Aug 11, 2007
Audrey Crandell, aka Glowing Bridal Makeup Artistry
My absolute, hands down favorite, Audrey Crandell of glowing bridal. She was phenomenal! My photographer, who mainly does high fashion photography and has worked with a lot of celebrity clients, recommended her. Obviously I trust an opinion like that. He just told me to look at her portfolio and I would be convinced. He was so right. Every picture shows a fresh-faced, classy, timeless looking bride. I'm sure lots of people can take classes and learn to do makeup...really well. But I think you have to be a true artist to take that knowledge and apply makeup in a way that still allows natural beauty to shine. Audrey has that art in her. My initial contact through her website got a response in RECORD vendor time. She just seemed so open and friendly right off the mark and was totally down for helping an out-of-towner with major scheduling issues. We set up a trial in June on the weekend I was there for a this is it- mad endgame planning marathon weekend. I had literally an hour to meet with her in the whole weekend which I thought would be impossible. The girl drove to my hotel in Napa at 6:00 o'clock at night after working all day with a SEVEN PERSON bridal party in Palo Alto. I felt so bad, but she was fantastic, never complained, never acted tired or like she was doing me some huge favor. She was upbeat, cool and so fun. Everyone else says it, but she seriously seemed like someone I had known my whole life. (side note - for working all day, her kit and supplies were immaculately clean and well organized which is a total issue for my germ freak DH who was there with me.) So then we get to the makeup. We consulted and talked about all the details of the wedding, my vision, etc. She had me bring pictures of styles I liked...and styles I hated and thought were too much..brilliant! She asked questions I would have never thought mattered, but as she explained why, it all made sense. Before she even put a brush to my face, I knew I would love the outcome. The foundation felt great (I use it everyday now). It was light but gave my multi-shaded weird red splotch when I am nervous skin amazing coverage and a beautiful glow. I had her do a very "bride-ish" classy look and then had her vamp it up a bit to see which I prefered. Even the vampy look was still classy. Why can't I ever achieve that??? Cut to the end, my DH came back from the pool and all he said was "Oh my God, Wow, you're stunning." I will take that as a YES! We kept in constant contact regarding my ever changing timeline and Audrey was always attentive and easy going and flexible to a fault. The day of the wedding, she was there early to set up, got the schedule organized, kept the beauty timeline running perfectly smooth and kept my entire bridal party and very nervous mom laughing and chatting the entire time. I cried when I saw how gorgeous my mom looked. When it was my turn, there was a very sweet, handwritten card sitting on the chair thanking me for letting her be involved in my day...seriously..where do you learn to be that nice!?! She did a flawless job on everyone. The makeup lasted and looked fresh and perfect from beginning to end. I never want to go a day without false lashes, but alas, unless I can convince her to move to NYC and apply them daily, I will have to only dream of my big bad lashes. Hire her. Don't think twice, just do it. She was my best decision. She is number one on here for a reason. She kicks A$$!
Services used: Beauty & Health
What gorgeous work Jennifer does! Flowers were super important to me. I have been buying myself flowers since I got my first job at 16. My mom always told me to never depend on someone else to buy them for me, but to buy them for myself if they make me happy (I've always loved that advice!) Jennifer was so easy to work with and she had a better vision of what I wanted than I even knew. It was like she climbed inside my head and saw every flower in perfect detail..and then executed it ten times better. She did a flawless job in my opinion and was a classy friendly outstanding person to work with. I LOOOOVED my flowers so much. Book her!
Services used: Flowers
I still can't believe we actually pulled off having our wedding at a hotel I, until this year, had only dreamed of staying. We decided a small guestlist with a grand party was the way we best wanted to celebrate the start of our married life. Auberge was the only way to go. The coordinator was wonderful to work with. We felt in very capable hands the entire time. The food was spectacular. The service was impeccable and refined but not stuffy. Unparalleled views of the Napa Valley still have my friends talking about how amazing the whole night was. Not to mention, staying in the suite was a beautiful dream gift from my in-laws. Ahh, I wish we could do it again!
Services used: Wedding Venue
I am so glad I found Karin before she stopped doing alterations. Even though she is concentrating on her own designs now, I feel I still need to give her a great review. She is incredibly talented and kind, she made the fitting process (and oh my god was it a process) a far less painful experience than what I imagined. She was so attentive to detail and really listened to my needs. Not to mention listened to my gripes, body woes, nervousness about perspiration and daily affirmations to work out 6 hours per day (which never ever happened). She did a magnificent job on my dress. You would never know it was touched by anyone, like it somehow just dropped from wedding dress heaven in this perfect form. A million thank-yous to Karin for being a consumate professional and a joy to be around!
Services used: Unique Services