Destination Wedding At The Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Everybody always forget the groom on the wedding day, put I  knew my groom would need a  little help, he is in New Orleans. If he partied like I think he did the night before then L’OREAL Paris Men Expert Eye Roller would be needed.
Getting the bride glamxurious for her big day in New Orleans

The gorgeous wedding party on the trolley heading to the church

Getting my camera time with my bride before she walk down the aisle
As the bride & groom walk out the church they are greeted by an amazing choir
Cody & Nicole
My bride is Gone With The Wind Fabulous!!!!

Let the party begin!!!

New Orleans Bride: Kia Gray

Another beautiful wedding in New Orleans. My bride Kia  and her girls stayed @ritzcarlton and also had both hair & makeup done in the suite. Kia and I met last year and she booked me before doing her bridal makeup consultation. She didn’t want to lose her date but I already had a makeup look in mind that I wanted to do on her the first day we met. Her bridesmaids wore a truffle color dress, I selected a variety of pink shades with a touch of bronzer for the makeup. I stayed away from using a brown eyeshadow because I wanted to keep their makeup soft and youthful. So when her day arrived I was so excited because Kia is such a great girl.
Below are some fun shots that were taken of the day.


Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also an L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. This New York makeup artist has worked with celebrities like; Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, Jordin Sparks, Daphne Zuniga, Edie Falco, and Kathryn Erbe, to name a few. You recently saw her at Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, NBA All Stars Weekend, and more. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside the Life of a Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter. = “UA-3446372-1”; urchinTracker();

Weddings Couture at Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier

You are cordially invited to the design showroom of Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier to view the couture collection of bridal and special occasion gowns. With your registration you are entitled to recieve a $500 credit towards a purchase of $2,500 or more. With purchase you also recieve a signed, dated line sketch of your dream gown. Mr. Clarke and staff will be available for mini-consultations during the event. We have also invited an exclusive list of industry vendors to attend and offer their expertise. Attendance is limited. RSVP as soon as possible to insure access. We look forward to seeing you at this exculsive event.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (CT)

Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier Rubensteins102 St. Charles AvenueNew Orleans, LA 70130

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Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier

Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier is the headquarters of the most sought after designer in the Southeast. Harold Clarke custom designs and makes to measure couture bridal and special occasion gowns using the world’s best materials and resources. His gowns have been featured internationally in mass media. At this event you will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Clarke, view his latest collection and discuss your dream gown. Other complimentary luxury vendors will also be in attendance.

SATURDAY BRIDE: Angela Gonzales

This was a special wedding for me because I met Angela Gonzales and her family in October 2005. This was like two months after Katrina. I would drive back in forth back then to work on my clients. I would be on the road sometimes for 8-10 hrs depending on where I was coming from. Anyway, I had a bond with Angela, Brandon the groom and Angela sister Aurora the first night we met. So when Angela called me and said she was getting married I was excited. Angela booked me like a year in advance. I think I was the first vendor she booked for her wedding cuz she knew how crazy my schedule can be.

I was also excited to work with Angela and Aurora because I love that they allowed me to do my type of makeup on them. Plus, they love glam makeup so I knew this was going to be a great bridal makeup application. She selected the Ritz Carlton for the makeup location and her wedding took place at Southen Oaks Plantation in New Orleans East.

Check out some of the pics from my camera…………LOVE YOU ANGELA & BRANDON





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Quick update of this week….

It is now 9:45 pm and I am finally done for the week…the evening…and can now have a me moment. I have a 6 pack of red stripe beer being chill and snacks and the kids have retired to their rooms and Miko & Ani are sleeping on the bed next to me. Michael is doing a walk through and washing the kids school clothes still.

Natalie came by the studio today she was in town for a second meeting with the staff of a very popular reality show so when she was done she stop by to say hi. I wanted to get a lot done today because this week I just want to work on the little touches. The week days are way to crazy to get things done so I had the entire family helping with something. They love it because they get to spend time with mommie and we get to do projects together.

Courtney stopped by to pick up a check from me for payment of the assignment we did this weekend at The Ritz Carlton. The client Molly B. from Dallas paid me for everything and I cut Courtney her half. I am so glad Friday & Saturday is over. I stressed my ass off about it. I was scared that Courtney wasn’t going to show because of the personal things that are going on in her life right now. This is not the first time that the hair stylist that I refer hasn’t showed up. Speaking of hair stylist MISS ERIN calls me this Saturday after not seeing her since New Years Eve at my home. She has not returned phone calls to my clients that I haved refered her to or she has not shown up to the actual assignment that she was boked for. Anyway…with Coutney having problems she has not been practing on hair styles as well as her speed, which is very important. Doing hair at a salon is different from production work, photo shoots, and weddings. But at the end she pulled it off but still have to get better at speed. So I am proud of her for not allowing her personal problem to effect her work.

I missed one of my items that were supposed to be delivered due to working on location so I now have to wait 1 more day to get it now. Like a little kid I am so excited…this item is my GLAM piece for the studio so you know I can’t wait to unwrap that box on tomorrow.

I had the one hour conference this week which was very enlighten. Because I have been so busy that I never make appointment with my rep to discuss how things are going. So, I was glad that I was able to do this one.

They sent over the L’Oreal tour dates starting in August going to October but I don’t know if I will be able to do all of those dates because I do have dates booked with weddings and other events around that time. Plus, my B-DAY is October 13 so I don’t know if I want to be on the road for that special day. Then I don’t want to be that long away from the studio especially with me just opening it. I will be in Houston for 1 week doing makeup with L’Oreal so I think this time I will shorten my trip.

I had to miss the French Quarter Festival this year but I did get to party Saturday night a little with the girls…it was Courtney birthday weekend so we took her out and popped so MOET all night. Courtney wanted to go to some new club called NV on Poydras Street…I am just glad they didn’t spell it ENVY…the way I spell my daughter name. Then she wanted to go to The Chocolate Bar on Tulane and Broad. I know I know not my cup of tea but that was her preference and because it wasn’t about me I went to celebrate. As long as I could hear Usher single “Love In the Club”…I am ok.

I had a lot of bridal consultations this week some days back 2 back. So at least my brides are keeping me busy. People are still getting married not just in New Orleans but all over the world. I have weddings in Baton Rouge, Houston, Florida, Maryland and how can I forget about my July wedding in Jamaica.

I am getting tired…I think getting up at 5:30 am on Saturday for the first wedding party in Metairie and then the second group at the Ritz then trying to go out last night like a young girl and stay out until 3ish. I think it’s all catching up with me plus my red stripe is calling me right about now.

Glam Life Of A Makeup Artist