BLUSHing Bride :: Shannon

Shannon1Every so often I am lucky enough to work with a good friend on her wedding day.  Even though Shannon and I are from different towns, we grew up dancing in the same studio together and we’ve known each other ever since.  I am so lucky and honored that Shannon wanted to use me for her big day- she’s such a beautiful girl!

Shannon3Like 95% of my brides, Shannon wanted to look like the best “made up” version of herself. Natural but still glam.  After all, you only get married and wear an expensive dress and jewelry once.  We kept the complexion smooth, creamy but also matte.  We did a neutral smokey eye with shades of taupe, chocolate and champagne. What many girls don’t realize is that a smokey eye doesn’t have to be a palette of black and gray shadows, it can also be a combination of any shade range of colors, from dark to light.  I truly feel this best highlight’s a bride’s eyes and defines them without overshadowing her whole look. Especially when you use more warm colors like chocolate, plum, and taupe.

We did a light shimmer on the cheekbone courtesy of the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (yes you can use eyeshadow, it’s all relative.)  Cheeks were kept a light rosy pink with a matching lip color and gloss.


As always, false lashes make a huge difference…


Seeing Daddy for the first time, always a memorable shot!



Mother of the Bride makeup…just as stunning as her daughter!



And of course, a picture with her handsome groom…


Hope you have a Happy Wednesday!


All Photos by J. Smith Innovations Photography


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