Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holidays=Engagements=Wedding planning!

As of December 2010, over 20 BRIDES are booked for Blush by Wendy Ballance for 2011. It's never too early to book your vendors!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wendy's Favorite Things 2010!

My Favorite Things!!!

I posted a while back some of my favorite products, and I had great feedback! I'm always being asked about my favorite products. It's Christmas time, and are you needing a present for a friend or a loved one? Here is a little advice on some products you can purchase!

Want a photo friendly makeup for your holiday parties?? This is a toss up! I have 2 favorite foundations this year that I have used on weddings and various makeup gigs around town.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation $45.00

If you are normal to dry...this is the foundation for you! It is a water based formula that provides moisture without feeling oily. It photographs beautifully, and it provides a medium coverage. If you would like to try this foundation...let me know! I work for Bobbi!

Revlon PhotoReady makeup is fabulous!

Now, if you have dry skin, I don't recommend this. This is great for normal to oily skin. Do not use a sponge, use your fingers or a foundation brush. This foundation contains light reflecting pigments that make your skin glow! I used this on Lauren, one of my Biltmore brides, and I can't tell you how beautiful her skin looked!

Longer lashes!

I can not take credit for this find! My co-worker Alexa told me about this, and it works! Vaseline is a fantastic conditioner for your lashes! It's cheap, and you put on a small amount on your lashes in the evening. No need to buy $20 products...this is cheap, and it works great! The mascara glides on better, and the lashes grow better!

Need a little help with your eye area?

Bobbi Brown Eye Repair

I have tried so many eye creams over the years, and this is by far my favorite. You can use this am and pm. I'm not going to get all in to what it does and the ingredients because I think women just want to know if it works! IT DOES!

It provides moisture, and also is Bobbi's first eye cream for repair of fine lines and wrinkles.
Don't use too much, I know you are thinking..more cream..less wrinkles...no.

LESS IS MORE! . Tap in under the eye area in the am. PM: Tap on eyelids and brow bone as well. If you would like to order a jar...let me know, I will mail it to you with free shipping!

My favorite mascara...for 2 years in a row!

Cover Girl Lash Blast in Black.

Only the orange tube. If you are needing waterproof...they have it! Make sure you throw away your mascara every 4 months!

Dry Skin this Season?

Benefit Cosmetics makes Bathina Body Cream which smells so good! It does have a slight fragrance so make sure you don't mind the smell. I love it!

Other fantastic Body Creams for Dry Skin

Origins: Precipitation, The Body Shop: Body Butter, Suave: Body Cream (Shea Butter)

More Products Coming Soon! If you ever need recommendatations...email or call!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A few more pictures of FALON!!!

I had to add a few more pictures of Mrs. Falon Speaks from Two Ring Studios. She was a beautiful bride and again, thanks so much to Two Ring for posting these fabulous photos on their blog.
Photography: Two Ring Studios
Wedding Planner: Tara Jordan
Hair: Suraj Salon and Spa
Flowers: The Bloom Room

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friendly advice for brides to be!

Are you a bride and have numerous questions regarding vendors, timelines, costs? I have had a number of inquiries in the past 2 weeks for 2011, and I wanted to answer a few questions that are asked quite frequently. If you have any questions for me...don't hesitate to ask!
1. When should I start booking my vendors?
You should start booking your vendors asap if you are getting married in the Asheville area. If you want to book a certain business/vendor...call them, set up a time to meet, and put the deposit in. Vendors book up months/years in advance. Don't wait until 2011 to book your vendors.
2. Beauty Services..is it better to go to a salon/makeup counter or have the artist come to me on the wedding day?
I advise you to bring your beauty team to you the day of the wedding. If you book time at a salon, you never know if they will be running behind, or traffic on the roads might get you behind. The cost is a litte more for them to come to you...but you won't regret it. They are booked for you and your wedding only.
Makeup Counter/on location: Do you want to deal with mall traffic? Also...to get your makeup done at a counter, it's a 2-3 item purchase which can range from $45.00-$65.00. It's not free, and the beauty artists still have to serve their other customers while working with you. Again, the makeup artist comes on location for you and your bridal party.
3. Should I hire a wedding planner?
I recommend wedding planners. They make your day go a lot smoother...and you don't have to worry about a thing!
4. When should I get my makeup done the day of the wedding?
I advise you to get your makeup done as late as possioble. I understand that you want to get pictures, but if that's the case...hire the makeup artist for a few extra hours to go around with you. They can touch up the makeup right before the ceremony.
5. A few of my bridesmaids want makeup, and a few of them don't. Is that ok?
Not at all, but I will tell you that 99% of the girls that don't sign up for makeup...regret the decision. I have been on a number of weddings where the girls change their mind when they see the makeup. Please advise them to look at websites and the artists work and reviews. I understand there are alot of bad makeup artists out there...but not all of them.
If you have any questions regarding the business here in Asheville, I'm happy to help out with as much as advice as possible! THANKS SO MUCH!
Wendy Ballance

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carrie and Matt, June 2010 at the Biltmore Estate

A fairy tale wedding took place on June 26th, 2010. Carrie and Matt were married at the Basilica and the reception was held at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate. I can't tell you how beautiful the reception area was for this wedding. Carrie is a wedding planner in Florida, and her insanely beautiful ideas came to live with the help of Tara Jordan (Weddings With Tara). It was gorgeous! Corey McNabb does it again...fantastic, amazing, and breath taking photos!

Photos: Corey McNabb
Planner: Tara Jordan
Flowers: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Videographer: Four Seasons Films

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A few more shots of Lauren ;)

There were so many great shots of Lauren Shuping Flack...I had to post a few more candids and this beautiful photo by Woodward and Rick. What a beautiful bride!!!
Lauren was so ready to marry CHAD!!! She was GLOWING!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Face the Nation" with Senator Lindsay Graham (SC)

CBS, Face the Nation with Senator Lindsay Graham!!!

I was so excited when I was asked to come down to Clemson and work with Senator Lindsay Graham for his makeup. It was an early morning...but it was worth it! Senator Graham was extremely nice, and I had the best time..as always...with my 2 favorite camera crew guys..Mario and Randy. I just love them! Here is a clip from this morning.

Friday, October 8, 2010

2011 Wedding Planning

Blush by Wendy Ballance is booking for 2011, and please don't wait to call until next year!
There are a number of weddings on my books already, and I want you to be the next!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Falon Church Speaks, Biltmore Estate, 10/2/2010

Falon and Clay
Falon and Clay were married at Deerpark this past Saturday, and I had the pleasure of working with Two Ring Studios for her portraits a few months ago. This past Saturday, we packed in Falon's suite and did makeup for the mothers, bridesmaids, and Falon. She is a special girl, and I wish her and Clay the happiest marriage ever. Thanks to Tara Jordan with Weddings with Tara for the opportunity to work on this wedding. I am blessed each day with the incredible talent I work with.
Photography: Two Ring Studios
Wedding Planner: Tara Jordan
Hair: Suraj Salon and Spa
Flowers: The Bloom Room
Assistant Makeup Artist for Blush: Kristen Hill

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tiffany at the Grand Bohemian, 9/24/2010

Tiffany and Jason were married at the Grand Bohemian on September 24th!
The Grand Bohemian is located in Biltmore Village, and a gorgeous venue for a wedding. Tiffany is from Mooresville, NC and a JOY to work with! Thanks so much to Sarah Whitmeyer for these fantastic photos!

What a cutie!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Alison and Josh, Married 9-11-2010

I loved working with Alison Miclat on her wedding makeup! Not all brides want that red lipstick...but Ali is different, and I love her for it! She wanted a dramatic look with her makeup...and we nailed it!! She was stunning, and Ryan Bumgarner captured fantastic photos of her and Josh!

Photographer: Ryan Bumgarner
Hair: The Secret Spa
The fantastic Red Lipstick: Bobbi Brown's Red Lipstick

Lauren's Potrait, Wedding at Biltmore Estate, 9/25/2010

Lauren was married last night at the Biltmore Estate, and I am so excited that I get to finally post one of her photos from the portrait shoot with Woodward and Rick photography. Lauren was absolutely stunning last night, and they are off to St.Lucia for their honeymoon. More pictures to follow soon!

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings With Tara
Photography: Woodward and Rick
Flowers: The Bloom Room
Hair: Eden Hughes

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dominique and Andrew's Video by Four Seasons Films

Words can not express the respect I have for Paul Jackson with Four Season Films. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Dominique was so special, and I am thankful to work with such amazing women. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ardie at the Biltmore Estate

Ardie and Mike were married at the Biltmore Estate in September, and these beautiful images were shot by Ashley Felkel. I LOVE this first picture of them! Thanks so much for Ashley for posting photos of these two!

Hair: Suraj Salon and Spa
Florist: Flora Diva
Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Gardner, Biltmore Estate

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Carrie and Matt's Video:June 26th, 2010

Carrie and Matt Darling were married at the Basilica, and their reception was held at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate. Thanks to Tara Jordan with Weddings With Tara for the opportunity to work on this wedding extravaganza!!

I have never seen a wedding like this before. This video sums up this fabulous day! Thanks so much to Paul Jackson with Four Seasons Films for letting me share this!!!

Melissa and Walter at Lake Eden:June 26th, 2010

Melissa and Walter were married at Lake Eden this past June, and I had the pleasure of doing her makeup! Thanks so much to Abigail Seymour for these beautiful shots of the bride and groom! There is also a link posted to their incredible video!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dominique and Andrew, July 31, 2010

Dominique was married at the Biltmore Estate in July, and it was so much fun to work with her and Kristin Byrum on her portrait session and the wedding day. Brides...it's always nice to keep your makeup artist around for touch-ups and just be an assistant to your photographer! Thanks so much to Kristin Byrum Photography for these amazing photos. Kristin and Aaron Byrum are a fabulous couple who would be a FANTASTIC choice for photographers for your special day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2011 Brides


BLUSH BY WENDY BALLANCE IS BOOKING FOR 2011...Please keep in mind that Asheville is a destination town...and the vendors go fast! I'm happy to recommened fantastic vendors!
Wendy Ballance