Hello beauty babes!
Today I am back on the blog (after a very busy summer doing makeup and chasing a toddler around) to share with you some images from a beautiful wedding I got to be a part of this past summer.
You may remember the Greek goddess twins Melanie and Nikki, who I had the pleasure of doing makeup for their weddings in the previous years. Nicole is their cousin, and one third of a gorgeous set of triplets. I cannot express how much fun this group of girls are. I truly enjoy our time together and am so honored to help them get ready on their special days!
Here are some getting ready shots…
I love the detail shots…and I lived for her cap-sleeved choice.
We had our hands full with these beauties! My friend Matthew helped me get them all glammed on time. We gave each girl her own version of soft glam. Almost all the ladies went with smokier eyes, false lashes and glossy natural lips.
It had rained all morning, and by the time she walked down the aisle it had become a stunning sky full of sleepy clouds, perfect for outdoor photography.
A close up of her gorgeous wedding dress… so dainty!
I think the deep teal/navy color they went with looked perfect with the weather! Those glass goblets are everything.
The cutest wedding party photo I’ve ever seen, plus temporary tattoos of the bride and groom for their guests!
Ugh, these two are gorgeous
Nicole and Chris’s wedding day is a perfect example of how amazing a rainy day can be for your special day. Thank you for sharing your photos and day with me!
Makeup Credit: Christine Redmon and Matthew Paul
Photo Credit: The Gathering Season
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
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
This week’s Wedding Wednesday is all about making your makeup last all day and all night. There is a wonderful product out there called setting spray that many companies make and will help set your makeup for the long haul. These sprays help protect your makeup against heat and humidity- great for hot weather or dancing up a storm!
I recommend holding them about 10 inches from your face and spritz once on the left, once on the right, and once in the middle. Even better, have someone hold the bottle and do it for you (while your eyes are closed, of course!).
Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (long name, I know) is a reliable product and actually comes in a sample size (.5 oz.) for $12 as well as full size (4 oz.) for $29. A little pricey but you may get so addicted you will use it every day. This product is hypoallergenic and claims to last up to 16 hours!
Cinema Secrets’ Super Sealer is what I used on my own wedding day and I often use it to set my maternity paintings on clients. This stuff keeps makeup fresh on your face all day. It comes in a trial size (2 oz.) for $10 or full size (8 oz.) for $30.
Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! My friend and fellow beauty blogger, Christina of Beauty Queen Blog gave me the brilliant idea of bringing you all a wedding-related post every Wednesday. This very first WW post is my own wedding makeup that I recreated for the video. SPOILER ALERT: Dylan totally makes an appearance in this vid. Since our wedding day (July 28th of this year), everyone has been asking me how I did my own makeup for my wedding. Why didn’t I hire someone else or have one of my many makeup artist friends do it? Was it stressful?
The fact is, the process of putting on makeup is therapeutic for me. I truly enjoy sitting there crouched on a stool chiseling my face into perfection! The morning of the wedding was so relaxing for me– I just sat there in my robe and played with makeup until it was time to meet Dylan at the church. I am the WORST model. If I had anyone else doing my makeup they would have thrown their brushes at my head because all I do is peek open one eye the whole time and ask them if I could see how it looks.
I have to admit though, I felt a lot of pressure for my makeup to look amaze-balls that day. I gave myself two trial runs just to be sure. I just didn’t want to let anyone down! I was really happy with the end result. The makeup was bold and bridal at the same time- it truly was ME.
This video is also cool because I show you guys how to use an airbrush gun in it! If you guys want a detailed tutorial on airbrush makeup, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll make it happen.
Dinair Airbrush Foundation in Dark Golden Beige, Blush in Peach Pink and Shimmer in Champagne
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
MAC Prep & Prime Skin Smoother
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Eden
Eyeshadows: MAC’s Yogurt, Hepcat and Carbon. Urban Decay Naked Palette’s Toasted and Creep
Youngblood’s Eye Illuminating Duo
Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner in black
L’oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
MAC Vanilla Pigment, MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter
Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Spray
Cinema Secrets’ Super Sealer Spray
NYX lip pencils in Plum and Natural
MAC Lipsticks in Bunny Pink and St. Germain
MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed
Urban Decay’s Perversion Eye Liner
Youngblood Creme Blush in Cashmere Pink
Duo Lash Glue in Dark
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?
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.