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Fall Farm Wedding
October 5, 2016

Alissa + Alex

November 7, 2015

Here in Connecticut we welcome the change of the seasons and fall is no exception. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, crisp autumn air and vineyards! What a perfect time of year for a fall harvest and a seasonal wedding at the local winery of Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Our autumnal bride, Alissa, is the apple of Alex’s eye and we shared in their excitement as we dolled up her beautiful family. Inspired by the colors of fall, a mix of burgundy red, aubergine, gold and burnt umber was the order of the day. Corey and I loved every minute of the time spent with this effervescent lot of ladies and with the air of fresh beginnings we wish Alissa + Alex a very Happy One Year Anniversary!
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Wedding Day Vendors:
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Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Jennifer Bach Photography
Makeup: Lorna + Corey
Hair: Salon H
Florist: Robin Hollow Farms
Wedding Dress: Sofia Tolli
Caterer: A Thyme to Cook

Engagement Photo Shoot on Elihu Island by Ali & Julie Photography
July 29, 2015

Katie was a dream to work with. From the moment we met we connected and I was excited to help her create the most natural, flawless look for her engagement photo shoot with Ali & Julie photography.

For her makeup, I created a simple but ethereal look using a palette of natural tone hues. Her skin was nearly perfect so I applied Tinted Moisturizer all-over with just a hint of color to her cheeks. Katie brought in her own lashes and which we enhanced with a fine line of “Coffee Bean” shadow liner. We finished her look with “Tenderness” lipstick; a soft barely-there shimmery pink.
Photography: Ali & Julie
Venue: Elihu Island

New Year's Eve Wedding- Photography by Susan Stripling
February 25, 2015

I can’t think of a better reason to drink a glass of champagne then to celebrate a new year and a wedding all at the same time!  We are loving these pictures from our new year’s eve couple, Lindsay and Matt.  Our makeup artist Tricia did such an incredible job with Lindsay and her bridesmaids.  Think sparkles, glamour, and romantic holiday style.  The gorgeous photographs were taken by Susan Stripling.   We wish Lindsay and Matt a happy ever after (and a Happy 2015 too)!

XO, Jennie



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Makeup by Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar

Weekapaug Inn Wedding by Gabrielle Marks Photography
February 4, 2015

Leslie and Drew were married on a beautiful October day at the Weekapaug Inn. in Westerly, RI  Leslie looks so breathtaking in her dress and our makeup artist, Tricia, did a fabulous job with her makeup keeping it natural but yet so glamorous. The stunning photography work from Gabrielle Marks made it hard to select just a few photos since they were all so good!  I think Leslie and Drew’s smiles say it all….congratulations to the happy couple!



Location:  Weekapaug Inn

Photography: Gabrielle Marks Photogrpahy

Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar

Who's Who? Introducing The Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar Team
January 14, 2015

Hello Beauties! Thanks for visiting our beauty blog! Today, I’m excited to let you in on Who’s Who at Jennie Fresa. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about each of us! Whether you’re a brow client, industry friend, facebook fan or bride-to-be, we hope to see you at our brow & beauty bar soon! XO, Jennie

Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar Team

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Jennie Fresa / Owner; Lead Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Formerly an International Makeup Artist & NYC Trainer for Trish McEvoy, Jennie brings over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry to women of the CT shoreline. After moving back to CT from NYC, she realized that local women lacked options for makeup and skincare services beyond bustling hair salons, outdated makeup chains or crowded department stores. To create a unique beauty destination of her own, Jennie opened her, by appointment only, studio in Clinton in early 2009. Recently she moved her established bridal business, with added retail, to a new storefront location in downtown Madison CT where she and her staff offer her signature brow styling service, makeup applications and facials. Jennie loves to spend time at home with her husband Doug and their black lab, Ellie, get a manicure, read fashion magazines over a glass of red wine or shop ’till her heart’s content.

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Joanna Zygmont / Bridal Coordinator

Joanna has been with Jennie Fresa since early 2014. She started her career in Human Resources with several large corporations. Since moving to CT from Chicago, over 10 years ago, she has enjoyed working for smaller, local businesses such as R.J. Julia Booksellers and now Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar. Joanna oversees all of our bridal inquires– from sending proposals to drafting contracts and scheduling trials, Joanna is behind every step of the booking process. Her professional and friendly personality makes booking your wedding day beauty easy and fun! While her husband, 2 kids, and dog occupy most of her time, she also enjoys exercising, reading a good book, and traveling.

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Julianna la Croix / Beauty Intern

Jules started her internship at Jennie Fresa in Madison, CT in August of 2014. She is student at Branford High School and an aspiring Makeup Artist. Over the past few years, Jules has been providing makeup services to her close friends and family for proms, weddings, homecomings and all special occasions. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to work closely with Jennie and looks forward to a continued hands-on learning experience.


Lorna Pulver / Beauty Ambassador; Makeup Artist & Esthetician

A native of Massachusetts, Lorna began her career in the spa and beauty industry in 2005. She is a graduate of The Paul Mitchell School of RI and the Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics (Richmond, VA) and has gone on to work in some of the most esteemed health and wellness spas in VA and CT. Excited to bring her passion, creativity and personal touch to the Jennie Fresa team, Lorna hopes to bring every bride and lovely guest a bit of pampering with every brow wax, makeup application and facial. A fun fact about Lorna is that she is a retired classical dancer who performed with the Virginia Ballet Theater and the North Atlantic Ballet in Boston, MA.

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Nedelyn Perry  Beauty Ambassador; Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Originally from NYC, Ned began her career working as a Makeup Artist for the Estee Lauder Spa in Bloomingdales. Later, she worked for iconic hairstylist Garren of Garren New York Salon as his personal assistant. In 2002 she moved to historic Guilford, CT where she now resides with her two beautiful sons. Ned is looking forward to meeting new clients at Jennie Fresa and getting back to her true love of brow styling, skincare and bridal beauty. When Ned isn’t beautifying clients at the boutique, she loves to read a good book, spend time with her family or hit the gym.

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Traveling Freelance Team

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Corey Hunton / Traveling Makeup Artist

Formerly a high school art teacher and event planner in the corporate world, Corey is thrilled she finally took the leap to pursue her true passion of Makeup Artistry. She studied at Make Up For Ever Academy in NYC with a focus on beauty and fashion and never looked back. In 2012, Corey hired Jennie as her wedding Makeup Artist and soon thereafter began a mentorship that eventually lead to an opportunity to join the Jennie Fresa Traveling team. Corey is super excited for this wedding season and can’t wait to work with all of her booked brides!


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Maddie Nehlen / Traveling Makeup Artist

After years of primping family and friends, Maddie enrolled in the Fashion Makeup Artistry program at the prestigious Make-Up Designory in New York City. She loves meeting new people and fine-tuning her craft with every chance she gets. Last year, she began assisting on the Jennie Fresa team. Maddie’s laid back, fun-loving personality and obvious talent won the hearts of everyone she worked with. This positive praise opened the door for her to officially join the Jennie Fresa team in the Fall of 2014. Maddie specializes in natural, feature enhancing makeup, however, a good smokey eye isn’t a problem if the client calls for it!


Maureen Sullivan / Traveling Makeup Artist

Maureen began doing makeup professionally for MAC about 11 years ago in New York. Since then, she’s done makeup at NYC Fashion Week, for many public figures, countless brides, and for the on-air talent and celebrity guests at ESPN. When she’s not beautifying a bridal party you might find her painting faces over at ESPN, the Oxygen network, GE, WFSB or for a corporate project or commercial shoot. Maureen has been working with the Jennie Fresa traveling bridal team since early 2012. Her clients will tell you she is friendly, calm under pressure and a very talented makeup artist.

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Meghan Jones / Traveling Hair Stylist

Meghan Jones is a licensed cosmetologist of 10+ years. Meghan attended beauty school outside of Boston, MA. She has worked with celebrities such as Betsey Johnson (Runway Fashion Show), Lorraine Bracco (as her personal hairstylist while in Boston), and was proudly hired on the Loreal Kerastase styling team in 2007. Meghan has the uncanny ability to transform vision into practical reality. She is proud to be on the Jennie Fresa team since 2013 and is looking forward to another great wedding season. Her favorite quote is: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different!” -Coco Chanel

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Renee Russo / Traveling Hair Stylist

With over a decade of experience in the hair industry, Renee offers a wealth of knowledge in the art of long hair design. Her experience includes being an educator for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education, photo shoot work, high fashion and bridal. She currently also works at ESPN sports network doing hair for the on air talent. Her biggest passion is helping brides achieve a gorgeous, customized look for their big day! She is excited to share her expertise with every Jennie Fresa bride this year!

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Tricia Caliola / Traveling Makeup Artist

Tricia has been Makeup Artist for the past ten years. She started her career in 2004 at MAC Cosmetics, where she learned the in’s and out’s of beauty makeup, false lash application and tattoo coverage. Eventually another opportunity came up and she decided to challenge herself further by working at the sports channel ESPN, doing TV makeup! She’s done makeup for talents such as Tom Brady, Hope Solo, the rapper 2Chainz and for her all time favorite singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in 2014. When she’s not doing makeup for brides, celebrities, or working moms, you can find her baking homemade cupcakes! Tricia loves being apart of the Jennie Fresa team and especially loves painting faces for bride-to-be’s!

Collectively, our work has been featured in numerous bridal publications and wedding blogs including Martha Stewart Weddings, Glitter Guide, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, BRIDES CT, WellWed, Bliss Celebrations and more.

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Winter Wedding at the Bee and Thistle Inn by Leslie Dumke
December 3, 2014

This Wedding Wednesday is a special one because I’m sharing my very own wedding!  Six happy years ago this Saturday, Doug and I pushed through the cold winds of a December morning into the warmth of loved ones waiting behind the doors of the Bee & Thistle Inn.  Greeted by the gleeful tune of the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, we emerged as a married couple for the first time.  That warmth resonates each year and these favorite photos surely rekindle those memories and set our holiday mood!  I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as we do.
XO, Jennie
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Photographer: Leslie Dumke Studio
Church: Saint John’s Old Saybrook, CT
Reception: Bee and Thistle Inn Old Lyme, CT
Dress: Vintage
Fur: Saks 5th Avenue
Veil: Maria Elena from The White Dress by the Shore
Shoes: Kate Spade
Flowers: Cynthia’s Flower Shop Branford CT
Reception Music: Kipp Sturgeon & CT Yuletide Carolers
Cupcakes: Pastry Chef at the Bee & Thistle Inn
Stockings: Pottery Barn
Church Music: Bell Choir from Branford Congregational Church
Vintage Cars: Borrowed from friends
Hair: Luisette Damiani & Kelly Sharkey

Beech Tree Cottages Styled Shoot by HK Photo
November 12, 2014

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Vendor Credits:
Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Stationery & Design: A Grey Soiree
Photographer: HK Photo
Makeup: Jennie Fresa

Kim and Greg's Engagement Photos by Stefanie Kapra
November 5, 2014

We are so thrilled to share these amazing engagement photos of Kim and Greg.  Kim’s bohemian vibe looks completely effortless and chic.  Makeup was done by  Jennie Fresa of Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar and hair was done by Amanda Ripley of Posh Salon.  Many thanks to Stefanie Kapra for sharing these gorgeous photographs with us.  We can’t wait to do it all over again for Kim and Greg’s wedding!

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Makeup by Jennie Fresa of Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar

Hair by Amanda Ripley of Posh Salon

Photos by Stefanie Kapra

Wythe Hotel Wedding by Ashely Caroline Photography
October 29, 2014

We had a wonderful time doing makeup for our bride Katilin’s wedding in August.  The setting was at the trendy Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn which is an amazing locale for a city girl wedding.  Our makeup artist, Shelly, did an outstanding job of keeping the bride’s makeup natural but still very chic and elegant.  A huge congratulations to Kaitlin and Taylor!  Photographs by Ashley Caroline Photography.

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Makeup by Jennie Fresa Beauty and Brow Bar

Photography by Ashley Caroline Photography

Florence Griswold Museum Wedding by Ben Lau Photography
October 15, 2014

We were so excited to be a part of Ariana and Andrew’s wedding day.  Our makeup artist, Tricia Caliola, captured Ariana’s beauty vision so wonderfully and we think she looks absolutely divine!. The wedding took place on a beautiful June day at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme and Ben Lau Photography did such a fantastic job capturing their special day. We wish Ariana and Andrew a lifetime of happiness and are so thankful that they shared their magical day with us.

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Ceremony and reception held at Florence Griswold Museum

Photography by Ben Lau Photography

Makeup by Tricia Caliola of Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar