I See Wise is a professional wedding makeup and hair styling company based out of San Francisco and Monterey, California. Being in the business for over 10 years, Carly Wise has developed a deep appreciation for natural beauty. This is why she will work to highlight the natural beauty and features in you, the bride, and your bridal party. Carly has also notably taught many of her past clients tips, tricks, and techniques to make makeovers last a longer amount of time. Let I See Wise develop a naturally beautiful look for you and your bridesmaids on your wedding day.
I See Wise offers professional hair and makeup packages to accommodate the busy bride and her bridesmaids. All beauty packages include consultations prior to the wedding event, professional hair and makeup, coordination with multiple stylists, and multiple styles. They even offer men’s grooming services! Other services offered include:
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Jennifer K. · Married on 07/03/2020
The best in the business
I was once where you are now, o reader of reviews. Looking across a vast internet of bridal ideas, a million tabs open on my browser (half of them Etsy), Instagram somehow knowing that I was getting married and volunteering images of aspirational brides (aka models) for my already overwhelmed and intimidated self... and having no idea how to evaluate and distinguish between wedding vendors I found online. If this sounds familiar, I'm glad you are reading this. I can help. Let me tell you about Carly.
In short, booking Carly will be one of the best decisions you make about your wedding (besides your spouse). I'll explain.
Carly has the polish, technical skill and professionalism of an artist you'd find on a Hollywood movie set, magazine shoot, catwalk, or red carpet event, but -- this is key -- she translates her considerable skillset into the challenges, quirks, and creative rewards of real-person, real-world circumstances. She spends a lot of time getting to know your style, your attributes (hair texture, skin tone, frame, bone structure, features you want to highlight or work around), and your personal style. Natural, classic, glam, edgy or classic -- I could see Carly being equally adept in all of it.
After an initial phone consult, Carly will arrive at your trial prepared with several ideas and an open mind, and she will work with you to experiment, consider, problem-solve, and rule out ideas. And if you change your mind after the trial about the look you want, Carly can roll with it! She will not make you feel pressured or locked into any look. I totally changed my desired hairstyle and color palette after my trial, and Carly listened to my rationale, considered the photos I texted her, examined photos she took of me at my trial, did a little product research, and came to my wedding day with a modified (and absolutely perfect) game plan. She also did my mom's hair and makeup, and made her look so elegant, fresh, and naturally stunning that my mom's friends took photos to try to copy Carly's techniques later on.
I never told Carly this, but before I met her, I was pretty nervous about my bridal hair and makeup. It is such a personalized thing, and I knew it would be a defining aspect of how I was going to feel that day. A wedding is a lot of things, but in many ways it's like a one-act play where you are onstage the whole time. Oh... and no pressure or anything, but hair and especially makeup can make (or break) your photos.
And let's be honest... you know you want to feel like a goddess in those photos.
I think that hair and makeup artistry is an exercise in trust, communication, and shared vision. I imagine it's one of the hardest jobs of the wedding because people have so much invested in how they look and feel that day. Carly offers an option to stay through the ceremony to touch up makeup and hair before the reception, and I strongly recommend this, as have other reviewers. It is a wise option since you will have been in that makeup chair starting hours before the ceremony start time.
Finally, at the trial and the wedding day, you will have an opportunity to get to know Carly and discover what an interesting, smart and wonderful person she is -- and this matters. It matters because wonderful people are worth knowing, but also because you need someone grounded, funny, and peaceful at your side on this day in particular. Carly will make your time in her chair feel like a meditation and an effortless talk with an old friend. She will be kind and genuine with your mom or grandma, and if you have a bridal party, they will all want to book her for their next event the minute they see her handiwork.
Give Carly a call and you'll see what I mean.Sent on 04/29/2020
Angela Peterson · Getting married on 08/06/2021
Stop your search and hire Carly!
I feel so incredibly lucky to have found Carly. My husband (eeek! that's fun to say, we just got married a few weeks ago!) and I originally planned for our wedding to be in Sonoma County pre-pandemic. We made the decision to keep our original wedding date of 6.20.2020 but marry in my sister's backyard, in the city we live in (1.5 hours south from Sonoma County) in front of immediate family. Switching locations meant switching vendors!
When I came across Carly, I instantly knew that I wanted her to make me feel like the most beautiful version of myself on my big day. I was so happy when she let me know that she was available on my wedding date.
Due to me reaching out last minute and during a global pandemic, I did not have a trial run with Carly and it didn't worry me even the slightest bit. My husband and I invested a lot of money in our photographer and videographer, and I felt very comfortable moving forward without a trial because of all the photos I saw of Carly's work. I wanted to look like a glowy, dewy, summery, NATURAL goddess with some glam on the eyes. She completely exceeded my expectations. My makeup looked absolutely INCREDIBLE! I have never felt so beautiful in my life!
Carly texted me the morning of to let me know that she was excited for my big day and also to give her ETA. Unfortunately, when she arrived, there was quite a bit of family drama and negativity happening. I was sad and in tears for quite a bit but Carly was so supportive and ultimately put me in a better mood. It honestly felt like I had another best friend there, someone I've known for a long time and yet, this was my first time meeting her!
Carly has the most incredible energy and bent over backwards to make sure I felt loved, supported, beautiful, and that I had everything I needed. I have told my husband several times that having her there (aside from her doing my makeup so beautifully) was truly a highlight of my big day.
I honestly considered sleeping in my makeup that night because I did not want to take it off. Again, I have never felt so beautiful in my life! Carly made me look like ME and enhanced all of my features.
It's important to mention that Carly did mine and my MOH's makeup during a global pandemic. She wore a medical-grade mask, was constantly cleaning/sanitizing her hands and the makeup brushes, etc. and truly made us feel safe and comfortable.
ALSO, Carly took photos and videos and sent them all to me the night of our wedding. She captured a video of the back view of my dad and I walking down the aisle. It is such a beautiful video!
I can't recommend Carly enough! She is the absolute best of the best, wildly talented, kind, down to earth, fun, friendly, and so professional. You will not regret booking her!Sent on 07/10/2020
Theresa · Married on 07/25/2020
So great to work with Carly!
I had a wonderful time working with Carly while getting ready for my wedding. She was so sweet and supportive and did a wonderful job. I have never felt more beautiful and natural than when Carly did my makeup. I would highly highly recommend her to anyone! Had a great experience. She even let my wedding party borrow her curler.Sent on 08/09/2020