From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • The most amazing giveaway you have ever seen.....

    The most amazing giveaway you have ever seen.....

    This is a giveaway of EPIC proportions! 

    I work with the greatest wedding vendors in Hampton Roads & this just proves it! 

    The open house giveaway will include:

    1 full size Shampoo/Conditioner of Paul Mitchells Ultimate Color Repair 

    1 full size Triple Rescue

    $10 off any color service from yours truly

    $200 towards a photo session of your choice with Memories by Mere Photography

    1 Set of lashes from Dhalia Edwards 

    1 full size lip lock from Makeup by Kim Porter

    See my review of the lip lock here.

    $200 towards a boudoir session with LeZandra Photography

    1 hour free photo session with Jason Jarvis Photography complete with styling! 

    How can you win this amazing giveaway???

    Simply come to the open house & sign the guest book! The winner will be choosen at random & sent an email to let them know of thier winnings! Simple.as.that. 

    My new studio will be located at 1544 Laskin Rd #104 Virginia Beach Va, 23451, inside the Salon Plaza building. 

    Cant make it to the open house? Thats ok, there will is an online guest book for you to sign on the 8th from 2-5pm for you to enter!

    Just go to the "GUESTBOOK" tab under Salon Specials & Services & put in your email. You will have signed the guestbook AND entered to win the giveaway! 


  • A look back on 2014

    2014 was an amazing year for me! I met so many wonderful, new wedding vendors, gained some awesome new clients, & made a giant career move that is so exciting that I can't wait to share. But, for suspense sake, that will have to wait. Lets get this time machine started!!!

    JANUARY 2014

    I was booked for a wedding by one of my favorite & most missed clients Ashley Capers....ON A CRUISE!! This was my first ever cruise & first wedding on a cruise. The ceremony was beautiful & it was so much fun. Not to mention I got to miss the giant polar vortex of 2014 ;) My mom accompanied me on this journey & it was a great experience to have with her! We made some new friends & had a blast with the whole wedding party!! 

    FEBURARY 2014

    I started working at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I got a chance to get to know all the new stylist there & become closer with the the ones I already knew. I had education oppurtunities that inspired me to learn & up my game. Met educators that took my creative hair game to another level. I also got the chance to fall in love with Paul Mitchell products all over again. For this oppurtunity I am grateful. Though, I no longer work there, I still call these girls my family. 

    MARCH 2014 

    March was a boring month. I had a breakup, guys suck. March is boring. Except HAVING A REAL WEDDING FEATURED IN THE KNOT!! WOO!!

    APRIL 2014

    April is a special month, it is hot & cold all the time. This past April for me was very special, I learned a lesson in bride/stylist realations, sometimes its not always ok to stand up for yourself. I got my hand tattooed & my wisdom teeth pulled. I got to be a mentor to someone I have always considered a mentor.  & I set up & styled a photo shoot all on my own. April is the month of beginings & changes. Shorter hair, lighter hair color & begining of wedding/prom season. 

    Photo by Schus Shoots I Makeup by Amy Brox I Gown & Acessories from Pure English Couture Bridal 

    MAY 2014

    May.....ohhhh May, how I love thee. May is ALWAYS such a loaded month for me. Weddings, photo shoots, proms, more hiights than i can handle. The days get longer & the sun get closer. Mothers day, my moms birthday, the end of the school year, little girls becoming young ladies before my eyes during the prom season. Celebrating thier last days together before they head off into a life of all their own, where the only person they have to depend on is themselves. My personal achivement of excellence for this past May, having a past brides real wedding featured on the Style me Pretty wedding blog & getting to do hair on Miss Teen Virginia: Olivia Fletcher.I helped the ladies at Mystique Salon & Day Spa set up thier very first styled, bridal shoot. All in all I'd say May was my busiest but, favorite month. 

    Photo by Torrence Saunders Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography I Makeup by Kim Porter

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Jason Jarvis Photography I Makeup by Amy Brox

    Photo by Jason Jarvis Photography

    JUNE 2014

    June is by far the busiest wedding month of spring/summer. June also ends prom season & begins SUMMER! This past June I fianlly got up the nerve to use my Lifeproof case under water & got some pretty awesome summer photos. I also had the honor to work on the #CAMPSHABBYCHIC photo shoot & meet some amazing new wedding vendors. (always a plus) 

    Phots by Mallorie Danielle Photography

    Photo by Mallorie Danielle Photography

    JULY 2014

    July....My birthday, 4th of July, time for family, friends & cookouts. Time for bridal shoots on the beach with more amazing wedding vendors, & having a real wedding featured in The Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine! Fun & trendy hair color...because its summer & WHY NOT? 

    AUGUST 2014

    What a busy month! Teachers getting ready to go back to school, weddings, National Dog day, Wedding Wire vendor blendor (the picture says September but it was August I promise) & a mother/daughter vacation to be remembered! I got to dig through a lot of old pictures of my mom from her younger days and discovered, we looked exactly the same age. CRAZY! I got to do a Braid Bar at the Icing in Greenbrier Mall & Haley Paige herself shared & commented on the Moroccon Styled shoot from July in which we used her Paloma gown! yay!!!!

    SEPTEMBER 2014

    Back to school, darker hair color, VIBRANT hair color, new tattoos, & one of the coolest brides I have ever had. I made an investment & got probaly the coolest camera EVER! Navy Cheif ball, begining of football season ( GO SEAHAWKS) I got to really step up my haircolor game after some fun new hair color education & of course what is a month of being me without a photo shoot? This time I got to do hair for a photographer all the way from UTAH!!! Abby Khyl held her Evolving workshop right here in Norfolk & I got to meet tons of talented new photographers & work with my makeup bestie Beauty & Baubles: Jenn Brosh! annnnnnnndddd I got to spend some quality time with one of my best friends who just moved back from California, Sarah!!! <3

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography I Makeup by Beauty & Baubles: Jenn Brosh

    OCTOBER 2014

    What more can you say about October other than HALLOWEEN!!!!!! Pretty much the month of October sumed up to costumes & Weddings. I even put together a halloween bridal shoot that I can't yet share with you! Amazing weddings with amazing Vendors & phenomnal darker hair color! A brest cancer awareness event & of course another style bridal shoot that will be featured TOMORROW! What a great way to end the New Year! I got the oppurtunity to get to know one of Hampton Roads best wedding Planners Crystal Beng of Cherry Blossom Weddings. & to end October with a bang my elsa braid bride got her wedding featured on Vows & Valor!

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography

    Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography I Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    NOVEMBER 2014

    Novemeber was a very depressing month. Aside from Thanksgiving because well....turkey. I was sick most of the month...scratch that...ALL of the month. But I was still able to squeeze in some 2 weddings & a styled photo shoot for Sarah Street of Sarah Street Photography! I also made some new friends in Richmond at a Pin up Photoshoot!

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography I Makeup by Kim Porter

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography

    DECEMBER 2014

    Another holiday month.....CHRISTMAS!!! Also the month for hair color refreshers, haircuts & publications. 2 styled shoots & a wedding were both published this month on Vows & ValorLove Inc. Magazine & Artfully Wed!

    Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Published on Vows & Valor

    Photo by Debbie Laughin Photography

    Photo by Elizabeth Henson Photos 

    Thank you to all my wonderful clients, brides & amazingly supportive Vendors! I love you all & wish you an amazing 2015!

  • VENDOR PROFESSIONALISM: THE ART OF TAGGING

    I'm gonna be honest, shit is about to get real...if you cant appreciate brutal honesty, now is the time to avert your eyes. 

    Ladies & gentleman, technology is upon us. It is real. It is here & its not going anywhere. 

    Online marketing is the biggest marketing tool out there right now. Social media, SEO, websites, goggle, etc. 

    With that being said, wether it is a styled shoot, a real wedding or a paid gig. Once those images are released of course you want to show off your work. Who doesn't? BUT, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to NOT tag a vendor because they are "competing business" If thats how you feel you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. Or because you're too lazy, no one is ever looking for that quality. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE to LINK a vendor or just simply type their name out in the comments section of the photo. Vendors who participate & promote you & refer you should never be seen as an after thought in the comments section. EVER. Or left out because you want people to focus on your business & not theirs. They put their time & money into this shoot or job just like you did. When you work a wedding or other event it is a chance to network with other vendors, tagging is a way for you & them to get thier name out there & seen on other businesses pages. Tagging=networking, wether you know it or not. 

    The life of a freelance vendor is not an easy one. It takes YEARS to build a name from scratch.

    If I tag & promote you & you cant or wont do the same for me....then Im sorry, but I cant work with you or promote you/refer you anymore. #sorryimnotsorry 

    Excuses: they are just that. Excuses. "Oh Facebook wouldn't let me tag your business page" So....you just didn't do it at all?? "oh it would only let me tag you from my personal page" Soo, you just tagged my personal page but didn't tell anyone WHY??? So now I am just a random tag on someones wedding photo...for all they know I could be the bride!!"Oh it wouldn't let me tag you from my phone"  Well then maybe you need to have some patience & wait until you get home to an actual computer before you start posting pictures that many other vendors were involved in. Because I'm pretty sure you didn't shoot that picture, cull all the images, edit the photo, make the floral arrangements, do the makeup, do the hair, make the dress, borrow the dress, plan the event, make the jewelry, build the building, set that place setting, make the cake etc. Because if you did...well damn

    So when you post that image (or blog) & tag only the people you know personally & talk about your work. You look like a dick. You just left out like 6 other people who worked their asses off to do their job. If you cant figure out how to tag people, well you better learn. YouTube it. Ask someone. Read a forum. SOMETHING

    The first couple of times its whatever, I'll go in there & tag my business myself, but after time number two....Its plain disrespectful & outright RUDE. Oh, & if you are going to mention someone & you "cant tag them" maybe you should make sure their business name is correct?

    Example: I have been tagged as Crystal Casey of High Voltage Hair. High Voltage. Crystal of High Voltage. WRONG!!

    I am High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey. THAT is how you tag me on Facebook, that is the name on my business cards & my website. 

    If you don't care enough to actually look at the business card I gave you, or to even make sure you are getting my business name correct, well I guess when I tag you I should half ass your name too? NEGATIVE. I'm not that person, I make sure that I tag every single vendor involved & if something is wrong & I cant tag the person. I double check to see if they even have a Facebook to tag (because who doesn't right?) or I let them know they are untag-able. 

    Your business page has settings.

    Its called tagging/posting ability. Mine is on, if you feel like yours might not be. Check it out. 

    BUT, this doesn't even matter if someone just does not give you credit. 

    Take this image for example: Now, take away the makeup (by Beauty+Baubles: Jenn Brousch) the flowers (by Studio Posy) the hair (by High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey) the beautiful bridal gown (from Maya Couture) the venue (Monticello Arcade) & Michelle Amarillo's sweet planning skills (from Michelle Amarillo Event Planning) What are you left with???

    THIS is what you're left with...

    You're left with just a normal looking couple & as cute as Trish & Caleb may be...which image do you prefer? The professional image (by Debbie Laughlin Photography) or the one that looks like a random stranger took it on the beach??

    THIS is what a styling team & full vendor list can do for images. So when you post an image from an event or styled shoot etc. that you were involved in, remember YOU & your specialty didn't make that picture all that it is. EVERYONE INVOLVED DID.

    So please, credit everyone, tag everyone. Give credit where credit is due. Don't be an ass hole. Everyone works hard & deserves credit for their work. 

  • MYSTIQUE DAY SPA & CRYSTAL CASEY: THE BREAKUP

    Ok, so I feel like this is the beginning of a Taylor Swift song. Like at any moment I'm gonna break out into some guitar strumming, ballad about my broken heart & how I have the best revenge by being happy......"we are never, ever, ever, getting back toetherrrrrrr....."

    But, in all reality...that's not the case at all. 

    But, let me first start by saying...I am no longer an employee at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I am now strictly working for myself. High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Its exciting & scary all at the same time.

    I worked at Mystique Salon & Day Spa 5 years ago (2 years out of hair school) I thought I knew it alllll. I quickly learned I did not. HAHA! Amy (the owner) took a huge chance on me when she hired me. My ego & know it all attitude quickly sent me on my way (by choice). Amanda (her sister & Master Stylist) was my mentor for over a year while I worked there & still remains to this day to be one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters & mentor. (& isnt she so pretty???!?!)

    Last December, Amanda spoke to Amy on my behalf about bringing me back into the salon. I was ready to be back in a salon environment, be a team player, have continuing education with the backing of all the Mystique girls, work on events & brainstorm fabulous ideas together as a TEAM! & we did just that, we ROCKED some movie nights (& had a great time doing it) we executed a phonemail bridal shoot, & shared & enjoyed some great Paul Mitchell education. 

    Amy was very understanding about my current wedding business & allowed me to continue booking weddings. We agreed that my schedule would be very few days to begin with as I tried to transition my clients from a home based business to the structure of a salon & build from any walk-ins that would come my way. The wedding season that would happen for me in 2014 completely blindsided both of us. 

    I think I spent a total of 5 Saturdays in the salon from Jan-Sept. & lets face it, Saturday is a busy day in the salon. I also had some unforeseen health issues this year that kept me out on the 1-2 days that I was scheduled to be there outside of the weekend. 

    Ultimately, Amy felt it was best for her business & mine to terminate my contract. 

    Its not that I was a bad employee/stylist or that she was a heartless boss, because that most certainly is not that case at all. Honestly, she just couldn't keep me booked. I had many NO CALL/NO SHOWS & cancellations while I was there, leaving my days empty. But, for the clients that I did have in my chair, that I did build that bond with, that I did get that chance to make them feel beautiful & special....I will miss them but, I know they are in good hands with the girls there! 

    She also stated that she recognized all the hard work I had put into building my business & that I was better suited to be a business owner, than an employee. She has since helped me with any problems I have faced or questions I have had on the business side of things. Amy is a business guru & a great mentor. 

    I still have a wonderful relationship with all the girls there, specifically Amy. She gave me a very personal letter stating how sad she was that she had to make this decision, we even shared a very heartfelt moment & some tears were shed by both of us. 

    In my time at Mystique I helped launch, what I know to be, a wonderful Bridal division. We shot an AMAZING bridal shoot & I got to know & love the girls there all over again. I built personal & professional relationships that I hope will continue to grow. 

    Amy & I still work together as stylist & makeup artist on styled shoots & weddings together & will continue to do so as our businesses grow. 

    (Thats supposed to say August 25th 2014!)

    I will miss seeing all these girls every week!

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER.

    Now that we've got that out of the way.....

    Let me tell you about this awesome thing called the Sony a5000 mirrorless camera.

    Key Points:

    1. 180 degree flip up LCD screen. (perfect for selfies)
    2. Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones. (send pictures right from your camera to your phone. Perfect for social media sharing.)
    3. Built in Pop-up flash.
    4. Playmemories camera apps. (see what someone in the other room is filming/shooting on your smartphone via the remote embedded app. Also saves directly to your phone.)
    5. Full HD 1080/60i/24p video.
    6. Interchangeable lenses.
    7. Comes in black or white.

    This camera has so many amazing features that Im still learning how & when to use them all. It has a scene selection for shooting in different environments such as: Sports Action, Anti Motion Blur, Macro, Nighttime Portrait, Low Light Portraits & soooo much more. It has 2 different flash settings, aperture settings & shutter settings for the more advanced camera users.

    What comes in the box:

    1. Lens cap
    2. Rechargeable battery
    3. Shoulder strap
    4. Micro USB
    5. SELP1650 Lens
    6. AC-UB10 AC charger (in-camera charging via USB)
    7. Body Cap

    I purchased my camera from Best Buy...you can find it here. The awesome thing about Best Buy is that they do price compare so in my case, B&H Photo had a bundle deal for a camera bag (& its a nice Sony bag), lens cleaning kit & 8GB memory card for free with the purchase of the camera. SCORE!!!

    I also ordered a macro ring light (for all the hair photos, selfies & videos Ill be making) lens filters, & a fisheye lens. The fisheye is a neat way to get fun creative images but, make sure you order a Sony product or one where reviewers confirm it fits the a5000. Mine does not fit & is poor quality. But, I do LOVE my macro ring light, you can find it here.

    Wether you just need a camera to capture family moments, your travels, or in my case to capture clearer, better quality images of my work. This is great for any & every occasion. 

    So naturally I went out this weekend to test it out in a more fun environment & take pictures of a bachlorette party & The Cody Austin Band at the new Virginia Beach Eagles Nest. I also used it at a few weddings Ive done. Below are the pictures I took for the blog from the weekend. 

    Scale of 1-10 on this camera 10!!!

    Price point: $$$$

    For everyone i met on Saturday night....ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS! 

  • Hayley Paige: Paloma Gown

    Hayley Paige: Paloma Gown

    Every wedding dress has a designer behind it & every wedding dress has a name. Each dress is like a little baby to the designer. Its a completed master piece, a work of art on display. 

    I have worked with many wedding dresses on stylized shoots & at real weddings in the past years. 

    Hayley Paige is by far one of my favorite designers. Her dresses are fun, a little funky yet, still femine & glamourous. Her dresses are unique & can be picked out of a lot of wedding gowns easily. 

    On the moroccan styled shoot I worked at the end of July we used the Paloma gown by Hayley Paige. A favorite of brides & vendors this season. With the statement balero that accompanies the wedding dress how could it not be??

    After styled shoots we always give credit & tag all those involved, including the designers & where the dresses come from. 

    Well this particular shoot.....Miss Hayley Paige herself took notice after seeing it shared on Pure English Couture Bridal's facebook page.....

    & then on the High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey facebook page.

    To be noticed by a designer of this magnitude is a great honor. Its an amazing feeling to all involved. Miss Paige even took it one step further & shared our masterpiece on her own Instagram page, which is an even bigger honor & more amazing feeling. Its almost unreal. 

    I have another styled shoot coming up this fall that will include another new & amazing dress from Hayley Paige so stay tuned! 

    Big shout out & thank you to Stephanie Michelle for letting me be a part of this awesome shoot. 

    Hayley Paige Paloma Gown from Pure English Couture Bridal 

    All photos by Stephanie Michelle

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry 

    Flowers by Mary's Flower Works

  • #CampShabbyChic

    #CampShabbyChic

    Last month I was invited to work on a styled shoot & it.was.awesome! I got to work with some really awesome wedding vendors & meet some new vendors! Retroglass Productions posted thier video of the shoot last week & it was so wonderful to really be able to show off who everyone is what they brought to the table. Watch the video here

    I love styled shoots because it's a chance to break out of the box & do something different & amazing and really wow myself. Sometimes I sit back and look at what I've created & just think "Damn, I just made that. With my own two hands. Crazy." I broke out some of my "out of the box" tools on this set & jumped back a couple decades to the 80's & busted out my crimper..........Yes, I said crimper! I used a crimper on Nicole (photographed above) and then braided those sections, making her already thick hair fuller & giving it more texture. It just made the over all look more playful & more fun! & I had so much fun doing it! 

    The vision belogs to Mallorie of Mallorie Danielle Photography & she did a wonderful job getting it together! You can see her full gallery here! You can also see WJClark Photographys blog of their favorites here!  She really did a great job for her first styled shoot! 

    Our full list of AMAZING vendors are:

    Mallorie Danielle Photography- Photographer

    Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry- Makeup

    The Funky Tangerine -Jewlery & Accessories

    Retroglass Productions- Videopgraphy

    Kbucks Studios- Signage & props

    The Upcycled Cupboard- Furniture & props

    WJClark Photography- Photography

    Simply Susan's- Cake

    All a Bloom- Flowers

    Paper Dolls Design- Invatations

    High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey- Hair

  • Blonde instant gratification

    Ok, so tonights blog is kind of two topics rolled into one. 

    First lets start with instant gratification. When did our generation become so impatient? We'd rather have instant gratification rather than quality. If it's quality you want...why not wait for it?? If someone is booked weeks even months in advance, wether it be a a tattoo artist,make up artist, hairstylist or nail tech. That means they are GOOD & they are booked up for a reason & you obviously wanted to book with them for that same reason. So don't be impatient & box color your hair or go to someone else with less talent & end up with a horrible tattoo, a nail fungus or make up 3 shades darker than your face to quench your instant gratification. Just wait.

    With that being said-Lets talk about being blonde

    If you have box colored your hair & then decide you want be blonde (or have a super blonde ombre) Then I would hope that you decide to take the professional route and see a stylist for this, for the sake of your hairs integrity. Even if you get your hair professional done but have been dark for an extended period of time, going from dark to blonde is defintely something that should be done by a master colorist or a stylist who specailizes in color & blonding. DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. If your natural color is dark, then yes there will be some upkeep. Every 4-6 weeks your roots will need to be touched up & after extensive lightening to your hair, you may have to lose some legenth. So a haircut during each step of your lightening journey is reccommended to keep from having to cut of inches upon inches once its all done.

    OMBRE is defintely a skilled color technique. Again, DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. Look online, talk to friends, read reviews & check out portfolios. Once you find someone you like, if you have questions....ASK! If they arent available within a week of your final decision on wanting blonde ombre, just wait. Ask to be put on their waiting list in case someone cancels an appointment & let them know your schedule. I've had too many clients come to me with a bad ombre job just bc they wanted it when they wanted it. 

    The above also applies to Balayage. Balayage is the french word for "hand painting". Balayage hilights are also a specality technique & all of the above mentioned applies to this skill. 

    Last but not least- YOU WILL NOT BE BLONDE FROM DARK OVER NIGHT. It is not realistic to expect to have platinum blonde hair in your first appointment after having black box color on your hair. Or any box color on your hair for that matter. Becoming blonde is a process, your hair must go through many stages of lift before you can get to your desired color. Also, though it is our job to get your there, it is also our job to keep the health of your hair in tact & any good stylist will tell you during consultation that there are no promises made & that it will be a process. If they dont, then they are completely unrealistic as you or inexperienced & you should RUN. Ombre is no exception to this rule, actually when it comes to ombre, I as a stylist, am more concerned with the health of the hair since most of the lightening will be taking place on the ends of the hair. The most processed & oldest parts of your hair. In most cases these ends are already damaged by heat & previous color. 

    So please keep all of this in mind when making decisons on blonding your hair. Be realistic & be patient. For yourself, for your stylist, for your wallet & most of all for your hair. 

    This is Erin, I have been doing her hair for a year and a half. Erin sets up her appointments like clock work & uses professional, salon quality products on her hair. This is the perfect example of what Balayage Ombre can look like when done properly on top of professional color. 

    This is Nicole. When she came to me she told me she wanted to be "Gwen Stefani" blonde. She said she understood that she would have to cut most of her hair of because there was previous box color on her ends. We cut her into a bob, and this is her hair after he second process of lightening. 

    This is Mary & this has been our journey so far. When her stylist moved away mary came to me we took her from red to dark, dark brown. Then from dark brown to blonde. This is before, 1st appointment & 2nd appointment. By the end of her next appointment she should be fully blonde. 

    Can you believe these are the same person?? Yep ombre over box black hair color and by the second process we had her to a beautiful honey blonde. 

  • Do it yourself VS. Professional: Hair & Makeup.

    DIY weddings can certainly be a lot of fun. Making decor with your mom, being proud of all the hard work that you have put into your big day. Not to mention the amount of money you saved. The glamours, rustic feel of an outdoor barn twinkling with lights like glitter in the night sky. Well i cant picture anything more perfect. 

    Most DIY brides budget their money for 3 things.

    1-A good photographer. After all pictures do last a lifetime.

    2-The venue. Location, Location, LOCATION!

    3-Dress. Disney princess. Enough Said. 

    But what about hair and makeup?

    A lot of DIY brides know someone who is "good at doing hair" or has a cousion who is really "good with makeup". That might be ok for the day to day but, do you really wanna chance that on your WEDDING DAY? You have spent thousands of dollars on a wonderful, professional photographer. Someone who is going ot make sure the lighting is always perfect, the angle is always the best & you really do look like a Disney princess in each photo. But theres only so much that can be done in photoshop.

    Those bags under your eyes? Because lets face it, you enjoyed your rehersal dinner a little too much. 

    They arernt fixable.

    Your off shade foundation? Nope. Sorry.

    Flat hair? nuh uh. Sorry. 

    Half fallen out curls pinned up with a chopstick? Forget about it. 

    Too much bronzer 3 shades too dark? Sorry boo boo.

    Running lipstick? Not Happening. 

    An updo that has half fallen out and now looks more windblown than anything?

    Nope.

    Dont believe me? Let me show you the difference.

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    Both the before and after were taken by a professional photographer- Amanda Hedgepath of Amanda Hedgepath Photography.

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Professional makeup artist can give your skin a natural glowing look & contour your facial features to really stand out on camera. They can bring out the color of your eyes and excenuate your lashes, all while keeping it natural looking. Professional products such a lip liners and lipsticks keep your lips glossy and vibrant all day/night. Professional makeup artist are trained in on and off camera makeup. They know just how much is needed to make you stand out (but not look like a clown) in your photos.

    Also chances are that any makeup artist you get is a skilled skin specialist. If they arent they sure know a few they can recommend you to for all your skin needs before your big day. Facials, peels, even lazer hair removal! 

    Check out Mystique Salon & Day Spa for all your bridal skin needs!

    Professional hairstylist are trained in all things hair. We know the science of the hair, we know how to mold it like putty to make it do what we need it to do, without over loading on product and making you look like a grease ball. Because lets face it, some updos....there are no coming back from.

    Professional hairstylist know the right degree of heat to use for your hair type so no damage is done. We use only the top of the line tools and products to make sure your do' last through the cupid shuffle and fighting 9 girls for a bouquet. Hair stylist are mathmaticians, artist & chemist. We have an eye for updos. We know exactly where every single bobby pin should go so its not seen. We know exactly where to place each and every curl to build the perfect, not so promy, bridal updo. We do what we do, because we love what we do. But, most of all because at the end of the day....we love making our brides and clients happy. Seeing you smile is worth it to us. 

    So before you decide to DIY with hair and makeup. Contact your local stylist/artist. Ask questions even go in for a trial! I promise you wont regret it! 

    Also check out this blog: Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist....here's the difference. 

  • Michael & Carina Photography: A Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine shoot.

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with Michael & Carina Photography . They are a couple of crazy in love photogrpahers. So who else to photograph your wedding other than the people who understand it best?! Michael is from Virginia, US and Carina is from Munich, Germany. They spent many years as pen pals before meeting and moving to Germany together. These two have seen the world including places like: Rome, Italy, Paris, France & even the Pyramids. They are too fun to work with and really find the love in each & every photograph.

    When I met them they were shooting for their first ad in Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. I was on location at Lee Hall Mansion along with Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry. Hannah & Charles were our amazing models & wardrobe was provided by Bridal Boutique of Glouster. It was a crisp sunny day and I must say the pictures turned out just fabulously. Take a peek & If you are engaged be sure to check out all of these awesome vendors for your wedding day needs!