The Wedding Series: Wedding Attire & Accessories

Hi all! This week I bring you our wedding attire and accessories. Let’s start off with my most amazing possession: this Ines Di Santo wedding gown by Lovella Bridal. My mom bought me this beauty and I am so sad I only get to wear it once. Finding the gown was the easiest part of the entire wedding planning.I went to two Lovella Bridal boutiques and this was the third dress I tried on. I just loved how intricate the top of the dress is with all the pretty jewels. I’ve never seen anything like it! I went in thinking I wanted a tight mermaid dress and instead picked this one. This is a half-mermaid, half-ball gown. It’s the best of both worlds! I felt sexy and princess-ey at the same time, haha. We ordered it to my custom measurements and I worked my BUTT off at the gym all year to keep in shape. I ended up having to have it altered to be smaller from the working out, but can’t complain about losing weight, right?

Here’s the dress below during our first dance.

 

During the ceremony

These are my wedding shoes. I asked my father to make me a custom pair of shoes and I can’t tell you how honored I was to wear them. My dad did an amazing job of designing the structure of the shoe. You can’t tell from here, but the bottom of the shoe is Tiffany blue and the heels are completely crystalled in Swarovsky. The “bling” was done by Devan of Blingerie Custom Crystal Embellishments.

 I requested the shoes be all-leather so that they would be soft and pliable, good for dancing. There are four inches high with a hidden platform in the front. Dylan’s 6′ 3″ and I’m 5′ 4″ so I needed to make sure I was wearing tall shoes!

If you are interested in custom wedding shoes or really any kind of custom shoe, please contact Jerry Guederian at Shoe Lab. Oh, how I cried when he put them on me!

Here’s a close-up of our rings. Dylan’s is a Cobalt ring by Scott Kay. I had it inscribed with “I Love You My Hokis” (Hokis= honey in Armenian) My rings are rose gold 🙂

Here is some of my fun blingy jewelry: stretch bracelet and cocktail ring.

   I wore my grandma’s pearl necklace and bracelet which she left for me before she died. It really felt like she was there with us. I miss her so much…

Here’s our good looking bridal party! I bought Cappy’s little tuxedo from a vendor cart at The Grove. The girls are wearing the Twist Wrap dress by Dessy Group in Ocean. My maid of honor, Chantal, is wearing a gown by Alfred Angelo with matching blingy belt. The boys are all decked out in rentals from Friar Tux. We got their ties from Macy’s, which matched the girl’s teal dresses perfectly.

From L-R: Angelica, Jed, Keumku, Lisa K, Chantal, Jay, me & Cappy, Dylan, Lisa G, Eugene, Corine, Allyson, John and Brian.

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Wedding Series: Makeup

Next up– the makeup! 
My fabulous photographer Rustin Michael took some great getting ready shots of me that I’ll share below. For my own makeup, I used Dinair’s airbrush foundation, blush and highlighter. I wish I could use airbrush foundation everyday, but I’m too lazy to clean out the gun every morning (you can’t leave product in the airbrush gun because it will damage the whole machine- talk about high maintenance). Airbrush makeup is fantastic for brides because it stays on, and floats right about your skin, as opposed to sinking into your pores, giving you a smooth glow. There is a small amount of alcohol in the foundation, which helps to dry down very quickly and stay ON like nobody’s business. 
Here I’m applying a small amount of MAC’s Reflects Pearl glitter on the inner corners of my eyes, because let’s face, everyone knew I would rock glitter on my wedding day.

Here is the finished product, complete with a combination of MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows and Ardell lashes. I kept the lips neutral so poor Dylan wouldn’t be smeared with bright lipstick all day. I’ll have a video tutorial of this look as soon as the weather cools down and my studio isn’t a hot box!

Here’s the Mother of the Bride, in all her glory. I definitely get my makeup skills from my mom. She has always been skilled with the makeup brush. I remember watching her do her makeup as a kid in the 80’s, I just couldn’t wait to grow up and do winged out blue eye liner and hot pink angled blush like she did. Mom did her own makeup that day, I helped her a little with the eyeshadow and lash application.
Yep, that’s the ring boy in the corner
Here is my bridesmaid Angelica representing all the girls’ makeup. Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens (and of being my best friend) did my girls’ makeup. Knowing my love for dramatic eye makeup, she created this jaw-dropping teal and champagne smoky eye topped with MAC’s Reflects Teal glitter and whipped them up for each girl within three hours. I couldn’t believe how sexy and bold my bridesmaids looked! As if you guys don’t know already, I’m not really a fan of the “natural look.” I LIVE for jewel tones and sex-pot makeup, and that’s exactly what Allyson delivered. All of my girls looked like Playboy models, and I’m pretty sure their boyfriends/husbands didn’t mind at all. 😉

Cappy and his Godmother
I wish I had photos of all the girls, we are still in the process of editing. I’ll go back and update this blog once the photos are ready 🙂

My Natural Beauty Bride

I’m here with my first bride of 2012, Mrs. Lisa Gonzalez. Lisa and her husband Dan tied the knot on April 14th and man, did Lisa looks stunning! Lisa has great skin and big beautiful hazel eyes so I was pretty excited to work with her- a makeup artist’s dream! 
I love working with brides because each and every one has such different taste, and it gives me a chance to do all kinds of fun makeup. Lisa is pretty low maintenance on the daily with her makeup, and she wanted her natural beauty to shine on the big day. 

I did a light dusting of airbrush foundation and used soft shades of peach for her cheeks and lips. I kept the eye shadows to a minimum on the eyes and brought out those hazel ojos with a sweep of black eyeliner, mascara and some very natural false eye lashes. Even if you have long lashes, falsies really bring out your eyes, especially in photos. I recommend them for every bride! 

Here’s Flower Girl Sam helping Lisa with her earrings. So cute!
What an angel

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Dan Gonzalez!

Guest Post Part II: Five Beauty Essentials for the Bride

Hi all! Yesterday I shared my guest blog post for Los Angeles-based event coordinating company, Purple Meadows Events and today I bring you Part II: 5 Beauty Must-Haves to Prepare For Your Wedding Day

Debra Meadowsowner of PM events has a fantastic wedding blog that covers everything from decorations to the dress. Part II of my guest post goes over the best products to have with you in preparation of your big day. Check it out by clicking the link below.

Bride Makeup

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

My Diamonds & Pearls Bride

One of the most enthusiastic and genuinely happy brides I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on, Stephanie Nunez, married her long time love, Andy Faucett, last summer in Lodi, Calif. They had an outdoor wedding ceremony and held their reception in a winery barn. I was honored to be the makeup artist for her entire wedding party. I call this look, “Old Hollywood Latina Glam”!
June 2010

The funnest bridesmaids around!

Here’s to forever lasting love


Njambi, Santa Barbara’s Bridal Beauty

Last May, I had the pleasure of doing all the makeup for Njambi and Kevin’s Santa Barbara wedding. Here are some of the professional photos taken from their special day.

Here is the Mrs. touching up in the mirror– this is my favorite photo of her!

Njambi and Kevin with their lovely moms. All makeup used on these ladies was via MAC Cosmetics.
What a fun bunch these girls were! The Brunette Beauties. All of them had amazing skin. It was a makeup artist’s dream.

Here are some shots of the speeches:

A guest shot of Lisa (I did her eyes)