What I have been up too

"Bride and Groom on their wedding day at the Kelley Farm."

Where have I been, to be honest I took a huge step back on my blog. Between Covid and my kids staying home and starting a new career life got crazy. I never stopped doing weddings but I took a huge step back from social media and reevaluated how I spent my time. However, I missed blogging and I missed letting people know what I was doing.

This is going to be a quick update to say that I am back.


I will be posting a blog every couple of weeks or whenever I feel like it and when I have time and will be sharing more tips, vendor spotlights and hopefully more images of weddings in the future!

Let me know how you have been doing. 


Wanna Cupcake?

I am so excited for my guest blog post today I am not going to lie it might give you a sweet tooth.  I have been a frequent customer for Wanna Cupcake? for a few years.  They are amazing.  Their cupcakes are delicious but not only that you walk into their shop and it is just beautiful and smells just like cupcakes and coffee which happen to be my two favorite things.  So I asked the owner if she wanted to be apart of my blog and she said yes.  So here it is your weekly musings of a Bonney Lake makeup artist.  

1) Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

Karie & Jim Romano, owners of Wanna Cupcake? started our business from our passion to serve others and to give back to the community.  Wanna Cupcake? started back in 2010 at the Puyallup Farmers Market and quickly grew to other local markets and various local coffee shops as a wholesale business.  After building a loyal customer base within the community we opened our doors to our own retail storefront in June of 2012.  Since then we have grown the business to much more than just cupcakes.   We currently employ an amazing team of 16 that all have the same passion and drive for this craft as we do.  We now, in addition to the many baked goods we offer have a full espresso bar, drive-thru and seating for 24.  We are open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm with plans to grow additional locations in the near future.

2) What makes Wanna Cupcake different?
We put our heart in EVERYTHING we do!  We not only take our gourmet cupcakes and specialty cakes seriously, but we are fanatical about customer service.  One of our core beliefs is that “Every Customer Leave Happy”.   We embrace every opportunity we have to serve you and exceed your expectations.  For any business to be successful, it needs to deliver both an excellent product through amazing people.  We are proud that we have been able to consistently do both.  

3) Do you just offer cupcakes?  

Not at all…. We also offer custom cakes, cookies, muffins, scones, bagels,cake pops, bars, brownies  and more!  Our team is always coming up with new ideas and recipes to keep things fun and exciting.  All of our bakery items are baked fresh from scratch every day and we use only the best ingredients and our own special recipes. 
4) What are some tips you have for couples when deciding on a cake? 

During our wedding tastings, we tell our couples that this part should be the most fun and the yummiest part of their wedding planning!  Whether it’s a traditional tiered cake, a cupcake tower or dessert buffet for their wedding, we always encourage couples to try a few fun flavors that express their personalities and some traditional flavors to please their guests.
5) How far in advance should couples book your services? 

For weddings, we currently book up to a year out for summer weddings and typically 6 months out for all other seasons.  However, we are able to accommodate most timelines so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you ever need something in a hurry.  We will do our best to make it happen!  For birthday cakes and custom cakes for special occasions, we book from 1-2 weeks in advance depending upon the season.  If you are in a hurry and need something special quickly, custom cupcakes can always be pre-ordered at least a day in advance.  But don’t forget that you can just walk in and choose from over 13 different cupcake flavors every day from a rotating menu that changes daily and monthly.  

Doesn’t this blog post make you want to check out Wanna Cupcake? I know I am now craving one hahaha.  Actually to be honest I could eat one every day so it isn’t really a craving more like an obsession that I have to stop myself from getting.  I can’t wait for next weeks blog post.  Until then have a great week and I hope you enjoy a cupcake.

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When do I need a Trial Run?

Photography by Lux and Ember

Did you know that there is such a thing as a Galentine’s Day?  Yeah I didn’t either until I had one with some girlfriends yesterday and oh my gosh was it fun.  If you have never done it you totally should meet up for breakfast or lunch with your girlfriends and celebrate you guys.  Anyway back to business today we are talking about when to set up your trial run.  I think it is important to note that every artist has their own opinions about this and it has taken me a few years to perfect mine.  So let’s get to it.


Photography by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

My sweet spot for trial runs is one month before your wedding date.  It has been the best time for me to do trial runs with my brides and here are a few reasons why.

1) You are less stressed out!

Here is what I have found when a bride books her trial a month before her wedding versus one to two weeks before.  You are calmer and more willing to have fun.  You don’t have a million details running through your head, you aren’t worried about guests flying in or rehearsal dinners or last minute things you need to pick up.  You are still in your planning bubble.  It is a very fun experience for the both of us.

2) Your skin is at it’s best.

Because I meet with my brides for a consultation or I talk to them over the phone I am able to talk to them about their skin needs.  We do the consultation about 3 months before the wedding so you are able to start a good skin care regimen and get facials and by the time you see me for your trial run your skin is glowing.


Photography by Sara Carlson Photography

3) There is time to try new things or have time to communicate any changes.

We do a lot of trial runs a year I see between 30 and 40 brides a year.  Sometimes what we have in our head is not what actually looks good on our features my job is to be able to bring your vision to real life but also make it match your face and eye shape.  This requires a lot of communication and sometimes a second trial run and that is okay.  Doing your trial a month before I feel like gives you the power to say hey we have time let’s try something different and set up another trial run or hey I took some photos and on the day of I would like it to be this way.  If you only have a week and you are already stressed out you may feel like you are stuck with what you got at the trial run.

4) Doing the trial run closer to the wedding messes up with my timeline and payment schedule.

I am not going to lie I am a type A personality.  I have a very organized system and prefer to do things a certain way.  I like to meet or talk with my brides 3 to 4 months before the wedding, book your trial run 1 month before you wedding, talk about your timeline then, get your final timeline to you a month before the wedding and then send final invoice 2 weeks before the wedding, collect payment 1 week before with final confirmation.  I know it is super weird we all have our things I guess hahahaha.  I promise even though I am type A I am still super fun.


Photography by G Squared Photography

So there you have it.  These are my reasons for why I feel doing a trial run a month before the wedding is ideal.  Until next time here are your weekly musings from a Bonney Lake makeup artist.