Spring’s blossoms, picturesque landscapes and romantic nuances of life and beauty make it one of the most popular times of year to exchange vows. From local poppies to seaside perennials, the natural beauty is as diverse as the blushing bride—who spends more time meticulously planning every detail than ever before.
Thankfully, Brandi McMillian, owner of Beauty on the Go, and her team of hair and makeup artists are bringing brides closer to their beauty goals by unchaining inspiration and incorporating the setting and motif of the bride’s special day. [continued below after photos]
Natural Bride [shown above]
Less is more with makeup that emphasizes radiance, glowing skin, simplicity and subtle enhancements of the facial features. Create a beautiful neck silhouette with an up-do and the natural curly texture of hair, for a soft and simple finish. This silk Charmeuse trumpet gown with sweetheart neckline and an asymmetrical hemline creates effortless drama.
Whimsical Bride [Shown above]
Nature-inspired and full of life, this look is dramatically ethereal. Floral colors inspired the makeup, and a faint green shimmer warms the eye. A sweet coral lip is perfect under a crown of flowers and curls. A satin bodice with beaded embroidery and drop waist leads the eyes to the cascading organza tiered skirt.
Romantic Bride [Shown abve]
Inspired by blush tones from true love’s kiss, reds, pinks and floral are best suited for this elegant bride. Voluminous hair is effortlessly chic—or a loose updo with wispy tendrils around the face. This beautiful organza in an A-line style with flowing train and beaded bodice is sweet with a sweetheart neckline.
Modern Bride [Shown above]
Inspired by contemporary style, the modern bride makes bold statements. Clean and radiant makeup helps highlight a bold lip or seductive eye. Hair can also say something special, like this super-sleek style. This sweetheart trumpet gown with delicate ruching along the bodice moves effortlessly into a flowing skirt.
Glamorous Bride [Shown above]
Everyone will be looking at this bride with bold, dramatic makeup, often worn with a smoky eye and voluminous lashes. Curls are worn big, strong and sexy. With a tulle roched bodice and full handkerchief skirt, this dress offers versatility and can be removed at the knee for a fun reception transformation.
Vintage Bride [Shown above]
A tribute to old Hollywood glamor, deep colors are used on the cheek and eyes to accentuate features in matte tones. Winged black eye liner flirts with the eyes while deep red lips are full of seduction. Finger wave hair is reborn in this look, adorned with vintage headpiece. The vintage-inspired gown with lace overlay and champagne satin is finished with buttons down the entire skirt.
“Our team specializes in customizing each consultation with our brides and spending a good amount of time helping to bring their visions to life,” McMillian said. “We found that conversations alone weren’t good enough to help brides get specifically what they wanted. They needed to really see these options come to life.”
And bring them to life she did, with unbridled beauty compositions used to inspire women with discerning tastes. With the help of other local artists, McMillian brought together a team committed to create bridal looks that appeal to every romantic proclivity. From whimsical and ethereal to classic and sophisticated, finding the perfect bridal style is one task McMillian and her team have made easier for brides throughout San Diego.
Shannon Henry, Brent Clifford and Amy Bjornson of Studio Carre
Hair and Makeup
Brandi McMillan, Chandra Wood, Nicolette Nightingale, Ang Erlenwein,
and Victoria Garcia of Beauty on the Go
Elyse Reuben Couture
Natalie Marie, Elizabeth Zara, Ava Lily, Jennifer Lam, Nikki Smith, and Mistianna Stromatt
Sandra Buczek of Sandra Nicole Styling