Bohemian Elegance : Bridal Makeup

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." -George Sand

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." -George Sand

I am so honored that I was asked to be the makeup artist to one of  my dearest friends, Ashlee, for her wedding last month. Ashlee is a girl that always has her hair styled, makeup (although sometimes perfectly minimal) always done, and knows what she wants in life. For herself and for her friends. She's opinionated, determined, strong, beautiful, and - as you can see here - a stunning bride! Knowing Ashlee as well as I do, I assumed that she would have an entire map of her makeup look already drawn out for me to follow - BUT she was surprisingly relaxed about the entire process. Perhaps it's the trust that is created over 10 years of a life-changing friendship, but she let me do what I do - and I created a makeup look for her that is romantic, glowing, and fresh... while still serving some drama.

I was a mess the morning of her wedding - nerves all shaken up. I wanted everything to be perfect for a girl that deserves to have all she's dreamed of. Enjoy these treasured images with me, captured by chicago's amazing Lauren Wakefield of Lauren Wakefield Photography, as we can absolutely see that this wedding was all that Ashlee dreamed of - PERFECTION - 

The wedding focused on the colors Gold and Blush for all accents. These two colors create such a lovely compliment to the skin, casting a warm and healthy glow on everyone. 

The wedding focused on the colors Gold and Blush for all accents. These two colors create such a lovely compliment to the skin, casting a warm and healthy glow on everyone. 

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Makeup can pull inspiration from anywhere. For this bridal look, the color pallette can all be found in these beautiful flowers. Pinks, violets, plums made for a lovely compliment to the brides bright blue eyes and blonde locks. 

Makeup can pull inspiration from anywhere. For this bridal look, the color pallette can all be found in these beautiful flowers. Pinks, violets, plums made for a lovely compliment to the brides bright blue eyes and blonde locks. 

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The difference a lip makes. For entering the reception, we changed up the bride's lip color from a bright pastel pink (MAC Boldy Bare liner and Smashbox Coquette Gloss) to  to deeper dark berry shade  (MAC Rebel Lipstick). This quick change in lip colors provided a fun change of tone to her overall look and gave the opportunity for another look in the photos. 

The difference a lip makes. For entering the reception, we changed up the bride's lip color from a bright pastel pink (MAC Boldy Bare liner and Smashbox Coquette Gloss) to  to deeper dark berry shade  (MAC Rebel Lipstick). This quick change in lip colors provided a fun change of tone to her overall look and gave the opportunity for another look in the photos. 

Smoked out eyeshadows and framed and balanced by Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe - set with Maybelline Clear Brow Gel. 

Smoked out eyeshadows and framed and balanced by Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe - set with Maybelline Clear Brow Gel.