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Attire Rescue Workshop

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Last Wednesday evening was Wedding Skills Workshop’s Attire Rescue Workshop at La Jeune Mariee in Worthington. We had a great group attending and a lot of fun! Since this was a very hands on workshop we divided into groups and worked through our various topics in stations.

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Recap and lots of pictures this way!

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!

Vendor Conversations: Alison Feamster

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Alison’s name came up in conversation with brides and vendors alike as an excellent make up artist who really loves what she does – two qualities that get big stars in my book!

Business Name: Alison Feamster – Freelance Makeup Artist
Name: Alison Feamster
Phone Number: 614.327.9632
Email Address: inquiry {@} alisonfeamster {dot} com
Website Address: www.alisonfeamster.com

How did you get started doing makeup professionally?
I got my start in the industry in 2001 while working in Public Relations and Marketing at a medical spa in San Francisco, California. It was during this time I discovered my passion for makeup and the beauty industry. I desired to learn more, so I went to school to become licensed as an esthetician. Though I have always worked in spas doing makeup, it was not until after my own wedding in 2006 that I decided to pursue my freelance makeup career. Planning my wedding, I had a difficult time finding a reliable, inexpensive, yet talented makeup artist to come on location to do my makeup, as well as the bridal party’s. I ended up doing my own makeup for my wedding and upon returning from my honeymoon, I decided to launch my own freelance makeup business and have loved every minute since.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love meeting and working with new people. Since no two faces are alike, no two-makeup applications are the same. Also, there is something special about helping a person look and feel beautiful, especially on their wedding day.

What is your specialty?
I create a wedding day look for the bride and bridal party that is you, only better!

What is the starting price point for makeup for a wedding and what is included (trial, travel fees, etc.)?
I offer both traditional and airbrush makeup services. My wedding rates range from $30 to $140. The rate for the bride includes a full makeup trial and false eyelashes if desired. All rates are based on services offered on location.

Anything else we should know about your company?
I love my job and hope all of my clients have a beautiful day!

Childhood ambition?
Teacher

Favorite beauty tool?
Mascara because it can completely change a woman’s look.

Dream vacation?
Australia or an African Safari

Something in your beauty toolbox that might surprise us?
You never know what will come up when on location at a wedding so with that in mind I keep a first aid kit and some double stick fashion tape in my kit. The first aid kit is for if someone needs a band-aid or something and the double stick tape has come in handy when a bridesmaid needs a quick alteration on her dress.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
My husband Jimmy seems to find a way to make me laugh every day.

Personal lipstick shade?
I usually go pretty neutral on my lips and focus on my eyes but when I do wear lipstick or gloss my favorite shades are Chanel Glossimer in Blizzard and MAC Viva Glam V lipstick and gloss.

Last thing you bought?
A new pair of shoes from DSW…a girl can never have too many shoes!!

Hidden talent?
I am an equestrian rider.

Can’t live without?
My husband Jimmy and of course my makeup kit!

Favorite quote?
“Live life with no regrets.”

Best compliment ever received?
There is no greater compliment than when a bride sends you a note of thanks after her wedding letting you know how much she loved her makeup and how beautiful she felt.

If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
A Marketing Executive ideally in the fashion or beauty industry.

Finally, tell us your absolute favorite makeup/beauty tip…
I have three: 1) Less is more when it comes to makeup, 2) Blend, blend, blend and when you think you are done blend some more, 3) Focus on either your eyes or lips, not both at the same time.

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

Alison Feamster before and after 1

Alison Feamster

Thank you Alison for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Pearls and a Black Dress.

Vendor Conversations: Makeup by MelissaRoshan

Monday, April 6th, 2009

By way of intro for MelissaRoshan, I will just re-post what I said after she did my makeup for my new headshots:
“She did an amazing job and for me to say that is a big deal – I never think makeup looks good on me but she even did some fun false lashes and still managed to make me look like myself.  Exactly what I was hoping for!”

Business Name: Makeup By MelissaRoshan
Name: MelissaRoshan
Phone Number: 614-282-8197
Email Address: makeup {@} melissaroshan {dot} com
Website Address: www.melissaroshan.com
Blog Address: www.melissaroshan.blogspot.com

How did you get started doing makeup professionally?
I started out in Seattle, Washington as a cosmetic counter manager for Borghese Cosmetics, an Italian line. I gained further experience as a professional commercial print model.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Seeing my clients faces light up after I have done their make-up. I really feel that I can bring a sense of joy with a whip of my make-up brush.

What is your specialty?
Providing flawless pretty make-up that looks like you, but enhanced.

What is the starting price point for makeup for a wedding and what is included (trial, travel fees, etc.)?
My rates are as follows:
$55.00 make-up trial run. Includes extensive consultation, and full make-up.
$110.00 Bridal make-up fee. Includes lashes in either strip, or individuals. Stay-proof water proof make-up, and mini touch up lip gloss
$55.00 per bridesmaid. Includes stay-proof make-up, and a mini touch up lip gloss
$45.00 mother of the bride/mother of the groom

Anything else we should know about your company?
My philosophy has always to make each client look like herself, only flawless, and enhanced. I have a service gurantee that promises each, and every client will be happy with my work. I put my heart, and soul into my work, and convey this through my work.

Childhood ambition?
To be a singer, dancer, and actress. I accomplished all three. I am the lead singer in my families Rock Band on Playstation 3. I dance all the time for my children, and actually like to breakdance. I’m always acting out silly puppet shows for my children, nieces, and nephews. Stay tuned for the dvd! (joking)

Favorite beauty tool?
By far, I love my Shu Uemera eyelash curler.

Dream vacation?
St. Tropez. I have a post card on my refrigerator with St. Tropez’s beach on the front. Whenever I get stressed out, I gaze at this post card, and imagine myself there.

Something in your beauty toolbox that might surprise us?
I have mini electrical fan. This is perfect for drying eye-makeup, or the client who may have a hot flash from seeing how beautiful she looked after I am done with her!

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Listening to my son sing Lady Ga-Ga with such conviction…

Personal lipstick shade?
‘Almost There’ by Trish-Mcevoy

Last thing you bought?
A ‘Stop Wars’ t-shirt from www.stopwars.com.

Hidden talent?
I can hula-hoop non stop for like, thirty minutes!

Can’t live without?
My family, my blackberry

Favorite quote?
One can never consent to creep, when one feels an impulse to soar”

Best compliment ever received?
Your the best make-up artist I have ever met. This compliment was given by actress Mira Sorvino when I lived in New York City.

If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
A veternarian

Finally, tell us your absolute favorite makeup/beauty tip…
To find your proper blush tone, simply squeeze the tips of your fingers. This is your natural blush tone. Or, take a peek at the inside of your cheeks.. This is also your natural blush tone. So the next time you go to a make-up counter, squeeze your finger tips, and inform the counter girl you’re not giving blood—you need a new blush!

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

MelissaRoshan Before

MelissaRoshan

Thank you MelissaRoshan for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Alison Feamster.

Vendor Conversations: Makeup Artists

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

When I ask former brides (whether they were my client or not) which vendors they were most anxious about hiring but most happy with in the end, the makeup artist is often on the list.

Makeup probably inspires anxiety because of there is a lot riding on it – a good makeup artist can make you look like yourself just even more amazing or they can make you look not at all like yourself and not amazing at all or as I like to say like a clown who moonlights as a streetwalker.  You know what I am talking about – too much blush and too much eyeliner is never a good combo!

A good makeup artist also knows how to balance the need for camera ready makeup so your pictures look amazing and the kind of makeup you want when you are up close and personal with your new hubby and your guests.

While I am highlighting independent makeup artists in this series, there are tons of  salons and spas that also offer makeup at their location.  I get a lot of questions about makeup artists who travel to the bride so I decided to focus on that aspect.

My standard disclaimer: none of the makeup artists featured have paid anything and no one requested to be a part of this series – I picked them because first and foremost I love their work.  In addition, I either have had the pleasure of working with them personally or someone I have worked with very highly recommends them (i.e. someone told me, “when I am booked, I recommend…”).  Obviously, this is not every makeup artist in Columbus but this is a very good start.

Conversation Closed: Videography

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Thank you so much to Blues Skies and Prodigy for taking the time to answer my questions and show us a sample of their work – it is easy to see why they are busy, busy, busy and brides and grooms LOVE them!

There are other companies in town who are now offering video services but these are two of my favorites.  I really like that they focus solely on video and don’t offer other services – they are experts at what they do and don’t dabble in what they don’t know.  That puts them high in my book for referrals!

Thanks again to the Videographers and watch for my Vendor Conversations with Floral Designers coming in late February – I am letting them finish all those Valentine’s Day orders before I hit them with questions!

Vendor Conversations: Prodigy Video

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

When I asked other videographers and planners who they recommend, Prodigy was on more than one list. Their work is beautiful and it is easy to see why they are a favorite in Columbus!

Business Name: Prodigy Video
Name: Nathan Nazeck
Phone Number: 614.206.5732
Email Address: nathan {@} prodigyvideo.com {dot} com
Website Address: prodigyvideo.com
Blog Address: prodigyvideo.wordpress.com

How did Prodigy Video come to be?
I spent much of my childhood with a video camera in my hand. I was constantly filming the mundane details of life (driving my parents crazy in the process). I spent my teenage years filming random church youth group videos and began to film weddings for family and friends. Somewhere along the line I realized that I might be one of the few lucky people who actually get to do what they love for a living.

How would you describe your style?
Complete. We like to think that we complete memories. We fill in the missing parts. The things you didn’t get to see, the moments that flew by so quickly. We supplement your memories to complete the way you’ll remember the big day.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Filming in a different situation each day. Every location brings its own rewards, challenges, and beauty. I love meeting new people and for that one special day being a part of the inner circle of friends and family and all of the emotions that come out of it.

How many people shoot for Prodigy?
There are four of us… myself, Dave, Aerika, and Erik

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$1499

Anything else we should know about Prodigy?
There are a lot of stereotypes that pertain to wedding videos. Our purpose from day one has been to try and redefine what a wedding film should be. We have distanced ourselves from the typical obtrusive light in your face style that has given so many people a bad impression. One wedding at a time we try to undo the stereotype and give everyone involved the best experience we can.

Childhood ambition?
Baseball Player

Dream vacation?
Disney with my family or Hawaii with my wife.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
My kids seem to find a way to make me laugh every day. My 1 year old’s favorite activity this week is stealing my wireless mouse and hiding it in random places.

Favorite part of a wedding day?
The moment the Bride & Groom realize that the hardest part is over and they start to relax and enjoy themselves.

Last thing you bought?
A Wii game for the kids (or was that for me?)

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Hanging out the side of a moving van dragging the camera an inch from the ground following a motorcycle…it was a great shot.

Favorite animal at the zoo?
The ducks that come to hang out in the lake in the middle…I think its hilarious that they are there by choice, they get to be part-time zoo animals.

Can’t live without?
My wife… and my phone… but only because it connects me closer to my wife 🙂

Hidden talent?
I can drive a stick, talk on the phone while eating a sandwich and writing on a notepad…does that count? How about if it’s snowing?

Favorite quote?
“I’m sick of following my dreams, I’m just gonna ask them where their going and hook up with them later”-Mitch Hedberg

Best compliment ever received?
“I carry the video with me daily and continue to watch it constantly!”

If you weren’t a videographer, what would you be?
Probably a photographer or a poor struggling musician.

Describe your perfect day.
A day with the family anywhere that I can enjoy watching my kids having the time of their lives.

Please share with us you favorite video clip or highlight reel.

Highlights of ’08 -Prodigy Video from Prodigy Video on Vimeo.

Thank you to Nathan for answering my questions!

Vendor Conversations: Blue Skies Wedding Productions

Monday, February 9th, 2009

As you may know, I am lucky enough to share studio space with Blue Skies and I am also a huge fan.  I first met Julie and Chris at Meredith and Steve’s wedding back in 2006 and fell in love with their work – it is simply gorgeous and they are a lot of fun too.  My clients have always told me that they instantly felt at ease with Julie and Chris – always a good thing on your wedding day.  And I am madly in love with their 8mm films – so romantic and timeless.

Business Name: Blue Skies Wedding Productions, LLC (aka Blue Skies HD Video)
Name: Julie & Chris Hedrick
Phone Number: 614.890.4045
Email Address: info {@} blueskiesweddingproductions {dot} com
Website Address: blueskiesweddingproductions.com

How did Blue Skies Video Productions come to be?
Chris and Julie created Blue Skies after becoming engaged and discovering the frustration of finding a professional, experience wedding videographer. Both Chris and Julie have extensive background in TV news and film production so it was a natural fit.

How would you describe your style
Our clients say, “…the best investment from our wedding”… but we say, modern (no cheesy graphics and no cheesy music), unique, custom, very story telling, movie-ish (again with no cheese), timeless, classy, and a heck of a lot of fun!

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Pre-wedding: Meeting all the different types of people, hearing their stories, getting to know them (and often their parents, families and friends) then getting to be a part of one of the most exciting days of their lives.

Post-wedding: Telling clients when they get their DVDs, “let us know what you think when you get around to it…” then our clients calling about two hours later screaming they loved our work. Very good high. And when they call us again years down the road for baby videos, home videos and often, just for their employer’s video needs.

How many people shoot for Blue Skies?
Two main people (the owners, Chris & Julie Hedrick) then we have a team of 5 solid freelancers who have all trained with us/Blue Skies for years, and all except one have at least several Emmy nominations, if not Emmy awards, and have worked in professional telelvision for years. We only use the freelancers in case we break a leg, have a child (FYI – we’re done having kids) or have a major emergency.

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$1295

Anything else we should know about Blue Skies?
Since we started our wedding video company, we since have earned two Emmy awards, 13 Emmy nominations and were voted Best of Wedding Videography by The Knot national magazine. Our studio is located in uptown Westerville on the corner of State Street and College Ave. and we’re available to meet by appointment.

Childhood ambition?
Chris: ‘Play By Play’ as a sportscaster
Julie: I got sucked into the world of TV at the age of 14 with Cabot Rae at Channel 4/local Columbus NBC — ask me for the story — it’s crazy. And always knew I’d be somewhere in the television world.

Dream vacation?
Chris: One trip around the world.
Julie: Without our two kids…any place warm (but not too hot), beautiful crystal blue water, chillin’ with my best friend/hubby, Chris, with a personal executive chef, an exercise trainer and perhaps given a daily rub down. But I’d miss my kids.
With our two kids…to Mars with my 3 year old… he wants to be the first person to Mars and I think he might actually do it — or at least work for NASA.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Chris: Yesterday I was in the car with my family on a road trip here in Florida, and my three year old son said, “why did the pelicans get voted out of office?”
Julie: About 30 seconds ago. Before that, last night I had tears from laughing at Chris almost driving though the neighborhood gate. That would have freaked these Florida blue hairs out!

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Chris: After the Bride and Groom see each other — it feels like the tension disappears for them.
Julie: The Bride coming down the aisle always ROCKS. Sometimes it’s also pre-ceremony where the nervous energy abounds.

Last thing you bought?
Chris: a bag of Twizzlers
Julie: dinner at Outback last night

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Chris: Risking arrest, I snuck across the Hudson River on an Army Corps boat to get over to Ground Zero in NYC — it was just a few hours after it happened and I was working for CBS.
Julie: Tough question. There’s nothing I WON’T do for the perfect shot. But I will restrain myself if it involves potential harm to others…

Favorite animal at the zoo?
Chris: The Elephants because they are BIG (and smell horrible… I used to do live shots for Channel 10 for the CMH zoo every Friday at noon).
Julie: all the crazy kids and their crazy parents who can’t keep them in control.

Can’t live without?
Chris: Julie, Alex and Ava.
Julie: Chris and my two beautiful kids, Alex and Ava. Plus, technically for our business, my parents who watch our kids at least every Saturday getting the best care ever!

Hidden talent?
Chris: I’m a juggler (not professional by any means) and a fairly good cyclist.
Julie: I’m an award winning Irish dancer — and no, I’ll never show you. Plus, I ran in my bikini next to Lance Armstrong in the 2000 Le Tour De France. Funniest part, Lance remembers me!

Favorite quote?
Chris: I can’t think of a favorite quote!
Julie: “I need that!” (from our one year old daughter who needs EVERYTHING but wants NOTHING).

Best compliment ever received?
Chris: “I didn’t cry the day of my wedding, but I cried watching my video.”
Julie: “Why didn’t we know about you when our other children got married?”

If you weren’t a videographer, what would you be?
Chris: A pilot.
Julie: I have no clue. Video is all that I know and all I’ve ever known.

Describe your perfect day.
Chris: Hanging out with my family — we’re laughing and having fun.
Julie: Chillin with my kids and husband… knowing all is well with our little world.

Please share with us you favorite video clip or highlight reel.

Thank you to Chris and Julie for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Prodigy Video

Vendor Conversations: Videography

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Are any of the following true of the last wedding video you watched:

  • Was it shot by the groom’s Uncle Charlie?
  • Is any of it out of focus or shaky enough that it threatens to give you motion sickness?
  • Does the music behind it not quite fit the video – unless the couple actually played YMCA at their ceremony?
  • Is Great Aunt Cindy yelling into a microphone (with a cord) about how happy she is while being blinded by a really bright light?

If you answered yes to any of the above then listen up!  Videography has come a long way – think HD, think great editing, think no cheesy transitions! That is today’s videography.

To me, the greatest thing about videography is that it allows you to attend your own wedding as a guest. You get to relive the day plus see everything that you missed but heard about afterward.   The other lasting benefit is that down the road, after your loved ones have passed on, you can still watch them dancing at your wedding and hear their voices and remember them the way they were that day.  Personally, I would LOVE to have a video from my grandparent’s and parent’s wedding day.

My standard disclaim: none of the videographers here have paid anything and no one requested to be a part of this series – I picked them because first and foremost I love their work.  In addition, I either have had the pleasure of working with them personally or someone I have worked with very highly recommends them (i.e. someone told me, “when I am booked, I recommend…”).  Obviously, this is not every company that offers video services in Columbus but this is a very good start.

First up tomorrow is Blue Skies Videography!