Jessica Ann Helton

Category: Weddings

Get Hitched, Give Hope!

A few weeks ago, I had the joy and good fortune of being part of Get Hitched, Give Hope! GHGH raises money to grant wishes for stage IV breast cancer patients. This year, over $64,000 was raised! Seattle wedding vendors donate their time and services to make it all happen. Along with Erin Skipley, I prepped the models’ hair and make up for the event at the Seattle Four Seasons.

The models wore gowns and accessories from La Belle Reve. Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography were on hand capturing every detail.

Amazing photos by La Vie Photography. Check out GHGH’s blog for more details of this hugely successful event!


Laina & Raymond’s Wedding

The details of Laina and Raymond’s wedding just warm my heart. Remember that dress I recognized? Well, this is that wedding. I’ve been waiting impatiently for these photos from GH Kim Photography. And my goodness, it has been worth the wait! The bridal party got ready for the day at the WAC, which is where I and the other Bellatrix gals met them for hair and makeup. Talk about a beautiful bridal party! I’ve already gushed about the bridesmaid dresses, and Laina’s gown was stunning! Laina’s mom made adorable belts for the bridesmaids which, along with countless other sweet touches, created a truly personal event! And the Sodo Park reception? Simply gorgeous. Check out GH Kim’s blog for more amazing photos!

Short hair brides

While I continue to fight with my camera, which refuses to transfer is content onto my PC, I’ll share some hair inspiration I came across today. Because we all need inspiration. And I’m looking for it. So today, short hair brides.


Perhaps I should have saved this image for last, as it’s my absolute favorite. Her cut is perfect. Plus the crochet headband, simple stud earrings, soft makeup. Oh, and the flowers! So much about this picture is perfect to me.


I love the texture of this brides hair. And her hair flower is just the right size! You don’t want your hair flower to take over your head. She has it mastered.


I first saw John and Katie’s wedding on Once Wed this morning. Then I headed to Katie’s blog to see what she’s all about. And now, her blog is added to my must-check-every-day blog list! Go see more of her glorious wedding photos by Cooper Carras over here and here.

See, there’s no reason to be caught in the “I need to grow my hair out for my wedding” idea. So not necessary.

Hair pieces, vintage and whimsy

I loooove hair pieces! While working at weddings, I see plenty of traditional-like veils,  but honestly, I wish I saw more brides and their maids sporting some form of these fun accessories!

This whimsical crown looks like it was crafted in your backyard on a summer day. Maybe you were just picking some flowers? And decided to make a crown while you were at it. I love what it evokes!

I love the crown on the left, and though I’m not sure about the birds on the right, the right bride could rock it.

One of, if not the cutest bow headbands ever! The color and texture of the hair? Equally as fabulous.

A totally effortless style. Simply adorable!

And finally, this headband. This is major bridal inspiration for me. Gorgeous!

The perfect blend of whimsy and classic beauty.

Which one’s your favorite?

Isn’t it almost summer?

Normally, I can’t wait for fall. I live in layers, scarves and hats. I love eating warm food and drinking hot cider. When I’m cold, I can always get warmer, always put on a sweater. But summer requires loads of sunblock and I’m often too sticky and uncomfortable to enjoy the season! But given the non-spring we’ve had in the PNW, I’m longing for summer like never before. Yearning for it, even.

This past Saturday, we got a much deserved break from the rain. It finally felt like spring and my heart was happy!

Spring from the passenger seat.

Erin Skipley and I headed out to Alderbrook for a wedding, where the bride and groom’s dog wore a bow tie and the bridesmaids wore the most adorable dresses and statement necklaces.

This group was so relaxed, which I’m always grateful for 🙂

Don’t I know that dress from somewhere?

How great is it to choose your own dress when asked to be a bridesmaid for a friend? At first, the thoughts are positive; I can choose my own style! I can be comfortable! I control how much I spend! Reality is more complicated, however. The style options are endless, the color option limited, and even a shopping marathon can prove fruitless if you don’t get lucky.

My dear friend Amy had just this task recently for a friends August wedding. She ordered a dress online, which she quickly vetoed upon it’s arrival. So off we went to continue the search, this time in person. I’m not a big online shopper and, especially for such an important piece, I feel like you really need to see and touch to get a feel…not to mention try it on for proper fit.

After no luck at Nordstrom, and only minimal success at Macy’s, Amy and I popped into J. Crew. Good thing we did.

This dress isn’t part of their wedding line, but it was a perfect choice. Flattering fit, comfortable, clean and crisp, plus pockets! And completely affordable! I wished I had a legitimate reason to buy it myself. Amy purchase it in lavender to fit her friend’s wedding palette.

A mere few days later, while doing hair and makeup for Laina’s wedding party, the jcrew dress reappeared. This time, in navy. With homemade belts courtesy of Laina’s mom. So special!

I cannot wait to see the pro pics from this wedding. I’m officially stalking the photographer’s blog.

Sarah & Jared’s Wedding

Last summer, Sarah contacted me about doing her hair for her August 2009 wedding at the Seattle Tennis Club, and of course I jumped at the chance! We met for a consultation to discuss her vision and try out some styles. Sarah was so warm and friendly, and she came well prepared with inspiration photos. I created a romantic look for her, with clean lines in the front and loads of texture in the back.


Sarah was a dream bride to work with, remaining calm and collected despite the wedding day craziness. All photos by Sarah Rhoads Photographers and there are many more here and here!