11/7/2023     by Guest Contributor

A Q&A with Wedding Professionals

We tapped into our network of wedding consultants, stylists and designers to bring you some of the latest event-planning trends, fashion tips and smart selections for an elegant celebration. Here are the expert’s takes on bridal beauty trends.


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Couture bridal designer Sareh Nouri keeps her finger on the pulse for bridal fashion.

Couture bridal designer Sareh Nouri answers our questions about wedding gown design, selection and trends.

Her latest collection features custom dresses constructed of luxurious fabrics and tailored with Sareh’s masterful touch. Sareh Nouri designs have been featured in top fashion magazines: Vogue, Elle, Brides and WWD.


What made you want to focus on bridal design and how did you get your start?

I started my brand after my wedding. I designed my own wedding dress. I always loved bridal, or I should say, I was always obsessed.

What is your approach to bridal party style?

I love pastel colors. Especially sky blue!

Are there certain bridal trends you’d like to leave in the past?

Illusion necklines and a very deep sweetheart neckline that plunges.

If a bride is indecisive when choosing a gown, what advice would you give her to help her make that decision?

Put the dresses on back-to-back to see what kind of emotion she has. It is such an emotional purchase.

What would you say to brides who have chosen a destination wedding?

Think about the destination and choose the bridal gown that will work in the setting. For example, lighter gowns for beach destinations.

Are there any celebrity wedding looks you’ve worked on that stand out to you?

Diana DeGarmo wore one of my gowns and it was all over People magazine and online blogs. She looked absolutely stunning!


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Think about the destination and choose the bridal gown that will work in the setting.

Valorie Cole spent her career beautifying on-air personalities ranging from politicos on CNN to Nashville’s top talent on the Country Music Awards before dedicating herself to wedding clients and her makeup line, Daniel Cole. She shares her best advice on destination wedding beauty tips, trends and brands.

What is your approach to bridal beauty?

I love to make a bride feel confident, special and the most beautiful she has ever felt by enhancing her best features. The phrase from most brides that sums it up is, “I want to look like the best version of myself.”

Do you have any tips for brides to keep their makeup looking great for the duration of the wedding?

I have quite a few! The main tip is to use a foundation that has a lot of pigment and is not a liquid. It will last longer; you will perspire through it and it will not evaporate. You won’t need a setting spray, which is sometimes an irritant. For normal skin, use a loose powder to set the makeup, especially in the T-zone. Use pressed powder for oily skin, although I prefer a soft glow without too much powder. I love the oil-blotting sheets, but if it's super hot, paper towels are most absorbent for perspiration, blotting not wiping.

For the eyes, a great primer keeps shadows from creasing and eyeliner in place. I really don't like waterproof mascara, but it's a necessity for such an emotional day.

What beauty advice do you have for brides preparing for a destination wedding?

The best beauty advice is not to try ANYTHING new for two weeks before the wedding. This includes medication, different makeup, self-tanner, permanent lashes, new brow products, skincare routine, abrasive skincare treatments, a new hairdresser — basically anything you have not tried before, do not try it right before the wedding!

If you are prone to breakouts, wedding week nerves can cause issues. HYDRATE and talk to your dermatologist about the best way to treat this.

When doing a site visit for the destination, make sure to do a trial with the makeup and hair team if you are using local talent. I like to do both trials on the same day, because you can get the whole look, see how it lasts and give feedback to the stylists. If this isn't possible, then I would hire your favorite team and bring them with you.

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