bridal makeup artists.

Wedding day. The best day ever. 

Planning a wedding. Not so much.

You're stressed about money. Everyone is giving you a lot of opinions. Family members put a lot of pressure for things to be a certain way. 

There are a few parts of your wedding that are truly and completely all up to your decision. The makeup artist being one of them.

First of all, why do you need a professional makeup artist to begin with?

  1. Training. Yes, you may be absolutely fabulous at doing your own makeup on a daily basis or for a night out on the town. However, wedding makeup is another beast of its own. You are being photographed, often with flash, and the day is very long. Will your makeup withstand tears, sweat, and longevity. A professional is specifically trained to combat all of these issues with knowledge in product and application. Furthermore, an artist will see you differently than you see yourself. They will be able to make recommendations that you likely would never consider. This is where the importance of a trial comes in handy. With your input, your makeup artist will come up with the perfect look for your special day.
  2. Relaxation. Even as a professional artist myself, I hired a makeup artist for my own wedding for the primary reason that I wanted to relax. I didn't want to worry if I would perfectly get my own lashes on or if I was too excited to have a steady hand. It was important to me that I was able to relinquish control and trust my beauty team. It made all the difference.

Now, let's talk about what to look for in a makeup artist. 

  1. Style. This may be the most obvious and first factor in choosing your bridal artist. You have a particular look in mind for your special day and every artist has their own skill set and style. Utilize the internet and look for people in your area whose work you love. Instagram. Facebook. Yelp. Google. Everyone is online nowadays and it should be easy enough to find someone whose style you love. On the other hand, word of mouth is often a better way to hire someone you like and trust. Most likely you know someone who has already gotten married. Did you like their makeup? Talk to them. Did they have a positive experience with their vendors? 

  2. Personality. Equivalent to style is an artist's personality. You and your girls are spending a lot of time in a room with this person or people. It is important that your personalities gel well. The last thing you need the morning of your wedding is to not get along with the person closest to your face. 

  3. Training. Look through the artist's website, typically on their "about me" page, for their training. Different areas of the world have varying requirements, but all artists should have some amount of formal or informal training. Is it important to you that they have knowledge of skincare? Look to see if they have gone to cosmetology or esthetician school. Is it important to you that an artist has brand training? Do you particularly like certain makeup brands? The about me section on an artist's website will be a small glimpse into their skillset and personality. 

  4. Communication. Despite where you initiate contact, do they respond quickly? Does the artist keep communication on the same platform? Are these qualities important to you? 

  5. Transparency. This is personally very important to me, but may not be as much for you. Is the artist, or any vendor for that matter, forthcoming with information? Do they provide you with their terms and conditions right off the bat or do you have to work to get the whole picture. All vendors have boundaries whether it be start time, number of clients, etc. It helps you to know what a vendor will or will not do. 

  6. Cost. I put this last on the list intentionally. While I understand that budgets are important and can be the cause of a lot of wedding stress, bottom line is that you get what you pay for. Look at other artists in the area to make sure the cost feels reasonable. Keep in mind that you are paying for the artist's knowledge, products, time spent communicating, and time spent organizing your documents. 

Bottom line, there are endless benefits to hiring a professional! Best of luck in your planning and have the best wedding day ever! 

 

 

the perfect pair of leggings.

My friends. Who else has a difficult time finding the perfect pair of black leggings? I want another option for casual pants during cooler weather that look nice. I feel like my options are jeans or sweats and I have nothing in between. Anyone else with me?

I asked, for suggestions via facebook and the response was overwhelming. 

So, here is what I am going to do. I will list and link below all the suggestions. As I try various leggings, which may take some time as I am not made of money, I will update this post. If you have any reviews to share, feel free to comment or reach out via email. 

My perfect pair of leggings are dark black, pass the bend test (when I bend over they are not see through whatsoever), have a thick band, the band goes past my belly button (preferably up to my bra- suck it all in!), and my booty looks good! 


Lynn A. - Girlfriend Collective ($68)

"Girlfriend Collective! They’re made from recycled plastic bottles and are sooooo soft!!"


Diana L. - Lularoe ($29-60)

Why are these so hard to find online? I found some on ebay. I'm not certain, but I believe this is a direct sales company. 


Margie G. - GAP ($15-80)

"Oddly I find mine at gap. I buy them every year. They're thick and hold everything in. I got a giant booty that needs sum holding!"


Beth B. - Yummie ($31-50)

"Yummie. They have a great high waistband. I usually can find then onsale online."

KBB Review: My sweet mother purchased me a pair of these from Nordstrom Rack. She wears them regularly and they always look great on her. I was so excited to put them on, they seemed to meet all of my requirements. At first wear, they appeared to be perfect! And then the bend test... FAIL! They were so see-through for me! Back to the drawing board.


Shane M. - Walgreens ($5-12.99)

"Crazy, but my absolute faves are fleece lined from Walgreens..."


Rachel W.

"Everyday: Zella Live In High Waisted - Nordstrom ($54)

Working Out: Girlfriend Collective

I also like the Lucy High Waisted ($108-118) or Lululemon High Times ($98+).

Source: I wear a LOT of black leggings"


Audra W. - Black House White Market ($39.95-60)

"These look really nice and hold everything in."


Azeen N. -  Express ($19.90-80)

"Love Express leggings. Thick and not see through!"


Emily A. - Black Milk ($40-90)

"Black milk and only black milk, size up. I should mention, worth all the pennies, these puppies 'aint cheap"

KBB Note: several have cell phone pockets. Brilliant!

sarah + john.

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Sarah at the beginning of August 2017 just before my trip to Spain. We met for coffee at Starbucks along with her sweet mama. We got to chatting and meshed really well right away. 

What really hit home was when Mom shared her happiness in Sarah's future husband. She welled up with tears sharing how well he takes care of her. Especially as her health fluctuates, sometimes day to day. Sarah's health had never been better as when John stepped into her life. 

There is something about love that is truly healing. 

I too experienced the same transformation. At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I will spare you the dirty details. However, through the support and care of my now wife, I received the first all clear from my doctor in 2016.

Needless to say, Sarah, Mom and I really bonded. Immediately, Sarah wanted to book me. 

The makeup trial was so much fun. Again, mom joined and we chit chatted about everything from wedding plans to party stories and what I was doing. It felt like we were old friends catching up!

Not only was Sarah such a sweet heart, fun, and extremely relaxed, but beyond organized! I could not have asked for a better bride! She had inspiration photos for each girl and clearly read through my contract. 

Then the wedding day. SO. MUCH. FUN! Each girl was equally as kind and fun as Sarah. Conversation was so easy and everyone was extremely happy with their final looks. 

Sarah and John- I wish you all the happiness, health, patience, and peace in the world! May you enjoy the small details of life as strongly as the big adventures. Cheers to your love! 

Photography by Lolita Vasquez Photography

Venue Picchetti Winery

Four bridesmaids' makeup completed by assistant: Justine Levally

does this ring make me look engaged?

One part I love most about being a bridal makeup artist is listening to my client share their engagement story and gush about their ring. A common thread between all brides is the symbolism of their ring. It is not just a piece of jewelry, but a representation of the love and commitment they're making to another person. 


bianca + kim

Some of you may already know that I was the one to propose to my wife. Despite my love for planning, proposing was not my best execution. How do you surprise someone you tell everything to and often use one another's phones? I tried getting someone there to take photos. No go. I tried making reservations for dinner post proposal. Fail- we waited 90 minutes to be seated. But this is life, right? The perfectly imperfect. And what truly matters, especially looking back, is that I am now married to my favorite person. 

Sometime in early 2014, Bianca and I made a trip to Joe Escobar to see what rings we each liked. By chance, Bianca chose a ring for me, and I hers. Later that year in December of 2014, I made a visit to R&J Jewelry. A shop owned by one of Bianca's cousins. I love giving my business to friends and family when I can. Everyone was so helpful, especially when I decided to make a custom ring for Bianca. I quickly chose my own ring and spent several weeks working on Bianca's from choosing the diamond to the design and metal. Her dream ring was a compression style, but due to the price and possibility of the stone falling out, we quickly tossed that idea out the window. 

As soon as I got an email that the rings would be ready, I put my plans into action. Another little tidbit about me: I love giving gifts so much that I really can't keep them for long. I just love seeing someone's reaction to a gift that I picked just for them. That being said, I had to propose right away. I picked up the rings right from work. Told Bianca I was taking her out. We cleaned up, got our nails done, and then I took her to "our bridge". I had her close her eyes while I wrote "marry me?" on the bridge. When she opened her eyes we both giggled like little girls. We had talked about marriage for so long, but the fact of it being reality made us giddy with excitement! Three year of wear our rings and we still stare at them regularly. 


nina + eric

"Eric and I had been dating 2 years when he proposed, and living together one of those years. We had talked about marriage over the last year prior and he asked me what my ideal proposal would be. I told him that I wouldn't care how or when, as long as it came from his heart and it was something he wanted. He said that he would propose in the year 2016. Well, New Years was approaching and I had almost completely forgotten about his promise. I love New Years Eve. Eric planned this whole event: got us a huge suite at the Hilton in Downtown San Jose, tickets for Haberdasher (the old Single Barrel) a small underground bar also is DTSJ. This tiny little bar was my favorite but only had like 8 tables, and tickets were gifted out on a raffle. And all of our friends were going to come hang out with us and spend New Years with us. So, I knew the entire plan. Eric even paid for me to get a blow out and my nails done- now I know why. So, we are in the hotel room with all of our friends just talking and hanging out, its about 9:45pm/10:00pm and because I am the bossy pants I am, I was suggesting that we all get down to Haberdasher and enjoy our free appies. No one would get up! So I tried to herd them harder and now everyone is silent and staring  behind me- I turn around and there Eric was on one knee with the ring of my dreams. No idea what he said, he can't remember either, but I said yes!  We got to ring in the new year as an engaged couple and every day since then has been just as magical. 

I love how unique the ring is. Eric spent a long time looking for the ring. He was originally going to have it hand made. I have never been into diamonds much. I had told him that I want something that no one has, but please don't break the bank. Our life is not built around money, so the ring shouldn't portray that either. So he found something that represented me and our love, something that no one else shares except us. The band was then handcrafted by one of my moms closest friends, which is very personal to me."


shannon + andy

"We got engaged after being together for 10 years. Our first date was Brokeback Mountain and, NO Andy had no idea what the movie was about. His friends had told him it was 'an artsy film that would impress a girl.'  After that movie, he was certain I would never see him again. But I stuck with him for the long haul, and it became the running joke in the family. Andy ended up proposing to me at the end of seeing Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters on Valentine's Day. He said he had to top our first date some how! He used all my favorite lines from our favorite movies and ended it with 'I'm with you till the end of the line' which was our wedding theme. 

I love my rings because they are custom. I get very Gollum like when I don't have them on! I had jokingly sent Andy multiple links to rings I liked over the ten years. I didn't know that he had saved every single one. So when he was finally ready, he printed them all off and took them to Dynasty Jewelers in Oakridge Mall. They had done all our previous jewelry for us! They made me a custom engagement ring that was everything I dreamed of. It's incredibly detailed and very princess like. Andy's ring is also custom. He lost his dad the first month we started dating. So I had a copy made of his dad's ring in white gold."

photo by Royce Dove of Blurred Line Photography

photo by Royce Dove of Blurred Line Photography


angie + marquisa

"Marquisa and I had only been dating for a month when she asked me to go shopping for diamond earrings as a present to herself for her birthday. While at the jewelry store, one of Marquisa’s friends (who was getting married in a few months) called and asked if we could scope out rose gold wedding bands for her while we were there. Never one to turn down looking at shiny things, I quickly agreed and started perusing the store’s offerings. Looking at wedding bands naturally led me to looking at engagement rings, which led me to trying on engagement rings (while Marquisa unknowingly was shopping for her earrings). Once she had picked out her earrings and realized what I was up to, we had a quick sidebar about if we were serious about looking at rings. We had briefly broached the subject of marriage, but given that it was so early on in the relationship, both of us were a bit trepidatious. We decided that looking couldn’t hurt, so we immediately drove to the mall to check out a different jewelry store. Once there, we actually found rings that we both liked and put them on hold. This bought us a few weeks to decide how we wanted to move forward and to talk about what we saw for our future together. It also gave us time to do online research about rings, diamonds, styles, etc. We visited a third store, Jared, about a week later and ended up both buying our rings on the spot. It was a huge leap forward in our relationship, but one that we both felt ready for and comfortable taking with one another. 

Fast-forward 2 months later... 

We got engaged on June 24, 2016, which was quick by some standards, but it just felt right. I surprised Marquisa on the weekend of SF Pride with a secretly decorated hotel room that overlooked the city. The hotel was even in on the surprise and provided us with free champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. After a private proposal full of laughter and tears (Marquisa said yes!), I had one more surprise waiting for her the next morning--a fancy brunch in Saratoga with a bunch of friends. Then, we both wore custom-made tshirts that said "Just Engaged!" to the SF Pride Parade where we were congratulated by drag queens and parade-goers alike. It was a perfect weekend and a perfect start to building our new life together."

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jaime + adam.

Jaime has known my wife since their church camp days in elementary school. We are all often reminded by the random outbursts of church songs. 

I met Jaime my first holiday season with Bianca. From all the stories, I was very excited to meet this gal and she certainly lived up to the hype. 

No joke, my face hurts from laughing so much with every visit. 

Maybe a year later, we heard about this Adam guy. They appeared to really enjoy one another, and what more could you want for your friend? We were excited to meet this guy.

Halloween 2015, Las Vegas. We met Adam. 

Remember my face hurting from Jaime? Yea, now add my abs to the list too! They are cut from the same cloth.

Jaime and Adam truly make a dynamic pair! They are tailor made for one another. Which was confirmed by Adam's friends upon meeting them at their joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend. Again, hurting cheeks and abs before the weekend was over. 

When the two got in engaged during a vacation in Italy, we were overjoyed. And I even more so when she asked me to do her bridal makeup! 

It was such a special day and I really pampered her. From a cleansing facial massage to hydrating sheet mask, I gave Jaime the full luxury experience. She was a glowing bride and I felt honored to be with her on her special day. 

The day was beautiful, but what's even more so is their growing love for one another and now with their dog, Gordo. I feel honored to call this couple my dear friends.

black friday + cyber monday.

SALE SALE SALE!

I've done the research for you! Have fun, and I would love to see what you purchase! 

 

First, some info from Racked.

  1. Clarisonic: The skincare and tools brand is offering 30% off all devices (including holiday gift sets), and it will also throw in a free Lancôme Absolue BX Cream (0.5 oz) with any purchase on November 24th. For Cyber Monday, enjoy the same deal on devices along with a free full-size (!) Lancôme Energie de Vie Moisturizer (1.7 oz) with any purchase.
  2. Cover FX: Take 25% off sitewide on Black Friday, no promo code needed. The same sale continues on Cyber Monday, with an additional offer of 30% off orders of $100 or more.
  3. GHD: Need a new hairdryer, flat iron, or curler? GHD, the ever-popular hair tools brand, is offering 25% off sitewide from November 20th through November 28th. (There aren’t any exclusions, so dream big.)
  4. Peter Thomas Roth: The luxe skincare brand is only offering a few hyper-specific deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they’re too good not to share. On November 24th, you can grab the Mega-Rich Cellular Crème (3.4 oz) for $24 — which is way (way!) less than its usual $120 price tag — along with a free Skin to Die For Primer with any purchase of $50 or more. On November 27th, you can get the brand’s popular Retinol Fusion PM Serum for 50% off.
  5. Sigma: Known for its brushes and brush cleaning mats, Sigma is offering a slew of different deals for the holiday. From November 21st through the 22nd, you can score individual brushes for 30% off with code BRUSH30. From 9 a.m. CST on November 22nd through 8:59 a.m. CST on the 23rd, a Buy More, Save More deal will run, offering 20% off purchases $50 or more, 30% off $100, and 40% off $200 using codes BUY20, BUY30, or BUY40, respectively. From 9 a.m. CST on November 23rd through 8:59 a.m. CST on November 25th, use code BF30 for 30% off sitewide. And we’re not done! On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!), use code CYBER35 for 35% off sitewide.

  6. Soko Glam: Soko Glam, one of the most popular multi-brand Korean beauty e-commerce shops, is offering 30% off sitewide from November 23rd through November 27th with code SOKO17. (Spend $75 or more and you’ll get some free Soko Glam swag, too.)

  7. Urban Decay: UD is one of the few brands beauty pros and novices alike can’t get enough of. Urban Decay’s Black Friday deal is pretty wild — it’s offering 50% off all products with free shipping from November 24th through November 26th. Half. Off. Everything.

 

From Glamour

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Starting on Monday, November 27, select Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits will be 40% off at Ulta.

  2. Arbonne: During Black Friday weekend, Arbonne is offering over 50% on its ultrasound tool, the Intelligence Genius Ultra. The deal also includes two free skin care products, the Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating Cream and Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil.

  3. Butter London: On November 23, take 30% off site-wide, with free shipping. On Black Friday, that changes to 35% site-wide with free shipping, and from November 25 to November 27, take 40% off nail products and gift sets, with free shipping.

  4. Dose of Colors: Lip It Up Satin Lipstick will be $10 at Ulta for Cyber Monday.

  5. Dr. Brandt Skincare: For Black Friday, the brand is offering 45% off its new Needles No More® No More Baggage eye treatment. And on Cyber Monday, the brand is running a buy one, get one free promotion on its Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), and 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69).

  6. L'Occitane: From November 22 to November 26, with any purchase of $85 or more, you'll receive a gift set filled with seven of the brand's best-selling hand creams. The hand cream set is available in a custom box designed by illustrator Kanako Kuno in-stores and online. Any purchase of $165 or more, and customers will receive the hand cream gift set, plus a curated holiday gift set filled with the brand's must-have skin care, body and bath products. On Cyber Monday, L'Occitane is offering 20% off items online only, running through November 29.

  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER: From November 22 to November 27, the brand's boutiques and website will be offering a number of bundle deals. Those include two Artist Liquid Mattes for $29 ($40 value); a buy one, get one deal on any of the brand's mascaras; 12 Artist Shadows for $75 ($252 value); and two Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencils for $15 ($44 value). Exclusively at Sephora, The Artist Neutrals set will be $15. That includes deluxe sizes of the Artist Liquid Matte in shade 105 and Artist Rouge Lipstick in shade C211.

  8. Makeup Geek: The brand is offering 30% off all products on its website for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  9. Moda Brushes: Running from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, everything on the brand's site is 60% off.

  10. NARS: From November 23 to November 28, all online purchases on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off, with the exception of NARS palettes, books, candles, and the Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection.

  11. Nordstrom Beauty: From November 23 to November 27, Nordstrom Beauty is running a Cyber 5 promotion—meaning an array of discounts and promotions on brands like MAC, Smashbox, Benefit and more.

  12. Perricone MD: Running from November 22 to November 28, the brand is serving up products at up to 50% off. Each day is based around a daily-changing theme.

  13. Shu Uemura: From November 22 to November 25, use the code SHUBF to get 20% off any order over $50, and 25% off any order over $100. And on November 27 through November 28, watch for lightning offers with different flash sales.

  14. Smashbox: For Cyber Monday at Ulta, the Smashbox Spotlight Palette will be 50% off.

  15. Stila: Exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com, Stila will be offering its MATTE’ificent Mattes Duo for $18. That includes a full size of its Stay All Day Lip Liner in Zinfandel, and a full size of its MATTE’ificent Lipstick in Mon Ami.

  16. Target: All beauty gift sets at Target will be buy one, get one 50% off. That includes the e.l.f. 7-piece Holiday Brush Collection and the Soap and Glory Total Gloss Gift Set, plus tons of other Target beauty merch.

  17. Yes To: At CVS, all single-use masks are buy two, get one free from November 26 to December 1. At RiteAid, buy one Yes To face wipe and get two free from November 23 to November 25. And at Target, buy any gift set to get another 50% off from November 24 to November 26.

  18. ZOYA: On November 24, use the code "FRIYAY" to get 50% off everything on the brand's website and free shipping.

the gorgeous gift guide.

Stumped on what to buy this holiday season for your beauty loving gal or guy? 

I'm here to save the day with a list complete with links!

Skin Care

  1. Nothing beats healthy glowing skin and simple, good for you products! Sonia Roselli skin care is a great gift for anyone of any age! These products are perfect to prepare skin for makeup application.
  2. Sheet masks are fun, easy, and a great stocking stuffer! Amazon has a ton of options!
  3. Another fun mask is the Carbonate Clay Mask. After applying, it starts to bubble... and tickle! Can you keep it on the entire time!? 
  4. If tickling is not your pleasure, Glamglow has amazing masks for all skin types! 
  5. Bring the spa home with a portable facial steamer!

Makeup

  1. Everything Charlotte Tilbury! Seriously, you won't regret it!
  2. Sephora and Ulta have put together a list of their top selling, most coveted, holiday gift items. 
  3. My all time favorite lash product combo is to first apply the Dior Lash Maximizer followed by the Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara. Make sure to allow the primer to dry clear before applying mascara. Neither product requires a lot for a huge impact! 
  4. My all time favorite blushes are from Nars. My all time favorite colors for 90% of my clients, and myself, are Deep Throat and Impassioned. 
  5. Revlon makes an amazing lip stain. It is a buildable product- the more applied the darker the product appears on your lips. It is also fabulous applied under a lip liner, lipstick, or gloss because the top product fades, you still have a stain of color on your lips! 

Tools

  1. Real Techniques are high quality for a very reasonable price. They have everything from sponges to detail brushes. 
  2. Cleaning brushes is a pain in the tushie, but there are some tools that help get a deeper clean like this or this
  3. There's nothing like a set of flirty lashes. Help them stay lifted and curled with the right set of lash curlers.

For more details or specific questions, don't hesitate to comment or contact me! And have a very merry holiday season! 

 

color factory.

"Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide."

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With an alarm pre set and phone glued to hand, I repeatedly refreshed the browser. Forty five minutes of not so patiently waiting and then, BOOM! I was in. I felt immediate pressure to pick a date and time before getting the boot. Inspiration struck and I booked our tickets for my birthday weekend. 

But then the outfit planning. Oh the outfits. 

Once we decided on black and white I started planning an outfit around my rehearsal dinner striped dress. But I must inform you of a rule in our home: if you call an outfit, then it's yours. 

And Bianca called that striped dress first. 

But I think everything ended up quite nicely. Plus, I got a new dress out of the situation that is perfect for makeup jobs too. Not to mention that it was under $40 on Amazon

The makeup choice was easy. I knew a bold pink lip was necessary and the rest just came naturally. I had gotten some Charlotte Tilbury skin prep samples, and HO-LY MO-LY this stuff is good! 

With a little bit of research, I found a nearby restaurant right up our alley. I chose Aliment for one reason only: the brussels. We are obsessed with brussel sprouts. Our favorite were some we had on our honeymoon in Portland, Oregon at a restaurant called Tasty and Alder. Caramelized fish sauce. It may not sound appetizing, but it is all that and a bag of chips!

Second item on the Aliment menu: Brussels Sprouts // caramelized fish sauce, toasted nori.

YES!!

And they brought me right back to Tasty and Alder! 

We also ordered the beet salad, which was so beautifully displayed, cauliflower saute, and a main course that neither of us can recall. Everything was delicious and we were tempted to order a second serving of the brussels. 

A short walk down hill, and we arrived at the most colorful building.

Upon entering, they give you a card to use with their cameras so your photos can be emailed directly at no additional charge. The first image above was taken upon entering the museum. 

After taking the photo, there were several small circles on the wall with writing next to them. Upon getting closer, you see a description of a smell. And wow did they get the smells just right!

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And then the tastings: Smashmallow (I got root beer and Bianca got strawberry and cream) in the rainbow room and Pressed Juicery charcoal cleanse in the black and white room.

And, let's be honest here. The black and white room was the picture I had been planning for.  

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Next we came upon the orange room. Although interesting with its eclectic array of nick nacks and do dads, we weren't very much interested in taking any photos. 

Then came the blue room and an instant rush of balloon scent. The room felt like a dream or as if I were floating in the night sky. This room was smaller, and more difficult to get a photo without others in it, especially the photo take with their camera. However, Bianca did manage to get one cute photo of me. 

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The disco room. A holographic floor! Disco balls and music. We HAD to dance!

And who remembers playing with a Lite Brite as a kid?!

But we came upon what I believe is my favorite of all the rooms: the Ribbon Room.

Holy moly! I did not even ever imagine that I could love walking through thousands of ribbons as much as I do now. Bianca and I even spoke of how and when we could make one of our own. Maybe one day our child will need a corner of ribbons in their room. 

Ok. Enough with the ribbon obsession. 

After a quick break into the completely pink bathroom full of jokes we went up some very happy stairs...

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and found ourselves down a hallway of even more color! 

This beautiful hallway led us to the most anticipated room. 

CONFETTI! 

If you have been with us through our wedding planning, you saw our series of confetti photos. So, this room felt like it was made for us. And my sweet sweet wife bought the cutest crowns for my birthday and this was the perfect room for them. 

And finally, the yellow ball pit. As a preschool teacher, I was quite excited to jump into a pee-less pit of balls! 

And finally, a sweet yellow treat to send us on our way!

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Thank you Color Factory for a fun filled evening! 

pinterest overload.

Raise your hand if you are planning a wedding.

Now keep it up if you spend half of your waking life on Pinterest. 

Although Pinterest is amazing and has all your wedding dreams, there is such a thing as Pinterest Overload!

My cure? Delete the app!

I know that sounds crazy, but if you eliminate the potential of pinning on your phone and only spend your Pinterest time on the computer, you will gain hours back, and some of your sanity!

But let's take this one step further and turn off all social media and technology for just a moment. Spend time with your love. Talk about what the two of you enjoy doing together, what makes you both the happiest. 

This is when you will truly know the direction your wedding should take. 

Let me tell you a little story.

Wedding planning started and my wife literally said, "all I want are oysters and pizza." Hmmm, ok. That's doable. Oak and Rye booked. Bill the Oyster Guy booked. Done.

Now what?

We had an outdoor venue set, but it really was conducive to so many different styles. 

After a trip to La Tavola Fine Linen, I was convinced we were going the route of muted blush tones and lace. Gorgeous right?

But so not us. At all!

Then one day, we realized that we didn't love the direction our wedding designing was going. We are bright, vibrant young women who love live music and dancing. We felt that our wedding should reflect this part of us. 

In the trash it all went, along with all of the "rules"

Screw one color! We chose five: Orange, yellow, pink, blue and purple! And two patterns: black and white stripes and floral. 

The true turning point was my love for the black and white stripes- so Kate Spade! And my desire to incorporate dream catchers. 

Thus our theme was born: Bohemian Kate Spade.

It was a mixture of Kate Spade's bright, retro, refined and feminine style with the bohemian fluidity. We hung dream catchers from the trees and made tambourines for our guests. The tables were adorned in single bud vases and the patterns were carried through in the napkins, pillows, and the dance floor.

Oh. And bubbles. 

Bubbles make me so happy. A friend graciously lent us this bubble machine with these bubbles. THE BEST EVER!! Bianca ended up buying me this same bubble machine for my birthday. Now, a year later, it is still bringing people so much happiness!

Bottom line. DO YOU! Make your day about who the two of you are as a couple and your guests will have the most fun because you are. 

For your viewing pleasure, our wedding video and some photos.