Bridal Blog

12 Mar A Palm Springs Bridal Workshop To Remember

Emily of Emily Magers Photography and Dawn Charles created a space for girlboss photographers to learn and expand their creativity together across the United States. And Veil of Grace was thrilled to provide striking bridal makeup and hair for their Cultivate Workshop in Palm Springs, CA last November.

From fancy braids and sleek waves to daring earth tones, our founder, #VOGSamantha, made each model glow with elegance for the styled shoots.  Both stand-in brides showcase the beauty of neutrals and the ongoing popularity of bolder wedding day looks. We’re still feeling inspired by the experience and invite you to enjoy some of our favorite images below!

Photography : Emily Magers

workshop: @cultivateworkshop
Emily Magers: @emily.magers
Dawn Charles: @dawn.charles
Florals: @rootedflorals
Engagement model Caleb & Stefanie: @unshakablecrown
Styling: @kelseyraedesigns
Dresses: @theenglishdept
Make up & hair: @veilofgrace
Wedding Models Rachael & Andrew: @rachelreinertstudio @phacebook
Video: @leocabal
Stationary: @twinkleandtoast
Crown: @thecrowncollective
Rentals: @Circarentals
Rings: @Trumpetandhorn
Glasswear: @Prettyvintagerentals
Swag Vendors:
Bags: @finelifeco
Wood boxes: @makeandstow
Rolelrs: @shopmonta
Print: @jenessawait
Cards/waxseal: @twinkleandtoast

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27 Feb A Perfect Wedding at the Dana Point Marriott

When our #VOGbride Makayla married in Orange County at the Dana Point Marriott in a plunging, lace-detailed Essense of Australia gown last September, everything about her wedding day was perfect! We’re still celebrating her romantic braided up-do, bold liner and bright lip color that salon owner Samantha styled. She was truly a vision alongside the serene water and her loving husband.

How did you and your husband meet?

We met in college through a few classes together & were reconnected years later. But our true Love Story began late one evening at Cheesecake Factory as we talked for hours over an appetizer and a beer. To put the cherry on top of a magical evening, as Justen opened the car door for me at the end of the night, a stranger approached me and stated “he’s a “keeper”. From that night on, Justen was adamant, and told all of his friends that he was going to marry me one day… so one summer night he decided to make that dream a reality.

Tell us about your proposal? 

On July 30, 2016 Justen took MaKayla on a surprise date that involved taking her to the top of Los Angeles, their future place of residence for years to come, using the elevator of the US Bank Building. Justen and MaKayla’s dream since day one has been to “make the world feel small together” so he couldn’t think of a better way to create that feeling than 73 stories above downtown Los Angeles, where he chose to take a knee on the balcony overlooking Los Angeles and make a life time commitment to his sweetheart. She said YES!

How did find Veil Of Grace?

I have been getting my hair done with Samantha for several years, so when it came time to pick a hair/make-up artist for my wedding day….there was only one choice!

What was your favorite part about your wedding day?

I am not sure either of us could pick one favorite piece of our day as every moment was incredible beyond words can explain. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was such an amazing time as I saw their support and love for both Justen and I. The tears we of happiness we all cried as I practiced my vows or put on my dress was an unforgettable experience. My first look at Justen when I was about to walk down the aisle was magical to say the least. And of course…officially becoming his wife and having our first kiss was breathtaking!!! Hearing the words “Mr. & Mrs. Gorski” is quite an appealing thing.

On the wedding day, what was your husband’s reaction when he first saw you?

We planned this moment so we each had a minute to look at one another and enjoy everything around us. I walked up the stairs as he faced away. Once I reached the top (where the aisle began), he turned around and every single thing around the both of us didn’t exist anymore. He smiled with tear filled eyes as I had the biggest grin on my face. It was truly a magical moment (I recommend every couple to stop for a few moments before walking down the aisle to look at the love of your life),

If you could give any advice to our future brides, what would you want them to know.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with planning and perfection. The only deadlines that matter are your own, not what others say and whatever goes wrong throughout planning, is a blessing in disguise to lead you to an even better decision. Things will go wrong on your wedding day, if you don’t stress about it, those things will just be part of the day and something to laugh about. J

Go with the flow & have fun…remember, this day is about marrying the love of your life!!! And most importantly…ENJOY EVERY MOMENT. Most people will tell you the day flashes by, but if you plan/take moments to take in each piece, then it won’t, and you’ll be able to look back on almost every moment of beautiful wedding day (plus be one of the few brides who doesn’t say “it flashes by in an instant”) .

We would love to hear how your experience was with Veil Of Grace. 

VOG was incredible. Myself, bridesmaids, and mother/mother-in-law were all ready an hour and a half before we needed to be which allowed us to relax, have champagne and just enjoy each other’s company. This contributed to a non-stressful in so many ways…not to mention everyone looked like a goddess!!!


Photography : Love Sprung Photography

Videography : Ammari Productions

Makeup and Hair : Veil Of Grace

Dress : Bella Wedding Bridal

Ceremony Location : Dana Point Marriott

Reception Location : Breakwater Events

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10 Feb These Boots Were Made For Walking Down The Aisle

Ashley’s wedding at Camarillo Ranch last summer was bright and stunning. We were so happy to be a part of her incredible day! Veil of Grace founder, Samantha, did airbrush makeup and hairstyling for the bride using Temptu and Hot Tools, while the VOG beauty team assisted with beautifying the bridal party and mother.

The decor reflected Ashley’s love for country–just look at this cowgirl’s boots! As sparkling as her smile, and as bold as her Mac Cosmetics liner. It’s such a dream to be able to provide our services to the most beautiful, lively women. Seeing how everything comes together from the contour to the curls to the pastel hues and bouquets is truly moving. Thankful to share moments like these with our gorgeous clients!


Photography : L Marie Photo

Makeup and Hair : Veil Of Grace

Venue : Camarillo Ranch

Coordination : Tricia Dahlgren Events


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29 Jan Cielo Farms In Malibu Welcomes A Beautiful Bride

We were so thrilled to provide our services for Kiley’s remarkable wedding at Cielo Farms in Malibu, CA. Our lead artist Sarah did airbrush makeup complete with warm, soft tones and bold lashes while Paulina, Magali, Ali and Jamie helped glamorize the whole bridal party!

These stunning photos capture this natural beauty and her love story so perfectly. Looking back, we’re still smiling at how the happy couple was celebrated surrounded by such a dreamy setting. To help you with your future planning, we asked Kiley to share some tips and memories of the day below!

What was your favorite part about your wedding day: Our favorite part of our wedding day was having all of our favorite people in one place.
What was your husbands reaction when he first saw you:  My husband had a huge grin when he saw me.
How was your experience with Veil Of Grace My experience with Veil of Grace leading up to the wedding and on the day of the wedding was incredible.  Sydney made the wedding process feel so easy… she made a flawless schedule and I felt so confident that we would be on time.  All seven of my bridesmaids and the two moms loved their hair and make-up!! Seriously, there wasn’t one person who wasn’t happy with their service.  We also had so much fun time getting ready with Sarah, Paulina, Magali, Jamie, and Ali!!  
What tips would you give our future brides about makeup and hair – Do a trial run and be honest during the trial about what you would like to change.

Photography : Lucas Rossi Photography 

Venue : Cielo Farms

Makeup : Veil Of Grace

Cake : Susie Cakes Bakery

Rentals : Premiere Rentals

Coordination and Florals : Chloe and Mint

DJ : Red Shoe La

Videography: Bride and Zoom Films


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15 Jan A Dream Come True: Boho Chic Beauty Marries at Newhall Mansion

Veil of Grace founder, Samantha, made Kristen more stunning than ever for her wedding at the Newhall Mansion using sparkling gold shadow and bold liner. This glowing bride was truly a dream to work with. Her vivid smile and natural beauty were so easy to highlight, while her love for professional baseball player of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Scott Alexander, filled the day with that fairytale feeling of happily ever after.

To complete her elegant look we framed her face with loose curls and pinned the rest into a low chignon wrapped in delicate baby’s breath. The epitome of boho-chic, Kristen wowed us all as soon as she stepped into her fitted lace gown. And the rest isn’t history, but rather the beginning of this perfect couple’s story. One we’ll remember being a part of, always.


Photography : William Innes Photography

Florals : Acton Creative Flowers

Videography : Matrimony Films

Makeup and Hair : Veil Of Grace

Venue : Newhall Mansion


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