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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Mattely in Love

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about how much easier it would be to be a boy, but then I remember how much fun it is to be a girl, especially when I see something like the stunning photo below. The look, photographed by Jose Villa for Aria’s wedding dress collection, is quite simply makeup perfection, and your beauty fairy godmother, Mar from TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions, is breaking it down step-by-step and product-by-product for you below!



This look is all about clean skin with a matte effect! But, it’s so important to use the right right moisturizer and primer first! If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer in a lotion or cream form; if you have oily skin, use a gel moisturizer first. After moisturizing, layer with a specialty matte primer, like Perfect Matt by Kryolan. Using the right products under the makeup will make for a smoother finish in the foundation and you won’t have to use as much product either.

Concealer + Foundation

This look was created with a secret airbrush formula to create a natural, matte appearance, but don’t worry, you can get the same look at home. Start with concealer, covering up any blemishes, unevenness and dark spots. Then, apply an airbrush foundation (Temptu is widely considered the gold standard in airbrush makeup, but if you want an easier application, try Diorskin Airflash by Dior) by spraying a light layer across your face in a zig-zag motion, after vigorously shaking the bottle first. After you’ve applied a layer, take a foundation brush and blend into your skin until you’ve achieved the desired coverage. Your photos will last a lifetime, so make sure you have the right foundation for your skin color with a quick swipe of the cheek with the foundation. If the color disappears in the skin then its the right hue, but if it looks light or too dark then your entire face will too.

Cheeks + Highlighting

This gorgeous look features a combination of two blushes to create depth—Nars Orgasm with Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty. Give your cheeks a natural-looking flush by applying the color starting at the apple and blending in a downwards motion while moving the brush up towards your temple. Then, highlight your skin with Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, which creates magic on all skin tones. Using your finger (a pro should be using a brush) dab on the ocular bone under your eye and gently tap in until blended. This will create a soft glow, which will pop in photos and look amazing in soft light or a candle-lit reception. Finally, swipe a translucent powder across the whole face to buff away any harsh lines.


Powders are your best friend when it comes to brows—they give off a more natural and soft appearance—and using an eyebrow brush keeps the brow looking full without looking like fuzzy caterpillars! The stiff bristles grab the color and adhere it to the brow when you fill in your natural shape. To keep your brows looking natural and full, always go a shade lighter than your first choice. And, apply the color lighter on the inner corner of the brow, and intensify your color as you sculpt the brow towards the tail end—this will give your brows the look of dimension and fullness.


Swipe a touch of creme shimmer  across the eyelid that will brighten the eyes and look flawless all day. Then, apply a color like Bobbi Brown’s Rich Brown in a subtle cut crease to give the eyes a more earthy, natural feel. Finish the look with eyeliner, using an angled eyeliner brush to apply gel liner along your tightline and waterline and fill in. This technique allows for definition without the drama. Apply layers of volumizing mascara (waterproof, of course!) to make your eyes really sparkle.


Keep your lips looking pretty and totally kissable with a long-lasting lipstick like L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Last Lip Color. Tap the color onto your lips and blend for a pouty, natural look. Finish with a little bit of gloss to ensure the color stays put.


The secret behind this model’s gorgeous, lush locks? Hair extensions! In fact, most brides and actresses you see are wearing some sort of hair extension—they allow you to have any hairstyle if you have a creative stylist and the right tools. This look features the TEAM Bridal Extensions in Felicia. Start with a simple wrap around the curling iron’s barrel going away from the face, let it cool, then added in an all-in-one hair extension. For product, less is always more! Set the hair with Big Sexy hair Whether Proof Hair spray and a little salt spray added in for texture. Tousle the hair and voilà—you’ve got beachy, romantic beautiful hair!

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Tips: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions | Photography: Jose Villa | Wedding Dress: Aria

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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Saturdays are pretty amazing (it’s the weekend, after all), but when it’s a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it’s a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It’s a gift that is both stunning AND meaningful.  Do yourself a favor and say hello.

Imagine surprising your nearest and dearest with a breathtaking work of art that will truly stand the test of time and you’ll land squarely on Grace Portraits, a crazy cool boutique that knows all there is to know about capturing those uber-special moments with hand-drawn portraits commissioned from local Bay Area artists.  Not to mention that each gift is wrapped in customized monogrammed packaging with a special note from the artist… AND you can choose from a variety of sizes and price points (11×14: $300, 16×20: $500, 18×24: $700), so no matter the recipient or occasion, there’s a Grace Portraits’ masterpiece that is more than perfect.  Just check out our very own SMP bride, Ashley Hoffman, and her stunning Grace Portrait drawing below.

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Bright + Elegant Sonoma Wine Country Wedding

We’re daydreaming about a wine country getaway thanks to this Sonoma Valley wedding captured by Sonya Yruel. With breathtaking views of the vineyards and rolling hills all around, the celebration sparkles with details like sunny yellow blooms from Ryan Keys, champagne Jenny Yoo dresses and so much more—see it all in the full gallery right here!


From Sonya YruelYou really can’t go wrong hosting your wedding in California’s wine country, and Kunde Family Estates boasts stunning vineyard landscapes, with a variety of grapes and an olive orchard. The estate’s vast property even has some early wine country history, a beautiful late 1800’s stone ruin which was the location of Natalie and Matt’s ceremony. Natalie and Matt brought a touch of vintage art deco and sunny pops of elegant yellow to their wedding.

One of my favorite details of the day was the framed table numbers at the reception. Each table had a place that told a special story (some sweet, some funny) about Natalie & Matt, and were designed beautifully by Sarah Goodwin Illustration & Design.

The first dances were my favorite moments; Natalie and Matt had been practicing their moves! And when Matt danced with his mom, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere, including the photographers!

From the beautiful Bride…
Why did you pick your venue? The sheer jaw-dropping beauty of the vineyard, rolling hills and panoramic views of the reception site as well as the uniqueness of the ceremony site, which was held at the Dunfillian Ruins, the ruins of one of California’s first wineries. Several guests later told us our wedding was the most beautiful they had ever attended.

Any great engagement or wedding day stories that you’d like to share? The groom secretly flew from San Francisco to Minneapolis to ask for the bride’s father’s blessing for marriage (he left and returned all in the same day!), and the bride had no clue until he proposed to her over a candlelit dinner on the beach.

Advice for couples planning a wedding?
-Make your wedding a whole weekend affair, this way you’re able to actually spend time with your guests and maybe even do some fun group activities.
-Pick a date a few days out from your wedding day and promise yourself you’ll stop running around stressing out after that day. This way you can “be present,” and enjoy the special time.
-Take dance lessons! It’s not only a really fun way to spend time with your fiancé and get a bit of a break from all the planning, but you also feel so much more confident when you hit that dance floor!
-Writing your own vows allows you to make your ceremony special, interesting, and even a bit funny! For our readings, we had family members read love letters written by our grandparents from the 1940s – people loved it!

Photography: Sonya Yruel | Videography: Thomas Hughes Films | Coordination: Alicia K Designs | Floral Design: Ryan Keys | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Cake : Susie Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Emmy London Bridal Collection | Wedding Bands: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair Stylist: Christy Dylo, Spoke & Weal Salon | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Friend | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Kunde Family Winery | Bride's "sash" (actually A Crown That She Used As A Belt): Twig & Honey | Bride's Engagement Ring: Lang Antiques | Bridesmaid Bathrobes: Etsy: Sunset To Sunrise | Desserts: Dragonfly Cakes | Groom's Pocket Watch: Family Heirloom, Grandfather's | Invitations And Menus: Katrina McHugh Of Launch Sessions | Make-up Artist: Daniela Serra Beauty | Musicians At Ceremony: Aleron Strings | Musicians At Reception: The Nines | Natalie & Matt's Dance Lessons: Val Cunningham Of The Dance Loft | Photography - Assistance: Bojana Korach | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Number Designer: Sarah Goodwin

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Rustic + Romantic Tuscan-Inspired Vineyard Wedding

A California vineyard wedding infused with a touch of Tuscan elegance might just be the definition of paradise. And in this case, the romantic reality for these lucky lovebirds. Honey Honey Photography captured every moment, from Bella Flora’s soft bouquets to the rustic chic reception. Join me in the gallery for more smile-inducing snaps – and in our Vault for even more rustic wonders.



From The Bride…When I first knew I loved Kyle was when he surprised me with a date to the pier in San Clemente. Before this date, I had never visited the pier even though I lived in Orange County my whole life. Once we got to the pier the sound of crashing waves hitting the shore automatically set the mood for the perfect night that lay ahead. The pier was completely empty and we walked hand and hand as we talked under the twinkling stars. That night we sat and talked for hours and I found out that he was more like me than anyone I had ever met. When it became too cold to stay outside anymore Kyle and I didn’t want the night to end so we returned to Kyle’s car to talk some more. Even though I needed to wake up at five in the morning for work I stayed out until three just talking to Kyle, wanting to know more about this wonderful person who seemed too good to be true. This pier has a special place in my heart, and is also the place where Kyle proposed to me.

I wanted our wedding to be soft and romantic with just a hint of a Tuscan elegance. I wanted a close family atmosphere where our guests could relax and mingle while enjoying our wedding. The best part of the whole wedding for me was sitting at our sweetheart table and looking out towards all our friends and family who were laughing and having a good time. This made my day seeing everyone happy for us and seeing all our hard work and planning come together.

My best advice for future couples is to stay true to what you want. Weddings are a lot of hard work and determination, but in the end everything is worth it. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be happy. Because remember at the end of the day you are marrying your best friend and that is all that matters.

From The Groom…I hold the “L” word in high regard. Erika knew this early on in our relationship. But with more and more time spent together things started to become more and more natural. I knew that I felt more for her then just some girl after spending a lot of time just talking with her. Night after night, talking and spending time together until the wee hours of the morning, I started to know she was the one. Then one evening as we were hanging out and laughing and getting to know each other even more, we had a moment, and without even thinking about it, the words came out of my mouth… “I love you” and she sat there startled, and I did too, but we smiled at each other and I explained to her how much she meant to me, and how I truly did love her.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Floral Design: Bella Flora | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Cake: Cakes To Celebrate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Europa Village | DJ: Local DJ Boy | Venue: Europa Village | Bridesmaids' Robes: Silk And More | Flower Girl Dress: Tea Princess | Garter: Garter Queen | Groom's And Groomsmens' Attire: Men's Warehouse | Guestbook: Kowaikuma

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Whimsical + Organic Muir Woods and Muir Beach Engagement Session

I’ve been to Muir Woods & Beach multiple times throughout my childhood in the Bay Area, and each time, I find its natural beauty more awe-inspiring and overwhelming than before. This whimsical engagement session among the redwoods and on the rocky shore has the same effect with a couple that truly exemplifies “California Cool” and gorgeous photos from Mariel Hannah. Get back to nature here.

From Mariel HannahMuir Woods and Beach are two of the most whimsical locations I’ve had a pleasure of photographing in. This setting was truly perfect for the vision of Maggie, who desired an organic and dreamy approach for her engagement photos. My favorite scene was being within fields of Queen Annes Lace that grew so large and lush… A perfect compliment to the dreamy scenes.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Venue: Muir Woods