Ladies, I’d like to introduce you to Pat McGrath

Vogue Magazine named her the most influential make up artist of our time!

Here’s why… Pat McGrath’s career breakthrough came while working with Edward Enninful, the then editor at i-D Magazine, in the early 1990s.  Breaking away from the fashion obsession with grunge, she introduced innovative use of color. In the mid-1990s, she began to work with Jil Sander and John Galliano  where she became known for her latex petals stuck to faces, vinyl ips, bodies drenched in powder paint and kabuki make up.

Now in all her glory, McGrath works with photographers including Steven Meisel (who now rarely shoots without her), Paolo Roversi, Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh to name a few. You can see her work published in American, English and French Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. During all  four Fashion Show seasons annually, she works with Prada, Miu Miu, Comme des Garcons, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Versace, YSL and Dolce and Gabbanna (again, to name a few).

As a makeup artist, McGrath is known for her wide range of work  from the highest couture to club kids. She is also known for her inventive use of materials: her most creative make-up is handmade, and she works mainly with her fingers instead of with brushes. She is truly an inspiration and a creative genius who we absolutely love!

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Below are Pat McGrath looks that easily transfer from runway to reality for your wedding day. The always beautiful Natural make up that will give you an extra glow during your wedding.

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Got to love the natural look!

More and more brides have been requesting a smokey eye on their wedding day, but you don’t want to go overboard with it.  Here are the perfect smokey eye by Pat McGrath ranging from subtle to hot!

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Lips! Lips! Lips!  If you have a great lipstick color (kissable friendly of course!) Your lips and face will pop! Plus you won’t need much else in the make up department except a good foundation and a natural eye.

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On the other end of the spectrum, the classic go-to beauty..The cat eye.

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Pat McGrath is THE make-up queen, however, there is editorial and runway looks that don’t cross over into reality and should always stay on the pages of magazines and the runways in the tents.

This look is way too natural.  It looks like her lips are chapped and I want to give her a lip balm.  Don’t be that bride.

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Too smokey.  We are not talking about make up at the goth club.

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Love this, but it’s more suitable for a dance party into the wee hours not including a wedding reception.

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Color is great, but sometimes it can be a bit much.  Again, great for editorial, not good for real life.  Well unless you’re a harajuku girl in Tokyo, it’s not a look to rock on a daily, especially at a wedding.

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Needless to say, Pat McGrath is a visionary and is constantly in demand while continuing to break new ground.  Her make up inspires us always for wedding day make up.  I hope she inspires you too!

xoxo

Autumn

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Crazy about Flats!

Crazy about Flats!

I love flats and sandals for your wedding day!  Is it acceptable to wear flats with your dress?  YES! I love flats and sandals for your wedding day!   I can’t get enough and the great thing about it, is you’ll be comfortable during your wedding as well as tre chic! Your feet will thank you.  Below are some of my favorite flats and sandals to pair with your wedding dress.  and to begin, classic pearls…

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A little glitz and pizazz for your tootsies!

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However, sometimes the most simplistic sandal speaks volume in class and sophistication.

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A hint of color is always a fun and unique way to add an extra element to your wedding day ensemble.

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There are some very cute and adorable flats that are not sandals for those a bit more conservative.

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And glam!

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The white cut out flats are for the fashion forward bride and my personal favorite!

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Contrary to popular belief, You can look nice and elegant in sandals and flats on your wedding day.  There are a plethora of options for any bride that compliments your own personal style. No need to be a quitter during the reception, you’ll be able to dance all night long without changing shoes and throwing your heels off!

xoxo

Autumn

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Traditional VS Modern

Traditional VS Modern anniversary gifts.

Most people are familiar with the traditional materials list that good etiquette requires us use as a guide when selecting a gift to commemorate a wedding anniversary. This can be a bit challenging to convert the materials on the list into an acceptable gift idea. There may be more choices available to you than you think. Do you know that an updated “modern” gift list is available which is becoming more and more popular? So do you go Traditional or Modern?

Parts of the traditional list have existed since medieval times. Historians can trace the origins of silver and golden anniversaries to medieval Germany, where garlands made of these metals were presented as gifts for the 25th and 50th years of marriage. The modern anniversary materials list presents us with a contemporary, easier to use alternative. The modern list has no clear beginning, but like the original, each year’s gift is more precious than the last.

Take a look at the difference below.  Traditional will be on the left and Modern will be on the right:

1st year is Paper (Source) or Clocks (source)

Second year is Cotton (source) or China (source)

 

Third year is Leather (source) or Crystal (source)

Fourth year is Linen (source) or Appliances (source)

Fifth year is wood (source) or Silverware (source)

Sixth year is Iron (source) or Wood Objects

Seventh year is Cooper (source) or Desk Sets

Eighth year is Bronze (source) or Lace (source)

Ninth year is Pottery (source) or Leather Goods (source)

THE BIG 10 YEAR!

Tin (source) or  Diamonds (source)

Now we are going to look at the milestone anniversaries:

Fifteenth Year is Crystal (source) or Watches (source)

The Twentieth is China (source) or Platinum (source)

Twenty Five YEARS! That’s silver all around!

Thirtieth is Pearls (source) vs Diamonds (source) This could go either way here.

Fortieth is the big beautiful RUBY. And that’s both traditional and modern.

And unless you live in a cave, you know that GOLD is the big 5-0 Anniversary!

I think it’s fun to find creative gifts based on both the traditional and modern list so neither won nor lost.  Have fun!

xoxo

Autumn

 

 

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The Traveling Bride and her Wedding Planner

The Traveling Bride and her Wedding Planner

As another growing trend in the wedding world, more and more couples each year are opting for a destination wedding outside of the US. However, the logistics of planning a wedding when you live in another country can be overwhelming and frustrating. Therefore, hiring a destination wedding planner who works within the wedding planning network is a really good idea.

A wedding planner can bare the staggering task of researching and securing local vendors and happily take the stress off  your hands. We deal with logistics like venues, tent rentals,  lighting and putting out any last-minute fires that may start in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Wedding planners can also act as a  behind-the-scenes master, creating gift bags for guests, greeting folks at the airport, keeping people busy with fun activities once there, taking care of the “special requests” and getting everyone where they need to be on-time.  Building a relationship with a planner from back home can help you save money in the long run and create your dream day overseas!  All you have to do is grab your Groom, dress and passport!

Paris je t’aime! La ville de l’amour! It’s only fitting that we start with the most romantic city in the world.  Here are my favorite Paris wedding inspirations which I j’dore!

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There is a saying in Italy ” Amor non conosce travaglio!” Love never tires, and any location in Italy is stunning and rich with history. Following are my favorite Italian Wedding inspirations.

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Or perhaps, channel your inner royalty in British Monarchy and wed in London.

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“If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls” –Anynymous

Krasny!

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Or visit the simply breathtaking poetic Emerald Isle aka, Ireland.

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Oh lovely Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira; an island in the southern Aegean Sea.

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Elephants are one of the most amazing and beautiful creatures in the world, and in Thailand,  you can have one in your wedding party, and that is very special.

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Bali.  Need I say more?

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All and all, have that wedding in that exotic location you’ve always dreamed of. We are here to help!

Bon Voyage!

xoxo

Autumn

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Ingenious Invites

Spread the love with these “out of the box” wedding invite ideas for the couple that live life off the beaten path and travel the road less traveled. These invites are bursting with excitement as I love more fun, more personality, and less stodgyness. Following are my favorite  fun, modern. heart warming, funny, and anti-traditional wedding invitations:

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Simple and so cute!

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This is one of my favorites.  I love this hole punch idea and the fact that your invitees can create their own design on your invites.

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Concert and Theater tickets are such a great idea for that couple who really embrace the arts.

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Great ideas for a destination wedding!

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I absolutely adore this cootie catcher invite! It’s so creative and fun!

All in all, breaking out of the traditional wedding invite is a fun way to show your personality as a couple.  Enjoy and get creative!

xoxo,

Autumn

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