Lauren and Kenny’s wedding day was moving for a million reasons

Lauren and Kenny’s wedding day was moving for a million reasons

Having the privilege of being a part of Lauren and Kenny’s wedding day was moving for a million reasons. However, the combination of old traditions in a new place was especially poignant.

Destination Weddings are special. They allow a couple to share a new place or a special place with their friends and family as they embark on the journey of building a life together. Being outside of one’s own country caters to the unique opportunity of exposing oneself to new cultures and traditions, while still holding on to those that are set in our hearts.

Lauren and Kenny chose beautiful Costa Rica as the place for their luxurious destination wedding based off it’s breathtaking beauty, stunning views and relaxing Pura Vida mentality. Who can blame them?! Those reasons, working hand-in-hand with the beauty of the Parador Hotel in Manuel Antonio, made for an incredible day for the bride and the groom, their guests and those of us who had the pleasure of helping the wedding party look their very best.

For Lauren and Kenny, getting married in the picturesque backdrop of Manuel Antonio was the perfect setting to incorporate the African tradition of Jumping the Broom. Jumping the Broom is a ceremonial act born in Africa. The tradition had significant importance during the time of slavery in the United States, as slaves were not legally allowed to marry. To signify their love and bind the union, African Americans would jump over a broom — hence the tradition. In short, Jumping the Broom is a tradition that represents so many powerful parts surrounding the perseverance of love.

Meeting with Lauren and her bridal party on the morning of her wedding day set the tone for the entire event. Lauren glowed throughout the entire process. The addition of her birdcage veil served as the final touch for this absolute beauty of a bride. The joy of the day was captured by the incredibly talented photographer, Megan McCullor. You can find these stunning images and Megan’s own account of Lauren and Kenny’s day here. Or see at Facebook here.

The talented team here at Mademoiselle Salon was more than happy to help the couple and their crew look and feel their best in the sometimes challenging tropical climate. As experienced hair stylists, make-up artists, nail technicians and beauticians, we have have the privilege of working all around the world and styling clients from all different backgrounds. With that background in mind, we are always thrilled to work with any skin tone and any hair type — no matter what the occasion! This experience, combined with the best quality brands and products, help us at Mademoiselle Salon provide the best service and most beautiful result.

So, if you’re interested looking your best for a wedding that unites classic elements of timeless tradition with the natural beauty of a new place — look no further than Mademoiselle Salon.

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Best Wedding Location in Costa Rica

Best Wedding Location in Costa Rica

Are You Looking For a Wedding Location?

Looking for a destination wedding location! Costa Rica is just the place adding a variety of outdoor adventure. Zip lining, rafting, water fall repelling, ATVs, horse back riding, parasailing, paddle boarding and kayaking in the mangrove, sport fishing, whale watching, natural hot springs,, surfing, experience wild life in their natural habitat; and if you prefer just to relax don’t worry Costa Rica has plenty of beautiful secret beaches. Looking for the perfect venue? Where you are sure not to miss the monkeys, sloths and parrots…

Hotel Costa Verde is the perfect location for a dream destination wedding. Hotel Costa Verde works with you every step of the way to design the perfect wedding. Whether an intimate ceremony for two or a grand affair they will make your tropical fantasies come true. You can choose to have your ceremony by a cliff-side pool surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the beautiful blue pacific ocean; or right on the beautiful beach. Exchange your vows with the sounds of the waves rolling in with a beautiful sunset sky as the backdrop.

The open-air event center situated high above the sea is the ideal reception area for dancing and entertainment. Perfect for belly dancers, drumming band or DJ. Hotel Costa Verde also has 4 restaurants to host your wedding or other special events they have EL Avión, La Cantina, El Wagon and Anaconda. Any one of them is just perfect for a rehearsal dinner with all your family and friends or a quite intimate dinner for two. Hotel Costa Verde wedding planner Isabel Vargas will be sure to make all your dreams come true, with not one detail left out.

Spend your wedding night in a 747 Aircraft suspended in air in the midst of the Central American Jungle! Now that’s Adenture. Mademoiselle Salon works with Hotel Costa Verde to bring you world class salon service. Offering Facials, Massages, Manicures and Pedicures along with Hair and makeup services. The Best Part… You don’t have to leave the hotel our International team will travel to Hotel Costa Verde to give you the pampering you Desire.

After all that Adventure and wedding planning. Let Mademoiselle introduce you to the finest staff in massage therapy here in Manuel Antonio. Our massage therapists at Mademoiselle Salon are trained certified therapists and can help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed.

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Our International Staff

Our International Staff

Melania, innovative makeup artist from San Diego, California

Melania is an innovative makeup artist from San Diego, California with over 15 years’ experience. She has worked on projects all over the world and is currently working and living in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Melania provides exceptional make-up artistry for those clients who desire a professional artist to make their project look amazing.

Melania is currently booking bridal makeup and hair appointments in Costa Rica. Melania’s expertise includes: airbrush make-up, body art application, traditional make-up, wardrobe styling for beauty, bridal, editorial, runway, photography and video.

Melania is naturally talented and has a deep passion for makeup artistry and fashion. She has trained and worked with some of the world’s top makeup/hair stylists and photographers. She is a certified MAC cosmetics instructor and has taught HD television makeup courses for students wanting to learn on-screen makeup. She is able to bring a new-edge style for glamorous effects, crafty illusions and magical transformations. She is especially skilled in disguising imperfections and making them disappear right before your eyes!

Melania has worked on various on screen projects, commercials, and even MTV music videos. She collaborates and works with designers on makeup looks for NY Mercedes Benz Fashion week and has had her work featured in various magazines including VOGUE. The most significant facet of Melania’s artistic quality is using her techniques to enhance natural features and bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. Her latest Project is opening an upscale Salon at the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica.

Our Salon Trainer at Mademoiselle Salon Carolina Lera

Our Salon Trainer at Mademoiselle Salon Carolina Lera has a passion for hair and art. She combines the two in her work to create true masterpieces. She started her hair career in Malta at Toni and Guy working and training with some of the industry’s finest: Gordon Mayo and Mathew Mallia at Salon Gzira. Art is poetic to Carolina and she studied Cluj-Napoca Art at The University of Fine Arts in Romania.

After leaving Malta she returned to Romania where she worked with her mentor Geta Voinea and L’oreal Fudge. She became a trainer and lead representative for the Fudge Line and worked side by side with the International Art director. She Lead the Getts Artistic Team and was awarded the title Best Creative and Best Implication in 2006. Carolina has collaborated with Europe’s finest photographers, makeup artists and models. Her work has been featured in television shows, fashion shows, stage events and covers of “Estetica Romania Magazine”.

In 2012 she moved to London and worked with Sanrizz, where she continued collaborating and working with various editorial magazines. Carolina has a passion for training young inspiring hairdressers. She has designed and developed skills, knowledge and understands how to work with a wide range of hair textures. She is always up on the newest creative trends and most current styling methods/updos. Carolina currently lives and in Manuel Antonio and is Mademoiselle’s trainer and creative stylist.

When she created the Madmoiselle team, Melania looked for talented individuals who are masters at their skill set. When clients enter into Mademoiselle they are paired with the best professionals and top-quality products. Come and visit us today to get your customized, top-of-the-line beauty experience right here in the middle of the jungle!

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Jungle Weddings! In One Day, Two Looks!

Jungle Weddings! In One Day, Two Looks!

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Book Your Wedding In Costa Rica With Mademoiselle Salon

Getting married in the rainforest is a beautiful, dreamlike experience. It can also be a challenge because the weather is unpredictable—we’re often asked how we manage the humidity, rain and heat when we have a bride who needs to stay beautiful and fresh all day long. Our team is highly skilled in dealing with the elements. We use only the best products that are built to withstand sweat, sun and anything this crazy jungle throws our way! We have experience creating looks for television and print, which also requires a high level of endurance for heat (due to lighting) and time (production shoots can last all day, and our makeup has to go the distance).

In addition to working our everyday magic, we offer the option of going for a “second look” in between the ceremony and reception. This can be a really fun and creative way to keep everything fresh. It also gives us the chance to experiment with different styles. For instance, a bride typically wants to look natural and earthy during a daytime ceremony.

But if there’s a party afterwards where she’ll be dancing and drinking, she might opt for a secured updo hairstyle and a more dramatic, nighttime-y makeup look.

On YOUR big day, why not have both? We can make it happen quickly and seamlessly. The options are endless and completely customizable to you. So keep on dreaming, beautiful followers.. And don’t forget to let us know your questions and and book your wedding below!!

Jungle Weddings! In One Day, Two Looks! Mademoiselle Salon Creates!

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Bridal Magic

Bridal Magic

Bridal Magic With Mademoiselle Salon

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is a truly magical place to get married. There are so many different vistas and beautiful beaches that picking just one can be a challenge! Makanda Resort has an especially gorgeous view and is a favorite of ours, but the options are literally endless.

The best part of our job is getting to meet brides and their families from around the world. We love to watch these girls incorporate their cultures and traditions into each unique ceremony, and relish the challenge of customizing their look to fit their needs. It’s an honor to be part of such a momentous day for these families, and each time we leave we feel like we’ve truly made new friends.

One bride in particular who had lost her mother to Alzheimer’s at a young age had a special request. She needed us to cover up a large tattoo on her back . We were able to airbrush it away so that it was completely “erased” for the whole day, and it looked flawless! Check out the video here:

No back tattoos in sight!

 

Helping brides like this is what makes our job great. We love the creative challenges of solving problems, generating ideas, and making dreams come true. We are artists and each bride is our canvas—our work is our passion and it shows. If you’re not sure what you want, we can help guide you through the process. We can even incorporate multiple looks into one new idea, and we offer in-salon bridal trials to help you decide exactly what the end result should be.

If you can dream it up, we can make it happen. And if you can’t dream it up, we’ll help you with that too.

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