Archive for April, 2009

Flowers 101: Sunflower

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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Macy's Fine Jewelry Sale

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I haven’t been myself so I can’t confirm it but a little birdy told me that Macy’s at Tuttle Crossing has all their fine jewelry on sale for up to 80% off the original price in store.  Watches are apparently also around 50% off. If you are looking for a watch for a wedding gift for your future husband or still on the hunt for your wedding bands, this might be a good time to head to the mall and check it out!

Introducing Wedding Skills Workshop

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Along with my dear friend Kasey from Bliss Weddings and Events, I am thrilled to introduce Wedding Skills Workshop!

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Wedding Skills Workshop is a new way to learn and interact in the Columbus area.  Kasey and I both agree that we have outstanding networking associations in the area but wanted more in depth and directed education.  We hope that other vendors will join us in raising the bar and taking their knowledge and service levels to new heights!

Please visit The Wedding Skills Workshop’s blog to learn more about our first offering: The Floral Rescue Workshop.

This workshop is perfect for photographers, catering managers, banquet managers, on site coordinators, videographers, wedding planners and coordinators – basically anyone who comes into contact with the bride and groom and their flowers will benefit from this hands on, intensive workshop.  We are limiting this workshop to 10 participants so everyone has a chance to learn and ask questions.

Flowers 101: Grape Hyacinth

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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Repost: Wedding Insurance

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I posted this about a month ago but since I was just interviewed about wedding insurance for 10tv in Columbus, I figured I would put it back at the top!  Watch for the story tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 at 6 pm on Channel 10!
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I have recommended wedding insurance in the past but I think it is more important now.  In Columbus recently:

  • A reception venue shut down unexpectedly (one of my clients lost their $5000 deposit!)
  • A long established florist suddenly shut down with no warning.
  • A wedding photographer had a fire in her studio – luckily she was there and saved everything (and had everything backed up elsewhere as any good photog will do) but if she hadn’t been there, pictures might have been lost.

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Wedsafe and Traveler’s both offer inexpensive plans that can offer a little peace of mind.  Wedding insurance covers lost deposits if a vendor goes out of business, covers you if something out of your control causes you to postpone or cancel the wedding – like a sudden military deployment, illness of the bride or groom or parents or really severe weather like a hurricane.  It also allows for a photo reshoot should the photos be ruined.  I hate thinking in those terms but sometimes a little forethought can save a lot of heartache.  Speaking of heartache, wedding insurance doesn’t cover a change of heart – if either party backs out, you won’t be covered but most other scenerios are covered.

How much does wedding insurance run?  The most basic policy is about $175 for $7500 of cancellation coverage (also includes other provisions like $1000 for lost deposits) all the way up to about $1000 for $175,000 of cancellation coverage (including $10,000 for lost deposits).  It looks like Travelers is a bit cheaper for the lower end of the spectrum while WedSafe is a better deal if you are on the higher end.

Bottom line is that for the cost of those great shoes you have been drooling over, you could protect your bottom line.  I sincerely hope that no one ever has to use a policy but in this day and age, better to be safe than sorry.

Another sneak peak

Monday, April 13th, 2009

What do you get when a law student and a Bills fan get engaged?  Really cute save the dates from Jenny at Seedlings!

aimeeryansavethedateJenny created these save the dates for Aimee and Ryan for their October wedding (you met them last week when I shared their engagement pictures with you).  Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the number 12 on Ryan’s jersey is for Jim Kelly who was the Bill’s quarterback from 1986 to 1996.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  I hope you find tons of eggs and the Easter Bunny is good to you!  Personally, I think Easter candy is the best candy all year long – Peeps, Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Cadbury Eggs – yum!

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Adorable picture borrowed from Bakerella – so cute!!!

Flowers 101: Hyacinth

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Conversation Closed: Makeup Artists

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

A big thank you to MelissaRoshan, Alison and Kellie for answering my questions and sharing some great beauty tips with us!

Make sure that you are comfortable with your makeup artist.  You should feel free to express your opinion – if you aren’t comfortable in your makeup, it is going to show in your pictures.  Also, a good makeup artist will take the time to listen to you and get to know what you normally wear as far as makeup goes and then take it up a few notches.

All that being said – trust your makeup artist!  They know what looks good and what will work.  Hire someone you trust and then let them do their job making you even more beautiful!

Watch for more Vendor Conversations in the coming months as we head into wedding season!

Vendor Conversations: Pearls and a Black Dress

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I first met Kellie at a meeting and first saw her work when she did the makeup for my friend Kasey’s headshots – lovely on both accounts!

Business Name: Pearls and a Black Dress
Name: Kellie
Phone Number: 888-303-5452
Email Address: info {@} pearlsandablackdress {dot} com
Website Address: www.pearlsandablackdress.com
Blog Address: pearlsandablackdress.blogspot.com

How did you get started doing makeup professionally?
I have been obssessed with makeup my whole life. I have all brothers so I got started creating bruises on them for fun. (ok, really I was trying to get one of my other brothers in trouble and it worked sometimes so I guess I was pretty good at it). I also started collecting makeup when I was in 5th grade. My mother would give me her gift with purchase items and I loved it. I created a book about that time with swatches of all the makeup I owned (I still have it!).

Later in life I wrote cosmetic reviews for a website and would apply makeup on any friend that would let me. Pretty soon those friends were referring me to their friends for weddings so that is how I got started. A total love of makeup, what it can do for women and the awesome feeling of being a part of a bride’s big day!

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
As much as I LOVE makeup (and really, I love it…the sparkles, the colors the textures) I am very much a people person. It doesn’t matter how many years I have been doing this, what “big” jobs I book outside of weddings or how many weddings I do I am always deeply touched and feel honored that bride’s want to include me on such a special day and trust their face to me. I have had brides break down in tears over how happy they are with the way they look and there is no greater feeling then to feel you have helped in making someone’s day a little more special.

Makeup is such a personal thing and to help in giving someone more confidence or just to feel pampered is an honor that I don’t take lightly. I love getting to know my brides and being there for them.

What is your specialty?
Listening to the bride, making her feel comfortable and creating HER look. This is especially true for my brides that don’t wear a lot of makeup in their day-to-day lives. We don’t believe that “one look fits all” so we spend a lot of time creating an individual look for our brides that represents her style and she is comfortable in.

I have a lot of brides that come to me concerned that the makeup will be heavy or that they won’t look like themselves. That isn’t the case with us! While a lot of our before and after pictures are fun transformations the majority of what we do is very subtle. Playing up features and creating beautiful, flawless “no makeup, makeup looks”.

I want my brides to love their makeup and feel good in it!

What is the starting price point for makeup for a wedding and what is included (trial, travel fees, etc.)?
We do everything by package so the trial run, travel, false eyelashes (yes, you need those! They don’t have to look crazy or fake…just fabulous!) is included. Our first package includes from 1-3 people and it is $375.

Anything else we should know about your company?
We offer airbrush makeup! It is waterproof, lightweight and it lasts all day! Most of my brides comment that they don’t even feel like they are wearing any makeup!

Childhood ambition?
To own a unicorn…needless to say it hasn’t happened.

Favorite beauty tool?
Beauty Blender sponges. They rock!

Dream vacation?
Las Vegas! Between the food, the shopping and the entertainment (Can’t beat Cirque du Soleil) I can have a lot of fun!

Something in your beauty toolbox that might surprise us?
I have this great mini eyelash curler that everyone always comments on. Vincent Longo makes it and it is flat and small so it gets the outer corner of the eyelashes brilliantly!

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Hmmm, I do love a good laugh and the last time it hurt was probably over a MadTv sketch.

Personal lipstick shade?
I am a total makeup junkie so coming up with just one shade is hard. I reach for MAC Hue a lot!

Last thing you bought?
These killer Jessica Simpson shoes. They are going to look really cute this spring!

Hidden talent?
I cook some mean french desserts. Creme Brulee is a personal fav!

Can’t live without?
My family

Favorite quote?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf – The Lord of the Rings

Best compliment ever received?
Whenever my son says something sweet to me it tends to top the best compliment chart.

If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
I would be in IT. It is what I did before I became a makeup artist.

Finally, tell us your absolute favorite makeup/beauty tip…
Keep your face bright and open. For example I love a good smokey eye but even when doing a smokey eye make sure that your makeup is clean and fresh. It is the subtle things like well placed under eye concealer, well shaped brows and slight hints of “light” that make the difference in an “ok” look and a “WOW!” look. This includes blending, blending and blending some more!

For a more direct tip here is one for kissable lips: put a thick layer of lip balm or vaseline on your lips, let it sit for a few minutes then take either a baby tooth brush or a moist wash cloth and gently exfoliate your lips. When you are done reapply some lip balm. Your lips will be smooth, plumped and kissable!

Please share a few of your favorite before and after pictures of brides…

Pearls and a Black Dress

Pearls and a Black Dress

Thank you Kellie for answering my questions!