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Bohemian Wedding

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Last week, I witnessed the wonderful wedding of my best friend from high school. I met Fritzie when I moved from the province of Marinduque to the city of Manila, for my sophomore year of high school. We became close friends probably because we were both “hopeless romantics” or what they called “no boyfriends since birth.” It’s funny to look back at how we were always together during Valentine’s day, looking at the romantic couples at school, and day-dreaming about when our prince charmings would appear before us. BUT, waiting and praying for the one is worth it. Fritzie found the first and last love of her life in Adrian. I found the first and last love of my life as well in my husband, Brent. God’s plan is always perfect, and in His time! Here are some photos from their wedding that captured the special day.





Did the calligarphy


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I did my makeup in a dewy, natural looking style using some of the following products: Bobbi Brown foundation and concealer, Earth and Eve 8 Hour Cream Blush, Becca Cosmetics Backlight Primer Filter, and Lorac contour and highlight powder.

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Highschool friends. Photo by Meg.


Photo: Erwin Leyros

Video: The Film Hat

Florist: Moki Gray

Bridal Make Up: MJ Bornales

Bridal Hair Stylist: Jovit Sanguyo

Entourage HMUA: Makeup By Denisse Martin PAIGE Makeup Artist Em Olympia Smith

Cake & Pastries: The Buttermarket

Photobooth & Bridal Car: Alejandro Rafael Vintage Cars Rental

Lights & Sound system: Artuz101 Professional Lights and Sound System

Host: Kris lumagui

Tent: Tent King

Catering: k. by cunanan catering

Coordinators: events by ncsalcedo

Reception Venue: Two Gardens Tagaytay

Church: San Antonio de Padua Church

Smores & Bar Station: TNY DIY Rentals

Invitation, Lounge area & Favors : Couple’s DIY

Groom’s Suit: Topman

Bridal Dress: Mynamour Wedding Dress Dubai – UAE




Don’t forget to watch my Instastories for the fun (and sometimes crazy) happenings of my Philippine trip with my kids! 🙂





Adrian and Fritzie | Bohemian | Wedding {Same Day Edit} from The Film Hat on Vimeo.


7 Stunning Natural Makeup Looks for Bridesmaids

Monday, January 16, 2017

This is a special week for me, as one of my best friends from high school is getting married! It’s one of the reasons why I flew back to the Philippines; I didn’t want to miss her wedding. I am very blessed to know her and to have shared life experiences with her for over 10 years! Today, I want to share these stunning natural makeup looks that is perfect for bridesmaids, which focus on simplicity and enhancing one’s beauty.


Try to wear natural, false lashes instead of using dark eyeshadow for the eyes. Don’t forget to put mascara on the lower lashes too. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-2

You can play around with a white eyeshadow all over your eyelids, followed by the use of white highlighter on the tear duct to open up your eyes. Don’t forget to apply mascara generously or use falsies. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-3

Play around with browns for creating a natural makeup look. Again, make sure you blend well when you do contouring on the side of your cheeks so it doesn’t look fake. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-4

If you are planning to use a matte foundation, try putting a highlighter on the bridge of the nose, upper cheeks, and upper lips. Make sure you blend it well. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-5

Choosing foundation that still looks like “natural skin” is always the best way to achieve natural makeup look. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-6

Blur out edges of eyeshadow when you apply it, by using a blending brush. Matte eyeshadow is always my choice for the eyelids. Then, I add highlights to the tear duct. I love this look as it is so simple, yet blooming. natural-makeup-looks-bridesmaids-7

Use a lip color 2 to 3 shades brighter than your natural lip tone. 

I hope you enjoyed these images and makeup tips. Just remember, the bride needs to be the focus on her special day. 😉 Bridesmaids should try to have a simple, beautiful makeup that doesn’t overpower the look of the bride. Unless, that is the bride’s request. 🙂

How do you do your natural makeup look?

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Romantic Mediterranean Inspired Wedding Ideas

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Today, I’m excited to share with you a collaboration I did a few months ago with some talented vendors. This is a Mediterranean inspired wedding captured by Claire Casner Photography. I had worked with Jennifer from Harper Hadley Events, on a previous shoot. (link) She invited me to join her as a makeup artist and collaborate with other talented vendors. Together, we were able to execute a romantic and lovely set for this photo shoot. Here are the amazing vendors you need to check out! Plus, this shoot was featured on Check it out! 🙂

Photography: Claire Casner Photography // Design & Styling: Harper Hadley Events // Floral Design: DIRT // Rentals: Pretty Little Plates // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Paper/Calligraphy: Prairie Letter Shop // Gown: Saint Isabel Bridal // Makeup: Em Smith // Hair: Macey Burns // Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds // Favor Boxes: Marigold & Grey // Model: Alice Mamula



Meet Lauren Bloom Photography (+ How to Apply as a Model)

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Lauren and I have worked together for almost a year. She’s one of the most talented, humble, and down-to earth artists I know. I remember the first time we were planning for our first shoot, she found out that I also did photography, and was friendly enough to invite me to join her session. It was then that I knew she was a cool and humble person.

When it comes to planning for a shoot, the model is usually the main subject. Most of the models in my makeup portfolio are first-timers, with no experience in modeling. I have already approached friends/classmates of my husband, a girl from church and some people on social media to work with. I honestly don’t care if the models are not coming from a modeling agency, as long as she’s photogenic, fun, has a good attitude, and is on-time. 😉

Lauren and I like to search for fresh faces to place in our portfolio, whether they’re from the internet or people we know. (See my favorite shoot with her HERE, HERE, HERE  and HERE) Since I’m leaving Dallas and moving back to Houston this month, I thought I’d feature Lauren and her skills by asking her some questions about what she does. Plus, she shares how you can be part of her amazing work!

1. Tell us about yourself and how you became a photographer. 

It was very random, but after college I had been searching for a job that allowed me to be creative and wasn’t a typical desk job. I ended up working for a wedding planner who shared an office space with a photographer. I continuously became more interested in what the photographer did and the ones at the weddings I would work with. I asked them tons of questions and eventually decided I should try photography instead of wedding planning. The rest is history! 

2. What’s the fun side of being a photographer?

It’s never boring! You get to meet tons of people and sometimes you get hired to travel and take photos in fun locations! I just got back from San Francisco actually from doing a fashion shoot.

3. How do you find a model and what are the requirements? 

I am not doing many test shoots these days, but I do look for models if I have a certain concept in mind. I really try to find someone with good vibes too, no experience is necessarily, but no prima donnas please! Anyone is welcome to contact me about test shoots though. Even if I am not doing test shoots now I might have an idea pop up in the future I could use you for. 

4. When’s your favorite time to shoot and why?

Golden hour without a doubt! So, that would be sunrise or sunset. The beginning and last bits of light are the best. PS- if the photographer you are wanting to book looks like they are shooting directly in midday sun (shade is ok) DON’T book them! Any good photographer knows about lighting 🙂

5.What’s the most challenging part of being a photographer?

A lot of people want your services for free. Also, you are one of many, so that can be disheartening working in an oversaturated field. There are also a lot of “photographers” who aren’t necessarily that good, but they have a consistent look that can look appealing to people. 

6. What cameras and lenses do you love to use and why?

I am in love with my Canon 6D.  I’m sort of going off trend with this one because most pro photographers have a mark ii or iii. I actually bought it because it’s lite and has better low light capabilities than some of the other canon models, I have found this to really come in handy for long wedding days and traveling. My Canon 35L lens pretty much never leaves my camera. 

7.Any advice or words of encouragement for those who want to be a photographer like you?

Don’t be discouraged if you run into some snobby photographers. Really learn how to use your camera technically, learn about lighting (good lighting is everything) and then know that really there is no right or wrong way to take photos. It’s art, there are no rules! 

8.Where do you get inspiration from when it comes to your photography style?

Nature without a doubt! It’s where all my inspiration comes from. Candid moments too. 

9. Do you have any Instagram photographers you love to follow?

I try not to follow too closely with other wedding photographers because there are SO many. Comparison isn’t healthy. I find a lot of inspiration from fashion photographers though. Here are some of my favorite wedding/fashion photographers.

Nicole Hill- She only does fashion photography… and girl fashion photographers rock! 

Shannon Lee Miller ( – she was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to start photography. Her photos just make me happy. I want my photos to make people happy too. 

India Earl ( her lighting and adventurous shoots are everything.

Kirk Mastin ( he reminds me about simplicity in photography, especially wedding photography, and to not play into the status quo as far as trends in photography. 

10. What are your tips for the first-time model who models for your shoot? (How do you make them feel comfortable in front of the camera?)

The best photos come from movement not from staying still and sometimes new models will stand stiff in one pose when I direct them thinking they have to stay there. As far as making them comfortable, I try to get to know them a little bit and ask them about their day. I want them to think of me as a friend they are hanging with. It’s supposed to be fun!








Photography by Lauren Bloom

Makeup by Em Smith

Hairstyling by Styling by Macey

If you would like to apply to be a model for her work, go to her contact page and forward your details along with a URL link to a recent photo of you. It can be from your Instagram, Blog, or Facebook. Just please make sure it is public so she can see it. 🙂 Check out her blog too to see her other works!


Wedding Anniversary: Gift Ideas for Him

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A guide of ideas for wedding anniversary gifts to help wives get cool gifts for their husbands. This guide is also great ideas for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and any other celebrations for HIM!


If finding a gift for your husband is quite challenging, don’t worry, you are not alone. I also having a challenging time guessing what my husband Brent likes. Most of the time, I actually end up getting him more of what I like, such as facial wash and moisturizer for men, hipster sunglasses, or a nice watch. He then usually ends up asking, “Why are you trying to change me?” Haha!

Brent and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary as husband and wife this week! This time, I decided to do some homework to find cool stuff that he will be excited about. These are 7 great ideas you might consider as a gift for your husband as well. 🙂

1.  Silicone Rubber Wedding Ring Band 

This silicone wedding ring is perfect for a husband that is always active, goes outdoors often, or loves to swim. Wives would love to have these too, especially if you’re also active and outdoors often.

2.  Leather Full Flap Messenger Handmade Bag

This is a genuine leather bag that has padding for a laptop. I love how it looks vintage and can easily be matched with men’s wear.

3. Clarks Men’s  Slip-On Loafer

I think these slip-ons are perfect for everyday use. Brent loves Clarks. He has one pair for work, and it looks professional and has classic styling. Clarks are well-known for their well-made materials and great tastes in style.

4. Portable Power Bank with Smart Charge for iPhones, Galaxy and More

If your husband is a fan of Pokemon Go, this might be the best gift ever. 😉

P.S. I don’t play Pokemon Go nor do I love anime, contrary to my husband’s Facebook posts which try to convince his friends otherwise. However, I do love Brent, so I support his Pokemon activities…

5. C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and The Great Divorce (Boxed Set)

My husband admires C.S. Lewis’ books. I haven’t read any yet, but I do know that they discuss Christianity and have very inspiring words from the Bible. If your husband is looking for a great Christian book, my husband highly recommends this!

6. Custom Comic Book

I got this idea from an episode on the TV show, The Office. I searched on Etsy for someone making personalized comic books about couples’ stories. I was glad to find that someone does offer this idea for couples. Even though I’m not a fan of comics, I think it’s a sweet idea! 

7. DoubleNest Hammock

A hammock that is good for camping, hiking, boating, or just back-yarding. The good thing about this is that it is good for tall people, like Brent. It even has enough space for two people! It’s perfect for couples.

If you are sweeter than a honeycomb, here are some fun ideas as sweet as you are.

DIY that you can make:






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Tips on how to prepare yourself for your next photo shoot.

Monday, June 6, 2016


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A few months ago, Brent and I did a wedding shoot with Leah and other talented vendors (see details below) in Summerfield. It was one of the most fun sessions I have done, especially because I had a chance to do it with my husband. Being in front of the camera can sometimes be overwhelming, even more so if you are not used to it. I’m not a professional model, but I do have experience in front of and behind the camera. So I thought I’d share a few of the things I like to do and what I’ve learned from my past experiences. These are not complete guides as I’m pretty sure there are tons of things to do besides what I list. However, these are just some guidelines that you might want to know for your bridal shoot, wedding shoot or any other kind of photo session you are planning to do.


CLEAN NAILS – I liked to make sure my nails are always clean before I go for a shoot. I clean and color my nails on my own, and I love to use OPI nail polish in a light cotton candy color. Colored nail polish that is more of a natural finish to match your skin tone will be perfect. That is of course, unless you and photographer will be taking some creative shots or something. summerfield_romance_bridal_shoot_tips_for_model_shoot_2

AVOID BRA STRAP MARKS – If you’ll be wearing an off-shoulder, V-Neck, backless or any kind of style that will show your shoulders or back, avoid wearing a tight bra strap that might leave marks. You’ll also help save the photographer’s time from editing your skin.


DIRTY HAIR – Not all women will agree with this, but really, don’t shampoo your hair the day before your shoot. This will help your hairstylist style easily work with your hair. I’m not a hairstylist either, but this is always what I was told by professional hairstylists that I have worked with.



ARRIVE WITH NO MAKEUP – Oh please do this. It saves the makeup artist a lot of time if the model/client arrives with no makeup on. I know some women don’t want to leave the house without makeup on, but you can try to wear sunglasses if you’d like (to make you look cool too right?). Eyebrow or lip makeup is fine, but for the eyes and the rest of your face? No. No.

EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE/ LIPS – Photographers will take a variety of pictures of you: whole shots, half shots, and close-ups (more of these), so be ready to show off your skin and lips, flake-free. I know there is Photoshop, but natural looks are still always best option. 🙂

GLOWING SKIN – I like to put lotion all over my shoulders, arms and even on my ankles and feet just in case the photographer takes picture of gorgeous shoes. From what I mentioned on my blog with tips for spring and HERE, I also like to use baby oil for my shoulders to give off a glow in the picture or use a highlighter powder. However, don’t do this if you want a matte look for your in the image.

MIRROR MIRROR – This might sound vain, as my husband says to me (Haha!), but I learned to pose by practicing in the mirror. By doing this you’ll know what your expressions look like when you move your chin up, open your lips, smile, etc. I also like to use the mirror to check my posture. In my opinion, looking at yourself in the mirror to practice poses adds to your self confidence. Although, the photographer Leah directed me on how to pose, which is great if a photographer knows how to direct. However, it is also great if you can contribute your own natural looking poses.

BROWSE IMAGES – Try to ask for images to inspire you for poses, or for the look and feel of the shoot from your photographer. Pinterest is also a great way to browse bridal/wedding poses. Try to do a pose that you feel comfortable with and looks natural.



BRING DRINKS AND HAVE SNACKS- If you know the timeline of your shoot and will be staying longer, better bring some snacks and drinks. Waiting is a part of the photo shoot, especially if it’s a collaboration with a big production team. For this particular shoot, Jenn and Leah were kind enough to bring snacks and drinks for everyone, which is totally professional for a collaboration shoot like this.

BE FRIENDLY – Try to introduce yourself and talk with the crew who are part of the shoot (makeup artist, hairstylist, photographer). Not only will you be friendly and approachable, but this is also a great way to make yourself feel comfortable with everyone around the shoot. Most of the bridal and portrait shoots are only with a photographer, but in this case, there was a big production team with people from floral design, furniture, and location staff. The great part of this was that they were all very friendly! 🙂

PLAY MUSIC – You can request to play music during your makeup/hair session to help you relax. If I’m in a photo shoot like this, I prefer not to use earphones since I like to talk to the artist/s doing my hair and makeup. I just think it is better to converse with the people around me instead of being in my own world.

STRETCH and WARM UP – I like to stretch my arms, neck, feet, and back to warm up my body. It helps me to not look stiff and keeps me from slouching. Since I have mild scoliosis, this also helps to make my posture look good in the photos.

TALK TO YOUR PARTNER – Yes, this is VERY important, especially if you have a husband who is camera-shy and not a fan of having photos of him taken; like my husband. I actually spoke to my husband Brent before the shoot, to discuss what would be happening or what could happen during the session. I asked him to bring a laptop, and of course his phone, so that he had something to do while waiting. Again, waiting is part of modeling for a bridal/wedding shoot. I also gave him information on the timeline of the shoot, and who the people there would be. Even though my husband is not into posing in front of the camera, I’m proud of him because he did this photo shoot together with me.


ASK THE PHOTOGRAPHER – Feel free to communicate and talk to your photographer on how you are doing in front of the camera. In my opinion, after a 5-10 minute of session, I like to ask the photographer if I can view a couple of images. I do this to get a better idea of what is going on, which helps a lot. But please don’t ask the photographer every minute! Haha!

EYEBALLS – If you do the “Look-away” make sure your eyeballs aren’t too far to one side because it will just make your eyes look all white and unbalanced in the picture. Always be aware of where the lens of the camera is.


GRACEFUL HANDS- Always try to move your hands gracefully. I mean, if your photographer tells you to hold your hair, try to do so in a smooth and graceful manner. Avoid being stiff.


COMPLIMENT YOUR PARTNER –  Try to encourage your partner about how he is doing great with the camera. Compliment him on how he looks great in what he’s wearing. These are just a few of the things you can do to help your partner feel more comfortable and relaxed.


LAUGH – Have fun during the shoot! This is probably the most important tip here. Everything will come out nicely if your happy faces and laughter are natural. If you don’t know what you are doing, just laugh or smile about it, and *CLICK* Your photographer will snap that gorgeous face!



I hope you found these guidelines and tips helpful for your next photo session! By the way, these images were featured in Wedding Chicks. Please visit their website and share it! 🙂 And don’t forget to follow these amazing vendors on Instagram who made this shoot possible!

Venue: Summerfield at Tate Farms (@summerfieldtatefarms)

Photography: Leah Golter Photography  (@leahgolter)

Design & Styling: Harper Hadley Events (@harperhadleyevents)

Floral Design:The Backyard Bouquet  (@thebackyardbouquet)

Rentals: Rent my Dust (@rentdust)

Paper/Calligraphy: Paper & Posies (@paperandposies)

Gown: Truvelle (@truvellebridal)

Hair/Makeup: Brittany Jones Weddings (@brittany_a_jones_hamu)

Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds  (@shapirodiamonds)

Cake:  Sugar Bee Sweets (@sugarbeesweets)

Models: Em and Brent Smith (That us! 🙂 )



Are there other tips or experiences you want to share from your shoot?

“Consider it pure, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2





Styled Bridal Shoot with Lauren Bloom Photography

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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My first collaboration with Lauren was fun! I feel blessed to meet a talented artist like her here in Dallas, Texas. She is a creative, lifestyle and wedding photographer. We thought to do a bridal styled shoot to collaborate with a floral designer, Kathryn Burton (Who is a talented artist as well!)

Since we have a gorgeous floral crown, I chose a soft natural look for Jalyn.  I mostly used matte eyeshadows that I applied mostly on her crease.

Photographer Lauren Bloom

Makeup Artist Em Smith (me)

Floral Designer Kathryn Burton

Model Jalyn


Bridal Makeup: Suki

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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My beautiful asian bride, Suki Smith! Congratulations!!

Makeup by Em Smith

Photography by Zoe Weddings by Kim Boyd


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