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Escape to Florence with this Sweet E-Shoot

My hubby and I have been creating a list of places we must visit and at the tippy top? Florence. I was there briefly in college and it was way too short – and without my special person. Florence is a city made for lovers and these two would agree. Gert Huygaerts captured their too-sweet-for-words engagement session and their Vault gallery is our wanderlust motivation destination for the time being.

From Gert Huygaerts… When Lynzie and Josh from Chicago contacted me a few months ago to see if I wanted to shoot their wedding next year, I didn’t really doubt for more than a second… as Lynzie knew exactly what she wanted being a wedding photographer herself.

Having a wedding in Tuscany and with Lynzie and Josh looking for a wedding venue for their big day, we decided to have their engagement shoot in the wonderful city of Florence… it was full spring and the temperature was nice, so the moods were good!

In the amazing old architecture of this Italian masterpiece, we had the most beautiful views and moments full of love… an Italian dream come true!

I’m already looking forward to next summer when they will be coming back to Europe to have their big day. It will sure be a day full of love in an amazing place… I can already feel that!

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Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Dress: Alice & Olivia | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Suit: Hugo Boss Red Label | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab | Floral Dress: Sandals From Zara | Groom's Shoes: Bruno Magli

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Rock Your Everyday Look with True Beauty Marks’ Tips!

We’re always eager to soak up info on how to get that sultry smokey eye or the dramatic red lip but what about your day-to-day approach? When you want to look put together and oh so fresh but not have it take hours to do so? I don’t know about you (but I bet you’d agree) that I’m in need of advice on how to look fab every single day, not just those nights on the town. That’s where Gina Kay of True Beauty Marks comes into play and her basic – but far from boring – steps for your everyday 101 beauty look.

1. Start with clean hands and a clean, moisturized face. Apply a face primer to prep your skin and it helps your makeup last longer! We love lighter, non silicone based primers, like Hangover by Too Faced, or Auto Pilot by Napoleon. Most of us busy ladies prefer a quick process for getting ready in the morning, so products with multiple uses are always a great time saver! For instance, BB and CC creams (Beauty Balms and Color Correcting Creams) are lightweight, hydrating versions of foundation that have SPF in them with smooth coverage. Apply with your hands or a clean sponge.

2. Next place some concealer where needed for extra coverage, blemishes, dark circles, etc. Blend with your ring finger or sponge. Concealers should match your skin tone or be one shade lighter for a little extra highlight under any tired eyes.

3. Sweep some blush along your cheek bones from the center of your eyes towards your temples – and blend the edges! We recommend filling in your brows lightly, as they frame your face and show off your beautiful eyes! We love Anastasia of Beverly Hill’s soft brow shadow and an angle brush. Light strokes from the bottom brow line up through the hair keep the shape, but feather in the shadow for a nice, natural look.

4. Have a bit of extra time? Apply a light layer of eye primer on your lids with your ring finger and curl those lashes!

5. For an every day look, pick one to two soft, neutral eye shadow colors, keeping the lighter shade on the base of your lid, and one a tiny bit darker along your lash line and outer corner. Make sure to blend them together with a soft eye shadow brush for a lovely, uniform look.

6. To keep things on the softer side with your eyes, all that’s left is mascara; I prefer eyeliner for evening looks. When applying eyeliner, keep the line thinner in the inner corner of your eyes, which makes your eyes look bigger! Blend with some darker eye shadow or if a liquid/gel liner is your thing, use the pencil first as a guideline and then trace over with the liquid/gel liner to avoid the dreaded uneven cat eyes!

7. Finish with the lip color of your choice and a little bit of powder to keep that shine down. Some of my favorite lip colors are Tarte’s Lip tints, they’re super hydrated and give you some pigment like a tinted chapstick, but better! If it’s going to be a long day or night, I use a Sealant Spray (Urban Decay or Ben Nye are favorites) and lightly mist over my makeup and let it dry. It keeps everything in place and keeps you looking fresh all day!

Want to switch up your usual routine? Try a different shade of blush or lip color! A soft peach is fun for summer or a muted berry tone on the lips can make your smile look super bright! Have fun with your makeup!

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Photography: Redfield Photography | Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Hair + Makeup Advice: True Beauty Marks

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A Wedding Squad We Dream of Being a Part Of

Not only does this rooftop cocktail and floral crown party look so fun but it’s super chic too! From the fresh flower decorated cake to the jewel-toned geodes, I’m sold on every design detail chosen by this posse of planners and photographers. With the talented likes of Santorini Glam Weddings, Tie The Knot Santorini and Santorini Bliss Weddings, it should be no surprise. Anna Roussos and SoVisual Photography captured all the fun and this Vault gallery is what makes this Wednesday pretty great.

From the Girls… We are so lucky to be working with friends! Here in Santorini we have created a wonderful group of wedding vendor friends! We share so many professional and personal moments together. This year we decided to create a new tradition, to celebrate the beginning of wedding season by throwing a cocktail party for ourselves!

Our day started with a stroll at the stunning village of Oia, in Santorini. Us girls, all dressed up, walked in the picturesque paths of Oia and actually being in front of the camera for once was a terrific experience! Anna Roussos had a double role this time, she was both in front and behind the camera, taking these beautiful photographs of the day with the help of lovely Sandy and Odysseas from SoVisual Photography.

Closer to the sunset time, the best time on a summer day, we went to Sphinx Wine bar in Oia, a listed 1850 mansion, with a cellar including more than 300 labels of local, Greek and international wines. Great wine, delicious canapés and creative cocktails. What else could we ask for?

Maria from Tie the Knot in Santorini, Evita from Santorini Glam Weddings and Manto from Santorini Bliss Weddings (or we can just put “us wedding designers”) designed a fresh and elegant tablescape with all the lovely details that we like to design for our lovely brides. We loved the super yummy cocktails and spoiled ourselves with Alexandra’s divine dessert tapas, and a lemon ginger tart decorated with fresh flowers! We even assembled a flower bar, where we created flower crowns, and flowers cones, having super amusing moments. The flowers, from Myrto and Betty Flowers, were our favourite; king proteas, peonies, hydrangeas and blue thistles.

It really was a day to remember! We had so much fun creating and celebrating at the same time! Cannot wait to repeat next year!

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning + Design: Tie The Knot In Santorini-Weddings & Events | Event Planning + Design: Santorini Glam Weddings | Event Planning + Design: Santorini Bliss Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers | Jewelry: Mati art gallery | Venue: Sphinx Wine Restaurant | Cake + Desserts: Alexandra's Cake | Linen Rentals: Weddings & Whimsy | Photography - Assistance: SOVISUAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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