F is for FAST: Arrange a Wedding (and Get Married) in 1.5 Weeks, and Have Perfect Hair and Makeup Too

by Janine on 13 July 2012 · 9 comments

My friend Laura Simpson, a PR pro, arranged her wedding and got married all within about 9 days. Yep, that’s only a couple of days longer than it took a certain deity to create the universe (an event only marginally more complex, to hear some brides tell it). An intimate affair with just 21 guests, the late-April ceremony took place on the beach on Toronto’s Ward Island; lunch at The Rectory Cafe followed. Photographers Fiona Norris (Laura’s sister) and Jessica Fish beautifully documented the day. For both women, who are close friends, photography began as a hobby when they each had children — kids are fun to capture on camera, right? I love the work they did for Laura; thought you might like it, too, plus a few beauty details.

This is lovely Laura and her husband, Brett Fyfer.

I love Laura’s makeup. The application is by makeup artist Marlene Gordon, who Laura met when she booked a counter lesson with the intention of learning how to do this herself.

Classic, timeless and one of my favourite approaches to bridal makeup, this is about beautiful skin and eyes in a look that is all Laura, not cosmetics.

Serendipity certainly played a part in the fall-into-place details of Laura’s wedding (hello, 9 days!). One such detail was Marlene’s schedule, which made her available for makeup on The Big Day. Here’s what she used:

NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer (“It works on every skin tone and doesn’t ball up like some really silicone based primers,” says Marlene.)

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish/Natural to set

NARS Laguna Bronzer to sculpt cheeks; NARS Blush in Orgasm on apples

MAC Pigment in Naked on lids from lashes to browbone, and as highlight on tops of cheekbones (“I can’t live without MAC Naked pigment. I use it on every skin tone and everywhere: browbones, cheekbones and decollete.”); MAC Copperplate eyeshadow, lightly swept into the crease with a blending brush

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to define the upper lashline, plus a few strategic individual lash clusters (“I prefer using indiviual lashes for brides, althought it’s more time consuming. They yield the best and most natural results.”)

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish and Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Can’t Get Enough finished lips

Laura’s pretty hair was by Wesley Hanlon at the Vidal Sassoon Salon in Yorkville, Toronto. She found him through her bf Sarah, who is a client.

As well as photography skill, Fiona has considerable talent when it comes to flower arrangement — she made this bouquet for her sister from blooms and greenery selected from the popular Avenue Rd flower shops just south of Davenport in Toronto.

For more images and the details on how Laura pulled off her wedding in little more than a week (without spending a fortune), read Nathalie Atkinson’s “Wedding Planning Meets Pinterest,” in the National Post.

Photography, vintagegooseberries.com; Marlene Gordon, margordon.com; Wesley Hanlon, Vidal Sasson; The Rectory Cafe, therectorycafe.com; NARS, narscosmetics.com; Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, Holt Renfrew; MAC Cosmetics, maccosmetics.com.


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beachgal 13 July 2012 at 7:29 pm

Beautiful…and totally possible. I did my entire wedding arrangements from site, to dress and flowers in less than 1 day…I had a small wedding and held it on the cliffs of a beautiful Pacific Coast resort over looking the magic view. Simple was and mine too was beautiful. I even got to arrange for guests to have their choice of a special menu made from a range of things off the regular resort restaurant menu for the reception. Then the best part – the H-moon…off for a night in a bridal/presidenial suite on the top of the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco – then on to Mendocino to a little place – cabin with an ocean view, little kitchen and limited maid service. We had 2 over nights out of the cabin where we camped in the redwoods, one of the nights was a canoe up the river with our camp gear, spent the night and paddled back next day (against the current on the river – not the best part of my planning there!).


Janine 14 July 2012 at 7:51 am

Sounds wonderful, even the against-current return trip on the river — thanks so much for your story!


Ange 13 July 2012 at 11:21 pm

This is lovely… thanks for sharing.


Janine 14 July 2012 at 7:52 am

xo Thanks for enjoying it :-)


AllieLD 14 July 2012 at 1:52 pm

Congrats Laura – so lovely! And you couldn’t have picked a better spot. ;)


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