Brides with red hair captivate me.

There is something so very beautiful in the contrast between a white dress and red locks from auburn {or ‘strawberry blonde' for Anne of Green Gables fans} to out of the bottle, vibrant red and everything in between. I love every shade.

{Photo of bride & groom by Elizabeth Messina |Boho bride via This is Glamourous | Photo by Joie La La via 100 layercake}

Red haired brides are rare beauties on wedding blogs so this post is dedicated to all you lovely red heads. I thought having a post full of inspirational hairstyles {and make up looks} on red haired celebrities, models and most wonderful of all, real brides, would be helpful.

Here's a bit of an ombre homage to red hair including a variety of shades, lengths and styles:

{Model | Amy Adams | Emma Stone | Model | Christina Hendricks | Model | Kate Walsh | Rihanna | Model |Karen Elson | Florence Welch | Rihanna ~ Find all the sources here}

As you can see these ladies are embracing their pale colouring ~ there's not a fake tanned face in sight. While Rihanna shows us that red hair suits darker skin tones too. Don't you just adore her volumised, shoulder-length bob? And Kate Walsh's sleek straight bob is gorgeous too but I'm a sucker for glam curls and waves so Christina Hendricks and Amy Adams' ‘dos do it for me!

I suspect all these beautiful women, even those with natural looking shades, such as Emma Stone, have had a little help from semi permanent or permanent hair colour out of a bottle as there is a lot of shine going on! Which is not so easy to achieve naturally. For those adventurous brides out there who opt for a shocking shade of red, like Florence Welch, consider using weekly treatments in the run up to your wedding. Crispy hair is not a good look…but shiny, healthy hair is timeless!

Make Up

These ladies have emphasised their eyes with black, brown or grey eyeliner and I love the bold red lips on Florence Welch, Kate Walsh and Emma Stone. Rihanna demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, pink and red can work well together!

{via She Can Initiative}

Another lovely quality lots of red heads have are freckles! Above, super model Cintia Dicker goes bare faced and uses natural make up to enhance her natural be-freckled face and red haired beauty: a bit of bronzer on the cheekbones, a nude lip, black eyeliner and eyelash extensions with white liner on the inside rim of her eyes. Stunning!

Real Brides

Now onto those inspirational, stylish, chic and unique real brides who have rocked their red hair!

The Natural Look

This Scottish bride looks perfect with her untamed curls amidst the backdrop of the highlands.

{Photo by Lillian & Leonard}

Glamourous Curls and Statement Necklaces

{Top photo by Swoon Imagery via Postcards & Pretties | Bottom photo by Jason & Anna via Style Me Pretty}

FYI The second photo is of Allison who writes the fab wedding blog, Engaged and Inspired.

Amazing Floral Headwear With A Rose Coloured Wedding Dress

{Photos by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio via Polka Dot Bride}

Oh I just love all those pastel florals ~ the colours work so beautifully with the brides' red hair.

Hair Up

A side bun or side pony, with gorgeous side swept fringe {bangs} and loose curls.

{Left photo via Bridezilla Must Die | Right photo via 4bp }

This next bride reminds me so much of Adele ~ another example of a side swept fringe and loose curls to frame the face. Her hairstyle has lots of volume and the addition of the ivory and pink tipped roses headpiece creates such a romantic feel.

{Photo Joel Flory via Ruffled}

How about a boho braid in your up ‘do? This bride incorporates a braid to add texture and interest to her side bun.

{Photos by Stephanie Cristalli via Style Me Pretty}

Vintage / Retro Inspired Brides

I love these images ~ they're so stylish and dramatic. The bride is a vision in side swept ringlets and statement tulle headpiece!

{Photos by Dixie Pixel via Ruffled}

Ok so technically, the two shots below aren't of a bride on her wedding day…but they're super cute and inspiring! Makes me want to don a prim and proper fascinator. Love her make up too ~ those flushed cheeks and pink lips are a beautiful combo.

{Photos via Wedding Photography Kerry}

A gorgeous bride, demonstrating how to do lady-like, retro vintage chic on your wedding day. I adore this look ~ the pearls, the curly locks and that red bag. Wow!

{Photo by Fresh in Love Photography via Rock n Roll Bride}

Vibrant Red Hair And Unique, Alternative Style

A peacock feathers fascinator, dark smokey eyes and red lips work so well with this bride's short hair. Below, bright red lips, a red birdcage veil and vintage, half pinned back hairstyle looks beautiful.

{Top photo via Pinterest | Bottom photo by Love Me Do Photography via Ruffled}

Chic and Unique ~ ‘Retro Meets Modern' Bride

This wedding is a dream! The couple are so stylish. I can't get over how amazing the bride looks in her silver and gold, sparkly bodice and tulle-skirted 50s prom style wedding dress, star crown and accessorizing with a pink bouquet. It's official pink and red are a great colour combination!

{Photo by Joie La La via 100 layercake}

If you have red hair, I really hope you've found this useful. If you don't, I bet you want to after all these stunning images of redhead brides! Pass me the hair dye…

Elizabeth x

ps. If you want more ~ there's lots more pretty images on my ‘Beautiful Red Hair' board on Pinterest.