Look Smart: Bohemian Rhapsody

A Cottonwood Heights bride channels easygoing beauty for her mountain wedding


For her June 24th nuptials last summer to financial analyst and pre-law student Christian West, dental hygiene student Jessica VanderMeyden wanted her hair and makeup to look natural and effortless. VanderMeyden admired the work of freelance makeup artist Nikki DeRoest and Image Studios hair stylist Tiffaney Everson and knew they were the perfect pros to primp her for her outdoor, mountain wedding at Glenwild Country Club in Park City. After trying out multiple styles, including updos and extensions, the trio settled on braided tresses (VanderMeyden’s signature ‘do) paired with dark lashes and dewy skin. “I’ve always been a fan of boho-chic style, and when it came down to it, I loved the look that was most ‘me,’” says the bride.



bohemian-sparkling-eyeshadow8 a.m. Bride eats breakfast with family. Afterwards, she and the maid of honor get manis and pedis at the Waldorf Astoria’s Golden Door Spa in Park City. The men from both families play golf at Glenwild.
1 p.m. Bride meets DeRoest for makeup
2:30 p.m. Bride arrives at venue to finish prepping with her bridesmaids and sisters-in-law; Everson arrives to style her hair. Lunch and champagne are served.
4 p.m. Photographer Brooke Davis of Blush Photography arrives
4:30 p.m. Bride dons her dress and shoes
5 p.m. Show time! The ceremony begins; dinner and a reception follow



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Makeup “For the eyes, I used Nars ‘Galapagos’ shadow closest to the lash line, Stila ‘Kitten’ shadow as a brow highlighter, Lancome Definicils mascara, and natural-looking false lashes to make the eyes pop. I applied Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation with a fluffy foundation brush, and followed that with Bobbi Brown’s under-eye concealer, Shimmer Brick applied in a c-shape from the cheekbone to the center of the top of the brow, and ‘Tawny’ blush on the apples of the cheeks. I finished with a pink lip stain topped with gloss for longevity.”

Hair “Jessica is a fun-loving, free spirit; we wanted to reflect that with her hairstyle. The day before the wedding, I prepped her ombré-hued locks with Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and applied a thickening spray before drying it. She slept on the style to add texture. The next day, I sectioned the hair into two-inch pieces, spritzed them with Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode (a heat protectant), and curled the pieces with a one-and-one-half-inch thick iron, directing the tool away from the face to create soft waves. I loosely wove a cascading French braid around the back of the head, pinning the strands on the opposite side, and attached the veil under the braid.”