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Enchanted Metallics Bridal Shoot

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Talk about an ideal setting for a wedding!  Lush green fields lined with towering pines.  Annuals and perennials that perfectly surround the ceremony area and its beautiful bluestone altar.  The privacy and uniqueness of The Farmer’s Daughter make for the perfect outdoor venue for your special day.  This was the site for my most recent photo shoot, “Enchanted Metallics”, with Made in March photography.

The theme of this shoot was “Enchanted Metallics” and the stunning set design is credited to Jennifer Gee of Gwen Studios.  Using flowers from Greenlion Weddings, Jennifer crafted a gorgeous table display featuring copper from East Coast Tinning and calligraphy from Brown Fox Calligraphy. 


 Liz and I were brought on board for hair and makeup.  We had some inspiration boards to look over but we were given free reign to create the looks we thought would work for the concept.  Liz chose to construct a beautiful fishtail braid for Mariah and it worked perfectly with her style and dresses.  In keeping with the metallic theme, I wanted to make sure to include some with the makeup. 


I chose a coppery eyeshadow for Mariah and balanced it with a sheer wash of color for her lips and cheeks.  I used some of my favorite products for this shoot.  To even out her skin, I used the new Beautycounter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage.  Then, to achieve the flushed cheek I had in mind, I used Beautycounter’s Lip Sheer in Plum as a cream blush and then used it again on her lips.  I topped that off with a light layer of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in Rhythm Box to add dimension.  The best part of this shoot for me?  Being able to do makeup while sitting on the grass.  I was in heaven.


I always love working with Made in March.  Sarah’s got a killer eye so I know the images will always be on point. 

I love my job.

Check out the full feature on the 100 Layer Cake Blog HERE

Full team credits here:

Photographer: Made in March / Venue: The Farmer’s Daughter / Event Design: GWEN Studios / Floral Design & Necklace Design: Greenlion Weddings / Hair: Liz Tucker / Makeup: Danielle Bisbano Makeup Artistry / Invitations: Paper Please / Cakes: Isis Cakes / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Place Cards & Name Scrolls: Brown Fox Calligraphy /  Copper Favors & Cake Stands: East Coast Tinning / Dresses: Sarah Seven / Headpiece: Andria Bird Bride / Models: Mariah and Ethan from The Beauty Within

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She's the Balm - My Newest Lip Balm Addiction

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, May 02, 2013


What is a good sign that you really like a product?  How about when you run out of it, you are willing to drive an hour just to get more?  How about when that product is lip balm?  Crazy?  Maybe.  But it is THAT good.

I originally got a tube of MyLipStuff lip balm from Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham.  Red Velvet was the flavor and from the first time I used it I was in love.  I have a multiple  tubes of lip balm near me at all times.  Two in my purse, one on each floor of our condo, one at my desk.  I literally can’t go to bed unless I put some on.  I am not the only person with a lip balm addiction, right?  Right?!?!?!?!?

So the thing with MyLipStuff is that the product is (mostly!) natural and you can pick your flavor.  With over 600 to choose from, they have everything.  Quite literally everything.

I want my brides to have beautifully soft lips.  Lipstick just looks better on lips like that!  I decided to order some of my own as a gift to my brides.  They get their own tube at their trial run and their homework assignment is to use it at least until the wedding! 

The thing is, these tubes make awesome wedding favors, too.  You can have them printed with your wedding date and name of the bride and groom and give them to your guests on your wedding day.  How fun is that?  Check out these examples of some awesome labels for wedding days, “save the date”s and bachelorette parties:




I had a blast picking out flavors and even turned coming up with a tag line into a contest on my Facebook page.  There were so many great ideas but ultimately the winner was “She’s the Balm” lip balm.  Thanks, Mike, for playing along!

So far, nobody that I have given a tube to has said I am exaggerating about how great it is!  Survey says … it really IS the balm ;-)

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