Hawaii Destination Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist

Danielle’s Hawaiian
Wedding Beauty Journey

How we met

Danielle and I met when her family relocated to Houston from Florida. Her dad was going to be a Newscaster for one of our local news stations. I remember her mom telling me that they had been to several salons trying to find a family stylist but had no luck. I then remember telling her “this will be your last stop”. I ended up doing their hair for about 10+ years. I got to watch Danielle and her sister grow up over the years and then one day got asked to do hair and makeup for her wedding. She told me she was having a destination wedding and didn’t really trust someone in somewhat foreign territory to be responsible for her wedding day beauty. I had known the family for years by then so I was definitely honored that they trusted me for such a job. 


The Wedding Day

Let me just say that Hawaii is one of my favorite places to visit. I had been before Danielle’s wedding so I was excited to go back. The water is cool and clear. The sand is warm and tan and the beaches are absolutely beautiful. Her room overlooked the aqua and blue water for miles in both directions and it was simply breathtaking. Danielle was pretty chill on the day of the wedding. We had already done a run through of how her hair would be on the big day here in Houston so there was no pressure. What we didn’t take in to consideration was the higher humidity levels. Danielle had decided to go natural a little while before the wedding so her hair was still transitioning.

Her hair: Since she was now natural, we decided on an updo. I flat ironed her hair, curled it and then rolled her hair on bendable sponge roller that I had gotten from the UK just for her wedding. I needed to leave in the rollers until the very last minute because the humidity was super high. On one side of her head I did a large braid leaving room for a curly cascade of curls on the other side. The wedding and reception was outside near the beach so I was also taking this into consideration as well with the style.

Her makeup: Danielle wanted to look natural. She wasn’t in to heavy makeup nor did she want to look over done. I brought my airbrush machine to use because I knew she would be outside all day and I needed to feel confident that her look would last with minimal touch ups.

For the wedding party: She was not picky with the bridal party look so everyone wore their hair down and their makeup was done in neutral tones.

The Details

Danielle and Mike’s wedding was beautiful. The weather was perfect and pleasant. Because the wedding location was not in the city of Oahu, The couple had guests bussed in to the private location. The wedding ceremony overlooked the beach and the reception was open yet tented for shade. 

Wedding Location: Lanikuhonua Beach, Kapolei, Hawaii
Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty