Mary and Sam – Their Love Story

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

With 2016 just hours away, I have already started gearing up for the upcoming wedding season. Every opportunity I am given to style the hair of a beautiful bride on a day so meaningful to them I feel absolutely honored. This held true with the wonderful couple Mary and Samuel (Sam). When I first met this couple during the bridal consultation they greeted me with a big hug and it was in that moment I knew this was going to be an awesome bride to service.

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Bridal Hair Consultation – Bringing the hair vision to life.

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee

After getting to know Mary and understanding her vision my thinking cap began turning. Talking with Mary, I learned she and Sam were already officially married during a traditional Lao Wedding and were now excited about planning their American ceremony. I don’t always blog about each and every bridal booking I have but I was inspired to share this one after hearing from Mary the cultural differences between the two ceremonies.

 

As this was my first time hearing from a Lao bride the details of the traditional ceremony from the music, the garb worn by the bride and groom to the family rituals, I learned the ceremony is a large affair with family, friends, and the Lao community. The ceremony program consisted of everything from gift exchanges/negotiations, “feet washing” to string tying which represented blessings.

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Traditional Lao Ceremony.

Photograher: Michelle Philavong

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Traditional Lao Bride Hair Style

Photographer: Michelle Philavong

Since I am a hairstylist, innately one of my first questions was “How did you wear your hair for your Lao ceremony?” Mary shared pictures capturing all of her long tresses pulled back into a tight and neat bun. The bun resembled a small cone and was draped in gold jewelry. This beautiful traditional Lao hairstyle was much different than the modern glam hairstyle she wore for her American ceremony. I admired both looks because it truly showcased the difference in culture.

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal Hair

Bride hair styled for the American Ceremony.

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal Hair

Bride hair styled for the American ceremony.

Hair: Tracey Spruill

 

Make-up artist Champa Ashlee of Makeup By Champa LLC accentuated the faces of Mary and her six bridesmaids. Champa did a superb job and the ladies were glowing with bright smiles all captured by Los Angeles based professional photographer Dillion Phommasa.

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Makeup artist Champa Ashlee working on one of six bridesmaids.

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal Hair

Bride hair and makeup for the American Ceremony. – Photo Credit: Makeup By Champa

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Photographer Dillion Phommasa capturing wedding day details.

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Bride Hair: Tracey Spruill
Bride and Bridesmaids Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

When asked, “What inspired your American ceremony?” Mary’s response was simple, “Our love for one another.” Keeping the focus on their personal “Love Story” of being two individuals who balance each other in personality but have different cultural backgrounds themselves is from what their inspiration was drawn. Mary shared, “I’m from rural North Carolina and Sam is from the inner city of New Jersey. My parents are from Laos (Asia) his are from Eritrea (Africa). Being raised by immigrant parents is something [unique] we have in common. Our childhood upbringings instilled similar values in each of us which we both admired.”

 

Mary and Sam’s wedding was nothing short of glamorous showcasing many of their favorite things such as signature cocktails, cake from their favorite bakery Momfuko Milkbar in New York City, Krsipy Kreme Donuts, a candy bar and even a Caricaturist. Guests partied to music from the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s. The couples love for modern art and flair was seen from the groomsmen navy tuxes all the way to the brides’ hair!

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Bride Hair: Tracey Spruill
Bride and Bridesmaids Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam - Bridal

Hair: Tracey Spruill
Makeup: Champa Ashlee
Photographer: Dillon Phommasa

 

Mary and Sam, Thank You both for being such an awesome couple to work with. Bridal couples like you make me smile even brighter and enjoy what I do so much more. Wishing you many blessings on your future together.

 

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Mary says:

    Thank you so much for helping me look beautiful on my big day! It was wonderful working with you-and so much fun!! You’re a true artist and professional. Wonderful wishes to you for the New Year!!

    -Mary

    • mane.ediTS says:

      Thank you so much for your kinds words they are much appreciated! It was a pleasure being your bridal hairstylist.

  2. Valerie says:

    This was such a beautiful story! I really enjoyed seeing the difference between the two weddings. Awesome job Tracey!

    • mane.ediTS says:

      Thank you Val! I appreciate your continued support. I’m glad you liked this post!

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