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!!

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! 

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!!

Trial Hair & Makeup- Engagement Session by Lauren Fair Photography

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We highly encourage brides to schedule their Hair and Make-Up trial run in conjunction with their Engagement Sessions when possible. Check out these absolutely stunning pictures taken by Sarah of Lauren Fair Photography! Notice how natural the bride, Sara, looks. She is naturally beautiful. This is what we mean when we say we want you to look like YOU, at your very best. Scroll to the bottom to hear what Lauren Fair has to say about how important Hair & Make-Up are to get the most out of your photos.

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"Getting hair + makeup done before your engagement shoot is a fabulous way to test run how your makeup + hair will appear on camera! Sometimes you think you may LOVE a certain hairstyle, but it might not translate to film the way you hope, so this allows for tweaking with your stylist before the wedding. Not to mention, professional makeup helps us as photographers so much! Less makeup shows up on camera than it does on your face, so wearing a little more than your day-to-day look will result in a beautifully natural look on film." -Lauren Fair, Lauren Fair Photography