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Featured Vendor: Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

For a bride, we know that feeling like yourself on your wedding day is a huge priority. So when it comes to makeup, we know how important it is to enhance your natural beauty. We sat down with incredible New York-based makeup artist Kristen Thérèse to get the inside scoop on her approach for putting your best face forward.

 

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

 

MY BACKGROUND I began my career behind the MAC counter, where despite MAC’s reputation for bold color and dramatic looks, I developed a reputation as “the makeup artist with the light hand.” Though my aesthetic sensibility leaned toward light and natural, my training and certifications through MAC laid the foundation for techniques I would later use as the foundation for my own private client work.

 

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

 

MY APPROACH My approach to makeup is rooted in a strong belief that natural makeup can be as impactful and long-lasting as makeup applied with a heavier hand.  Its not about how much makeup is used, its about how its applied. When a bride informs me that she woke up the morning after her wedding with her makeup in tact, I consider it both an achievement and a compliment (although I never advise my clients to sleep in their makeup!). I’ve carefully cultivated techniques that consider both natural and artificial light sources (including cameras), and focus on makeup that looks beautiful in both. I use top industry favorites as well as proprietary blends and custom developed products to create unique, flawless looks with lasting finishes.

 

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

 

MY CURRENT WORK When I’m not working with my clients or brides, I work for one of the country’s leading cosmetic manufacturers, where I am hands-on with both product development and marketing. I’m passionate about the beauty industry and with furthering my understanding of cosmetic products from creation to application, and am eager to continue my education and drive trends.

 

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

As a recent bride myself, I have learned from first hand experience how unique the needs of brides are on their special days. I’m more eager than ever to help my brides feel beautiful not only throughout their day, but for years to come as they cherish their photos.

Kristen Thérèse Makeup Artistry

To contact Kristen for your big day, you can email her at kt@kristentherese.com or visit her website www.kristentherese.com

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Featured Vendor: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design is a Brooklyn based boutique that thrives on the unique opportunity to create art with flowers, props, and vessels. “Our goal is to provide an unforgettable experience for our clients and their guests. Whether we are decorating for a corporate event, gala, photo shoot, or wedding, we will translate your ideas to reality.”

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

 

After fifteen years of designing jewelry, Rebecca Shepherd transitioned into the world of flowers. Her experience creating jewelry has helped develop a keen eye for surprising combinations and refined statements as well as a deep appreciation for the unconventional.

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

 

Rebecca expresses her talent in blending individual styles to produce an original, fresh look. She recognizes the special union formed between vintage and modern, country and elegance to create a distinct style for your event. Always the design chameleon, Rebecca enjoys the challenge of developing concepts in a variety of stylistic veins.

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

 

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

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Featured Vendor: Daisy and Elizabeth Lingerie

Our brides are always looking for recommendations for lingerie shopping, and we are so excited to be able to point them to two New York based designers turned lingerie company. At Lovely, we are suckers for all things vintage inspired, of another era. These underpinnings are a perfect compliment to all of our favorite dress designs.
Daisy & Elizabeth is a Brooklyn-based lingerie and swimwear label founded by two friends, Daisy Hartmann and Elizabeth NeSmith. The company launched just one month after the two received their BFA’s in Intimate Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The girls, both born and bred below the Mason-Dixon, constantly draw inspiration from their backgrounds, creating a lifestyle brand infused with large doses of Americana, femininity and free-spirit. All Daisy & Elizabeth garments are designed, cut, fit and manufactured in the U.S.A. D&E both currently work, play and live in Brooklyn.

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“Our Bridal Intimates are inspired by the free-spirited, bohemian bride. We aim to create pieces that are romantic and effortless, shying away from the traditional frilly undergarments and constricting corsetry often found in bridal lingerie. We don’t use rhinestones or glitter to enhance the designs, instead we focus on the craft of the garment, the fabric, the style lines, the comfort. Will it wear well throughout the night and most importantly is it something that will make the woman that wears it, feel as gorgeous and confident as she should on her special day. “

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You can shop Daisy and Elizabeth’s collection at shop.daisyandelizabeth.com, as well as some exclusive pieces such as their Western Fringe Robe in Mother of Pearl only at bonadrag.com.

You can also check out Daisy and Elizabeth featured on Refinery 29 here.

Images via Jason Goodrich.

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Featured Vendor: Salt and Stone Fine Jewelry

One of our favorite parts about being in the wedding industry is getting to ogle gorgeous engagement rings daily. Today we bring you a local fine jewelry vendor that will knock your socks off! Founded in 2010, Salt + Stone is a fine jewelry company based in Brooklyn, NY. All of their goods are currently hand-made in Manhattan’s diamond district and their studio in Brooklyn.  They specialize in wedding bands, engagement rings and custom made pieces.  Recently they have launched their first sterling silver collection with semi-precious collection to rave reviews. Described as “whimsical and fun”, Salt + Stone has seen tremendous growth in a short time frame.  They look forward to making your jewelry dreams come true!SS ss2
“Our mission is to make the world more beautiful, one piece of jewelry at a time. I want to create beautiful jewelry that makes an impact: body, mind and soul. Fine jewelry is an asset that appreciates over time and captures powerful memories. I want to be a part of people’s stories.” SS3 SS4

How was your company born?
My company was born when one of my best friends asked me to make him an engagement ring for his girlfriend. He asked “Can you make me a ring?” And I started referring him to jewelers I respected. He interrupted me and asked “No, can YOU make it.” I paused for a second and then realized that yes, I knew enough at that point and was comfortable designing and creating something from scratch to final product.

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Why do you love working with engagement rings?
I love finding out how people met and hearing the important, heartfelt moments of their love story. I try to bring their story to life and include my own aesthetic. To be an artist and have someone appreciate your work is one thing. To have them wear it on their body for eternity? An artist’s dream come true. It’s such an honor and I treasure every project.
A big thanks to Salt + Stone for sharing their gorgeous work with us! 
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A Bride Asks: What Should I Expect From My Photographer?

This week we interviewed a pair of our favorite photographers, Tim and Merrill of Sweet Little Photographs. They’re giving us the scoop on what to know before you meet with your photographers from knowing if a photographer is right for you, to a head’s up you might want to give your guests! How could you not be smiling from ear to ear with this darling couple behind the camera? Their experience in the industry is invaluable, so study this post intently brides to be!

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What should the couple expect at their first meeting?

The first time we meet with our couples, we like to start the conversation by asking to hear their story. This gives us the opportunity to learn how they met, swoon at their fabulous proposal, and feel connected with the history behind it all. It’s a great way for us to get a general vibe of how they interact with one another. We also ask about the wedding and what they envision for their special day, including venue, color scheme, decor inspiration, and anything that gives us a glimpse into their vision. From there we let the couple take direction of the conversation by answering any questions that they have for us, whether that’s regarding logistics of how we work, payment, timeline, or any other particulars. We think the meeting is the perfect way to see if you and your photographers click, because you need to keep in mind that these are the people who will be following you around for the entire night so you should feel comfortable and at ease with whomever you chose.

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What information is it helpful for the couple to provide?

Before any meeting is set up, we always ask in the initial email for the date of the event and the venue location. That way we can immediately let you know if we are available and if there are any additional travel fees involved. It is also helpful to know if there is a separate location for getting ready or for the reception, that way we can look at the timeline and really assess how many hours would be efficient. After getting those initial details and booking the date, we usually get a bulk of the important information a few weeks before the big day. We send out a questionnaire asking for important phone numbers (it’s always helpful to have a bridesmaid or planner’s number on there since we know how busy you are the morning of your wedding), the timeline, family photo shot list, specific shots wanted (are you wearing a necklace passed down from your grandmother? Let us know! Does your groom have your wedding date stitched into his jacket? We want a photo of it!). No need to tell us you want a photo of your dad walking you down the aisle, your first kiss as husband and wife, or a shot of the cake. We have all the standards down to a science, but we do want to know if there is anything really special that we may otherwise overlook.

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What is the most difficult request to fill?
As much as all of us photographers adore Pinterest, we have found that it has created some unrealistic expectations in regards to photography. It is absolutely wonderful to bring some ideas to the plate for your wedding or engagement session, but please do not expect your photographer to be able to recreate that exact shot. There are so many variables to consider: the weather, the location, the position of the sun, the couple. Instead, think about what it is you love about that photo. Is it the way the couple is posed? Is it the composition of the photo? Are there fun props? Take that as inspiration, but leave it up to the artistic professional to create your very own Pinterest-worthy shot.

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How many times should the couple expect to meet with their photographer?
We generally only have one meeting with a couple before the big day to determine whether or not we are a good fit for them. In addition to hiring us for their wedding, a couple may also choose to book us for an engagement shoot, which we definitely recommend for a few different reasons. First, it gives you a chance to see how we work together as a team. You can pretty much guarantee that we will operate the same on your wedding day as we do during your engagement session. Second, after an hour-long engagement shoot you will be old pros at posing for your portraits by the time the wedding comes along. You can rid yourself of all the nerves and anxiety about being photographed and will be so much more comfortable with us at the wedding. And lastly, we get to use that time to learn more about each other! We love getting to know our couples better and developing a friendship with them. This is our favorite part of the job and we love walking away feeling like we just gained some amazing friends.

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What is the best advice you have for the couple on their big day?
As cliche as it sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff! The big day has come, your friends and family are all around you, you are marrying the love of your life! Who cares if the peonies are baby pink instead of fuchsia, if your three year old flower girl gets scared and doesn’t want to walk down the aisle, or if the DJ plays the wrong song for your first dance. Breathe…take a sip of champagne…and remember what this day is really about.

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What do you need the couple to do the day of?

This is absolutely optional but we love it when the couple has asked the guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony. Whether it’s a sign in the entrance or a brief mention from the officiant, letting them know that you have hired professional photographers for this very occasion can actually give you better photos from us. We’ve experienced a lot of people getting up out of their seats holding up giant iPads hoping to get that perfect shot, not realizing that they have just stepped in front of our cameras. We know how exciting this is for all of your friends and family, but we promise that we are capturing everything (and with much better cameras!). The guests should enjoy the ceremony in real-time and then relive it through the photos we capture. Having a little note allows your guests to experience your incredible ceremony without being distracted by which Instagram filter to use.

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Anything else?: Here are some random thoughts from us!

As photographers, we want to capture the moments as they unfold on your big day. We do our best to be flies on the wall, getting the shot of your mom crying as she zips up your dress or your best friend getting emotional watching your first dance. We don’t like staging anything because we don’t want you to feel like anything is forced. We want to photograph the day as it is happening…the nerves, the excitement, the happiness, the love! Some photographers work differently, so make sure you let them know what makes you feel comfortable.

The best time for your photographers to eat is during the dinner service at the same time that the rest of the guests are eating. After dinner the timeline is usually jam packed with speeches, the first dance, father-daughter dance, cake cutting, etc, so we need to be finished eating and ready to hit the dance floor to capture all of those incredible moments. A simple note to the caterer or planner before the event is very much appreciated!

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A big thank you to Tim and Merrill for sharing all of these helpful tips with us!

Check out more about Sweet Little Photographs here!

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