Hooray! Yes this is exciting. I wasn’t going to flaunt this around but after reading this bloggers point of view on celebrating milestones I had an extreme change of heart: full article
As women we tend to be so busy working our way through the to-do list that we don’t take the time to stop and celebrate. Then we wonder why we’re so exhausted and feeling unappreciated. Go figure. Do you take time to celebrate milestones and accomplishments? Or, do you just let them pass by with barely a breath before you’re onto the next thing? I discovered [that] my fears of stopping to celebrate would result in settling or lack of motivation to move forward were unfounded. Quite the opposite resulted. I got to enjoy the NOW, feel a heck of a lot better about myself, and build a track record for future success because I was no longer navigating life through the eyes of a slave driver who could never measure up. I could trust in and rely on myself. Whether its a pat on my own back, a Wahoo moment, or a more elaborate reward, it is a regular practice. It builds momentum, confidence, better results, and a lot more joy along the way.
Last year was a big year for my husband and I. We both had quit our long term jobs and started new careers with in months of each other. It was a little scary not sure what was going to happen and stress was high but determination was higher. Brian, my husband, sat down with me and simply told me “you got this” and smiled as I grabbed the paperwork. I submitted my company name as an LLC, received my tax ID number, started building a website, created a weddingwire account, and it kept going. It was a whirlwind of a month but my motivation was reward as I booked 4 weddings with in my first 30 days. Shock was an understatement to my reaction and I get chills thinking about how grateful I was for those first few clients brave enough to let me prove my worth.
The year ended with only 6 solid months of being open, 14 weddings, and I was pleased. You take your battles slowly and I vowed 2012 was going to be “the year” to shine. I set our goal modestly at 40 weddings saying it would still be a healthy increase and dove into the next year.Now I look at my company of 5 amazing artists and smile. We did it, we are here still, and we have impacted the industry enough that they know our name. Lets say we past my goal a while ago and I had to change it for good measure.
“Tasha is awesome to work for and with. She works so hard to make Maryland Wedding Makeup a success and to make each of her brides happy. It is trully a fun company to work for and everyone is so passionate about making a bride look and feel beautiful on there special day. I love working for Natasha and am so happy Maryland Wedding Makeup had such an amazing first year and to have EVERY single bride be so happy with us is wonderful!”– Artist Kerry with Baby Sebastian!
People may try to compare us with other similar companies and I have to say we are all amazing at what we do. Its all about style and personality and if we fit YOU then we are thankful you want to work with us. Success if measured in so many different ways and I cherish this day since so many companies don’t even see it.
Being a Girl Scout for 20 years has taught me the importance of giving thanks, so I say the following;
- Thank you to my wonderful husband Brian. I love you so much for your coninued support and reminder that you are always proud of me. That has and always will mean the world to me.
- Thank you to my amazing makeup artists. You all ROCK! I enjoy seeing you grow and learn and look forward to you all working for me full time maybe next year?! Lets keep our fingers crossed.
- Thank you to all my newly acquired friends of the industry. I was not sure what to expect jumping into your “crowd” and I am continuously surprised by all your smiles and sunny outlook of making our jobs fun. You know who you are so smile, you are special to me.
- Thank you to my clients. Wow I really do owe this birthday to each of you. I honestly say I appreciate working with all of you and as I tell you all, please stay in touch. I always love hearing from you. You are all beautiful! So smile often.
Finally, a silly thank you to coffee, Pandora, WordPress, Facebook, Local Up, and my little kitties.
I look forward to many more birthdays as well as small milestones. Remember to always celebrate those small and large moments in your life. Once they pass they are gone forever. Cherish in all your accomplishments and always aim higher then you think; you ARE going to make it.
Smile, You’re Beautiful
–Natasha Sierakowski: Owner and Lead Makeup Artist
Some kind words and reviews from our Brides and Endorsements from our friends in the industry.
Working with Maryland Wedding Makeup was an absolute pleasure for me as a photographer! Natasha was prompt in having the makeup done on everyone before the time that I requested for photos and everything looked gorgeous on camera! Photographed oh so well! Natasha is personable, fun and really delightful to be around. She would definitely make a great addition to any wedding day!–Dani Leigh Photography
Natasha is a breath of fresh air! I could not have picked a better makeup artist for my wedding day. I generally wear mascara, tinted moisturizer, and lip gloss so I was really concerned that I wouldn’t look like myself on my big day. Well, I looked like the best version of me! Her application was flawless, thoughtful, and long lasting! During the trial she really took the time to understand my vision and made suggestions that would enhance my features. She created a unified look for my bridesmaids that played off of their navy dresses perfectly. The fake eyelashes everyone wore really made our eyes pop during pictures. I have never seen my mother look prettier! Working with Natasha is like hanging out with your best friend. She is down to earth, approachable, talented, professional and delightful.–Blaire, Baltimore
I could not have been happier with [artist] Kerry from Maryland Wedding Makeup. From my trial to the day of, she delivered exactly what I wanted. She was very responsive and we clicked from the very beginning. She understood that I was looking for a very natural look and she made sure I was completely happy. I really appreciated the little things she did along the way, like asking how I was doing a few weeks before the wedding, to texting me “Happy Wedding Day” the morning of. I could tell that she was very concerned with making sure I was fully happy with my wedding makeup. Thank you so much for everything!–Laurie, Annapolis
We have worked with Natasha of Maryland Wedding Makeup on many occasions and she is very reliable and always on her A game. She fulfills every request and strives for excellence. We look forward to working with her in the future as well. MD Wedding Makeup never disappoints.–Hair For A Special Affair
We’ve had the best time working with Maryland Wedding Makeup. To say our clients have been happy is an understatement… they are THRILLED with the work of MWM! Thank you so much for always doing such a great job. We have no worries when we send clients your way and everyone has looked stunning on their BIG days!–Lemon and Lime Event Design
Please check out some of our beautiful brides!