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Lori Pinsky, Make-Up Artist Lori's strength is bringing out your inner glow with a soft hand--a lovely, natural look that doesn't distract but gently and beautifully enhances your features. Speaking of features, her work has appeared in Real Weddings, InStyle, Clique, and more; she's a pleasant gal to work with too. Call 310.486.2279 or email info@loripinsky.com for deets.
Mariah Nicole, Make-Up and Hair Artistry Mariah's a fellow Association of Bridal Consultants member who apprenticed young (with her mom, who was a make-up artist and skin specialist herself) and went on to train and work both in New York and Los Angeles. She can offer you a wide range of looks, and we love that she uses many organic, skin-friendly products in her work. She also offers make-up lessons and bridal hair/make-up trials so you won't have any unpleasant Frankenstein Syndrome on your wedding day. Check out her celeb-packed blog and call 818.915.8847 for availability.
Tammy Greenwood Hair and Makeup Tammy's great because whatever you want, she can do: you want to look natural, sweet, and approachable? No problem. Prefer a high-fashion evening look? You got it. She's been at it for over 20 years and worked as a model herself, so she won't keep you in the chair forever making you miserable before your "I do." Professional and great to work with; email her here or call her now at 951.738.8331 for availability.

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Dresses

Urban Shopping Adventures See listing above in "Unusual Wedding Services." Christine can show you where to find the latest dresses and bridal fabrics in the Garment District as well as cool wedding shoes and all your accessories. Call her at 213.683.9715 or email here for info. Christine's Urban Shopping Adventure for wedding stuff is soooo waaay fun; you'll have a ball checking out the vanguard dress designs that haven't even hit the stores yet, and you'll scream with glee when you see the bargains. Take your mom and your girl posse, have lunch downtown, and make a day of it!
Leluxe Clothing.Com LeLuxe Clothing wholesales elegant historical reproduction clothing with an emphasis on stunning Victorian and 1920's beaded gowns, dusters, jackets, and shawls. I am constantly asked where I buy the beautiful scarves and dusters I wear for weddings; LeLuxe is my connection! LeLuxe Clothing is only available online via their website and their inventory is continually updated, so check the site often for new lovelies; the service and shipping are fast and friendly and the items always worth waiting for. Buy a uniquely beautiful bridal ensemble that you can wear again and again, and pick up a few beaded scarves and purses as gifts. LeLuxe is not just an MTG Recommendation, it's an MTG necessity!
Pearl's Place--Designer Wedding Gowns Online Ever walked into your local upscale bridal boutique, found a designer dress you love, and then fainted when you saw the price tag? Pearl's Place may be able to cure your sticker-shock by offering you the same designer dress at a greatly reduced price. An MTG client recommendation! Email info@pearlsplace.com for information on your dream dress.
The Dressmarket Looking for a designer wedding dress at a fraction of the price? Check out The Dressmarket, where brides offer their gently-worn gowns to other brides at great prices. You can shop by region and communicate directly with the dress owner before you buy. Hey, you wouldn't be all weird about wearing your Mom's previously-worn dress, right? This way you get something that's still in fashion and Mom won't get on your case if you spill red wine on yourself.
One Night Affair Not THAT kind of affair, silly! This is the joint that finally poses the question, "Why do GUYS get to rent their wedding day duds but GIRLS don't?" and answers: "Well, now they do!" Yes, One Night Affair will rent incredible designer gowns for your wedding (and your attendants), fit them, and accessorize them for you too. They also have table linens to rent and celebrity gowns for sale; call 310.474.7808 to set up an appointment to check out the collection. I've heard brides rave about this place and look fabulous doing it, so give 'em a call if you dig designer but would rather not lay out a year's income buying it.
Making Memories--Brides Against Breast Cancer So now you've bought a dress and the wedding's over--now what do you do with it? Here's a unique and heartfelt way to get the most out of your wedding dress: donate it to Brides Against Breast Cancer for their annual "Nationwide Tour of Gowns." New and pre-owned gowns are sold to raise money to grant the wishes of terminal breast cancer patients; cash donations are also gratefully accepted. Check out their website for show dates if you want to buy a gown or be an event volunteer; you can find out how your business can help grant a wish for a Making Memories client, too. Call them in Portland OR for more info: 503.307.5600. C'mon, your kid's not going to wear it--did YOU wear YOUR mom's wedding dress???
Affordable Preservation Company--Affordable Wedding Gown Preservation Affordable Preservation Company provides top quality professional wedding gown cleaning and preservation at affordable prices starting at $129 with free shipping to your door. Just buy a kit online and they'll do the rest (including shipping you the mailing materials to send your dress in.) 800.887.0135

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