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At my wedding, I was lucky to have not one but two talented makeup artists on hand to make everyone look their best. Darlene Carlson worked her magic on moms and sisters, bringing out the glamorous in all of them while still maintaining their natural beauty. She also happens to have a very calming presence, and what bride wouldn’t want that present on her wedding day?

Here a few shots of Darlene at work (including my pretty sister and sisters-in-law!)…

Photo credits: 1 and 2 by Elizabeth Messina, 3 by Blonde Tulip

 

Darlene’s website is still in the works, but if you’re a Bay Area bride wanting to look lovely for your wedding day, you can get hold of her by phone or by email:

email: darlenecarlson@comcast.net
phone: 415-381-5609


 

This post sponsored by Darlene Carlson.

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Since I’m writing this post Thursday evening, I don’t have anything yet to say about the royal wedding, but… did you watch it? Did you wake up early to watch it live, or record it for later? Did you have tea and crumpets and wear a fabulous hat? And what about this weekend, what are your plans?


by Elizabeth Messina

 

Some fun links for your Friday!

Mmmmm….Tartine… via simplesong.

Love the cover of The Beekeeper’s Bible.

Ray Charles’s letterhead.

Vintage Dior gorgeousness.

A Brooklyn wedding with sassy green bridesmaid dresses.

The tulip fields in Holland are one of the dreamiest things I’ve ever seen!

Royal bachelorette shenanigans a la Mrs. Lilien.

Vote for letterpress.

The How To Project makes me happy, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Congrats on the new website, Edyta!

 

Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Last year, my mother took me to the Cartier in America show at the Legion of Honor, and I totally fell in love with the sparkle, especially the tiaras. Really, what’s not to love? Do you think Kate will wear a tiara tomorrow? Here are some of my favorites on various royal and aristocratic ladies…

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Princess Beatrice, Princess Cecilie of Greece, Princess Alice of Battenberg

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Grace of Monaco, Barbara Hutton, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden

 

For those of us who aren’t princesses, something a bit subtler can add the perfect amount of bling to a wedding day ensemble. Headband, hair clip, ribbons, crystal, lace, there are all kinds of tiara-esque options for brides.

{Above from left} Fred Leighton, Ban.do

{Clockwise from top left} Little White Dresser, Siman Tu, Twigs & Honey (photo by Elizabeth Messina), Siman Tu

{Above from left} Jennifer Behr, Eddera

I wore a gorgeous piece from Jennifer Behr on my wedding day, and it completed my bridal look perfectly. Did you wear anything resembling a tiara for your wedding, or do you plan to? I keep thinking about how excited and nervous I was on my wedding day – can you imagine how Kate is feeling right now?!

 

Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Jennifer Behr for the beautiful wedding gift!

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Based on what we’ve seen from past royal brides, my guess is that Miss Middleton will be donning something with sleeves, and I imagine that means we’ll be seeing lots more brides moving away from the strapless numbers that are so popular lately. Here, a round-up of a few of my favorite wedding gowns with long sleeves, cap sleeves, and a couple that are sleeveless (but not strapless!).

Would you wear a dress with long sleeves?

{From left} Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier

{Clockwise from top left} Angel Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Pronovias

{From left} Angel Sanchez, Rosa Clara

 

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