Meet the Team! | Betsy | Makeup Artist

Meet Betsy. She’s one of the superstar makeup artists on our team. Always an artist, Betsy fell in love with makeup as a medium when she started working for Sephora in 2009. Their training programs took her to Boston and New York City, and in 2011 when she realized she wanted to focus more on the application of makeup rather than the sales end of it, she joined the Christy & Co. team!

Betsy Mitchell, makeup artist for Christy & Co.
Photo by Seth Kaye Photography

Betsy’s favorite part of doing makeup for weddings is having the opportunity to make people feel like the best version of themselves, when she holds the mirror up for the bride to see herself for the first time, and they say, “Wow! I look SO good!” (Above photo is clearly one of those moments!)

Betsy is not a cookie cutter, one-look-fits-all artist. Her creativity and natural artistic talent enables her to customize a look according to each client’s individual features while staying within their comfort zone. Any time Betsy is working a wedding with me, it’s a given that I’m going to hear a lot of happy exclamations from clients as they are hopping out of Betsy’s makeup chair!

Here are some of our favorite images from weddings that Betsy has done the makeup for: the first of each is a shot of the bride while having her makeup done and the second is the completed look.

Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Bridget Parmenter
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Bridget Parmenter
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Betsy Mitchell
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Bunnell Photography
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Aubrey Greene
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Aubrey Greene
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Annandale Photography
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Annandale Photography

In addition to working weddings with us, Betsy also works as a server at a busy restaurant and is a full-time student in college working towards becoming an art teacher. In her free time (are you sure you have free time, Betsy?!), she loves to paint and draw – she has made some gorgeous chalkboard creations for some of our brides! – and is also a fellow foodie!

As I’m sure you may have noticed in the photos above, Betsy has a full sleeve tattoo on her right arm, that photographers just LOVE to photograph! Every wedding that I get photos from has a picture of Betsy’s arm included. And cool fact – Betsy drew some of the artwork that is incorporated into it!

I’ll finish up this blog post with a couple group shots from weddings that Betsy worked. Because she is a supah-stah!, Betsy did the makeup for all the women in these bridal parties. She’s talented, AND efficient!

Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Rebecca Arthurs
Wedding makeup by Betsy Mitchell for Christy & Co.
Photo by Michelle Girard Photography

Looking forward to our 8th bridal season together, Betsy!

 

Meet the Team! | Renee | Bridal Hair Designer

Continuing with our Meet the Team! blog posts, today I’d like to introduce you to Renee, one of the bridal hair designers on the Christy & Co. team. Renee joined our business in 2011, and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said she has probably done a good 3000+ bridal hairstyles for us since that day. Anyone who has had the pleasure of having Renee as their bridal hairstylist knows that she is incredibly sweet, incredibly talented, and incredibly FAST. It is almost a guarantee that we will hear “I can’t believe how fast you are!” said at every wedding she works. It’s not uncommon for her to finish 10 heads of hair in the same amount of time it takes me to do makeup on 4 faces. I joke around that she should wear a Wonder Woman cape, but honestly… she really should!

Renee Turpin - Christy & Co. Hair Designer
Meet Renee! (Photo by Alvah Reida Photography)

Renee received her cosmetology license in 2006, and has been working in the field ever since. She realized bridal hair design was her passion, and focuses almost solely on that, always looking to stay on top of the trends and perfecting her techniques. Here are some examples of the gorgeous bridal updos Renee has created for us through the years, ranging from “loose and effortless” to “sleek and elegant”:

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Renee comes from an incredibly talented, artistic family! Her mom is also a hairstylist, and is always creating art in some form, whether it be painting and crafting, carving pumpkins for local jack-o-lantern spectaculars, or making Christmas decor. And her father makes incredible, one-of-a-kind creations out of wood and vines. The apple truly did not fall far from the tree with Renee! Creativity runs in her veins.

In her spare time, Renee loves to spend time with her family, which includes her husband, 9-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter. She has a slew of pets, including chickens and goats. And she’s also a pretty fantastic shabby chic furniture refinisher!

I’ll finish this post with a few professional photographer images of Renee’s work from some of our past weddings. The wedding hairstyle is just one piece of the whole bridal puzzle, and it’s always incredible to see how it fits in with the rest of the wedding look!

Half up half down hairstyle by Renee for Christy & Co.
Photo by Rachel Kate Photography
Bridal hair updo by Renee for Christy & Co.
Photo by Servidone Studios
Wedding updo by Renee for Christy & Co.
Photo by Tony Spinelli Photography
Side swept updo by Renee for Christy & Co.
Photo by Rachel Kate Photography

I swear, if I could clone her, I would. Such an incredible talent, and a wonderful addition to the Christy & Co. team!

Meet the Team! | Christy | Owner and Makeup Artist

Since you’re reading this post, chances are you already know what it is that Christy & Co. does, but you may not know the people behind it. Since it’s a new year, I thought now would be a great time to start a ‘Meet the Team’ series of blog posts, that will introduce you to each of the makeup artists and hair designers that make the Christy & Co. bridal beauty team the award-winning company that it is!

To start, I’d like to introduce you to me! My name is Christy Lavallee – I am the owner of Christy & Co., and one of the team’s makeup artists! I started in the makeup business working for Elizabeth Arden and Estée Lauder back in 1997. That same year I worked with my very first bride, and 21 years later, I’ve been in love with the wedding industry ever since!

Christy Lavallee, Makeup Artist
This is me! Photo by Lynn Quinlivan Photography

After several years working as an independent makeup artist and seeing an increase in demand, I realized that my business had the opportunity to become something larger than just myself, and in December of 2009 Christy & Co. was born! Can you believe that we have had the privilege of working with close to a thousand brides since that day?! What an honor, and something I am very proud of!

Here are some examples of my bridal makeup throughout the years:

Glam wedding makeup by Christy Lavallee
Photo by Dani. Fine Photography
Natural bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee
Photo by Love & Perry Photography
Romantic bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee
Photo by Megan Braemore Photography
Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee
Photos by Alvah Reida Photography

I call my makeup style “Natural with a Touch of Glam”. I like to keep everything timeless rather than trendy, but with an extra pop on one feature – whether it be a softly smoky bridal eye, lots of lashes, or a bright lip. “You but better” is certainly my motto!

When I’m not working, I am either eating (fellow foodies unite!), traveling (I love nature and the outdoors), gardening (I had my husband build me a room just for my plant collection!) or hanging out with my husband, daughter & pets (I have 3 dogs – 2 Shiba Inus and a Norwegian Elkhound – and 3 cats).

That’s me in a nutshell! Over the next couple weeks I’ll be introducing you to the other amazing makeup artists and hair designers on our team. I can’t wait to share their stories and their talent with you!

-Christy

Hair & Makeup for Fairmont Copley Plaza Wedding | Boston, MA

It has been such a beautifully crazy 2017 for us! Now that the year is over and the slower winter season is upon us, I’m finally getting the opportunity to go through some of the AMAZING wedding photos our past brides have sent us. Today I’m going to share photos from Kimberly & Patrick’s wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.

Kimberly’s wedding photographer, Rachel Kate Photography, was kind enough to refer this beautiful bride to us. Kim is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside, and she and her husband are like a brunette version of Ken & Barbie. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect client!

For Kim’s wedding makeup look, I gave her a classic bridal sculpted eye, paired with a blush pink lip and cheek. And her skin – LOOK AT HER SKIN! She has skin like butter, and my favorite Temptu SB airbrush foundation complimented it so well, giving her a dewy bridal glow all day long.

Our hair designer Renee gave Kim the perfect half-up/ half-down style, with a bit of volume at the crown and long cascading curls. She looked simply elegant!

(Peep the caption above the photo below that her photographer Rachel included in her blog. <3)

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We’ve Won Again! The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

Our team has done it again! The Knot has awarded us Best of Weddings for 2018 in the Bridal Beauty category. This is our 8th consecutive win, and continues our reign as a top awarded hair & makeup team on The Knot in the entire greater Boston area.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2018 award winner - Christy & Co.

Thank you to all our brides who continue to pass along great feedback about us. Every review is so greatly appreciated!

 

Christmas Wedding Hair and Makeup | Publick House Historic Inn | Sturbridge, MA

Christmas weddings… it’s that special time of year when things seem a little more romantic, a little more cozy and a lot more festive. I chose to have a Christmas wedding myself, because it’s my favorite time of year! White lights everywhere, fires roaring, snow softly falling. I just love it!

Our bride Dana opted for a Christmas-themed wedding as well, at the perfectly decorated Publick House Historic Inn here in Sturbridge. I did the makeup for the party of 6, while our hair stylist Renee took care of the hair design. Dana wears her hair in a long bob, but Renee was able to pull some tricks out of her bag and created a beautiful twisted updo for her!

Here are some photos from Dana’s beautiful winter wedding, captured by photographer Juliane Karlgren for The Pros.

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Late Fall Wedding Makeup | Harrington Farm | Princeton, MA

It’s that time of year here in New England when the temps have gotten colder and the only foliage left behind on the trees are the burnt umber-hued oak leaves. Autumn is always a popular time of year for weddings here in Massachusetts due to our brightly colored fall foliage, but November tends to get a bit quieter as the leaves drop. This late autumn wedding I’m about to share with you shows just how beautiful a November wedding in New England can be! Golden grasses and shades of rust in the trees lends for a perfect backdrop for warm neutral-toned eyes and a gorgeous coral lip. This is the look our makeup artist Betsy gave Katie for her fall wedding at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA, captured here in photos by Bridget Parmenter of Charlie Little Photography.

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Natural Bridal Makeup | Publick House Historic Inn | Sturbridge, MA

As a preferred vendor for the Publick House Historic Inn here in Sturbridge, we’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of Publick House brides. This past June we worked with their bride Andrea, who was such a sweetheart! (Her mom is a transplant recipient, and she wanted to include touches into her wedding that honored that.)

I gave Andrea a beautifully natural bridal makeup look, to keep things timeless. Soft neutral shades on her eyes, paired with a soft plum cheek and lip. And of course, lashes. Lots of lashes!

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Romantic Barn Wedding Hair and Makeup | The Barn at Wight Farm | Sturbridge, MA

We have so many wonderful wedding venues here in Sturbridge that invoke the feel of this historical town. The Barn at Wight Farm (part of the T3 Chefs & Catering collection) is a perfect example of that! We are so happy that we get to spend quite a bit of time each wedding season working with so many awesome Wight Farm brides!

Gorgeous bride Ellie is our most recent example. Our artist Betsy gave her a beautifully natural and romantic makeup look, while our hair designer Renee pumped up the volume with textured waves in Ellie’s short, layered bob.

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Many, many hours later, and those waves are still going strong!

Congratulations Ellie!

Photos by Visions by Baker

Venue: The Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge, MA

Makeup: Betsy of Christy & Co.

Hair: Renee of Christy & Co.

Wedding Hair and Makeup for Ashley’s Wedding | Highfields Golf & Country Club | Grafton, MA

How much do we love when past brides are bridal party members in future weddings? So much! And we love it even more when it’s because they’ve referred these brides to us! There’s nothing quite as special as the referral of a past bride to another, so we were so happy when one of our past 2013 brides (shout out to Jen!) referred Ashley to us for hair and makeup for her wedding at Highfields Golf & Country Club in Grafton, MA this past August.

Here are some photos of Ashley – and her very pretty bridal party! – by Cynthia Abbott Photography.

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