Wedding hairstyles for long hair: how to style long hair for weddings

A top searched wedding hair topic on Google is ‘wedding hairstyles for long hair.” If you have long tresses, you’re in luck, because you’ll find you have the most options for styling. If you’re searching for long hair #inspo for your trial, or are still searching for ideas, we have plenty of knowledge to share.

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My microblading experience: What it felt like, what to know and

If you are like me and hate filling in your eyebrows everyday and want them to be an even shape, I highly recommend this service. It definitely makes the putting on makeup process way easier. Or, if you are anything like my mom and sisters who plucked their eyebrows a little to much and don't have a ton of hair - this service is also a great option. It's been just about a week since my procedure, and I want to share with you all what my experience has been like. 

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The complete guide to bridal updo's: choosing your hair style and bringing it to life

Let's talk updo's! We've all seen the hyperlapse videos of gorgeous swept up styles - they are inspiring, but not as simple or straightforward as a 30-second video may lead you to believe. My own favorite styles have super intricate detailing and require a lot of time, product and hair extensions, but it's with it because they are so beautiful.

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The ultimate guide to accessorizing a bridal hair style

We get a ton of questions about hair accessories. I LOVE hair accessories, and think they add the perfect touch to the overall style. A lot of women will opt out and use only the veil. It really comes down to preference and your style.

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5 of the best hairstyles for summer weddings

June is the most popular wedding month, kicking off the 'wedding season' as bridal and wedding professionals know it. With continuous heat waves and humidity-ridden temperatures in Dayton, it's the right time to talk about summer wedding hair styles. Are these really all that different from wedding hair styles in the winter or spring? You betcha.

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How to choose the hair and makeup team for your wedding day

Last week, I talked to you about timelines to keep your big day running smoothly. This week, I want to discuss and kindly educate about how to select the perfect hair and makeup team (because you deserve it!). 

By the time you’ve booked the photographer and the venue, altered the dress and sent the invitations, it's time for the next decision. Who do you choose as your hair stylist and makeup artist?

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Wedding Hair and Makeup Timeline

Wedding Hair and Makeup Timeline Q’s & A’s


Dayton Wedding Hair and Makeup

We have been providing hair and makeup services in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas, combined over 15 years. With our years of experience,  we wanted to take the time today to go over our thoughts on the wedding hair and makeup timelines. The timeline plays a huge part in the outcome of your overall day! If you have a wedding planner, they typically handle the timeline (depending on what they’ve included in your package) If you don’t have a planner, we are writing this to save you the hassle of figuring it out on your own.

Lets say, you have 7 or more girls wanting both hair and makeup, but need everyone to be done by 11:00a.m.

For that specific timeline with 7 people, I would suggest 45 mins per girl and 1 hour for the bride. When hiring a team, like us, we have individual people who come on site. This is important to factor, If you hire one stylist to do both hair and makeup she would need more time with each person. Here’s an example of how I would break down that hypothetical timeline creating a stress free environment for the bride and bridal party.

We would bring an additional hairstylist and makeup artist, to save you from waking up at 5:00 a.m. in the morning. It is always crucial to follow the directions your stylist gives you, i.e. make sure everyone shows up with day old dirty hair/ if they wash the morning of, to make sure its 100% dry. Coming with a clean exfoliated and moisturized face for makeup, and letting your stylist know in advance if anyone has a specific allergy to makeup products. We have done hundreds of weddings over the years, we truly want whats best for you. This is why, we might sound repetitive when going through the timeline process.

Total 7 for Makeup

2 Artists

Bridesmaid 1 8:00

Bridesmaid 2 8:00

Bridesmaid 3 8:45

Bridesmaid 4 8:45

Bridesmaid 5 9:30

Bridal Makeup 9:30

Mother of the Groom 10:30 (information to know or let your stylist know. Moms and flower girls etc., can usually be done later than the bridal party)

"Moms and Flower Girls

Can usually start later”


While the two makeup artists are able to start on other bridesmaids, the two hairstylists can start on the others. Having everyone there at the start time is always a huge plus! This creates less hassle for you, and helps everyone stay on track. With a total of 4 artists available, timing goes smoothly and efficiently. Sometimes we finish faster than 45 minutes, so when the next person is there to jump right in, and continue to stay on time.

Total 7 for Hair

2 Artists

Bridesmaid 5 8:00

Bridal Hair: 8:00

Bridesmaid 4 8:45

Bridesmaid 3 8:45

Bridesmaid 2 9:30

Bridesmaid 1 9:30

Mother of the Groom 10:30(Hair and Makeup Combined)


Brides, please know, that the wedding day goes by so quickly. That is the number one thing we hear during the day of process. "I can’t believe how fast time is going by”, we are professionals for this reason, we not only continue learning the latest trends for your wedding, we take into account the mishaps we’ve seen along the way, and want to provide you with the best experience possible.


In closing, please know, that not all parties require two additional stylists. We do this for larger parties with constricted timelines. If you have an evening wedding and don’t need to be done until late afternoon, this scenario would not apply to you. We hope this was helpful and want to continue to provide our brides with the best information possible.

Proudly serving Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas for Wedding Hair and Makeup.



The Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup Team

Katharine and Brian 8.26.17

Wow, I am so excited to share these beautiful photos with you all. Katharine had booked her wedding hair with us about 5-6 months prior to the wedding and I was anxious to meet her. She has a crazy busy schedule so we arranged her trial a month prior to the wedding. When I met her and her mom I knew Katharine was going to have excellent taste. Her dress was STUNNING! She was so polite and had the most amazing natural wavy/curly hair. It was thick too! This is a hairstylists dream canvas if you didn't know. HA!

Katharine and Brian had a really beautiful-Italian filled wedding. They are both Italian, so that was an obvious set up for their big day. Elya and I set up at the Monastery on the day of, in a private suite, with mirrors, chairs and lounging areas. It was such a beautiful private space. 

Thank you to Katharine for entrusting us on your big day! Loved getting to know you and your sweet bridal party. Xoxo Congrats!! 

Check out the hair and more below. Let us know what you think! 

Photo Credit: Megan Noll Photograhy

Hair by: Caralee and Elya Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup 

Makeup:  Makeup by Elizabeth



Melissa and Eugene

A special note from our Lead Hairstylist Elya for Melissa's wedding. 

Melissa's wedding was my first solo wedding since joining the SPHMUA team. I couldn't have asked for a better more laid back bride!

On my way to the venue it starting to downpour.  Once arrived I was in awe. The Pinecoft Mansion is like something from a fairy tale. The detail in every room is so breathtaking. It was definitely very fitting for Melissa.

Melissa's Style:
Melissa had very long hair. She wanted a braid with a very full low bun. To achieve a full bun we added some clip in extensions and using my texture iron to really pump up the volume.

Getting to know the bride:

Melissa is originally from Australia and first came to the US in exchange program. Melissa and her bridal party was so much fun to work with. One of my favorite parts about weddings is getting to hear where they all met the bride. She had two friends from Australia and two from here. It was so interesting to hear about the different cultures we have. Her flowers girls were cousins from Australia and they couldn't have been any cuter.

Check out some of Melissa and Eugene's special moments and how all of the little details came together. 

Photographer: Amanda Donohoe Cincinnati Photography

Hair: Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup - Elya 

Makeup: Kelly Neaves

Location: Pinecroft at Crosley Estates 


Jovana + Tim 7.15.17

Jovana and I hit it off immediately. She was wanting to do a half up half down style or Side-Swept. We ended up doing both at the trial run and she decided she wanted it to be side-swept with a lot of volume and a braid incorporated. 

Fun Couple Facts:

Jovana and Tim met in High school and they went on their first date their Junior year. Nothing had come of it, UNTIL - they reunited in their second year of college when Tim transferred to Jovana's College and they had sushi together. They've been together ever since. Isn't that adorable!!  

Congrats to Jovana and Tim! Thank you for hiring Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup for your bridal parties hair.

Special Thanks to Kaleigh Turner Photography for the beautiful wedding images 

Make-up | Mollie Elliott
Hair | Caralee from Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup
Florist | Secret Garden Florist
Bridal Gown | Lace Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | WHITE by Vera Wang
Groom & Groomsmen’s Tuxes | Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc.
Reception | Longworth Hall Event Center
Cake | Fantasy In Frosting
Catering | Hilvers Catering
DJ | Jonathan Klein (JM Entertainment)
Videographer | Beyond Belief Productions
Invitation Designer | Bright Designs by Mollie Neff

Jovana is a sweet as can be, and I was honored she picked me for her bridal hair. It was so much fun and her bridesmaids kept me laughing all day long. 

It was a hot and humid July day, but by looking at these pictures, you'd have no idea it was 90 degrees out. They all looked amazing and I'm so excited to share!

June Favorite Products

Its been awhile guysssss. I am definitely slacking with blogging lately, but when I have the time I love sharing my favorite photos and current obsessions! I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, not going to lie. Between managing a bridal beauty business, working full time, trying to spend quality time with my husband and family, its been a a very busy summer so far. Don't get me wrong, I love every minute of it, but that's where I've been, so here I am now. HA! So here we go --with my current favorite products!  If you have any questions feel free to ask away, I'll try to cover all of it to the best of my ability. 

First picture (pink) starting from Left to Right 

1. AG Hair Sea Spray

This is the best summer spray- it smells delicious and I put it in my dry-precurled hair and shake my head all around getting the perfect beachy waves! What's not to love about that?

2. Love Amika Un-Done Texture Spray 

Again, with the smells, I should just call this blog the smell good product blog, because if the product doesn't smell good, I probably won't use it. (I'm one of those) haha Buttttt it smells so good, I know I talk about it all of the time on my Instagram and use it in all of my tutorials. Its a gritty feel, but not heavy. I use it to get max volume and to give my hair some life. Its amazing! 

3. The Balm Cosmetics Primer

I use this primer everyday after I moisturize and before I apply my foundation. I really like it, it seems to make my pores less noticible and my skin feels really smooth after I apply it. I will note, if I don't use my setting spray I do notice that my makeup wears off-regardless but I always think primer helps with my pores not getting clogged. (The struggle bus is REAL, with clogged pores) lol

4. Sexy Hair Rose Elixir

I just recently purchased this since I am a huge fan of anything and everything Lalas Updos does and promotes. For those of you who aren't familiar with her, shes basically one of the best Instagram and Real life hair educator. She creates beautiful styles unlike any other! So I got this after she promoted it on her page and I am so glad I did! Again, I know, with the smells!! But it SMELLS SO GOOD! It acts as a light oil, so really great for using on curls to maintain shine and create a flawless look. So think (spray oil) you don't want to use a lot, a little will go along way! Another reason I love it! 

5. Second Picture - Lipsense

I'm sure by now if you're reading this you probably already know about Lipsense. It's basically taken over my Facebook feed, and at first I was skeptical.... until I saw all of my friends showing off their new long lasting colors. So I have purchased a few from different girls, Angela and Kylie (spreading some local love). The colors I have currently is Blue-Red (cool toned) Lexy Bear-y (cool toned) First Love (cool toned) a Glossy Gloss and a Matte Gloss. I am officially addicted. I have chosen not to sell them but I will always promote them, because if you know me, you know I would never buy 5 different things with a line like that unless they worked. I use the cool toned colors, since I look better in those tones, but they also have warmer tones too! The packaging could be better and I think they only last 4-6 hours on me without re-applying but I know people who can wear them all day without any coming off.... Keep in mind, I think I apply them wrong, haha I need a youtube lesson.  So I'd give them a 8 out of 10 --Anyway --- There's the scoop on everything I'm loving right now! Hope this helps! :) 

Paige + Dakota 4.16.17

I have been waiting anxiously to share Paige and Dakotas wedding pictures! They have such a unique and beautiful style. 

While doing Paige's trial run we realized we went to CTC together at the same time, but her Junior year and my Senior year! I knew we'd be a great fit for each other, and after she explained her bohemian style for her outdoor wedding, I could not wait!  

Every.  single.  detail. WAS PERFECT! 

Oh, my gosh take a look at the guys suites! Seriously perfect, great job Dakota! Ha!

I received the pictures today and have to blog about it, obviously, every picture is magazine worthy. Check out all of the gorgeousness below. 

Thank you Paige, for having Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup be apart of your special day. Wishing you both all of the best! 

Venue: Cedar Springs Pavilion 

Photographer: Zac Fisher Photo

Hair Only - Sweetly Pinned HMUA

Makeup - Holly Sucher 

Florist: Sherwood Florist

Kaelyn Lilac Shoot

We had the pleasure of working with Jenny Haas Photography and Evergreen Flower Co. on a styled shoot recently. 

Kaelyn is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. I felt honored to be apart of such an awesome collaboration.  The pictures are to die for, so I'm really excited to share. (Insert happy dance here) 

We are now booking for 2018 Wedding and Event Hair and Makeup. 

Local Vendor Love

Photography and Design by Jenny Haas Photography

Florist and Designer Evergreen Flower Co.

Hair and Makeup by Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup 

Makeup:  Emily Brun 

Hairstylist: Caralee Pridemore 

Model: Kaelyn Sanders 

Dress: BHLDN


Jenny Haas Photography 

Jenny Haas Photography
Jenny Haas Photograhy 

Jenny Haas Photograhy

Emilee and Wes 4.8.17

Emilee and Wes had such a beautiful day for their wedding. The weather was perfect, the bridesmaids were fun and energetic. It was the perfect combination of everything! We showed up bright and early ready to go. Emilee was SO laid back and enjoyed every moment. I love how close her and her bridesmaids were. You could tell it was going to be an awesome day from the moment we walked in. 

The main area where we set up, was a bit dark, so the pictures I took on my little ole I phone didn't do the hair justice. BUT--- I received the professional pictures the other day and it was worth the wait! OH. MMMM. GEEEE.... You guys, I am in love. Her hair, the dress, their love! They are so adorable. Check out the pictures below and see why I am so excited to share. 

Thank you and Congrats again Emilee and Wes for having Sweetly Pinned Hair be apart of your BEST DAY EVER!

All photography was done by Maxim Photo Studio located in Cincinnati,OH 

Abby and Matt 1st Anniversary

Abby got married last year and wanted to do something super special for her and Matts 1st Anniversary. I was so happy when she reached out to see if I was available for their 1 year wedding pictures. 

Their wedding day last April had SNOW on the ground, thankfully this time it was a warm and beautiful spring day! Ohio weather can be annoying to say the least, but I'm so happy they will now have new special pictures to remember not one but two big life events! Here's some of the pictures of their gorgeous 1 year Anniversary.  The style she chose was similar to the one she chose on the wedding day but we wanted to stick with a more boho elegant look this time around. I ADORE how it turned out. Congrats again Abby and Matt. 


Chelsea Hall Photography

Something Old Dayton

Sherwood Florist

Makeup - ULTA 

Hair by Sweetly Pinned Hair 

Something Old Dayton 

Something Old Dayton 

March 2017 Product Reviews

Okay ya'll I have been trying out some new products and wanted to share my everyday favorite products. 

I have a TON of products so i'll do a monthly blog going over monthly faves. I would love to know if you purchase any of the items I list and if you like them or dislike them. Every hair type is different and I have several scalp issues so I have to be careful with what I'm using. Some of my favorite products do contain alcohol in them and it can really irritate my scalp so I have to be careful. I'm thinking my scalp starting have issues after I bleached the crap out of it a few years back. I'm sure I severely burnt it. HA, but if you know me, that didn't stop me from doing it. SO here's my list. 

Starting from Left to Right 

No 1. Seya Beauty Makeup Case (Using for hair) - If you are an onsite hairstylists or makeup artists I have nothing but great things to say so far about my new case. Now, this could change, if I continue using it and don't like it, I'll let you all know. Believe me. HA! So far its very professional, sturdy, and has a TON of space! Love it! 

No. 2. Paul Mitchell Worked Up - I am a Kenra girl usually.... if you open my case it usually contains 90% Kenra products but..... This working spray is AMAZING!!! If you want a great light weight spray for curling THIS IS IT! I would shout it from the roof tops. It keeps the hair manageable while protecting it and leaves your curls in place. 

No. 3 Olivia Garden DV-2 Brush - I just received this brush from giveaway contest with Modern Salon (EEEEEK!) I was super excited when I received the package, and boy, they didn't disappoint. I probably wouldn't have ever picked this brush up, but now that I've used it, I will be buying more in the future.  I use my Wet brush when my hairs wet, but this brush is great for styling. I.e. Curl my hair and brush out, this brush maintains the style while softening up the look and the best part ITS ANTI-STATIC!!!! WOOOHOO. Can, I get an amen! 

No. 4 and No. 5 Puff Me and Powder Dry Me

So No. 4 Puff Me - This is a spray powder, it comes out in a mist, super lightweight, giving hair the texture and volume every girl craves. I use this for all styles to give the hair more volume. Its comparable to Big Sexy Hair Powder Clay but I love that it sprays out. 

No. 5 Powder Dry Me - This is by the same company Design Me Hair and I just used it for the first time today, but It definitely sped up the blow drying experience. With bleaching my hair, its been a tad bit dry, so it takes longer to blow dry. The smell was really great and you use it on towel dried hair. I wouldn't say it speeds it up a ton, but it was a little faster. 

No. 6 Fanola No Yellow Shampoo - LAST but not LEAST - FAVORITE no yellow shampoo, I've tried thus far. Fanola, had sent me this shampoo to test out and I had no clue how expensive it was, but I am in LOVE!!!!!! I use this once a week for about 1-2 minutes on wet hair. It clears up so much brass and makes it look more ashy. I love more ash and less brass so its perfect for me. I would highly suggest this product to anyone trying to get rid of brass. You can find a tutorial on my instagram account @Sweetlypinnedhair