I’ve had my wedding photos for about 6 weeks, soaking in each one and reliving the magical day. It’s been a wonderfully selfish experience! I want to start sharing the memories and thanking the people who made our wedding weekend so unforgettable.
First up, I want to highlight someone who, surprisingly, became one of my favorite parts of the day: Claire Balest, my makeup artist!
I only say a surprising favorite, because I’m not typically a big makeup person. Most of my cosmetics come from CVS and take me 6 minutes to apply each morning. For my wedding, however, I wanted to look like a bride with professional makeup, yet still be recognizable and feel like me. Claire took away any and all intimidation or apprehension of the process. Not only did she make me look incredible, but she helped me feel beautiful and comfortable all night long... which is probably even more important.
I met Claire through Sea Island, ironically enough. In December 2016, while I was still working as Wedding Design Manager, we hosted the world-renowned wedding conference ENGAGE! at Sea Island. Beyond the unbelievable experience gained, the networking opportunity was equally impressive. It is no surprise that many talented industry professionals from across the country attend ENGAGE! - Claire being one of them! My coworker connected us and the rest is history.
From our first meeting, Claire eased my nervousness about wedding makeup. Bright eyed and cheery herself, she has a great sense humor, a relaxed aura, and gives you the feeling you've been best friends for years. She listened to my concerns, and I could tell she actually heard me. I knew she would make the experience about what I wanted, not what she thought would be best. As a Type A Control Freak, this is a girl you want on your team!
Claire came to my mom's house to do our trial on Black Friday (that's commitment!), and again, she listened to what I liked and didn't like about the various shadows, eyelashes and lips. I felt completely comfortable giving honest feedback; feedback that she applied the day-of, leaving me grinning ear to ear with no changes after she put the mirror in front of me.
Each of my bridesmaids had fantastic things to say about Claire, most notably stating she is the most professional and skilled makeup artist they've experienced in their multiple runs as bridesmaids over the past couple of years.
After seeing the list of celebs she services for TV and print, I truly feel honored to have had Claire in my corner on this special day. Her bio reads, " As a luxury bridal beauty specialist, Claire gives each client the red carpet experience they deserve on their wedding day." A statement could not be more true. My only regret was not hiring her to be by my side from Friday - Sunday for makeup touch-ups and moral support!
Claire, thank you for being you! You're a star.
Claire is based in Knoxville, TN, but travels anywhere. Reach out to her today : www.clairebalest.com