Vendor Spotlight: Makeup by Christina

Hello Honey!

Your big day has arrived, so make sure to you look your best!
"Wear what you normally wear,  but refine it. Those pictures need to transcend time."

This week, we are giving you a sneak peak at one of our favorite makeup artists: Christina Chen!
We chat with Christina about common makeup mistakes and lasting beauty trends in the industry. Read on to learn more about Christina :)

Make-up Artist: Makeup by Christina Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

Make-up Artist: Makeup by Christina
Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

What is your favorite part of your job?
Besides getting to doll girls up and making them feel beautiful, I love getting to know different people during one of the most wonderful times of their lives!  It's a lot of fun, and also very rewarding. 

How would you describe your average work day?
I typically spend most of the earlier parts of the day doing makeup and hair in my studio or on-site.  Then, I typically spend the rest of the evening online responding to emails, and managing my social media accounts to make sure my newest work is shared.  :)  It's probably more administrative work than most people would imagine.  

What is your favorite hairstyle and make up look for brides and bridesmaids?
I am a huge believer of keeping your makeup and hair timeless on the wedding day since you don't want to look back in 30 years and think, that was so '2017'.  
I typically suggest a 'myself-but-better' makeup look which allows for you to look like you're done up in photos, without being unrecognizable.  
My personal favorite hairstyle for brides is side-down which looks flattering on most face shapes.  For bridesmaids, I think it looks great for the girls to have their hair half up or in a low side bun.

What are some common beauty mistakes that brides make?
Choosing inspiration photos which show hair color/facial features very different from your own.  I often times have Asian brides who have thick straight heavy evenly cut slippery virgin hair show me all inspirational photos of platinum blonde girls with fluffy light hairstyles and braids.  While we can try to mimic the hairstyle, it's important to realize that it won't look the same as in the inspiration photos.  Also, sometimes hairstyles/makeup inspirations look great for that one shot, but is not suitable for an all day outdoor event.  This is something you'll be work out with your artist during the trial/consultation.  

What would you say to a bride who is unsure of getting a make up artist?
Not to be biased, but I do think your makeup and hair is probably one of the most photographed/seen things on your wedding day.  Everyday makeup and makeup for photography is quite different so I would suggest hiring someone who has experience with bridal makeup and hair.  However, I do understand that it can be pricey and not everyone  can budget for it.  There are always alternatives, such as going to a salon instead if your budget doesn't allow for an on-site artist.  

Can you share your top five favorite make up face products?
Foundation- Cle De Peau
Highlighter powder (Skinfetish #003)- Pat Mcgrath Labs
Lashes - AK
Eyeliner -Angel
Contour powder - Kevyn Aucoin

What is your everyday go-to make up look?
To be honest, I just wear a tinted SPF 50 sunscreen and lip balm on a daily basis.  Sometimes, I'll throw on some fun lip color; but since I have extremely sensitive skin, I try to limit my makeup application unless I'm attending a special occasion. 

What does H&T stand for to you? (For us it is Honey & Twine but for you it can stand for honor & trust ect.)
Happy & Tasty (I love food!) 

What is your favorite quote to live by?
There are a few quotes that I keep close to my heart that go together:
Happiness is the secret to all beauty.  There is no beauty without happiness - Christian Dior

Nobody is in charge of your happiness except you.   - Anonymous

I choose to be happy today. - Anonymous

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Until next time, stay sweet!

imPerfect for Each Other

A quick flashback to 2014!

We want to show you one of the most fun and eclectic weddings we had the honor of working on a few years ago. 

We knew this one would be exciting from the first meeting. M&S are two truly creative souls. They didn't want to celebrate the kind of love that is factory-made to fit, they wanted to celebrate the kind of love that makes you laugh in surprise at how unexpectedly perfect it is. So we came up with the theme "imPerfect for each other: bringing seemingly mismatched things together to create perfect harmony."

We hope you enjoy all of these fun and colorful DIY elements, and most of all enjoy the pure energy and love that these two exude. Thanks to the incredible Alison Yin and her partner Adm for the photos!

Thanks to all the vendors involved for a fabulously fun day!

Photography:  Alison Yin Photography

Venue: Piedmont Community Hall

Hair & Make-up: Erin Dudley

Cake: Kingdom Cake

Catering/Desserts: Culinary Eye 

Lighting: Impact Lighting

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Yvonne & Tod

The weekend is almost near, and we are daydreaming about our past weddings as we get ready for this years wedding season to begin!

Take a look at our Flashback Friday all the way to 2013!! We love the details such as the Guestbook Puzzle that we had at Tod & Yvonne's wedding. It's always in the little things..

Vendor Spotlight: Caitlyn Cutler Films

Hello Honeys,

This week begins our series of Vendor Spotlights! We'll be introducing you to some of our favorite vendors in the industry and telling you a bit about each one. We hope you love them as much as we do :)

The ladies of Honey & Twine believe that there are few things in life that move you the way that love captured on film does.
If you follow Honey & Twine on Facebook, you know that we share wedding films on our page every Tuesday!
Well this week, we are giving you a special sneak peek at one of our favorite videographers: Caitlyn Cutler! 

We spoke with her about her love for film and couples in the industry. Read on to get to know a bit about Caitlin and what it would be like to work with her on your special day! You can also check out her work by clicking here!

Do you remember the exact moment you wanted to be a videographer?
I don't know if there was an exact moment that I knew I wanted to be a videographer, but I remember in 7th grade I was asked to make a video for a science project and I think I spent more time on that project than any school project ever! Ha! My parents gifted me with a little Flip Video camera for Christmas in 8th grade and from that point on I think I made at LEAST three videos a month of just stupid things me and my friends would do all through middle school and high school. By the time I was a senior in high school, I got a job with a company to make commercials and testimonials and I've been doing it full time ever since!

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of making wedding films has always been the realness of it. With photography, its very easy to stage a moment and make it look perfect but with video, you have a to actually capture the moment in real time and that is very hard to stage. That's what I try to achieve in my videos. I love to capture the tiny little moments that just happen naturally because I think that realness is what is so beautiful. 

How would you describe your average work day?
My average work day consists of me going to a nearby coffee shop and editing ALL DAY LONG. Seriously, I've had to buy those weird computer glasses so that I don't hurt my eyes from looking at a computer for too long. Ha! On average, I shoot about one to two videos a week, so I typically shoot those and then edit the rest of the week.

What would you say to a bride and groom whom are unsure about getting a videographer?
I love this question because I have to answer it ALL THE TIME. So many brides will come to me and say they aren't sure if they need a videographer. It's hard for me to try to convince them to get one because it sounds like I'm just trying to sell myself, but in all honestly, if I had a nickel for every time a bride told me that their wedding video was their favorite thing they spent money on... I wouldn't need to charge people to make wedding videos anymore ;) ha! I think videos capture the things that photos can't, you get all the little moments and you put that to music and it makes your wedding day look just as magical as it felt which is why people will watch their wedding videos for the rest of their lives!

What should couples look for while researching a videographer?
Make sure the style of the videographer is the style that you want! My style is not very traditional so typically I get a lot of weddings that are different. Occasionally I'll get an email from someone that sends me a video of a very traditional videographer and they ask me to make one like that. My best work is when I feel free to make things however I want so when I'm asked to copy another videographer, my job starts to feel more like, well, a job ha :) and I think you can see that in the video!
Long story short, watch the other videos the videographer has made and if you like them the way they are, hire them! It sounds simple but you'd be surprised how many times I've seen that problem.

What can couples expect when they sign up to work with you?
It's wayyyyy more laid back than you would expect! I work with so many couples and after we shoot will always say, "That was easier than I thought."
I think that best footage for a video comes when people are being natural so when I do engagement videos I basically will just plan an activity and film the couple doing whatever they want. Ha, we're essentially just hanging out. Same goes for the wedding day; I think a lot of couples get nervous because I kind of become a fly on the wall and try not to interfere with the moment so they worry that I'm not capturing anything but are always surprised when they get back the finished product and realize I was literally filming EVERYTHING, like even the tiny little moments when they thought no one is watching... I'm always watching ;)

Caitlyn, you seem to combine story telling with videography so effortlessly. Do you frame the video around a certain story?
Yes, this is one thing I try really hard to do. When I first started making wedding videos, I HATED it. I think it was because I was seeing so many wedding videos that were cheesy and exactly the same. There was absolutely no emotion and I realized that I was doing the same thing. That's when I switched up my style and decided to have no rules and just make the video based on what happened during the day. No posing, no instruction... just film what I saw and make a video around that instead of planning the video before.

What are your favorite songs to use?
I can't really say I have a favorite song to use for a wedding video. I try really hard to make all my videos different so I've never used the same song in two wedding videos. I think I'm typically drawn to more alternative indie music or indie electronic type stuff but I try to match the music to the feel of the wedding day so I have a pretty wide range of music.

What is your favorite quote to live by?
I heard this quote by JD Salinger a couple years ago and I've never forgotten it. It's about writing but I apply it to when I create basically anything:

"If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world would you most want to read if you had your heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself. I won’t even underline that. It’s too important to be underlined."

I try to apply that when I edit a video and when I finish I ask myself, "Is this a video I would want to watch if I didn't make it?" I think it helps me stay an artist and not just someone being paid to make a video.

What does H&T stand for to you?
For me H&T stands for honesty and time. I've always tried to run my company very honestly which is why I don't add in hidden fees and I want people to know exactly what they're paying for. As for time, I don't charge people by the hour. I do a flat rate for unlimited shooting hours on the wedding day because I want to be there for all of the little moments, I think that that is what makes the video interesting. The waking up and getting ready all the way to the leaving late at night, it's all beautiful and I want to be there for all of it! 

"How can you not fall in love?"

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Until Next time, Stay sweet!

Northern California Photo aesthetics

Hello Honey,

Engagement and wedding photos have a tendency to be in pretty stereotypical places-- the beach, at home, in the woods etc. Here are some fun, unique places around the bay to spice up your shots. 



How about some romantic shots next to the California Academy of Sciences fish? Or perhaps on top of the green dome?

Or the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers. What a sanctuary!


For an interesting angle, shoot from Alcatraz?!

Sick of the beach...

Watch the waves crash in front of the Brixby Bridge in Big Sur as you gaze longingly in your lover's eyes "click goes the camera."


Mount Diablo is prime for greenery and sweet photos. So gorgeous

Until next time, stay sweet.

Magical Moments

Hello Honey,

"I hope your 2017 is better than your 2016. I hope it’s your best year yet. I hope you find meaning in your life, in the lives of those around you. And I hope you have the curiosity to go looking for it. 

I hope you learn to let go of the things that are holding you back; leave them behind in the past. I hope you make new memories that you’ll keep forever; put them in the top pocket of your favourite shirt so you can take them out every so often and smile. 

I hope you do one thing that scares you every day; that you make new friends who don’t always share your views. And that you learn about places halfway across the world, and push yourself to keep trying but forgive yourself when you don’t always meet your goals.  

I hope you smile at least once every day, and that you surround yourself with people who are kind and funny and honest. I hope you find a place where your happiness is permanent, not temporary. I hope you find that place in yourself."

What are you looking forward to this year?
Let us know below!

We are looking forward to more magical moments like these ones:

Until next time, stay sweet!

Photography: Nicole Leever | Quote: Sue Zhao | Videography: Garydee Films + Tyson J. Henderson | Music: "He is We - All About Us" + "COAV - Waves" + "Bird Passengers - When I'm Up"

What We Loved

Last month we had the opportunity to work with Shannon and Andrew on their #BestDayEver. It was a beautiful rustic wedding set in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts with a quaint reception at Fort Mason. It's the details that makes a wedding a success. Here are some deets that we loved. From the DYI signs to the custom napkins, this wedding was a hit!!

Nothing Sweeter Than Honey

Hey Honeys!

Hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine as much as we are. We put together some summer recipes that we tried with our very own honey, the perfect ingredient for a sweet treat. These goodies are perfect for a summer snack or a wedding dessert. Enjoy!

With Love,

Honey + Twine



a recipe by Lauren Kapeluck
{makes 1 dozen cupcakes}

For the Honey Cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In medium bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.   Set aside.
  3. In small bowl mix together wet ingredients: buttermilk, honey and vanilla.  Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until combined.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients, alternating starting and ending with dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Using ice cream scoop fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

For the Honey Cream Cheese Frosting:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons honey
yellow food coloring (optional)
yellow sugar sprinkles

  1. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until combined.
  2. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and continue to mixing scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Mix in honey.
  4. If desired, add a few drops of yellow food coloring to slightly tint the icing.
  5. Place the icing in a piping bag fitted with a round decorating tip and swirl the frosting on top of the cooled cupcake, going in a circular motion.
  6. Top with yellow sugar sprinkles.



Author: Chana Scop

Serves: About 20 lollipops




  1. Pour honey in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. If you have a candy thermometer, use it to tell you when the honey reaches about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. It'll take about 10 minutes. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test the honey by dropping a bit of it into a cup of ice water. If it hardens (like candy) it's ready. If not, keep on boiling.
  2. *Keep a super close eye on your honey. It will seem like nothings happening for a while, then it will increase in temperature very quickly. It's better to test often and too soon, than to miss the mark and burn a batch.
  3. When the honey reaches 300 degrees, remove it from the burner.
  4. Pour small circles on the silpat mat or a piece of parchment paper. After pouring five or so circles, stop and put the lollipop sticks in each circle of honey. Give the sticks a little twist to be sure they're really stuck in there. Continue creating small honey circles on the mat, stopping every few minutes to put in the sticks.
  5. Allow them to cool and harden on the counter completely at room temperature, about a half hour.
  6. To store, wrap them with a bit of plastic wrap and secure them with string or a twist tie or package them in individual cell packets tied with string. Adorn with a cute personalized labels and tags!




Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell

Serves: 12



Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 8 oz. blocks Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c Tate + Lyle honey Granules
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla

Pie Crust:

  • 2 c Pecans, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt butter and add crushed pecans.
  3. Form the pecan mixture into 1 inch balls and place them in your mini cheesecake pan.
  4. Use tamper to firmly press the pecan ball in to the bottom of the pan.
  5. In bowl beat cream cheese, honey granules, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Add flour slowly, mixing it in completely.
  7. Pour cheesecake mixture over pecan crusts, filling each tin almost to the top.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely.




Thank you to:

Homemade Interest

Evermine Occasions

The Cake Blog

Borrowed & Blue Q + A!

Honey & Twine Weddings and Events’ Q&A with Borrowed & Blue


If you’re looking for a wedding planner, look no further. Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, teamed up with Honey & Twine Weddings and Events for an in-depth interview to give couples a closer look into our event planning services.


Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:  


  1. If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day?

    Ah! There are so many great moments that make up the day. One of my favorites would have to be the couple’s first dance. By now, any stress or worry they may have had has been eased and they are just loving their special moment together. It’s when we know that our work has been done right and get to enjoy the love and happiness that is written on their faces.


  1. Describe your event aesthetic in three words.

While we design weddings catered to each unique couple, my favorite style has always been a combination of vintage, intimacy and elegance. Less can always be more, and we enjoy creating a style that feels personal and timeless—while always keeping it classy.


  1. The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?

I always start with asking them how everything is going. While they are usually newly engaged, they are also suddenly very aware that they need to plan a wedding, and some couples come to me already stressed! This helps us both start on the same page, and with a check in on how they feel in these moments. I find it eases couples right away to get any stress, out of the way so that we can enjoy the rest of our meetings.


  1. Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged?

  1. Take time to enjoy what’s coming! While at times the stress can pile up, this is a beautiful journey that isn’t to be forgotten or looked over. Enjoy every tasting you attend, choosing the music to represent you and your fiance, and most of all, take the whole day in! It’s easy to let the day consume you and we are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s one of the best days of your life—let’s make sure you remember every detail!

  2. Plan your needs first. I’ve found that many couples get caught up on things that other people want, and what might be expected as the right thing to do. This is your special day! Ignore all the things you’ve heard about, and choose the details and plans that will make you happiest on your wedding day! Everyone else will enjoy the day you put together, because at the end of it all, they are there for you.

  3. Don’t forget the reason behind it all. While we are be busy planning the wedding, it’s easy to forget we are planning a celebration of you and your fiance and the first day of your future. Behind all the plans and details, it’s about the two of you. Go on dates, enjoy the engagement! Don’t get too caught up on what’s being planned and forget that the best part is what comes after the wedding day.


  1. Your thoughts on DIY weddings?

Pinterest fools many of us that think we can DIY through everything, but sometimes we just can’t. Many brides go into their wedding wanting to be a part of the creative aspect and make their own signage, favors, decor, etc. The problem is, especially with a high guest count, they misjudge the amount of time and money that it will actually take! Not to mention the frustration if it doesn’t turn out to look just like the picture. If you’re going to DIY, make sure it’s something doable and have it well thought out. Otherwise, let’s find a third party that can get it done quickly and at a better cost!


  1. What would your ideal wedding colors be?

I love the look that comes with simple off white linens, light greenery for the florals, and a slight pop of color. Whether it’s a nice hue of orange, or a bright red—the simplicity mixed with a vibrant color looks great in any season!


  1. The most important part of wedding planning?

At Honey & Twine, we believe the most important part of planning a wedding is making sure to plan a day that represents the couple getting married. We want the welcome table to be a look at the two of you together, the favor to represent something special that you want your guests to take with them, and for all your guests to look around and feel the love from great relationship that they are celebrating!


Book Honey & Twine Weddings and Events for your event today! Thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A.


Our First Dance Favorites

Hey Honeys!

We know how difficult it is trying to pick the perfect song for the perfect day. We put together the ultimate list of songs that our first dance favorites! Hopefully you'll find ones that won't be heard at each wedding you attend this year! Enjoy :)



1) "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Haley Reinhart 

We are obsessing over this Elvis Presley cover right now! It's the perfect combination of slow instrumentals and powerful vocals that will bring the guests watching to tears as the bride and groom waltz across the dance floor. 


2) "Only You" by Joshua Radin

First of all, Joshua Radin is a favorite artist of mine. Second, this is an uncommon, and beautiful choice that will definitely stick out from other soft first dance songs!


3) "Marry Me" by Train

Who doesn't love Train?! Also, he asks the girl to marry him each and every day. You cannot get more romantic than this!!


4) "Together" by Brandon and Leah

Brandon is Caitlyn Jenner's son and is in a duo with his high school sweetheart and now wife, Leah. Fangirling about the backstory aside, the song itself is about the going through life together with your partner. Very Sweet!


5) "Mess Is Mine" by Vance Joy

 Sweet folksy sound + strong vocals + an uncommon pick = great choice!


6) "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran

I couldn't resist putting one of the king of romance's songs on here. This song, besides being perfect, has a great buildup, which I think is necessary for a first dance song. 


7) "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

This is a cute song that one probably wouldn't think to consider.. Hear me out and give this one a chance! It's a fun, quirky choice for those couple's looking for a more upbeat first dance!


8) "Work Song" by Hozier

I went to a wedding recently that used this as their first dance choice and loved it! Tugging at the depths of your heart when you think about having your loved one come back from the grave for their beloved.. 


9) "XO" by John Mayer

Okay, so John Mayer is obviously bae, but then he covered a Queen Bey song? The feels...


10) "Yellow" by Coldplay

We have all heard this one. Have you actually listened to the lyrics though? Try to find more truly romantic words than: "For you, I'll bleed myself dry". Perfect choice for professing your love on the dance floor.


I hope you found a few songs that would fit your perfect day! Comment below with the song that you and yours truly chose for your first dance. We'd love to hear all the great options :)

'Till next time, Honeys!



Photo Credit: Dinner for Two by Kitchen Charm




The Biggest Wedding Trend of 2016

While 2016 still loves romantic lighting and rustic charm, the biggest trend taking over this year is as simple as it gets: minimalistic! 

This trend no longer requires lavish flower arrangements, glamorous venues, and luxurious foods. Couples are leaning more towards wispy greenery, industrial settings, and comfort foods. This trend may sound a little too relaxed for some brides but this style is so simple that you can go any direction with it. It also saves couples a ton of money and who doesn't love that? Below we'll list categories and the recent minimalistic approach couples are taking on them.


Jenny Yoo Collection

Jenny Yoo Collection


Amy Gawlick/ Prospect House/ Green Wedding Shoes

Amy Gawlick/ Prospect House/ Green Wedding Shoes


Jemma Keech Photography/ Brides 

Jemma Keech Photography/ Brides 


Amy Arrington Photography/ Southern Weddings

Amy Arrington Photography/ Southern Weddings

Peaches & Mint Photography/ Wedding Sparrow

Peaches & Mint Photography/ Wedding Sparrow


Photo by Amy & Stuart/ The Knot

Photo by Amy & Stuart/ The Knot


Loft Photography/ Ruffled Blog 

Loft Photography/ Ruffled Blog 

Sometimes less really is more. How do you feel about this simplistic trend?

Sea of Love Styled Shoot

Here in San Francisco, we've been inspired by the fog that rolls in every evening, creating an air of soft romance. We can't help but be swept away by the quiet wildness of love and the sea. Our Sea of Love shoot below took inspiration from natural ocean elements: pearls and shimmering fish scale jewelry, seaweed invitations, sea glass calligraphy, and flowers that look like they could have washed ashore from an enchanted island.

We hope you love this cool tone, charming beach shoot as much as we do! Please like, comment, or share.

Styling: Honey & Twine Weddings and Events, Designer: Tria

Photography: Andria Lo

Florals: Ha Rue Floral Design Studio

Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs

Rentals: Pieces By Violet

Hair & Makeup: Julie Dy

Model: Charis Briley

Tattoos: Shimmer Tatts