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This week has been fun so far, and I mentioned the 09 brides are so wonderful. We are having a good time.

This is Jennifer, her wedding date is June 27th in Pasadena….and as you know I will post the wedding photos. Jennifer is going to have a Moroccan theme, can’t wait.
























  The decision is between 2 hairstyles the down side pony…or the loose up. Can you help Jennifer decide?


 These are the 2 inspiration hairstyles……Jennifer looks fantastic in both…..hard decision.





















See you tomorrow

Vivi and Erik Western/Christian Ceremony/St Regis

The next day Vivi and Erik had a western ceremony. Can you imagine…..2 dresses, 2 ceremony’s, 2 times to be the princess. Lauren returned to make Vivi shine again for this day.

You can see Lauren applied a softer lip color and lighter eye tones of brown pinks and always a natural cheek. Vivi has beautiful thick hair so this soft low updo was the natural choice. The purple flower just adds the perfect touch.

Vivi and Erik were fortunate to have Erik’s father perform the ceremony. He is a Lutheran Minister in Madison Wi. This was very special for the couple and for Erik’s family.

Vivi told me a funny story. Erik called Vivi’s father to ask for her hand in marriage….a very American tradition. Her father was shocked since the only he understood how marriage worked, was the arrangement between two families, not the couple themselves. He told Erik he would have to think about it. He made Erik sweat for a week before he called with his permission. She is worth waiting for Erik!

I think this my favorite photo…there is nothing like a mothers love.


Vivi it was an incredable pleasure meeting you and helping you look even more beautiful…….

Thanks to Lisa Simpson Weddings; Tony Florez Photography; St Regis

The Magnificent Vivi…an Indian Ceremony/St Regis

Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Vivi and Eric. I have been anxiously awaiting the photos so I could bring the whole story to you with words but mostly pictures. You know how a picture says a thousand words, it certainly applies here. Let me introduce you that have never experienced an Indian wedding to the color, ritual, and celebration. Eric and Vivi met in Times Square, New York, although the wedding was in California. One of the main reasons the wedding was in Orange County was that most of Vivi’s family is here, and this was to be the first wedding in Vivi’s family in the U.S…..and the first “love marriage”. You see in the Indian tradition, weddings were arranged and even today many still are. Vivi’s parents and grandparents both had arranged marriages. So this was quite something for the family. A marriage where the couple chose who they would marry. 


  Vivi and her sisters were covered in Henna. This is the design you see on her hands. It is a old wife’s tale that the women who it shows up the darkest will be the next to marry. Vivi’s henna artist also intricately inscribed Erik’s name into the design on her hands. In Indian traditional arranged marriages in the past, a bride may not be able to meet her husband until the wedding. This inscribing of the grooms name served as an ice -breaker when the couple first had a chance to meet and talk.

Erik and Vivi had a traditional Hindu wedding performed in Sanskrit. She was carried in on a dholi, a traditional Indian chariot, by her brother and male members of the family. The dholi was designed in India by a family and shipped to the U.S. and arrived just days prior to the wedding. It weighs 300 lbs! Many books show brides in India being carried from her village to the village of her new husband.

 One part of the ceremony, the priest drops a ring into a decorated bowl of water and the bride and groom search for the ring at the same time by sticking their hand in the bucket. The person who finds the ring 2 out of 3 times in destined to be the more dominate in the marriage. Erik won!




Lauren doing her magic…… 



Our friend Lisa Simpson of Lisa Simpson Weddings organized the entire event….wow, and Dina Douglas/Andrena Photography is responsible for all the incredable photographs. The St Regis was the stunning location.

You must stay tuned…..tomorrow will be the second wedding……you do not want to miss it!













Yun plus Shenyuan = Xinchun (Audrey)

O how fun it is to be able to present this family. Yun was one of Design Visage’s beautiful brides in 2005 and she has been coming to see our esthetistician ever since. We consider Yun part of our family and it have been such a pleasure seeing her family grow, now there is Xinchun which we call Audrey.


Here is the story: Yun met Shenyuan in China when they were in college. Shenyuan had a crush on Yun, although he knew his friend did as well…so nothing happened. Yun went to the U.K. for her masters. She was alone and lonely, Shenyuan called frequently! He made a trip to the U.K. and begin to pursue Yun. 5 months later they were engaged. Yun returned to China where Shenyuan came to visit a few times, even though it was risky for his U.S. return. But she was worth it!!! My husband is from Italy, I understand first hand the immigration challenge. Well as you can see it all worked out, and Design Visage had the pleasure of being a part of the wedding. Take a look at our dear friends wedding.

 Georgia is the artist that help Yun look beautiful

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