Real brides, real reviews
Some of the praise we’ve received from our brides, as seen on The Knot, Yelp, and Wedding Wire.
I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to have had your girls as a part of our special day. It was the best day of our lives and they made it even better. All the girls and myself felt our absolute best and we couldn’t have done it without Once Upon a Bride! Thank you Gaby, Carmine, Jamie, and Karen.
Brittany, October 2016
New York Athletic Club
I LOVED my hair and makeup . . . Destiny and Karen did a phenomenal job!
Michele, October 2016
Stacey, how wonderful it was to work with you throughout the whole wedding-planning process. I felt 100 percent confident having you do my hair — I didn’t even need to look in the mirror! I got so many compliments and you achieved the exact look I was going for. You are so superbly talented and I consider you the best in the business. I’m sad the wedding is over because I had so much fun with you. I felt like I’ve known you forever. Emily did amazing with the bridesmaids as well. Everyone was so happy!
Danielle S., September 2016
Thank you Stacey, Nicole, Destiny, and Karen for everything you did to make me, my bridesmaids, and mothers look beautiful on my wedding day. You and the team were so much fun to work with and made for a stress-free morning! I felt so confident with your decisions for my hairstyle on the day of the wedding and side ponytail the night before. I cannot even tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten. You were absolutely incredible! Also, huge shout-out to Loren for taking care of the color match for my extensions.
Jen D., September 2016
I loved my hair and it stayed perfectly all night (despite lots of dancing!). I couldn’t have been happier and neither could my friends. Thank you, Stacey and Emily.
Nicole, September 2016
The Once Upon a Bride team is awesome.They’re the whole package — fair price, professionalism, and talent. Emily styled my hair on my wedding, and she was the best. The day was stressful but Emily was calm and knew exactly what she was doing. I never actually finalized my hair on my trial, so on my wedding day I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out. I loved my hair and so did my bridesmaids. I would recommend Emily and the Once Upon a Bride team to anyone!
Christina, September 2016
St. Regis Hotel
Stacey and Emily from Once Upon a Bride made my dreams come true on arguably one of the most important and special days of my life. I felt confident and comfortable not only with the result, but also with the process. Stacey and Emily are true professionals that cater to exactly what the bride’s vision entails. They are detail oriented, conscientious, and comforting during an otherwise stressful process of getting ready and completing an entire bridal party. My mother, my Matron of Honor, and myself were over the moon with our hair for the wedding day! Thank you to a beautiful, professional, and all around fantastic team at OUAB.
Lindsay Miller, August 2016
Stacey, Sofia, and the Once Upon A Bride team were a dream come true on my wedding day. First of all, everyone looked spectacular and felt great about her hair and makeup. Second, they were so attentive to how we looked in the photos that they kept touching us up and making us look perfect! They are SUCH a great addition to the wedding day, and I could not have felt any better about how I looked on my most special day! I can’t wait to work with them again, on another event in my life.
Lizzie, August 2016
The Plaza Hotel
Thank you again for doing such an amazing job . . . I loved my hair and have recommended you to all of my friends! The getting ready process could have felt like such chaos, but you were so zen and made me feel so relaxed that I was sipping coffee from my left hand and champagne from my right while you worked your magic.
Heather Rogers, 2016
I was thrilled with Stacey and the Once Upon A Bride team. . . . Stacey is a true bridal hair stylist. She created a beautiful updo for me using almost a full head of hair extensions (which she can make for you herself). I would also like to say a few words about Karen, who is a wonderful person and makeup artist. I asked for less makeup and she really listened to me and gave me a very natural look, but, at the same time, also pushed me out of my comfort zone with some lash enhancements, and the result was just beautiful. I highly recommend OUAB.
Wedding Wire, 2016
My bridal hair trial with Emily at Once Upon A Bride was really fantastic. Not only is she an excellent stylist but her demeanor was nothing short of perfection. The kind of personality you want with you on your wedding day! Calm, kind, pleasant, A++. After my trial, I left completely confident that at least with regards to my hair, I will be worry free; that my hair is in good hands and will look amazing on my wedding day.
Jessica Weiss, 2015
Stacey and Nichole, thank you so much for a fun and professional experience. You made the hours before my wedding day fun and entertaining! Lovely people who are absolutely fantastic at what they do! My hair was absolutely gorgeous and the makeup was flawless — everything I dreamed of and more for my wedding day! I just wish I could ship your salon all the way to the U.K. so I could get my hair and makeup done more often! My hair stayed in all day, and my makeup did not need to be touched. Thank you so much again! I will always remember New York and the wonderful people who made my day so special!
Amie Wood, 2015
I just wanted to say that Emily was incredible. Not only did my hair look awesome all evening, but my bridesmaids all looked incredible. Even ones who said their hair never stays up well due to thickness, frizz, etc., all looked perfect the entire evening. And Emily was lovely, charming, and exceeded high expectations.
Alexandra Kaufmann, 2015
I am truly grateful to Once Upon A Bride. Stacey created a beautiful updo for me. From my trial to my wedding day, my memory is of the two of us working together to find a style that really suited my wedding and worked well with my hair. Similarly, Karen really listened to my vision with respect to my bridal makeup while also sharing her thoughts, and the result was just exquisite. The professionalism of the team started my wedding day off on the perfect foot. I felt so beautiful and was in the most perfect state of mind when I met my groom for our First Look. High praise for Stacey and team!
I met Emily the day of the wedding without a trial, and it could not have gone any better. My hair was quite long and thick, and she managed to make it whimsical and romantic but structured so that it stayed up all night; and it took less than two hours, leaving me more than enough time to head over to the venue and get dressed with my friends before the reception. The whole night was absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team!
Malabika Biswas, 2015
Working with Once Upon A Bride was one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. I worked with Karen and Angela. They were amazing! Karen and Angela made me and my family look absolutely beautiful. They both are extremely talented. Each of them were able to accommodate anything for everyone’s hair and makeup. They made the whole day go smoothly, which put me at ease. Karen and Angela made the day fun, exciting, and entertaining. I look back at my pictures and am so happy with my entire look! I felt absolutely gorgeous!
Allison Arbeeny, 2015
Stacey and Carissa were great and took such great care of all of my bridesmaids. Once Upon A Bride made the whole day so much easier. Thank you for making everyone look so beautiful!
Outstanding! Stacey Weinstein – the owner and head stylist of Once Upon A Bride – is talented, professional, creative, responsive, flexible, accommodating, warm, and on her game! Stacey’s confidence shines through from the moment you meet her. She takes great pride in her work and will not be satisfied with anything less than absolute happiness from her clients. She listens and follows up with creating the look you described. . . . If you want to look your most beautiful and have it last all night, choose Stacey. Not only is she super talented, she is also someone you want in your bridal suite as you are getting ready, because she is fun and funny. You’ll be laughing your way into your dress.
Once Upon a Bride was the perfect choice for my wedding. Stacey was very attentive every step of the way. Tiffany and Sofia were absolutely amazing and easy to work with! My makeup and hair turned out exactly as I had hoped and lasted throughout the night. I felt great from start to finish!
Thank you for helping me connect with Tiffany for my wedding hair. She did an AWESOME job for me and my sister. We were both thrilled!
Christina Costa Montani, 2014
Amazing, professional, friendly, reliable, and impressively chic team! I had my bridal hair and makeup trial with Sophia and Tiffany, who did an updo and makeup for my upcoming wedding. Stacey greeted me with champagne when I walked in, and the trial was a really fun evening. I am usually wary of getting my hair and makeup done, but Tiffany and Sophia were incredibly responsive to what I wanted, and created a beautiful look. From the beginning, Stacey was very responsive via phone and email, professional, provided information promptly, and I am very excited to work with Once Upon A Bride for my wedding in a few months!
Outstanding! Stacey Weinstein, the owner and head stylist of Once Upon A Bride, is talented, professional, creative, responsive, flexible, accommodating, warm, and on her game! Stacey’s confidence shines through from the moment you meet her. She takes great pride in her work and will not be satisfied with anything less than absolute happiness from her clients. She listens and follows up with creating the look you described . . . Although more expensive than most, Stacey is a guarantee. If you want to look your most beautiful and have it last all night, choose Stacey. Not only is she super talented, she is also someone you want in your bridal suite as you are getting ready because she is fun and funny. You’ll be laughing your way into your dress.
Kim Kramer, 2014
Once Upon A Bride’s artists were perfect. They were fun and obviously enjoy their work. They were very professional in their setup and how they conducted themselves, as well as helping us have a good time. Thank you for your part in us having a spectacular wedding event.
Joan Woods, 2014
Stefanie was AMAZING! She did my hair, my three sisters’, and my mom’s – it is a very opinionated, picky bunch, and EVERYONE LOVED their hair. I know that they all hope to use Stefanie again when they all get married (whenever that time might be!). She was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was so flexible in adjusting a hair style if need be, and she knew how to make hair look amazing in a short amount of time. I would highly, highly recommend Stefanie. Working with Once Upon a Bride, specifically Stacey who I spoke with from the very beginning, was great. Stacey was very responsive and helpful through the entire process. She helped pick the right stylist for us, and she couldn’t have been more right. I was so happy with my decision to use Once Upon a Bride.
Morgan Guthrie, 2013
When I began planning for my wedding, I knew there was only one team I wanted to make me beautiful for my special day – and that was Once Upon a Bride’s elite hair and makeup artists. When I met with Stefanie (hair) and Sofia (makeup) for my trial, we played around with different looks until we found what looked best. On the day of my wedding, their work surpassed even what they did at the trial, and they made me look amazing! I have never felt or looked more beautiful. In addition to being stellar artists, they are punctual, reliable, and professional. They’re also versatile. They did not only my hair and makeup but the maid of honor’s and both of mothers’ (of the bride and groom) as well. Each of these women of different ages, skin and hair types was thrilled with how they looked! I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Once Upon A Bride, and anyone who has the chance to work with them will not be disappointed!
Lara Govoni, 2013
I am one of the lucky girls who married my best friend. But on my big day, just like every other bride, I was beyond nervous. Stacey Weinstein’s team from Once Upon A Bride was phenomenal. Sofia and Stefanie kept things calm and simple, and helped soothe my frayed nerves. They are top professionals in their field in every way. Sofia made me absolutely glow with flawless makeup that lasted throughout my big day, and Stefanie gave me lovely long waves, pulled up just slightly, that were perfect under my lace-trimmed cathedral veil. I didn’t know I could feel as beautiful as I did on my wedding day, and when I walked down the aisle to my now husband, he leaned over and whispered, “You look just like a pretty princess.” Every girl should feel like I did on my wedding day, in large part thanks to the amazing team at Once Upon A Bride!
Heather J., 2013
I have extremely fine hair, which I’m quite sensitive about, and it was one of my biggest concerns for my wedding-day look. Stacey created a style that I didn’t think was possible for my hair. It was literally better than anything I had envisioned. She also did an incredible job with my bridesmaids and mother-in-law as well. In fact, the half-up style Stacey created for my mother-in-law is now her go-to style for events. As for makeup, Sophia was not only sweet but amazingly talented. I don’t typically wear a ton of makeup, and my husband likes it that way, but of course I wanted great photos on our big day. Sophia could not have done a more perfect job. My look was natural, and she did a beautiful job enhancing my eyes. She captured my bridesmaids’ and mom’s personalities with their makeup as well — some were natural, some were more dramatic, but they all looked perfect together. I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with Once Upon A Bride.
Lauren Ragonetti, 2013
Once Upon A Bride was wonderful. Jamie did my hair, which is a challenge because it is very long. She made it look exactly how I envisioned it would be! Veronica kept my makeup natural, so that I still looked like myself on our big day, and I was very happy with the result. Normally I redo my makeup when someone else does it, because I don’t feel like myself. I felt like myself and looked like a princess thanks to Jamie and Veronica! I couldn’t have had a better experience!
Kelcie Allen, 2013
I was truly lucky to have found Stacey and Sofia from Once Upon A Bride. Our hair and makeup was absolutely beautiful and stunning! Stacey and Sofia are an absolute pleasure to work with — true talented professionals. Everyone complimented me on my makeup and hair, and not once did I have to touch up my makeup or hair throughout my wedding.
Christine Pinzon, 2013
Choosing Once Upon A Bride was one of the best decisions I made for my wedding day. The girls were on time, and were calm and reassuring. Even though I completely forgot to buy hair extensions and changed the style for my hair on the day of the wedding (!) Angela made me feel relaxed and took everything in stride. I loved the results we came up with for a half-up, half-down hairstyle with a braid at the back and beachy waves. It complemented the summer casual, yet chic, wedding vibe I was going for. My makeup was flawless. I wanted a very natural and glowing look, which is usually the hardest look to accomplish, and it came out better than I could have imagined. I didn’t touch up all day because I was too busy celebrating — and it turns out I didn’t need to! Thank you girls!
Laura Kendris, 2013
I wanted to tell you how wonderful our experience was with Stephanie at my son’s wedding. She made all of us feel so comfortable and worked so well with my antsy three-year-old granddaughter. Our hair looked beautiful, and she helped make the day so very special. Thanks for sending Stephanie to us that day!
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that I was SOOOOO happy with Stefanie and Sofia! As you already know, they are amazing at what they do, and I was so happy with their work on my wedding day! I look at the photos and LOVE them all because of their talented work! Please let them know I am very thankful for their efforts — truly AMAZING!
Just had to write and tell you what a fantastic job you did at my son’s wedding to Lauren on May 19. I’m still wearing my hair pinned back as you styled it for that wonderful day and find the look hip, sleek, youthful, and so flattering. Glad you had the vision to “transform” me . . .at least for the long, hot summer. We all looked amazing — especially Miss Lauren! — thanks to Stacey and Sofia.
Just wanted to say a thank you for the wonderful experience Jamie and Karen gave to myself and my daughters. The day passed so relaxing, comfortable, and fun. Their work is absolute perfection and made the wedding very special for us. My friends asked if I had “work done” — haha! Thanks again.
We were married this past February in Charleston, SC, and had the pleasure of working with Stacey and her team. Everything was beautiful! I had my trial the evening of my rehearsal dinner, and right off the bat I knew they would do a phenomenal job. All of my bridesmaids were exquisite, and my hair and make up were exactly as I had hoped. I appreciated the fact that Stacey was open to suggestion. Her styles were glamorous yet not overdone. And each of us had a different look that was both unique yet complimentary. I highly recommend Stacey and her team. I can’t imagine my special day without her.
I want to express my thanks to Stefanie and Sophie for the amazing job they did with my hair and makeup, and my bridesmaids’. My hair and makeup were perfect and lasted the whole day and night. This is especially noteworthy because that was the day of a major snowstorm, so I was quite worried about the wind and rain ruining my hair and makeup. I cannot thank them enough—everything was perfect! I truly felt beautiful, and Stefanie and Sophie were both absolutely amazing!
My husband and I were married in New York City in December in an intimate City Hall ceremony. Coming from Vancouver BC, I was not familiar with any bridal or beauty services in the city. I contacted Stacey’s salon on a whim after finding their website less than 2 months before my wedding. From the start, Stacey was very sweet and promptly replied to all my emails. She made my small City Hall elopement feel just as important as the most extravagant NYC wedding. Both Stacey and Sofia understood my vision of how I wanted to look and quickly made it a reality! I felt beautiful on one of the most important days of my life and I would highly recommend Stacey, Sofia, and Once Upon A Bride to any bride looking to feel both gorgeous and special on her big day!
Once Upon A Bride made me and my bridesmaids beautiful! Sofia did a beautiful job for my makeup and all my bridesmaids’ makeup. Stacey was a pleasure to work with as well. She was very responsive to my emails. Thank you!
April 30, 2012
“Beautiful,” “Amazing,” “Natural,” “Stunning” were just some of the words I heard from my guests that attended my wedding, and I would agree. I felt gorgeous and yet, still me.
November 16, 2011
I have never felt more beautiful in my life! And Stacey was extremely responsive and responsible. She made sure everything was set up (as I had an out-of-town wedding in Vermont) and everything went off without a hitch. Now I just need another excuse to get my hair and makeup done so I can hire them again!
November 15, 2011
I had a specific up do in mind when I went to Once Upon A Bride, and Angela was not only able to replicate the hairstyle, she made it better than what I had pictured . . . Unfortunately, my wedding date fell on the weekend of Hurricane Irene. When my (family friend) makeup artist bailed the night before my wedding, Stacey was able to find me a makeup artist within an hour—and when we had to cancel our wedding the next day, Stacey was amazingly sympathetic. She made a very difficult situation much easier to deal with. I would highly recommend Once Upon A Bride. Stacey and her crew are quite amazing.
October 26, 2011
Stacey did my hair for my wedding and I loved it. She is very pleasant to work with and transformed me on my wedding day into exactly what I wanted to look like. I would definitely recommend Once Upon A Bride to anyone who wants to make sure they look wonderful for a big event. Stacey hires only the best and is herself, the supreme best.
July 12, 2011
Once Upon A Bride saved my wedding! I had gone to 3 horrible, horrible hair trials (that cost a fortune) before I went to Once Upon A Bride. Stacey gave me the exact look I wanted. I didn’t even think my hair could look as good as it did when she was done with it. It exceeded my expectations for what I wanted to look like on my wedding day.
May 13, 2011
I had 15 people that needed hair and make-up on my wedding day, and I was so concerned about how everyone was going to get done in time for pictures. Once Upon A Bride made it such an enjoyable experience. Everything was flawless, from everyone’s hair, make-up and timing—things really could not have gone any more perfectly.
May 27, 2010
Stacey is fabulous to work with—incredibly organized and very personable. Stephanie styled my hair and Sofia applied my makeup. Between their personalities and their incredible talent, I was completely swept away and was 100% at ease. Stephanie nailed the romantic waves I so desperately desired, and Sofia made me look like the best version of myself.
February 23, 2010
Let’s face it ladies, a bride’s top priority is to look beautiful on her wedding day. I searched high and low for the perfect hair and makeup people, and Once Upon A Bride is exactly what I was looking for . . . Stacey made the time to have a long conversation about my wedding and the look I desired, then matched me with the people that best fit my expectations . . . and I can happily say that Stacey matched me perfectly to a makeup artist and hair stylist that gave me the results I hoped for.
June 02, 2009
After a horrible makeup trial, I had lost hope and had almost decided on doing the makeup myself. That was until I found Once Upon A Bride. From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in the right place. Stacey and Sofia are simply amazing.
February 20, 2009
Aside from the fact that Stacey is beautiful and cool, she and her stylists do the best hair ever! As soon as I contacted Stacey, I felt immediately reassured. She was detail oriented and organized, which is very important when you are planning a wedding and have so many things to do. Most importantly, my hair on my wedding day was so beautiful. I absolutely loved it, and I got so many compliments. It suited my face, it was original and creative, and Stacey worked with me to make sure it was exactly what I wanted, and also that it was perfect.
January 22, 2008
Stacey and I hit it off right away. She’s extremely helpful, professional, laid-back, easy to get along with, and most importantly, fun. She tried a few different hairstyles during the trial, and they all looked great; I booked her on the spot. It was smooth sailing from there. My hair was absolutely perfect on my wedding day, and I have Stacey to thank for that.
May 25, 2008
When I called, Stacey herself picked up the phone. I wasn’t one of those brides who knows exactly what style they want, but she listened to my ideas and immediately had specific stylists in mind for me. It felt good to know that she knew her staff well enough to specifically place them with a client, and that she didn’t just set me up with whoever was first available. All in all, I didn’t have to worry about a thing, and when planning a wedding, that’s a dream come true!
August 3, 2008
Having Once Upon A Bride travel to us alleviated so much of the wedding-day tension. They arrived promptly, and were relaxed and confident, which set the mood right. The team of stylists—Stacey, Dana, Stefanie, and Alesha—finished 10 bridesmaids in no time at all, without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
July 26, 2008
They made me look and feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. The day of the wedding was chaotic. Since my Once Upon A Bride team has been here before, they were very calming. Looking back at their confidence, it gave me the strength to hold it together.
March 25, 2007
Even though my wedding was a year ago, I still get compliments on how great my hair and makeup looked on the day. Besides the obvious talent of the Once Upon A Bride team, they are the nicest people. They are all so friendly and made me, my family, and friends relax and enjoy the day. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else to be there on my wedding day.
October 14, 2007
What a group of talented makeup and hair artists! I never thought I could look so beautiful! Once Upon A Bride was one of the best vendors I dealt with for the wedding. Stacey was professional, responsive, helpful, and most importantly, soooo sweet. In addition to answering all my questions and concerns before my wedding, she even followed up with me after the wedding to make sure everything was okay. Once Upon A Bride definitely has impeccable service.
September 30, 2006
After all the stress of organizing my wedding, finding Once Upon A Bride, Stacey, and her team was a godsend—they took care of everything. Due to stress, my hair and skin were not at their best at a time that I really needed them to be. Well, as my photos prove, I have never looked better, from my hair that stayed in place all day to my radiant glow thanks to flawless, perfect makeup. The best part: it looked effortless. I am so grateful to Stacey and her team for making me look and feel so beautiful.
September 12, 2006