Transform Your Bridal Style: Love Your Look From Ceremony to Reception

Each wedding is unique and being part of a couple’s wedding is a privilege. Firstly, I spend time with clients’ friends and families. As a result I learn about things that are meaningful to them. I see the various customs and ways people celebrate love and togetherness. Many wedding trends influence everything from what couples serve to what venues they choose. Particularly one wedding trend I’ve noticed and love is transforming one’s bridal style from the ceremony to reception.  The theme of the Hudson NY bridal photoshoot featured in this post illustrates exactly how to achieve this trend.

Switching ceremony attire to a party friendly look is the perfect opportunity to change wedding makeup and hair too. Many brides request natural makeup for their ceremony. The reception can be a great opportunity to amplify the look. Day makeup easily transitions to evening. ​ Changing lip color or adding smoky liner can achieve a vibe shift. Likewise one can wear an updo at the ceremony and loosen up into something softer at the reception. Hair worn down all day can be fashioned in a secure chignon to manage any frizz exacerbated by summer humidity.

A just married couple stands under the outdoor archway of a grand mansion for a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.

A relic of a bygone era…

I was part of a team that photographed a wedding themed styled shoot. We told a vintage inspired wedding story featuring our bride who changed dresses from wedding ceremony to reception. We shot at the awe inspiring Tiger House located at 317 Allen Street in Hudson, New York. I’m a lover of history and was curious about the property. I began to research and soon discovered a rich historical account. It was akin to many of the Hudson Valley’s other mansions and estates. I consider Tiger House a relic of a bygone era. Built just after the close of the Gilded Age, renowned architect Marcus Tullius Reynolds designed the home according to an archive of the now defunct website for the former inn. Construction lasted from 1903 – 1906. 

A stylish couple stand on the stone walkway of one of Hudson, NY's historical mansions.

A few publications state the home was commissioned as a hunting lodge for Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Akin Jones, heirs to a prominent soap company fortune. These details are a matter of conjecture. Morgan Akin Jones was in fact a member of the social elite and enjoyed a privileged lifestyle. He was well traveled and educated. Jones abandoned pursuit of a law degree. He then worked in the mill supply business. Following that he held prominent positions in Hudson’s commercial and banking communities. 

The 1910 census and a belle of Honolulu…

Evidence suggests Tiger House was not commissioned by a married couple. A Mr. and Mrs. Jones didn’t exist when Tiger House was finished in 1906. At least not as these titles would have related to Morgan Jones and a wife. The 1910 census places Jones living at the Hudson, NY address with his mother, sister and a couple of servants. Morgan Akin Jones did not in fact marry until 1911. Genealogical records do not reflect any prior marriages for Jones.

The name of the woman Jones would come to marry appears with several spelling variations in census, newspaper articles and genealogical records. Clarissa Weaver Boedefeld and Clarisse Boedefeld are some variations. Jones met Clarice Bedefeld, as the spelling was reported in the Hudson Evening Register, on the second night of his trip to Hawaii. She must have made quite an impression because he proposed FOUR DAYS later. She is referred to as a “belle of Honolulu.” They married in Hawaii and then returned to Hudson. One can only imagine what a fascinating love story that may have been. 

The soap company for which it’s alleged they were heirs is possibly The Sapolio Soap Company, operated by Enoch Morgan and Sons Co. Sapolio Soap was estimated between 1899 and 1905 to have been one of the world’s best advertised products. Although its initial success was largely due to its jingles, the company’s print advertising can be found today in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution

The Morgans and the Jones.

Perhaps many believe Morgan and Clarisse stood to inherit this company’s fortune because his mother and the owners of Sapolio, Enoch Morgan and Sons, shared a surname. There’s not much information publicly available about Enoch Morgan and his sons. According to a 1936 Time article the soap company was started by Enoch’s father in law, handed down to Enoch and managed by his three sons.

It took some resourcefulness to uncover any connection to Morgan Akin Jones’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Morgan. However I was able to unearth a trove of genealogical information on the Morgans and Joneses in the publication Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia, and Greene by Cuyler Reynolds. 

Coincidently the author of this book was the older brother of Tiger House’s architect Marcus Tullius Reynolds. There is no connection between Enoch Morgan and the mother of Morgan Akin Jones that I can find in this text. Mr. Jones’ mother Mary Elizabeth was a Morgan by birth but seemingly from an unrelated lineage to Enoch. 

The glow of Hudson’s red light…

Over the decades it is alleged by some publications that the mansion changed owners and the property altered sometimes for better, other times for worse. One rumor is the mansion became a brothel. At one time the legend of Hudson NY’s red light district reached Europe with its workers serving as valued members of the community whose industry fostered prosperity within the city. Local law enforcement and public officials turned a blind eye to the sex workers but in the 1950’s the state police operating without the knowledge of the local authorities arrested many of the madams causing an exodus of workers that never returned and a local economy that would be forever changed.

Other publications mention the home remained a private residence and then became a nursing home. The building became an inn after its purchase in the 1980’s by two musicians. At the time of our shoot the mansion was operating as Tiger House Inn at Hudson.

Two makeup looks…

Accordingly, I wanted the two makeup looks to work in the openness of Tiger House’s interiors and with the warmth of its wood paneling. Our photographer, Erica Leman of Sweet Alice Photography, captured the natural light streaming through the mansion’s large windows. I’ve learned makeup doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The environment and lighting affects how makeup is perceived.

A newly married couple stand in a library for a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.
A just married couple embrace while standing on a staircase.
A bride wearing a backless wedding gown stands before a mirror.
A bride adjusts her wedding ring.

Inspired by the works of Tamara de Lempicka…

Our dresses both had vintage qualities reminiscent of the 1920’s and 1930’s. For further vintage inspiration I turned to the works of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish artist who painted during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Refined cubism and neoclassicism influence her art deco style of portraiture. I love the depth and dimension to her portraits and especially wanted to reflect it in the makeup design. I didn’t want these looks to explicitly be a literal translation of early 20th century makeup trends though. 

On makeup…keep the skin real.

We shot a gown by mother-daughter wedding fashion designers WTOO by Watters with its patterned white lace and cap sleeves as our first look. Our hairstylist Emi Lockheart perfected a loose chignon but one with less of a Boho vibe. I decided on a clean timeless makeup look. I wanted to keep the skin as realistic as possible and with our model Jaime that was easy to achieve. She has such even toned, smooth skin that it didn’t make much sense covering it up with foundation.

Enhancing the glow.

For a makeup base I started with a glow enhancing primer. Its creamy texture melted into the skin leaving a glow that looked like healthy skin, not glittery or shimmery in any way. Its light coverage evened out what little redness Jaime had and then I added just a bit of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on any spots. Following that to amplify the skin’s glow I layered Benefit’s Watts Up! Cream Highlighter on the high points of the face like the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and so forth. ​

A bride puts on earrings.
A bride's glowing makeup in a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.

For the eyes I smudged a deep dark brown liner into the lash line and finished by curling the lashes and topping with black volumizing mascara. For lips I used a classic “my lips but better” shade. It’s actually lip liner over balm to get more of a stained effect. Unfortunately it’s a discontinued color from Makeup Forever.  I thought this makeup perfectly complemented the loose updo as well as the style of the white lace wedding gown with its geometric lines. 

Smokey eyes and red lips. A makeup don’t, or is it do?

Our second look was a stunning dress from family owned and operated bridesmaid dress company Bari Jay. The sleeveless gold sequin dress featured a v neck and low back with fitted and flared mermaid bottom. It was flexible in terms of its styling due to its vintage yet contemporary feel. Emi dropped the hair down into long waves and I added a smokey eye AND red lip. That’s right, I chose both bold eyes and red lipstick. Typically advice is to avoid wearing strong makeup on more than one part of the face. A key aspect to making this type of look work is to choose colors that are in harmony with each other. Also, because I started with sheer textures on the skin I could add more makeup without it looking too heavy.

A couple feed each other wedding cake.
A couple toasts with two glasses of champagne in a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.
A couple embrace on a lawn.
A bride's glamorous makeup look in a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.
A painting titled The Sleeping Girl, by Tamara de Lempicka .

The Sleeping Girl, 1930

Tamara de Lempicka

Satin and creamy textures.

For the eyes I added satiny Kiko Milano Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks. They are creamy easy blending eyeshadow sticks that set to a long wearing waterproof and smudge proof finish. Cream eyeshadow sticks exist from both budget and premium brands and these belong right beside the more expensive ones but at a more affordable price. I used shades light taupe which has been discontinued and dark taupe. The cool neutrals paired well with the bold lip. The red liquid lip color is light in texture yet full of rich pigment. This lip product lacked a super matte texture which can suck the life right out of lips leaving them looking desiccated and flat in photographs.      

Since my goal was to mimic the depth and dimension reminiscent of de Lempicka’s paintings I blended a little cream blush in a neutral rose tone to very slightly sculpt the cheeks.

What better time to experiment with hair and makeup?

With so many choices and price points on the market, wedding day wardrobe changes are something that can be within reach despite one’s budget. There are no rules and one doesn’t have to limit themselves to traditional bridal choices. Wardrobe changes also offer the perfect opportunity to have even more fun with hair and makeup. What better time to experiment than when there are hair and makeup artists at beck and call. Enjoy exploring all the options!

A bridal bouquet in a Hudson NY bridal photoshoot.
Wedding invitations.
Wedding cake and cupcakes.

Wedding Vendor Credits
Venue: Tiger House Hudson
Photography: Sweet Alice Photography
Hair: Emi Lockhart
Makeup: Azesha Ramcharan
Jewelry: Bavier Brook
Invitations: Kristal Walden
​Cake: Quirky Kakes 


​Sources

Reynolds, Cuyler. “Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia, and Greene. Volume III” Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911.

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Live in the Luxury of Hudson’s Tiger House Mansion

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