May, 2014 Archive publication

Given the heat wave lately, I thought it was a great opportunity to share a beautiful wedding that happened in record heat!  :)  I was so thrilled when Wayling, the beautiful mother of the bride and the general of the wedding planning process, emailed me that Angela & Jacob’s wedding has been published by the new online edition featuring Real Weddings!  Click here to check out their write-up and to see more photos captured by Annie Tao from the event!  We got ready at a cool air-conditioned hotel about 20 minutes away from the venue.  I started early with the sister of the bride and Wayling (MOB) and then got to work on the beautiful Angela.  We knew it was going to be a warm June day, and after relaying the touch-up instructions again, Angela assured me that fortunately she does not sweat much in general.  After I made sure Angela was happy with her look, I packed my kit so I’m not in their way, and walked out to the parking lot – and…the heat that hit me made me think: Oh Boy!!!  I hope it’s going to be OK!  And then I go home and discovered that at 110 F, it was, at the time, the hottest recorded day in Livermore!!   Of course I was feeling worried!  I tell all of my brides the same (I would say…irrefutable truth about cosmetic ingredients!) that makeup is waterproof, but not oil-proof or smudge proof.  If you think about the properties and take any oil or cleansing oil, pretty much everything gets dissolved.  Heat tends to stimulate both the sweat (sudoriferous) and oil (sebaceous) glands.  The most mattifying primers can help the longevity, but natural elements are always a concern!  The same with hair – with more sweat/humidity and contact to the skin (on your neck and back!) the more likely it is to lose the curl despite hair products.

When I saw the photos shared by Annie, I thought: It’s a miracle!  A combination of genetic advantage, and good products! :)  Be sure to check out the post on and Annie’s Blog to see all the lovely DIY details made by Wayling and her aunt, who had a lot of fun (and some stress!) putting it all together!  During the consultation appointment, I saw Wayling & Angela’s pinterest boards, and knew they were prepared for a thoughtful & elegant affair!  Below are my favorite picks – of course they feature more the hair & makeup because I’m the hair & makeup person!  :) You can watch the lovely highlight video by De Novo Films as well to see their event.

jacob + angela // highlight edit from de novo studio on Vimeo.












Ceremony & Reception :  Martinelli Event Center
Chinese Cheongsam Dress :  Ling Ling Chinese Dresses
Reception Dress :  Sue Wong
Ceremony Shoes :  Jimmy Choo
Makeup & Hair :  Liz at Skyla Arts
Bridesmaid's Dresses :  Amsale
Groom's Tuxedo :  Hugo Boss
Groomsmen's Tuxedo :  Vera Wang at ridal Galleria
Floral's & Rentals :  Delford West Flowers
Reception Music :  Amos Productions
Catering :  Garre Winery
Favors :  Sugarie
Videography :  De Novo Studio
Photography :  Annie Tao Photography


Happy spring time!  Although here in the South Bay area it is feeling like summer!  I am thrilled to share a bridal editorial I worked on that I did makeup for that was featured in Today’s Bride Magazine!  Given the timeline, I thought it would be best if hair & makeup is separate and brought on my colleague Elisa Bunnell at Ws Salon to work on it together!  We also styled the ‘groom’ – it’s always a good idea to give the groom a light touch-up to match the bride’s polished look.  It was a great day at the gorgeous Kohl Mansion, and the perfect location for a 20s/Downton Abbey-inspired shoot.  The two gowns featured, Azalea & Eden from Jenny Packham, were selected & styled by Chantel & Saida at Nouvelle Vogue.  I ended up doing 2 lip colors to go with the different scenes – I loved how the mauve lip color and the unique ring color was showcased  in the closeups!

The spread featured the beautiful details, but here are a few more of my favorites from the shoot!  The last photo, we begged Sandra to take, because it really brought the Downton Abbey wedding scene, when Mary walked down the stairwell!  ;) It was a huge pleasure to work with all-star vendors & I hope you enjoyed temporarily entering a 20s-inspired inspiration shoot!

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Magazine :  Today's Bride SF
Venue :  Kohl Mansion
Florals & Event Design :  Mandy Scott Events
Makeup :  Skyla Arts
Men's Accessory :  Gene Hiller
Stationary :  Little Miss Press
Jewelry :  Dilek Sezen
Rentals :  Hartmann Studios
Models :  Exalt Agency