Hi Beauty Babes,
Here is one of the many beautiful brides I got to work on this summer. Mr. and Mrs. Aldrete wed on the Fourth of July at The Castaway. I had my own wedding reception at this amazing venue just last year so I was super excited to hear they would be having their ceremony and reception there!
Sandy wanted a dramatic smoky eye (I LOVE when brides go smoky!) so I started off with her eyes first to avoid eyeshadow fall out.
Check out this amazing shot of their wedding rings on the heel of her Louboutin! #sexy
Castaway has a stunning gazebo that served as the center of the ceremony.
…and they literally had fireworks on their wedding day. Congratulations Oscar and Sandy! You two make a beautiful couple. Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day 🙂
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DS PHOTOGRAPHY
VENUE: THE CASTAWAY BURBANK
This past summer, I worked on an outdoor, vintage-themed wedding for Thomas and Stephanie Holland. After seeing how lovely it turned out, I just had to share their photos with my readers!
Stephanie was the epitome of vintage 40’s. She did a half-up half-down hair do with victory rolls and sweet swirls. We decided to skip the 40’s red lip to give her fiance a break when it was time to “kiss the bride” and played up her deep dark peepers instead. I also gave her that dewy J.Lo glow by highlighting the center of her face and cheekbones with a Mineralized Skin Finish by MAC Cosmetics.
Waterproof mascara all the way for my brides!
With the help of wedding coordinator extraordinaire Debra Meadows of Purple Meadows Events, the cocktail and reception hours included rustic decor and hints of orange. It brought out the nature-quality of the location, which was Middle Ranch. See, you can find beautiful outdoor places near Los Angeles!
How stunning is this shot with their rings?!
The bride and groom did a small cake for themselves topped with a Mickey & Minnie Mouse (the love Disney) and offered cupcakes to their guests, which let’s face it, are more fun to eat than cake slices.
A big congratulations goes out to Thomas and Stephanie! You guys made a beautiful couple. XOXO
Makeup: Christine Guederian Redmon, Leading Lady Makeup
Event Coordinator: Debra Meadows, Purple Meadows Events
Photography: Apple & Cheese Photography
Venue: Middle Ranch at Lake View Terrace, CA
Hello pretty ladies!
This past weekend I hosted a booth for the first time at the ever-upscale I Do! Bridal Event given by Fancy That Events at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. It was such a cool experience! With my trusty PR guru and dear friend Jennifer Castaneda by my side, we met bubbly glowing brides and their friends and family members.
Being a recent bride myself, I was “tricked” many times by booth giveaways that were actually ploys. I’d get phone calls saying that I won a giveaway, and to claim my prize I’d have to sit through a sales pitch, or I’d have to pay for a service first. It just felt so insincere and was such a waste of my time. Brides have enough going on planning their weddings, they don’t have time to be harassed! That’s why for the brides at this event, I decided to create a giveaway that had no strings attached. It was very simple: people put their names and contact info in the box. I had Jen pick out a name. I called them. They won. I sent them the prizes. Done.
I hand-picked everything based on what a bride would need for her big day. The products I use for my makeup kit are from professional brands, but I wanted to keep things simple and user-friendly so I stuck with drug store finds. I have tried and reviewed almost every drugstore brand product on the market, and these are the ones that I found worked well, if not better, than ones from professional brands. Here’s what the giveaway included:
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara – I actually have this in my kit and use it exclusively on brides. It’s a great waterproof mascara because it doesn’t budge. No flaking, no clumping. You do however, need makeup wipes to remove it at the end of the night: this stuff is legit!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Three words: I. Love. These. It goes on with a doe foot applicator, just like lip gloss, but it dries down to a creamy matte. It’s long-wearing and doesn’t dry out your lips as much as other long-wearing lip products do.
Zon Cosmedix 24 7 Oil Control Blotting Tissues These are a bride’s best friend! Nothing is worse than piling on powder throughout your reception. These little babies will remove extra oils from your skin (T-Zone neutralizer, much?) in a flash. Just throw them in your bridal clutch and touch up ONCE during the reception. Done.
Ardell Natural Lashes in Beauties Ardell is the leading false eyelash company for a reason. The lash strips are flexible so they adhere to your eye shape, and they come in a million different sizes for a good price. I can use my Ardells about 4 or 5 times before I throw them out!
Tarte Travel Size Eye & Skin Primers and Moisturizer Tarte has amazing all natural skin products. This isn’t a drug store brand, but I wanted to include this travel size trio so the bride could take it along on her honeymoon.
Maybelline Baby Lips With SPF 20 These puppies are getting rave reviews from everyone in the industry. I would consider these to be an affordable version of Fresh’s Sugar lip balms. I’d rather pay $2.97 over $22 any day! Wear these alone or under lipsticks for extra hydration.
Pond’s Makeup Wipes: You can’t see them in the photo but they are behind all the other makeup.These are the drugstore dupes for MAC’s makeup wipes. I actually used these for my own wedding and they worked just as well. Super gentle on your skin, too! My favorite way to use them is to use one wipe for both eyes, another for your face, then rinse your skin with warm water and face soap. The wipes will break down the makeup and the soap will cleanse your pores.
…and I threw in a cute pair of bridal earring studs to seal the deal.
There were almost 100 entries submitted for this giveaway during the four hour show and I just shipped it off to the lucky bride today. Would you guys like to see another bridal giveaway on my blog or Youtube channel? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today peeps! I have something very special to share with you. I got to be a part of a beautiful vintage-modern style photo shoot last month that my good friend Debra Meadows of Purple Meadows Events put together, along with talented wedding vendors Alyona Fedorenko of AnokiArt Photography, Kerim Albanes of My Wedding Blooms, Alicia Rohan of A&P Designs and Emilee Sutherland of Tasteful Tatters.
This styled shoot was based off a “How I Met Your Mother” episode in which the lead character Ted invites a girl to a 2 Minute Date during her lunch break at the office (Season 3, Episode 13.) Click here to watch the clip. Here’s a few photos from our shoot, featuring real-life couple Kevin Barrett and Laura Steigers.
Could you swoon?! So happy I got to be a part of this. For more photos, check out AnokiArt Photography’s Facebook album HERE.
Photography: Alyona Fedorenko, www.anokiart.com
Event Stylist: Debra Meadows of Purple Meadows Events, www.purplemeadowsevents.com
Makeup: Christine Redmon, www.LeadingLadyMakeup.com
Paper Goods,Stationery: Alicia Rohan, www.apdesignco.com
Flowers: Kerim Albanes, www.myweddingblooms.com
Vintage Rentals: Emilee Sutherland, www.tastefultatters.com
Models: Laura M. Steigers and Kevin Barrett
Photographer’s assistant: Victor Mueller
Attention Bride-to-be’s: this video was made especially for you! Click below to watch my all-skin-tone flattering, waterproof, HD photo-ready makeup tutorial for your big day.
As promised, here is a full list of the products I used:
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Inner corner, top and bottom: MAC eye pencil in Gilded White (any white/cream colored eye liner will do)
Eyelid/brow bone: Virgin eye shadow from the Naked Palette
Eyelid: layered with MAC Yogurt eye shadow and Vanilla pigment on top
Crease: MAC’s lavender/pink Haux eye shadow, followed by grey Scene and dark grey Print.
Waterline: Urban Decay Perversion liner
Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Fake lashes: non-brand from Naimies, #10s from MAC are similar.
Blush: MAC Breath of Plum
Cheekbones: MAC’s Trophy Bounce shadow with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (any) on top
Lips: MAC’s Highstrung and Creme Cup lipsticks with MAC Plum liner and NYX Naked liner
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