The Knot Fall Issue!

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured in print for the first time alongside such phenomenal vendors! Keep an eye out for these gorgeous pics from Jessica Cooper Photography in the Fall issue of The Knot! We absolutely LOVED working with Lindsey and her ladies. Lindsey has an eye for detail, and a vision for beauty like no other. Mulling over her Wedding Vision was breathtaking at every.single.point. Her wedding day was thought through so meticulously, and with such care. It was a tremendous privilege to work with her!!

Vendor team:

Ceremony & Reception site: Smithville Inn, Historic Smithville NJ
Videography: Martin's Accent Wedding Videos
Planner: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Flowers: Vault & Vine
Gown: Sweet Caroline
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Rings: Harry Merrill & Son Jewelry, Inc.
Engagement Rings: DeSumma and Wexler Fine Jewelry
Hair & Makeup: Janelle on Location
Stationery: Pippa & Fig
Cakes&Pies: Queen Bee Pastry
Favors: Ever Laser

Makeup Tip Monday: Open, Awake Eyes

We alllll have days where our eyes are tired and we need to look more awake than we might actually feel.

Rachel has a great tip for us! "To make your eyes look more open and awake I love to focus mascara on the lower middle lashes and upper middle lashes."

Isn't that great?! Just some strategically placed mascara (and maybe a cup of coffee!) and we're on our way!

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Soft, Hydrated, Kissable Lips

A little #makeuptipmonday for you about your Lips!

It is common for Brides and their ladies, on the day of the wedding, to have dry, chapped lips. Sometimes it's from Rehearsal Partying the night before, and not being well-hydrated, other times it's sun exposure, or a lack of humidity in the air. Whatever the reason, there's little that's worse than cracked lips with lipstick on them- it feels awful!

We often offer a Lip Mask and Balm prior to the (very hydrating) lip color we use. This helps exfoliate, remove dry skin, and leaves your lips soft and kissable all day long!

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Traveling with Makeup Brushes

Our lovely Lead Stylist, Sara, has a fabulous #makeuptipmonday for you! "Are you about to go on your honeymoon or vacation and don't know how to carry your makeup brushes? Grab yourself a traveling toothbrush holder. They will not get crushed or broken and will not be rolling around your suitcase!"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Smudgy Eyeliner

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This is such a great #makeuptipmonday: Using an angled eye shadow brush (yes, it will take practice if you're used to a pencil or liquid liner...but just hold it like a pencil!) run the brush under water and dip it in eye shadow to have a little bit of a smudgier liner if you're not looking for a really crisp, defined eyeliner look. It's a great way to make liner more subtle, and immediately expands the colors and shades you already have in your Makeup Bag! Shout out to the beautiful #jolbride Katie pictured here! Photo by Christy Nicole Photography. This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

Investing in Our Relationship + Process

As everyone knows, relationships go both ways. It takes two to Tango.

It's important to us that each #jolbride be on the same page with us about the importance of our communication, dialogue, and process. The REASON that's important, is because without it, we can't offer the best service. And we refuse to offer bride's anything less!

In the JOL experience and journey, we want to discover (together) THE PERFECT Bridal Look for each of our individual Bride's style, taste, preferences, comfort level, wedding vision, and personality. Feedback is essential. Storytelling about horrible Prom experiences, or the makeup you loved from your brother's wedding last summer...the more information, the better.

While we have countless examples of this, #jolbride Stephanie is a shining example. What a joy and privilege to journey with her together as a Team!

Stephanie was faithful and committed to processing with us. Open to dialogue, trying new ideas, exploring various options, keeping us posted on head piece changes and adjustments, and so importantly...trusting the process.

While many Hair + Makeup artists can feel threatened by any kind of request for "tweaking or adjusting" after they've completed their work...we are the complete opposite.

Not only is it welcome, it's INVITED. "How can we make you love it MORE" is the theme and song, and until the sentiment is, "Nothing, it's perfect! I couldn't possibly love it more!" we don't consider our work done ;)

Stephanie and Ryan tied the knot in June and I am dying to see what M2 Photography captured for their day! I am swooning over the amazing Engagement Session they did together that our Team had the privilege of doing Hair + Makeup for. (All photos in this post are from that incredible Session!)

The joy and love in their faces, demeanor, and Stephanie's obvious comfortability in feeling "herself" is everything to us. THIS is what we strive for! Completely YOU. At your very best.

Stephanie, you have been an utter delight. Thank you for the honor and privilege it is and was to adventure along with you in these months leading up to your wedding. We can't wait to see how your vision came to life! We know M2 is phenomenal at capturing raw, candid emotion and I am on the edge of my seat to see the beauty that unfolded! Thank you for diving in, head first, to our relationship-- it made it even more of a joy to serve you! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Makeup Tip Monday: Bigger + Brighter Eyes

Who doesn't want to draw attention to their eyes everyday...and ESPECIALLY on important days or special occasions?!

Here's a great trick from Lead Stylist, Rachel: "If you want your eyes to appear brighter and bigger, I love to put a pale shadow (light gold, champagne, off white, etc...) in the inner corner of eyes."

Image from Kristen Kiraly Films

Timeless Beauty and Naturally Elegant Engagement Session with Emily Wren

One of the things we like to encourage immediately post-Trial Run, is having something to do or go to. Brides always feel like a million bucks with their Hair + Makeup done, and we love it when they feel like they can get "use" out of it.

Whether its a Bridal Shower, a date with your fiance...or better yet, something that will be professionally photographed like an Engagement Session! Our wonderful #jolbride getting married in August, Lauren, decided to maximize her time with us, AND her time with Emily Wren, her wonderful photographer.

Classic, timeless romance with a flair of elegance defines Lauren's style perfectly. She has seriously the sweetest relationship with her mom, and just WAIT til you see her unbelievable wedding dress-- its to die for! (You'll have to wait til August! No spoilers here!)

Speaking of dresses, does anyone else want to purchase this incredible navy lace dress Lauren is wearing IMMEDIATELY after seeing it on her?! I absolutely do. Maybe because blue is my favorite color. Maybe because I'm obsessed with lace. Maybe because it fits her like a glove. Whatever the reason...get this dress in my closet!

We think Lauren's soft, seemingly "accidental" waves and enhancing makeup really make her natural beauty "pop" in these awesome photos from Emily. And isn't "looking like yourself" the WHOLE GOAL of photos anyways? Yourself at your best, of course.

We are so excited to celebrate with Lauren and Alan on their Wedding Day! 

Makeup Tip Monday: Mascaras. What's the difference?

A #makeuptipmonday for you from the lovely Sara: "Do you know all Mascaras basically work the same? All mascaras will give you longer and darker lashes, the secret is in the wand! Some are plastic, some are cloth. My go-to Mascara is L'Oréal Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black."

Beautiful Bridal Romper by Tessa Kim, and stunning photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Our Most Popular Lip Color

A little #makeuptipmonday for you from yours truly! Just thought you ladies might like to know that Urban Decay's Vice line has a lip color called "Ex-girlfriend." It is THE MOST popular color among our brides and bridesmaids hands down (and the irony of the name for Bride's to wear on their wedding day is not lost on us!) It looks like a natural lip color, but more pigmented. Shout out to the lovely #jolbride Ashton, who's pictured here!

Image by the fabulous Lauren Fair Photography

What to Expect at a JOL Trial Run

Our Team's perspective of Trial Runs is that they're meant to be exhaustive. That doesn't mean we want you to feel exhausted by the time we're done ;) We just want to explore all of your Hair + Makeup options so that you are confident you're not settling for anything less than what's absolutely best for your Bridal Style. 

Your Wedding Day is likely THE MOST photographed day of your life. And as obvious as it might sound...what you look like...is in all of the photos. And, as you look back at the photos, you will also remember exactly how you felt about what you looked like. And isn't the point of framing pictures that they evoke happy, good emotions and memories when we look at them?!

So! That is why, we get to know our brides really well even PRIOR to the Trial Run. We are weeding out Style options that aren't "them." It matters. It helps us be efficient with our time, and also offer the most helpful suggestions and tips as we guide you through the process.

Having already perused through your Wedding Vision and talked on the phone about your favorite Hair + Makeup inspiration photos, as well as learning about what makeup you wear everyday (if any) and what your hair typically looks like (so, what feels "you") we take all of that into account as we're working towards the best look for you. While of course brainstorming together as a Team and taking TONS of notes-- because we completely believe that two heads are better than one.

After your Lead Stylist reviews the information we have for you about your Style, Wedding Vision, and the "plan" for your Trial, we get started. It's most common to start with "down" styles first, and then "work our way up"-- whether that's half up, all up, or both options. 

We always recommend brides wear a white or light colored top or dress with a similar neckline to their wedding gown. The color helps best picture Wedding Day Makeup, and the cut of top enables you to better envision the Hairstyle with your dress.

In one sense, we're not easily pleased ;) Our Stylists will be regularly asking how we can make everything and anything better. We feel the "weight" of these decisions with you, and want to make sure we've done everything in our power to make sure the direction you choose to go makes you feel absolutely gorgeous while also feeling completely yourself. You can't afford to sacrifice either one!

We continue enjoying getting to know you, take notes on every little detail we've landed on together for your Style Direction, and even follow up later to see if you've had any updated thoughts on adjusting/tweaking anything. (Most brides do!) By the end (if not sooner) you feel like a close friend and we are absolutely GIDDY about your Wedding Day!!

Because we are so committed to the Brides who book with us in our attention, priority, and schedules, we organize Trial Run appointments after the Wedding Date has been reserved with us.

We know that can sound scary because of HOW MANY Hairstylists and Makeup Artists in the world do not share our personalized philosophy, spend NEARLY as much time emailing or chatting with brides prior to, during, and after the Trial Run, nor offer the patient, team-like manner in which our Trial Runs take place.

Yet, because we spend extensive time getting to know our brides vision and personal style,  when we do a Trial Run...we are there adjusting and tweaking until we get it perfect with a clear direction for the Wedding Day! And we love every single second of our process!!

Makeup Tip Monday: "Face Lift" with Makeup!

A fabulous #makeuptipmonday for all the Mothers and Grandmothers of Brides and Grooms who joke with us about needing a "face lift" from their makeup. Rachel's got a great trick to make that happen!

"I really like giving the face a 'lift' by using slightly lighter than their skin-tone concealer on either side of the mouth, both sides of the nose, both sides of the eyes, and right above the eyebrows."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: No Dark Under Eye!

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Today's #makeuptipmonday comes to you from Nicole: "I personally prefer to do eye makeup (brows, lids and liner) before the rest of the face. Even though your under eyes may look free from shadow fallout, there is always some that escapes. After eye application, I take a qtip and makeup remover and gently wipe under the eye. You would be surprised at how much fallout is unnoticed by the naked eye! I prefer this technique as i am personally self conscious of my dark under eyes. This ensures a clean canvas and less work touching up with concealer."

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Romantic Garden Party: Melissa

Well, our #jolbride Melissa was beautifully articulate about her wedding vision. During my phone call with her, she told me that they were going for an intimate, romantic garden party that was soft, natural and organic. She described it like a bouquet of flowers: not tight or strict. Lots of movement. How incredible is THAT?! WOW! And. That's just what it was.

One of our FAVORITE things is hearing a bride's dream and vision, journeying with them through the wedding planning process, watching the pieces being pulled together and then seeing it all COME TO LIFE on the day of the wedding! Melissa's Hair + Makeup by Rachel on the Big Day was the perfect compliment to her wedding dress, and overall Wedding Day vision.

An asymmetrical updo with softness around her face and clean, big movements to the style...her hair was flawless. Gorgeous little glitz in the back, too! Stunning, natural makeup that's soft, with warm browns and pinks fit the bill.

Isn't Tim's reaction every bride's dream for a First Look?! I love it!! THIS is the woman he fell in love with: looking like herself, at her best.

Hear what Rachel had to say about the delight Melissa was to work with, and then scroll through our Styling favorites of she and her wonderful Bridal Party. The fantastic Brittney Kreider captured Melissa's incredible style and vision all day long! We love how it fit so well with her personality! Check out more on Brittney's blog post featuring Tim and Melissa!

"I had so much fun working with Melissa- from finding her perfect wedding day look to spending time with her on the most special day of her life! At her trial run we played around with a couple of options in order to find exactly what she wanted but when we did she absolutely lit up and we knew we'd found it! She and her bridal party were so much fun to work with and the morning was so relaxed. It is such an amazing thing to see her wedding pictures at the end of it all and see how her hair and makeup tied in so beautifully with the entire wedding and to see her vision come to life." -Rachel, JOL Lead Stylist

Congratulations Tim and Melissa!!

Makeup Tip Monday: Making Shimmer Shadow POP!

Today's Makeup Tip Monday comes to you from Lead Stylist, Sara: "Do you ever have a shimmer eye shadow that doesn't pop as much as you'd like? I do! Well I have a solution for you! Before you dip your brush into your favorite shimmer eye shadow give it a light mist with water, then dip into that shadow. You will notice a much more pigmented popping eye shadow!"

Image by the lovely Alison Dunn Photography

Now Hiring: Hair + Makeup Assistant!

If you've been following our Team series at all, you know that our dynamics are really unique and that these ladies are AWESOME.

As we continue to grow and seek to serve Bridal Parties with fast timelines without sacrificing our top-notch caliber of work, we are on the hunt for another Assistant! Seeking a Licensed Cosmetologist with reliable transportation who meets the following qualifications for our Hair + Makeup Assistant Position:

Friendly, personal, positive, enthusiastic personality who handles stress calmly

Available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in 2017 and 2018

Naturally Administratively Organized

A timely responder to text messages and emails

A love for the Hair + Makeup Industry

An eagerness to grow personally as a Stylist

A commitment to ongoing education (various forms are acceptable!)

All training specific to this position will be provided directly from us! Fill out an application if you're interested (or share this blog post with someone you know who might be!) We will follow up with next steps for those who best match up with our vision!

Team Photo by the wonderful Alison Dunn Photography

JOL Team: Meet Nicole!

This past Thursday, we had a #jolteam building day, and I feel freshly thankful for each and every one of the amazing professionals on this Team. Working so wonderfully together, with so much encouragement, and positive collaboration-- each Stylist is genuinely passionate about brides having the best experience possible as they seek to land on the perfect Bridal Look for themselves. We are all so thankful for what we do. Having met our Lead Stylists Rachel and Sara, and our Lead Makeup Artist Lindsay, I am so excited for you to meet our wonderful Assistant, Nicole. While a lot of her care for Leads and Bridal Parties may often be behind the scenes...we literally couldn't do what we do without her.

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When you met Sara, you learned that she's a Cosmetology Instructor. Knowing our Team dynamics, she saw something in a student of hers that resonated with what we do and why we do it, along with exceptional skill and a natural eye for enhancing beauty. So when she finished school, we snatched her up! We are SO thankful Sara introduced Nicole to us!! Nicole is extremely articulate and a phenomenal communicator. Two assets when it comes to the personalization of Hair + Makeup Services! Her love for meeting new people and an excited eagerness to learn and be of Service in whatever ways possible, make her so incredibly valuable to us.

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Nicole is a go-getter. She's proactive, extremely motivated, a life-long learner, and unbelievably passionate about the industry. Watching her love for weddings and being a part of making a day unforgettable only grow and grow--which, of course, just makes her that much more treasured on the #jolteam as we serve each #jolbride!

Nicole has been married to her husband for 4 years this August-- and they have been together for 11 years! She loves sour candy and dark Recees Peanut Butter Cups. Her hobbies include camping and traveling; she's spent time in Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, and Italy! Nicole considers herself a collector of Makeup, and especially loves working with vivid colors. She adores her two pups, Banjo and Penny!

We are so so thankful for Nicole and are thrilled about her future with the #jolteam! Images by the wonderful Alison Dunn Photography.

JOL Team: Meet Lindsay!

So as you know by now, our Team at Janelle on Location is really unique. We have Lead Stylists, who you've already met - Rachel and Sara, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to our wonderful Lead Makeup Artist, Lindsay!

I was really impressed with Lindsay even just the first time we interacted. She is so professional, her own makeup is always flawless, she's friendly, personal, and an incredibly calming presence. (A must for a makeup artist the morning of your wedding, right?!)


One thing that impressed me about Lindsay right away, was learning that she has twin boys...and a daughter who is just 11 months younger. You do the math-- that is THREE children in LESS than a year!! This amazing lady can juggle anything life throws her way and is steady as a rock.

 

Lindsay loves how happy people are, and how good they feel about themselves when they love their makeup and are comfortable in their own skin. She has such an eye for the art, and a heart that is eager to go above an beyond-- the perfect combination for our #jolteam and every #jolbride .

When not working weddings, Lindsay enjoys doing eyelash extensions. She loves her fantastic husband - and they were even High School Sweethearts! Her family of five loves making trips to Disney World for their vacations. 

We are honored that Lindsay is among us on the #jolteam!!

JOL Team: Meet Sara!

If you've been following our little series diving into the Team Dynamics at Janelle on Location and who we are, you met Rachel last week.

This week, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Sara!

I was blown away by Sara from our first interaction. Her passion for Hair + Makeup, in addition to her great love for details still inspires me regularly. This amazing lady could literally teach organization classes-- and even as someone who considers myself very organized...I would absolutely take them! Sara actually uses her excellent communication skills, and her own devotion to being a life-long learner, to teach (not organization classes ;) but Cosmetology! It makes my heart happy to think that there are so many students in the industry learning under Sara's great passion, knowledge, experience, and care.

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Sara is fantastic at asking excellent questions. She thoroughly peruses through images, notes, and details for each #jolbride that is "hers" - soaking in every tiny aspect. Her zeal for each client to look and feel like the best version of themselves is undeniable. She is so obviously excited and eager to do whatever necessary to make each bride (or bridesmaid, or mom!) feel absolutely amazing: enhancing their best features. Sara is determined. A hard worker. Dedicated. And an absolute blast to be around!

Sara loves beach days with her dog, Cooper. On the Sundays she isn't working weddings, Sara can be found catching up with her girlfriends over brunch at local eateries. Her favorite thing to do in the winter is ice skate-- and Friday nights around Sara are movie nights complete with cozy PJs and great snacks!

We are so thankful to have Sara among us on the #jolteam! She is an asset!

JOL Team: Meet Rachel!

At Janelle on Location, our Team dynamics are wonderfully unique and we wanted to take some time to introduce you to each member. First up:  Rachel!

I was so excited to meet Rachel that fateful day in 2014. She'd been recommended for me to consider as a new addition to the Team, and it was evident immediately that she has a God-given eye for enhancing natural beauty. Her eagerness to always learn and grow as a Stylist (which is a requirement for the JOL Team!) was extremely evident, as well as an unbelievably hard work ethic and tremendous dependability.

This past year, Rachel received certification from the Devachan Salon in NYC and is now "Deva Certified!" We are so proud that she's specializing in Naturally Curly hair.

Emails from Rachel are full of exclamation points as her genuine enthusiasm can't be stifled. She is kind, up-beat, steady as a rock under stress, and has a beautiful servant's heart. "Whatever she needs!" is the most frequent response I receive from Rachel as we orchestrate the details of Trial Run and Wedding Day schedules with each #jolbride that is "hers." 

Just recently, I received this sweet email after our #jolbride Nicole and her mom had their Hair Trial Runs with Rachel,

"I cannot thank you both enough.  We just got back from dinner and were both talking about how much we love our hair.  Rachel was amazing.  I really wasn't sure how to explain what I liked (I'm not sure if I even knew to be honest) but she was so patient with me and wonderful to work with.  It made me so excited for what's to come and to have her as part of our big day." 

Rachel loves sushi, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, plays the harp, sings, and is number 8 of 10 kids (yes, you read that right: TEN!). She looks forward to picnics with her husband and her annual family vacation to Maine with no electricity or indoor plumbing!

We are so thankful to have Rachel as part of the #jolteam !