Vendor Love: Honey Hair & Beauty

I love the wedding industry vendors I work with. I would not get to create the fabulous wedding photography I do without all the hard work they put in before I get there. I'm so excited to share the story of Honey Hair & Beauty with you. I was introduced to them and their work in May of 2018 and was instantly impressed.

Honey H&B began forming as a concept in winter of 2017. One of the owners, Ashley, was working at a local salon with the other owner, Amber, and founding team-member Chelsea. At the time, Amber was planning her wedding and was somewhat the spark of inspiration for the three. They decided that they wanted to branch off and form their own business focused on weddings, but without the high travel fees that Amber was finding in her research. By January of 2018, Honey Hair & Beauty was officially formed as a business and ready to take clients! To say that the business has taken off like a firework would be an understatement. In their inaugural year of business Honey had 35 weddings on the books, not including repeat business from brides and bridesmaids for non-wedding hair and make-up services.

I asked them "Why Honey?" because I was intrigued by the imagery on the bottom of their website. My significant other is a chemist with his own business, so the honeycomb pattern of Carbon and Hydrogen bonding as the wallpaper of their website made me chuckle as I thought about the double meaning of honey for the aesthetic and the chemical makeup of the various items they use as HMUAs. Ashley tells me that they chose to name the business Honey for a few reasons. They wanted it to stand out from many of the other more stereotypical beauty company names, as well as to symbolize who they are, since bees have a strong sense of community and are quite industrious little workers. Honey also has a double meaning since it's a sweet term of endearment, and the team is helping brides get ready to marry their honey on their wedding day!

When asked what sets Honey apart, I'm told it's their flexibility, value and that they pride themselves on being personable. These ladies are going to get to know you and be your friend (I can vouch for that)! Honey offers both hair and makeup services without charging high fees for travel- there is no travel fee for any location they service within a 50 mile radius of their home-base in Westfield, MA. Most brides spend an average of $150 for both bridal hair and makeup on their wedding day with Honey.

I first came in contact with Honey for Stephanie & Michael's wedding back in May. As soon as I walked in the door I was impressed because they were prepared. Stephanie's house was a tiny Cape and it was packed full of people. But Ashley was there with her own chair, table and light. She could have walked into an empty, pitch-black room and gotten the job done. Chelsea had economized the kitchen table to be a salon station piled high with hairspray, extensions, curlers, straighteners, and more. All the ladies looked fabulous when the team was finished and we had laughs all through the day, too!

All the team members are proficient in all the services offered, however Amber's passion is wedding updos with braids and Ashley is the lead make-up artist. Honey also has a Rolodex of freelance artists that they sometimes work with who are trained in the same quality of work as the core three team members. I asked about a favorite or most challenging wedding, and was met with this response from the team:

"Each wedding is such a unique experience that it really is hard to pick a favorite. We have gotten brides ready in suites, homes, historical churches, horse barns so there is never a dull moment. We are so blessed to be a part of such a special and intimate moment of one of the most important days in a person's life."

Seriously. These ladies are the best, and if you are in need of hair and make-up for your wedding still, you should give them a call. Even if you're just looking for a new regular favorite and you're in the Westfield area, you should look them up, because they are putting down roots and opening a brick-and-mortar, full service salon!

Notes: The first three images in this post are credit to Brionna Rose Photo. The fourth, fifth and second to last images are credit to Honey Hair & Beauty. The last image is credit to Cara Totman Photography.

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