Sneak Peek from Sweet Lady Jane Photography

On August 15, 2015 I became Mrs. Julie Saldarriaga! I can't even begin to describe how incredibly special our wedding day was. It truly was the outward expression of love from each person in the room that made it so unforgettably perfect. We could not have done anything with the support of our family and friends, specifically my parents, Michael and Phyllis and our Maid of Honor, Korinne. So many people helped to make our dream come true, including our fantastic team of vendors.

One sweet lady who we want to give a shout-out to is our photographer, Katie Hammond of Sweet Lady Jane Photography. Her patience, vision, and heart made us feel so at ease. She captured our day so beautifully. Although we haven't seen the full collection of images just yet (trust me, there is a lot for her to get through!), this sneak peek really touched our hearts. We hope you love it, too.

"Stephen and Julie's Sneak Peek"

I look forward to sharing more photos, inside details, how-tos, and stories from our Big Day. Here's to the next chapter!

TSO Loves: Natalie Shafie

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As any good Stylish One knows, makeup is a key part of your bridal look. With all eyes on you, and hundreds of photos being taken, it's important that you look and feel your best. I was fortunate enough to find a makeup artist who not only understands the various elements of bridal makeup (weather hazards, flash bulbs, etc.), but also wanted to truly understand my vision... meet, Natalie Shafie!  

The moment I met Natalie Shafie, I knew she would be the makeup artist for me. She came directly to my home, had an amazing toolkit and even brought her fancy makeup chair. She listened intently, was willing to make adjustments, and was so easy to talk to. I loved the advice she had to offer and the insight she had into the whole wedding makeup process. As a fellow beauty junky, I knew we'd make a perfect match.

I recently did a fun Q&A session with Natalie where she shared some incredible insider tips and advice for brides. Check out what our Big Day Beauty Guru had to say:

How long have you been doing makeup professionally? 
I have been in the makeup industry for 12 years.  I started working for MAC Cosmetics in 2003 and I worked for the company for about 8 years. During my years with MAC, I was constantly inspired by the artists that I worked with. And with Pinterest and Instagram I am still getting inspired. It's not just makeup that I follow to get my creative juices flowing... I love photography, fashion, art and music. The type of makeup artistry I do ranges from commercial and production work to editorial, photo shoots, and of course... weddings. 

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I love going on location on a bride's wedding day and being a part of the whole "getting ready" process. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and being around that energy is amazing. There is so much excitement in the air!

What should a bride do to prepare before her trial? 
Get on Pinterest and create a board with bridal makeup looks that you love and inspire you so you can show your makeup artist what style you're going for. Exfoliate your skin the night before and make sure you are consistently hydrating. During the trial, I do offer suggestions, but I want to get a feel of what you envision for your wedding day. It's definitely a collaboration and a bride should look like the absolute best version of herself.

What is one thing that you wish all your brides knew to do for their skin before their Big Day?
In the months leading up to the wedding, I recommend regular facials. I love microdermabrasion, It gives your skin a beautiful glow. But definitely stop all facials 3 weeks before your wedding day. Also, Drinking 2-3 liters of water daily makes a huge difference in the way your skin looks and in the way you feel. Makeup looks so much better on skin that is hydrated and exfoliated. Lastly, one of the key things to do is to perfect your brows. Get them shaped professionally and maintain them. Brows frame your face and are so important! 

Do you have a go-to beauty product you love to use on brides? 
I have many ! I love to hydrate and prep the skin with Lait-Crème Concentrè and Radiant Eye by Embryolisse. These are cult favorites among makeup artists. I also can't live without TEMPTU airbrush system. It really makes skin look flawless. 

What beauty trends are you seeing for this season's weddings? 
I'm not big into trends, I like to do timeless looks. You should be able to look at your wedding pics 10 or 20 years from now and think your makeup looks gorgeous. I love glowing, radiant skin and luscious lashes using individual false lashes. A thin slightly winged out black liquid or gel liner is a look that will never go out of style.

What is your biggest bridal "don't" before the wedding? 
I know weddings are a time for celebration... and celebrations call for lots of alcohol. However, I think brides should be mindful of the amount of alcohol they consume at their rehearsal dinner. I have seen the negative effects that alcohol has on the skin after having a few too many glasses of champagne the night before the wedding. Have one and refill your flute with seltzer water. Trust me, you will look and feel better the next day. Also, no brow waxing up to a week before the wedding and no facials or chemical peels up to three weeks before the wedding. 

If a bride could only have three items in her bag during her wedding what would they be?  
A makeup touchup kit is important. I always suggest having your lip combination (lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss) blot powder to keep shine at bay, and lash glue. 

Needless to say, I will be following all of Natalie's great advice and can't wait for her to do my makeup for the most special day of my life. I know my mom and my girls are going to love her, too and I can't wait to show you our Big Day beauty looks!

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TSO Spotlight: My Wedding Hairstylist

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As a wedding industry insider, and beauty fanatic, finding a hairstylist for my wedding has been one of the biggest challenges I've yet to face during the planning process. Hair and makeup are a big part of your Big Day. Photos last forever and feeling your ultimate best is essential. I searched for months and when I found Master Stylist and Bridal Connoisseur, Darren Le I had a feeling that he would be the person for the job! 

From being named both Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian's Best Wedding Hairstylist of 2014 to the countless brides and fashion shoots he's styled, I could tell there was something special about him. I loved what he had to say on his website and his take on bridal styling. His work spoke for itself and his technique was quite evident. However, meeting him in person was even more of a treat.

From the moment I met Darren at G20 spa, I could tell we were style soulmates! He was eager to hear what I had been envisioning and enthusiastic about his craft. He made me feel like I had known him forever. He took the time to truly understand my style, vision, and who I was as both a bride, and a person. He explained how important it was to let your true beauty and personality shine through, and not to feel like you are in a costume when you're walking down the aisle... and, I couldn't agree more.

I was fortunate enough to have my mom along for the trial and she also felt so comfortable and confident in Darren's skills. We kept "oohing" and "ahhing" at each twist of his wrist and flip of his curling iron. Ever since my days at Vera Wang, I've been a big advocate for simplicity over excess and staying true to who you are. I always stuck by my method of helping brides find their "true bridal self" and I loved that Darren shared that same philosophy.

I felt understood, beautiful, and excited for what's to come, and there is nothing better than that. And, when I asked Darren about writing a piece about my experience, he simply told me, "speak from the heart." I was so moved by his authenticity and honesty that I couldn't wait to share this with my readers.

I look forward to continuing to perfect my Big Day look with Darren and for my girls to have the chance to experience his artistry, knowledge, and welcoming personality. I can't wait to share the finished product with all of you this summer!

Darren, you are a true treasure to Boston and I am honored to be sharing this time with you.



Contact: DarrenLe.comDarren Le at G20 Spa857.205.4629 | Facebook 

Time Flies

When people tell you that your engagement will fly by, they're not kidding. I can't begin to tell you all how quickly the time has gone by. It's already been a year since Stephen proposed and it feels like it was yesterday. It's definitely a bittersweet feeling to know I'll only be his fiancé for this short time, but our Big Day can't come soon enough!

Over this past year, we have planned a huge majority of our wedding, and my experience within the wedding industry has served me well. Having the knowledge of where to go and who to talk to has certainly been helpful throughout the planning process. However, knowing all the possibilities can make certain decisions extremely difficult to make. 

One thing people don't often speak about is choosing your date. When selecting your wedding date, it's important to know what makes you and your fiancé comfortable. In addition to the time of year, you also want to make sure you have a timeline you can manage. If you're the type of person who loves to act in the spur of the moment, you won't need much time to plan. But, if you're like me, and need organization and details ironed out in advance, give yourself a little extra time.

Once you've set a date, my biggest piece of advice would be to make a list of each of the major things you need to do. Dedicate time to each of those items so you can enjoy the process. Choosing a team of professionals to work on your wedding can be stressful, but it's also a priveldge to speak with such talented people who have a passion for the business. You learn so much about what you want and what is possible for your Big Day. Just follow your instincts and don't put too much pressure on yourself. The most important thing is that you give yourself enough time to figure out who you want to work with and what you need.

We're fortunate enough to have most of our team put together. We have a fabulous photographer, Sweet Lady Jane Photography, a wonderful videographer, Ryan James Videography, a great DJ and lighting pro, Julian Sayles, and a beautiful venue, which we'll tell you about soon. We're still looking for hair and makeup pros, but I think we're getting closer! I can't wait to share all the details with you.

I just want to make sure I soak up these last few months and enjoy each moment with my fiancé, family, and friends. It's such a magical, stressful, exciting, challenging, rewarding, and beautiful experience. I just have to remember to accept help, breathe, laugh, and relish in the moments.  I will certainly look back on this time and smile.

Have questions about wedding planning? Need advice? Leave a comment below or tweet @thestylishone_.

Happy planning!