Let’s start off a new year with something that I have always wanted to do… a sit down with another makeup artist (me chatting with another makeup artist). I took time out of my schedule to have a chat with Dawn Rose, of Dawn Rose Makeup Artistry & Hair, based out of my current home town, Matawan , NJ
A funny thing happens in a small town. As you go thru your days getting your car serviced, going to Starbucks, chatting with the town folk and friends, you start to hear about another makeup artist in town, and that you should meet, and that your name has been brought up. So here I am invited to a friends house for my friend Heather is turning 50, and I hear there is a makeup artist coming over. I couldn’t wait. When I get there I see this makeup artist, and I, being me, make a bee line right over to introduce myself. We have a very nice conversation and I make plans to see her to get better acquainted. After all it’s not every day I get to chat shop with someone in my industry. The rule is usually if I’m there, they aren’t, so I always make time to speak with another artist
The day arrives for our meeting. I go to her studio and immediately think it’s a great place. It’s right up my alley, counters of makeup and brushes everywhere, and enough air brush makeup guns to take over a small country or handle wedding season (they’re not really all that different).
After our chat, what I find is a friendly person who started in retail cosmetics in a mall and then moved on as a director for Mary Kay. For Dawn, being a makeup artist, success was a given. She raised her family and then thought it was her time to start her own company. She started “Dawn Rose Makeup Artistry “ and went freelance doing weddings. Not only has she succeeded she has several “Best of the Knot” awards and a few others under her belt. Dawn is very proud of the awards, but like myself, she is very low key about them. So I’m ringing that bell for her here and now.
Dawn Marie Makeup Artistry has a team of ten or so, other hair system product and makeup artists working on her behalf, giving her a well-rounded team. I was invited to meet the team and I, of course, say “YES” again. Who wouldn’t. They are a fun group with many different personalities and styles of work, and many different years in the industry. In this group is her daughter, a hair and make up artist named Crystal, who is in place to take over the business when Dawn wants to step down. I don’t really see that happening anytime soon.
I was also invited to stop by a bridal show she was working and again I said…YES! This was a chance to watch Dawn in action. I watched her work on brides-to-be, work the room, and book appointments. I enjoyed snooping for an hour or so.
We discussed business ups and downs, staffing and expanding business, all very interesting, but most of all, we discussed make up and the business of beauty.
You can reach Dawn and her staff at:
Dawn Rose Makeup Artistry & Hair 908-601-6659
Dawnrosemakupartistry.com Facebook- Dawn Rose Makeup Artistry
6 wedding planning apps
By Katherine Gray, Tecca
- Planning a wedding can be a stressful process, with hundreds of little decisions to make and details to keep straight. Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to keep a bunch of notebooks to manage and plan your wedding. Online registries, virtual idea pinboards, and planning websites can help you track seating charts, guest information, dress and tux details, and contact information for officiants, DJs, caterers, photographers, and florists, plus a host of other tidbits.
When you need to access all this information on the go, turn to these apps — everything you need to keep your wedding plans organized, inspired, and on schedule, right in the palm of your hand.
1. iWedding Deluxe
iWedding Deluxe is about as comprehensive as wedding planning apps get. To-do lists, budgeting assistants, countdowns, and guest list organization are all included. But there are a lot of extras to be found, as well. You can specify whether guests will attend all day or only for specific parts of the event, set up seating plans and keep track of meal preferences, and even keep photos and information about the bride’s dress tucked safely behind a wall locked with a pin code, away from accidental peeking by the groom.
2. Wedding Budget
Price: $2.99; free version also available
Sticking to a budget is difficult, but this handy app helps you keep track of all the myriad details, from deposits to payments to final due dates. You can break down wedding costs into categories and subcategories including ceremony, flowers, music, photography, and bridal party attire. Choose how much to allocate to each category, and keep track of how much you’ve spent and how much is left. Set reminders for when payments are due and see graphic representations of your budget.
3. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner
The Knot is one of the most popular wedding websites on the Internet. In 2011, The Knot released the Ultimate Wedding Planner companion app, and it sure doesn’t disappoint. This planner features a countdown to the big day, wedding checklists, a comprehensive and easy-to-use budget tool, and inspiration for dresses, cakes, flowers, and more. You can access and update all your tools from TheKnot’s website, as well.
Creating your wedding registry is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding, but who wants to limit themselves to just one store? With the WeddingScan app, you can scan barcodes from items at any store and add them to a centralized registry onWeddingScan.com. Items are even geotagged with location information, so friends and family can see where you scanned them.
5. Fun Wedding
Price: 99 cents
You might think coming up with a music playlist is the easiest part of wedding planning, until you actually sit down to do it. You write down a favorite song or two, and then your mind goes blank. That’s where Fun Wedding comes in to help you find the perfect songs for every part of the event. You can listen to song samples, create a request list, search by year or genre, and get suggestions for the bride and groom’s first dance, father and bride dance, and bouquet and garter toss, among others.
6. Ultimate Wedding Planner
The Ultimate Wedding Planner is an all-in-one resource for all aspects of wedding planning in a friendly, accessible, down-to-earth package. You’ll find gown selection hints, wedding style ideas, and advice from wedding insiders. A worksheet section will help you plan your budget, wedding day schedule, and more.
Cut the stress, keep the joy
A wedding should be a joyous, happy occasion, and anything you can do to help eliminate the worry and stress that comes with planning a big event is a blessing. Whether you need a comprehensive wedding planner or just a little help wrangling the budget into shape, one (or more!) of these apps should fit the bill. Then you can sit back, relax, and let the wedding bells ring, knowing no detail has gotten lost in the shuffle!
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Dare to dream
With this, the release of her second collection, Sareh Nouri transports you to an era of timeless elegance, a time where all things are possible…
With a flick of your wrist, and I might add that the detailing Sareh has added to each and every dress is as unique as her vision, you are well on your way to realizing that the dream is real and it’s yours for the taking.
Nine dresses, each billowing over with yards and yards of the finest lace, dare I say it, the meringuiest of tule. So light and effervescent. All very different. “All like children,” as described by Sareh herself. Each one more unique than the next. Each one bringing forth it’s own path, a path that leads directly to you. You know what they say, “That when you put on the right wedding dress, you know it”.
So, if you’re having the buttons that drip down the small of your back closed from here to there, and it appears that you have all the time in the world to languish in the moment…remember this. The time is now and it’s yours, so take it. After all, if not now, than when?
Photography Moshe Zusman