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Love Notes

Liz Hlawati

I can't tell you how thankful I am to have been able to work with you on our wedding day. Everyone's hair and makeup turned out better than I could have expected and I so appreciate you coordinating the timeline for the day with the vendors. You truly made my day so enjoyable and relaxing. And despite the crazy wind that day my veil stayed perfectly attached (and made the most incredible photos). I honestly cannot thank you enough for interpreting my ideas that resulted in photos like these.

Thank you again, Chrissy.


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Lauren Downing

As a bride, there is no other woman you want doing your hair and makeup the day of your wedding. Chrissy is INCREDIBLE. Not only did she make every single one of my bridesmaids look and feel beautiful, she made me feel like a princess, without needing a ton of direction (as I was unsure as to what would look best on me).

Chrissy and her team were not only there early but they kept us so on track - we even had an extra hour to just relax! Not only is she talented, but she is so kind and accommodating. I had to plan my wedding while out of state and she worked around my crazy schedule to make sure I had everything I needed. She even assisted me in styling my dress with accessories. I cannot recommend her highly enough, ladies - if you want the best on your wedding day you need Chrissy and her team!

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Sarah Deal

The day of my wedding was chaos.  Chrissy and her team came to help me get ready at my childhood home and the site of our reception, there had to be at least 25 people in and out of the house not counting pets.  Amongst all the chaos Chrissy was calm and helped me to be calm.  They attended to the mothers and my bridesmaids who were all thrilled with their hair and makeup.  She and her team took care of my nieces and made them feel like princesses (I know this because they tell me every time we talk).  For me, she listened to what I wanted, customized the style to my hair type and made sure it would stay all night while still feeling natural.  My makeup looked glamorous, I truly felt gorgeous the entire night but comfortable with my hair and makeup that it was still very much "me." I cannot express how grateful we all were to work with Chrissy and her team, their level of professionalism is amazing, her style consultation was incredibly helpful, and on the day of - she helped calm us all down!  If you are fortunate enough to find Chrissy and her team when they have an opening, do not hesitate!

Cassandra Young

It was such a pleasure to work with Chrissy and her team throughout the wedding planning process! When we had a last minute change regarding the venue where the girls were getting ready, Chrissy easily adapted to the new schedule, always assuring me that everything would work out. She went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, happy and ahead of schedule on the day of the wedding.

We could not have been more thrilled with how everything turned out and would recommend Chrissy every bride who is looking to be an "enhanced version" of themselves on their big day and want to wear the makeup, not have the makeup wear them. -Cassandra

Huong Mandell

Hi Chrissy!

Thank you so much for the beautiful job you and your team did on hair & make-up for my wedding day. It was a perfect and unforgettable day.

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Kasey Bandemere


What can I say other than “thank you” and “you totally get it”. Being an out-of-town bride I was nervous to book someone I didn’t meet until my trial appointment. From the initial consultation over the phone I knew I’d be lucky to have you for hair and makeup on my wedding day! It was beyond reassuring to feel like more than just a block in your calendar.

I was never the little girl dreaming of a lavish wedding; I only dreamt of the perfect guy in a setting perfectly “us”. Thank you for refusing to make me look anything other than an “enhanced version” of me. Justin’s request of “just make the eyes look good” was met and then some!

You and your team’s professionalism, realness and attention to detail far surpassed my expectations. I wish I could get married again so that I could look and feel as wonderful as I did that day!


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Sarah Roland

Thank you so much for making me feel so beautiful on my wedding day. I really appreciate the time that you took leading up to the big day to ensure that I looked exactly as I had envisioned I would.  And you did it perfectly!  From our very first meeting I knew that I was getting the best of the best.  And I was right!  You were so wonderful and so much fun to work with.  As was your team- my bridesmaids all looked and felt fabulous!  Thank you and I will highly recommend you to everyone I know!

Love Sarah

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Allison Blake

Chrissy and the Special Occasion Hair Design Team

Thank you so much for making my wedding day so special. My hair and makeup turned out exactly how I dreamed and couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was such a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for everything.

All my best,


Amanda Cappelli

Thank you for making me feel and look beautiful on my wedding day! We had fun with you and your team getting ready and it was stress free working with you. Thank you for everything!!

Amanda Harris (Cappelli)

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Abigail Ferlito

I cannot say enough good things about Special Occasion Hair Design. We used them for our wedding this past weekend and everything was perfect!

Chrissy and Dena did an incredible job on hair and makeup for myself and my bridal party. They are so professional and personable and do a wonderful job on hair and makeup. They also listened to each girls requests and made sure that everyone loved their hair and makeup and was comfortable.

I am so happy we booked them for our wedding, and highly recommend them! They are wonderful!!

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Christine Reith

Chrissy, Thank you again for making my special day extra extra special! Friday morning was the most relaxing and fun time- you and Dena are a blast! And both so talented! You made it so easy to figure out which styles would work and delivered way beyond my expectations. All the girls and my in-laws sad the nicest things about working with you and my cousin Tiff said she wants you to come do her wedding in California! I’ve recommended you to all my engaged friends and will continue to do so as long as you’re in business! Thank you again for making the entire process so fun and easy. I will miss working with you!

Christine (Bride)

I want to thank you for helping to make Christine and Bryan’s wedding day so special! You and Dena were attentive and friendly and listened to Christine and all of the girls (and Me!) regarding their hair and make-up. It was fun to work with you and you helped provide us with a fun, relaxing day leading up to the ceremony! As an organized person myself, I definitely appreciated your time management skills! I wish you all the best and would highly recommend you to future brides in the area.

Liz (Mother of the Bride)

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Julie Sexton

I share your name with any Rochester bride-to-be I come across! I'll never forget how relieved I was to find you and have you restore my faith in local hair/make-up professionals :)

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Reenie Ercan


Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication on our wedding day. But I have to say, I loved you even more than the hair and makeup:)

I am truly forever grateful!



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Nicole Markferding

From our initial phone consultation to the big day, I knew Chrissy was the one. She took the time to really listen to what I wanted and asked all the right questions to make sure my look was cohesive with my wedding vision. She and her team went above and beyond to make sure I looked my best on my wedding day and delivered on my desired natural bridal glow with a fun pop lip. I was pleasantly delighted that my makeup did not budge all night, despite the unseasonably warm day.. I still looked flawless at our after party! 

The whole team was incredibly professional and organized. They traveled to the venue's cottage my girls and I were staying at and arrived on time and made the flow of the morning so easy, stress-free, and fun. All my bridesmaids, sister-in-laws, and moms looked gorgeous. Chrissy is such a perfectionist that she noticed right away that a curl fell loose when I was jumping on the bed and immediately fixed it. That curl never fell out again! Chrissy even taught a bridesmaid how to fix the boning in my dress!

Dena did my spray tan for my wedding and I am so impressed how long the color lasted! She gave me a beautiful, natural glow that really enhanced my photos. I wish she lived closer to home so I could have her spray me on the regular!!

I highly recommend Special Occasion Hair Design and hope I have the opportunity to work with the team again in the future.

Thank you Chrissy & Dena


Photo Credit Jessica McCormick

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Where do I start? From our first consultation I knew I had to hire Chrissy. She really took the time to understand my wedding day vision, from colors, to flowers, to venues, even my shoes?! She looks at so much more than just 'hair and makeup' This helped her really understand my personality and taste and she nailed it. The morning of, Chrissy and Jessica arrived on time (early) to my hotel ready to go! They have their whole process down to a science. They were professional and organized, and worked very well as a team. They made sure everyone was happy with their hair and makeup, doing any touchups throughout the morning that anyone needed. All of my bridesmaids and mother looked beautiful. Chrissy stayed until we were literally walking out the door, to make sure everything was just perfect.. She even helped me get into my dress! She was an absolute pleasure to work with and really made my morning a breeze.. She calmed my nerves and made me look my absolute best! By the end of the morning I wished I had invited her to the wedding! I cannot say enough good things about them :) I hope I have the opportunity to work with Special Occasions in the future. Thank you SO much for all you did :)

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I want to thank you so much for everything. It was truly an incredible experience. You made both myself and my girls look and feel so beautiful that day. Our hair and makeup looked amazing and held up so well all day and night.

I could not have asked for a more relaxed and stress free morning. It was so much fun and you girls were great. Thank you again for everything!


Photo Credit:  Natalie Sinisgalli

Photo Credit: Natalie Sinisgalli


There is no other day in a woman’s life that is as important to look one’s very best than her wedding day. The bride is the center of everyone’s attention; and the hundreds of photos taken of her would have to show her looking her very best.

Realizing this, I knew how important it was to find someone who could help me look the very best version of myself. It was a long journey, but I had finally found the artist who could help make this happen: Chrissy of Special Occasion Hair Design. She has a way of showcasing a person’s beauty and does it with such skill and professionalism. By enhancing beauty (even if, like me, you can’t seem to find it), she gives every bride the confidence that she needs to feel the most beautiful version of herself on that much scrutinized day.

I can’t express how happy I was to be able to look and feel so radiant on my wedding day-all thanks to Chrissy! If you want quality and professionalism, do not look any further!!!


Amy Flinn MOB

Hi Chrissy - I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything last Saturday! You and your team were so professional and organized and very talented! The girls all looked beautiful and you really made Megan a gorgeous bride. I loved my hair even though I had no idea what I wanted to do with it - all day people were saying how good it looked and it did last all day! I had never had make up professionally applied before and it was such a treat. I know me and Megan appreciated you keeping everyone on track and on time and all your tips and advice were very helpful. We couldn’t be happier with your services and I will highly recommend you. Please extend our thanks to your team as well. You were all wonderful and gave us a beautiful start to an amazing day!!

Thank you - Amy Flinn (bride’s mom)