Jun 06, 2009
1) I bleached my teeth 2 months before and it made a huge difference in photos. My dentist gave me a professional kit to use at home, once everyday for 15 minutes for 2 weeks. Very easy and effective, highly recommend it!
2) I shouldn't of done it against better judgement, but I had air brushing done 5 days before the wedding. I had an uneven tan--my left arm was tanner than my right because of driving and my legs were pale. I've never tried air brush before and didn't have enough time to do regular tanning. The salon used the lightest shade they had and I looked really tanned. I wasn't suppose to shower that night, but did anyway because the tan was dark and I wanted it to fade off a few shades. On the wedding day, the tan was perfect and faded into a nice color. I was very lucky...
3) I colored my hair 2 weeks before. This way my roots wouldn't show and if something went wrong I would have time to fix it. My colorist was out of town and had written down the color that I wanted. I don't know what happened, but the color turned out to be a really light blondish brown and I wanted a rich medium chocolate brown. I had to reschedule with the colorist to achieve the color I wanted. I waited another week to give my hair a break. A week before the big day, I went in for a re-color and it was successful. It was the perfect shade I was hoping for. I also cut my hair six months before and let it grow long. I don't recommend experimenting with your haircut a few months before because you don't have time to grow it back.
4) I got my manicure and pedicure the day before and on the day of the rehearsal. I have nice nails already and wanted a natural look. I used a sheer pink shade (often used for French manicures) alone for my nails and a pink/fuschia shade for my toes.
5) I got false eyelashes a few days before the wedding. I liked the natural looking ones my makeup artist used on me for the trial, but I wanted something a tad bit more dramatic. I purchased these by Shu Uemura. Not only does it look natural, it gives your eyes a nice flutter. Worth every penny. $20 from Nordstroms.
6) Every one of my friends who has gotten married told me not to worry about not being able to fit into the dress. They told me that they lost the extra weight due to stress. Some lost so much weight that their seamstress had to take the dress in days before the wedding. But I was eating so much that at one point had trouble zipping up my dress! I continued to have a great appetite until a few days before the wedding. I was so stressed and ran around so much that I lost a few pounds without dieting. It's important that you don't starve yourself. You will shed the extra pounds naturally!
7) Plan your makeup and hair trials early! After a referral by a friend, I booked a trial with that person (I'm leaving their name anonymous because my friend is in the same makeup team). It was disaster. Even though I brought in tons of pictures and made it clear to her that I wanted a natural look, she managed to get it all wrong. I had on so much makeup and looked so scary that my mom walked out of the room. So bad that I had to go home and wash it all off and wouldn't want to be seen in public looking like that. I had no glow on my face (dark and dull), the eyes were too dramatic (looks fine in photos, but scary in person), and I looked like a different person altogether.
Then, I spent so much time researching the right person to do the job that so many of them were already booked by then. I am very particular about makeup and the products they used. Not that there's anything wrong with MAC, but I preferred that they used other quality brands (Stila, Laura Mercier, NARS, Bobbi Brown, etc). I was frantically searching for good makeup artist and I was lucky enough to book Peilin of Joyce Luck Style 2 months before the wedding. I had a awesome trial with her and she knew exactly what I wanted. She used air brush on my face and I loved it!
Yes it's expensive for the trials and there's no guarantees, but there are only a number of great artists available. Bring in lots of pictures for them and schedule the trial on the morning of your engagement or boudoir shoot, a party or event, or your dress fitting.
Raspberry Mint Mojito
Elderflower Champagne with Gold Sprinkles
Lavender Hibiscus Lemonade
Iced Tea with Wagon Wheels
Hors d' oeuvres
Zucchini Wrapped Big Shrimp with Roasted Tomato Aioli
Ahi Tuna Tartare on a Wonton Crisp with Wasabi Sauce
Braised Short Ribs on a Crostini and Horseradish Sauce
Miniature Grilled Gruyere Cheese Sandwiches Pear-Fig Compote
Warm Brie in a Crispy Cup White Truffle Honey and Sliced Almonds
Mixed Garden Greens in a Radicchio Cup
Fallen Chevre Souffle, Candied Pecans, Edible Flowers
Filet Mignon Tournedo with Brown and Horseradish Sauce
Yukon Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Onions, Haricot Vert with Roma Tomatoes
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Hot & Sour Mango Relish and Fresh Limes
Served on a Bed of Forbidden Black Rice, Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas and Radishes
Creme Brule, Fresh Raspberries & Mint Sprig
Coffee and Tea
Each and every one of them were amazing!
Florist: David Hahn of Willem-Aidan http://www.willem-aidan.com/
Event coordinator: Linda Chow of Lavish Celebrations
Photography: Karen Wise www.karenwise.com
Videography: Blue Sky Videos
Catering: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods
Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop
Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent
Jazz Band: Evan Stone Productions
Hair and Makeup: Joyce Luck Style
Calligrapher: Carmela Mazzarulli
Letterpress Printers: Mercurio Brothers
We are both lovers of jazz and found an awesome 5-piece band that played classic jazz hits during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. I walked down the aisle to Miles Davis’ “It Never Entered My Mind.” We couldn’t decide on a song for the first dance for the longest time and Ken insisted that he pick it. I was very hesitant at first, but I decided to trust him because the wedding was only 2 days away. After our welcome speech to our guests, he had three young guests join us on the dance floor and read to everyone his version of our fairy tale. Our first dance was “Someday My Prince Will Come” and also by Miles Davis. He really took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop crying (some of our guests too). So it really did feel like a fairy tale…
In order for us to kiss, the guests had to find creative ways to use the word "love". Two girls played a round of tennis and used "love" many times. Another young guest sang the Beatle's song "All You Need Is Love". We really wanted to celebrate love and marriage and invited all the married couples to the dance floor. Everyone danced to "The Way You Look Tonight", played by our band. The emcee then started to eliminate couples based on the number of years they were married, until the longest married couple was left standing. The couple that won were married for 52 years! This was a total hit with our guests.
Ken’s groomsman, Brad, was also our awesome emcee, lighting technician, and DJ! Brad did all the other lighting for the reception (except for the chandeliers and twinkle lights). I’ve always wanted chandeliers hanging from the tree branches…it adds such a romantic and elegant touch! And the lighting effect it provided during the reception was absolutely amazing!
Photos by Karen Wise Photography www.karenwise.com
We had the honor to have a good friend officiate for us. He was someone we respected and looked up to as a husband, father, and friend. The flower girls are my twin nieces and the ring bearer is my lovable little Frenchie, Badger.