From the Expert: 3 Beauty Areas You Can Focus On to Prepare For Your Wedding


Renata Rensky, lead artist of Bridal Beauty by Renata, shares her expertise about locking in a wedding makeup artist and areas of your body to pay attention to so that you’re prepped and ready for the wedding!

A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important days in her entire life! Every bride dreams of feeling gorgeous on their special day, but there are some crucial steps to take in order to make that dream a reality!

If you’re going to go this route, it’s an absolute necessity to schedule an appointment at least two months in advance. The reason for this is that you need to determine ahead of time whether the wedding makeup is well-suited for your skin. A nasty allergic reaction is definitely one accessory you don’t want to be sporting as you walk down the aisle!

The day that you meet with your makeup artist, you should bring pictures of makeup looks and hairstyles that you like. However, it’s also a good idea to stay open-minded to any recommendations that your makeup artist might have. An experienced and knowledgeable makeup artist can help you choose the right products based on your coloring and desired look.

Keep in mind that makeup always looks different in person than it does on camera, particularly foundation. Therefore, it’s essential to do a test run and take plenty of pictures. No one wants to look washed out in their wedding photos! Those pictures will stick around long after you say “I do,” so make sure that your makeup looks great on film prior to the big day.
Choose products that will last the entire event so that you feel beautiful all day (and night) long! That means you should carefully select high-quality, long-wear foundation, eye shadow, blush, and lipstick.

These are all things that your makeup artist will advise you, but what about the things you can do on your own leading up to the big day? Yes, you have homework, too!

For flawless skin in person and on camera, forgo the sunscreen. SPF creams can cause your face to look chalky on camera.

If you struggle with skin issues, such as acne, wrinkles or discoloration, get the blushing bride glow by consulting an esthetician or dermatologist. It’s a good idea to do this at least six months before the wedding so that your skin can heal from any treatments in time for the special day. You could also look into getting a professional peel.

Using a gentle exfoliate can help clear up annoying skin blemishes. It’s best to choose one that utilizes round polyurethane beads rather than those made with apricots or nuts. Harsh scrubs can irritate the skin and enlarge pores.

For soft and smooth lips, use lip balm made with natural ingredients like Vitamin E.


There are a few things that you can do to get your body looking perfect for your wedding day. First and foremost, make sure to drink plenty of water every single day. Water helps to keep skin hydrated. Of course it’s important to also watch your diet and avoid salty foods which can cause you to bloat. We want to make sure you fit into that stunning gown!

As far as spray tanning or facial waxing is concerned, it’s vital that you test them out prior to the week of the wedding. It’s wise to start spray tanning a few months before the wedding so that you can determine the perfect skin tone. Face waxing, especially eyebrows and the upper lip, should be done at least two weeks before the wedding to avoid redness.


Hair can become damaged easily due to the effects of harsh weather and pollution. Prior to the wedding, you can get your hair looking healthy and shiny by visiting your local salon for some hair treatments. There are also many wonderful gloss and shine products on the market that will keep your hair looking perfect as you shake it on the dance floor with your new hubby.

Make sure to do a few trial runs with your selected hairstyle so that it looks just the way you want on your special day.


Follow these tips, consult a makeup artist, and have an amazing wedding. Then, on your honeymoon, relax and don’t worry about a thing!

renataSince she was 10 years old, Renata has been fascinated by the way makeup can transform a woman’s face. Her passion and talent was evidenced in her European childhood as she crafted such transformations on a daily basis for the women in her neighborhood. Through this early commitment, she demonstrated the sort of artistry and eye for detail that became the building blocks of a successful career in the United States. Her intuitive use of color, mastery of technique and ability to tap into the needs of her clients has distinguished her as a team player and invaluable asset on any creative projects. Whether accentuating one’s natural beauty or creating more dramatic and character-specific looks, Renata brings her creativity, inimitable enthusiasm, and cooperative spirit to each and every job. She believes makeup is a powerful mode of expression and is truly grateful to participate in a process which not only celebrates the inner and outer beauty of the individual, but honors a greater artistic vision. Check out Renata’s site to learn more about her and make sure to “like” her on Facebook.

{Real Jewish Weddings} Knoxville, TN

Anna and Jared’s Jewish wedding at Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, TN was a gorgeous spring day. Since the weather was so cooperative, Anna and Jared got to enjoy lots of outdoor time in sparkling, romantic light. Even their Bedeken was outside in the courtyard, which is unique and so beautiful. The Chuppah was elaborate, with a white silk canopy and spring flowers on the front corners. After the ceremony, Anna and Jared’s reception was at The Foundry, and everyone had a blast during the Hora with music by Dor L’Dor band!

Mazel tov, Anna and Jared!

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Photographer:  JoPhoto
Musicians: Dor L’Dor Band
Ceremony Venue: Heska Amuna Synagogue
DJ: Music in Motion Mobile Entertainment
Reception Venue: The Foundry

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  • Aliyah says:

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding! We especially loved seeing our Swirly Tree of Life Ketubah! Mazel tov!

Engagement Session on the Santa Monica Pier

I’m so excited to share Vicky and Chad’s engagement session on The Wedding Yentas today! They are an adorable couple who look like a lot of fun. They’re also a JDate success story and soon-to-be married, so it’s even more of a privilege to showcase their engagement session because, as most of you know, JDate couples hold a special place in my heart since Mr. Yenta and I are JDate alumni.

Chad and Vicky have been featured on JDate’s collection of Success Stories and here’s an excerpt from their feature:

Vicky and Chad were never in any hurry to get married, and decided very early on to make a “10-year plan.” It grew into a joke with the two saying, “Only 6 years left in the 10-year plan!” But it allowed them to grow and mature at their own pace. During the first five years of their relationship, Vicky and Chad bought a home and adopted a perfect five-pound puppy who has since become the princess of their household.

To celebrate their five-year anniversary, Chad set up a weekend trip to Monterey, CA where they biked the famous 17-Mile Drive and explored the Monterey Aquarium. Before dinner one night, Chad got down on one knee and asked Vicky to marry him. Chad was really nervous, but he shouldn’t have been. It was an easy answer for Vicky: “Yes!”

This cute couple went to the Santa Monica Pier for their engagement photos which was colorful and vibrant in front of Love Janet Photography‘s camera!

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Photographer: Love Janet Photography
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights

{Real Jewish Weddings} Chicago, IL

This is an example of a lovely interfaith wedding, where the focus is the couple, not one religion over another. It’s a beautiful whirlwind of love, the way that Kelly and Dan got married. They honored both of their traditions and beliefs, while starting their family of two in a way that truly resembles them as a pair.

Coming out of the ceremony, greeted by their cheering guests, started off the festivities perfectly. The just-married photos that followed were sweet and tender, clearly highlighting the love that Dan and Kelly have for each other. And shoe shots! Love the shoe shot of Kelly’s adorable heels peeking out from under her dress!

The toasts, the dances, and the cute little cake all complemented the special bond these two share. Love is certainly grand!

Mazel tov, Kelly and Dan!

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Photographer:  Emilia Jane Photography
Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaid
Cake Designer: Bittersweet Bakery
Reception Venue: City Winery Chicago
Floral Designer: Forget Me Knodt

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{Real Jewish Weddings} Wilmington, DE

Sarah and Greg enjoyed a beautiful fall day for their outdoor ceremony at Rockwood Mansion! The dark purple bridesmaid dresses paired with white and purple bouquets and boutonnières made for a wonderfully classic look to their decor! To reflect the fresh brightness of the beautiful kitchen garden where their ceremony was being held on the estate, sunflowers were placed by each aisle row and also adorned their bamboo chuppah. During the ceremony, you could just feel the love and emotion between the two of them and with a huge smile, Greg broke the glass and kissed his lovely bride!

While the guests headed to the cocktail hour, Sarah and Greg had fun exploring the mansion and its gorgeous grounds for golden hour photos! Then, the newlyweds headed to the rustic carriage house for their first dance and parent dances. Each guest’s table had floating candles and a bottle of wine picked out for them. Sarah and Greg’s wedding cake was the perfect amount of swirls and ruffles to make it simply stunning! They ended the night with fun dancing and spirited music with all of their loved ones!

Mazel tov, Sarah and Greg!

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Photographer:  Kate’s Lens Photography
Venue: Rockwood Mansion
Caterer: The Greenery Caterers
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