This week, we are spotlighting another of our favorite wedding pros: Alison Harper of Alison Harper & Co! Alison leads a team of artists that specialize in hair and makeup, they work with brides to make sure they feel their most beautiful on their wedding day. We love working with her and we know her clients do as well! Ready to learn more about Alison? Here we go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? In 2010 had never been to a wedding or ever been in a wedding when a girl friend of mine asked me to be a bridesmaid. I ended up doing her hair as part of her gift, like most hairstylists. I ended up falling in love with the entire day. The excitement, the planning -everything. There was so much love and happiness. Its like a drug being a part of this industry and I knew I wanted to do it again. Within a week, I quit my salon, built a website and started building my portfolio. What do you do when you are not working? I read, a lot. I love a good lazy afternoon with a enthralling book. I also spend a lot of time with my family. We are quite large and very close.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? I have this belief that a wedding day isn't 'the most important day' of a brides life. I think that is saved for when you welcome a child into the world. Instead I believe that a wedding day is the most vulnerable day of a brides life. She is standing in front of all of her friends, family and anyone that matters to her; she is pledging to give herself to this person. Body and soul for the rest of her life. Its a very public, scary and emotional time. I think it is important that she feels her best. Not just physically but also that she is supported and feels confident. I think being surrounded by people that are not only helping her look and feel as beautiful as possible is important but also being surrounded by people that truly want to make sure she has a beautiful memory of that day. I make sure to not only hire talented people, but also people who really care. What inspires you in your work? Oh love. I know, that's probably over used. I love seeing a bride in her dress, putting on her veil and looking at her misty-eyed mom. Its those kind of moments that make you get up in the morning. I also really love fashion and I draw a lot of my technique from that.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? I think it is really rewarding to get a chance to share other peoples memories. I think I am really blessed to be a part of such private, beautiful moments. Each wedding day is different, but each is important in their own merit. I get to be a part of that. What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I have had numerous photographers tell me that they were so excited to work with us. We take our craft seriously; which means that we use nice, high end products. Photographers actually have to work less at correcting your complexion and removing shine from your face. This can only come from professional products and skill. As harsh as it sounds, there is a difference between the makeup counter, your cousin who is really good at doing makeup and my team.
What do you think sets your company apart from other hair and makeup artists? We take what we do very seriously. My girls work with me full time. Unlike a lot of other companies or freelance teams in the area, we provide insurance that protects the clients as well as the artists. Most companies require their artists to have their own insurance and in most cases they don't check to make sure that they actually have it. Our girls have an amazing track record, we run on time, all of your emails/questions/phone calls are return within days end. As I mentioned before our artists have very expensive products and practice their craft daily. Above all of that, we take our time. Our trials are 3 hours, allowing our clients the opportunity to find a look that is perfect for them. We don't rush through the experience.
What do you love about weddings? I love seeing the bride and grooms families coming together. I love being in the room while the bride is getting ready, her mom is telling her soon to be mother in law stories. The bridesmaids from all parts of the brides life are chatting. Its just beautiful to see all of that love in one place.
What do you hate about weddings? I don't love some of the stereotypes that come with weddings. Thankfully it doesn't happen often but It really doesn't feel good when a client thinks a vendor is trying to get one over on her. There is a lot of talk about markups and taking advantage of brides. In reality, I just want you to have an awesome day. I'd love to be a part of it if we're a good fit. I'm not trying to get by on anyone and it is pretty offensive when someone thinks that. There are actually quite a few vendors that just really love their job.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? Actually it was really sweet. One of our brides and her new husband found out they were pregnant about a month before the wedding. The included the announcement in their toasts. They asked their parents to stand up and they had the photographer capturing their reactions. It was really sweet.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Carve out a few minutes after your ceremony for just the two of you. Everyone always says how quickly the day flies by. You'll be busy greeting your friends and family, toasting and dancing. Scoot off just the two of you for 5 minutes. No one will miss you, you can take a deep breath and really soak it in. My husband and I did this. After the ceremony we exchanged letters to each other. This was my favorite memory of the entire day for me. Who is your favorite artist or band? Brand New
What is the worst song of all time? The thong song. Really, can you think of something worse?
Open mic, final thoughts: I don't really have any! I think I expressed myself enough, ha! Thank you for featuring this post. You and your Dj's rock.
Thanks so much for chatting with us Alison!