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DIY Bridal Makeup Tutorial

We’re a bunch of beauty junkies on this little corner of the blogosphere (see our Makeup & Beauty Pinterest board), so when pros like Shena Cox offer to impart some wisdom, we happily oblige. It’s a step-by-step tutorial to recreate this soft, ultra romantic look yourself with flawless film images from Tina Boyd & Co. Grab your makeup goodies and let’s get started!

From Tina Boyd & Co…. I partnered up with Shena Cox and we wanted to show how to get a romantic look, even if the bride has to do it herself. From a soft romantic blush color to the perfect bun, everything you need to match that vintage lace dress. Bridal makeup is all about emphasizing your best features. It’s not about demonstrating how well you apply your makeup. So keep it soft and simple. Sometimes minimal is key. Even though wedding makeup is usually very simple and neutral, it’s one of the most difficult makeup looks to create, since it has to be PERFECT. After all, it is your special day! I will show you how easy it can be.




  • Start off with an eye shadow base or primer. I used MAC’s Paint Pot in Layin’ Low. Apply a thin layer of primer beginning at your lid blending evenly up to the arch of your brow. I find that using a flat concealer brush similar to MAC’s #252 brush works best for applying your primer.
  • Using a fluffy blending brush apply a taupe, medium brown toned, satin textures eye shadow to your crease to blending the shadow in a wind-shield wiper motion back and forth. This will accentuate the shape of your eye and define your crease. I used MAC’s #224 Blending brush and eye shadow in “Soba”
  • Next, using a smaller, more tapered fluff brush, apply a small amount of a peachy brown eye shadow to your crease and lash line creating a side ways V and blend. I used MAC’s eye shadow in “Texture”
  • Brush on a golden bronze color to your lid and inner corners of your eyes to really open them up. I used Urban Decay’s eye shadow in“Half Baked” and MAC’s 252 Brush.
  • Apply a warm matte chestnut brown shadow along your lash line using a precision shading pencil brush. I used MAC’s eye shadow in “Brown Script” and MAC’s 219 Pencil Brush.
  • Apply a light, frosted, golden peach shadow to highlight the arch of the brow. I used MAC’s eye shadow in “Motif”
  • Using a cleaned fluffy blending brush blend all of the colors together to create a blended, seamless eye look.
  • Finish off your look by applying a black gel liner and mascara.


Photography: Tina Boyd & Co | Bridal Dress: Augusta Jones | Bridal Gowns: Bustle | Make Up & Hair: Shena Cox

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Plum Pretty Sugar Fall Collection for BHLDN

It’s a well-known fact, Plum Pretty Sugar can do no wrong. My current obsession? Their brand-new Fall collection exclusively for BHLDN. The collection is filled to the brim with gorgeous new styles all done in stunning new floral prints. I’ll take one of each, please!

From classic robes to fab new two-piece lounge outfits to boyfriend shirts, I truly couldn’t pick out my favorite piece. And the prints? Soft, romantic and sweet-as-can-be, all the things that Plum Pretty Sugar has become known for! Perfect as gifts to your ladies for getting ready on your wedding day (and well after!) or as gifts to yourself for the big honeymoon, this collection is as good as it gets.

Be sure to pop over here to see the full collection and to start shopping! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the amazing giveaway below!


The Prize: One lucky reader will win a set of four Boyfriend Shirts from Plum Pretty Sugar!

To Enter: Head over to Plum Pretty Sugar and swoon over the Fall collection for BHLDN, then come back here and comment on this post with your favorite new style + print!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced on WIUP on Friday, October 3, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo


Boho Spring Wedding in NYC

Any time an Emily Steffen wedding comes our way, I brace myself for pure gorgeousness. She’s got a way with the camera and attracts some of the coolest clients around, so when she sent over Casi and Ben’s hipster-chic nuptials in NYC…well, I knew we’d happened upon something really good. It’s a day filled with quiet springtime romance, and in case you want more it’s all sitting right here.


From Emily SteffenCasi and Ben aren’t NY natives…in fact, they are from the great state of Wisconsin (yay) and have recently moved to call NYC home together…so photos in Central Park, with buildings peeking through the trees, was perfect for them! An intimate ceremony in a downtown Manhattan church, followed by a “cake sprinkle” throw as they left (I mean, what better way to send off newlyweds from the ceremony when the MRS is a pastry artist, eh?)! The guests were then, escorted by the ushers through the subway to the reception at the Radegast in Brooklyn! It was filled with wooden picnic tables, amazing beer selections and a grilling station for custom brats/sausage orders through the night!

The decor was a touch of spring meets romance. Spring bloomed cherry blossoms complimented the ceremony alter while romantic candles were sprinkled at Casi and Ben’s feet as they exchanged vows! Glowing candles and succulents were perfect for the tables at the reception as they were displayed on purple table runners to soften up the wooden picnic-type-tables! Large bulb lights and greenery finished off the romance of the reception space while guests enjoyed their WI beer and sausage for the night!

It was a casual night that was filled with laughing, shared stories and new friendships…I don’t think Casi and Ben would have imagined anything better! The city lights escorted them to their car as they drove away into the city to adventure together as Mr and Mrs!

Photography: Emily Steffen | Flowers: Lulamoss | Reception Venue: Radegast | Brides Shoes: Freepeople | Bridesmaids Dresses: Freepeople | Design And Coordination: Lizie Anne | Dessert: Mo Mo Fuku | Dress Designer: Katie May

Emily Maynard’s Surprise Wedding to Tyler Johnson

We all watched Emily Maynard’s search for love on The Bachelorette, but today it comes full circle. She found “the one” post-show and a surprise celebration only seemed fitting. With guests arriving at the Johnson family farm for what they believed to be an engagement party, a gorgeous wedding celebration ensued. It’s a day brimming with rustic elegance crafted by Ivy Robinson Events and the most gorgeous moments captured by Corbin Gurkin. Have a look at even more in the full gallery.

We also have a gorgeous peak behind the day shot by Heart Stone Films. You’ll want to press play on this beauty, trust me…


Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Videographer: Heart Stone Films | Floral Design: John Lupton & Andrew Thomas | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau From Hayden Olivia Bridal | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Invitations: Ceci New York | Shoes: Golden Goose Boots | Catering: Porcupine Provisions | Hair And Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink | Bracelets And Necklaces: S. Carter Designs | Bracelets And Necklaces: Kristin Hayes Jewelry | Earrings: Emily Maynard For Towne & Reese | Event Design And Planning: Ivy Robinson Events | Linens: Party Tables | Lounge Furniture: Circa Interiors & Antiques | Music: Zachary Kale | Music: Split Second Sound | Pops: King Of Pops | Tent: Party Reflections | Wedding Venue: Johnson Farm South Carolina

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