L O V E, Captured

It’s fair to say that I’ve seen a lot of wedding photography in the last few months – I’ve poured through hundreds upon hundreds of images, looking for inspirational compositions, colors, poses…you name it (thank you, Pinterest, the visual tool of the modern era!)

But my husband and I don’t much care for contrived… We want to have fun, and have the freedom be ourselves in all that we do – for wedding photography, maintaining an environment in which we could avoid affectation, unnatural manipulations, and overdone postures was incredibly important.  You don’t want to be conscious of being photographed, for one thing, never mind feeling like posed plastic.

We had the good fortune to work with Christian Oth Studio and I have to say, not only were the two key players I came down to PHENOMENAL, but so too were the assistant photographers, videographers and coordinators they chose.  Doubtless everyone on board is well above par – the plethora of imagery was quite spectacular on the site, and I’m not sure I had much hesitation when choosing a vendor.  

The blessing, though, was that each person on our crew was so incredibly well-suited – the laughter was contagious, and I found myself mindfully thankful – and loving – every minute of it. 

While I have to wait the regular grace period of two months or so (Merry Christmas!) for the rest of the lot…I was sent three “teaser images.”  I nearly fell over, (joyful) tears in my eye, when I saw what were more than just photos…  I feel like they not only captured what was physically before them, but the true love and joy of the moment(s). 

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

The stress of wedding planning is very real – it isn’t just the hundreds of files I’ve amassed (documents, spreadsheets, worksheets, contacts, images), nor the hundreds of e-mails.  The coordination, the attention to details (ALL of them), the scheduling… There is so much going on for only a few hours of celebration.  It sounds like planning would be fun, doesn’t it?!  Unfortunately, not much of it was… BUT…

When I saw – and felt – the joy from my family…and when I took one look at him (his energy I could feel across the room)…?  His smile nearly bowled me over.  Every ounce and minute spent desperately trying to design and arrange THE perfect event, cake, setting, flowers, music, photography, guest lists, timing…was worth a split second of his smile.

I have tears in my eyes as I write, feeling a sense of gratitude greater than what my heart can bear almost… To see the people you love at their most joyful and relaxed is a gift worth planning for a lifetime.

I’d not have changed a thing because…

Because it was perfect.

And Oth?  They captured the “perfect”…

And then some.

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

My special thanks to Andrew Kelly, Anna Davis, Zachary Hilty, Reuban, Dexter, and Nina.

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

I actually don’t eat cake…BUT…my habitually clean eating was more than delighted to take a minor respite for dessert on October 29th. I wouldn’t have missed my wedding cake for the world.

I can’t seem to get off cloud 9 (not that I’m aiming to – I think I’ll take up residence, actually), and no amount of sugar could have bounced me from it.

The day was every bit as vampy and Halloween as I always dreamed… ❤  And while part of me wants to keep my custom cake a secret…I have to share, knowing others (Tim Burton fans?  Gothic at heart?!) can appreciate its offbeat beauty, and unconventionality.

My custom, Halloween wedding cake! <3

My custom, Halloween wedding cake! ❤

We don’t do normal…though frankly I don’t think a soul present expected anything but unabashed badassery (while I’m not quite on par, my husband is definitely UBER cool, and “badass” in my book is worthy of aspiration! 😉 ) 

The inside was red and purple velvet…and perfectly “to die for.”  Even for my non-sugar-coated heart.

❤ 

Happy As A Witch…

Not 100% of the time. . .but happy suits me best so I definitely try.  (The converse would be bad for EVERyone!)

My wedding is two days before Halloween, so this definitely does apply currently… 🙂

WItch broom factory

Summer 2016 – L’Oreal True Match Highlight

I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like.  But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.

I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters.  My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.  

Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal.  In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite.  But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.  

No.  No, thank you.  I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner.  But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way.  When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.

Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%.  But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario.  I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though!  Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere.  Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!

“Beautifully Ever After”

I smiled when I saw this e-mail because I am actually planning my own wedding!  ❤

I feel blessed to have had a background in performance-based sports (figure skating, ballroom, ballet) because doing my own makeup was basically a pre-req.  Sure, you could pay to have someone do it but – trust me – those fees added up!  So, I learned to do it on my own!

Most ladies I know hire an artist for the wedding day – it’s a great way to limit stress (and time!) if you aren’t used to doing a more formal look, or if you just darn well don’t feel like it!

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

BUT…if you DO want to do your own makeup, Sephora has a fun little tutorial. . .

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

I love the idea that a bride is enhanced on her wedding day – not overdone, and not feeling like she is someone else!  A dear friend of mine was incredibly worried about that because she doesn’t wear makeup at all, EVER.  I assured her that very basic (and few) products would just bring out her features and natural beauty. . .without changing her dramatically, leaving her feeling too “out of her skin.”  You aren’t on a stage, so don’t worry about having to be heavy-handed – it isn’t necessary.

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

The lovely redhead in the e-mail Sephora sent looks adorable both ways (before AND after) – she doesn’t lose her charm or beauty, her features are simply highlighted so as to take a more prominent place on her day. 🙂  Love that.

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Summer 2016 – Essie Bridal Collection

While I won’t be a bride this Summer…I will be come Autumn, though…so I thought it would be fun to share this new Bridal Collection from Essie for ladies who ARE getting married (or attending a wedding!) this Spring or Summer! 🙂

The Collection features six new shades, all delicate pastels – they are fresh, happy, and perfect for the Season (particularly, in my opinion, Springtime.)

The colors will retail for $8.00, and include:

  • Between The Seats – ivory
  • Groom Service – soft lavender
  • Passport To Happiness – a bright mint
  • Steal His Name – milky peach
  • Coming Together – light pink
  • Mrs Always-Right – cranberry terracotta

I like that they do offer a deeper “pastel” option for those who may not want to go too “sweet.”  The names, of course, are super cheeky and fun…  I kind of like the shimmer, Passport To Happiness mint myself…

As for me, though, even though it will be Autumn. . .three days from my FAVORITE day, Halloween!. . .AND despite my inherent vampiness. . .I will go with my usual glitter ombre.  It always looks so fun, reminds me of my ballroom days, and will definitely work with the gown!

Glitter Ombre

Glitter Ombre

 

Adele’s Cat Eye

I’m sharing this for two reasons…

1…the REMARKABLE ability for color cosmetics to transform the way a person looks.  It can literally go from waking you up…to adding a youthful glow…to creating a WHOLE other persona!

2…as a long-time performing athlete, this was a skill I needed to learn EARLY.  I’m blessed to say I will be getting married in October of this year and I am super fortunate that I have experience doing all this myself!!!  (That said tutorials are always fabulous refreshers! 😉 ) 

I know everyone loves videos and tutorials, and this was just a terrific little post from Beauty Chatter on Bloglovin (which, sadly, doesn’t support WordPress!)

Enjoy it! 🙂 

Original post HERE.