We recently blogged about the value received from hiring a stylist for your hair and makeup. It’s an investment that will give you returns for years to come in the form of beautiful photographs. We asked one of our brides, Sarah, to answer a few questions on her experience hiring a stylist. Sarah hired one of our preferred vendors, Carla White, and was extremely happy with the results. Read on to see what the gorgeous Sarah had to say.

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Michelle: Did you plan to hire a makeup and hair stylist for your wedding day?  If not, what made you decide to hire one?

Sarah: I planned to hire a makeup and hair stylist from the start – I can barely put my hair in a ponytail, let alone make it look good enough to walk down the aisle. It was a necessity!

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Michelle: Explain the process of getting the hair and makeup done on your wedding day (was it fun, how did it impact the time to get ready, etc)?

Sarah: Getting everyone’s hair and makeup done was one of my favorite parts of the day. It was fun, lighthearted and we were lucky to do it early enough that there was no real pressure to rush through it. We just put on some music, drank some mimosas and tried to calm the nerves and soak up the excitement.

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Michelle: Were you happy with the end result? How did it make you feel on the day of the wedding?

Sarah: My hair and makeup artist (Carla White) was one of the best vendor decisions I made! She was professional, personable and most importantly…she made me feel beautiful! She executed what we talked about flawlessly and addressed my concerns of my hair staying put all day. I loved the way my makeup looked – and she listened to what was important to me, which was that it had a natural feel.

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Michelle: What would you tell other brides who are on the fence about getting hair and makeup done for themselves and their wedding party?

Sarah: I would say that I definitely understand the stress of an added expense – but this is the most photographed day of your life! For me, it added to how special the day felt and took one less stress off my plate having Carla there to ensure that everyone was looking her best.

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All images by Carolyn Scott Photography