The morning is a beautiful and peaceful time. The earth is cool, refreshed and radiates with the energy of the day that is preparing to begin. While it’s not often the time of day we envision for a wedding, the morning makes for a spectacular backdrop for such a special event.  Imagine the soft romantic glow of the sun still low in the sky and the start of this new day symbolizing the start of your marriage. For one bride, this is the imagery she will always have when she remembers her wedding day.

When I was asked to do the professional bridal makeup for this Central Pennsylvania wedding, I was excited to create a look that felt as soft and fresh as the morning. The bride asked for elegant and simple makeup to compliment the style of her ceremony. She was to be married in the morning on a farm at Cameron Estate in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania with an intimate guest list of close family and friends. Her wedding colors combined crisp hues of lime green with peach-pink. I immediately saw a vision for her makeup that combined all of these elements!

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The most important part of the bridal makeup began with preparing the skin to look absolutely radiant before any makeup was applied. First I used the Carmina-Cristina Tinted Primer for intense hydration to create a fresh and dewy look. Then, I used a silicone-base foundation to ensure the makeup would last all day, through sun, sweat and tears and to preserve the “bridal glow” every girl wants on her wedding day. Once we had the perfect canvas, I was ready to bring in the color!



Beginning with the bride’s eye makeup, I blended together hues of copper brown natural tones and rose peach-pink. This created a soft and “pretty” effect while pulling in the accent colors of her wedding. Her cheeks were brought to life with a kiss of coral to create a fresh and natural look (Blush in Coral Sun from the Carmina-Cristina Blush Collection). For her lips, I tied together the colors of her makeup with a pop of romantic pink (Lips in Radiant Rose and Lip-Liner in Mochaberry from the Carmina-Cristina Luxury Lipstick collection). This added soft color without competing with her eyes and cheeks.

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The finished look was a subtle enhancement to the bride’s natural beauty. She looked as fresh and radiant as the morning sun that shone down upon her ceremony. For any bride who is planning a morning wedding, your makeup should appear soft and pretty to match the morning light. I recommend using natural earth tones with subtle pops of color such as coral or pink. Remember to keep your makeup a reflection of the style of your wedding and most importantly – have fun with it!

It is always my pleasure to work with these talented vendors:

Jonnaysa Kirkham of Planned Perfection

Stacia McClune-McComsey of Petals with Style

Douglas Benedict of Douglas Benedict Photography

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