Takara's San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Meet one of our most recent brides, and newest friends, Takara!

All photos by Keith Robertson

All photos by Keith Robertson

When we first met Takara at her trial appointment in San Francisco we had an instant connection. Then when she described her desired look for her City Hall wedding, we were even more excited to work with her! From the dress to the makeup, every detail about Takara’s wedding day look was the definition of Vintage Glam. And that’s totally our jam.

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Takara’s look

Desiree used Temptu’s Airbrush foundation, Stila’s water proof liquid eyeliner, and a bright berry lip by Nars. April created her vintage waves by first setting the hair using Living Proof’s Flex Hairspray and curling the hair, smoothing out the curls with Living Proof’s Instant De-Frizzer, then the waves were set with metal clips to ensure a long lasting style!

All photos by Keith Robertson

All photos by Keith Robertson

Congratulations Takara and Mikey!

Thank you for having us be apart of your magical day!

XO, Desiree + April

Oz Farm Beauty

Going up to Oz Farm in Mendocino for Aly and Tom’s wedding was so far one of our favorite destinations- not to mention this group of people had love oozing from them, with nothing but positive energy all around.

Oz Farm is located right next to the quaint ocean front town of Point Arena in Mendocino County, close to 4 hours north of San Francisco. We were in awe driving up the night before the wedding, watching the sunset over windy roads overlooking a sea of redwood forest. We got to the farm just as it became dark, with nothing but twinkly stars overhead. We knew that this place was just pure magic.

Photo below showing how insane the sky actually was out there. All photos captured by Holly Shankland Photography.

Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

The morning of the wedding, April and I were so excited to do Aly’s makeup and hair, along with her two younger twin sisters, mom and step-mom. The getting ready location was one for the books! We did the groups hair and makeup in this cabin dome. Seriously?! So amazing.

Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

We aren’t lying when we say that every single person in this wedding party had a musical gift. April and I got the girls ready while Aly’s Mom played songs on the guitar, half-sister played a little drum, and bridesmaids would all of a sudden belt out beautiful vocals. Definitely an inspiration to brush up on my karaoke skills.

Using my trusty handheld Temptu airbrush gun, I created a flawless dewy complexion on Aly, her half-sisters, and two moms. For Aly’s hair, April did a whimsical half-up half-down style, with intricate twists.

Photos by Holly Shankland Photography

Aly’s sisters went for cute boho waves, one with a twisty half-bun, and the other in a side braid. Her mom had a beautiful updo, and step-mom in a cool, slicked back messy bun.

And, the moment that makes our job so amazing: that moment when once everyone is all dolled-up, the reality that the bride is getting married sets in! We love these heartfelt moments, and especially when the bride’s final look is revealed to her loved ones.

Aly and her two twin sisters. Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

Aly and her two twin sisters. Photo by Holly Shankland Photography

The feeling of love and gratitude was contagious! We are so grateful that we were apart of such a special day.

One of our favorite things: making beautiful women even more beautiful.

PS. Aly and Tom met on a blind date… and now are living happily ever after.


Dez + April

All photography featured in this post is by Holly Shankland Photography.

Florals are by Bewilder Floral

Coordinator: Zoe Brega

Venue: Oz Farm

Katy + Ellen

Love is LOVE!

D + A Bridal supports the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage. Now booking for 2019! Book D + A Bridal for hair and makeup for your wedding!

This summer we did hair and makeup for Katy & Ellen, a San Francisco couple. We loved their fun, colorful spirt, and especially loved how it translated on their wedding day.

We feel honored to be featured on H&H weddings, a LGBTQ wedding blog. Check out the photos on H & H Weddings!



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Teasure Island Wedding

D+A Bridal had the pleasure of being bride Brinton's bridal beauty team for her picture perfect wedding at The Winery SF on Treasure Island this past April.

So picture perfect in fact that it was featured on Pop Sugar! Click to read the article about her magical day!

Congratulations Brinton! 

Photos by Feather+North

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Love in Monterey

It's been a whole year since Cassie and Peter said 'I do!' at the picturesque Perry House in Monterey, California. 


I had the honor of being Cassie's hairstylist on her wedding day! Cassie and I had met at a craft fair briefly the year prior, and before I knew it we were in the salon meeting for her trial appointment! Cassie and I have since become friends and I am so glad I got to share this special day with her! 


The inspiration for Cassie's hairstyle was a look that was soft, romantic, and classic. I began creating this look by first setting curls around the crown to create volume and softness in the style. While they cooled I curled the remaining sections of hair with a 1 1/4" curling iron. I then worked on creating the shape of the style by pinning the hair up carefully, curl by curl, into place. Once the style was perfected we completed the look with beautiful, vintage inspired hair accessories Cassie had tastefully picked out. 

The way the chain drapes just over the top of the style is my favorite part of this look! 

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I also had the pleasure of creating looks for Cassie's bridesmaids as well! Who chose to wear soft waves and chignon inspired styles for their favorite girl's day! 


Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Cassie and Peter! Thank you for having me be apart of your day! 





Viola + Zack

It was so fun doing Viola's hair and makeup for her small intimate wedding in San Francisco. Her and Zack had an early appointment at San Francisco City Hall, where their close family members would witness them tying the knot. 


Viola is someone who literally never wears makeup, so for her bridal makeup we wanted to keep her skin soft and natural with minimal blush, and make her eyes pop with fluttery false lashes and winged liner. 


For her wedding hair, April styled a sleek, yet slightly messy pony. Viola's hair accessory was a simple gold pearl clip in the back center. 

The result was our bride looking goddess-like! We love the photos Viola shared with us. 


Congratulations Zack and Viola! 

Rain or Shine Wedding Bliss in Tahoe

This past September I got to be apart of this special South Lake Tahoe wedding as a Bridal hairstylist for the lovely Danielle. 

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Her look was beautiful and classic vintage waves that had a modern touch. 

The day of this Tahoe wedding, there was a terrible thunderstorm. Hail and all! Despsite the weather the wedding went off without a hitch and the Bride's hair looked beautiful through the night. 

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And the weather made for some amazing photos! 

Thank you for having me be apart of your day Danielle! 



Olivia Shih + Jeff Lin

I had the honor of doing makeup recently for Olivia Shih and her family for her San Francisco City Hall Wedding in August. 


Olivia's makeup reflected her cool, chic, minimalist style. This creative power couple's eye for beautiful details shows in their photos. Olivia is a talented jewelry designer, and Jeff, her now husband, is a UI designer. 


I especially loved Olivia's incredible white jumpsuit, paired with a subtle gold body chain. As someone who rarely wears makeup at all, Olivia really wanted that no-makeup makeup look. 


Olivia's makeup was airbrushed, using the Temptu hydralock foundation. I did a subtle glam eye on her with a soft, natural lash. The airbrush makeup is so great- it will really stay put and looks so flawless! I always say it's easy to make pretty people even prettier- I love how Olivia's skin looks so radiant and beautiful!


Want to know more about this creative husband and wife?

Follow Olivia on instagram @oliviashihdesigns

Olivia's website: www.oliviashih.com


Follow Jeff on instagram: @yenhunglin_com

Jeff's website: : www.yenhunglin.com



Congrats Olivia and Jeff! 


xo Desiree