I have a special place in my heart for Kristina. Her wedding to Tom this June at the Union League as captured by CinemaCake....
Hair by Amanda D'Andrea (of course)....
I can't say it enough - a wedding film allows the bride and groom to see precious moments of the day that they might have otherwise missed. Philadelphia is blessed to have one of the best wedding filmmakers in the country, CinemaCake.
Caitlin was just ravishing and a delight to work with. Will post more photos from the remarkable Sarah DiCicco when they're available.... enjoy!
So much goes into preparing a bride for an East Indian wedding. Henna, jewelry, the sari draping....it (almost) takes a village. Dhaval's serene, stately beauty captured in dramatic fashion by Philip Gabriel Photography.
Karla is a natural beauty, so we kept it that way, with simple hair and make-up.
Crossing fingers and toes that this new show will continue to be filmed in Philadelphia!
These glorious photos were recently featured on 100layercake.com. Delectable BHLDN gowns (Tamsin was my favorite) taken at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts by Alison Conklin. Brilliant styling by Beka Rendell of Styled Creative (and The Styled Bride) - who else would something so cool with a bunch of stools that happened to be lying around?
In honor of Valentine's Day, I give you photos of my brides, some of whom are with their grooms, but all of whom are showing the love to their four-legged friends on their wedding day.
I would delight in having a dog, but we've recently become a three cat household, so that ship has sailed for the time being. Instead, I live vicariously through the loving person/canine relationships of others, and always want to know if my clients have pets, what their names are, etc.
With love for creatures great and small, Happy Valentine's Day!
"Spunky glamour on wheels" - that is the way I would describe Emily, who married Jamie in November. Photographer Daniel Moyer had a field day with the colorful backdrop that characterizes the Hotel Monaco in downtown Philadelphia. Here are just a few of those photos that delighted me.
Emily came to me as a daily wearer of false eyelashes, so she was used to a bit of cosmetic magic. Because of her already perfect skin, I was able to do maximum eye and still keep it looking real.
I was particularly moved by Jamie's expression when he first saw Emily - happy tears of "first look" love. And any bride who checks her make-up in the side mirror of a moped is a goddess to me.
One of the aspects of my wedding adventures that I most appreciate is the special bond between mother and daughter. I feel very close to my brides, and to their moms, who are often around my age. This is a fundamental relationship worth celebrating, and I'm always moved by a beautiful photo of the bride and her mother.
A few weeks ago, I worked with actress Ali Larter. She was in town to appear on QVC's In the Kitchen with David, to promote her new cookbook Kitchen Revelry. The book came out of her love of food and entertaining, and even a gluten-free vegetarian like me found good things to try as I flipped through her galley proof. (She also turned me on to St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur that's great with champagne - I'm so there....).
I first saw Ali in one of my all time favorite chick flicks, "Legally Blonde." But she's known more now for her work on the TV series "Heroes," and you'll see her in a new series soon called "Legends."
Caught her on Instagram, of course..... beautiful skin, golden tones and individual lashes on eyes, and a pinked lip (Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Fascination) that would go well with her happy orange dress....
The black and white photos of this venue, in particular, have a classic, old Hollywood quality that will be a pleasure to look at for Caitlin and her new husband Sam Pemberton for years to come. And how elegant is the long dining table pictured below? Need to see more of those at receptions.
Caitlin's exquisite lace dress was a Monique Lhuillier purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon in New York. I was in love with this one and it fit her like a white kid glove. She looked utterly regal and like any good monarch, she was calm and serene throughout the preparations.
Thank you, Caitlin and Sam - wishing you happiness!
Admittedly, it's not quite as much of a challenge to do make-up/hair for men. Usually they just need to be unscruffled a bit. I had no challenges but so much fun with models Chase Harnett (MAJOR NY) and Jansen Fancher (NEXT) on this shoot for Stardust Magazine. Photos by Jenna Stamm. Styled by Jessica Figueroa.
Some of the final shots featured in the mag plus, here's a link to the behind-the-scenes video ...
Just like last year, I have an outstanding example of a prom "do" (versus a don't, and we all know what that might look like).
Elizabeth is a senior at Agnes Irwin School. She designed her own dress and it was put together for her by the talented tailors at SewRob in Wynnewood. She'll be attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia this fall, and playing for their volleyball team. Elizabeth is a lovely young woman who was happy with the fresh make-up and unfussy hair I designed for her.
Congratulations to Elizabeth and to mom Alexis for producing such a beautiful daughter!