Enjoy this photographic journey of Claire and Jerik’s Prairie Fairie Wedding at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul. They were the first couple to book their wedding reception at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Downtown, St. Paul. Highlights included live music by the talented Javier Trejo and friends, yummy food by Brasa, reception music by DJ Del 6 and three of the couple’s favorite bands playing the Amsterdam.

Wedding Venue: Dodge Nature Center

Wedding Reception: Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Live Music: Javier Trejo

Reception DJ: Del6

Wedding Food: Brasa

Men’s Fashion: Heimie’s Haberdashery

Wedding Photography: James Ramsay

Photo by Donae Cotton Photography

Story by Kira McCarty for Brides Like Us

Your Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artist

When we fall in love, we blush.  It is an indicator to the person we’re with, that we have feelings for them.
A blushed cheek not only sends subliminal messages to those around us, it is youthful and fresh, and when done right, it can make someone look up to 10 years younger!
The trick is to fade the color from the “apple” of the cheek, up, and back towards the top of the ear.  I love to blend a bit of bronzer just below the cheekbone ( in the hollow) to add extra dimension for photography – Also, if my client’s cheeks could benefit from some extra ooh lala pop.
Here are some of my wedding day favorites:
For Everyone:  Sugarbomb by Benefit
Soft and pretty 4 pack. 1 sweep and you have a natural looking blush,bronze and highlight.
For Olive & Yellow Skin Tones:  Lorac Pink
A cool pink with a lilac base – No need to worry about your blush turning orangey as the night wears on.
For Fair Skin:  So Sweet, So Easy by mac
A cremeblend, bright pink with yellow – perfect for adding some eye catching warmth.
On the peachy side & for tanned skin: Bare Minerals Tulip
I LOVE this color!  It has a beautiful glow that works on tanned skin and those who prefer peachy tones to pink.
“Say I love you, without saying a word”
Ciao Bellas!
Photo by Candy Coughlin of Candys Photography
by Kira McCarty for Brides Like Us
Boudoir photo shoots are all the rage with wedding photography packages, but what if that seems a little too daring?  A Pinup shoot is a perfect alternative!  Pinup models in the 1940s and 50s had a certain je ne sais quoi.  You were sure to be struck by the perfect balance of playfulness wrapped around a sex-kitten in a bombshell package!  A little naughty, a lot nice, and timeless nonetheless.
Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artists are known far and wide for our expertise in vintage hair styling and makeup. Yes, we can rock ANY modern trend as well, but when someone needs a “time-period specific” look, they call on us.  We make it easy to feel glamorous.
Pinup styling is a specialty!  The key is to pair the gorgeous, structured hair styles with flawless, airbrushed makeup and faux-lashes.  We make it easy to feel glamorous!
-Kira McCarty
 What works:
  • Pinup shoots are supposed to be fun:  SMILE!  No pressure to “look sexy” – The total look is naturally sexy!
  • Say your vowels! “O” “E” “A” “U” These little letters will give you the perfect “bombshell” expressions!
  • No need to spend a TON of money on new outfits – Simple shorts, heels, and a halter will work fabulously!
  • Go big or go home = Get a giant flower or flowers for your hair!
  • Hot red / pink / or coral lipstick will help you feel gorgeous
  • “Cat eye” gel or liquid liner helps complete the look!

Remember:  With our help, you too could look like this!

Kira McCarty
Your Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artist
Professional Hair & Makeup
1224 Quincy St NE
studio 225 *top floor*
Minneapolis, MN 55412