Mia’s Wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA

When this beauty – who happens to be a Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the US Army – reached out to us for hair and makeup for her wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA, we were excited! The Starting Gate is a favorite of ours, and the views from the venue are STUNNING. Beautiful women, beautiful venue, beautiful views? Yes please!

Mia wanted to keep her makeup look fairly natural, focusing on clean beauty with a pop of color on her lips. Her hair was pulled back in a classic chignon bun, with some curled pieces to frame her pretty face. It was a fairly large party – 11 people for both hair and makeup. As usual, superwoman Renee did the hair for all the women, while Christy and Betsy split the party for makeup services.

Here are some photos from Mia’s beautiful wedding day. Church services were held at St. Patrick Parish in Monson, MA prior to the reception at GreatHorse.

Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Bridal party hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA

Could this bridal party look any more picture perfect? The bridal suite at The Starting Gate is a great spot to get ready. We love doing wedding hair and makeup at GreatHorse!

Hair for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's ceremony at St Patrick Parish in Monson, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's ceremony at St Patrick Parish in Monson, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's ceremony at St Patrick Parish in Monson, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair and makeup for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA
Hair for Mia's wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, MA

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.

Bridal hair and makeup for Marisa's botanic garden wedding at the Tower Hill in Boylston, MA. Continue reading “Garden Wedding Hair and Makeup | Tower Hill Botanic Garden | Boylston MA”

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! | 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

Wedding makeup by VeronicaWedding makeup by Veronica

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! | 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:

Before and after photo of Alex's makeup workBefore and after photo of Alex's makeup workBefore and after photo of Alex's makeup workBefore and after photo of Alex's makeup workBefore and after photo of Alex's makeup work

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.!

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! | 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