Dec 18 2013

BeautyJudy Bride: Wedding nails!

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Me and my wedding manicurist, O’nisha from Koco Nails and Wax Salon

I looked forward to marrying the love of my life on my wedding day; I couldn’t wait!

But you know what else? I really, really looked forward to getting my nails done for my wedding, too!

I decided that I couldn’t do my own nails. Yes, I could do my own makeup, but my nails? That felt like a LOT of pressure for this beauty/nail blogger!

I decided that I wanted to go somewhere to get them done that would create nail art the way I admire in my Instagram feed. The kind of nail art I see from the celebrity manicurists and nail artists I follow around the country.

So when it came time to make my decision, I called up Koco Nail Salon and Wax Studio in Philadelphia. I had met owner O’nisha about two and a half years ago while covering Katie Cazorla’s mobile mani tour bus promoting the first season of “The Nail Files” on TV Guide network. O’nisha was one of the manicurists giving out free manis on the bus.

I never forgot her or her outgoing personality, and I started following her on Twitter (@koconails). Eventually, I started following her on Instagram (@koconails), and I loved what I saw! Stilettos. Lots of jewels. Great designs. I knew she was the one I had to see for my wedding nails!

I scheduled my appointment for the Thursday before my Saturday wedding. I was at the salon for maybe two hours, sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the friendly women in the salon. As O’nisha worked on my nails, we chatted and caught up, talked shop, talked nail colors and trends, and at the end of it, this is what my nails looked like:

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(Photo credit: O’nisha from Koco Nails)

O’nisha used Gelish Pink Smoothie as the base, and added a TON of rhinestones and jewels all over for the most unique manicure I’ve ever had.

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This last picture is a picture of my mani about five or six days after I had my nails done; I was on my honeymoon and still receiving a TON of compliments, everywhere I went in Disney! I lost the larger flower jewel off my ring finger (the night after the wedding, actually, after arriving in Disney. I knocked it off something fierce when I was unpacking) and lost a couple small rhinestone from my thumb. But otherwise, this mani was SOLID.

Removal was a bear. I’m not gonna lie! I did damage my nails taking all this off, and I’m growing out the damage still. I wonder if I would have been better served by going back to O’nisha to get my mani professional removed.

And just because one set of nails is not enough…my beautiful friends Krystal from Polish Galore and Christine from Jesse’s GirlΒ BOTH wore JulieG Sugar Plum Fairy from the new Holiday Frosted Gum Drops collection to my wedding Β – totally unplanned! And it looked fab! We had the photographer take a picture of our nails, and of us:


Clockwise: me, Krystal and Christine


Christine, me and Krystal <3

I’ll post more wedding photos and fun later, but I wanted to share my wedding nails!!!

So what do you think – are they too over the top for you?! Would you/did you do something like this for your wedding nails?! I’d love to hear your thoughts!






  • The Sparkle Queen

    INCREDIBLE! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Betzy Carmona

    Those nails compliment your wedding ring πŸ™‚

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    Cute! I recognized Krystal’s hands right away. Lol, can you say “too much time on the internet”? Very original nails!

    • BeautyJudy

      Lmao Shelley!! So true!! Funny that we know a woman by her hand and nails lmao!!! Xo

  • marciaf

    What an unusual mani. Another special way to remember your day.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes it was! Thanks Marcia!

  • Harshleen

    Your nails look gorgeous! I love the bling!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks so much Harshleen!!!

  • mon

    I mostly lurk, but I have to say congratulations! I think I congratulated you before when you posted about your proposal a while ago lol I also have to say that you look beautiful! The dress and your nails are also so amazing. πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      Awe!! Thank you for deluding mon!!! Thank you for your kind words. I felt like a princess that day. πŸ™‚

  • Farryn

    Wow, I love the bedazzled nails matching your gorgeous ring and dress – what a fun idea!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Farryn! I didn’t realize it but I guess theme of my bridal outfit was BLING! Lol

  • Casey @ Beauty 101

    Those nails are AWESOME! I love that you did something unconventional to make your day that much more special. I’m so over the bridal french manicure anyway πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      Gah! I hate the bridal French. I just couldn’t! Lol

  • Kendra Stanton

    wow..those nails are gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you, Kendra!!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    awww…those are soooo pretty! I love the bling!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath!! Me too!

  • Kim Porter

    Love the nails… all of the bling πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kim!!!

  • Sheila Arkee

    That was an AWESOME mani!!!!!! I love that you went all out for your wedding day and it looked absolutely gorgeous. What a great memory!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Sheila! πŸ™‚

  • Anastasia

    Whoa, those are some nails! This is definitely the most unique bridal manicure I’ve ever seen. Too bad that you damaged your nails removing it, but I’m sure it was worth it πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      You’re right – SO worth it Anastasia!!!

  • Miranda Mendoza

    So GLAM! Love that cat t shirt in the first photo πŸ˜€

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m so glad you noticed the shirt!!! I am a crazy cat lady and I wear it openly lmao!

  • Phyrra

    Your nails looked amazing!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Phyrra!

  • Kat D

    LOVE! Everything about this — LOVE!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kat!!!

  • Nailphotos by Lani

    Very beautiful! A perfect shade of pink, and the bling matched your wedding dress. Sad that it damaged your nails.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes but it was worth it. Thank you, Lani!

  • Stephanie Louise Telford

    These nails are fabbbbulous! I think on your wedding day you should wear things that make you feel beautiful & happy! & you totally nailed it!

    • BeautyJudy

      It totally was me and I loved it!! Thanks Stephanie πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Stephanie! It was totally me!! I loved it.

  • Emily Lacquerologist

    Fabulous! I love how the soft pink is totally bridal, and the bling is a bit over the top, but in a totally gorgeous and perfect way!! πŸ™‚

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Emily!!!

  • Krystal Emery

    I love you so much! It was such a joy and honor to be invited and I’m so glad I was able to make the trip to Jersey for your wedding. You’re such a beautiful bride and a beautiful PERSON inside and out! Much love to Mike too – he was so adorable talking about how in love he was with his WIFE. <3 <3 <3

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m so glad you were there, my Texam BFF!!!! Xoxox

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    so gorgeous!!! I love looking at pics of your wedding!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Brooke!!