Bridal Session at Thanksgiving Point | Brooke Bakken | Utah Bridal Photographer

Thanksgiving Point Gardens

Kjiersten and James have been on the brain all of last week after I shared their engagement shoot on the blog. I just HAD to follow it up with their bridals. You really can’t beat Thanksgiving Point Gardens during spring time! I’m so excited for these two to be starting their forever together!

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Schedule your bridals today before my summer schedule fills up!

XOXOXO – Brooke

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Provo Utah Orchard Engagements

When it comes to engagements, I love a good backdrop that adds some romance and this orchard in Provo Utah did not disappoint. Add Kjiersten and James to the mix and it takes the romance up another notch. I loved watching these two. I couldn’t help but smile. It’s clear that they’ve got it bad for each other. I couldn’t be more excited for them!

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Did he just pop the big question?! Well then, congrats! Next up on the wedding to-do list is to give me a call and schedule your engagements!

XOXOXO – Brooke

Beach Engagements | Sea Isle City | Jenna + Joe | Utah Engagement Photographer

Beach engagements in Sea Isle City | Brooke Bakken | Utah Destination Engagement Photographer

Beach Engagements

As you will see, Jenna and Joe invited a very special guest to help with their engagement shoot in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The weather and the sandy landscape was PERFECT (until a crazy storm showed up halfway through their session…more on that later) for these two. Three if you count  their fur baby special guest!  Jenna was looking stunning. The colors she chose to wear complimented the landscape in a way that added to the entire ocean vibe.  What else can I say other than, these two look like they belong on the beach.

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The weather

Here we are having a great time, when all of a sudden the clouds roll in and things get dark, windy, and scary FAST! We all dart for the car as the water starts coming down in BUCKETS! The whole beach practically empties out as car after car leaves. The three of us stay in hopes that we will be able to wait out the storm and still have enough time and sunlight to actually get to the part of the beach where you can see the water and horizon. Well, good things come to those who wait! Not only did we have gorgeous sunlight for a whole 20 minutes, but we had an empty beach on a summer weekend! We had it all to ourselves! These guys were such troopers, and while the last 20 minutes were a complete blur, we have photo evidence that these two are MAGIC together no matter what the circumstance! I cannot wait to be by their side when they say “I DO!” today. It’s going to be one for the books!

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If you have a vision for your own engagements that includes the ocean at sunset then give me a shout out today to schedule your shoot.

 

XOXOXO – Brooke

Little Sahara Sand Dunes | Bri + Brady | Utah Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom at sunset | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding Photographer

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

The sunset over the sandy hills of the Little Sahara Sand Dunes wasn’t the only thing shining on Bri and Brady’s wedding day. The two of them were both glowing! I guess when you add the excitement of a bridal session turned elopement that happens. Their wedding was beautiful, intimate and the sandy setting was perfect.  Lucky for me this is now the 2nd elopement I have been able to be a part of and shoot and let me tell you they DO NOT disappoint!

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The Elopement

The first elopement I shot, I was able to travel to Maui with my BFF Kaitlin and shoot with her on the beach. However, this was one of my very own and when Bri asked if I would be ok with them tying the knot at their “Bridal/First Look” session, I squealed with delight! Elopements aren’t all too common where I live, but holy smokes I am seriously HOOKED! The intimate setting, the promises made true in heart, and the ability to choose just about anywhere to tie the knot, leaves me feeling so incredibly inspired. I hope this won’t be the last time I get to shoot a gorgeous elopement! 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If you’re looking for a location for bridals, or even your wedding,  than the Little Sahara sand dunes in Utah won’t disappoint. Give me a call today to schedule your session.

XOXOXO – Brooke

Destination Wedding: 5 Things You Need To Know To Plan Your Own

Husband and wife | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Your Destination Wedding

When it comes to planning your destination wedding, you don’t want to miss these 5 must read ideas that will make planning your perfect day a breeze!  Did any of you just picture yourself standing at your beach side wedding when I said breeze? That tropical reference wasn’t completely unintended. It’s your day and you want it to be a picture perfect resemblance of what those expectations are floating around in your head. Well, I’m here to help. Follow these 5 tips to make your destination wedding planning run smoothly, in turn, making your destination wedding day exactly what you want it to be.Beach wedding destination | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Location

First up, let’s talk about the location. When selecting a destination make it a place that is meaningful to the two of you or somewhere you have always wanted to go. You want to make it mean something!!!  It will become part of your love story, if it isn’t already. It can be a reflection of who your both are and what you love. Let it add to your wedding day while you soak up the experience of having all of your closest loved ones surrounding you in your hand picked paradise.

Beach wedding ceremony set up | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

 

Hire Professionals (Photographers/Videographers)

This is a big one in my book. You’ve traveled all this way, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a resort photographer that you don’t love. The location you choose might not always have a photographer/videographer that is going to give you what you want so it’s ABSOLUTELY okay to bring your own photographer along.  You want someone that you are comfortable with that you KNOW will capture you and your day just they way you want to remember it forever.

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Guests

Your guests love you enough to join you at your destination so this is a biggie! Be sure to consider your guest traveling time and accommodations in relation to the venue. I always like to say to stay within a 10 minute radius of the venue. You will want all of your friends and family close. The last thing you want to have happen is to have them stuck clear across town. Also, keep in mind the time of year when selecting a date for your destination wedding. Keep in mind holidays, school breaks and other events your guests may be faced with in joining you at tyour destination.

 

 

Less is More

First and foremost, a destination wedding is about YOU and the commitment you are making!! Believe me, you don’t need to be worrying about  fancy centerpieces or having a fancy ballroom with high floral centerpieces that make a statement. You are the statement!  And the destination is complimenting it. Don’t be afraid to stick with local flowers, fruit, and food. In this Tulum, Mexico destination wedding, pineapples were used for centerpieces which created a complement to the surroundings. The atmosphere stayed consistent to the location with colorful chairs that the venue had on hand. Not to mention, desert florals are easy to buy in the local market and create interest while keeping with the destination being the theme.

Bride and Groom kiss on beach | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Hire a Planner

Here’s another one, you need to trust me on. You need a professional by your side to take care of any issues that happen if and when things go wrong at the last minute. I don’t want you to even lift a finger on your wedding day!!!  If you don’t have a planner that accompanies you to the location then make sure the venue has a killer on site wedding coordinator.  You want that person by your side to answer questions while you focus on your day!

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VIVA LA MEXICO!!!

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Now that you have all the tips to planning the destination wedding of your dreams, make sure your hire a professional to capture every moment and detail of your day. It just so happens that I know a good one you can call. 😉 😉

XOXOXO – Brooke