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Hello Beauty Blog Babes!

I’m back on the blog to share stunning photos from another beautiful wedding I had the honor of doing the makeup for. Nikki Duschinsky and Matthew Berg tied the knot back in November of 2015 in a beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony. I have known Nikki for years since my days at CBS and also got to the do the makeup for her twin sister’s wedding the year prior! At this point, I feel like I’m part of the family. Here’s a beautiful view into the most epic day of their lives:

Matty and the boys getting ready at the barber’s. Don’t you love how stress-free and simple it is for men to get ready for their wedding day? Meanwhile us girls have to be up at the crack of dawn and run around like nervous wrecks making sure everything is perfect! Ha ha.

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Handsome guy! 111515_W_DuschinskyN0036

My stunning Greek goddess.

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In my 13 years of doing weddings, I have come across two kinds of brides: the “Natural” bride and the “Smoky Eye” bride. Guess which one Nikki is? We went with colors from Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette and added some Blackberry and Shadowy Lady eye shadow from MAC for a dramatic flair. She has really lush eyebrows so I added just a bit of brown eye shadow and set them in place with clear eyebrow gel.

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My favorite close-up of her111515_W_DuschinskyN0124-deluxe

My partner Melina and I got all 10 of these beauties ready. We had so much fun getting to know these witty and chatty ladies!111515_W_DuschinskyN0127-deluxe

Nikki with her sisters. I loved the choice of going with black for the bridesmaids dresses. It really made this November wedding feel modern and classic at the same time.

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Ugh first looks always make me cry!

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One of my favorite wedding shots is the obligatory aerial church photo. It really shows the architecture of these beautiful, and often times historically old, buildings. All weddings are beautiful, but there is just something about ones that take place inside a church that intensify the emotion and meaning of the day. FEELS!

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Take a look at this big fat, sophisticated Greek wedding party.

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Take in those clouds! Makes you think about just how small we are in this great big world… Side note, Nikki’s veil is everything!111515_W_DuschinskyN0517-deluxe

This is one of those rare pictures that could have been taken in any decade. Is it 1960? 1975? 1988 (well, no, there aren’t any ruffly shoulder pads) or 2015? Unless you know these two, you’ll never know 😉 111515_W_DuschinskyN0536-prem

The crowd taking part in a traditional Greek circle dance. I love it!

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Aren’t they the cutest?!111515_W_DuschinskyN0782

Congratulations to Nikki and Matty, may you enjoy this amazing journey called marriage together until you are old and gray. ❤111515_W_DuschinskyN0803-deluxe

Photography Credit: Michael Anthony Photography

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It’s wedding-recap time! This past June, I had the opportunity to do the makeup for seven bridesmaids and the bride herself, Mrs. Melanie Butters. Because it was such a large party, I called in my most trusted makeup artist pal to help me beautify these babes, Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens.

Look at that stunning ring!

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Here I am putting the finishing touches on the bride-to-be

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Melanie and her girls got ready at her twin sister Nikki’s house, which had great natural lighting and lots of room for our massive kits.

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Melanie wore a cathedral-style veil which made taking photos even more fun and creative.

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My favorite part of weddings are always the gaggle of flowers girls! So cute.

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I grew up going to Armenian Orthodox churches, which are identical to the Greek ones. So much architecture and beauty. With the bride’s Greek heritage, I’m sure St. Nicholas church felt right at home.

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A sweet moment between Melanie and Andrew before the big party started.

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Let’s face it. This is hands-down the best bridal party photo ever taken. These girls were so much fun to get ready in the morning and as you can see their carried on with their mischief right through the day!

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Looks like an epic party to me! I love Greek weddings…complete with the traditional circle dances.

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Congratulations to the bride and groom! I look forward to beautifying these ladies next year when Nikki, Melanie’s twin sister gets married in November 2015!

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Venue: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Photography: Michael Anthony Photography


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.

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Check out this amazing shot of their wedding rings on the heel of her Louboutin! #sexy

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Here’s our smoky eyed beautiful brideDEM_6766

Castaway has a stunning gazebo that served as the center of the ceremony.

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Sandy is a “bling-loving” bride, as you can tell from her sparkling dress, bejeweled bracelet and radiant roses.DEM_6828

I love this picture of them. I’m also obsessed with those floating flower balls as aisle decorations- total showstoppers!DSC_2447

Sandy and Oscar’s guests danced the night away under the stars at Castaway. DSC_2478

Check out the breath-taking cake and mirrored disco-ball stand underneath!DSC_2523

…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 🙂

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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!

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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.

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Waterproof mascara all the way for my brides!

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Stephanie’s lovely bridesmaids kept in the vintage theme with white cocktail dresses that plumed out just below their knees. Each girl wore different colored heels in bright tones for a modern twist.7

The boys wore khaki pants (smart choice for hot summer days!) and Converse kicks.Wedding7

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Thomas is half-Armenian, and to honor that, he and Stephanie included an Armenian “Crowning of the Bride and Groom” as part of their ceremony, complete with the armband ties of eternity.Wedding5

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!

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How stunning is this shot with their rings?!

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As it got darker, the twinkly lights came out.wedding8

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. wedding10

A big congratulations goes out to Thomas and Stephanie! You guys made a beautiful couple. XOXO

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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