If you read my anniversary post (here), then you saw some of our photos from a styled photo shoot at The White Sparrow Barn. I was so thrilled to work with some extremely talented women from in and around Dallas to put together this whole entire shoot, and I am so stoked to start sharing each vendor with you.
Brides- if you are planning your wedding in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, be sure to keep up with this series as I feature every type of vendor you could possibly need: The gown, the venue, the flowers, the cake, the photographer, the furniture rentals… EVERYTHING.
Today, I will be highlighting my incredible gown and hair + makeup.
I wore a Watters gown on my actual wedding two years ago and I still have women email me asking where I got it. Unfortunately, I just found out my gown, The Norma, went into retirement last month. But, what I love about Watters gowns the most is what lured me into buying the Norma in the first place, and that is the simple fact that they are unique and original looking. Additionally, they are locally designed and extremely well crafted- they are worth your money. You can find Watters in bridal boutiques, as well as on BHLDN– Anthropologie’s wedding website. Their headquarters is in the Addison/Farmer’s Branch area.
Watters uses a silk chiffon on their gowns that is unique to their brand; there is truly nothing out there like it. I went into my very first gown appointment knowing I wanted to try on The Norma. I put it on first, and was shocked at how light it was while still being so full on the bottom with a corset style top (that’s the beauty of their silk chiffon!). Every gown following Norma just didn’t compare to how COMFY she was (and, frankly, felt cheap in comparison). They all sounded like an elephant walking or were a workout to have on. The number one important thing about your gown is feeling comfortable and light or you will be miserable on your wedding day.
If you are a boho bride, Watters is DEFINITELY for you. Yet, if you are a classic bride, Watters has beautiful options for you, too. I was a boho bride meets ballerina, and my gown, The Norma, was literally everything I had ever dreamed of. It embodied every piece of my personality I was looking to express through my gown.
The gown featured in this photo shoot is their Kai gown. Crafted with the same silk chiffon I had on my original wedding gown, I felt right at home in it. The bodice has beautiful detailing of mesh and lace that definitely channelled the boho in me, while the back was delicate and felt like the ballerina side of me. The Kai is the perfect gown for truly any venue setting. It would work perfectly for a backyard or barn wedding just as much as it would for a chapel wedding with a long veil.
Hair + Makeup
You have all heard me brag about her and I have sent multiple friends her way, but Kristy Rankin is the bomb at all things hair and makeup. Literally, just last week, someone stopped me to ask who does my hair color because it’s the best blonde they have ever seen. Who notices that?! Y’all, she is the best.
Kristy did my makeup for my actual wedding two years ago, and I wouldn’t have it any other way than to get her talent for this shoot. Kristy can literally do anything that you come to her with. I am a more natural makeup kind of girl, so for my real wedding day makeup, I dawned a natural colored lip and blush palette. But she is bomb at sultry, too. She even encouraged me to a darker eye than I would usually do for this shoot specifically and I loved it!
Follow Kristy on Instagram here to see her gorgeous face and cute family. Her son’s name is Gryffin- I mean does it get any cuter? And, if you have any hair or makeup needs, she is your lady.
Follow along over the next week for the rest of the incredible women I got to work with for this shoot! I am going to try my very best to practice self control and not overwhelm you all with the amount of incredible photos Cottonwood Road Photography got from this shoot, but… I can make no promises. Y’all, this lady is the best. I will obviously be highlighting her throughout this whole series with every photo shown, but more on her is also coming.
Love y’all!!!! Happy Monday.