Look Smart: Braid in Heaven
Two local brides’ twisted takes on big-day style
Abi Mates had already found her perfect life partner; finding the perfect stylist for her classic-meets-contemporary garden wedding to electrician’s apprentice Octavian Goga took a little more work. “I wanted my hair to be elegant, but not stuffy looking,” says the Fairview premed student. She found a follicle love match with her fourth stylist, Corinne Marie Cooksey (Eden Salon & Spa, 971-219-3495), who created a loose, vintage style with “modern flair” that incorporated the bride’s love of braids and traded a veil for fresh blooms. Mates wed Goga in a timeless lace A-line dress from Allure Bridal (AniA Collection) on her parents’ property near Troutdale last July at a bash for 375 friends and members of their Romanian families.
Hair Cooksey prepped Mates’s hair with Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo to eliminate greasiness and add volume and Bed Head Hard To Get paste to banish frizzies. After flatironing her whole head (rounding under at the ends) Cooksey rolled 1½-inch sections at the nape of the neck into a chignon and created two different-sized fishtail braids; one starting below each ear. She layered the braids over the base of the bun in an asymmetrical pattern. Finally she twisted and pinned back front sections of Mates’s hair, using the tail of a rattail comb to loosen the front and top of the updo and pull a few hairs out to soften the look.
Makeup Stephanie Major of Petalos crafted the bride’s makeup on top of planning and floral duties. The wedding’s palette of peach, coral, pink, and orange inspired the sun-kissed look. For Mates’s soft, smoky eyes, Major used a combo of MAC eyeshadows and eyeliners in matte, purply hues. MAC Half Red lip pencil and Sweetie lipstick, topped with two Stila lip glazes, provided peachy-pink lips. Fluid and powder foundation with MAC bronzer and blush completed the look.
Go pro. Mates says paying for a stylist actually helped her achieve a more “natural-esque” look: “Corinne was very good about doing what I wanted … but also stepping in and telling me what would look best.”
Photographs by Amanda K Photography
A co-owner of Commonwealth Vintage Rentals, Rachel LaChasse knows how to make the tried-and-true feel fashionably new. For her own March 2013 nuptials with videographer Braden Spotts at the arty Yale Union, she chose to pair a body-skimming Jim Hjelm gown (from AniA Collection) with a seemingly simple down ’do by freelance stylist Melody McBee (503-442-5746). The twist? That Boho-chic crown is actually the bride’s hair, embellished with an antique chain accessory by Julia Barbee (juliabarbee.com). “I rarely wear jewelry,” says LaChasse (who cut costs by DIY’ing her makeup), “so I loved how it made my look a bit more glam without
Hair McBee began by center-parting LaChasse’s mane (pretreated with Moroccanoil for shine and smoothness) and then wrapping sections of hair around a clampless iron for a loose wave. Next she gathered a three-quarter inch section at the temple and fishtail-braided a halo around LaChasse’s crown. Finally, she gently pulled at parts of the braid to create width and texture, and sealed flyways with Kevin Murphy Session Spray.
Makeup LaChasse’s goal: essentially her everyday look but with a stronger lip and lashes. The reddish-purple pout merely required MAC’s Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass. On her eyes she used a damp brush to apply Carbon MAC shadow as a liner and had an experienced friend apply wispy #31 MAC lashes topped with Maybelline Full ’N Soft. Brow liner, powder foundation, and Diorsnow (for a brightening balance to LaChasse’s reddish skin tone) completed her profile.
Set aside more time than you expect to get ready, LaChasse says. “I thought I’d quickly put myself together, but I didn’t account for wanting to chat with friends, relax, and soak up the moment.”
Photograph by Gabriel Boone Photography