If we’ve ever needed something lovely + bright, today is most certainly the day! This sweet summer shoot from Jennifer Larsen is a ray of sunshine, and we’re here for ALL of it! Set at the picturesque Sterlingbrook Farm, this fruit-inspired wedding inspiration is bright, romantic and serene. From the whimsical floral design and stunning vintage rentals from Rustic Drift, to the light pink gown and of course, the incredible rustic barn to complete the scene. Proof that the details really do make the wedding day, this styled shoot is definitely one of our favorites!Read More
First post in the New Year and today it’s extra special, because one of our favorites and sweet friends, Jennifer Larsen, said yes to her boyfriend on New Year’s Eve! That’s right friends, Jen is getting maaaarrrried! But before we start dreaming of how pretty Jen’s wedding will be, we first need to swoon over Alyssa and John’s incredibly romantic December wedding at the Park Chateau! Timeless and classic, with a dash of glam, this winter wedding is everything we love rolled into one. Stunning florals, a jaw-dropping dress and the cutest couple you ever did see. Happy 2019 friends, it’s gonna be a good one!Read More
There are so many reasons we adore this wedding, and we know you’ll love it just as much as we do! Tara & Steve’s April wedding at Orange Lawn and Tennis Club is just lovely: full of sweet moments, big smiles and THE prettiest details, we’re just smitten. From Tara’s stunning gown and muted pastel bouquet, to the perfect-blue bridesmaid dresses and a custom watercolor suite, we can’t get enough. Proof that simple + romantic will never go out of style, this wedding from Bri Johnson is one of our favorites!Read More
Friday just got a whole lot more beautiful, and it is 100% because of this gorgeous wedding from one of our favorites, Jennifer Larsen! Michelle & Ryan’s Park Chateau wedding is as pretty as them come, and may make you want to cancel your current wedding plans and just use this one as a roadmap. Michelle (yes, of Michelle Elise Artistry) and Ryan carefully curated their day with some of the best vendors around, and the result was a romantic, elegant and luxurious spring wedding. These two are as sweet as they are adorable, and the smiles on their faces tell us all we need to know.Read More
If you're secretly dreaming of cozy sweaters and pumpkin season, this gorgeous wedding will certainly send you into overdrive! We're thrilled to share this epic day from the one and only, Jennifer Larsen Photography, and friends, we know you'll love it as much as we do! Ashley + Kyle's fall wedding at Basking Ridge Country Club was classic and sweet, with splashes of color and the prettiest fall decor. From the emerald green bridesmaid dresses and pumpkin escort cards, to the soft and romantic makeup and the blush-toned bouquets, every last detail was planned to perfection. Our favorite part though, is the way these two look at one another. When years of friendship turn into love, something magical happens!Read More
Despite it's reputation from a famous MTV show, the Jersey shore is one of our state's finest treasures. From historic landmarks to good ol' fashioned fun, the Shore is full of everything we adore about summer, and this bachelorette celebration is exactly how we want the shore memorialized. Jennifer Larsen and Stephanie Williamsen dreamed up a sweet and patriotic 4th of July shoot in Lavallette, and we're already pining for some beach time. Proof that your bachelorette celebration doesn't need to be elaborate, this session is sweet-summertime, perfection.Read More
Oh friends, today's anniversary session will no doubt you leave you dreaming of a snowy, romantic weekend with the love of your life. Our preferred vendor, Jess Watson Photography, dreamed up an epic editorial shoot on the New York City Highline and Whitney Museum of Art, and just so happened to find a fellow photographer who was headed to NYC for their anniversary! From a hand-lettered love note to stunning paper flowers, and a romantic bistro table with THE most gorgeous cake, this anniversary session is as gorgeous as it gets.Read More
We're so thrilled to introduce you to one of our favorites today: Michelle, owner of Michelle Elise Artistry! With natural-born talent and impeccable style, Michelle is one of New Jersey's most sought-after hair and makeup artists. And to top it all off, we have the honor of knowing her personally, and can attest that she's as sweet and genuine as they come!
Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started!
I am the owner of a bridal hair and makeup business based out of Northern NJ. My love for hair and makeup started when I was a young girl and would take all my babysitting money to the drugstore to buy a piece of makeup almost every week. Growing up I was an active painter and drawer, so those skills were easily translated into hair and makeup. All my friends would have me style them for our school dances and events -- I was taking appointments in high school!
After college and cosmetology school, I freelanced around the tri-state area to get my name out there and build my portfolio. I had a couple of clients whom I would style for weddings and events. They eventually passed along my name to friends getting married, and things grew from there. Fast forward 4 years later and I am doing 60+ weddings a year and am growing a team of talented stylists. It is still surreal to me sometimes!
What services do you offer and/or what do you specialize in?
My team and I offer hair and makeup services for weddings and events. We can execute any hairstyle, from soft updos to sleek and straight, to extensions or blowouts. For makeup, we specialize in airbrush foundation and always use lashes for a glam look.
What makes your business unique?
Clients reach out to me because they like the style of my work; everything is very soft and natural but has a twist of glam. My brides also love that I only book one wedding a day and offer full-day touch ups, so there is never a hair out of place or eyeliner smudged by (happy) tears. With first-look photos and additional hours added on to the wedding-day, touch-ups can go a long way!
What is your favorite part of working with brides?
For me, nothing compares to watching a bride look at herself in the mirror on her wedding day and say “Oh my gosh, I feel so beautiful.” Seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces and knowing I helped them look and feel their best for such an important day is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.
One piece of advice for couples?
Plan ahead so you can enjoy your engagement and wedding! Don’t procrastinate so you can get everything done and not scramble at the last-minute. Getting married should be a blissful and happy time, not a chaotic and frustrating.
Childhood career aspiration?
An editor at Vogue
Coffee or tea?
Coffee – lots and lots.
I am very handy and great with power tools!