I’m a horrible person. I have not met my New Year’s resolution and blogged every couple of weeks :(. My reasoning; Wedding season has kept me SUPER busy making brides, maids, and mama’s feel beautiful, also… I’m planning my OWN wedding!!! My fiancé and I are finally making it official February 1st, 2014. Being in the wedding industry I knew that planning a wedding was a lot of work. But I never thought it would be this stressful! I’ve had my share of panic attacks, meltdowns, and explosive arguments with Matt out of pure exhaustion and stress.
I always thought this time would be special and exciting and precious (and it mostly has been) but what some people don’t know about me is I’m a true Virgo! I want everything done at once! We took a tour of our venue (Ballantyne Hotel & Spa) not even a week after we got engaged. I emailed our photographer (more about him later!) the very NEXT DAY because I’m neurotic like any normal Virgo. You see, I’ve had our wedding all planned a couple years into our relationship. I’m like every average girl and knew exactly how I wanted our wedding to be. So as soon as that ring was on my finger, I started booking vendors!
First, before anything, I’d like to do a weekly post of my own wedding planning experiences and vendor spotlights. And of course incorporate makeup in there too! Does that sound okay?!
My first vendor spotlight is our amazingly talented and brilliant photographer Richard Israel. I’ve been quietly stalking Richard for almost 2 years now. As soon as I first saw his work, I knew that I wanted him for my non-existent wedding at the time! Our wedding is going to have an “Old Hollywood” feel to it. Our colors are black, ivory, and dark red. Very classic but yet sexy. I knew Richard would be perfect for this! Richard does quite a bit of black and white but he also uses old cameras with film to give the photo texture and a vintage feel. Old Hollywood themed wedding + Richard = perfection in my eyes!! His ability to make photography into beautiful art astounds me. He makes every photo literally look like a dream world.
After emailing back and forth we set a date to meet. Can I just tell you, this man is stylish!! Boots, leather, scarf, fedora, distressed denim. I knew Richard was from the UK so I was excited to sit and have a conversation with him because who doesn’t love a good British accent?! We had a great meeting and we all “gelled” and we told him we wanted him for our big day on the spot! And now the fun begins…. Engagement session!!! I’ve never worked with a photographer that gave better direction than Richard did with us. I told him beforehand that I didn’t want Matt and I to pretend like we were models like most engagement sessions. I’m not saying most engagement sessions are boring or uninteresting by any means!! It’s just not Matt and I. Matt is an amazing cook thanks to his Italian heritage and the wonderful women in his family. I like to watch him cook because unfortunately I didn’t get the cooking gene. So I wanted to capture that. I also wanted our two dogs in a few because they’re our world and part of our little family. After making meatballs and a quick wardrobe change on my part we headed to our neighborhoods cute little wooden bridge. Can I just say that Richard captured who Matt and I are perfectly when we got there (You’ll see below!). We then went down under the bridge into some wooded areas and he got some beautiful shots with his film camera. With a splinter in my bum, cut up feet from walking in thorns with bare feet, we were finished. I knew I would be pleased. And a week later, we were more than pleased. We were ecstatic!
I could never say enough good things about Richard. Brides, models, mothers, fathers, and EVERYONE check out his work. It’s breathtaking. I hope you enjoy some of our engagement photos as much as we do!
Thank you Richard for creating photos for us to cherish forever! To everyone else, I hope you enjoyed This little bit of my life. Of course I can’t leave without letting you know what makeup colors I was wearing! Here you go!!
***All MAC Cosmetic products***
1. Jest Eye Shadow (Lid and brow highlight) *One of my favorite colors!
2. Satin Taupe Eye Shadow (Blend into crease and on bottom lash line under liner) *My absolute go-to color!!!
3. Carbon Eyeshadow (Blend on outer lid corner up into crease)
4. Penultimate Eyeliner (Top lid and water line halfway underneath)
5. Sculpt and Highlighting Powder (Take the dark color and lightly blend a soft line under your cheek bone. Take the highlight powder and lightly dust your cheekbones and up to the temples)
6. Blankety Lipstick *another go-to!
7. Soar Lipliner
All Products can be found HERE!!!
Till Next Week!! Xoxo,