La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of

Listen up Burgh Brides, those wedding vendors work hard for you.  Like realllllly hard.  Just how hard?  Well, let me introduce you to my new summer series…a behind the scenes look at the life of a wedding professional on an actual wedding day (and in many cases, the weeks or months prior…because we all  know the work isn't just done on the wedding day).  Over the next few months, you'll get just a small glimpse into all of the blood, sweat, and tears your wedding vendors put in just to make sure you have the special day of your dreams!  Who is up first?  Kristen, the owner and getting-gorgeous guru behind La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans.  If you thought your hair and makeup artist just showed up on the morning of your wedding, used some tools, and that was it, think again.  Just wait until you read about ALL that they do!

Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors: Behind the Scenes with La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans

Meet Kristen! Isn't she gorg?

As many vendors will attest, our prep for the wedding day begins months before.  In the case of our bride Jackie, we were lucky that she had been a client already for years.  Her haircut and color were taken care of routinely by our stylist Amy, and our esthetician Bonnie had her brows and skin under expert care.  I first met Jackie at our bridal consult the October before her wedding.  We went through her inspiration pics and decided on her trial date.  In the meantime, she continued her Aveda skin care routine, monthly brow waxes, and haircuts until the bridal trial.

Bridal Trial: April, 2 months prior to wedding
Kelly did a lovely job with the makeup and Jackie and I decided on a classic low updo.  I did recommend a highlighting close to the wedding day.  I encourage all brides to even try subtle highlights for the wedding day.  They always look amazing in photos.

WEDDING DAY!

9:45 a.m.
Kelly, Spencer, and I arrive at the Renaissance.  We head to the 14th floor….only to ride the elevator back down for a key…so we can get to the 14th floor!  Kelly will be doing the makeup, and Spencer will be doing both makeup and prep work for a couple updos I will be finishing.  We have a bridal party of six awaiting.

10 a.m.
We set up in the suite, which is a dream location spot.  The windows are huge and the natural light is awesome for makeup application.  Kelly and Spencer set up makeup, which includes primarily Aveda and a few filler brands.  I proceed to plug in my tools.  I use the Sam Villa texture iron for most updos.  It adds the perfect amount of body, so less teasing is needed and less frizz happens.  I also heat up my 1” curling iron.

Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors: Behind the Scenes with La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans

11 a.m.
Makeup for the moms and the bridesmaids is under way with Kelly.  Spencer is prepping hair with Aveda thickening tonic, adding volume to the crown with the texture iron, and setting the hair all over with the curling iron.  I am pulling the updos together.  Jackie's mom has a beautiful comb that I add to her hair.

11:30 a.m.
I begin Jackie's hair.  And just like 70% of my brides, she has a few changes she'd like to make to her hair.  Honestly, after 25 years of bridal hair, nothing phases me.  Most brides look at the pictures of their trial run, dissect the look, and change something.  And what I conclude is this – the trial is for the TRUST factor.  If we hit the mark, awesome…but most importantly, we establish a calm relationship for the wedding day.

Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors: Behind the Scenes with La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans

12:30 p.m.
We finish up Jackie's makeup and do final sprays and last minute pinning for the bridal party.  Truly, 2.5 hours of prep is what I try to give every wedding party.  I try to staff the day so we aren't rushed and the bride or members of her party are not ready too early.  It helps everyone look and feel fresh and beautiful for the aisle.

1 p.m.
We hand our beautiful bride Jackie and her lovely family and friends over to the talented Alison Mish, who was sweet enough to give us some final pics and BTS shots too!

Kristen, thanks for giving us a look at a wedding day in the life of a hair and makeup artist!  You're a total boss and your brides always look amazing!

Keep your eyes peeled all summer as I reveal more behind the scenes looks.  Until then, revisit some of my favorite posts from this series in the past!

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You’ll Absolutely Love Working With Her

If there ever was a wedding photographer that perfectly captured what romance and beauty look like, it’s Madeline Jane.  This girl has a very special talent for documenting love.  She does so in a way that is classic and sophisticated, yet contemporary and casual.  From engagement sessions to weddings, family shoots and everything in between, Madeline believes in loving big, laughing hard, and preserving those sweet moments that make living life so darn awesome.  If you’re still on the hunt for someone to capture your special day, here are 6 reasons I think you’ll love working with her!

1.) Her timeless way of photographing means your images will always be in style. In 30+ years, you want to look back on your wedding photos and smile, not cringe.  While certain photography and editing styles might be super trendy now, light, airy, and romantic will never go out of fashion.

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

2.) She’s got your wedding planning back. Need help with that wedding day timeline?  Want a few reasons why you should consider a first look?  Looking for some tips and tricks to make the planning process nice and easy?  All of Madeline’s client’s receive an immensely helpful wedding planning guide written and designed by her!  I’ve seen this thing…it’s amazing!  She could put me out of business with it.

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

3.) Her super sweet disposition mean she's a dream to engage with. If a ball of sunshine could mix with funfetti cake and take on a human form, I’m convinced it would be Madeline.  She’s amazingly cheerful and a joy to be around.  You’ll be so glad she’s there on your big day!

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

Meet Madeline! Isn't she a doll?

4.) She'll be as obsessed with your wedding day as you are. Madeline loves love and she’ll be all about making sure this once-in-a-lifetime experience is a good one for you.  From brainstorming details to offering photo advice to just listening to the story of how you met, she’s all ears and ready to help where she can.

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

5.) Details and portraits…she's got them both covered. While Madeline is a wizard with bridal portraits, don’t think for one second she’ll forget to document all those tiny details you spent months agonizing over.  A shot of the bride and groom sharing an intimate moment while a gorgeous sun sets behind them or your something blue, dress, bouquet, tablescape, or those diamond earrings your grandmother wore on her wedding day, Madeline will make sure they’re ALL well documented.

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

6.) Authenticity is where it's at and she'll capture your true self. While her editing is classic, her style is far from old-fashioned.  The laid back vibe she exudes will allow you to relax, which in turn will allow your personality to shine bright.  No stiff posing or fake smiles here.  It’s all about honest, real love and whatever that means to you.

Madeline Jane Photography: 6 Reasons You'll Absolutely Love Working with Her

If all of this isn’t enough to convince you that Madeline is a rock star photographer and just a super cool chic, head on over to the Vendor Guide where you’ll find more from her, including a special offer for Burgh Brides!

Introducing Eventioneers!

Need a tent for your wedding?  How about everything that does under that tent?  Tables, chairs, lounge furniture, place settings?  Eventioneers can help you with allllll of that and more.  And they'll do it all in style.  Not only does this rental company have an impressive collection of goods to make your event flawless, but their dedication to great customer service is unmatched.  Go see more of them in the Vendor Guide!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Eventioneers

Introducing Scott Elliott, Professional Guitarist!

Nothing makes an event more special quite like a live musician, and a live guitarist is one of my favorites.  That's why I think you're going to love Scott Elliott.  A talented musician, an accomplished performer, and even an instructor at two universities, Scott and his artistry will bring class and sophistication to your wedding day.  Go meet him and see a video of him performing in the Vendor Guide!

Introducing Pittsburgh Officiants!

You can't get married without someone to perform the ceremony, right?  It seems like a silly question, but it's one detail some people might forget about.  If you aren't getting married in a church or just want something a little different, Pittsburgh Officiants can help.  If you want a religious, silly, or even modern ceremony, their team of celebrants can perform the I Do's in way that totally reflects you as a couple.  Head on over to the Vendor Guide to meet them!

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Introducing Square Cafe!

If you're a fan of Square Cafe's breakfast or lunch, you're going to love their catering services.  Using local ingredients whenever possible and absolutely always made with love, dishes from Square Cafe appeal to a wide variety of palettes, diets, and food styles.  Cocktail parties, day-after brunches, and even wedding receptions, they're equipped to handle it all and they're ready to cater your next shindig.  Go say hi to them in the Vendor Guide!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Square Cafe

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Introducing Tyler Norman Photography & A Special Offer!

Every time I look at a gallery from Tyler Norman Photography, I do nothing but smile.  That's because the couples always exude pure happiness and giddy laughter and it's totally infectious.  He's a fun guy and one heck of a photographer.  It's a winning combination if you ask me.  If you're still photographer shopping (or even if you're not and just want to look at some awesome pics), go meet him in the Vendor Guide!

Plus, he's offering an AMAZING deal for all of you lucky readers out there – if you book before July 1 and mention Burgh Brides, you'll save 10% off the package price!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Tyler Norman Photography

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Introducing Penn Rustics Rentals & A Special Offer!

What are a few things that are all the rage at wedding receptions these days?  Long farm tables, wooden elements, and a handmade vibe.  You can get all three of those trends with Penn Rustics Rentals.  Tables, benches, chairs, cake stands, lawn games, and everything in between, this craftsman offers wooden rental pieces that are made with love right here in the Burgh.  Check out more of their incredible work in the Vendor Guide!

And, they're offering a nice little deal just for Burgh Brides readers – mention the blog when booking and receive free delivery within 50 miles of Pittsburgh.  Over 50 miles?  No problem!  Receive $100 off the delivery fee!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Penn Rustics Rentals

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Introducing Alexa Conner Photography & A Special Offer!

Images from Alexa Conner Photography are the epitome of raw, organic emotion.  Alexa focuses on the true feelings of the day and capturing them in a photograph to be remembered forever.  Her work is edgy, real, and gritty, yet somehow still over-the-top romantic.  Go see what I mean in the Vendor Guide!

As an added bonus, if you mention Burgh Brides when booking, you'll receive $150 off any package!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Alexa Conner Photography

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Introducing Madeline Jane Photography & A Special Offer!

Light and airy wedding photography has been all the rage for a few years, and you'll find the best of it with Madeline Jane Photography.  As sweet as can be and equally as talented, Madeline not only captures magical images but she delivers a killer experience to her clients.  Her clients receive a beautifully designed wedding guide chock full of all sorts of good info to make planning their day just a little bit easier.  And then after the main event, you'll be left with timeless, romantic photos that perfectly capture all that made your wedding extraordinary.  If you're looking for a classic wedding photographer who is all about that love, go see more from Madeline in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide.

Plus, mention Burgh Brides when booking and receive $200 off!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Madeline Jane Photography

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