Cupcakes + Cashmere wedding inspiration + an Estée Lauder giveaway

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Emily Schuman, the stylish blogger behind Cupcakes and Cashmere and guest blogger for Estèe Lauder, is getting married this Saturday! We’ve been stalking her blog as we’re sure some of you have, reading all the bits & pieces she’s been sharing about getting ready for the big day. She had a chance to answer a few questions about her wedding day look (who knows how she found the time!), but she’s sharing a ton of helpful info and has paired up with Estèe Lauder for an incredible giveaway today. Let’s jump right in and hear how Emily is getting ready for Saturday!

1. Can you give us a hint about your venue and how your makeup will reflect your woodsy enchanted theme? Yes, definitely. It was important to me that the whole wedding felt cohesive. We’re getting married in my home town of Mill Valley in a turn-of-the-century mansion. The property itself is romantic – it’s tucked among the Redwood trees, with lakes and trails nearby. It has such a wonderful vintage feel that I wanted to let that dictate everything else – from my dress (something super modern would have looked out of place), to my make-up, to the kinds of flowers we chose. My make-up will hopefully just enhance the entire feel and will look like me, but just a slightly prettier version of my day-to-day self. The most important thing for me is that my skin looks dewy and fresh, with pink accents on my cheeks and lips. My eyes will be the focal point with a slightly smoky eye, done in pinks and browns.

cupcakes and cashmere wedding inspiration

2. Do you have a Pinterest board we can snoop at to see where you pulled your inspiration from? I ended up getting overwhelmed by all of the options out there. I’m extremely fickle so I’ve gone back and forth with nearly everything – hair up, hair down, dark eye, dark lip…but I think I’ve finally arrived at a look that will work out nicely. I created a Pinterest board with some hair and make-up ideas (here), but for inspiration, I like to look back at pictures of my mom on her wedding day. Her look was perfect in its simplicity – the flower in her hair, her glowing skin, and her stunning vintage dress. But most of all, she just looked happy (my parents celebrated their 30th anniversary this past year) and that’s what inspires me most.

3. Will you be changing up your makeup to transition from your ceremony to your reception? There won’t be any wardrobe changes (I love my dress too much to change out of it), but I will be darkening my eye make-up a bit. Nothing too dramatic, but hopefully the majority of my tears will have been shed by then, so we can add a bit more of a smoky eye (obviously it’ll all still be completely waterproof, just in case).

Take a look at the goods that you could win!

Pretty incredible, right? Make sure to fill out the info below to enter! We’ll be picking one winner this Thursday night, April 12th.

4. Brides sometimes struggle with having their wedding party complement their look. Did you run into this? What looks inspired your bridal party? I actually decided not to have bridesmaids. It’s not to say that I won’t have my closest friends getting ready with me beforehand – they just won’t all be in matching satin dresses. The plan is to meet at my parents’ house beforehand, eat lunch, drink champagne, listen to music, and have a nice relaxing day before the wedding.

5. You’ve got an audience of brides-to-be at your fingertips, got any words of advice? Is there one thing that you were most surprised by while going through this process? Yes, my advice is to truly enjoy the process of planning the wedding. Sure you’re going to hit those snags (we changed venues five times), but ultimately the thing that matters most is that you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with the person you love. When you look at it like that, the wedding becomes a lot more manageable – and just a great party to celebrate with your friends and family.

6. Of all the Estée Lauder products you tried, which product do you see yourself using well after your wedding? Concealer (I like the texture of Double Wear since it hydrates my skin) will certainly be in my clutch to help with any redness and some lip gloss (Pure Color in Star Pink is the perfect light pink) to apply throughout the night. Those are two of my daily staples already, but will come in handy the night of our wedding.

Watch how Emily perfects her wedding-day look with Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director at Estée Lauder.

HUGE thank you to Emily for taking the time for sharing her wedding day beauty tips, and Esteè Lauder for an amazing giveaway!

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Lisa on Apr 9, 2012

Emily is going to be a gorgeous bride! Love all her inspiration and can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Rachel on Apr 9, 2012

Sweeeet giveaway! I actually like the concept of not having bridesmaids. It takes away some possible complications and stress and makes it a little more romantic and just about you and your man :)

Brittany on Apr 9, 2012

Where can I find the dress in this post?? Stunning!!!

Casey on Apr 9, 2012

What amazing products! I'm actually about to make a make-up appointment somewhere to learn how to do my own wedding day make-up, these would be the perfect products for it!

Michelle on Apr 9, 2012

I can't wait to see her photos from the day!

Amy on Apr 9, 2012

I have been following her blog forever and I can't wait to see pieces from her wedding. Her personal style is so on point - her wedding will just be perfect. xoxo, mon amy

Marianne on Apr 9, 2012

Wow, beautiful makeup - I love the brushes!

Peggy Bayer on Apr 9, 2012

Sounds like its going to be a beautiful wedding! Hope its a wonderful day for everyone. Thanks so much for the giveaway, so many things from EL that I'd love to try! Peg~

Anna Maimone on Apr 9, 2012

fantastic wedding

Jan on Apr 9, 2012

Utterly charming *.* I anticipate the images of the sure-to-be-enchanting day. Emily's style is impressive and her choice of an elegant old-world mansion tucked away in moonlit woods, her lush bridal gown, and of course, her makeup for this grand event will be captivating. And thanks so much for another generous Estee Lauder giveaway, so that we can all aspire to look like lovely Emily, wedding day or everyday! *.*

Heather on Apr 9, 2012

This is such an amazing inside look at Emily's wedding. She is going to be a beautiful bride and I'm so excited for her and all the good things to come!

justine on Apr 9, 2012

i love everything about weddings and love...wishing them all the best in life..and that giveaway is just to live for:-))

Kristin on Apr 10, 2012

This is a very sweet interview and the video gave some great makeup suggestions. I love watching makeup tutorials because they all vary depending on the artist, so I get something different out of them every time.

Dlori on Apr 10, 2012

My goodness. What an incredible giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win these beautiful babies. Best of luck to everyone. Dlori kleimanlaw at aol dot com

Kate on Apr 10, 2012

Great quesitons in the interview and I adored the make up tutorial video :). Congratulations Emily!

Megan on Apr 10, 2012

The makeup video was amazing! and It looks like the products are too. I'm getting married May 19th, and am doing my makeup myself. These products would help with that! xx

Tabitha on Apr 10, 2012

I so wish I could do it over, my wedding day was awful from start to finish. Just the day though, hubs is still a keeper after 13 years. Emily will be such a vision, I'm sure.

Katie on Apr 10, 2012

I just found your blog and I LOVE it, and I love Estee Lauder make~up! What a fabulous give~away! Emily is going to be so gorgeous on her special day...XoXo

Mag on Apr 10, 2012

the dress is amazing!

Lauren Estep on Apr 10, 2012

'i have been following Cupcakes & Cashmere for years, I adore her blog and love that she seems to come off as such a normal girl. I have loved hearing Emily's ideas, thoughts, and advice throughout her wedding planning that even though I am not engaged, I have bookmarked many of her posts for future inspiration!

Rachel on Apr 10, 2012

Even though it is her job to care about the beauty and look of everything, I think it is so sweet that she makes sure to state the obvious - it's about the commitment and love! i wish them all the best!!

jesse on Apr 10, 2012

ahh love the makeup! Such an awesome staple collection to have! I bet the wedding will be awesome!

Zelina on Apr 10, 2012

i can't wait to see the photos of her wedding day I know it's going to be out of this world and she is going to make one goregous bride. thanks for the oppurtunity to win my fingers are crossed.

Leah on Apr 10, 2012

So excited to see pics from the big day!!!! All of these products look amazing. And to the person who asked above, I think it's an Elizabeth Fillmore gown!!!

Esther on Apr 10, 2012

Such beautiful ideas and lovely advice, it is important to remember once the day is done you are left standing with your companion for life and then your journey begins on a whole new level. All the best to you both!! Esther xx

cianne on Apr 10, 2012

Such lovely advice. Thrilled for her and cannot wait to see pictures from her big day!

Erin O'Brien on Apr 10, 2012

I'm a huge fan of Emily's! So happy she took a minute to chat with you guys. And thanks for sharing for all the Cupcakes and Cashmere and 100 Layer Cake readers! I'm an avid reader of both. :)

Jeanel on Apr 10, 2012

Hello, I am also extremely interested in the dress featured in the photo above. (not the video, although it is also beautiful) ........Its gorgeous from the back and I would love to check out the front. If anyone can possibly tell me who the maker is or post the direct link to a website where it is featured that would be awesome! Thanks

Ludmila Torquetti on Apr 11, 2012

Amazing giveaway! Is it opened internationaly?? Emily is such a sweetheart! I've known her blog for years and make sure to check it out every day!

Kendall on Apr 11, 2012

Such a nice article! I did the same for my wedding in August re:bridemaids and it made the day even more special since everyone who was surrounding me was dressed in their best and enjoying every moment with me! xo K

Natalie on Apr 11, 2012

Great interview! Emily is such an inspiration and reading this makes me feel even more OK with my decision to not have bridesmaids whenever I get married. Having followed her blog for a couple years now, I am so thrilled for her and fiance and will anxiously await the post detailing their, sure-to-be, stunning celebration.

Helen McDaniel on May 30, 2012

Please let me know if you are planning and anyway of giving away any gifts or prize like your famous Youth Dew Bath Oil I jusr love it. It is my trade mark. Everyone asks me all the time what perfume did I have on they just want to buy some. And I told them they were so happy. Thank you for all of your products they are heaven sent>. Thank you Helen McDaniel

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