Paula and Tuto

Both Paula and Tuto are young doctors (interpreted “no time to barely even sleep”), so much of the planning and coordinating was done by her amazing mom, Lily.

Paula, (again because she’s a young doctor) doesn’t usually devote lots of time to dolling herself up for work!  So getting to meet her for her trial session and the wedding day was extra fun because of course she wanted to look like herself, very natural, but it was also really important that she look like she was getting married that day as well.  😉  With those big blue eyes and dark hair, it wasn’t a hard task to bring out the best in her with minimal make-up.

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Lily sent these kind words after the wedding which made me smile from ear to ear:

(English below:) “No quería que pasara un día mas sin agradecerles el cariño y dedicación con el que nos atendieron a todas el sábado. Paula se veía espectacular, creo que no pudimos haber escogido mejores personas. Les cuento que la ceremonia estuvo preciosa y la fiesta también. Todas pasamos hasta el final perfectamente maquilladas.  Gracias por haber contribuido a que este día fuera tan especial, y a que todas nos viéramos como princesas desde el fondo de mi corazón.”

“I didn’t want another day to pass without thanking you for the caring and dedication with which you attended us all on Saturday. Paula looked spectacular, we could not have picked better people.  The ceremony was beautiful and the party too. We all went to the finish perfectly made-up. Thank you for contributing to make this day so special, and for all of us to look like princesses from the bottom of my heart.”

Planner:  Four Nineteen Weddings
Hair Styling:  Famous Points Beauty
Photographer:  Sylvia Guardia

Teresa & Ben

Even though it rained on and off the afternoon of their wedding (much later in the season than it normally would have!), that certainly didn’t stop Teresa & Ben from celebrating their wedding with anything less than smiles and lots and lots of love!
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Planner:  Mil Besos

Brooke & Drew

I love the few hours I get to spend in the room with the bride getting her and her best girls ready.  The mood is always charged with energy.  Everyone’s festive.  They’re laughing, dancing, exchanging memories and hugs, and of course, drinking champagne!
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Brooke and Drew had the most beautiful, playful chemistry between them, which really came through in their photos.

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Romantic Costa Rica Wedding Styled Shoot

Was so much fun to work with so many talented people on a styled photo shoot at one of my favorite beaches here in Costa Rica, Playa Danta.  The shoot was recently featured on the wedding blog Wedding Sparrow.

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Photography: Brandi Smyth | Coordinator: Barbara Boutin | Florist & Stylist: Events Artisans | Hair: Victoria Alfaro

Bohemian Styled Shoot

In October, I participated in a styled wedding photo shoot organized by the talented wedding planner Kirsten of Four Winds Weddings and her husband Jonathan of Costa Vida Photography.  The shoot took place at a breath-taking location named El Chante (Costa Rican slang for “the house”) nestled up in the hills overlooking the Tamarindo bay and estuary.  This time of year the only word that comes to mind when taking in the view is “LUSH”.  
I was super excited because not only did we do the make-up and hair for the beautiful model, Pam, but I also provided my tribal etched brass cuffchunky leather ring and etched brass leaf necklace for the shoot, which is awesome because for years I’ve intended to mesh the wedding styling business with my jewelry business.  My jewelry obviously isn’t “traditional” wedding jewelry — so this styled shoot was a perfect fit for the bohemian bride looking for elegantly handmade boho jewelry.
We set up to do the make-up on the fabulous deck of one of the villas surrounded by beautiful Indonesian carved furniture and doors on one side, and the stunning panoramic view on the other.  I have definitely worked in worse places.  So pretty!
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I don’t think I could have better captured the way I envision my jewelry being worn if I had thought up the whole shoot myself.  And the hair and make-up turned out so beautiful.  It was so much fun to work on this creative shoot!  Thanks to Kirsten for her amazing eye and style!!
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Hair by Nick

Sharon & Ernest

It was such a pleasure getting to know Sharon during the planning of her wedding.  Ironically, she was was following me on Instagram under my jewelry boutique and hit me up one day and said “Hey, I think you’re doing my wedding make-up!”  Small world!

I then got to meet her and Ernest late last year when my daughter and I did a jewelry art fair in Southern California not too far from where they lived.  They stopped by our booths and introduced themselves.  (She also purchased her beautiful brass chevron wedding necklace from my daughter’s line, Amaliy Jewelry at that time!)  So by the time her wedding rolled around, it felt like we already knew each other!!

Sharon is an absolute beauty with a smile that lights up a room.  Her wedding style was truly a boho dream from her accessories, to her gorgeous floral crown (the floral artistry of Kirsten of Four Winds Weddings) and of course — that dress by Kite and Butterfly!!  ((drool!))dresBoho Wedding Make Up Artist Costa Rica She could not have been a more radiant bride!
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Amazing video by SV3NSKA

Wedding Planner:  Four Winds Weddings

Hair:  Victoria Alfaro