Category Archive: Wedding

A Great Day For A Beautiful Wedding

The wedding of Morgan and Si on February 25, 2012 was especially great.  Not only was it a beautiful day in downtown Phoenix, but I was able to be a part of the process from start to finish. 

Morgan and I were former coworkers at a tea company in Scottsdale.  I was beyond grateful when she asked me to be a part of her special day, not only by doing her makeup but also as a guest.  

The bride and groom had a rooftop ceremony at the Renaissance Phoenix with Larry James officiating.  I had the honor of meeting Larry at a networking meeting at the Wrigley Mansion, and suggested him to Morgan when she said she was looking.  He is truly wonderful at what he does.  I really enjoyed listening to his words on love and the union of Morgan and Si. 

The reception was beautiful.  Classic yet fun, and not without a photobooth (one of my favorite wedding additions!) and a live band. 

Photobooth time with Nicole and Kristina! 

 Thank you Morgan and Si for letting me be a part of your day.  I wish you nothing but the best of what life has to offer!

Photography by Jill and Michael McNamara

Hair by Sabrina

Almost ready.  Getting hair finished after makeup was done.

The beautiful bride.

The happy couple outside of  the Hotel San Carlos

Love the black and white shots

The bridesmaids with the bride before the ceremony


The makeup shot.  Gorgeous!

A Wedding Inside The Bungalow

11.6.11  A ceremony and celebration with Randi and Silas. 

I received these pictures from Emily Snitzer Photography ( this week, and thought I would share.  Beautiful pictures to capture a great day. 

I loved working with Randi.  She communicated what she was looking for, any changes she had, and thoughts about her day.  When it came to doing her makeup on the wedding day,  we were on the same page and ready to go.  

Thank you Randi for letting me be a part of your big day. 

Starting the hair process.  Makeup done.

Starting bridesmaid makeup. 

I love a great black and white picture.  This is what I do.

Beautiful bridal makeup.  Clean and classic.  My favorite type of makeup to do. 

The beautiful flowers.  The natural background makes the colors pop. 

Sealed with a kiss.  I DO!

The happy couple. 


A wedding.  Inside The Bungalow.


“Stephanie did a wonderful job on my mom’s, MOH’s and my make-up. Her prices are reasonable, she came to us and she is very nice and sweet. I’ve recommended her to brides for several other weddings and they were all very impressed and pleased with her as well.” 

Thank you so much Randi!

A Wedding Takes Flight

Sarah and Brook were married on October 29, 2011 at the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum in Mesa.  I loved how unique of a ceremony and reception choice this was.   The pictures capture how truly great of a space this was.  Elegant and beautiful.  

I am so grateful Sarah booked me to do makeup for her wedding.  I had a lot of fun getting the girls ready. 

Photography by Move Photography

Finished makeup. 

What I do.


Love this. 

The ladies.  The salute.


“Stephanie is absolutely amazing. She did 7 faces for my wedding and everyone looked incredible! She asked how everyone usually did their make up and turned it up just a few notches.

My biggest surprise? After all of my crying, nothing ran! When I made it back to the hotel at the end of the night, my make up looked just as fantastic as it did when I left. Well, I ate some of my lip gloss.

Stephanie’s prices are completely reasonable and she works really efficiently with a great end result. She’s not pushy and she brings a great energy. You’ll be happy you have her in the room when you’re freaking out about something silly.”

Thank you Sarah for the review!

Old Hollywood Glamour

Deciding on the perfect first post for 2012 involved playing the waiting game.  As with all great ventures, time is needed to line up every step of the process.  This process called for time to allow the photographer to edit pictures, get to the lovely bride, and pass along to moi.  But well worth the wait.  A beautiful wedding with a classic old Hollywood feel.  Both the bride and groom are involved in the film industry and how fitting to design a wedding around a beautiful time in movie making history.   

Take a look into the wedding day of Chandra and Chris. 

Video: Bella Mia Videos

Photography: Carson Day Photography 

Enjoy the video.

Stay for the pictures.

My work in progress.

The ladies. 

The girls. 


 Thank you Chandra for letting me be a part of your day. 








Makeup Trends

I was asked to give some insight  to an intern at a bridal magazine on what the trends are in bridal makeup for fall and winter 2011.  And since I was feverishly typing,  I thought I would make it my blog update (since its been ages….) as well.        Here. It. Goes. 

The looks for brides have always been a reflection of the bride herself.  But I like to do what I call (and have been told I should trademark-hmmmm), and many brides agree, “kicked up natural” makeup.  A look where the BRIDE enters the room before her MAKEUP does.  Enough for pictures and brings out the features of the bride, but is not too heavy or dramatic. 

 I have noticed a trend for period makeup.  The classic winged out liner, subtle cheek and red rich lip has been a request.  This is a great look for any season wedding.  I love this look because looking back on pictures in two, five or 10 years, the look will not be as dated (i.e. blue eye shadow and bold lip of the 80’s).

 Going into the fall and winter, the soft browns and burgundy family of colors becomes a popular palette I work from.  Plums as well.  A subtle smokey eye with a pop of color makes a beautiful fall wedding look.  Although the smokey eye in the brown, grey or plum family is always a staple look for brides, I tend to do more when the temperatures cool down.  I have had few requests as of recent for the deep, grey/black, smokey eye.  Whether that is because it is dating the era or more brides are going for a more natural look, the trend seems to be toned down. 

 Many brides are also doing false lashes.  Added to the eye, they make the eyes stand out in addition to the eye shadows.  The brides that do not chose them are usually ones that are worried they will not look natural or they wear minimal makeup and feel it would be too much.  There are so many lash choices that there is one for everyone- from the minimalist to the deep smokiest of eye looks.

Check out my website for bridal look ideas

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A Royal Wedding

Whew! It has been awhile since I wrote.  It’s been a busy few months.  Lots of photoshoots, weddings and Western X work.  

As much as people have been sick of hearing about the royal wedding, I think it is a great news story.  A bit excessive, maybe, but it was refreshing to hear a story that didn’t involve killing or anything negative.  I was doing makeup for a wedding party which had a few girls from London.   We were discussing the craze that was going on in the states about the royal wedding, and they said there was nothing to that extent going on in London.   It was interesting to me that it is not going to directly impact the US, and yet it was a bigger deal here. 

All of the buzz about what dress Kate was going to wear, her hair, jewelry, it all came together.  A classic dress- lace covered sleeves designed by Sara Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen.   Simple hair.  Makeup, which I read, she did herself.  Good for her!  She seems very down to earth.   Throughout the entrance into the church and the ceremony, she seemed very posed and ready to take over the throne in the future. 

For all the wedding details and pictures

Wedding Season Makeup

It’s that time of year again. Wedding season.  I love wedding season.  I have said it many times before, but I really enjoy doing wedding makeup.  It’s a great time to play up the brides features and create a “kicked up natural” look.  I’ve coined that phrase and I stand by it.  I truly feel a bride should look like herself, but with enough makeup that she shows up in pictures.  Looking back at pictures in five or ten years, I want the brides I do makeup for to say that they felt beautiful but still looked like themselves. 

Airbrushing makeup is a great technique to help with the natural look.  It evens out skin tones, and covers any blemishes.   Blush color and contours look beautiful over the airbrushed skin.   Photographs look great and usually need little post editing.

Anyone who has worked with me, or has seen my makeup kit, knows I work primarily with MAC Cosmetics.  I am very knowledgeable with the products and see the longevity the look has on the skin.  I often get asked, what lip color is the best for my wedding day?  Depending on the client and her preference, my answer is usually VIVA GLAM V from MAC.  A pinky, neutral color that can be changed by adding different lip liners and gloss.  And it supports a great cause- MAC AIDS FUND- which has donated millions of dollars to adults and children living with HIV and AIDS.  Great lip color and supporting our world?  The best.   Take a look at the link to learn more

In addition to a necessary lip color for touch ups, there is one other thing that is a must for wedding day touch ups.  BLOT POWDER.  A translucent powder that takes away shine, but doesn’t add a caked-on feel of other powders.  There are varying shades that will match any skin tone.  

As far as other wedding day necessities, check out this detailed link about must-haves on your big day.

As far as when to book your makeup artist, that depends on the bride.  I have brides booked a year or more in advance, with a trial done closer to their date.  And others that book a month or so before their day.  I recommend contacting your perspective makeup artist six months or so before the date.  Availability is usually better, and it gives the opportunity to get to know who you are working with.   Trials that can be done, if at all possible, at the time of the hair trial show a better idea of the wedding day look.  It is easier to envision with both aspects coming together.

Looking to have a custom dress created?  This local designer will make sure it is the perfect fit.  I have worked with Jennyvi Dizon many times and her dresses always look beautiful.  Look into her work 

Happy planning!

Jennyvi Dizon Couture events

I have been grateful to work with local AZ dress and gown designer Jennyvi Dizon.  An amazing woman and designer!   Custom made for your event or big day.  Check out all her designs at

These pictures are from events I have worked doing makeup for Jennyvi’s lines.  All pictures are taken by As You Wish Photography also based in the valley.



Welcome to my blog! Please bear with me while I get my thoughts organized with my makeup photos. 

It has been a great wedding season thus far.  Along with photoshoots and Western X the webseries premieres, it has been an amazing few months!  I’m looking to the next few months for all the great things to come!