Destination Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist

Krystal’s Dallas, Texas
Wedding Beauty Journey

How we met

Krystal and I have known each other for years. In fact, I knew her before she knew me because I knew her when she was in her mother’s womb. Her older sister is my best friend so I’ve known the Cox family for many years. Because Krystal and I had ties via our families, we often spent time together at each other’s house and celebrating events together. I’ve watched her grow throughout the years into a beautiful young woman who continues to create her own path in both her personal life and in business.

She booked me for beauty services for both her bridal shower and her wedding day giving me free rein to create the looks I felt were best for her events. That is the first time a bride has ever trusted me to do that in this capacity.


The Wedding Day

Krystal was no different from any of my other brides on their wedding day wanting things to go as planned and as promised. Because she chose to do her bridal portraits the day of the wedding I ended up doing her hair and makeup first. She had no clue as to how I was going to do her hair and makeup and didn’t want to know until the day of the wedding. I had her send me inspiration photos prior to the day (as I do with all of my brides) so that we could be on the same page with the look and boy were we! Clearly her dress was going to be the focal point of the day so I didn’t want her beauty look to compete with it.

Her hair: I chose a classic chignon bun in the back with small detail. Because of the crown she wore, I had to create a more flat bang on one side and a sleek side on the other. She chose to have a sew-in with leave out so all I had to add was a stuffing piece to make sure her chignon didn’t flatten out.

Her makeup: Earlier in the year, Pat McGrath had released a number of eye shadow palettes. The one I purchased had a beautiful emerald green shimmery shadow in it that I knew would be perfect for Krystal’s look. I incorporated that shadow with smokey greens and black. Lashes were “wispies” and were doubled for additional fullness and fluff. For her foundation, we chose airbrush makeup that way it would hold up during her bridal portrait session (outside in 48 degree weather), the wedding and the reception. On her lips, I went with a nude tone, again I didn’t want to take away from the dress and the overall look.

For the wedding party: Krystal wanted her bridesmaids to have a sleek ponytail so Zaneta brought in hair extensions for each person and installed them. Karin, Krystal’s sister had a more full loose wavy ponytail since she was the Matron of Honor and would be dressed slightly different as well. Since the bridesmaids were wearing all white we could choose any color palette we wanted but chose a classic look with Mia and I using Neutral tones and shimmer shades. Lashes were applied and fluffed, finishing things off with a neutral lip.

The Details

Krystal and Damon’s wedding at The Castle at Rockwall was like none that I had experienced before. The venue alone with unique and beautiful.

Venue: The Castle at Rockwall
Wedding Planner: Inspired by Faith Weddings & Events
Brides Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Bridesmaids Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Bridesmaids Hair: Zaneta Bur
Flowers: Kate Foley Designs
Photographer: Teshorn Jackson Photography
Cake: Renaissance Cake Company
Videographer: Harmland Weddings
DJ: Go DJ Rob
Wedding Gown: Ese’ Azenabor Atelier

What did Krystal Say?

“There are soooo much that I can say and not enough words to express how AMAZING Nyoka Gregory Beauty is! I was one of her brides that lives in Dallas and when I tell you she never skipped a beat! She was available every time I called or texted. She was so professional. When I needed her for my engagement photos she was there and on time! I thought my makeup was STUNNING! I thought surely it can’t get better then this! I was sooooo wrong!”…read more.

Krystal & Damon’s engagement and wedding have been published in MunaLuchi Bride.
A multicultural wedding magazine.

Photographer, Teshorn Jackson’s first dance photo was featured on the Rangefinder Magazine blog as the “Photo of the day“.