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April’s DIY Newsletter

On your wedding day, you’ll want the music to make you dance and the photos to capture the right moments. It’s a day to remember, and it should be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Just don’t wake up from this dream to realize you’ve spent all your money on the wedding. The outfit, entertainment, and food add up quickly. Figure out what’s most important to you and splurge on that. For everything else, see what you can do yourself. To give you some ideas I’ve listed 3 easy DIY projects that will save you hundreds.

Two-Tiered Cake:

Believe me, I’m no baker. I’m the type of person who burns a tray of brownies, so if I did it so can you.

What I Bought (assuming you have cake pans)

  • 2 boxes of cake mix
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 containers of butter cream frosting
  • Eggs
  • Decorating icing
  • Writing icing
  • 2 boxes of Marzipan

Marzipan Flowers:
Helpful Video
Step 1: Color the dough (I used writing icing)
Step 2: roll the dough out until it’s about an 1/8 of an inch thick
Step 3: Cut out 5 circles for your petals (rose size will depend on circle size)
Step 4: Thin the edges of each circle
Step 5: Roll the first circle into a tube and flare out edges
Step 6: Wrap each circle around the tube and flare out edges

Marzipan Leaves:
Step 1: color the dough
Step 2: roll out the dough until it’s about an 1/8 of an inch thick
Step 3: cut out leaves
Step 4: attach the leaves to the roses
*I used decorating icing to keep some of the flowers in place.


Cost: $35.24

What I Bought:

  • 1/2 dozen color roses
  • Greens
  • Orchids
  • Larkspur
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Ribbon

Making the bouquet was surprisingly easy. However, just like the cake, you’ll want the flowers to be fresh, so this will have to be done a day, or so, before the wedding. Shop around beforehand to find the best deals, or to avoid running around, order from an online wholesaler who will deliver the flowers to your house. I got mine from a farmer’s market.

  • Separate each flower and lay them out on the table
  • Cut off excess leaves from each stem
  • Choose a few flowers to center your piece around
  • Organize your other flowers around the center until your arrangement looks soft and elegant
  • Use floral tape or rubber bands to keep your flowers together (I tied one rubber band to the top of the stems and one to the bottom)
  • Wrap the ribbon around your stems and tape it together


Cost: $33.85.

There are so many examples on Pinterest and Etsy of people who make their own headpieces. I’ve looked through them, and for the most part, they’re really cute. It turns out, they’re easy to make too.

Instead of dropping a lot of money on a designer headpiece or buying someone else’s homemade piece, why not make your own? You can tailor the design to your wedding style or theme, and it would be 100% unique. I’ll tell you how I made mine…


What I Bought: (everything came from Michaels)

  • Stem Pearl Dogwood Flowers (fake)
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Tight weave burlap
  • Round wire
  • Headband
  • Cut 5 teardrop shaped pieces (3 large, 2 medium) from the burlap
  • At the midpoint of your headband, glue the edge of a large teardrop, leaving most of it hanging over the front
  • Descending down one side, glue the second and third, large teardrop in the same fashion (the bottom point of the final teardrop should be about 21/2 inches from the bottom of the headband)
  • On top of those, glue the two smaller teardrops (place one in between the first and second teardrop and one in between the second and third teardrop)
  • Pull the flowers off their stems and take out the middle jewel. Then cut each petal from the flower
  • Towards the bottom of your third teardrop glue each petal individually, adding three layers in the same fashion
  • Glue all 3 jewels to the middle of your flower
  • On the bottom 21/2 inches of your headband, glue 2 leaves
  • Starting at the end of the burlap, down the side, opposite, the flower, wrap your wire 


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4 Important Makeup Tips for Your Wedding

First and foremost, makeup lays best on soft, clear skin. I know we mention this often, but it’s that important!  Facials will help with your overall complexion; acne, aging, and oily skin.

If you don’t already have a trusted esthetician, call Magda. She has over 15 years of experience and will help you lay out a facial regimen, depending on the needs of your skin. She also offers onsite facials for most  locations.

Once your skin is in good hands, we can talk wedding day makeup. We recommend scheduling a trial 6 months prior to your special day. Whether it’s with us or someone else, slots fill up fast, and we don’t want you to miss out on the artist your heart was set on.

Your makeup artist will be your beauty guru and will be there to help you every step of the way, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared with an idea of how you’d like to look. With that being said, we’ve come up with a list of 4 important things to keep in mind.

  1. Remember, you want to look like a better version of yourself for the wedding. This isn’t the time to try any crazy, over-the-top, makeup, it’s about looking timeless.
  2. You’ll want to accentuate your makeup more than an average day for a couple of reasons. First, you’ll be wearing all white, so you don’t want to appear bland. Second, the camera will blow you out and tone down your makeup. For your trial, wear a t-shirt that’s closest to the color of your dress. This gives you a chance to see how your makeup stands against the pale color. It’ll also help to take plenty of pictures, in natural light, if you can, to get an idea of how you’ll look in the photos.
  3. Talk to your makeup artist about your moisturizer. Some lotions may be too thick and cause you to have an oily appearance.
  4. Make sure your makeup compliments itself. If you’re wearing a bright red lipstick, keep your eyes more neutral and vice versa. One shouldn’t take away from the other, and you don’t want to appear overdone.

If you’re planning on doing your own makeup, remember these 4 important points…

  1. Don’t skimp. Professional products stay looking fresh longer. You have a long day ahead of you, you’ll want your makeup to make it to the end.
  2. Waterproof! Need I say more?
  3. Use a primer, it will help your foundation go on smoother and last longer. Same goes for your eyes. Using a primer on your eyelids will help keep your makeup from smudging.
  4. Practice, practice, practice.




“Bridal Make-Up Tips: The 10 Dos And Don’ts You NEED To Pay Attention To.” Marie Claire. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
“20 Best Wedding Makeup Tips.” Cosmopolitan. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
“13 Steps to Perfect Wedding Make-up, by Sarah Brock.” Wedding Make up Artist Expert Advice ( UK). N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.


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New York Apple Lips

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Amongst the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city, Elissa pulled up to Leo’s Grandevous. Her New York Apple lips stood out amongst her porcelain skin. To achieve this retro look we began by using Face Atelier’s foundations shades #2 and #3. Her eyes were kept neutral. On the lid, into the crease, we used Soba. Under the brow, we used Bobbi Brown’s Vanilla. Both shadows were blended together, which kept her look natural. To line the eyes, we used Black Track liner and added single lashes that we colored with black mascara.

Her hair was kept soft. After it was set, we brushed the curls to loosen them up. Then we created a 3/4 part and swept the bang over to one side. After pinning everything into place, we added the veil. The veil was sheer, with flowers stitched sporadically throughout. It draped across Elissa’s shoulders and cascaded down her back. She was breathtaking.

Elissa stepped out of the car, and when she did, time seemed to pause.

Photography done by Marie Papp

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A Wedding Under the Stars


Mindy’s wedding day look was designed with Face Atelier foundation, Mac shadows, gloss, and liner, a Makeup For Ever liner, and waterproof mascara by Cover Girl. The palette was chosen for depth creation and to draw out the mint green color of Mindy’s eyes.

Lid: Soba was spread across the entire lid and lined with Backtrack gel liner.
Outer Lid: Greensmoke
Crease: Greensmoke blended into the crease where it combined with Sketch, a deep plum shadow.
Under Eye: Makeup For Ever black, pencil liner was smudged and blended into the bottom lash line.
Lashes: Single lashes were added and colored with a black waterproof mascara by Cover Girl.
Lips: Viva Glam V by Mac

The inspiration for her hair was pulled from a Jessica Alba look. To match the style, we added volume to the crown, curled her hair, and pulled the tousles off her face. The hair was kept low, and a vintage style comb was added to where the hair was tied. She was breathtaking.

Venu: PNC Bank Arts Center
Photographer: George Street Photography


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Latest Wedding Shoe Trends

You may be accustomed to seeing a simple, white shoe strutting down matrimony aisle, but get ready for that to change. Recently, brides have been foregoing the conventional shoe and have opened the vault to funkier fashion.

Instead of matching shoe to dress, brides are using the pump as their statement piece. Latest trends include glitz and glam, fabric varieties, and heel alternatives.

Glitz and Glam:
Get ready to see shoes with flowers, oversized bows, and shoes adorned in glitter or crystals.

Fabric Varieties:
You’ll be seeing metallic shoes of silver and gold, shoes with lace, and shoes splashed with color.

Heel Alternatives:
Some brides are going flat for comfort, or foregoing the shoe altogether. For beach weddings, bridal anklets are excellent accessories. They allow brides to sink their toes into the warm terrain and prevent them from kicking sand up with every step.

Below, we’ve complied a list of the hottest shoes.  Splurge vs Steal


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Jimmy Choo

bhldn 600


kate spade 328

Kate Spade

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