With the 4th of July right around the corner, I figured today would be a great time to share some photos from Caroline’s 4th of July nuptials last year. Caroline’s wedding was held at The International Golf Club in Bolton, MA and incorporated some really cute American 4th of July themed touches (I especially loved the guys’ socks!). Her makeup look was fresh and flawless, and her hair was pinned back in a beautiful low updo, which is perfect for hot summer days. Here are some photos from her wedding, captured by Kristen Jane Photography.
One of the best things about working in the wedding industry is having the opportunity to see all the amazing details brides put into their big day. I see so many beautiful things! Of course, this also makes it difficult, as I often find myself wishing I had done things differently for my own wedding. It’s as though I’m constantly planning wedding #2 in my head. Ha ha! (My husband will be thrilled to know this…) Emily’s wedding in the quiet corner of northeast Connecticut is a perfect example of that. The Clark Chapel at the Pomfret School where she said her vows? Stunning! (Seriously, how did I not know about this place?) And her dress…. Absolutely gorgeous.
Here are some photos from Emily’s beautiful CT wedding, by Nathan Oldham Photography, showing the hair and makeup Renee and Betsy created for her big day.
Love that bright lip!
I am so excited to share these gorgeous images and video from Catherine and Rachel’s wedding last year! These two beautiful women celebrated their marriage at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA. Our team worked with a large number of people – 9 for makeup and 14 for hair – so it was a busy but wonderful day! Here are some of my favorite images, showing the boho-chic hair & makeup styles our artists Alexandra, Leanne, Chelsea and Renee created for this special day.
Look at the gorgeous eye makeup look Alexandra gave Catherine! So natural, yet stunning.And the wrap-around braid that Chelsea created for Cat… Perfection!Notice how natural and subtle Rachel’s makeup was – just enough to even out skin tone and photograph perfectly. Didn’t our artist Leanne do a fantastic job on her? One of the concerns we hear quite often when booking same-sex weddings is that one of the women doesn’t normally wear makeup, so they don’t want to LOOK like they are wearing it on their wedding day either. Renee did a fabulous job on Rachel’s hair as well! Continue reading “Catherine and Rachel’s Harrington Farm Wedding – Princeton, MA”
Since it’s just after the holiday, and there’s a forecast for snow in the next couple days, I figured today would be a perfect time to share images from Lindsay’s beautiful Christmas wedding, held at the Publick House Historic Inn here in Sturbridge, MA. We’ve had the pleasure of working numerous weddings for this group of ladies. Years ago one was a bridesmaid in a wedding I did, and then one of them was getting married… and then more got married… and we were honored to be the ones to provide bridal beauty services for all of their events! (How much do I love that?!)
For her own wedding, Lindsay opted for a natural bridal makeup look, which looked gorgeous on her. I added a hint of shimmer to her eyes and cheekbones to give off a bit of glow and reflect the lights used as decor around her reception. The whole thing looked magical!
Here are some photos from Lindsay’s wedding, taken by Binaryflips Photography.
Bridal photos in the snow?! Oh yes! What every Christmas bride dreams of!
Look at that glow to her skin! That’s what every bride should have. Beautiful!
This wedding reminds me of the elegant Christmas affairs held at the White House. So much character, and the styling is top notch. The Publick House never disappoints!
In contrast to Lindsay’s natural bridal look, her sister and Maid of Honor, Beth, opted for a much more dramatic look. The photo above shows off her pretty silver and black eye shadow – not a look I normally recommend for weddings, but it was perfect for this sparkly glam holiday affair! (And proves that there is nothing wrong with the bridal party wearing more dramatic makeup than the bride. It truly does not take away from the bride’s beauty!)
Such a beautiful wedding! Of course I’m a bit partial to Christmas weddings, since I had one myself!
Hopefully there are more of you to get married, because we look forward to working with all of you awesome ladies again in the future! Congratulations Lindsay!
Photos by: Binaryflips Photography
Venue: Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA
Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Florals
Makeup: Christy & Betsy of Christy & Co.
One of the things I hear from brides when they are first looking around for a wedding makeup artist is “I’ve never done this before, so I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do.” This is true! The majority of brides have never planned a wedding, and many have never hired a professional makeup artist. It can be confusing and overwhelming! I’m writing this blog post as an insider in the industry, to help walk all of you inquiring brides-to-be through the process and to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.
“How do I find makeup artists in my area?”
The first step is to find the artists who service your area and make a list of ones you’d like to look into. Referrals from your venue, wedding planner or photographer are worth their weight in GOLD. They do weddings all the time, have worked with hundreds of other vendors, and know who is good. Most venues and planners have a “Recommended Vendor List” that they are happy to hand out to their booked brides. Photographers are always happy to make recommendations for reputable, talented makeup artists because the great ones make their jobs easier! (Less Photoshop and time spent editing? Oh yes!) Friends who have recently been married can also be a good source of referrals. Ask them who they used and if they’d use them again. And of course, the internet has made this a much easier task than in years past, and a simple internet search of “makeup artists in (insert town here)” should bring up a list of them. So now you have some potential artists chosen….
“How do I choose the right makeup artist for me?”
There are 5 key things to look for when making this decision.
- Their website and portfolio – Reputable bridal makeup artists will have a professional-looking website that showcases images of their work. Beware of websites that use stock images or overly edited photos. Also, keep in mind that a tacky looking website is often a sign of tacky taste – and most likely poor taste in makeup. Online portfolios should show a range of different looks, from barely-there natural makeup, to more dramatic evening looks. If only one makeup look is featured on their website, chances are pretty good it’s the only look they know how to do, and it’s the look you and everyone in your bridal party is going to get.
- Style – Does the makeup represented on the makeup artist’s website represent the style of makeup you are looking for? If you are into romantic makeup looks paired with dewy skin, you’ll want to stay away from the artists who prefer the heavy contour, Instagram-type looks. And vice versa – if you like the heavier Kim Kardashian makeup look, then the artists who showcase more natural makeup looks aren’t going to be the right choice for you.
- Reviews – There are so many places online for consumers to leave and find reviews. Use them! For wedding vendors, sites like The Knot, WeddingWire and Yelp are fantastic resources. Check out the reviews for each makeup artist you are considering, but keep some things in mind. First, it’s become increasingly easier for businesses to set up fake reviews for themselves. If you are scrolling through their reviews and see dozens of 5-star ones all within a few days, that business probably paid people to leave those reviews for them. This is usually done to counteract previous negative reviews, as it boosts up their overall rating. I recommend searching through a businesses reviews by “lowest rating” whenever possible. Second, it’s normal for a business to have one or two less than 5-star reviews. Everybody is different and people appreciate different things. 3-stars under value could mean that client didn’t value their amazing $100 makeup application as much as they valued their $2000 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. Also sometimes bad reviews can be left in retaliation if a client was unhappy about not getting their way about something. I wouldn’t fret about one or two less than perfect reviews, but if you see a significant number of them, that should be cause for concern.
- Personality and Connection – Something that a lot of people don’t put much weight on is the personality of a makeup artist and the personal connection you have with them. Their makeup skills are amazing? Fantastic! Their personality not so golden? It’s more important than you think. You’ll be spending hours with this artist on one of the most
important days of your life. You should like them, and want to have them around. Whether it be through email, over the phone, or in person, make sure this makeup artist makes you feel good! Past reviews can be great for this. Look for key phrases like “I felt like I’ve known her forever!” or “she was so soothing and calming during such a stressful time”. Some people are just naturally “people” people. Those are the ones you’ll want to hire.
- Price – Price is something I have to mention, because it can be such an important deciding factor for so many brides. You’ll need to choose a makeup artist who fits into your wedding budget, but keep in mind that in this aspect, you truly do get what you pay for. Makeup artists at the higher end of the price scale are there for a reason: they use high-end quality products, they’ve paid for special training, they practice proper sanitation (all those disposables and sanitizing products can get expensive!), and they have skills and experience that lesser priced artists usually can’t match. For that perfect bridal look you’ve envisioned, and flawless wedding photos to boot, choose an artist at the top of your price range.
“I know who I want to book, now what?”
The first step, if you haven’t already done so, is to confirm availability with the makeup artist of your choice. The best artists book up to a year and a half in advance. That doesn’t mean your top choice in artist won’t have your date available if it’s closer than that, but it’s best to reach out as soon as possible. (Those wedding timelines that state to book hair and makeup two months prior to your wedding? So wrong!)
Once availability is confirmed, you’ll need to determine if you want to book your artist immediately to reserve your date with them, or schedule a trial run prior to booking. Be aware that scheduling a trial run with your artist prior to booking will not guarantee your date will still be available. Most brides book their dates first and schedule a trial run closer to their wedding – and the early bird gets the worm. Of course, if any part of you is unsure about your decision to hire a particular makeup artist, then a trial run prior to booking is advisable. In this situation I recommend doing one as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of your date being booked by another bride. For all others, book that date!! If they’ve passed all 5 of the above qualifiers, that’s the magic combination.
We are so happy and proud to once again announce that Christy & Co. has been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award in the Bridal Beauty category for the Boston area. This is our 6th consecutive win, and follows up our induction last year into The Knot’s Hall of Fame.
Thank you to all of our brides over the past year. It’s because of your praise that we’ve won! xoxo
Even though it doesn’t feel like it lately here in Massachusetts, fall is coming to an end and winter is just around the corner! Autumn weddings are very popular in the Berkshires due to the gorgeous foliage and the near perfect weather New England offers. This beautiful wedding held at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA, with images by Brad Ross Photography, just happens to be one of those.
Our makeup artist Betsy and hair designer Renee met with bride Rebekah for her bridal beauty prep in the bridal suite of this spectacular resort.
Betsy created our signature “bridal smoky eye” on Rebekah, paired with a pretty pink gloss and sculpted cheeks, while Renee smoothed out her curls for a sleek chin-length bob. As you can see in the image above on the right, Rebekah has natural tight curls in her hair, which have been completely smoothed out in the image on the left.
We love making people look pretty for their weddings, and we especially love when we get to work with the same people again and again! One of the biggest compliments we could ever receive is to have a bridesmaid from a prior wedding hire us to do the hair and makeup for their own wedding. Is there any better way to say “Hey, I LOVED what you did, I want you to do it for me again!” That is exactly the case for our beautiful bride, Lindsay! We did hair and makeup for Lindsay’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, as well as one of her best friends last year, so I was SO happy when she contacted us for her own wedding earlier this year. Lindsay has an amazing sense of fashion (she has a design background and owns her own hat company, French Knot), so I was excited to see the details from her wedding at The Collection at Wight Farm here in Sturbridge.
Here’s a little peek! Photos by Fidelio Photography.
Those flowers! And that dress!
Lindsay’s wedding had a very fun, casual, outdoorsy feel to it. She opted to wear her hair in a side-swept ponytail, while keeping her makeup pretty natural with a pop of color on her lips. She looked gorgeous!
Photos: Fidelio Photography
Venue: The Collection at Wight Farm, Table 3, in Sturbridge, MA
Florals: Busy Bee Florist
Airbrush Makeup: Betsy of Christy & Co.
Bridal Hair Design: Renee of Christy & Co.
Here in central Massachusetts, rustic barn venues are kind of our thing. Therefore, hair and makeup for rustic barn venues is really OUR thing. Loose waves. Relaxed chignons. Soft, pretty makeup. Rosy cheeks. Flirty lashes. It’s something we specialize in. Here are some photos from Lisa’s September wedding held in the barn at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.
Our company tends to attract a certain type of bride. Beautiful. Smart. Sweet. Dream brides, honestly. And this beauty fits the bill perfectly! Jill was referred to us by one of our favorite photographers (and one who also helped photograph this wedding), Lynn Quinlivan. Right away Lynn told me something along the lines of “You are going to love Jill. She’s the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. And she’s beautiful.” And she was absolutely right.
I used a palette of nude eye shadows on Jill’s eyes, paired with black liner and a lush set of false lashes to accent them. Lips and blush were a soft blush pink shade, which coordinated beautifully with her bridesmaids dresses and flowers. The overall look was soft, fresh, and romantic!
Here are some images from Jill’s gorgeous wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA. I had to include a few shots of things that are completely unrelated to makeup just because everything was so pretty! I had a hard time narrowing down the photos as well. Just too much beauty! Stunning photos by Christina Corneau Photography.
We did the makeup for all 10 of these gorgeous women!
Hello gorgeous! Someone is glowing….