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

shannon + andy.

I absolutely love when makeup brings people from my past back into my life. 

Shannon and I met my freshman year of high school while I was on the song pom dance team and her a cheerleader. Of all the cheerleaders, she was the most welcoming to the dancers and a ball of fun! 

When Shannon contacted me for her wedding, I was elated! It is so much fun reconnecting with old friends. 

Right away, Shannon shared her struggles with me. Not only is she has the most extreme case of celiac I have ever heard of, but she is allergic to most ingredients in SPF and silicone. 

This did not scare me away whatsoever, and I did my research. 

Lots and lots of research. 

When a client comes to me with allergies or sensitivities I look up the ingredients in all of my products and have them bring their own makeup kit to their trial. For Shannon, I was so nervous that I was overly cautious and ended up being unhappy with the results. When this happens, I will offer my brides a second trial free of charge. 

And I am so glad I did. 

I was able to try additional products and tools. Luckily, there was no problem whatsoever. We were both over the moon with the final look. 

With their passion of super heroes, they chose a uniquely themed wedding and venue: Captain America at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California. 

I was most excited about the look Shannon chose. To stick with the super hero theme, she chose a bad ass woman to emulate: Agent Carter. A classic beauty from the 1940s. 

What really touched me about this day was Andy's love for Shannon. Of course Shannon gushed about her love to me, but it's when the bride's friends share their fondness of the groom that will often bring tears to my eye. 

clients + friends.

Friends who become clients. Clients who become friends. Both are so special to me. 

Regardless of the length of our relationship, the happiness of the person in my chair is my biggest goal. I achieve this by treating each bride like a dear friend. We will laugh, potentially cry, and I am going to be 100% real with you. 

This means that if you are requesting a look that I feel is unfitting of the wedding style, face shape or skin type, I will tell you. 

In the nicest way possible of course!

But this is why we do trials. To try! Maybe you have requested cool tones for your entire face while your wedding colors are all bright and cheerful. I would suggest that we try to warm up the face while still meeting your request with some cool tones on the eyes. 

A past bride really appreciated when I suggested to change the hair. While her gown was extremely chic and elegant, she had requested beachy waves due to a good ol' case of Pinterest over dose! She was elated with the finished look because it felt cohesive and truly her. 

A friend from middle school married in 2016.

A friend from middle school married in 2016.

I am also so overly aware of how important my interactions with you are. This is YOUR big day! As soon as I walk in the room, I am gathering information on how your interactions are, what kind of music you are listening to, and your body language. 

What do I do with this information?

I understand how to make small changes to help you relax and enjoy yourself. If your girls are rowdy, I'll pump up the energy and jump in on the fun. But, maybe you are feeling a bit anxious but the music is fast and loud. I may as the person with the music to slow it down and lower the volume. Sometimes, a simple hand on the knee or hug is what's needed in the moment. 

My kit includes more than just makeup!

Originally my wife's friend, now mine too!

Originally my wife's friend, now mine too!

I am also going to make as many accommodations for you as possible. I don't want to cause you any stress.

Do you want to be outside? Let's do it!

Do you need to stop and eat something? Go for it! Take care of yourself. 

Did mom change her mind and want makeup? I will stay as long as I can to complete any additional applications. 

Want to change your entire look? OK! 

I am here for YOU!

Client who became a sweet friend.

Client who became a sweet friend.

What I am trying to get at is that you are important to me. All of you! The girl I have known for ten years to the girl who found me on WeddingWire!

You do not only hire me for my skills, but my heart too. 

xo, Kim

my gift.

As someone who has been in many bridal suites and planned my own wedding, I present you with my biggest gift- some advice.

  1. My first piece of advice- take or leave whatever works for you. This goes for my list too! People are going to provide a lot of unsolicited advice. They love you and want to help. So, practice a really good smile and "thank you". There's no sense in discussing their advice if you're not going to use it. This is your wedding, make choices that are best for the two of you. Often others can't understand or see your vision, but they will see how happy you are on your big day, and that's what truly matters. 
  2. Now let's take it back one step- the engagement. If you're not the one proposing, give your love some space and time. Let me tell you as the one who proposed, IT IS HARD! I found it the hardest to keep such a big secret from the person I tell everything to. Trust your partner that they will do their very best and know that the most important thing is spending your life together.
  3. Now, you're engaged. WHAT DO YOU DO?! Oy vey, if you're anything like me, you want to start planning ASAP. My wife had asked me for a grace period before planning began. In my mind this was two weeks, for her she preferred two months. It is important to explicitly express your ideas with your partner so as not to get lost in assumptions throughout all of planning. 
  4. First thing's first- venue and date! Have an idea for the length of engagement that you want, style of wedding, indoor or outdoor, and guest count. The venue hunt could possibly be the most overwhelming part of planning. There are SO many options and each venue comes with its own set of pros and cons. Have your long list of dreams and your short list of requirements. For us, outdoors and amplified music were the most important in venue hunting. 
  5. Planning is stressful, or at least for the majority of engaged couples. Make sure you take time to enjoy each other and not discuss wedding plans. Try your best to be in the moment and appreciate one another. This is the person you chose to spend forever with. 
  6. Sometimes you just have to give in. Choose a handful of aspects that are make or break for you and be willing to negotiate on the rest. This is a special day for others too including parents. They will have strong requests and at times it may be better to give in and avoid a fight. 
  7. When it comes to the bridal suite you are setting the tone for the day.
    • What type of environment are you creating? We wanted our room to be fun but relaxed. Music is the biggest factor to this component. I created a playlist on Spotify. If you have had an appointment at my home office recently, you've heard my playlist. And because I love you, here is the link to enjoy my wedding morning playlist on your special day!
    • When choosing a space to get ready, keep in mind the number of people, amount of space and natural lighting. Even a large space can feel small without natural lighting. Not to mention that it is the best light for makeup application. If you cannot get one room large enough, consider adjoining rooms. 
    • FOOD AND BEVERAGE! Don't derail from your typical eating habits. If you haven't been eating sugar or carbs, wait until after photos to do so, or better yet, the next day. Not as much for your waist line as much as how you feel. This goes for alcohol too. Be careful with your consumption based on comfort level. I highly recommend filling the room with fruits, vegetables, water, caffeine, and light carbs that aren't messy. My mom made us a variety of gluten free (per my intolerance) muffins and scones. This also gave her a way to contribute. 
    • Have small activities in the room. We had our Poloroid along with some photo albums and temp tattoos that my girls picked up. They worked as conversation starters from our friends who had just met and everyone had a blast together. 
    • Attire. Even if your photographer or videographer are not present in the bridal suite, there will be plenty of photos. This is the perfect excuse for a gift whether it be a robe, shirt, sweater, jacket or romper. Everyone loves getting clothes and this provides you with the opportunity to control the look of your photographs. 
    • Give someone the task of keeping time. Actually, give everyone tasks. You finally get to kick your feet up and relax, which was so weird for me. 
  8. Further more, assign friends and family tasks the entire week of the wedding. You have worked so hard to organize and plan for this special event. Make sure you enjoy it and trust the people around you...
  9. ...even if they fail you. Yes, mistakes will happen. The list of mistakes at our wedding is LONG. However, you are the only one that knows- unless you tell people. Regardless, you are marrying your love with friends and family as witness. Enjoy every second despite what goes wrong. If you only take away one piece of my advice, let it be this. It will make or break your entire day.

Bottom line, this is YOUR wedding. Make sure you and your forever make the day about the two of you and everyone else will have fun in celebrating your love.