7 years ago today, I had the pleasure of doing my dear friend's makeup for her wedding day.
It's funny-doing bridal makeup is a completely different experience than any other makeup situation. Sure, the products can vary a bit, and brides tend to have more to say about their look than models, but there is something special about being a part of the "getting ready" for a wedding. I take those moments seriously not only as a makeup artist, but as a human...there's a sweet electricity in the air around the bridal party as they prepare for the day.
It feels almost like the girly silliness of any other event preparation; giggling over 8 curling irons sharing one outlet, choosing the silver stilettos over the black wedges, borrowing your best friends earrings in exchange for your bracelet. But this event is different. Meaningful. At the end of the day, this woman will be married, and her nearest and dearest are not only getting ready to stand next to her during a ceremony, but celebrating everything they've gone through to get here. The unspoken weight of closest friends supporting each other is evident. Even bridal parties I've never met almost immediately accept me into their inner circle of trust and bonding. We are coming together to do whatever we can for our bride. I am entrusted with translating this woman's heart onto her skin. As a makeup artist, it is an inexpilicable honor to be a part of that kind of sisterhood, even just for a few hours.
So you can understand the delight of sharing those moments with as dear a friend and sister as Bonnie (Volz) Kent. She was a confidante and mentor throughout my adolescence, and I consider her and her husband part of my family. As I reflect on that beautiful day seven years ago, it is my joy to wish Bonnie and Justin Kent a very happy anniversary!