Most of the brides that I work with are looking for a classic, natural look. But then, most brides I work with are not Carrie Ann Theisen, the beautiful Ph.D. candidate who wafted into my studio one fine day...
The first time that I was contacted by Carrie, who was referred by friend and photographer Jenna Stamm, we determined that I wouldn't be available because of another wedding I was doing earlier on that October day. She contacted me again a few months later, asking if I could teach her how to do her own make-up for the wedding (Saints, preserve us!), and she also mentioned that her ceremony time had changed. Hallelujah! I could now make it to Bechtelsville in time to save her from herself. And I was so thrilled to be working with Jenna again, who was the perfect photographer for Carrie; quirky with an edge, and an eye for all of the rustic and whimsical details that made this wedding the stuff of editorial spreads.
Carrie, a tall, waifish beauty, is also a talented cognitive scientist who earned her doctorate from the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation was on "arbitrariness and systematicity in emergent communication systems" (Light reading? I think not....). She is a master of the German language and has studied Japanese, and was the recipient of a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study in UK, an award that's given to only 40 graduate students yearly. Now that's what I call a "brilliant bride."
And of course, my favorite of the lot: