Prohibition Styled Shoot

The sultry mood at Sugar Creek Brewery only intensified with the addition of flares of crimson and warm hues of coppery gold added to the scene. It was just capital sexy, sultry, beautiful baby! This styled shoot was done last year but I never took the time to blog it until now! Mistakes were made, obviously, since this shoot is stunning! The silver lining is that it's still a great time to post it now during the winter season! ;) An incredible team of planners, decorators, artists and stylists came together to create the dark, sexy vibes below. I love the intensity the models brought to the makeup with their intense gazes and confident body language! 


We all wanted to go smoky and vampy for the makeup look - so Skylar's lips were painted a plum-wine burgundy color with golds, browns and black pigments on the eyes.


Planner: Details Wedding Planning Florist: P.A.Reavis Designs , Floral & Event Stylist Bakery: Skys the Limit! Custom Cakes and more Venue: Sugar Creek Brewing Videography: West Mint Media (video link coming soon) Beauty: Anne-Marie Mitchell Makeup Artistry & Mandi Does Hair Rentals: Cooke Rentals - Cornelius, NC Jewelry: Skatells Jewelers (personal shoutout to Laura Ealy for making that ring hookup happen last second - she's a killer ring maker) Attire: Paige and Elliott & House of Abbeydale

A Charlotte Prohibition Wedding

A Charlotte Prohibition Wedding

A Charlotte Prohibition Wedding

A Charlotte Prohibition Wedding


What a beautiful shoot! Thanks to all vendors involved who made it possible! :)

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Jenna + Mac

hughes-197 I swear this bride had the BEST group of bridesmaids ever! All were so full of positive energy and love for Jenna and had fantastic personalities! Jenna was an absolutely lovely bride and her planning skills were ON POINT as she pretty much planned the entire wedding herself, arranged schedules and had every detail in order to perfection. (Wedding Planning in her future much!?) 

I'm so happy to finally put together a snapshot of her stunning wedding day for you to see. I loved the classic, glamorous approach she wanted for the makeup. We did a bronze smokey eye with hues of warm browns and a jet black gel liner. Thank you sweet baby Jesus that she adored blush!!! I think this is one of the more important steps when it comes to bridal makeup. Bridal photographers often brighten photos which can wash out the face unless you are wearing some blush to give you a healthy flush! This bride was super smart and wanted a healthy dose of color - and the photos definitely reaped the benefits! 

Take a look at some of the stunning photos below...


MAKEUP: Anne-Marie Mitchell Makeup Artistry 

HAIR: Vanessa of Vans Strands 

VENUE: The Langtree Plantation 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lindsey Kyprianou

RENTALS: Old South Village Rentals 

FLORALS: Gray's Florist 


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Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, Jenna and Mac! 


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Courtney + Bryant

cb-508 I had so much fun glamming up Courtney and her bridal party for her wedding day! We got them ready at one of their family members' beautiful homes, then did one last touch up and off they went to their stunning venue at The Gaston Country Club!

We chose to pop Courtney's eyes with a shimmery white/shell color on the lid and smoked it out with grays and blacks in the outer corner. Airbrush gave her natural looking skin with soft, petal pink lips. 

One of the best parts about being in the bridal industry are all the people from different walks of life you get to meet. I love hearing their stories, sharing advice and of course applying their makeup! Seeing the professional photographs afterwards is an added bonus--they truly paint a story of the day and capture all the joy and emotions. I have shared pictures of my brides via social media and my portfolio, but I thought it was about time I start sharing a more in-depth look at my bridal adventures on the blog! 

MAKEUP // Anne-Marie Mitchell Makeup Artistry 

HAIR // Studio Bride 

VENUE // Gaston Country Club 

PHOTOGRAPHY // Elizabeth Sloan Price of Stories by Sloan 

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Congratulations Courtney and Bryant!

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My Wedding Video

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After a worthwhile wait, I got an exciting email from Collab Creations saying that the video from my recent wedding was finally ready! The video is truly more beautifully crafted than I could have ever imagined. I can't even begin to wrap my head around how many painstaking days and hours it probably took them to go through the massive amounts of footage to find the perfect moments to put in this highlight film. I am so awed by their attention to detail, talent, and the professionalism and dedication they showed us on the day of our wedding. They also win bonus points for being so hilarious and friendly on our day and somehow making a zillion cameras pointed in everyones direction seem like a completely natural, everyday thing.

This video is so special to me and beautifully warps me back in time to feel all those wonderful feelings I felt on my wedding day. I just had to share it with all of you!

Anne-Marie + Scott from CollabCreation Films on Vimeo.


My Wedding Makeup | Products + How-To

Looking through the pictures of my wedding day, I have been almost permanently poised over my laptop with a huge Chesire cat grin smeared across my face as each moment is re-lived in my mind. After a month of worth-while waiting, our photographer (who is a talented genius, btw) sent us the albums of gorgeous photos. Sidenote--I'm pretty sure I broke some buttons on my keyboard in a spluttering, exasperated attempt to open the email files as quickly as possible. Needless to say, I am so thrilled by the turnout of all the photos that captured our magical day in the most magical way (sounds like a Disney catchphrase, haha).
I always knew I wanted to apply my own wedding makeup. While the thought of hiring another makeup artist did flicker across my mind once or twice--for the convenience and the relaxation aspect--I  knew I already had a vivid idea of how I wanted to look that day. I also find the process of applying makeup just so fun and expressive and so doing my own makeup made the process even more exciting to me. 
For my wedding day, I focused on using products that would define and accentuate my features without creating some foreign creature that I wouldn't recognize in photos. I therefore went for a glamorous look that would appear soft and natural at the same time. Florida heat can be a killer, and with a late May wedding I knew I would have to use products that would hold up during the busy, scorching day ahead. I feel that there is a misconception that this means you can only use high-end, expensive products. The drugstore has developed some really impressive formulas over the recent years and I definitely chose some drugstore products over the more expensive ones. I originally had bought Armani Luminous Silk foundation for my wedding day. While a fantastic foundation, I knew it wouldn't hold up in that kind of heat and so I chose Revlon Color Stay Whipped. That's just one example! The key to doing your own wedding makeup is merely researching the products and testing them out to see what works. 

The Products:

Lorac Pro Palette  (see my review here)
Sigma Brushes (see my review here)

The How-To:

Face: I prepped my skin by applying Clinique Dramatically Different Gel all over my face and neck area for a healthy dose of moisture for the skin. I then dotted the Hourglass Primer to my T-zone area and blended that in to create a smooth base for my foundation, to fill in my pores, and to prevent my makeup from smearing throughout the day. Foundation was applied all over the face next, and I defaulted to my favorite full-coverage Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation since I knew it wouldn't budge in the hot Florida heat that day. I used one pump of my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in 2 shades lighter than my skin tone and painted an upside down "V" shape under each eye and blended upwards. This created the illusion of higher cheekbones, increased dimension on the face, and of course covered my dark circles. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder was applied next all over the face to set the makeup and create an HD finish. To contour, I applied NARS Laguna Bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks, temples and jawline to slim the face and create a healthy bronzed look. I mixed Dainty Doll Blush in "You Are My Sunshine" and Sonia Kashuk Blush in "Glisten" to achieve a pretty coral kiss of color to the apples of my cheeks. I swept this upward and then used a clean brush to blend everything out. Finally, I applied Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder as a beautiful highlight on top of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and my cupid's bow. 
Eyes: I prepped my eye area using MAC Paint Pot in "Painterly" as an opaque base and primer to keep my eye makeup locked on all day and night. I filled in my eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Wiz in the color "Auburn."Then I took out my Lorac Pro Palette and packed the Champage color all over the lid space with a flat brush. I applied the gold color, covering the second half of my lid just up to the outer corner of the eye. For the crease color, I used a fluffy blending brush to apply the taupe color and used windshield wiping motions. In the outer corner, I layered the brown color, dark brown color and a touch of black to create dimension and a gradient. I then applied the nude shimmery color to highlight the inner corner of my eyes. I lined my eyes with a Maybelline black gel liner and winged out the corners to create the illusion of a more almond shaped eye. For false lashes, I used my favorite Ardell Demi Wispies and sealed my real and fake lashes together using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Lips: I lined my lips used Jordana Lipliner in "Tawny" which is a rosy-pink color. I then applied Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in "Camelia." I chose not to wear a lipgloss as the lipstick already had a natural sheen. I also didn't want my hair to stick to my mouth in the wind or for Scott to have to kiss a slimy mess! 
The finishing touch: For the final--and I would definitely say--most important touch, I gave my face a liberal spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This magical potion is like hairspray for your face and seals in every possible stitch of makeup. My makeup lasted all day and into the night and a lot of people asked what the dealio was and how the heck wasn't I melting like icecream after all the craziness that day. Well, mi amigas, I present to you the not-so-secret. It's this magical spray thingy.  

*Special thanks to mak photography for taking all these gorgeous photos!

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