Bridal Hair Stylist and Makeup Services, Toronto, Vancouver
Julia was one of our beautiful brides from summer 2016! She hired Brittany Gray and Allyssa of Fancy Face Inc. to glam her and her bridal party up for the big day. We truly enjoyed working with her and look forward to seeing her again this summer for her best friend’s wedding!
Scroll down to read more about her big day and to see some of our favourite shots!
How did you and your husband meet?
I met my husband in grade 11 of high school. We started off as just
friends with a common interest in the dramatic arts. Academically and
socially, we were and are, totally opposites. Mike was into math and
science and is somewhat introverted, while I excelled in the arts and
was very much a social person. I guess what they say about opposites
attracting is true! To this day, he still has a very calm, more
laid-back demeanor, whereas my personality is of a person who is
always on the go. We went to York University together and then once I
became a teacher for the York Catholic District School Board, Mike
carried on in his education at the University of Toronto, where he
graduated as a Pharmacist. After almost 8 years of dating, Mike asked
me to marry him on May 3, 2014 and we got married two years later on
July 9, 2016. We are currently awaiting the next very exciting chapter
of our journey together, which is fast approaching: we will be moving
into our new home in about a months time.
How did you choose your wedding day hair and makeup look?
My vision of my wedding and how I would look, very much changed over
the years from when I was a little girl. I think we all start off
wanting to look like the princess brides that we saw in our Disney
films when we were little. But as I started to plan our wedding with
Mike, I realized that that look did not fit me exactly. More than
anything else, I did not want my hair and make-up to transform me into
a version of me that was unrecognizable. I wanted my makeup and hair
to yes, make a statement, but I wanted it to compliment me as a person
and the feel of our wedding. Knowing soft colours and pinks look the
best with me I sought something in that palette. Ironically, I came
across my wedding makeup from the FancyFace Instagram. After looking
at dozens of pictures, magazines and Pinterest accounts, I decided on
a soft, dusty-rose for lip and soft colours on my eyes, with dramatic
lashes for a bit of flare. Brittany Gray was AMAZING at my makeup
trial. We talked about different colours that would compliment my skin
tone, any concerns I had about my skin and put together a
comprehensive palette that gave me an amazing overall look. Brittany’s
knowledge of makeup is out of this world and she’s a great girl to
work with. For my hair, again, I didn’t want anything that was too
overdone or over the top. I wanted something soft, but a little bit
more on the classic side. The soft, more structured wave was perfect
as I was worried about the July weather interacting with my natural
crazy curly hair. For the night, throwing my hair up in a large low
bun was great! It allowed me to still have a beautiful hair style
without having my hair get messy from partying! Maurizio and David
from Mink Hair Lounge did an amazing job, working with me both in the
morning and at the reception hall to give me two, very different,
What was the most memorable moment of the day?
Ahh! So many memorable parts. As I bride, I really wanted to be
present in my day. It is so easy to get caught up in the schedules,
the time constraints and let the day pass you by. I tried very hard to
be present throughout the whole day so that I was actually AT my own
wedding. But, I guess one of the MOST memorable parts of the day was
after leaving the wedding ceremony, Mike and I took a car, just us
two, without our family or bridal party, and had some pictures taken.
But in the transition of leaving our Church and arriving at the photo
shoot location, it was just us two. We had the opportunity to talk, to
soak it all in, to share what our mornings had been like—mine having
started very early at 3am and a little more hectic than his—it gave
us time to celebrate us on our own and realize that finally…after so
many years of being together, we were finally husband and wife. It
definitely hit us and we were so excited that it finally was here! I
loved seeing him at the Church, interacting with my niece and nephew,
I loved our reception, but I loved being with just him more. At the
end of the day, our wedding was about us in the past, present and the
future…and that day made the future possible and exciting!
As a side note, my second most favourite part of the day….the car
ride to the hotel, The Park Hyatt on Avenue Road, after the
reception…the day was done, and everything was so beautiful and went
off without a problem! We loved our day, but were happy that the
planning was over…and who wouldn’t be when we were leaving for
London, France and Italy the next day for almost a month!!!
How was your experience with Fancy Face Inc.?
I first heard about Fancy Face Inc. at the Wedluxe show in 2014. I met
Brittany there and we immediately started chatting and from that
moment I knew that I could trust her to do my bridal makeup and was
excited to learn more about the services offered by Fancy Face. From
there I contacted Tiffany at Fancy Face and she was great! She helped
me to book Brittany G. and Alyssa for makeup for myself, my girls, my
mother and my mother-in-law. Tiffany was prompt, explained everything
in detail, helped me book my make-up trial and helped me to arrange my
morning and budget time to ensure everyone would have their make-up
done in time for pictures.
On the actually day of my wedding, a very pregnant Brittany G and
Alyssa were at my house at an early 6am. The girls were super
organized and ready to go. Everybody in my party felt at ease with
them and we all just had a fun time, despite having been up for hours
already for hair. Brittany G and Alyssa were constant professionals,
but made it also feel like it was just a bunch of the girls getting
together and preparing for an awesome day! They were efficient and
time conscious having to do 7 people within a 2 hour span and even
though that may sound like a short amount of time, ALL of our make-up
was done to perfection! I received so many compliments on all our
make-up, that not only looked beautiful and flawless in the morning,
but looked beautiful and flawless at 1 am the next day! I couldn’t
have asked to work with better people, to have had a better experience
nor would have looked any better with another company. I would and
have recommend Fancy Face to anyone looking for reputable make-up
artists—I’ll be seeing the girls at Fancy Face Inc. this June for my
best friends wedding, who was in my wedding party and is now using
them for her own wedding. Further, whenever I need my make-up done
again in the future, the girls at Fancy Face Inc. will be the girls I
will call!! A heartfelt thank you to Brittany G and Alyssa—you girls
made my morning great and made me and my girls look absolutely
beautiful! There are no words to say to thank you…you are amazing
artists and truly at the top of your trade! Looking back at my
pictures, I am so thankful to you both–I’ll be able to look at this
pictures for years to come, and maybe show them to my kids, and show
them how beautiful we all looked and that was because of the two of
you! Much love to you fab girls!
Well, another season, another “What’s In My Bag?’ beauty article for Niche Magazine! I absolutely love contributing to this magazine because they cover the “oh, so glamorous”!!! This season, for the Spring Style Issue, I’m sharing some new favourites that I’ve come to love since the previous winter season! I am always scouring Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstom and Saks for the latest and greatest in makeup and skincare. It’s my absolute passion through and through!! I also love to visit Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall as well, to stay on the “up & up” in regards to high-performance drug-store quality beauty products too! As a beauty expert & owner of Fancy Face Inc., you really have to learn & be open to it all.
The products I’ve chosen this month range from haircare, to skincare to, of course (my favourite) MAKEUP!! These 6 products have become staples in my current beauty regime & have all been added to my professional kit as well. Great for the everyday woman and also the budding or professional makeup artist/hairstylist. Enjoy!!! xoxo
Here are some photos from a recent photoshoot we worked on, featured in Wedluxe! “Palma Dolce” was inspired by beautiful palm trees, botanical gardens and tropical greenery. Art deco elements are also incorporated. Scroll down for inspiration on how to infuse this style into your wedding!
Hair and makeup done by Angela and Temarra of Fancy Face Inc.
Full list of vendors:
PHOTOGRAPHER • Alicia Thurston Photography, CONCEPT CREATORS, PRODUCERS, CREATIVE DIRECTORS, STYLISTS, PLANNERS • August In Bloom, FLORAL DESIGN • Ooh La La Designs, STATIONERY DESIGN • Maison Maquette, CAKE AND DESSERT DESIGN • Sweet Philosophy, CINEMATOGRAPHY • Vincent Andres Films, VENUE • The Boulevard Club, HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST • Fancy Face Inc., GOWNS • Pnina Tornai, Mark Zunino, and Naeem Khan from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, DIAMOND EARRINGS, NECKLACE, RING • !Xam Diamonds, GREEN NECKLACE, BRACELET, AND TIARA • Alan Anderson from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, CRYSTAL BRACELET • MM Crystal from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, SHOES • Dolce & Gabbana from Saks Fifth Avenue, PERFUME • Creed from Holt Renfrew, CANDLE VESSELS AND VASES • Ooh La La Designs, TABLE AND CHAIRS • Detailz Couture Event Rentals, CHAIR VINYL, PLACE CARD, MENU, FAVOR TAG, AND BACKDROP DESIGN • Maison Maquette, CHAIR VINYL AND BACKDROP PRODUCTION • Event Graffiti, ACRYLIC RISERS • DeLight Floral + Design, CHUPPAH • Chuppah.ca, TABLEWARE, CANDLEHOLDERS, CHARGER, AND PLACEMAT • The Perfect Table, GOLD PLATTER • Zara Home, CATERING AND SPOONS • URBAN ACORN CATERING, NAPKIN RING AND CERAMIC PINEAPPLE • H&M Home, NAPKIN • Crate & Barrel, WHITE PLATTER AND GLASS CAKE STAND • The Boulevard Club, WHITE CAKE STAND • August in Bloom