There have been many times throughout my life when I have felt blessed to have such a passion and inspiration for makeup. I feel extremely lucky to also have a career which allows me to engage this passion every day and to travel and discover some of the most beautiful places that surround us. Born in Europe and now living in Central Pennsylvania, I feel I am very well traveled. But even with all of the different countries I’ve visited and sights that I’ve seen, I am still taken aback by the breathtaking settings that can be found not more than an hour away in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


As a professional makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being a part of absolutely stunning weddings at almost countless locations. Among the different areas in which I travel for my work, Lancaster has continued to impress me with its unique, versatile and classy wedding venues. You might wonder why a wedding venue means so much to a professional makeup artist, but this is because it sets the tone for the entire wedding. When creating a bride’s wedding day look, I want to be sure it reflects her personality, vision and compliments the feel of her entire wedding day. I pay close attention to wedding venues for this reason – to gain a sense and understanding of the memory the bride wishes to create.

I’m influenced by the energy that a wedding place radiates and I bring that touch into my makeup design. As I mentioned some of the wedding venues in Lancaster, I’d like to highlight a special few in which I’ve found to be particularly inspired by their beauty.

Lancaster Arts Hotel

300 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 (866.720.2787)

The history of the Lancaster Arts Hotel seems to radiate from every place on the property. Dating back to the 1800’s, it’s still positioned right in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Throughout the years, the hotel has been many things– a tobacco warehouse, storage facility and a paper and twine business –all of which helped to create some amazing character in its design! Overall, I would describe the Lancaster Arts Hotel as a modern and sophisticated wedding venue. It’s versatile for sure! The bridal makeup I’ve created to fit this venue is just as versatile as the space. Most importantly, I’ve tailored the makeup to fit the bride’s personality and used the inspiration of the venue as the accent piece to compliment the look. One example of fitting bridal makeup is extremely soft and natural hues which captures the timelessness of the hotel. This look calls for earth-tone eye makeup, glowing skin and nude lips. I have done a red and brown smoky eye that is more classic and natural to allow a bride’s blue eyes to really pop.

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The Cork Factory Hotel

480 New Holland Avenue, Suite 3000, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717.735.2075)

The 19th century brick walls and wood ceilings are just the starting point of what makes the Cork Factory Hotel once of Lancaster’s most chic and vintage wedding venues. As a bride, you can take many different approaches to the style of your wedding here depending upon colors, rentals and of course your own look. I have created multiple bridal looks to compliment this venue – each being unique and special while still tying back to the overall theme. I have done modern and colorful makeup with soft purples to compliment the wedding’s accent colors and the bride’s personal taste. While the Cork Factory Hotel is historic, you’re not stuck in one era or one setting. It’s completely what you make it and there’s plenty of room for creativity!

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Riverdale Manor

62 Pitney Road, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717.394.5554)

The Riverdale Manor combines the elements of nature and water and showcases them as a backdrop for your wedding day. The location overlooks the Conestoga River and is what many call a “Lancaster County oasis.” I believe it! I would best describe the Riverdale Manor as a traditional and romantic wedding place. So many aspects of the design and layout lend itself to creating this feeling and so the bridal looks I have created to complement this venue have been very similar. I recommend a brown base for a soft and smoky eye. I also apply lash extensions for further enhancement and romance. Finally, I finish with a soft rose lip to pull in the hues from nature and a complimentary blush color to match. I want the brides to look as though they are the most beautiful centerpiece of this natural setting! The Riverdale Manor is a great choice for a bride who wants a romantic and classic setting in a location inspired by nature.

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Drumore Estate

331 Red Hill Rd  Pequea, PA 17565 (717.284.5076)

Imagine that you owned a large, historic estate with sprawling gardens and stunning views. While this may be a wish for the far off future, for your wedding day Drumore Estate can turn this dream home into your dream wedding venue right now. Built in 1938, this estate is a beautiful snap shot of the past that provides a tranquil and formal backdrop for your special day. On the sunny fall day in which I made my first drive to Drumore, I felt as though I was driving into heaven. My favorite aspect of creating bridal makeup to compliment this wedding venue is that you can be very creative in terms of your wedding theme. The space lends itself to retro/vintage as well as modern. It can be fresh and fun or traditional and formal. The following bride’s makeup incorporates two very distinct elements: a coral lip and blush color combined with a vintage and metallic smoky eye created out of a monochromatic color palette.

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In conclusion, these Lancaster, Pennsylvania wedding venues are just a glimpse at the beauty and possibilities that the area has to offer. As I continue to explore and experience the many other wedding venues surrounding Harrisburg, York and Lancaster, I will continue to share my inspiration with you!

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