Wedding Hair and Makeup for Dreamy Tower Hill Garden Wedding | Boylston, MA

It’s like Christmas to a fellow wedding vendor when a photographer sends them the link to all the photos from a wedding they worked together and tells them to choose the ones they love. And sometimes it’s an almost impossible task when you love the photographer, love the subjects, and love all.the.damn.photos! And so it was with these gorgeous images from Laura’s wedding earlier this season at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Abby Lorenz Photography captured everything so beautifully, it was virtually impossible to choose a select few to share here on the blog! So be prepared for a lot of them. <3

We started our bridal hair and makeup preparations at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Laura’s bridal look was all about classic romance. Her makeup was a palette of nudes that included a slightly smoky eye, flirty lashes, and a peachy lip and cheek. Her long hair was worn down in a romantic wave with one side pinned back, secured with a bejeweled fascinator. She looked stunning!

Here are some (several!) of our favorite images from this dreamy early summer wedding.

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Dreamy hair and makeup for Laura's wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA
How cute is this shot of Laura with her dad?
Dreamy hair and makeup for Laura's wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA
Totally dreamy First Look location

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Timeless Bridal Beauty | Harrington Farm Wedding | Princeton, MA

Anytime someone asks me what type of look I recommend for hair and makeup for their wedding, I always give the same response: stay away from the trends, and choose something that will always be considered beautiful. Don’t date your photos. Go for something classic. Be TIMELESS.

Our bride Sandra, who was married last summer at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA, chose exactly that. Romantic, pretty makeup, and a classic low updo of curls, pinned away yet softly framing her face. This look will NEVER go out of style.

Sandra and her bridal party opted to get ready at a local hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Leominster, prior to heading to the venue to get dressed, so we packed up our hair and makeup kits and traveled there to provide our bridal beauty services. Christy did the bride’s makeup in a palette of soft pinks, while Chelsea created her phenomenal wedding hairstyle. Here are some beautiful photos from Sandra’s wedding day, by Meredith Jane Photography.

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Historic-inspired Bridal Beauty | Old Sturbridge Village Wedding | Sturbridge, MA

Could you picture a more perfect place for an historical preservation curator to have her wedding, than the Old Sturbridge Village living history museum? It was a perfect fit for our bride Lauren, who is a curator for Preservation Long Island. For anyone who has never had the opportunity to visit this popular attraction, it’s a fully operational New England village from the 1830s, complete with 40 historic buildings, a covered bridge, horse-drawn carriages, heritage breed farm animals, and authentically costumed staff. It’s truly a step back in time, and they host weddings on this incredible property!

We started off the day by doing hair and makeup for Lauren and her bridal party at the Oliver Wight House – a federal style mansion built in 1789 – at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges. Right from the start Lauren knew she wanted to include elements of history in the bridal beauty for her wedding day. She requested a hair crown, and makeup in earthy tones that complemented the beauty of her cream-colored antique lace gown.

Here are some photos from Lauren’s historic-inspired wedding day, by the always phenomenal Ramblefree Photo Co.

Historic-inspired bridal hair and makeup for Lauren's wedding at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA.Historic-inspired bridal hair and makeup for Lauren's wedding at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA.Historic-inspired bridal hair and makeup for Lauren's wedding at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA. Continue reading “Historic-inspired Bridal Beauty | Old Sturbridge Village Wedding | Sturbridge, MA”

Garden Wedding Hair and Makeup | Tower Hill Botanic Garden | Boylston MA

It’s officially Spring here now, although it still feels so much like Winter! New England is always a bit slow to bring on the warmer temperatures, but they are just around the corner, along with bridal season! To brighten up the chill, I wanted to share some of the photos – and a video! – from our beautiful bride Marisa’s wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Love & Perry Photography and Films did a phenomenal job capturing the beauty of this day (as always!).

For makeup, I gave Marisa a “natural bridal glam” look – nothing too overdone since it was a garden wedding, but an extra bit of wow factor on her eyes to accompany her darker features. For her hair, our stylist Chelsea created a beautiful side-swept chignon. Marisa pulled the look off beautifully!

Bridal hair and makeup for Marisa's botanic garden wedding at the Tower Hill in Boylston, MA.Bridal hair and makeup for Marisa's botanic garden wedding at the Tower Hill in Boylston, MA.

Beautiful florals by Peppers Artful Events.

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Rustic Barn Wedding Hair and Makeup | Salem Cross Inn | West Brookfield MA

Here in New England we are fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of colonial history, and our wedding venues in central MA certainly reflect that. The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield is one of my favorites, and incorporates a beautiful colonial-era farmhouse with a gorgeous attached post and beam barn. Surrounded by rolling hills dotted with grazing cattle, it is quintessential New England and a fantastic choice for a wedding!

I’m excited to share some photos of our past bride Alicia and her wedding at Salem Cross Inn. She chose to get ready upstairs in the bridal area of the farmhouse, where we have lots of space, great natural light, and a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. Her photographer Mike Hendrickson of Unitymike Photography grabbed some fantastic shots of us getting Alicia and her bridal party ready. Everyone looked gorgeous!

Bridal hair and makeup for Alicia's rustic barn wedding at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.Bridal hair and makeup for Alicia's rustic barn wedding at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.Bridal hair and makeup for Alicia's rustic barn wedding at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.Bridal hair and makeup for Alicia's rustic barn wedding at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.

I gave Alicia my signature “bridal smokey eye” paired with a blush pink lip and cheek – my favorite classic bridal look! Our hair designer Chelsea created a beautiful low chignon-style updo that incorporated the perfect touch for a barn wedding – a braid!  Continue reading “Rustic Barn Wedding Hair and Makeup | Salem Cross Inn | West Brookfield MA”

Meet the Team! | Andreina | Bridal Hair Designer

Meet Andreina, our newest member of the Christy & Co. team. Andreina, who also goes by Nina, grew up with a love of all things beauty and fashion, and always knew she wanted a career for herself that involved making women look and feel beautiful. She decided to make that a reality in 2007 when she started the cosmetology program at Blaine Beauty School, focusing on both hair and makeup. After completing the program, she started assisting artists that specialize in the wedding industry, and that’s when she knew that bridal beauty was going to be a focus for her. 10 years later, Andreina joined the Christy & Co. team in 2017.

Andreina, bridal hair designer for Christy & Co.
Meet Andreina!

In addition to focusing on bridal beauty, Andreina also freelances for MAC Cosmetics and works for Ulta, which allows her to stay on top of the constantly changing trends in the beauty industry. She is multi-talented with both hair and makeup, and focuses on creating a variety of bridal hair designs, from soft and romantic to artistic and sculpted.

Here are some examples of recent bridal hair work Andreina has done. So pretty!

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In her spare time, Andreina enjoys spending time with her husband and children, exploring different types of foods and restaurants, dancing at Zumba events, and singing in her church choir.

Here are a few professional shots from weddings Andreina has worked with us recently.

Bridal hair design by Andreina for Tower Hill wedding
Photo by Love & Perry Photography
Bridal hair design by Andreina for Tower Hill wedding
Photo by Love & Perry Photography
Bridal hair design by Andreina for Harrington Farm wedding
Photo by Meredith Jane Photography
Bridal hair design by Andreina for Harrington Farm wedding
Photo by Meredith Jane Photography

We are so excited to have Andreina as part of the Christy & Co. team for a second year, and look forward to more of her beautiful hair creations for our clients!

Meet the Team! | Veronica | Makeup Artist

Next up in our ‘Meet the Team!’ blog posts is talented makeup artist Veronica! She began freelancing as a makeup artist in 2011 while attending college in Albany, NY, after her classmate and close friend started doing makeup for weddings and needed an assistant artist to help out. Now in her 7th year as a makeup artist, Veronica is currently located in MA. A New England native, Veronica grew up in CT, and frequently finds herself working weddings throughout the Northeast, focusing on the greater-Boston and Windsor, CT areas. Her favorite part of the business is being chosen to enhance a bride’s natural beauty, while playing a part in such a special day. She joined the Christy & Co. team in 2015.

Veronica Nunes - Makeup Artist
Meet Veronica!

Veronica is currently enrolled in the Advanced Esthetics program at the Catherine Hinds Institute and anticipates completing the program in April of this year.

Veronica is also an avid dog-lover, and although she doesn’t have any of her own, she volunteers her time with several dog rescues and can be found walking dogs at her local shelter.

Here are some examples of beautiful bridal makeup Veronica has done, from super natural, to glam, and everything in between:

Wedding makeup by Veronica
Photo by Lindsey Mae Photography
Wedding makeup by Veronica
Photo by Simply K Studios
Wedding makeup by Veronica
Photo by Hitlin Photography

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And here are a few shots that I love from a wedding Veronica did for us that don’t really focus on the makeup, but truly show how important it is in the overall feel of the wedding. So dreamy!

Wedding makeup by Veronica

Wedding makeup by Veronica
Photos by Russell’s Photography Studio

In closing, another lovely piece of information: Veronica just recently got engaged and is planning her own wedding! I know she is going to be a beautiful bride! Congratulations Veronica!

Meet the Team! | Chelsea | Bridal Hair Designer

Today’s ‘Meet the Team!’ blog post is an introduction to our fantastic hair designer Chelsea! Born and raised in Michigan, Chelsea started in the beauty industry 11 years ago, and received her cosmetology license in 2009. She moved to Massachusetts in 2014, and the Christy & Co. team has been blessed with her presence ever since! She is a master of updos and is the ultimate braid whisperer. She’s also been told that her hair creations are #hairgoals (yes, the hashtag was included!).

Christy & Co. hair designer, Chelsea
Meet Chelsea! (Photo by Meredith Jane Photography)

Chelsea’s love of hairstyling started at a very young age – namely when she decided to use her sister as a real-life mannequin head and chopped off her ponytail (she swears she’s come a long way since then!). Her younger siblings – 2 sisters and a brother – were often models for her to practice on, and in high school she could be found doing formal hair for her sisters and friends for homecoming and prom. It was never any surprise that Chelsea would eventually make a career in this industry! Here are some examples of the gorgeous bridal hairstyles Chelsea has created for our clients since coming on board with us in 2014.

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As I’m sure you can see, Chelsea is a perfectionist with her work. She will keep going until the final goal is perfectly achieved, even if that means switching things up in the middle of a style if it’s not working the way she envisioned. Where other stylists may make accommodations to continue on with what they are doing, I’ve seen Chelsea take apart what she’s been working on and start from scratch, to ensure the client gets EXACTLY what the client wants. This results in a lot of happy brides and bridal parties!

And speaking of happy bridal parties, Chelsea thrives on the energy surrounding a wedding day. She’s always excited to get to work, loves how she gets to make people feel special and even more beautiful on such an important day, and often goes home wishing she could get married all over again! She is truly a wedding addict!

When she’s not working, Chelsea loves to spend time with her husband (she’s married to her high school sweetheart!) and their rescue dog, Cornelius. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and working out, and she and her husband are what some might consider “beer snobs” – they love to travel all over to different breweries and try the different beers.

I’ll finish off this blog post with some of the professional photos we’ve received showcasing Chelsea’s beautiful hair work over the years.

Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by Jen Walts Photography
Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by The Imagery Studio
Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by Bunnell Photography
Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by Ollie.M Photography
Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by Joe Dolen Photography
Wedding hair by Chelsea for Christy & Co.
Photo by George Street Photos

Gorgeous work, Chelsea! We’re looking forward to our 5th wedding season together with you this year!

 

Meet the Team! | Alexandra | Makeup Artist

Continuing on with our ‘Meet the Team!’ series, today I’d like to introduce you to our incredibly talented makeup artist Alexandra. Alex has been doing makeup professionally since 2010, and has represented such brands as MAC Cosmetics, Smashbox, Tom Ford, and Juice Beauty. In 2014 she joined the Christy & Co. team, and has been one of our valued makeup artists over the past 4 years.

Alexandra Angelone, makeup artist with Christy & Co.
Meet Alexandra!

In addition to doing makeup, Alex is also a licensed esthetician, a graduate of the Catherine Hinds Institute and provides a full array of aesthetic services at a spa on the North Shore. She can often be heard offering skincare advice to our clients while doing their makeup, and recommends products for our brides at their trial runs to get their skin into tip top shape for their wedding day! Who doesn’t love THAT?

Here are some before & after examples of Alex’s makeup work:

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Alexandra’s favorite part of the business is being able to combine creativity with building confidence in women. She loves helping them to feel beautiful, both in how they look and in how they feel when they leave her makeup chair.

Cool fact: Alex was the makeup artist for one of our past brides who had THE Bobbi Brown (makeup artist icon and creator of the Bobbi Brown cosmetics line) as a guest in attendance at her wedding. Bobbi gave us a shout out on Instagram, saying the bridal party looked perfect!

Here are some professional photos taken of our past weddings where Alex was the lead artist:

Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by The Imagery Studio
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by The Imagery Studio
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by Adriano Batti Photography
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by Servidone Studios
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by Servidone Studios
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by George Street Photo
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by Tiny Human Photography
Wedding makeup by Alexandra for Christy & Co.
Photo by The Ewings Photography Studio

Gorgeous work, right?!

When not focusing on makeup and skincare, Alex loves to use her creativity in other forms. She enjoys starting things from scratch, whether it be baking a cake or refinishing a piece of furniture. And she is a fantastic cook (as a foodie I can attest to this)! She is also an animal lover and loves to spend time with her 3 adorable family dogs – Freya, Khaleesi & Ollie.

We love having you as part of the team, Alex! So glad to have you for a 5th wedding season here with Christy & Co.!

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)

Elegant hair and makeup for Kim's wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.Elegant hair and makeup for Kim's wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.Elegant hair and makeup for Kim's wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.

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