Lenny + Justina : A 10 Year Gatsy Celebration

Cue: lots of sparkling and beautiful details and dessert artistry to die for!  I recently had the pleasure of joining Lenny and Justina for an evening celebration to commemorate their 10 years of marriage!  What a night!

Justina, owner of Just Delightful : A Cakery is not only an amazing cake artist, but her stylist skills are top notch.  Check out some of these hand-picked, finely detailed touches.

 And this dessert bar, it really needs no words.  To confirm, it was delicious as well!

Add in all of your closest family and friends who show up dressed to the nines? What a party!


I can’t forget to mention all of the fun surprises of the night.  I mean, a flash mob and costume contest?  And my favorite?  Justina surprised Lenny with a magician that they had seen together. Alex Ramon thrilled the whole room and brought laughter galore!  And I just heard he’s performing locally TOMORROW!  If any of you want to see a fun, family friendly show, don’t miss it!  Alex Ramon at the Vacaville Performing Arts Center. 

Lenny and Justina, it was my absolute pleasure to be a part of something so special.  10 years is to be celebrated!  And you, my friends, have done it in style!  Cheers to 50 more!






Event Venue, Catering: Hilton Garden Inn

Cake and Dessert Bar, Event Styling: Just Delightful: A Cakery

Hair and Makeup: Courtney Phelps

DJ and Lighting: DJ WillYUM

Magician: Alex Ramon

Bassist: Marc Levine

July 27, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Linda Buffo - Justina and Lenny’s celebration of 10 years of marriage will be hard to top. The creativity, skill,details and quality of the whole evening was 5 star! Nothing was missed and every detail was stunning. We had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed celebrating Lenny and Justina. These photos are fantastic! Congratulations to everyone on a spectacular evening!

4 Days – Destination Wedding Photographer

Pinch me.

In 4 days.

These two.

Say ‘I do’.

On the beaches of Punta Cana.

Join with me, won’t you?  Leave your blessings for the couple in the comments below!

And you can follow along with the behind the scenes over on Instagram, find me @sweetmariegal!

Cheers J+K!  This is going to be epic!

June 18, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Lindsay Keyworth - Congrats Kim and Jeff! Your wedding will be beautiful.

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Marisa Amelio-Emlen - Congratulations and celebrations on your Happy Wedding Day!!!!

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Mark N Laina Busby - Hope you two share many years of happiness together!!!

June Wedding Series : Wedding Make-up Must-Haves… And a GIVEAWAY!

I am all super giddy, girly excited for today’s special guest blog post, from none other than the beautiful and creative, Cameron Alexis!  You don’t wanna miss the AMAZING giveaway at the end of her post where you can WIN some of the most popular items she recommends for Bride’s on their wedding day!  Yes, WIN them!

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Every Bride wants to feel and look her absolute best on her wedding day.  It’s her one big day to shine and feel the most beautiful, radiant, and flawless.  With so many details that go into a wedding, it can be difficult to remember the tiny details that can be essential for the bride. Whether you choose to hire a makeup artist or not, be sure you test out your bridal look months before your big day.  That will allow you to change and adjust any details, and also to ask family and friends what they think of your ‘wedding day look.’

When a Bride calls me to book a trial run, I like to recommend they plan on having a bridal shower or bachelorette party the same day.  This way, they will be in multiple photos with their look – take some selfies! –  and they will have their closest friends or family around them to offer feedback.

These are my TOP 5 GO TO products for every bride who wants to make sure she is looking and feeling her absolute best:

The biggest and most frequent concern that Brides tell me they face is their bags under their eyes.  Typically a concealer can fix that on a day to day basis, but considering most of us don’t sleep the night before our wedding, we need to bust out the big guns.

So my first product recommendation is… Preparation H!  This is a little pageant secret that I brought with me to the makeup world and it works wonders!  Try just a little under the eye area, making sure not to get too close to the actual eye, and gently pat with your ring finger to the affected area.  It starts working pretty quickly, but 20 minutes or so usually does the trick.

Second, is my MAC paint pots.  These little babies are fabulous little eyeshadow primers that keep all of your shadow in place and will keep ANYTHING from creasing. They are divine.

Next, the skin is one of the most important things for a Bride on her wedding day.  By using a translucent HD powder, you blur out any fine lines and large pores creating an airbrush effect. One of my favorites is the MAC Prep and Prime pressed translucent powder.  It was created for HD Television, but a favorite for makeup artists everywhere.

Any of my clients that know me know that I’m an eyebrow fanatic.  They absolutely frame the face and bring so much more detail and focus to the eyes.  I have a lot of love for a lot of different eyebrow products, but one of my little secrets is a cheapie found at ULTA.  In their Essence line, they carry a few universal brow pencils that withstand heat, sweat, and long days.  They come with a nifty little brush on the end that allows to tame those little brow hairs.  But the best part of all, they are only $1.99, so a good staple to keep stocked for your makeup bag.

Lastly, a Brides smile is one of THE most important features on her wedding day.  Her soon to be hubby will thank her when she doesn’t transfer all of her lipstick onto him after they say their ‘I Do’s.’  I am an artist that does not touch up throughout the day and fix my makeup, so I need a great lip product that will stay put through eating and drinking.  My absolute favorite product in my kit would be my Pro Long Wear Lip Liners by MAC.  They come in a variety of colors and have the staying power like no other.  After I fill in the entire lip, I finish a brides pucker with a light lipgloss to add a sexy and stay put sheen.

And the part you lovelies have been waiting for!  One winner will be chosen to receive their own mini kit of must-haves which includes:
One (1) set of Ardell Natural Demi Wispies false lashes
One (1) MAC pro longwear lip pencil in Nice n’ Spicy
One (1) MAC pro longwear paint pot in soft ochre.
And leave a comment telling us what is one of
YOUR favorite makeup staples!
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June 4, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Kelly Rodriguez - she’s gorgeous!