We kicked off our wedding season last Saturday at a private ranch in Petaluma CA. Jenny and I both had a feeling that this was going to be a fun wedding and we were right. As we began unpacking our surplus of supplies a woman with one of the brightest smiles ever entered the room. I glanced up quickly and then did a double take. I knew that face, those eyes, that smile but my mind could not understand how one of our favorite bridesmaids from the previous year, Nisa, was once again in Petaluma. Nisa was just as excited to see us, which made for quite the reunion. It turns out that she attended college with both Annie (2016 EB Bride) and Kelsey (2017 EB Bride). She doesn’t live in the area but she traveled here for both weddings. Nisa has good energy, is fun and cares about her brides. I remember leaving Annie’s wedding last year and either Jenny or I saying, “Every wedding needs a girl like that as a bridesmaid. We need a Nisa at every wedding!” Well we may not have her at every wedding, but we were lucky enough to once again enjoy working with her at Kelsey’s wedding. Nisa chose completely opposite looks for each wedding, which was an added bonus. At Annie’s wedding I did a smokey makeup using a warm burgundy palette, Jenny styled her long thick hair into an updo and she wore a short blue dress. For Kelsey’s wedding Nisa chose to stay with a dramatic makeup but we used a cool palette of purples, Jenny styled her hair down with part pulled back in a top knot and her dress was a long flowing Show Me Your Mumu dress in Silver Sage. Nisa looked gorgeous in both looks and it is a fun comparison of our work. Nisa we cannot wait to style you for your next event!
We will be doing a full blog on Kelsey’s wedding as well in the near future.
When Sondra arrived at her first appointment with me (Jenny Mattos) we
did our normal hair consultation. She had super long beautiful hair
and wanted to keep it long. She wanted a trim, but her goal was to
keep as much of the length as possible. We also discussed color
options because she wanted to put some highlights in her hair. During
her first appointment we did the normal getting to know each other
chat. I learned she was a nurse and that she had a long-time boyfriend
that she was planning to marry someday. She was waiting on the
proposal, but it was clear they would be spending the rest of their
lives together. As I continued doing Sondra’s hair I learned that her
and boyfriend LOVE to travel. I also learned they love their dog
Mykonos, which is something we share because my dog Isaac is
definitely my fur child.
Throughout the years we continued doing highlights and little trims to
Sondra’s hair. She loved the style of the Blunt Lob, but I reminded
her to envision her hair when she got married someday. I felt the
engagement was coming soon and I did not want to cut off all her hair
and have her regret it. Sondra agreed that she would want it long so
we would save the short cut for after the wedding. Not long after this
discussion, I saw on Social Media that she had gotten engaged on one
of their many vacations. At the next hair appointment, Sondra said she
would like to book EB Elite Artistry for her wedding day hair and
Sondra and I discussed all of her future appointments and I asked her
to start thinking about how she would like her hair. I wanted to know
how she envisioned her hair styled for the day as well as her desired
hair length, thickness and color. We created a plan and scheduled her
appointments accordingly. I also encouraged her to please let us know
the date as soon as possible because EB Elite Artistry books up
quickly. Sondra is a planner and shortly after this appointment she
called with her wedding date and placed her deposit to hold her
desired day. We talked about a trial appointment so we could
experiment to see what she likes and doesn't like for her hair and
makeup needs. I suggested that we schedule the trial for her
engagement photos so she could get good use out of the hair and
Her photos were early in her engagement, so she was still uncertain
regarding her wedding look, but she did know she wanted her hair and
makeup done for the photos. When we did her hair and makeup for the
photos, we played with some color on her makeup. Sondra has gorgeous
eyes that I wanted to really pop in the pictures. She wanted her
beautiful hair down with soft curls. After her photo shoot, we
discussed the thickness of her hair. I told her if placed a few
extensions, it would really make her hair pop regardless of style.
Sondra’s engagement shoot was almost a year before her wedding so she
had some time to think about it and decide before the big day. We had
timely appointments schedule to keep checking in and keeping her hair
color and cut the way she chose.
As we approached the big day, Sondra decided she wanted a braid for
her wedding hairstyle. I thought it was a fun style that was
definitely on trend. She showed me pictures of braids she liked and I
explained to get those big fun braids, it would look thicker if we did
a few extensions for fullness and she agreed. Once Sondra’s extensions
arrived and she had a vision for hair and makeup we were ready for her
real trial. I reminded her to make sure she was doing something fun
after the appointment so she could use her look! She scheduled the
trial for her last date night before being husband and wife. During
her trial we had fun with some burgundy colors on her eyes, and man oh
man did her eyes pop. Then we moved onto the braid. Now here is
something about me… I don’t do anything simple. Sondra’s “braid” was
basically four braids, which joined into one braid. Sondra loved it!
She said it was exactly what she was looking for, but she didn't want
Travis to see her completed look even though wanted to stay cute for
her date night. I quickly did a few changes, so he would still be
surprised at the big reveal on their wedding day.
Sondra’s wedding was during the week. On her wedding day
we started the day as we normally do with setting
everyone’s hair. Once I was done setting I moved onto doing Sondra’s
makeup after finishing Sondra’s makeup, I moved onto finishing
everyone’s hair, with Sondra last so she would be ready to start the
day once I finished her. We did Sondra’s hair and makeup just as we
talked about at the trial run. I styled the bridesmaids in a loose
romantic updo. Mother of the bride had a short style I gave some
volume to and polished her style. The mother of the groom wanted half
up half down hair with curls. It was a long but fun day with the
Since Sondra and Travis had a love for travel, they weren't going to
stop at their honeymoon they were off to Bali! When Sondra was in
Bali, I had got a message from her asking if she could get in as soon
as she got home to get her extensions out and cut off all her hair
like we had planned to do after the wedding. So we made an appointment
for when she got back to take out the extensions and we made
a separate appointment to do the haircut. I wanted to make sure she
was really ready to cut it before we did. She was Ready! We
chopped it off to her Lob that she had been wanting for some time.
During all the wedding planning, Travis and Sondra had been planning
on moving to Bend Oregon. Before Sondra had left, we made sure we had
one more appointment to send her off with good hair and to say our
goodbyes. I love watching her settle in with Travis and Mykonos in
there new home in Bend and starting their lives as husband and wife.
Being a makeup artist means sharing in special moments with a bride and bridal party during every wedding. You work and listen quietly or join in the conversation when needed, but for the most part you share these moments as an observer. However, some weddings strike a deeper chord because it is a friend getting married and you know most of the wedding party. Heather is a good friend of mine and Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry was her choice for hair and makeup last September when she married her love Soheil.
Heather is one of my favorite ladies! She is laid back, funny and someone who is always ready to help or have fun. Not only do we share a best friend, Angela Howdyshell, but we have known each other since I was in second grade. We went to a small school, so even though we were in different grades we always knew each other. While in High School we also did cheerleading together for the St. Vincent Mustangs. We always joke that we had the left back corner monopolized because we weren’t the best dancers on the squad. Two of Heather’s bridesmaids were also cheerleaders with us, so it definitely felt like a fun reunion.
Heather was an incredible bride because she knew the direction and look she wanted to create but also allowed us creative license. She stuck to her scheduled appointments and was dedicated to the process of creating her style. Heather chose to have Hotheads Hair Extensions applied to her hair by Jenny. During her trial, due to our timeline, she had the hair extensions done and was able to have them moved up once between her trial and wedding day. Ideally, hair extensions should be applied on a separate day than a trial because the hair is ironed very straight for application. Usually for popular bridal updos, boho styles and romantic styles the hair is curled or set to optimize the desired look. The hair extensions do not hold the curl as well immediately after being applied, however Jenny is a magician and was able to create the desired hairstyle.
Jenny and I work together the day of the wedding and also during the trial day, so that the bride knows how her hair and makeup will look once complete. Heather arrived at the salon had her makeup applied , hair extensions applied and hair styled in one afternoon. Heather is not afraid of makeup and loves a smokey eye. I created an eye that contained plums, cranberries and rose golds, a cheek with plums and pink and she chose Kylie Cosmetics Koko K for her lip.
The morning of Heather’s wedding Jenny and I arrived at The Jack London Lodge in Glen Ellen at 6:45 am. We immediately set up and got to work on all the lovely ladies. Heather’s room was upbeat, fun and had a revolving door for guests, the wedding party and her beautiful children. In fact as we were in the middle of working Angela’s fiancé, Tim, popped by to say hi. He took a look at the girls and had a horrified facial expression. He blurted out, “People pay you to make them look like that!” I was in the middle of doing Angela’s makeup and looked at him all flustered and Jenny simply replied, “Yep!” Then we all started laughing. The middle of a makeup and hair session can be very chaotic and look a bit odd to an outsider. Jenny sets everyone’s hair so all the ladies look like they have little old lady hairdos or as they have been nicknamed “mini Martha Washingtons.” I was in the middle of Angela’s makeup so she had full eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation and bake powder on her face. She looked completely white with dark eyes. Tim took a moment to converse and then hightailed it out of the room not to be seen for hours. Once he did return he conceded that everyone looked gorgeous. It is a moment that will always be highlighted in my career!
I did the makeup for four attendants, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom. Each woman had an individual look that complemented her style and preference. The attendants wore beige/nude colored dresses so the makeup could be different depths and colors and match beautifully. Jenny styled their hair in a variety of ways as well from full updos to partial updos. The Mother of the Bride does not wear a lot of makeup so she chose a natural look. I worked hard to ensure she was comfortable but also pushed her outside of her normal limits after Heather and her sister Adrienne encouraged a little more depth to her eyes. I saw the Mother of the Bride shortly after the wedding and she confessed she had been nervous but absolutely loved her makeup once done. Jenny styled her hair in soft waves, The Mother of the Groom was the exact opposite she wanted dramatic, dark and sexy. She is a hairstylist so this did not surprise me. We created a very sultry sophisticated look that fit her personality perfectly. Jenny styled the short hair in a messy and sassy style, which the Mother of the Groom requested.
Heather was a stunning bride! She wore her hair partially pulled back in loose curls with lots of volume per her request. It was romantic and fit her wedding theme perfectly. We went for the dramatic eye but added a little more cranberry and deep warm browns to really capture her beautiful eyes. Her cheeks remained a plum with pink highlight and we deepened her lip to Kylie Cosmetics Posie K to give a more dramatic flair.
Kimberly MacDonald captured gorgeous images of Heather from the moment she arrived to the end of the wedding. It was a beautiful day of family, friendship and beauty. As Heather slipped on her mermaid style wedding dress and Jenny placed her wedding combs and veil a vision of Ethereal Beauty emerged before our eyes.
Katy and Dustin’s July Wedding
Katy’s wedding was a little unique compared to other weddings in 2016. Jamie, Katy’s Maid of Honor hired us to do the hair and makeup. Jamie has been a long time friend and client of Jenny and myself. She treated Katy to a special morning of hair and makeup at Mockingbird Heights A Salon.
Jamie, Katy and Jenny all knew each other from high school. Jamie and Jenny kept in touch throughout the years, so once Jenny was licensed and working at Mockingbird Heights A Salon Jamie booked her first appointment. Jamie is a beloved client not only for her personality, but for her desire to try new looks with her hair, makeup and skin care regimen. She is the client that Jenny and I can call on to try all our new hair or makeup techniques. Jenny has skillfully colored Jamie’s hair, cut it into short hairstyles, applied gorgeous hair extensions and applied Jamie’s makeup. Jenny also referred Jamie to me for eyelash extensions.
My husband, Bryce introduced me to Jamie a few years before I started working at Mockingbird Heights. In spring 2015, Jamie booked an appointment with me for eyelash extensions. We started as acquaintances and became fast friends. I have enjoyed applying different styles of eyelash extensions, applying makeup for special occasions and nourishing her skin with facials. Jamie can literally sit like a statue for hours as Jenny and I perform any number of services. It seriously amazes me because I am the worst client ever when it comes to being still. Applying makeup to Jamie is always a fun experience because she allows me creative license and can patiently wait for the application to be perfected.
Jamie and Katy arrived at the salon at 6 am on the July morning of Katy’s wedding. Katy was ready for her makeup and we immediately created a look that would fit her vision for the day. Katy is a ballerina so she is not shy when it comes to stage makeup and makeup in general. However, for her wedding she chose to go with a more natural look. I applied warm tones of creamy gold and soft browns to her eyes. This made her blue eyes pop without overwhelming them. She chose a neutral lip and a soft bronze for her cheeks. Jenny pulled Katy’s hair off of her face and styled it into an elegant low updo. The entire look was completed with a rhinestone bridal headband. Katy looked stunning!
Jamie chose some beautiful plums and browns in cooler tones for her makeup. I did a smokey eye, paired with a plum cheek and deep pinkish plum lip. Jenny styled Jamie’s hair with a middle part, then loosely styled half up and half down with curls. Both women are beautiful and looked gorgeous as we finished their styling.
Jamie and Katy left the salon while it was still quite early. They had most of the day to finish preparing for the wedding and celebrating with the other attendants. Katy and Dustin said their vows at a beautiful backyard ceremony where friends and family gathered to celebrate their love.
Products used by EB Elite Artistry:
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Annie McIsaac and Robbie Johnson August 2016
Annie McIsaac’s wedding was a gorgeous affair held at St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa. The day was filled with light-hearted banter, stories of college and lifetime friendships. Friends and family joined together on a Thursday to celebrate Annie and Robbie’s wedding in elegant style.
Jenny and Annie’s families are both a part of the dairy industry, so it was inevitable that their paths would cross throughout their lives. Jenny originally met Annie’s mother, Sue, through the North Bay Dairy Women. Annie and Jenny also knew each other from their Dairy Princess days. Annie won the title of Dairy Princess the year after Jenny ran. After Annie returned from college she became a client of Jenny’s and they got to know each other even more. Jenny had heard a lot about Robbie throughout hair appointments and was excited for Annie’s engagement and for the opportunity to be apart of her wedding day.
The morning of Annie’s wedding Jenny and I arrived at the Flamingo Hotel very early to start the styling of the bride, three attendants, Mother of the Groom (MOG) and the Wedding Ceremony Officiant. We set up our supplies as the women were out getting coffee and waking up for the day. As soon as they arrived back to the bridal suite we were prepared to start styling.
Jenny began setting hair immediately and I began doing the attendant’s makeup. Annie’s attendants were fun, silly and attentive to Annie’s needs throughout the day. They made the hours pass quickly as they joked about looking like a group of “Martha Washingtons.” Jenny sets everyone’s hair before any hairstyle is created. This creates the base of the hairstyle and ensures hours of celebrating without any of the hairstyles falling apart. Annie sent us a selfie the morning after her wedding to show that her hair and makeup had stayed in place even the day after her nuptials.
Annie described her wedding theme as being simple, elegant and classic. She created the details of her wedding with this theme in mind, and it seamlessly wove itself into Annie’s overall look as well. Annie did have a preview before the wedding for her hair and makeup. She wanted her hair pulled away from her face and to try a red lipstick, however she was open to Jenny’s suggestions. Jenny pulled Annie’s hair off her face into a structured side updo. She applied a generous amount of makeup using neutral colors to create a smokey eye and complemented it with a red lip. Annie knew immediately that she did not want to keep the red lip for her big day, but was happy with the overall style that Jenny created. The morning of the wedding we always consult with the bride one more time to make sure they are completely happy with the preview look. Annie had decided that she loved the dramatic style of the makeup but she wanted something a bit lighter on her eyes. Jenny was instantly able to adjust the depth of color on the wedding day and create a simple yet elegant makeup that was loved by all. The bride felt more like “herself” and felt that her groom would appreciate the effect. She kept her hair the same as the preview and went with a pink lip. Annie’s wedding gown was a stunning lace dress made by Martina Lilana. She wore simple and elegant jewelry from Ever Faith and fun blue wedges from Nine West. The mother of the groom wore her hair partially pulled back with some down in loose curls. I did her makeup in neutral brown tones giving her a glamorous look without being overly dramatic. She looked beautiful in her blue dress as Robbie walked her down the aisle.
The attendants all chose different dresses from www.weddingtonway.com, each had the base color of blue but showed the individual taste of each woman paired with nude wedges. The dresses seem symbolic to me because like the dresses each woman was a strong individual yet they complemented each other so well and created a beautiful unit of friendship. The overall feeling of the day was mutual respect, support and love. All of these women also had beautiful thick long hair, which Jenny styled into different types of gorgeous braids. Two of them had braided updos while one chose to wear a thick side braid. I did their makeup in a variety of ways to complement their skin tone, facial structure and personal style
The Officiant was a college friend who had flown out from Oklahoma. She is a woman with style who is gregarious and full of life. One of her many jobs includes being an auctioneer and she gave us a demonstration. I was quite impressed! As she sat in my chair she said she wanted a neutral look. I could feel the look of disbelief on my face, which I tried to hide, as I calculated everything I had learned about her style in the previous hours. I began talking to her about her eyes and how she normally wears them and gathering ideas in my mind, but I kept dismissing them. I was struggling because the look she wanted and the woman who was sitting in front of me were not meshing. Finally, we all had an “ah ha!” moment because we realized she wanted an understated look because she was the Officiant. Annie urged her to be herself. I was able to create a fun yet sophisticated makeup style for her while keeping her ceremonial duties in mind. Jenny did the same as she pulled her hair to the side and let it flow in loose curls.
After a long day of friendship, hair and makeup the girls were off to celebrate the love of Annie and Robbie. As Jenny and I packed up we were given delicious persimmon cookies (wedding favors) that were a family recipe, which we devoured on the drive home. Suzanne Karp captured beautiful images of the day, which gave us a glimpse into the ceremony and reception. Annie was the essence of elegance as she walked down the aisle toward her new future with Robbie.
Please visit our testimonial page to read Annie’s review of our work.
Products used by EB Elite Artistry:
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Kat Von Dee Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Venue: St. Francis Winery and Vineyards
Photographer: Suzanne Karp Photography
Floral Design: Sandy Bordessa
Wedding Dress: Martina Lilana
Wedding Shoes: Nine West
Jewelery: Ever Faith
Bridesmaid Dresses: weddingtonway.com
Groom/ Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Caterer: Park Avenue
Rentals: Encore Events
Regina and Chris June 2016
The morning of Regina and Chris’s wedding started early at a local venue, Flying Cloud in Petaluma CA. Regina chose a rustic country theme for her big day that is demonstrative of the couple’s roots in the ranching community. The day was filled with love, laughter and a group of women that truly focused on the day’s purpose.
Jenny Mattos (Master Hairstylist and Makeup Artist) and Regina Camozzi both grew up on ranches in Petaluma and subsequently both ran for the honored position of Dairy Princess. However, the year Regina was up for the title Jenny was volunteering her time as a hair stylist and makeup artist. Regina had gone to get her hair styled earlier in the day, but absolutely hated the tight feel and severe look of the updo. She asked Jenny for help moments before going onstage. Jenny quickly got to work trying to loosen and soften the hairstyle. They instantly bonded and Jenny gave her advice during the Dairy Princess process. Jenny laughs as she reminisces, “I told Regina that the Dairy Women will tell you that you can’t see anybody’s face in the audience. But, that’s not true because you can see every face and I learned that while giving my speech.” Regina was well prepared for her speech after asking Jenny’s advice. Both women won First Alternate for Dairy Princess, Jenny in 2005 and Regina in 2010. As the years continued they remained in contact and Jenny was especially excited to learn that Regina would be marrying Chris Sepulveda. Jenny knew Chris from their years participating in FFA together. Regina and Jenny had similar upbringings, experiences and taste, so while Regina was planning her wedding she coincidentally chose Jenny’s wedding venue and some of the same vendors. Regina reached out via Facebook to Jenny for her advice and opinion while wedding planning. Jenny once again truly enjoyed sharing her experiences. Once it was time for Regina to choose a hair and makeup team she looked no further than Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry.
Regina booked an appointment before her wedding with Jenny for a color and haircut and with me (Stephanie, Master Makeup Artist) for a brow wax. She wanted to be prepared and prepped for her hair and makeup on her wedding day. However, she chose not to get a hair and makeup preview because she had Jenny do her styling in the past and had followed her career through social media. We give the bride choices when they pick our team for hair and makeup whether it is a request regarding the preview, a particular style or which stylist they prefer. We want each bride to feel confident with our services and team. Jenny and Regina had already established a relationship, so Jenny was the natural choice to do the hair and makeup for Regina and the hair for three of the attendants. Stephanie did the makeup for the mother of the bride (MOB) and all four attendants. Depending on the size of the wedding party, timeline, services and who from our wedding team is available determines which team members will be in attendance. If a bride knows and wants one of our team members then she can make a request for that particular stylist. Regina was confident that whatever Jenny created would be perfect for the wedding!
Jenny and I arrived early to the venue and were completely set up as the bride, mother of the bride and her attendants arrived. They came prepared for the day with breakfast, lunch, drinks and practical items that would be needed throughout the day. We instantly were able to start styling and the day was filled with stories, laughter and a steady stream of hairspray. Regina consulted Jenny on a variety of styles for both hair and makeup. After some thought they decided a low loose romantic updo would be perfect for Regina’s type of hair. The updo was completed with a rhinestone bridal comb and her mother’s veil from 30 years ago. Regina’s makeup really focused on her expressive eyes. A beautiful creamy gold was applied to her lids with a smokey corner and crease, which created a romantic look that made her eyes pop. Regina wore an Essence of Australia lacy wedding gown with beautiful heels for the ceremony. At the reception she traded in her heels for her brown cowboy boots with blue stitching, which added that rustic country flair. Vanda Floral Design arranged her pink and white flower bouquet and wrapped the stems with lace from her great grandmother’s veil from 1926. The new combined with the family heirloom was stunning.
The Mother of the Bride, Holly, was a lot of fun! She does not wear a lot of makeup but really wanted to step outside of her comfort zone for her daughter’s special day. I kept the eyes neutral by using Soft Brown, Embark and Vanilla Mac Eyeshadows. I used Youngblood Cosmetics Loose Powder Blush in Coral Reef with a mid toned lipstick to set off her look.
The four attendants all wore different styles of makeup that ranged from neutral to dramatic. Jenny set and styled three of the girls’ hair, which they wore partially down in loose curls with different types of braids. Each was a little different, but once they were wearing their matching teal dresses the overall effect was cohesive and country chic.
After the girls were complete they were off to their next destination of Saint Vincent de Paul Church for the wedding ceremony. Kimberly MacDonald took the wedding photos and did a phenomenal job of capturing the joy and love of not only the couple but family and friends as well. Regina was radiant as she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm and Chris’ face displayed love and pride as he gazed down at his beautiful bride.
Please visit our testimonial page to read Regina's review of our work.
Products used by EB Elite Artistry:
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Hair and Makeup: Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry
Venue: Flying Cloud, Petaluma CA – Reception
Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Petaluma CA – Ceremony
Photographer: Kimberly MacDonald Photography
Florist: Vanda Floral Design
Cake: Marita Garcia
Catering: Jimmy Maestretti
DJ/Photobooth: Pure Energy Productions
Bridal Dress: Wine Country Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses and Tux Rental: Bliss Bride
Lindsay Keeler and Eugene Stipanov April 2016
Our first April wedding of the 2016 season dawned both foggy and drizzly. However, our gorgeous bride Lindsay glowed as bright as summer sunshine. Lindsay and Eugene chose to be married outside under Redwood trees in Fairfax, Ca. They had an indoor option for the reception, however their dream was to be married under the gorgeous majestic trees. As we all prepared for the big day, we kept checking the sky for a sign that the outdoor ceremony could proceed. We also reflected on the time we had spent with the bride that led us to be her Hair and Makeup Team.
Lindsay is very dear to all of our hearts at EB Elite Artistry because she has been a long time client and friend to all of us. Lindsay had heard of Mockingbird Heights and called to find a new hair stylist. After listening to Lindsay’s needs she was paired with Jenny for a haircut. Once Lindsay arrived for her new hairstyle she realized she already knew our team member Lindsey and she instantly formed a fast friendship with Jenny. After a few months of haircuts Lindsay took the plunge and asked Jenny to color her hair, which she had been coloring black at home, and asked for a referral for waxing. I was then introduced to Lindsay and found her to be a kindred spirit. Over the months of getting to know Lindsay we learned about her love for Eugene. We all enjoyed the stories of their time together because each of us recognized the love and joy they shared. In November 2015, Lindsay arrived for her regular hair appointment and asked for a short haircut. Jenny urged her to wait and think about cutting off her long beautiful hair. It wasn’t that Jenny didn’t want to cut it but, she had a feeling that Lindsay was going to be getting engaged soon and most brides want long hair for their special day. A few weeks after the appointment we received the text that Lindsay was engaged! We were all celebrating for her and so relieved that Jenny had persuaded Lindsay to keep her long hair.
Once the couple set the date for the following April, Lindsay booked Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry to do all the hair and makeup for her special day. This included hair and makeup for herself, her mother, her wedding attendants and even her groom’s hair. More men are requesting hair services on their wedding day, which is a great way to complete the overall look of the groom. Lindsay also began booking Jenny and I for all of her haircut, coloring and waxing needs as well as makeup and hair styling for her engagement photos. Lindsay exuberates excitement and after Jenny finished her hair and makeup for her engagement photos she exclaimed, “this is what it must feel like to be a movie star.” Jenny simply replied, “Just wait until you see our hair and makeup team on location for your big day.”
Jenny Mattos, Lindsey Wolst and I (Stephanie Albini-Smith) arrived early to the bridal room at Deer Park Villa. The small room would need to accommodate the bride, mother-of-the bride, five attendants, three stylists and all of our supplies. Now when I say supplies one may picture a bag or two of makeup and curling irons, however, you would be dreadfully wrong. Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry’s supplies inhabit every spare inch of space in the back of my GMC Yukon. We definitely truly encompass the saying that “supply is never a problem.” We are overzealous with our makeup, skincare products, hairspray, hair products, bobby pins, brushes, curling irons, flat irons and coming soon even lighting options. We have become creative when working in small spaces and quickly organized the space to accommodate everyone’s needs. Once the bride and her bridal party arrived the real fun began!
Lindsay did keep her hair long for the wedding and it suited her theme of a “magical romantic forest wedding.” Lindsay wore her hair in long loose curls with a veil clipped in with a gold laurel leaf bridal comb. Her makeup complemented her features with a soft brown smokey eye, while her Sarah Seven wedding dress portrayed the romantic yet sexy overall look that Lindsay wanted to achieve. Lindsay said, “With regards to makeup, I let Jenny do whatever she wanted, keeping in mind that I don’t wear much makeup normally, so I didn’t want it to be super heavy. I didn’t feel overly ‘made up’ on my wedding day and looking back on photos, I couldn’t have been happier with the look she created.” Lindsay kept an open mind but, conveyed her wants and needs perfectly so that a unique look could be created just for her and her wedding party.
Her attendants were able to choose their own dresses, hair and makeup looks based on personal style while staying true to the wedding’s neutral palette with touches of grey and blue. Lindsey Wolst, worked hard to set the attendant’s hair and prepare them for Jenny to style. Keeping each attendant’s style as well as the overall wedding theme in mind Jenny recommended beautiful hair looks that withstood the elements of rain and the evening of celebration. I created the makeup looks for the mother of the bride and attendants. Whether it was neutral or dramatic, each woman was able to feel comfortable and beautiful. I enjoyed doing makeup on all of the attendants although I had an especially fun time with the bride’s sister-in-law. She is a woman that does not wear makeup and she allowed me to create a dramatic look. She stepped out of her comfort zone and had fun with it. As the women gathered together in prayer, before Lindsay went to meet Eugene, they presented a beautiful palette of individuality and stunning beauty.
Lindsay and Eugene had a private “First Look” before the ceremony. The photos that Victoria Carlson Photography captured are gorgeous. The pure images of love shine through every photograph. The rain added a romantic touch that enhanced the beauty and magic of the entire location.
As much as the rain added to the romantic feel it is a stylists worst enemy. Lindsay asked us to stay on location until after her ceremony. This is an add-on service we provide and highly recommend, especially in cases of inclement weather. After both her First Look and ceremony, she returned to us in the bridal room to be refreshed and touched-up. We strive for perfection at every wedding under all circumstances, so the rain was just an obstacle that we had to overcome. I do believe we succeeded! As I watched Lindsay walk down the aisle under a light drizzle of rain she truly was a vision of Ethereal Beauty!
Please visit our testimonial page to read Lindsay Stipanov’s review of our work.
Products used by EB Elite Artistry:
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Hair and Makeup: Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry
Venue: Deer Park Villa
Photography: Victoria Carlson Photography
Laurel Leaf Hair Comb: Anna Marguerite
Laurel Leaf Earrings: Love Like Style
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell and J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Stephen Geoffrey Tuxedo, Wine Country Bride
Floral Design: Root & Riot
Catering and Desserts: Ray’s Catering
DJ: Jayson Ehm, All Ears DJ
Rentals: Encore Events Rentals
Dinner Menus, Programs, and Tented Place Cards: JP Stationery
Wedding Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative
Videography: Fusion Moments Media
Photo Booth: Jessie Holman Photography