Kristen & Cody

Photography by Cloud 9 Photography (

Sometimes, my job just rocks! It was clear to me, almost instantly after Kristen Macdonald walked into my studio, that I was going to love working with this bride! Kristen is not only absolutely gorgeous but she is also an amazing mom to a beautiful little girl, a hardworking and successful woman and super fun to just hang out with!  Thank you for being such a truly wonderful bride and for making my job so much more fun!

Read below for details on how Kristen and I customized one of my favourite wedding day looks of the year! 

Kristen had two trials during her engagement period which is very typical for modern brides as they want to experiment with what makes them feel their best. We did the makeup trial once (we nailed it!) and the hair trial twice.

The makeup was a breeze as Kristen had a clear vision of how she wanted to look. Her key points were: Dewy, Contoured and Radiant  --> Not too much smokeyness and not overdone! I went with a champagne lid, a brown matte contour in the crease, a black liquid liner, full set of lashes, lots of highlighter on the cheekbone (Benefit High Beam + Mac Soft & Gentle look amazing together!), dewy setting spray and a baby pink lip. She looked flawless and perfectly bridal

She originally had a plan to do her hair half-up with minimal backcombing/volume because she knew Cody wasn't a "big-hair" fan. As we started working on it during her first trial, we both quickly realized how much her face suits a lot of volume and how beautiful she looks with height at the front and on top. We switched directions a bit and this is what we ended up with: 

A few weeks later, I did a full head of cream-blonde highlights to brighten up her hair and overall bridal look and got her a set of Cabelo Clip in 100% Brazilian Human Hair Extensions in color 613  (Gold Collection - $179.00). We chose the Gold collection (100g of hair) over the platinum collection (160g of hair) because Kristen already has long hair and she mainly needed extensions for volume and hold and not for a lot of added length  (my hair extensions rarely drop a curl so it's perfect for bridal!) We switched up the look of her half-up do in her second trial and ended up with this: 

On the day of the wedding, we decided that we liked elements of both looks and that we should melt them together. Instead of doing a middle part like we did in trial #2, we would keep the same half up-do shape but with the part and height of the look in trial #1. We ended up with an overall bridal style that I am so proud of! With Kristen's guidance, a little extra hair and a lot of extra  highlighter the two of us were able to create bridal barbie! 

Thank you again for choosing me as your bridal makeup and hair artist and for trusting me on such an important and special day!