Toni first contacted us early last year, over a year before her wedding, when her wedding planner Sharon referred her to us. Toni immediately booked her wedding date with us, and also scheduled a makeup appointment for her engagement shoot, performed by one of our fab artists Jasmine. I personally didn't get to meet Toni until the morning of her wedding when Kay & I arrived at her hotel in Naperville IL to do makeup for her and her bridal party. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful she was. She looked like a model, and it didn't hurt that she also had an absolutely beautiful and sweet personality.
Toni was nice enough to take the time fo give us a little insight on some of her wedding details and advice. We are thrilled to have Toni as our first featured bride in our long procrastinated "Crystal-Eyez Bridal Spotlight" series. Enjoy!
Name: Toni Dale
How did you meet your now husband?
We initially met in high school we didn't really know each other well then. We reconnected on social media (lol). I actually asked him out, honestly I wasn't even sure if he was dating anyone. I definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone...luckily he was available so it all worked out : )
And how did he propose?
We had made a bet several months before Christmas on ho can purchase the best Christmas present under $25. We exchanged gifts and he presented me with a DVD. He'd composed pictures that we had taken throughout our relationship and at the end he stated that he looked forward to our future together. I LOVED it so much that I wanted to play it again. When I reached over to press play, he was on one knee. He definitely caught me by surprise, it was very sentimental and romantic : )
When and where did you get married?
We were married on July 5 2014 at City Gate Grille in Naperville. We had an outdoor ceremony overlooking the pond.
What made you choose Crystal-Eyez as your wedding makeup artist?
My wedding planner worked with Crystal Eyez before, she initially made the recommendaction. I was blown away by the work that I saw on the online gallery. I believe we booked Crystal-Eyez a year in advance to ensure availability. I knew I wanted to work with Bisi for our wedding day.
What was your desired wedding makeup look?
I rarely wear makeup, but I knew that I wanted to look Fabulous. I honestly did not visualize a specific look with specific colors. I knew that I was in good hands. I trusted Bisi and decided to just give her creative license. She picked out my colors altogether, it was outside the box for me but it looked absolutely stunning. I was very pleased with how everything turned out.
What advice do you have for future brides?
Don't sweat the small stuff. Our wedding day was the happiest day of my life. I was determined not to let ANYTHING ruin our day or put me in a bad mood. We put so much time and energy into the planning process. We enjoyed and treasured each moment. My husband and I focused on our love and we had such a flawless day, full of happiness and joy : )
Many thanks to Toni for the insight and advice!
Want to know the products I used to create Toni's wedding day look?
On her Face:
- Cetaphil Moisutizer
- Smashbox Photofinish foundation primer
- Mac Studio Finish Fluid foundation
- Mac Studio Finish concealer
- Ben Nye Banana & Topaz powders
- Mac Optimistic Orange blush
- Mac Gold Deposit Mineralized Skin Finish
On her Eyes:
- Mac Spiked brow pencil
- Crystal-Eyez eye shadow primer
- Ben Nye Iced Gold & Aztec Gold eye shadows
- Mac Soft Brown & Sketch eye shadows
- Bobbi Brown Black Ink gel eyeliner
- Red Cherry false lashes #415
On her Lips:
- Mac Magenta lip liner
- Mac Pink Poodle lipstick
- Crystal-Eyez Lust lipgloss
Here is the review Toni left us on weddingwire:
"I selected Crystal-Eyez as a vendor because I was so impressed by her work that I viewed online. I was confident that her team would do a great job. The day of the wedding they arrived on time and ready to work. There were 7 women in total and everyone was happy with their results. I usually do not wear make up so any pop of color is foreign to me. I decided to step outside my box and go with the colors Bisi selected for me. I am SO glad I did. I received so many compliments and my pictures were FLAWLESS. Amazing work, professional service and reasonable prices. So happy I choose Crystal-Eyez. They exceeded my expectations."