When wedding season starts to come to a close, there’s one thing everyone in the industry begins anxiously awaiting: Seattle Bride Magazine’s “Best Of” list! We are so thrilled to have been named “Best Wedding Planner” and “Best All-Around Wedding Vendor” for 2015! It’s been an incredible year and we are lucky to be surrounded by so much talent here in Seattle!
If you haven’t checked the list out yet, don’t worry! We had the privilege to interview a few of the newly crowned “Best of 2015” wedding professionals to discuss their businesses, services, and success. We have their answers for you here!
We sat down with Salon Maison to get an insider’s perspective on how they earned the title of “Best Hair and Makeup” for 2015. Based out of Bellevue, WA, Salon Maison has been beautifying the bridal parties of Seattle weddings for over 27 years. We asked lead stylist Heidi for some tips and tricks for brides on the big day as well as asked a few questions about the salon’s year in weddings. Take a look behind the scenes at one of the year’s best wedding vendors:
How long have you been styling brides for their weddings?
We have been helping brides look their best for their wedding day for over 27 years.
Can a bride hire you to do their whole bridal party’s hair and makeup?
Yes, we can do whatever services are needed. We have even done a wedding previously with 18 bridesmaids!
What are some makeup trends you are starting to see emerge in the bridal makeup industry in 2015?
Brides are loving a more glamorous look, and leaning towards more matte with a beautiful bolder lip.
Do you do hair and makeup for engagement shoots as well?
We cater to all of our bride’s needs. This would include engagements photo shoots and parties, the rehearsal dinner, bachelorette parties, eye lash extensions, and express bridal facials to help brides achieve beautiful healthy glowing skin before the big day.
Any tips and tricks to avoid last-minute blemishes and anything you recommend to easily get rid of them?
Drink lots of water! We can’t stress enough how important this is and how drinking lots of water can help your complexion. We also recommend 3 of our express bridal facials leading up to the wedding day to help eliminate any blemishes or dull and dry looking skin. We understand brides are so busy so our express facials are only 30 minutes each and target the key areas to achieve your best results.
Another vendor we are super excited to get the chance to work with this year is Shutter Bus Co., winner of “Best New Wedding Vendor” for 2015. Owned by Garrett Hystek, this mobile photo booth brings an element of innovation and a retro ambiance to any wedding. We asked the folks over at Shutter Bus to share with us how their first incredible year in the wedding industry has gone. Be sure to check out their website for more of their fun photos!
Can you share a little bit about what Shutter Bus Co. is all about?
Shutter Bus Co. is a family founded photo booth business based in the Puget Sound, mostly known for our 1974 VW Bus, which we have converted into a portable photo booth.
How long has Shutter Bus Co. been around?
We are just wrapping up our first awesome year of business and are looking forward to an exciting and bigger year in 2016.
Do you supply different backdrops/settings based on the theme of the wedding?
We use different props, backdrops and styling to fit the theme/ colors of your wedding or event. For instance, we have a large holiday reef on the front and vintage skis up on the roof rack for the upcoming holiday season “propped out” with ski goggles, scarves and hot cocoa props.
Can a bride and groom hire you for something other than a wedding, such a bridal shower or a bachelorette party?
Because of the portability of the bus we can easily pull up to a house party for bridal showers, surprise the guys at a bachelor party, or park in the middle of a grassy field for a destination wedding. There’s a lot of different options out there we want you to consider and we’re always more than help make you’re ideas come to life.
Any tips and tricks on how to make the best of a photo booth experience?
We are all about creating lasting memories. It’s very important to have a good quality picture taken. Years of owning a portrait studio have taught us how to balance light and exposure to give you some pretty killer shots. It’s also important the make the photos accessible, that is why every guest gets their strips printed immediately and can find the high quality digital versions online to share. Pertaining particularly to weddings, from the planning stage to showing up to the wedding, we understand the big day can be pretty stressful on the couple and those helping. We have years and years of experience in the wedding industry and make renting Shutter Bus one of the easiest worry-free ways to make your wedding more memorable. I feel like our personalities go a long way.
Be sure to check out Seattle Bride Magazine’s Best of 2015 list for more incredible, award-winning vendors!