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Tips for the Brides by Salon Montage

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When we talk about wedding hair styles and make up, there are many different thoughts we hear from our clients. They often feel it is the most nerve wracking part of their preparations; they often wait until the last moment and only squeeze it into their plans at the very end. We at Salon Montage believe and tell all of our brides that on your special day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful. A bride’s wedding day should be one of the best days in her life! Here are some tips and tricks from Team Salon Montage that should be followed by brides when preparing for their hair, makeup and skin for their Big Day:


1)    It’s best to have your Bridal Trial about three to six months prior to your wedding day so that you have time to get used to it and make changes if needed.

2)    To ensure you get the most out of your trial, bring reference pictures, even if they’re from the stylist’s past work or from any other social media of hair and makeup you have in mind. Ideally send these to your stylist well before your appointment so that they can make any necessary preparations before you arrive. By showing your stylist what you like about each photo, they will be able to understand your preferences better. This is one instance when showing is probably easier than telling.

3)    If you have sensitive skin and are worried about the products used on your skin, or if there’s a foundation that sits well on your skin and you feel this would look better, don’t hesitate to bring your products with you to the trial. You should be 100 percent comfortable with your look on your wedding day.

4)    Clear communication is very important. Tell your stylist about any hairstyles and makeup you did in the past that you disliked. If your stylist knows about them, they will stay away from them, and your trial will be so much more efficient.

5)    Arrive with a clean face and clean hair. In order to find that perfect look, come to your appointment with clean hair and no makeup so that your pros can start with a clean blank canvas.

6)    Make sure you purchase your accessories and hair extensions beforehand; take a look at hair and makeup photos you like. If your hair is thin, short or doesn’t hold curls well, consider investing in clip-in extensions. These easily blend into your hair and help create a fuller look. If there’s a certain hair accessory you plan to incorporate, definitely bring that along for the trial.


Salon Montage
an AVEDA concept Salon
1604 Village Market Boulevard, SE
Suite 130
Leesburg, VA  20175
571-918-0640 (Salon)
703-395-9082 (mobile)
571-918-0670 (fax)

A group of Loudoun County wedding professionals have joined forces to provide a free wedding to a deserving military couple.

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Many of the vendors are members of Hunt Country Celebrations including; Ann Fortin who will be hosting the event at Kalero Vinyard in Purcellville, Virginia.  Tony Stafford of Ford’s Wicked Catering will be providing the food, Matt Warschaw of Pure Perfection Catering the desserts, and Amy Thunell from Bluemont Vinyard, will be the wedding coordinator.  Michael Stump from Tip Top Photobooths will provide a photo-booth, and Seema Dubay of Salon Montage will take care of the wedding party’s hair and makeup. Robert Holley will be the photographer, flowers will be provided by Rick of Rick’s Flowers and the officiant will be Donna Ruland of Any Time, Any Place Marriages. Rosanna Smith from Bella Villa will style the event and provide antique furniture for a special look.  Christian Bently of L’Auberge Provencale will offer a Shenandoah Valley Mini-Honeymoon.

The contest is open to all branches of the military as long as one member of the marrying couple is currently serving.  Students at any military academy are also eligible.   Interested parties should go to and create an essay explaining why they are deserving of a free wedding. The contest winner will be announced at the end of November this year.

A Surprise Engagement Proposal

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Luis called and said he wanted to do a surprise proposal in front of family and friends.  He and his long-time girlfriend had just bought a house and they were throwing a house-warming party.

He would gather everyone together to toast the new house and then pop the question.  I would be an old army buddy he invited to the party.   It went perfectly!  She never suspected that I was a photographer as I mingled with the guests.


As Luis was thanking everyone for coming to the party he got down on his knee.  It was a fun and emotional moment and I was honored to be there to capture it.

How to Achieve Work-Life Balance When Planning the Wedding

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Let’s face it: planning a wedding can be really, really difficult, especially when you put a lot of pressure on yourself to make sure everything is just perfect, from A to Z. Of course, that’s normal, to want everything about the Virginia wedding you’re planning to be dreamy – but you shouldn’t allow wedding planning to interfere with your personal and professional life.

How to achieve work-life balance when planning the wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Do wedding planning tasks in your lunch break – but ONLY if this works for you. It works for some brides, it doesn’t for others because some of you may feel that you’re left hung up on wedding planning tasks when the lunch break is over, distracting you from everything you are supposed to do for work.
  • Leave your work at the door. Try, as much as possible, not to mix your professional life and your personal life – not during the wedding planning process, and not outside of it. For example, one mistake many brides to be make is leave their work email address to wedding vendors – but although that may make sense because you are easier to reach on your work email, it mixes your work duties and your wedding planning tasks too much and it can cause serious burn out.
  • Leave the multitasking behind you as well. We know you feel that multitasking allows you to do multiple things at once – but that’s not necessarily true. What you are doing, actually, is extending the time needed to get each of the tasks done. Instead of focusing on the tasks one by one, you are taking all of them at once, causing yourself a lot more stress and anxiety over getting each of them done (and thus making it harder to focus).
  • Manage your time better. If needed, use a time management or project management app – visualizing your tasks and organizing them can really help, no matter what kind of job you do (or what kind of wedding you are planning). Asana is a good example here (they have a free option, and it could work very well for this purpose.


Booking the right wedding specialists in Virginia can help you run a smoother wedding planning process – so don’t hesitate to come and see the members of Hunt Country Celebrations. You will not be disappointed!

The Backyard Wedding Tips You Absolutely MUST Know

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Summer is almost here – and that means all the splendid outdoor weddings of Virginia are on their way as well! Here at Hunt Country Celebrations, we couldn’t be more excited about the amazing wedding season ahead of us!

If you want to have a summer wedding, and if you want your event to be sweet and intimate, you might be considering the idea of a backyard wedding. That’s really amazing, and it can be a real success!

To help you out with this, we have gathered some of the essential tips you should know when planning your dream backyard wedding – read on and find out more.

  • The location of your backyard does not necessarily have to influence the style. So if you own a house in Virginia and you want a backyard wedding inspired by Hawaii, you can totally pull it off. This makes a lot of sense if that’s what you dream of doing – and it’s even more fitted if you actually have ties to Hawaii (e.g. you spent your childhood there). The key here is to make sure you create a good balance between the local elements and the elements of your dream location/ sentimental location.
  • Likewise, not all backyard weddings have to look the same. From nautical themed backyard weddings to Birds and Butterflies weddings, everything can be done in a backyard as well. It’s just that you usually do it on a smaller scale than you would at a wedding venue. As long as you combine pieces that remind people of your chosen wedding style, your event is bound to be a success!
  • Last, but not least, backyard weddings don’t always happen in actual backyards. If your backyard is way too small even for a small wedding, or if you live in an apartment, it makes a lot of sense to rent a small wedding venue that will help you create the same cozy and comfy vibes of a backyard wedding. Remember though: you really want to stick with a small venue if you don’t have a large guest count – the larger the venue is, the more estranged and “cold” the event will feel if there aren’t enough guests to fill in the spaces.


Looking for the best wedding specialists in all of Virginia? They’re all in Hunt Country Celebrations’ members’ list – so come check them out and work with the best of the best in the entire area!

Salon Montage – Because Brides Deserve the Very Best

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wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. There are different events where the Bride would want to look her bestMost wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or celebrant. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception.

We are very glad that we can be a part of the event that is so anticipated in a brides or grooms life. Our team takes special care and efforts to make the wedding day special for them. Salon Montage specializes in Bridal hair and makeup services. We do in house (In salon and travel to the site) for the wedding; it really depends on the bride’s preferences. Special attention is given to all the details. We also perform Updo’s & Makeup for the family members and the Bridal Party, Hair color, Hair-extensions (Natural hair), Facial including Mehendi-Heena tattoos etc. for south Asian weddings.

“We at Salon Montage believe that on your wedding day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful”. 

Come see us for your bridal needs at Salon Montage located at The Village at Leesburg.

Call us for now an appointment. – 571-918-0640.

Address: 1604 Village Market Blvd, SE, Suite 130 Lessburg,VA 20175
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