I am so excited to share with you the second to last installment in my summer vendor spotlight series! We’ve been chatting with some of my favorite Dallas and Fort Worth wedding planners, florists, makeup artists, and calligraphers to find more about who they are, what they do, and how they love and serve their clients so well! I’ve loved getting to know and work with all of these talented women and I’m so thankful to call them friends! These gals are at the top of my recommended vendor list to my clients because I trust them 100% to be professional, fun, and amazing at what they do.
I’ve long admired Quynh‘s work. She can make anyone — seriously ANYONE — look as amazing as celebrity on the red carpet. We worked together on the moody Trinity boudoir editorial and she killed it, obviously. Quynh (better known as Q) and I were both pregnant when we worked on this series (and due two weeks apart from each other!) and it was so fun to see her little bump grow! She welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world a little more than a month ago. Read on to learn more about Q!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got into the business.
I started doing makeup about six years ago when I got my makeup done and pretty much hated it each time. I would bring my makeup bag and fix my makeup (especially my brows and eye makeup) in the bathroom. I started thinking to myself: “Maybe I can do a better job.” I then practiced on my friends, and went to a makeup school and cosmetology school.
What is your favorite part of your job? Why do you do what you do? What gets you up in the morning?
I’m a firm believer on when you do you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Many of my weddings have early call times like around 4 a.m., but I do not mind waking up early because I love what I do so much! Sometimes I have 2-3 weddings on a Saturday, not including Friday and Sunday weddings. It does get tiring at the end of the day but being able to glam my brides and their bridal parties means the world to me. I can never thank them enough for placing their trust in me and my team.
What do you wish people knew about your job?
You definitely need to be very organized, punctual, and have the best attitude throughout the whole process. On the wedding day, there are many different personalities and opinions so it’s important to be flexible to accommodate each person’s needs but give honest feedback at the same time.
Why do you think hiring a professional hair and makeup artist is so important on your wedding day?
To me, first and foremost, a professional is there to help reduce worry and create a stress free environment on the big day. Another benefit of working with a pro is their styling techniques to ensure that you are picture perfect throughout the entire day, from all different angles. Sometimes my clients would leave their makeup on until the next day for brunch!
After months of all the hard work and planning you put into the wedding, make sure you take it all in and enjoy the day! You shouldn’t have to worry about doing your own hair and makeup on the biggest day of your life. The day will be overwhelming as is!
Any memorable stories from a wedding day you’d like to share?
When one of my brides wore her mom’s wedding dress. So glad I was there to witness such beautiful moment.
If you weren’t doing what you’re currently doing, what would you want to do instead?
I’ll probably be a photographer, a florist, or an event designer. Definitely something in the wedding industry. I think I work best under pressure.
Where are some of the places on your travel bucket list?
Thailand, Greece, Austria, Ireland, Croatia, Denmark, Norway.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Meeting my baby girl in June, opening my salon suites in May, and of course, getting to glam my brides this year!
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1. I’m a germaphobe.
2. I’m huge fan of Harry Potter and Disney Princesses. I doubt this obsession will stop anytime soon.
3. I was in a singing and dancing group from age 6 to 13 years old while living in Vietnam. I’m pretty sure my grandma has all of my embarrassing performance videos.
Where are your favorite local hangouts and things to do when you’re not working?
You’ll probably find me at the mall, boutique stores or boba tea places.