Every artist has different things that inspire their greatest work. This might be a place, a person, a memory or an emotion. For me, one of my longest-held inspirations has been the glamor and romance of Old Hollywood. I wish I could have lived in this era, even if just for a day, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells. Even without ever spending a second of my life truly living during this time, I still find special moments of particular inspiration in the world all around me right now. One of these moments came to me as a December wedding last year that I will forever remember for the magic it created inside me and the magic I hoped to have created for this wonderful couple as well.

Cairnwood Estate wedding

Jenn and Nate were married on December 10, 2011 and I had the pleasure to be a part of this special day. I still remember this vividly because it was right around the time in the holiday season when you could start to feel the magic and anticipation of Christmas. This magic seemed to allow for a time warp to occur in which I felt like for one day we had gone back in time to the era of Old Hollywood Glam.  It was a delight to have such an iconic “canvas” in front of my eyes …a stunning muse that let my creative mind be completely free.


Cairnwood Estates on site make-up artist

For Jenn’s wedding day makeup I called upon smoky hues to add the dramatic flair of the big screen to her eyes. These cool, dark colors popped against her porcelain skin and light hair. Next we added color. What is more iconic “Old Hollywood” than sultry bright red China-doll lips? Together these elements created a flawless look – almost as if when watching her you were watching a beautiful movie play before your eyes. Everything detail about the wedding accented her look. From her hair to her dress and the venue.

Though we have come a long way from the Old Hollywood era, anyone who imagined that the age of elegance is gone, must only peek at the beautiful photos from this timeless wedding:

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Venue: Cairnwood Estates, Bryn Athyn,PA ; http://www.cairnwood.org/

Photography: Krisha Martzall,Lancaster ;www.krishamartzall.com

Cake: Bella Manse; http://www.bellamanse.com/

Dress: Tara’s Bridal;http://www.tarasbridal.com/

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