Team photos and headshots photographed by Maria Vicencio Photography
Owner and Lead Makeup Artist
Amie Decker is a professional makeup artist who loves bringing out an individual’s beauty through makeup. Beauty is her business and Makeup is her tool. Amie has always had an eye for art and design, and a love for people. This led her to study advertising and public relations during college while working part time doing makeup at a cosmetic counter. After college she had the privilege of doing makeup for many close friends on their wedding day which led her to find her niche. In January of 2005, Amie attended Chesapeake School of Aesthetics in Annapolis, MD and received her certification as a licensed makeup artist.
Since that time, Amie’s specialty in Bridal makeup has made her well known in the Maryland and DC area. She is a beauty contributor for Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Baltimore Magazine, The DC Ladies and she has been chosen by COVERGIRL to be an expert professional makeup artist for special events. Amie is repeatedly featured on Style Me Pretty, United with Love, Bayside Bride, Southern Weddings, TheKnot.com and many more online publications. She has been published in The Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Engaged, Maryland Brides Magazine, The Knot magazine, Baltimore Bride magazine, What’s Up Annapolis and her work has also been featured on ABC 2 news, WBAL 11 news and Fox 45 Morning News. In addition to working closely with her fabulous brides, she provides makeup for numerous editorial shoots and gives private lessons. Her goal for every client is that they look like them self, photograph well, and of course look the most gorgeous they ever have in their life.
“One of my favorite things to find out about brides when we meet for a trial is how they met their fiancé. Basically, I am a sucker for romance and I get to hear so many sweet stories. My story is pretty simple. When I was in Kindergarten there was an “older” boy, in first grade, who was the cutest thing I had ever seen. My little 5 year old self had no choice but to fall in love with him and he is now my husband. I know this is hard to believe but it really did happen. Of course we did not get married until much later.
So maybe one day I will write a book about all of the beautiful stories I hear about people meeting through school, sports, vacation, websites, friends, work, bars, church and even speed dating. I’d love to hear your story.”
Lead Hair Stylist
Kelley has been making people look and feel beautiful her entire life. After college, Kelley enrolled in the Paul Mitchell Academy and it has been wedded bliss ever since. While in school, she had the distinct privilege of being able to assist some of the biggest and most influential names in the business. What an amazing learning experience!
Kelley (a.k.a The Hair Genius) is one of the area’s most sought after special event hairstylist. Since Kelley started the Amie Decker Beauty hair division in 2009 she has led the company to many awards including “Best Updos” by Capital Style Magazine and “Best Hair” by What’s Up Weddings. She has worked on countless photo shoots for magazines and print adds. Kelley’s work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, United with Love, Snippet & Ink and many more of the top wedding blogs. Her work has also been published several times in The Washingtonian Bride and Groom, Maryland Bride’s and Baltimore Bride Magazine. One of her most exciting accomplishments was being able to work on several of the star’s hair for the movie “Step Up.” In addition to the director, producer, and several other people who made the movie a great success. And yes ladies, she had the amazing fortune of meeting Channing Tatum!
“I am used to being under a lot of pressure for excellence and precision, so I think that is why I fell into the wedding industry so easily. I absolutely adore working with brides and their family and friends on such a momentous occasion. I am very calm under pressure and have an innate sense to keep you peaceful and relaxed, as well. I feel so blessed to be a part of this industry and want to continue to nurture and grow this wonderful partnership that Amie and I have created!”
Makeup Artist/ Nova Lash Specialist
First and foremost, JoAnna loves makeup and loves making women look and feel the most beautiful they ever have on their wedding day! She has been working in the Makeup industry for over 7 years and she is also a certified Nova Lash Specialist. In 2005 she obtained her Makeup Artistry license from the Chesapeake School of Aesthetics in Annapolis, Maryland where she also got an advanced certificate in Bridal Makeup. She has been a Makeup Artist at several Salons and Spas around the area including Jolie Tete Salon and Spa and Bubbles Salon. JoAnna has taken Master Classes for both Jane Iredale Cosmetics (her favorite) and MAC Cosmetics.
JoAnna has also freelanced with Smashbox Cosmetics for over three years. She learned many tricks for photography with makeup as she traveled the region with their National Artistry Team. In 2009 JoAnna obtained her Esthetician license upon completing the highly esteemed program at The Baltimore School of Massage and found her home with Amie Decker Beauty.
“My favorite part of working with bridal parties is being able to take care of the bride. I love helping her feel beautiful and look beautiful.”
Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist
“My name is Sarah Lamb and I am a licensed cosmetologist. I love making women feel and look beautiful especially on their wedding day! Ever since I was a little girl I have enjoyed doing hair and makeup. The first haircut I gave was to my younger sister when I was five. Fortunately, my skills have much improved since then! Although hair and makeup were always an interest of mine, making them my career did not come as easily. After high school, I attended Towson University to begin my Speech Pathology career. After changing my major to Elementary Education and Deaf Studies, I thought my life was finally falling into place. Two and a half years later, on vacation with friends, a conversation about loving classes and internships made me realize I was the only one that was not excited to begin my career. It was on that trip, while doing hair and makeup for my friends, that cosmetology school was suggested. The week I returned, I made the scary and exciting decision to follow that path.”
Sarah graduated from Robert Paul Academy in Timonium, MD in August of 2009. While in school, she found that updo’s and formal styles came quite easily to her and she enjoyed the challenge of looking at a picture and recreating it. Since joining the Amie Decker Beauty team she has styled hair for many high profile weddings and worked with some of the area’s best known photographers and wedding planners. Her work has been featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom, the cover of Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Bride Magazine and What’s Up Annapolis!
“I feel extremely lucky that I was able to find a career that is fun and stimulating. I am honored to be a part of the Amie Decker Beauty team and excited to help you feel amazing on your special day!”
Maria’s love for makeup started early- with four older sisters, she’s always been surrounded by all things beauty! One of her sisters was also a makeup artist, and Maria found herself in awe of her makeup kit: wanting to learn more and more about techniques and colors, asking her how to use every brush.
Maria graduated from Towson University with a degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations, but always knew that her real passion was makeup and making women feel beautiful. After being asked by friends and family to do their makeup for weddings and other events, Maria realized she could make a career out of doing what she loved.
Maria went to Chesapeake School of Aesthetics in Annapolis, Maryland and became a Certified Makeup Artist. After that, Amie took her under her wing. Maria apprenticed under Amie, being thrown in the exciting world of weddings! Maria was hooked the instant she worked with her first bridal party and knew this was the right fit. Aside from weddings, another of her favorite projects was the Urban Chic Fashion show at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. This is when Maria knew her love for makeup included not only weddings but also high fashion. Maria’s work has graced the runway, well known blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bayside Bride, Charm City Wed, United with Love, Magnolia Rouge and esteemed publications such as The Washington Post and The Knot Magazine.
“There’s something so special about walking into a room full of excitement and love, it is such an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of one of their happiest days.”
Suzanne Della Pella
Suzanne began her career in the beauty industry right after college working at Clinique in global marketing for a few years and then Victoria’s Secret Beauty. While working full time, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and received her Masters in Marketing ad Management for Cosmetics and Fragrance. She graduated with an award for academic excellence and launched her Career as a makeup artist shortly thereafter.
Suzanne’s work has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, BRIDES, Modern Luxury BRIDES, Loverly.com and many more. In addition, Suzanne has served as the lead makeup artist for the designer Ines Di Santo’s runway bridal show the past several seasons. Her work was also seen on the catwalk recently for the Pnina Tornai 2013 Bridal Show.
Makeup has been Suzanne’s addiction forever…even as a child she was always fascinated with cosmetic products. It was one of her dreams to work in the beauty industry as there is nothing more rewarding than helping women enhance their natural beauty.
Crystal is perfectly named…multi-faceted, brilliantly creative, and very colorful! Naturally enthusiastic, she welcomes any hair challenge you may be having and will execute your style with innovative success. She is always excited by a good hair mystery and enjoys the individuality of every style from the difference of hairlines, to hair texture, to lengths!
Crystal has been styling hair professionally for over 10 years in the salon and for weddings. She will consult with you thoroughly prior to getting started, reflecting clearly by asking the right questions. She will always offer you the opportunity to make a change, whether major or minor, incorporating interest into every image.
While creating your look, Crystal makes your comfort her objective and delivers her full attention to every guest. Protecting her work and your investment, she will always offer her professional recommendations that suit your texture, hairline, hair density, hair length, face-shape, dress style, and atmosphere. You will surely arrive for your event ‘Crystallized!’
Stephanie is a certified spray tanning artist who loves making women look and feel glamorous by giving them a natural and safe tan for all their important moments. She is certified by the National Tanning Training Institute and is licensed to perform mobile spray tanning in any one’s home or office.
She’s an expert because she’s tried it all! After personally struggling with being pale and self conscience her whole life, she finally found a way to get relief. She spent many hours sunbathing using oils and in the tanning salons trying to make her alabaster skin appear tan. Now after discovering spray tanning, she can be tan without damaging her skin! Stephanie loves the healthy glow spray tanning gives her otherwise pale skin and is determined to help you feel confident in your own skin on the most photographed days of your life.
Danielle is the “voice” of Amie Decker Beauty. Her love of weddings and beauty along with her mad organization skills allows her to be the perfect resource for our brides to be. Our brides love her friendly demeanor and helpful advice when it comes to planning their wedding day beauty. When she is not answering ADB emails, Danielle spends her time taking care of her husband and three adorable sons. She loves the spa, shopping and volunteering at local women shelters. You may not have the opportunity to meet Danielle in person but now you have a pretty face to go with the many emails:)