Studio tour: Face Time Beauty Concierge

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Name: Linsey Snyder Wachalter
Location: Brooklyn Heights, New York
Company: Face Time Beauty Concierge

What is your aesthetic? Pretty, relaxed, and feminine. I love marrying old and new; the juxtaposition of modern and vintage is romantic and glamorous. I am really into the “beach house” feel right now…both my home and my studio resemble that.

How does your style convey your professional aesthetic? I want our studio to feel like home for everyone who walks in.  Hospitality and friendliness are part of the whole experience at Face Time Beauty Concierge. A comfortable, relaxed luxurious atmosphere in our studio symbolizes how we envision the primping part of the wedding day for each bride.

Favorite part of your studio? The garden. When living in NYC, it’s not everyday that you can get your makeup and hair done in a pretty outdoor space…while sipping a mimosa! On quiet days, we work on our laptops under the sun (when it’s not snowing!).

Where do you go for inspiration? Walking the Via’s of Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, and feeling the vibe of it’s glamorous charm and peacefulness, always inspires me. I also draw inspiration from other people’s studios and workplaces. For example, everytime I visit my friend Ariane at her charming twobirds Bridesmaid studio, I always leave with a fresh take on life and a kick in my heals. Something about the experience there makes me happy…

What tools do you use in your business that you cannot live without? First and foremost: An immediate glass of champagne for everyone who walks in our door (over 21)…An amazing Nikon D90 camera to take pictures of the bride during a trial…it gives us an idea of what the makeup and hair will look like in wedding photos. A Face Chart for sketching out the brides individual makeup “look” and writing down special notes to refer to on the day of the wedding. Our collection of fabulous products that are kindly sent to us by the hottest makeup companies, keeps our kits fresh and new. And of course…our makeup brushes.

Is there anything you would upgrade to? Instead of always being stuck in the back of a commercial plane for destination weddings, I wouldn’t mind a “Face Time” private jet! I think that will probably just remain a dream.

Anything else we should know? Must have products for brides to keep in their clutch (or for the Maid of Honor to hold!) 1) My new obsession is POP Beauty…they have an amazing product called “No Show” concealer…it is a concealer and a highlighter in one. I use the highlighter on all of my brides to give them that bridal glow! Perfect for touch ups. POP also has amazing palettes and an incredible price point…Lippy Hippy is a great palette for the maid of honor to keep near. She can use it for the bride and bridal party touch ups throughout the night. Also the “Day to Night” Palette is great for the honeymoon. It’s all a bride would need in her makeup bag! (www.popbeauty.co.uk) 2) “Lip Tar” (any color) is liquid lipstick and will stay on all night long.  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (www.occmakeup.com)

We teach an amazing class called “Makeup and Mimosa’s”…so grab a bunch of your girlfriends and pop by our studio to learn the latest trends and try out the hottest products. ($50 for one person, 2 or more people $30 per person – and receive 3 free products of your choice) Email or call our studio for details.

**Special offer exclusively for Brooklyn Bride readers. Complimentary airbrush/lashes for anyone receiving a makeup application and as much product as you want to steal from our collection, when you visit our studio for a trial 😉

Email or call to set up a trial or book a class: linsey@facetimebeauty.com or 347.294.4846.


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[images from Face Time Beauty Concierge]

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Real wedding: Hayley + Jeff

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We really wanted a wedding that would feel vintage and romantic but with little pops of quirkiness. Jeff and I now live in Philadelphia, but since I’m from Florida, and we met there our freshmen year of college, we thought it would be an appropriate place to tie the knot. South Florida, even in January, can be pretty warm so the weather really threw us for a loop when it was suddenly 40 degrees and rainy. Everyone made-do though, and I was able to borrow my maid of honor’s grandmother’s vintage fur to keep the chill off.

My Grandfather married us at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, which is a very charming little church in Palm Beach. The church has a very quaint, almost cottage-like feel to it. The reception was held at the Flagler Museum, a perfectly preserved mansion built in 1902 by Henry Flagler. Guests had free reign of the museum during the cocktail hour, where we served a couple of our favorite cocktails and listened to a gypsy jazz duo. Flagler is known for building the railroad from the northeast, all the way down to the Florida Keys. His personal train car is held in the room where we had the reception making it feel as though you were actually in a beautiful old train station.

My dress was by Vera Wang and the bridesmaids wore Simple Silhouettes. In my hair I wore pieces by Twigs and Honey and Maria Elena. I designed the wedding stationary and had it printed by Studio on Fire. We really love good food, and our caterer, Chez Gourmet, did a great job of giving us all our favorites, from fried risotto balls and crab cakes to a gelato bar. One of my fabulously talented bridesmaids Lauren Alane, did us the honor of making our adorable cake topper. The amazing Annabel from Belathée was our photographer. I’ve admired Belathée’s work for a long time, so it was a dream to have Annabel capture the day.

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[images from Belathée Photography]

Belathée Photography is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Urban Wed contest

I’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to Urban Wed next week on March 23-24!  We’ve got delicious food and wine tastings, champagne, makeup trials, Studiobooth photoshoot area and much more!  If you’re interested, leave a comment below with which date you’d like to attend and who you’d bring with you!  One special bride will receive a deluxe giftbag with LOTS of extra goodies!

And stay tuned at 1pm…I’ve got a VERY cool wedding shot by Belathée Photography coming up.

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Can anyone else see this is a super cool way to propose?  Or is it just me?

[image from Wonting]

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Real wedding: Karinda + Pete

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Glen Allsop sent me this fabulous Australian wedding and the minute I saw her dress, I was sold!  You have to read to the bottom to hear the story…its totally fate.

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Our aim was to keep our wedding relaxed and casual to make sure that it was a true reflection of who we are and what we enjoy in life.

There are about a gazillion things to love about your wedding day…so many special moments all wrapped up into one very totally unforgettable event. BUT, there is no doubt that one very big and very pretty part of that day will be your wedding dress.
I was lucky to find my wedding dress soon after getting engaged while on a visit home in Melbourne. I didn’t know what I was looking for but I did know I wanted my dress to be something that I was able to wear again.  Walking down Chapel Street in Melbourne my girlfriend suggested we have a look in Collette Dinnigan.  After trying on your typical long, sleeveless wedding gown I decided that what I was looking for was going to be a far cry from your typical wedding dress. I was thinking short, lacey and fun! We came across this beautiful dress which was very 1920’s and I fell in love. Size Medium was the only one left so let’s just bite the bullet and lay by what would be my wedding dress. A BIG tick in the box so early on.

After 6 months of fortnightly payments towards my lay by I’m starting to get extremely excited about seeing my wedding dress.

One week before our wedding I call Collette Dinigian in Melbourne to make my final payment on my dress and was getting my bridesmaid to bring it up with her that week.  My final payment was processed and I’m not sure what made me ask but I did “Could you please check that the slip which goes with my dress is size small??” and the shop assistant went away for ten minutes to check only to come back and tell me that she couldn’t find my dress??

My heart sunk. This MUST be a mistake! I’ve been paying you money for 6 months how could this have possibly happened?

After 2 sleepless nights, different sample dresses sent in the mail for me to choose from I was finally sent via express post my Collette Dinnigian wedding dress. Sure enough they had sold my original dress very early on and they had no other option than to give me her FINAL sample dress of the same design – an archived dress. (This designer must archive one of every design which she makes). The dress fit like a hand in a glove and I felt beautiful!! Although it was extremely stressful and a test of who I am everything came together nicely.

Our wedding day was very much a true reflection of who we are and a very memorable night.

Photographer: Glen Allsop Photography

Ceremony/Reception site: Bilgola Surf Club N.S.W

Planning: Peter and Karinda Morgan

Bridal Party flowers: Ordered fresh from Terry Hills Flower Markets

Music: Rob “Millsy” Mills (LIVE) (Australian Idol finalist 2007)

Bridal Gown and shoes: Collette Dinnigan and Winton Shoes

Bridesmaids: Zimmerman

Groomsmen: Saba

[images from Glen Allsop Photography]

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