Tag Archives: Mani Mela

Bridal Accents Couture Photoshoot

12 Dec

Last week we were part of a photo shoot for Bridal Accents Couture bridal shop, which was aimed at featuring some of their new wedding dresses that are absolutely GORGEOUS! Some other great people worked on making this shoot successful, namely Hair Love, Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting, and the James J. Hill Library. Mani Mela stylists Hana and Carlie were very pleased to provide makeup artistry for these beautiful models! Thank you to Coppersmith Photography for these great photos!









Sneak Peek: Mani Mela Bride Ashley

23 Oct

Mani Mela spent the better part of the past few months helping a lovely bride named Ashley plan a magnificent wedding of her dreams. Ashley and her now husband Justin are a great couple, and the love they have for each other is so clear to all, especially those who were there to witness these two become one. Below we have a sneak peek of their special day. These stunning photos are courtesy of Mrs. Photographer Aimee Jobe. Our talented stylists Kylie and Jessica styled Ashley’s hair and makeup, our Mani Mela Florist Dawn created all the florals, and the Mani Mela Team created the entire wedding concept and decor presentation.



Before & After Beauty!

31 Jul

In the wedding world, working on weekends is a given. However, at Mani Mela, we are so lucky because we deal with many fabulous brides who are so fun to style that it doesn’t even feel like work! This past weekend was one of those times, as we helped gorgeous Mani Mela Bride Alexandra get glamorous for her special day. She is an absolute dear, and we were so happy to be a part of her big day.

See Alexandra’s stunning before & after transformation below, and leave your congratulatory comments below for the new couple:

Isn’t she a beautiful bride?




Blaisdell Manor Photo Shoot!

12 Jul

A while back we showed you some teaser images from a photo shoot that Mani Mela took part in. We were thrilled to provide hair and makeup artistry, decor, and florals for this breathtaking shoot that took place at the Blaisdell Manor in Minneapolis, MN. We’ve kept you waiting long enough, so today we will show you all the details. All of these stunning photos are courtesy of the lovely Captured Moments by Duke.

Floral Design by Mani Mela

Chair covers and bands available for rental through Mani Mela

Hair & makeup artistry by Mani Mela Beauty (www.manimelabeauty.com)

Hair & makeup artistry by Mani Mela Beauty (www.manimelabeauty.com)

Decor design by Mani Mela

Floral design by Mani Mela (www.manimelaweddings.com)

Floral Design by Mani Mela (www.manimelaweddings.com)

Decor by Mani Mela (All items shown here available for rent through Mani Mela)

Hair and makeup styling by Mani Mela Beauty (www.manimelabeauty.com)

A Mani Mela Bride: Brianna (Part II) – Venue Planning

30 Mar

Eat a cupcake? Now THAT is great advice for the planning bride!

Last week I gave you a brief overview of my introduction to the world of wedding planning, and this week I want to go more in depth with you. I know that personally, I have found the advice and experience of other brides particularly helpful in my own journey through planning; I only hope that my experiences can be half as enlightening to brides in the thick of their own planning, too.

So, the ring is on your finger, your entire families are happy as can be, and then what?  As I mentioned, first and foremost, worry about the venue. My fiance’s family and my own are very large, and include very large networks of friends. We both knew our guest list (something to be considered as you tour venues) would undoubtedly reach over 400 people – an astronomical number by most Midwestern wedding standards.  We wanted to pick a venue that would be easily accessible to our families and friends, something that wouldn’t require any excessive travelling for the majority of our guests. Luckily, both of our families are from the same town, so that made it relatively easy to pick a location for venues. Unluckily for us, there are only approximately two places near our hometown that could  1) fit at least 400 people, and 2) look nice not only for a reception, but also for a ceremony.

Within two weeks of our engagement, we set up an appointment to visit a golf club we had our hearts set on: Riverview Greens in Stewartville, MN.

This gorgeous golf center looks out on to the stunning landscape of the golfing greens, and features amazing wooden arched ceilings. We fell in love with the large, sloping windows that bring the most amazing natural light in to the whole room. We knew the second we walked in that we would be getting married here. Sure enough, we booked it that day and officially cemented our wedding date for September 22nd, 2012.  Not only will this venue be beautiful for an evening reception, but it will be an exceptional venue to have our actual wedding ceremony at, too. My advice to brides is to pick a venue that you feel comfortable in, and one you can envision your celebration taking place at. If it feels right, you’ll know it – much like the feeling you get when you try on *the* dress (more on that later).

Shortly after booking our venue, we sat down to write out an exact wedding guest list. Keep in mind, this can take the better part of an afternoon, or two, or three (if you’re indecisive and unable to focus on one thing for too long like me). It is important to have a fairly accurate estimation of how many guests you expect before you sign on a venue, however. My fiance’s sister was married just seven months prior to our engagement, so we based our estimation off of her guest list.  We wanted to get our own list nailed down to be as exact as possible, as soon as possible. This is important to do as soon as possible, as this number will dictate many of the decisions you make regarding ordering invitations, centerpieces, favors, food, and on and on.

The next things to worry about booking include photography, videography, and DJ services. But you’ll have to stay tuned to find out how I navigated the “booking” of my own wedding, and the advice I have for brides in this stage of planning.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Award Winner!!

13 Dec


We are so excited to announce that we have won The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 award for Wedding Planning! We can’t even begin to express how honored we are!  All of us at Mani Mela would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted! We couldn’t have received this award without our fabulous brides and grooms who have spread the word about what we do, and voted for us!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!



p.s. Don’t forget to enter our Mani Mela Beauty Giveaway featuring over $250 worth of our favorite beauty products, like our best MAC lip colors, and our tried and true hair products! Enter now! The contest is on until 12/23/2011.

Mani Mela Beauty Contest

6 Dec

We at  Mani Mela have a fun little treat for all you lovely ladies! We are just kicking off our December Beauty Contest featuring tons of our favorite glamour products!

Enter HERE for your chance to win a beauty prize pack filled with all our favorite glamour products, ranging from our favorite MAC lip color, to our tried and true deep conditioning hair products. This prize pack is valued at over $250 USD!! One winner will be selected at random. Contest ends 12/23/2011.

TO BE ELIGIBLE: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and answer the contest question! Then, share this Facebook contest on your wall and you’ll be eligible to win this lavish prize pack!!

Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win some truly spectacular beauty products! Get your entry in today, and let all your girlfriends in on the fun, too!