Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you got into makeup professionally?
I’ve been doing people’s makeup since I was a little girl. Even my brother’s [laughs]. I would do my friends’ makeup, style and pose them in front of a sheet, and then take their picture. To start my career I went to the Make-up Designory in NYC; I knew I had to move to New York. I started working for a custom-blend makeup line called Giella at Henri Bendel, which is where I first started blending makeup. I’m from Pennsylvania originally and when I moved back, I opened a custom-blend makeup boutique in Center City and set it up like a kitchen with makeup pigments in spice racks along the wall. They didn’t do it like that at Bendel’s — I just always had that idea in the back of my head.
How did you and your husband meet?
Max and I met as college freshmen in New Haven, CT. He claims he first spotted me in the laundry room of our dorm building, but honestly I couldn't tell you when we first spoke. Thanks to mutual friends, and Facebook, we quickly bonded over music and art, and hours were spent talking on iChat (yes, iChat). Before I knew it, Max was one of my closest friends. After 3 semesters at a school we were overpaying, we encouraged each other to make big moves. Max transferred to Temple and I found myself back in my hometown just outside of Philly. Two years later we found "our dream apartment" with that coveted brick wall, and we moved in together as platonic roommates. One year later we were officially a couple, two apartments later we were engaged, and today, 10 years after we first met, I call my best friend my husband!
Tell me about the proposal and the ring!
Max proposed on Christmas Eve of 2015. We both work in food retail, so as you can imagine, Christmas is an exhausting time for us. After an intense day selling bread (me) and cheese (him), we met at home to shower, relax and pop a bottle of bubbly. Max had been insisting that I open my gift on Christmas Eve (something we never do), so I was a little suspicious when I was handed a large, heavy box I could hardly lift. In the box I found concrete and rocks -- and before I could question this joke of a gift, Max dropped to one knee, shaking with nervousness and excitement, and said, "I have another rock for you." WIth that, I burst into tears. That night we dined at Parc (surrounded by their impeccable holiday decor) and celebrated with the seafood plateau and all of the champagne we could afford. My ring is everything I've ever wanted; a two-toned yellow gold band with a white-gold setting from the 1930s. Max even purchased a 1930s ring box separately (!) to accompany the ring (all from Maejean Vintage -- check out their etsy shop).
What was your wedding makeup inspiration?
I wanted a natural, yet glam look and Kristyn knew just what to do. She's truly a gem of a makeup artist!
What was your bachelorette party like?
My bachelorette party was simply perfect. My close friends took me out for dinner and drinks, followed by my favorite dance party at Kung Fu Necktie put on by the great people of the Philly Soul Syndicate. Dancing to soul/reggae/r&b/funk/oldies is my jam.
Tell me a bit about the venue you chose and why?
Our ceremony and reception was held at Material Culture in the East Falls area of Philadelphia. It's a super funky warehouse-like space full of art, furniture, rugs, etc. from all over the world. When I discovered they hold weddings (and other events), I didn't look any where else! Material Culture made everything easy from start to finish. And their in-house caterer (an accomplished chef and writer of several cookbooks) curated the best (and biggest) menu -- something that was incredibly important to us.
Did you have a color theme or style?
Because the space itself was so colorful, there was really no need to pick a theme. I chose a neutral color for the napkins, and my flowers were kept simple (whites and greens) because the space didn't need additional accents. Max and I didn't go the traditional route with a large wedding party, but rather had our brothers standing by our sides. I will never regret not having to choose bridesmaid dresses! Eclectic all the way.
What was the song you had your first dance to?
"I Put A Spell On You", covered by Nina Simone
Any special thanks to give?
Kristyn Rudnet for makeup | Erin Brown for hair | Jauhein Sasnou (of Peach Plum Pear Photography) for photos | Nicole Serfass (my aunt) of Robertson's Flowers for all floral/table arrangements | Kite and Butterfly for designing my dress | Eliza Green of Material Culture for catering | The White Cheddar Boys for being our awesome band