Above the flowers, above the shoes even above the wedding gown…there is hair and makeup. Because let’s face it, fashion changes, but a beautiful beauty look on your wedding day is timeless.
One of the most popular choices for wedding day hair and makeup in Las Vegas for brides and their besties is Glamsquad 702. They are a team of professional stylists, makeup artists and team members managed by James Carriera. James was born and raised in Hawaii, and spent many years dancing in production shows – something that sparked an interest in beauty and style. Working for big beauty names like Chanel, Estée Lauder and Lancôme allowed him to hone his knowledge in the field in many cities around the world before settling down in Las Vegas.
He was kind enough to answer this Q&A, and offer some tips for all brides getting ready for their wedding, and what you can expect if you hire Glamsquad for your wedding day hair and makeup looks. Be sure to scroll through to get to Glamsquad’s social media accounts – the before and afters of their clients are absolutely breathtaking, and I love the photos of the brides smiling after their transformation. Truly beauty from within.
For those readers out there who may not know who you are, please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about Glamsquad!
I am James Carriera, founder of Nevada’s premier beauty and styling company. Glamsquad is a culture, a concept, a dream. We aspire to be the company in Las Vegas that you call for hair and makeup for photography and event styling. We partner with you to manage every part of your vision, making memories that last forever.
How many years have you been in business and how did you get into hair and makeup artistry?
I have been in business for over 25 years. As a professional dancer, I was exposed to stage makeup. I was a single parent and needed a way to support my children, so I used makeup artistry to keep us afloat.
Can you describe the Glamsquad signature look for brides?
Glamsquad’s signature looks for brides are timeless and glamorous.
Where do you find your daily inspiration?
Our daily inspiration comes from the women in our lives and the ladies we make connections with on a daily basis. Being with these clients is like a living classroom – we are constantly learning from every woman’s inner-self.
What is your preferred way to work with clients initially – email, in person, telephone? Should the client be bringing photos of what they envision their look to be?
Out of convenience and since most of our brides are out-of-state clients, we start with an initial phone call or email. We always encourage potential clients to Google us, check out our website and reviews made by brides we’ve worked with.
Model Joanna Krupa recently had her makeup done by Glamsquad
Although you are probably best known for your wedding day beauty services, do you provide any other services?
We do it all! We specialize in different categories, including celebrities, television, print editorial, events and photography. We also take pride in the belief that philanthropy is a real part of our job description. We regularly lend our services to non-profits and the community because we believe “you get what you give.”
What’s the best way a bride can prepare for her trial or wedding day makeup?
In preparation for the big day, we always recommend pulling photos of style and looks that the bride wants—the more you give us, the more we can give you. Of course, we also recommend taking time to celebrate your wedding. Brides tend to get caught in the stress of planning, but we want brides to take a moment and remember why they are doing this! Celebrate the journey and take time to acknowledge this beautiful experience.
What would you recommend brides NOT do ahead of the wedding day?
Sometimes it can be tough, but remember not to stress or forgo sleep – if you feel your best, you will look your best. We also recommend not to alter eyebrows or undergo skin manipulations (facials) 72 hours before. If you’ve never done eyelash extensions, we advise to stay away from them unless you are working with someone you know well. Many of our brides have reactions to adhesive, which does not lead to good results.
Anything else brides should know about the Glamsquad experience?
When working with Glamsquad, expect the best—plan on sharing something about you and your journey. We love getting to know the ladies we are providing memories for!
Have you noticed a change in what brides are asking for in terms of hair and makeup for their weddings? Do you see any big trends popping up for 2014?
Trends are trends, but clean, timeless looks are beautiful mainstays.
What is the one thing you wish brides coming to the city for destination weddings knew?
When coming to Las Vegas on a destination wedding, always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This is a very dry location and women tend to forget something this simple.
On a typical Sunday I am usually…. but I’d rather be …
On a typical Sunday, there is nothing more that I want than to be with my nieces and grandchildren.
If I wasn’t a wedding beauty guru I’d probably be:
If I wasn’t a beauty guru, I would probably be a social worker.
Favorite song currently getting turned up in the car:
John Legend’s “All of Me” is what is turned up in my car.
Favorite product(s) right now:
One of my favorite products right now is Make Up Forever HD Foundation – it looks amazing on film.
Glamsquad 702 Events
3956 Royal Viking Way
Las Vegas, Nevada
You can see more of James’s and Glamsquad’s gorgeous styling and looks at http://www.Glamsquad702.com You may also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram! They are also found in Beautiful Bride Magazine!
All photos courtesy Glamsquad 702 Events.
Little Vegas Wedding has featured weddings at St Joseph Husband of Mary Church before – it is one of my personal favorite spots for a classic church ceremony. The space is magnificient and perfect for the solemn exchanging of vows to one another, as Mishella and Carlo did in June.
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Do you remember this incredible Day of the Dead wedding? The one full of totally amazing handmade items reflecting rockabilly Vegas wedding style? Well many of those items – the boutonnieres, the hair flowers, the bouquets – were made by Little Asian Sweatshop.
I asked Fenny, the designer, shop owner and maid of honor at the featured wedding a few questions about her geek chic designs. I know many of you are always looking for a little bit of Sin City style to include in your wedding day accessories and fashion, and Little Asian Sweatshop designs are just that: quirky and cool with just the right little touch of Vegas! She also does styles for men, including bow ties and boutonnieres.
Fenny doesn’t just do Vegas, though. Her designs also incorporate hugely popular fandoms like Doctor Who, comic book characters like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, even Magic the Gathering and Harry Potter. They’re a perfect add on for your wedding day (or everyday) attire as a hint to your favorite TV show, video game or other wonderfully nerdy passion.
Since today is Black Friday I thought we’d get our own hype going and Little Asian Sweatshop has teamed up to host a giveaway for readers of the blog, so be sure to enter to win a one of a kind playing card hair accessory below!
But, onto the Q&A!
Little Vegas Wedding – Hi Fenny, thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you and about your designs! What would you categorize your design style as?
Little Asian Sweatshop – I like to think of my design style as “nerd meets rockabilly”. I’ve always been drawn the rockabilly aesthetic (seriously ladies, I have yet to find a body-type that doesn’t look totally adorable and sexy in rockabilly style!), but I am a *huge* nerd at heart. I think the juxtaposition classic and feminine with geeky and boyish makes for a fun and exciting look.
Like chocolate covered bacon (with less calories!) :D
LVW - When and why did you start designing wedding accessories?
LAS – I started designing wedding accessories when my best friend Paige got engaged! I wanted to come up with something fun and new for her wedding. At first, I tried to make a dress out of playing cards but I just couldn’t get it to work.
As I was sitting in my work-room, wondering where I went wrong, I noticed that all the cards scattered on my floor looked like a blanket of petals…and after a couple days of experimenting, I texted a picture to Paige my first prototype for the Playing Card hair flower, and I could practically hear her squealing via text!
Together, we made those Playing Card flowers as party favors and for her wedding bouquet. As I was pulling these looks together, it brought back how much I loved making wedding bouquets and corsages (my family owns a florist, where I worked from high school through college). It sounds corny, but there’s something so magical about knowing that you’re making something for a couple’s most important day together.
LVW – Do you do special orders? What are some of the items you’ve done by request?
LAS - Yes! I *love* special orders! It’s what challenges me and makes what I do so fun! My craziest order was to make centerpieces from my playing card flowers for a casino-themed party. The party planner’s original plans fell through, so last minute, she contacted me to come up with a whole concept for 300 guests – and have it delivered … within a month. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was also such a rush to pull together something so much in such a short amount of time!
My favorite (besides Paigey’s wedding of course) was making the wedding bouquet for a friend’s wedding. She didn’t know what she wanted, but she knew she wanted to incorporate New York City, comic books, novels, and Doctor Who (all the things they love) into a bouquet.
It was so much fun to come up with different ideas, and play with colors, shapes and textures with all these elements to create a cohesive and beautiful look that also reflected her personal style. These are my favorite types of projects; when I get to stretch creatively while helping a bride figure out what is her vision for her wedding. I love sending them progress photos and then hearing back “I wasn’t sure what I wanted…until I saw your photos!”
LVW – Are your products made by hand?
LAS- Yes! I make everything by hand! It’s the only way I can ensure that each petal, feather and rhinestone is placed exactly where I need it to be – and that it won’t fall apart at the first gust of wind. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I try to buy handmade as much as possible, since that gives me a greater sense of confidence for the quality.
LVW – Will you be appearing at any crafting shows this fall and winter?
LAS - Nothing in the next few months. My last show for the year is usually Baltimore Comic Con or Mobtown Greasers Ball in September. I need October through November to prep for the holiday rush and to get cracking on creating new products and playing with new ideas.
Starting in January, I’ll be at a couple local roller derby bouts (Charm City Roller Girls and the DC Roller Girls), before kicking off the spring and summer road shows. If anyone would like to see me at a show near you, please contact me! I’m always looking for new shows to vend (plus I just love traveling and this is such a great excuse to visit new places!)
Thank you so much Fenny! I love her designs and the idea of incorporating fandom and pop culture into a wedding!
If you’re as big of a fan as I am, be sure to enter the giveaway, below!
Win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards by Little Asian Sweatshop. The hair flower features a clever lucky die nestled in the heart of each poker card rose. This fascinator is secured to a metal clip that is easy to use, yet strong enough to hold even in silky straight hair.
This 4.5″ (approximately) “Luck Be a Lady” poker card hair flower comes in any of the four suites (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs), or as mixed suite. The prize includes shipping anywhere in the world.
Contest Details and Legal Stuff:
Prize: One lucky reader will win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards lovingly created by Little Asian Sweatshop. Prize includes shipping directly from the Little Asian Sweatshop headquarters.
To Win: One winner will be selected at random via PunchTab and announced on the blog on December 11 2013.
Open to: All entrants from all countries.
Contest Closes: Tuesday December 10 2013 at 8:00am (Pacific Time)
To Enter: Enter the contest by entering your email or Facebook info. You can also receive bonus entries by liking Little Asian Sweatshop or Little Vegas Wedding on Facebook, or by favoriting Little Asian Sweatshop on Etsy. Use the widget below to make entering easy and cycle through the options at the bottom extra times.
Las Vegas is probably the best spot to really wear what you want to on your wedding day. It might be a downtown vintage era wedding that would suit a full skirted tea-style little white gown. Or perhaps a luxury lounge ceremony that can support a fashion forward and high drama wedding gown label, much like today’s styled bridal shoot. The city can support so many gorgeous looks and styles!
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Hilary and Ian are a sweet couple with a cute “how we met” story (and cute outfits!) Jodi of j anne photography (their photographer) shared that story on her blog; it’s one which began when the couple were just about to begin college. They found themselves on the same cruise ship with their families. Drawn together, they forged a long-distance friendship on that trip that eventually brought them together at the same university, and a romance blossomed.
After Ian proposed in a significant spot to the both of them – Seaport Village in San Diego – the couple began planning a wedding to be held in the summer of 2014 at Four Seasons Las Vegas. Which is exactly where j anne photography captured their romantic engagement session featured today.
Congratulations, Hilary and Ian!
Engagement Session Shot on Location at Four Seasons Las Vegas by j anne photography