March 2010

“Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Oh how I love miss Tara! Or shall I say Mrs. Tara!! After meeting a year ago, we did makeup applications for her engagement party, engagement photos, and of course, the big day! After all of the emails, texts, and meetings, I feel like I’ve known Tara forever. She is so warm and friendly, as are her family and friends. The wedding was held at La Paloma and was truly breathtaking. The talented Spencer Boerup was the brilliant photographer. I was so impressed with his work and his website *click here* I decided to book him for my own personal photo shoot! I am so excited!! Congratulations to Tara and Chris!!
I ♥ you guys!

It is Couture Makeup’s one year anniversary. It blows my mind to think about all that has changed in one short year. I feel truly blessed that this business is successful. I am lucky to have met so many talented people within the bridal industry and so many wonderful brides.

I have learned so much this year. It took awhile for me to realize that happily working towards a goal gave the same results as stressed frustration. The stereotype that the high-achiever needs to be an obsessive maniac is a good one to make you feel miserable. It is easy to look at outside problems as the source of our misery. But too often we bring it upon ourselves. Ambition is important, but don’t see it as a trade-off for appreciating what you have. When you trade today for tomorrow, you might realize you have nothing left. I’ve learned to appreciate what I have in my life, it empowers me to think about what I’ve done to get at least this far. For example, I realize that I have a roof over my head despite the fact that I’m not yet living in the home of my dreams, I see not only how far I have to go to get my dream, but appreciate how far I’ve come. I’ve learned to appreciate what I have by recognizing the difference between situations and actions I can control and those I can’t. This year I found the strength to move into the future. With a smile.

Whether or not life is going swimmingly or crashing all around you… remember that it is only for a season. And a lot can happen in a year.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD

Painful moments, TRUST GOD


This wedding is the reason little girls dream about weddings. As you probably saw on the previous blog, I am a huge Aaron Delesie fan. And when I saw this wedding, actually when I saw this wedding dress, I could not stop swooning. They are possibly the most romantic, most ethereal, most gorgeous wedding photos I’ve seen all year. The dress is custom designed by Armine Ohanessian and was the centerpiece of the event. The ring, the Jimmy Choo shoes, the FLOWERS….excuse me, I have to go and start designing my dream dress for my dream wedding.

My wonderful friend from Phoenix came to visit me this week and she arrived with a special present. I had asked her to design some cards with bible verses on them so that I could frame them. They were all so amazing. Thank you Di, I ♥ you!! Here is one of my favorite verses that she included in the bunch:

“More then that, we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5.