Amanda & Evan | Engaged

This engagement shoot captures the beauty of this couple and the most beautiful San Diego evening. Thank you, Amanda, for sharing this stunning day with me. It makes me even more excited for the upcoming wedding day!! 

For Amanda's look she wanted to keep it as clean, and natural as possible since the shoot was going to be at the beach, and because she is wearing her wedding makeup a bit more dramatic  (I always think this is a great idea not to do the exact same for both!). You can always just tweak it a little bit too so it's not exactly the same. Maybe a bold lip for one or a different color palette.

I love the loose beach waves that she chose for her hair and some fresh peach tones on her cheeks, and a daytime bronze smokey eye with a neutral lip that worked for all three of her looks.

Photos | Shane & Lauren Photography

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Planning & Design | White Lace Events

Florals | Compass Floral

 

 

 

Julie & Mat | Married

I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding day than Julie and Mat at Bheau View Ranch. It really was magical in every sense and the pure joy was palpable. Julie is the nicest person you will ever meet and her laid back attitude was contagious. She put everyone at ease and made it possible for everyone to truly enjoy the day without stress...the way a wedding should be!!

Her star and cosmic theme was right up my alley and I adored the super textured hair that she chose, accented with tiny gold stars throughout. It was so her and so so beautiful. Her plum and berry smokey eye was so fun and also the perfect compliment to her vibe and overall wedding day look. A little drama looks amazing in photos! 

The groom also had a glam squad that day and we get this request a lot more often these days. Guys want to look their best in wedding photos too! I evened out Mat's skin and suntan with airbrush (which is waterproof and tear proof!) and my team member Rikki gave him a blowout to make sure his awesome locks stayed looking perfect for the long day and night.

There were so many photos to share that I had a hard time narrowing it down! The emotion of the day was captured so perfectly and her vendor team is listed below.

Photography | Westlund Photography

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Venue | Bheau View Ranch

Published | Style Me Pretty (Part I)

I've always believed that if you stay open in life, good things will happen. I had no idea what starting my own business would bring about, and everyday is honestly a new and exciting adventure. I'm still excited about every single milestone and creative venture that comes my way.

Recently, I was asked by local photographer, Cavin Elizabeth, to collaborate on the cover and photo spread for her newly launched book, 'A Bride's Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding'. I'm excited to share with you the gorgeous book that's available on Amazon, and the recent feature of the shoot on favorite wedding blog, Style Me Pretty.

Talk about an amazing group of vendors! Check out all of the local San Diego talent below:

Photography | Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Design | Amorology

Beauty & Styling | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Oak and the Owl

Dress | Dress Theory

Venue | Hatched Collective

Rentals | Adore Folklore

Cake | Hey There, Cupcake!

Paper Design | Twinkle & Toast

Table | Hostess Haven

Jill & Wes | Maternity

I'm tearing up a little on this post! I met Jill through the wedding industry. She's an incredible wedding and event planner with San Diego's I Do Weddings & Events. She also happens to be one of the nicest people that I've ever met and has the most upbeat and wonderful personality!

When I met Jill we talked about how much she wanted a family and how hard that journey had been for her. When I found out about her sweet baby girl arriving this Spring I was over-the-moon ecstatic for her exciting adventure ahead! She is going to be the absolute BEST mom!!!

Jill knows a ton of hair and makeup artists so I was so honored when she called me to glam her and her gorgeous mama for her maternity session. Check out some of the magic captured by one of my faves, The Hearts Haven! Love you, Jill! Can't wait to meet your girl!! xoxo

Photography | The Hearts Haven

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Happy New Year | Launch & Publication

Happy New Year! Yes, I'm a little behind the eight ball writing this post, but that's actually a good thing because there are so many exciting things happening with Thorne Artistry this year!

Thank you to one of my favorite wedding publications, 100 Layer Cake, for naming our mountain top shoot as one of their favorites of 2017! So cool! I'll never forget styling that shoot and it will always be one of my favorites. 

Just before the new year, I jumped into the clean beauty arena and launched the first ever product from Thorne Artistry that I've been using on all of my clients for years. I created a custom blend Lavender Hydration spray that is now available to purchase through Thorne Artistry and local retailers. It's currently available at Therapie Day Spa in Ocean Beach and La Mesa locations and will be coming to other retailers in San Diego very soon! Stay tuned for more locations! If you'd like grab a spray or carry it in your establishment please contact me via email or DM for more information. Thank you for all of the amazing support! 

Thorne Artistry is going into its eighth year which is so crazy to think about. I was so scared to start my own business and had no idea what I was getting into. Every day I thank God that I've come to a place where I am ecstatic to go to work. There have been so many wonderful brides, and clients that I'm become friends with that I couldn't be more grateful!  Getting to support my little family doing what I love and meeting new people everyday who inspire me is really the absolute best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am sincerely grateful for you.

Here's a tiny highlight of some of my favorite moments from the last year! xoxo, Amanda

Sara & David | Elopement

This was one of the cutest elopements that I've ever seen! Sara was absolutely hilarious and drop dead gorgeous to boot! I adore all of the details that they put into their San Diego courthouse elopement!! The balloons, signs, and adventures all over San Diego at some of their favorite places.

Check out their magical day below! Congrats to this amazing couple who are perfect for each other!! xo

Photos | The Hearts Haven

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Magnolia Rouge Magazine | Published

I was beyond excited to find out that our moody, styled wedding shoot was featured this week on one of my all-time favorite publications, Magnolia Rouge! See the entire feature here!

An incredibly talented film photographer from Utah reached out to me to style a 'May Gray" wedding photo shoot and I was honored and humbled to collaborate with such a talented crew (check them out below!). 

I bought about 10 yards or gray tulle and found the most dreamy two-piece dress from The Dress Theory in San Diego, the berry bouquet and all of the rocky terrain at Sunset Cliffs at sunrise made this a shoot one to remember!

Check out some of the pretty here and more on my IG page!

Photos | As Ever Photography

Makeup, Hair & Wardrobe | Thorne Artistry

Florals | The Dainty Lion

Paper Goods | Lamplight Lettering

Gown | The Dress Theory

Ring | Susie Saltzman

Annie & Cory | Married

I'm over-the-moon that this gorgeous wedding was published on the front page of Style Me Pretty today! Annie was an absolute doll to work with and I love the classic hair and makeup that she chose. 

Her wedding was so elegant and had a modern, clean & romantic vibe. Seeing all of the details featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs and magazines was just icing on an already stunning cake! 

Check out the San Diego wedding dream team below, and the full feature here on Style Me Pretty.

Photos | Carmen Santorelli

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Design & Coordination | Before I Do Events

Florals | Modern Bouquet

Cake | Hey There Cupcake

Venue | Darlington House

Charity | Editorial

I loved getting to do the full styling for this editorial shoot. The requested vibe was moody, mystical and a little dark with some light and hope sprinkled in.

I was incredibly inspired and wanted to capture the lightness of the subject with the underlying intensity and other-worldly feel. I enlisted the help of my friend Chloe at Haystack Floral to create some floral head pieces that were avante garde and a little whimsical.

The dreamy light and the San Diego landscape were the perfect backdrop! Check out some favorites below.  

Photos | Michael & Kate Photography

Makeup, Hair & Wardrobe | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Haystack Floral

Pacific magazine | Stassi Schroeder

I adore working with San Diego's Pacific magazine. I always know it's going to be some fun celebrity hair & makeup when they call!

It was such an incredible day, and one of the most fun photo shoots that I've worked on to date with Stassi Schroeder of the popular Bravo show, Vanderpump Rules! I honestly had no idea what to expect since people are painted in a very different light on TV. I thought Stassi would most likely be nice, but I had no idea how funny she'd be. I've never laughed so much at work! Check out my IG page for some fun behind-the-scenes videos. Check out the cover issue here!

Thanks to Pacific magazine for having me back for another fun cover shoot! Pick up a copy at any retailer in San Diego! xo

Photos | K.C Alfred Photography

Makeup & Hair | Thorne Artistry

Afton & Reid | Married

Sometimes you just connect with people right away and feel like you've found a long, lost friend! Afton is one of those people! We hit it off at her hair and makeup trial and I just knew that her wedding was going to be as amazing as her (and it was!!). Just a little peek below at the incredible beauty of the day. 

For her wedding look, she chose a smokey eye and bright pink lip to compliment the amazing florals from Siren Floral. We went with mink lashes to add some extra drama. Her hair was one of the most fun styles that I've done to date. I adored creating this double, pull through braid (we used extensions and a few other tricks to achieve the thickness!).

Her boho chic wedding was at the New Children's Museum and couldn't have been more perfect! Only the best wishes for this lovable couple! xo

Vendor dream team below!

Photos | Studio Castillero

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Siren Floral Co.

Design & Coordination | Lace & Likes

Decor | Witty Rentals

Film | Atomic Tangerine

 

 

Wedding | Inspired

Just a little look at a collaboration with some of my favorite San Diego vendors, Whiskers & Willow Photography, and Native Poppy!

I'm dying to release the entire shoot, but alas it's going to be published soon so these teasers are all that's allowed for now!

Stay tuned for more from this incredibly romantic wedding photo shoot! 

Photos | Whiskers and Willow

Florals | Native Poppy

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Spring | Inspired

Inspired by all of the rain and green in San Diego, I wanted to play with color and textures for this styled photo shoot with The Hearts Haven. My current obsession is velvet and when I found this amazing mustard yellow gown, it became the focal point of our shoot. Paired with a smokey eye and berry lip, I love the unexpected colors and rich feel for Springtime. 

I love the fashion styling part of my job as much as doing hair and makeup and when I get to do all three for a cohesive vision I'm in complete heaven.

Photos | The Hearts Haven

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Floral Arrangement | Penny Blooms

 

Borrowed & Blue | Best Makeup 2017

What an incredible honor & surprise to find out that Thorne Artistry won the prestigious 'Best Makeup' category from Borrowed & Blue and was voted on (unknowingly) by fellow San Diego vendors. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I'm more grateful than you'll ever know! xo

Some of my favorite makeup looks this year!

Tiffany & Victor | Married

I've always had a love of the desert so I was over-the-moon when I got an email from Tiffany asking if I'd come out to Joshua Tree. Once I found out about her incredible style and fun personality I just knew this would be one of my favorite weddings and it was! 

There is something magical about the desert, and also about this wonderful couple. Tiffany & Victor both knew that they wanted their colorful personalities reflected in every aspect of their day and it couldn't have been more perfect! 

I adored every detail of this wedding and it really goes to show how breathtaking a wedding can be when the couple is 100% true to themselves and in the moment! Total boho, desert wedding perfection! xo

Design & Coordination | Sweet Emilia Jane

Photos | Zoom Theory

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Venue | Sacred Sands (Joshua Tree)

Happy New Year | 2017

This has been one of the happiest and hardest years to date. I've had to say good-bye to some precious loved ones, and I gave birth to the sweetest baby boy on the planet. I've watched my daughter go from a little baby to an incredibly smart & hilarious toddler. My husband and I have banded together to figure out a new reality of having two babies and the usual life/work balance. It's always amazing to me how much happens in the course of a year. That's why starting the New Year is always a mixture of emotions, wondering what our lives hold in store next.

I want to thank all of my beautiful brides and clients that I've had the honor of working with this year, and let my 2017 brides and future clients know that I'm as overjoyed now, as I was 6 years ago starting my business, to be a little part of your incredible life moments. Getting to design the visions and creations in your head make me one happy girl. Keep them coming!

From my little family to yours, I sincerely wish you treasured moments, fulfilling experiences, and boundless love in the New Year.

Thank you to my dear friend Aimee from The Hearts Haven for these beautiful family moments that I will always cherish. 

xoxo Amanda

Patricia & Kevin | Married

This wedding is an absolute stunner! I loved the intimacy of a small courthouse wedding and the day that was spent with close friends and family to celebrate. Everything about Patricia and her style is pure elegance with a touch of an ethereal vibe that I adore!

Patricia wanted  a very soft and romantic wedding look and it really suited her delicate features! I loved her rose pink lip and bronze eye that we decided on with a loose wave that we pinned to the side.

The photos tell the tale of the incredible day & the video is an added bonus (I also love looking back on my 9-months pregnant belly when this was taken!).

Photo | Orange Turtle Photography

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Native Poppy

Venue | Juniper & Ivy

Video | Pure Cinema

 

 

Quincey & John | Married

Quincey is my gorgeous California bride now living in Michigan. I knew that her wedding was going to be over-the-top beautiful from the moment that she contacted me! We both love a soft, and romantic look and she chose peach accents with her makeup that really popped on her and complimented her overall vibe.

For hair, we did a half up, half down look with lots of volume and a fun twist in the back! Her cathedral veil couldn't have been more perfect to complete the uber-elegant look.

I had a hard time picking my favorite photos and moments from her day. Check out all of the dreaminess below and the fabulous San Diego vendors!

Photos | Matthew Morgan Photography

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Olive Willow Designs

Planning & Event Design | Ever After Events

 

Sarah & Jay | Married

Everything about Sarah & Jay's chic, downtown wedding was stunning, and every last detail was well thought out and total perfection!

Sarah came to the trial with some edgy, yet clean and modern looks in mind and we both immediately loved the idea of a literal twist on the classic pony and a bold eye to show off Sarah's gorgeous brown eyes. Her look was a great choice for her short lace dress that had a classic feel with a bit of a retro vibe.

I couldn't have asked for a better bride or team of vendors! I adore everything about this day! xoxo

Photos | The Hearts Haven

Flowers, Design & Coordination | Sweet Emilia Jane

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Alison & Steve | Married

It was so much fun getting to be a part of Alison and Steve's Monday afternoon elopement! This was such an intimate and sweet day for just the two of them to be married and explore San Diego and all of their favorite places! I loved the bold makeup and soft, romantic hair that Alison chose.

She had her wonderful photography team come along to my studio that morning to document the day! We even did an impromtu Facebook Live makeup tutorial while she got ready to include her friends and family on one of the most important days of her life!

I adore the photos and the sheer joy and fun that they had making the day completely about them. This is true love at it's finest and what marriage is all about! xoxo

Photos | Alexandria Monette Photography

Video | Emma Lynn Cinema

Hair & Makeup | Thorne Artistry

Florals | Native Poppy

Officiant | Bethel Nathan