07Mar

The Beauty of Cultural Traditions

By, March 07, 2014

What do you get when you take a beautiful bride and add glamorous gold jewels?? An absolutely stunning Photo of the Week!

We love photographing traditional weddings, and all of the cultural practices that go along with them. For example, at Smita and Michael’s wedding, the gorgeous bride donned a gold and red bindi along with customary Indian bridal attire. Her dazzling beaded outfit and veil sparkled in the sunlight!

What caught our attention the most was the detailed mehndi  (henna tattoo) on her hands. The intricacy of the design was breathtaking, and we loved highlighting it alongside the rest of her natural beauty.

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11Aug

Summer Wedding Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty

By, August 11, 2012

At Swell Beauty, our team of artists love to make our brides look beautiful! It makes us happy that our clients look and feel their best on such a monumental day. We feel blessed to work with such spectacular brides and bridal parties.

Recently, the wonderful people at Amorology referred us to an amazing bride named Ashley for her wedding at the Estancia Hotel in La Jolla. Ashley is a Texas girl, and we instantly fell in love with her Texas charm and accent!

San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty

We had a great time with Ashley at her Bridal Preview, which is similar to a trial run. She shared her love story, and all the details about her wedding – a vibrant summer celebration with pops of color. Vintage accents were also planned, such as Ashley’s intricate gown from Mon Amie Bridal Salon. To pair nicely with this vintage style, we designed a look to complement the theme colors of coral, ivory, green and earth tones.

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Our Head Makeup Artist, Laura, chose to play up Ashley’s eyes with brown, bronze and champagne colors. Her goal was to use colors that would show well in pictures, and transition nicely from day to night. Laura gave Ashley’s complexion a nice summer glow by using a little bronzer and highlighter. As well, a touch of coral blush was applied for that pop of color on her cheeks. Finally, we used a light coral pink shade on her lips, to  complement the rest of her look beautifully.

San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup Styles by Swell Beauty

San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty

When we first met Ashley at her Bridal Preview, she had short chin length hair, and wanted a full low up-do. Hair Stylist, Dee, suggested she check out our favorite hair extensions, “Halo Hair Couture,” so she could get a much fuller look. We used her new extensions on the wedding day, and her hair looked gorgeous!  We chose to do soft big curls,with a slight wave to the hair. I love how the definition and texture in this look is defined by her blonde hair.

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Volume is the key to most up-dos. It makes a statement that allows the bride to feel complete when she puts her dress on. With Ashley, we decided on the right amount of volume on the top, to balance out her low up-do and veil. This photo really shows the balance in her hair style.

Wedding Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty in San Diego

We had so much fun working with Ashley. On the wedding day, she and her groom Kyle looked like they jumped right off the pages of a magazine!

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Swell Beauty is an on-location Hair & Makeup Company specializing in weddings and special occasions. We are honored to be a part of the special moments in your life!

Makeup: Swell Beauty
Hair Stylist: Swell Beauty
Photographer: True Photography
Venue: Estancia
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Gifts and Favors: Bouchee
Florist: Adrianne Smith Floral Design
Disc Jockey: Hit It Music Productions
Coordinator: Amorology Weddings
Bakery: Bouchee
Officiant: The Movement Church
Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booth
Transportation: Lifestyle Limosine Transportation
Wedding Dress: Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Invitation: Brightly Designed

20Jun

Vintage Wedding Hair and Makeup by Paula Mayer

By, June 20, 2012

I recently worked with a gorgeous bride for her outdoor wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. I created Catherine’s vintage hairstyle reminiscent of a 40’s glamour style and soft makeup highlighting her beautiful eyes with emphasis on long flirty eyelashes.

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Catherine requested a vintage look to compliment her gown and the feel of the wedding.

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Catherine was beaming just before walking down the aisle.

Catherine beaming just before walking down the aisle.San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup by Paula Mayer

I love this shot of Catherine wearing her veil over her face for a dramatic pre-ceremony photo.

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Catherine shared her best day with friends and family.

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San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup by Paula Mayer

Below are a few images of Catherine and Daniel reflecting on their big day! What a beautiful couple!

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I offer airbrush makeup and hairstyling services for brides and bridal parties, and I have a team of professional artists available for large groups to ensure the morning goes smoothly!

Hair Stylist: Paula Mayer
Makeup: Paula Mayer
Photographer: True Photography
Florist: Bridget’s Blooms
Venue: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Bakery: Edelweiss Bakery
Musician: The Jones Revival
Videographer: Frank Anthony Productions
Wedding Dress: M Bride
Jeweler: Harold Steven’s Jewelers
Invitation: Sweet Paper