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What a great find! After waiting until the last minute to decide on hair and makeup for my big day and after being told "no, already booked" by more people than not, I stumbled across Elaine. By luck (truly), Elaine was free the weekend of my wedding and felt the need to jump on the opportunity. I used Elaine for my hair and makeup, and for the hair of 4/5 of my bridesmaids; nobody left disappointed. The trial run of the makeup went well, and Elaine was very open to hearing about my feedback and made notes on what was done so that it would be perfect for the day-of. On my actual wedding day, the makeup was even better than the trial run (making my mother cry just by looking at her), and everybody's hair was exactly as they had imagined/had envisioned. Both the make-up and hair lasted through the night (and even held up through the rain). Responses to emails could sometimes be delayed (she is a busy lady) and even though there was some confusion in getting to my townhouse that did cut into our allotted hair/make up time the day of, everybody got done and it all looked great!!
I booked Elaine through a recommendation from my photographer (and I learned that these do not come easily since vendors are putting their own names on the line when recommending others). Elaine was amazing and thankfully available (as she does limited number of weddings each month). Her MANY years of experience clearly show through in her professionalism, personality, and flexibility…and of course her MAKEUP and HAIR was exactly what I wanted. I did a trial run with Elaine just for my hair, showing her just a few pictures (that matched my style and age range obviously) and she picked up on what I wanted immediately and able to replicate it during the trial. I ended up booking her for my mom’s makeup and hair as well (without a trial) and she catered to the fact that my mom typically wears no make-up and has frizzy, curly hair. Elaine came to my hotel the day of and was right on time (I in fact was running behind and frantically jumping out of the shower drying my hair as she was arriving). No issues though, she started with my makeup first and any minor changes I wanted she did with ease. She then moved onto my hair and nailed it (exactly like the trial); her products were amazing and everything stayed in place all night long. She even gave me a lil touch up bag that had bobby pins, my custom lip color, and shine powder (by the way, didn’t have to add our touch my hair all night). She was so amazing, and dealt with me as I put together my bouquet while she worked on my hair! I would highly recommend Elaine for wedding hair and makeup – just make sure to book way ahead of time!
Elaine is the best. Look no further. She's incredible at her job. Her artwork speaks for itself. We've known Elaine for 3 years and since then she has done all our events, my wedding, my sisters, my friends, and any event I need in between.
I'm not ready for this relationship to be over!!!
Elaine is the best of the best! She is professional in every sense of the word and a very talented makeup artist. She is quick to respond to all correspondence, very clear about pricing and timing. AND she's hilarious!
I switched my hair style a bit the morning the of the wedding and she was able to do it perfectly. I felt like the most beautiful bride. My bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law were all extremely pleased with their hair and make-up and were amazed how she fit us all in. I can't say enough about how wonderful Elaine is to work with. She is a rare find...book her, you won't be dissappointed!
awwwww! It was my pleasure to become both your hair and makeup artist for your big day as well as your friend!!!!!! Thank you for the awesome words, I really really appreciate it and YOU!!!!
Elaine is professional, personable, and flexible. That said, I did not feel that the makeup/hair quality matched the price. I wish I had gone with someone else or just done my own makeup/hair.
OH MY GOODNESS... I am floored by this review. I am literally racking my brain to think of which of my brides this could be!!!!! It's my personal mission to make sure before I leave I hear my bride say "I love it!!!!!!!!" and I honestly can not think of anyone who hasn't relayed their happiness with my work.... please please please let me know which one of my brides this is and we can discuss a refund!!!! I am really floored by this and hope we can settle this soon!!!!!
Elaine was perfect. She was very responsive over email (which was comforting for me since I was planning a wedding in NC while I was living in CA), she arrived on time on the day of, she was very friendly and pretty darn funny, and she estimated the time it would take to finish everyone's hair and makeup PERFECTLY. We were out the door right on time, which was very important to me. Oh, and did I mention the fact that we all looked AMAZING? We had a classy yet earthy feel going on, which included a herb garland I wanted in my hair, and she incorporated it PERFECTLY. I was able to enjoy my special day to the fullest because I knew I looked exactly how I pictured and I looked AMAZING. That's a good feeling to have.
I had the pleasure of having Elaine do my hair and make-up for my wedding along with my wedding party. Elaine is like having another girlfriend helping you get ready except she does an exceptional job with make-up AND hair and she kept us on-time. Actually, I think I was ready EARLY for the first time in my life. Wedding hair and make-up is expensive but Elaine is really the best value you are going to get in Raleigh, she comes with so much experience and she is so easy to work with. I recommend the trial, I did it with my bridal portraits...my portrait looks amazing and it had to be the make-up. I didn't really like my engagement pics and I think it's simply because I didn't have enough or the right make-up on. It really makes a difference! Elaine is such a gem to have in Raleigh, any pictures I take going forward she will be doing my make-up. Thank you, Elaine for making "getting ready for the wedding" such an easy and relaxing experience!
Hi Danielle!!!!! Thanks so much for the amazing review! It was a pleasure being part of your big day!!!!!! :)
Elaine is the most amazing makeup and hair artist. She listens to your vision, but also comes with creative ideas to make you feel and look your best on your big day. Elaine's professionalism and bright spirit is a breath of fresh air compared to the natural chaos that ensues on your wedding day. She helps to keep your day fun and enjoyable. She not only had the ability to transform myself into a glowing beauty, but also my entire wedding party. After getting my pictures back, I'm in awe at how she was able to create a look I'd always dreamed of- oh and that lasted the entire day and night - even outside!
I was the mother of the groom and Elaine made this special day even more perfect for me!!! Because of her I felt wonderful the entire day! She did my hair and makeup flawlessly! Despite me throwing a last minute change on her for hairstyle. She listened to my feedback and was so calming, courteous and professional. When I requested a trial, she was quick to respond and scheduled it in a timely manner. She also referred me to other beauty professionals (tan & spa) who were amazing and gave me discounts because she was my referral! The value she provided to me for the day was the confidence that this middle-age woman could still feel beautiful. Priceless!
Awwwww. Thank you so much Denise it was such a pleasure for me to work with you and Melissa! Im so happy the day went well!
Elaine was great to work with. She was friendly, professional, and very organized. I did a trial hair/makeup run with her about a month before the wedding and loved both the way it turned out and that she took such great notes and pictures to make sure she could do it all again on the wedding day.
She was also incredibly flexible. I ended up having to add a lot more hair services after I signed the initial contract, but she didn't miss a beat and brought in extra help to get everything done. I also wanted to get makeup done for my handicapped grandmother before the wedding; Elaine was more than happy meet my grandmother while she was still in the car, so she wouldn't have to get out of the car twice. (And my grandmother looked beautiful!)
Overall, I am glad I hired Elaine - she worked quickly, was very calm on the day of the wedding, and did a great job.
Elaine Harrison was great! I had a hair and makeup trial a few months before my wedding. I was very pleased with the result so I booked her without considering anyone else. None of my bridesmaids had been planning on getting their hair or makeup done, but when I showed them the pictures of my trial run they all changed their minds. Elaine brought another woman with her and between the two of them, they were able to do my hair and makeup, 5 bridesmaids hair and makeup, and 2 junior bridesmaids hair. She was very quick and efficient about it. Everyone was very pleased with their looks. We had plenty of time to spare as well. I highly recommend Elaine to any bride that doesn't want to have another thing to worry about on her wedding day. Thank you Elaine!
Thank you so much for the review. It was great to be a part of your big day and I'm so happy everything went well!
Elaine and her assistant Lillian did the hair and makeup for 7 of us: myself, my mom, my (now) mother-in-law, my MOH & 3 bridesmaids, and then just the makeup of my grandmother. I live out of the state so didn't have the chance to do a trial run, but was super happy with the final results. They showed up on time, were fast and efficient, and everyone ended up beautiful and happy (with leftover time to spare, phew!). Elaine did all of the makeup (and my hair), and Lillian did a gorgeous job with the hair. I had a few ideas of how I wanted my hair done, and Elaine looked at those on the spot and helped figure out what would work with my hair type. Everyone's makeup was beautiful, and although I wasn't originally a fan of fake eyelashes, I felt that she did an awesome job with them and helped make them look natural. Elaine was one of the more reasonably priced makeup artists I found as well. Would highly recommend!
Elaine is such a pro! We had a trial set up for a certain day, but the day before, she called me and said that she had seriously injured her hand. She was willing to fight through the pain to hold the trial, but that would have been awful! Rescheduling was easy, so we went with that option instead. When I arrived for my trial, I brought photos of the look I was going for, but she barely even needed them. She knew exactly what I wanted on makeup, and merged the hairstyles that I liked to create a super loose chignon that was exactly what I had in mind. On the day of, my bridesmaids and I were running about 15 minutes late due to slow restaurant service. Elaine called for backup and an assistant showed up about an hour later- as a result, everything was done on time! She was extremely nice throughout the whole process (despite our lateness!), and I enjoyed chatting with her while she worked. My girls and I all felt beautiful, and our confidence showed up in the photos! Her services were worth every penny, and if I could give her more stars, I would!
I just got married March 30, 2013 and Elaine did my hair & make up, plus my 2 bridesmaids for my wedding...she is AMAZING! I've never felt more beautiful, my hair and make up was FLAWLESS. Not only is Elaine a true artist at her craft, she has the best attitude and professionalism. For example, the country club I got married at was having a huge Easter function the day of my wedding (which they failed to tell me about) so they had to move us around while we were trying to get ready and I know that was a big inconvenience for Elaine and everybody but she was so kind and understanding about it. She made me feel more relaxed b/c I was freaking out at first! She doesn't rush you and she gets her job done efficiently. Plus, I was a bride on a budget and she doesn't overprice you, even though her work is over the top amazing. I HIGHLY recommend her!!!
I loved loved my make up and hair. Elaine is very good at what she does, very flexible and very nice person to work with. Everyone loved my make up and I looked beautiful :) Thank you Elaine!!
I hired Elaine to do hair and makeup for myself and my wedding party (two moms, MOH and JBM) and we were all very happy with the results. One of the things I liked best about working with Elaine was that she really listened to each of us when we described what we wanted. If something wasn’t quite right, she was able to adjust it so that it was perfect. Since there were five of us, Elaine came to my parents’ house to get us all ready. She was very respectful of being in someone’s home with all her equipment and took steps to protect the furniture, etc.
Elaine worked pretty swiftly, but never seemed to be rushed or made us feel rushed. I did do both a hair and make up trial with her about two months prior to the wedding and recommend you do as well. This helped Elaine know exactly what to do on the day of the wedding and made it easy on my since I didn’t have to make any decisions that day. Our whole wedding party looked gorgeous – not overly done but glamorous versions of ourselves.