The frayed nerves, the endless list of vendor payments, the melodrama of merging families—all of these bridal bellyaches fade to the background when the bride sets eyes on her wedding gown. The full picture—the extraordinary updo, the flawless makeup, the primo manicure—leaves onlookers breathless. But getting to this point where dress and beauty merge takes true planning. Thank goodness there are keen hairstylists, detail-oriented makeup artists and a host of magazines (like Launchpad!) to guide brides-to-be in the direction of perfection.
—Karie L. Frost