Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thinking of a Destination Wedding? Tune into CFUN 1410!

For some couples, planning to wed on white sandy beaches with turquoise waters is the definition of happiness! If you are considering a destination wedding, you will definitely want to tune in Sunday, December 7th from 4 to 5 pm on 1410 CFUN am Talk Radio.
Liz and I, "All About Honeymoons" will be appearing on the show
" Travel Pages" with host Jim Bjorkes from CFUN 1410 Talk Radio.
And when I say appearing, I mean you can see this show on your computer!
This is Jim's first "live" streaming show , and we are happy to be participating.
This 60 minutes is going to be packed with information and exciting quests:
*A Sandals V.P. will be with us to talk about the Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean.
*A "soon to be married" couple, Kris and Rokhsan will be talking about their upcoming wedding in Mexico.
* We will be speaking by phone to the wedding coordinator from the Karisma resorts in Mexico.
So tune in on your radio, or see us live Dec 7th on your computer at

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Lovely Lindsay

Every now and again, I will work with a bride who really touches my heart. Lindsay was one of those brides - a lovely person, a great soul and processes a love of life. She married her sweet heart, Larry this August of 2008. Her images were take by Chris + Lynn Photography, and you almost feel like you were there! It was a pleaure to create her wedding day look. I had to stop by Lindsay's the other day, and her bouquet is still in tact, and she is still talking about her fabulous day and wedding pictures...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Say yes to the 2009 Brock House Wedding Show!

If anyone asks you to attend the 2009 Brock house Wedding Show, say yes! This is a must see show for any bride in the throws of wedding planning. This year's show October, 2008 was as always, informative and elegant with great displays of cakes, photographers, hats and veils, wedding jewelry and more. The chefs at the Brock House create the most wonderful appetizers, along with an assortment of wines. The fashion show included gowns from simple and elegant to the Princess bride. The show is produced by Dreamgroup and they truly outdid themselves this year! And what better venue than the heritage home on the beach, the Brock House.

Hair & Makeup by Total Image, Susan
Gowns by Isabelles Bridal &

Caroline Calvert Couture

Hats & Veils by Alice Hart

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Great news - I have expanded my business!

I have added another element to my business! Iam now assisting brides planning destination weddings and honeymoons! I have joined forces with a good friend Liz. Our company is called All About Honeymoons, and I invite you to check it out. Maybe you have dreamed of saying your vows on a white sandy beach, with turquoise water, and friends and family close by. We have exclusive contracts with both Canadian and U.S. carriers, and can plan a 7, 10 or 14 day package for you.
We work with the most beautiful all-inclusive resorts in the world. If you would like to talk to us in person, we will be at the Wedding Fair, November 1st and 2nd at Canada Place. See you there!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lengthy Locks - real, or not...?

You are a bride, planning your wedding. All is falling into place. Except your hair! It won't grow as fast as you'd like, or the hairstyle you absolutely love requires more length or volume than your hair.
So what do you do? It is true that backcombing, jels, and volumizers can add fullness. You can create the "illusion" of length. But maybe you'd like to take it one step more. Why not consider
extensions! And I am talking about the easy ones - the type you simple clip in. Natural hair extensions can be washed, and curled with a sizzling hot curling iron and integrated into your own hair with a few well placed snaps. The cost averages about $200 and comes in a pack of 7 separate extentions. With proper care, they can last forever, and can be used many times after the wedding.
A bride I worked with this August decided she wanted extensions. She is one of the true stunning beauties, but wanted more fullness and length in her bridal style.
The result - breathtaking. When I finished curling her hair, added the extensions, and integrated then together, we all stood back and said, "Wow"! If you would like more information, email me. Her images show the "before" with her own beautiful naturally curly locks, and the "after" with the added extension's.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

10 Tips for Wedding Day Makeup & Hair Preparation

Planning your wedding is a full time job. Much of that time is devoted to your bridal makeup and hairstyling. Following these tips could make the journey easier:
1. To avoid disappointment, book your stylist early. I receive confirmed bookings sometimes a year in advance! Brides will email me to request a date 3 to 6 months in advance and are so surprised to learn that date is booked!
2. Eliminate surprise - book a trial run to establish your look as well as develop a rapport with your stylist. And when I say trial, I mean a complete makeup application and hairstyle! I work with a
bride for 2 1/2 hours during a consultation to ensure she is happy.
3. Ensure your skin is in top condition. Makeup will enhance, but hydrated clear skin is the first step. Drink plenty of water, cut back on alcohol, use moisturizer and try to get plenty of rest (hard to do!).
4. If your teeth need a boost, try Crest White Strips or discuss bleaching with your dentist.
5. You can create drama with false lashes, but did you know you now can have lashes applied semi-permanently? This is a great option if your honeymoon includes swimming and sandy beaches.
6. Your hair should be in great shape with the ends trimmed, coloring or streaking done at least 7 to 10 days before the wedding. If dry, be sure to apply deep conditioners, or ask the salon for a silk wrap.
7. Be realistic with your chosen hair style. If your hair in long, silky, fine and does not hold a curl well, you may not be wise in requesting long spiral curls. They won't last through the ceremony! When you have a hair trial provide images so your stylist gets some idea of your true desire. But if your hair just hits the top of your shoulders, don't bother providing images of hair that is 10" longer than yours!
8. If you hair is not as long as you'd like, or it simply won't grow, consider hair extensions. There are so many choices in lengths, styles and colors, and so easy to snap in and work with. Matching with your own hair color is so doable that no one will know it's not yours!
9. Working with a stylist is a collaborative affair. This is a new experience for you, and you may feel unsure. A good makeup artist and hairstylist should ask many questions, listen to your ideas and offer some tips. But remember this is your day. Don't be afraid to speak up and say what you feel. If your stylist in not listening or says no to your ideas and comments, run!
10. Carry a small handbag with you on your wedding day! I am often at weddings where the bride is leaving to get into the limo, and is stashing lip gloss, or tissues, or extra bobby pins in her Dad's suit jacket, or bridesmaids purses. Or worse - a plastic bag from Safeway (yes, this really happened!)
I hope this provides some useful tips for all you busy brides. Email if you would like additional information. I have been doing this for 25 years, and I just may know the answer to your question!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Two hours of Bliss...

As women, we all know how important it is to pamper ourselves. Then why don't we do it more ofter? I try to place myself at the top of my "to do" list, but somehow life gets in the way.
So last week I decided, this is it, I am treating myself to a facial and body massage!
I looked on-line at my local spa and when I read this, I said sign me up!
"Relax and Renew, Includes a deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation, extractions, masque and moisturizer followed with a 30 minute Aromatic Body Massage."
Who doesn't want to be renewed? I arrived at 4 pm, was lead to a change room where I doned sandals and a big robe. I was ushered into a room, which immediately shifted my gears to relax mode. It was mysteriously dark, and the flickering candles lulled me into a romantic mood (why do candles do that?).
The skin specailsit asked me to lay face down on the bed, which was warm. I knew I was in heaven...
She began to massage my upper shoulders. I knew then I may have to be scraped off the floor. Conversation was quiet as was the music. She massaged my calf muscles. I rolled over on my back and she began gently massaging and steaming my face. Did she notice I was looking at her with adoring eyes? Then true happiness - she said my complexion was good! All these years of cleansing, masking, toning, moisturizing and suncreen has paid off -Yahoo!
Needless to say, at the end of the two hour session, (yes 2 hours!) I felt like a new woman. And when I got home, my husband said , "boy you look great without one speck of makeup!"
I've already booked my next appointment...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The fine "Art" of Weddings

Karen Lorena Parker is one of Vancouver's most gifted artists. I met her a few years ago when she used my makeup and hair services for her promotional images, and we have since become friends. She paints the most unbelievable pieces, and is represented by galleries all over North America. She recently has been working with Bides to create expressions of their romantic memories. She meets with the bride, hears her story and touching moments of their wedding day, looks at images, and then creates those memories and passion on canvas.
I recently spoke with a mom who wanted to buy something lasting to celebrate her daughter's wedding. Can you imagine what a wonderful gift this would be? Be sure to check Karen's
web site and call her to find out more...
The image on the left is the original digital image, and Karen's passionate painting is next to it.