NACE: Styled Shoot Competition

There is nothing like a little competition to get the creative mind going! This month I was fortunate enough to attend a National Association of Catering and Events’ (NACE) meeting. Each meeting has a different subject and theme, however this specific event was designed to talk about PR Strategy and how to utilize styled shoots for your creative business.  A styled shoot is how vendors are able to collaborate together to market and showcase their services. These styled shoots often end up on blogs, in print and on marketing literature.

{Featured Expert Panel: Robyn Mangrum and Maureen Powell of Weddings Magazine and Jenna and Donna Parks of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine}

What better way to show what these vendors learned by throwing them right into a competition! The groups were split into three teams that were asked to choose from several different elements and create a themed styled shoot. There were floral arrangements, props, models and outfits for a Bohemian, Romantic and High Fashion look. As a stylist, I had so much fun working with my fellow artists to create these looks with our models. Makeup and hair can truly transform the mood you are looking to create.

Some of our MYD Beauty Team with the Models {Megan S, Kelsi, Verronica, Megan A, and Valentina}


The teams all had such different ways of putting together the same concept. Our Romantic model is wearing a soft low chignon with a soft classic bridal look.

Photo By:  Adam Chapin
Photo by: Adam Chapin


It was interesting to note that this team chose the Romantic model for their bohemian look! That floral headpiece really changes the whole feel of this look!

Photo By: Adam Chapin

We had so much fun putting together the High Fashion look! Its not everyday you get to break out your green and blue eyeshadows. I believe this look was inspired by a peacock. The models brilliant eyes just wear this look so well!

Photo by: Red Bridge Photography
Photo by: Red Bridge Photography

Her hair needed to compliment this look. She needed height and texture to compliment such a bold look! It paired perfectly with her sequin gown.

The bohemian model was a real treat to put together! Who doesn’t love a tousled curl look with some braids?

Photo by: Fancy This Photography

This model had the most stunning blue eyes and I think this soft smokey eye just compliments them so well!

Photo by: Fancy This Photography
Photo by: Fancy This Photography

The bohemian shoot by Fancy This Photography ended up winning the competition for Southern Bride & Groom magazine! You can see more images and details from this winning team over on Southern Bride & Groom’s blog feature.  The winning photographer for Weddings magazine was Red Bridge Photography for the romantic same-sex couple shoot.

Photos by: Red Bridge Photography

We so enjoyed styling the guys for the shoot, as well.  There’s more to male grooming before they get in front of the camera than you think! This winning shoot is featured on the Weddings magazine blog here and we encourage you to hop over and check it out.

Styled shoots are all about putting different elements together to create a cohesive look. Hair and makeup is such a huge part of this as it can affect the overall outcome. You can see more photos and read more about the event on Southern Bride & Grooms blog.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these shoots and any ideas for upcoming styled shoots we have in the works! Tell us what you’d love to see more of or maybe what you think you’ve officially had your fill of. Leave us a comment below to share your thoughts and follow along with us on Instagram, Snap Chat and Facebook to see everything our team is up to in the upcoming weeks.



**Kelsi is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh studio. She is available by appointment for all salon services including, but not limited to, cut, color, waxing, and extensions. If you’ve enjoyed reading Kelsi’s posts and would like to work with her specifically for your big event or beauty needs please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your appointment! 877.588.7451**


Bridal Show Month: Carolina Inn

February was Bridal Show month at Makeup for Your Day! We kicked it off at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show in Chapel Hill!

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Jen and Jen at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show

Caroline, Abbey, Megan and I started our day by making over our two gorgeous models.

Models at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show. Hair and Makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Dresses provided by Tre Bella.

I had so much fun at this show because we come to the Carolina Inn several times a year for weddings, and it was great to see the place totally decked out. Several of our artists & stylists were able to come to the event to meet all of the brides that came out to the show.

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Members of our team with Heidi!

We even got to hang out with Heidi Dawson, the director of catering for the Carolina Inn and a good friend of the Makeup for Your Day team. One of our resident stylists, Megan is getting married this year and was able to attend the show with her fiance, Anthony!

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Anthony and Megan at the Carolina Inn

One of my favorite parts of bridal shows is the food! I don’t know that I have seen so many different food vendors in one place before! We had cake, pie, chicken and waffles on a stick, and there was even a s’mores bar. Yes.. a buffet where you could make your own s’mores. YUM! Jen and Susanne had to grab a cheerwine and donuts!

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Tasty treats were available all over The Carolina Inn!

I will documenting all of the bridal shows Megan and I went to in the month of February on the blog over the next few days! Please tune in tomorrow for more!

See you at the next show!










MYD Featured on Southern Bride & Groom’s Blog!

MYD is proud to be featured in Southern Bride & Groom’s blog for Candace and Marty’s beach wedding! We are always excited to share the news when weddings that we had the pleasure of working on get featured online and in print!

This was such a beautiful wedding to be a part of. We wanted to share these photos {courtesy  of Michael Moss} as a sneak peek to give you a little look at the images to come in our full post. Check back for our full post with more photos of Candace’s hair and makeup later in the month!

We think that beach weddings are so romantic! Would you have a beach wedding?

Gatsby Continues to Inspire

It’s going to be a Gatsby year! As we described in our last post, we love the retro-glam feel of the 1920s. We are glad that they are back again and hope that the release of the feature film inspires clothing lines, accessories – and best of all – makeup!
It was so great to be a part of Southern Bride and Groom‘s Gatsby-themed photo shoot. They just wrote a great blog post about the shoot with mention of all of the great vendors involved in pulling everything together. 
We love that this shoot has been so well-received. We’re very proud to say that we have been featured online and in their print publication for this shoot.
All photos courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography. To see full list of vendors, see here

When observing the hair and makeup trends of the 1920s, the hairstyles were mostly short. In 1926, the Eton Crop came to be and it was considered shocking to older generations because a hair was a source of pride for women and their view was that it should be kept long. In the 1920s the short, almost masculine hairstyles were rampant.

Here is Hollywood’s take on Gatsby style.

What is your favorite part of Gatsby-style – the hair, the makeup, the accessories, the hair pieces? We would love to hear about your Gatsby inspiration!

Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, or in the comment box below!

MYD Beautifies Southern Bride & Groom’s 2013 Fashion Spread

We are so proud to present this fashion spread from Southern Bride and Groom’s latest issue. We were excited to be a part of this photo shoot, working with a variety of models to do many different hair and makeup looks. 
This photo shoot feels so fresh and it is a great way to start the new year. The goal was to achieve a fresh and flawless face and then to transform the model’s hair into a completely different hairstyle with each new outfit. 
We loved being able to do a few updos. These are always such neat, classic and elegant looks. We also loved being able to do some loose curls, a half-up-half-down look and also a side-ponytail. 

There were a variety of very talented people at this shoot. Thank you Southern Bride and Groom for orchestrating a great shoot, and asking us to be a part of it, thank you Dara Blakeley for your beautiful photographs and to The Umstead Hotel for hosting the photo shoot. Feel free to contact us if you would like a copy, or contact one of the many distributors in North Carolina. 

We loved being a part of this photo shoot and bringing int the new year with some fresh looks. For more hair and makeup inspiration, check out our Pinterest page! And be sure to LIKE us on Facebook to stay in the loop and see photos of events, photo shoots and weddings that we have the pleasure of being a part of!

MYD Glams Up A Great Gatsby Photoshoot

It’s 2013, but it is feeling more like the 1920! With a new film releasing this year based off of the classic novel written in the 20s, Gatsby fever is sweeping the nation. There is nostalgia in the old, classic details of the 20s that are embodied in this beautiful photo shoot orchestrated by Southern Bride and Groom. The shoot took place at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern and turned out beautifully – we loved being a part of this shoot!

There were many talented vendors for this photo shoot including gowns from Tre Bella Bridal, photos by Renee Sprink Photography, flowers from Tre Bella Flowers, Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events and accessories from Bel Canto Designs. (For full list, see the green box in photo 2).

This was an amazing shoot to be a part of. Any chance to hop out of our decade and into another one is a creative challenge that we love. We love the red lips, bold eyes and incorporating beautiful hair pieces into the hairstyles.

We’re inspired to dress this glam look down for everyday wear. An easy way to do that is to wear your hair down instead of in an updo. This will make the look more casual, while still allowing a bold hair piece.

Charlize Theron dons a very 20s look on the red carpet. This is a more casual look due to the subdued lips. There is a subtle brown/gold smokey eye, but this look isn’t as bold. This is a perfect look for jeans and a tshirt or a skirt and a blazer – for a daytime look, refrain from statement earrings along with a hair piece, it may look too dressy. 

Diane Kruger pulls off her 20s hair and makeup flawlessly. Her hair is pulled into a low bun with two beautiful hair pieces. To keep it from looking overdone, there is no additional jewellery and the lips are a more neutral pink. For makeup, her smokey eyes steal the show, but her professionally highlighted face makes her skin look dewy and fresh. 

Do you have Gatsby fever? Are you itching to get a hair piece of your own? Let us know via Twitter and the comment box below.

For more hair piece inspiration, check out our post on bridal hair accessories. 


In this business we have to stay on top of advertising to make sure our message of stellar beauty and unmatched customer service gets out to the masses! 🙂 So far, we have consistently seen results from our Southern Bride & Groom ad –and cover!– as well as our website itself. We’ve now reached out and have begun to advertise on The Knot and Get Married. You can check us out here:

Visit The Knot

Spread the news and let us know your thoughts and feedback on what your favorite places to surf for wedding vendors are! Thanks for the support!

Southern Bride and Groom Cover

We received the high res of our cover for Southern Bride and Groom magazine today and wanted to share it with all of you who haven’t gone out to get your own copy yet. We have tons in our office if you need one so please just give us a buzz or shoot us an email with your address if you’d like us to send one your way. Southern Bride and Groom magazine is a publication that comes out twice a year and is filled with loads of organizing tips for the bride-to-be. It is a one-stop-shop for all the best vendors in the area and has great articles about everything from gown shopping to choosing your photographer, etc.

We are named throughout the magazine several times as we assisted with a few photo shoots (all done by Marthanna Yater Photography) as well as had one of our brides featured with her wedding at the Carolina Inn! There is also an article in the magazine in which we contributed and it’s definitely worth checking out. Here are a few of the photos that made it into the magazine and check out the others in our gallery (being updated tomorrow). Enjoy! Let us know what you think!

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