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5 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring A Wedding Beauty Professional

It's "Wedding" season...or is it? As a Makeup Artist and Hairstylist I feel like every season is wedding season.  Couples don't just get married in June anymore, they get married all year. However it does seem like "tragedy" season as it seems as though I'm coming across more and more brides-to-be with horror stories when it comes to their wedding beauty consultations.  I've heard how they've had several consultations and the hairstyle was a total disaster. Or how they've hired their artist and he/she cancelled on them a month before their wedding. This saddens me.  If you truly know what you want then it should be fairly easy to be matched with the perfect glam squad right? Here are 5 things you need to know before you jump the beauty broom!

1. Referrals - Most of us beauty industry professionals get our business from people that love our work and want to share us with the world. Check out the vendors who have worked with your friends or fam…
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{Styled Shoot} One Enchanted Evening

A few months ago I got a call from an wedding planner to do a "Styled Shoot" for Weddings In Houston Magazine.  A "Styled Shoot" is when vendors come together to do a shoot for a magazine and/or blog to give people inspiration for something they may be putting together.  In this case we were doing a "Finding Neverland" {movie} inspired shoot at the beautiful Omni Hotel in Houston, Tx for a wedding theme.  The day was long and it started to drizzle but everything went off without a hitch!  Here is the magazine feature and some behind the scenes footage from the day.

The digital issue is available online at and in stores now.

Our Amazing Team Storyboard | Planning | Design | Coordination: A Day To Remember Ceremony + Reception Venue: Omni Hotel - Galleria
Photography: Lindsey Elizabeth Photography
Cinematography: Seventh Ray Films
Hair and Make-Up: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Wedding Dress:

Salina E.

Salina contacted me in regards to her wedding weekend.  Originally I was suppose to be out of town on her wedding day so she asked me to do her hair and makeup for her Henna party.  This event would kick off her wedding weekend full of activities.  She came in for her consultation and was very friendly and funny. In the end she looked great for her party and I was delighted to be a part of her wedding weekend.

Wedding Weekend: January 14, 2017 Wedding location: Houston, Tx

Valencia & Ashley C.G.

I was hosting a photo shoot for an LGBT magazine ad and was in need of a couple.  I was asking around when a salon guest of mine referred me to Valencia.  I reached out to her via Facebook to get the process started and could sense some hesitation from her at first because she didn't know me nor my intentions.  I totally get it and would probably be the same way.  After answering all her questions and getting the details of the shoot together, we finally did the shoot and it was nothing short of amazing! These two lovely ladies got married last year in San Francisco but never had the opportunity to capture their moment on film until now and I'm glad we had the opportunity to be a part of this moment.  Since then, both Valencia and Ashley have become regular guests of mine at the salon.  Things happen for a reason! Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Photographer: Daniel T Davis Photography
Wedding Dress: Olivia's Bridal House
Flowers: Studio 82 Events & Design

Tiffany E.

Tiffany and I met yeeeeeears ago.  When she reached out to me I was actually surprised because I hadn't seen her in so long.  She originally wanted me to do makeup services for her wedding but ended up using me to do her makeup for her bridal portrait session and hair/makeup for her and her mother for the wedding.  Funny thing is, she's still the same "no nonsense" Tiffany I remember back in 2001.  She's sweet as pie but will cuss you out like a sailor if you get on her bad side lol.  It was a pleasure working with her and her beautiful mother and it was good to see Tiffany after all of these years.

Wedding Date: September 17, 2016 Wedding Location: The Tuscany Villa, Katy, TX

Johanna F.

Joanna and I actually went to high school together.  Here we are 20 years later with a DHS reunion for her big day.  It's funny because when she walked in to my studio, there was all this talk about wanting a "natural" look.  "I don't want to look like one of those YouTube girls all contoured and stuff".  By the time her wedding day came around we were not only contouring and "stuff" but I also added lashes and GLITTER!!! I'm super excited that she felt comfortable enough to trust me and was happy with her makeup.

Wedding Date: November 19, 2016 Wedding Location: Rosemary's Garden

Summer S.

Summer and I met at church.  My mother introduced her to me because she had lived in the DMV area where I'd lived and thought we knew each other.  I remember how she had a sweet spirit and had a soft tone to her voice.  She seemed very laid back when I talked to her.  
When Summer reached out to me (years later), she had already had 2 makeup consultations and was very frustrated with the whole process of finding an artist.  Neither one of the artists met her needs which caused her to consider doing her own makeup.  My heart sank when I heard her say that so we arranged for her to come in for a consultation and before I could finish the consultation she was ready to book.  She kept saying how beautiful her makeup looked and how it was what she was looking for.  I had to keep telling her that I wasn't finished with the session lol.  Needless to say, she booked her and her bridal party with myself and my team!  It was definitely an honor that we were able to be a blessing to her f…