What vendors have to say
I have been photographing weddings for 5 years and when I see “Joya beauty” listed as the make up artist for the wedding I heave a sigh of relief (no crazy shading or shimmer that looks hideous in your wedding pictures!) and am SO excited to see all of the ladies (Brides, Bridesmaids, Moms) once Joanne has worked her magic! Not only will Joanne make you look absolutely amazing (ladies – airbrush is your friend when you’re getting married in the hot/humid/changing climate of New England!) but more importantly she makes you feel amazing too. Joanne will listen to you and work with you at your trial to come up with the look you’ve always dreamed of. On the day she’s so calm and together, quiet when you want to relax for a moment and happy to chat if you’re feeling talkative. In my experience one of the main causes of stress on the wedding day is when hair and make up run late (which happens SO often with inexperienced artists or well-meaning friends) but I know that Joanne just “gets it” and she allows more than enough time to make everyone look fabulous without running late. Joanne keeps up with the red carpet and wedding trends yet works to give you a very timeless look, she’ll even create a one-of-a-kind lip color for you!
Having gone through the wedding planning process myself, I know it sometimes feels like costs are spiraling out of control yet investing in a professional and experienced make up artist such as Joanne from Joya beauty is one of the smartest things you can do. You won’t have to worry about your make up flaking/sliding off, you’ll look wonderfully polished in your wedding pictures and you’ll feel amazing on your day.
KP: Tell me one wedding vendor other than in your industry you highly recommend? Why?
PN: I’ve always been impressed with the work I see from Joanne McDonough of Joya beauty. She is so skilled at reading a brides face and enhancing her natural attributes. Never heavy handed… just nicely balanced and a joy to photograph. She also has a very calming presence about her that I think is particularly helpful for the bride during those jittery moments before the ceremony. Joanne, you’re so ZEN!
Patrick McNamara, Photographer
When asked for a makeup artist from my clients, I have one simple response: “I only recommend Joanne McDonough of Joya beauty. She’s the best in the business and if she’s not available I don’t have anyone else to recommend to you.” Joanne is a joy to work with throughout the planning process as well as the day of the wedding. As a calming presence, she keeps my clients relaxed and focused on the most important part of their day which is their actual wedding ceremony. There’s no drama, running around frantically, confusing or non existent schedules with Joanne either. Everything is worked out well in advance of the wedding day so everyone involved knows when and where they’re supposed to be. In addition to her incredible skills on site, Joanne’s make up is completely custom blended to meet my clients needs and because she’s also an aesthetician she knows skin and how to work with any all facial scenarios that might arise. What else can I say, Joanne is my very favorite vendor to work with and I delight when my clients get the opportunity to work with her.
Kate Parker, President and Creative Director of Kate Parker Weddings
Joanne McDonough of Joya beauty is outstanding at her job. She is the perfect combination of talent, knowledge and patience. Her products and services exceed the expectations of all my clients. I will always recommend Joya beauty.
Linnea Tangorra, Tangorra Wedding Planning
When brides feel beautiful, they look beautiful in their wedding photographs. That’s why I love working with Joanne. She listens to her clients and works with them so that the day of the wedding, there are no unhappy surprises, only happy faces. She is always prepared and on time and that allows me to take advantage of every precious moment of time the day of the wedding.
Julia Russell, Photographer
Every once in a while you’re lucky enough to come across someone who sees the beauty deep within you and has the ability to broadcast that to the world. Joanne McDonough embodies that skill with the care and attention she gives to each and every one of her clients, enhancing their natural born beauty. As a fellow wedding vendor, I am consistently impressed with the sense of calm Joanne brings to an otherwise hectic scene as a bridal party gets ready for a wedding day. Visiting Joanne’s studio for a facial is a treat, made extra special by the hug from Joanne that always greets me at the door, and the magical warm ambiance of her space. Joanne loves what she does and it shows.
Feedback from the brides:
Joanne, I knew the first time we met you were an extraordinary woman. I am so happy we had the privilege to know you. Thanks to Wedding Belle and you my daughter’s wedding was perfection. Who knew the right make up and application could make such a huge difference. I did not look like me!, which was a good thing. Thank you is not enough for all you did. I feel like you are family.
– Jackie Bruno
Anchor & Reporter at New England Cable News (NECN)
Miss Massachusetts USA 2008, top ten at Miss USA 2008
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2003, top five at Miss Teen USA 2003
Joanne is an unbelievably talented make up artist. She is meticulous, experienced, and knows how to perfect any face. She knows how to make a wedding or even a fashion show run smoothly. I feel lucky to have worked with her in both situations. She did my make up for years at fashion shows and photo shoots. She is organized and keeps the show on a tight schedule. She knows how to do everything from natural make up to dramatic stage make up.
When it came time for my wedding, I knew exactly who to call. I knew my wedding party would be in good hands with Joanne. We were all so happy to have her make us look our best. She did a fantastic job and made the process stress free.
One of the added benefits of working with Joanne over the years is I’ve picked up a few tips! If you want to learn make up, she’s the person to learn from. She is a professional teacher for Make Up Forever and is a sought after instructor. I have to apply my own make up everyday at work, and the things I’ve learned from Joanne make it much easier to do so. I also used her tips throughout my years in pageants, helping me place at both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA!
If you need a make up artist, a make over, or just need a lesson, Joanne is the best in New England by far!
– Maryanne B.
we got rave reviews on both the hair and make-up! We were so lucky to have you Saturday! I can express how happy we all were with the hair and make-up! I can honestly say I’ve never been to another wedding with the exception of Jill’s and Michelle’s where everyone loves their make-up and hair. There is always one person that is unhappy but all the mother, grandmothers, maids and myself felt wonderful and were truly happy with how you and Lena made us look!
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!
– Lindsay, Atlanta, GA
Thank you so much for the makeup lesson you gave to my mother and me. I am so delighted we learned from you. You made us feel at home in your studio and we enjoyed every minute if it, we still talk about the lipstick color you made for me! Your creativity and technical talent is outstanding. My mother applied my makeup (and the rest of the bridesmaids) for the wedding and I have to say I felt beautiful! Thank you again – you have a customer for life!
– Leah Rastiello
I just received my new makeup in the mail and that reminded me that I’ve been wanting to write to and tell you what a wonderful experience Leah & I had at our make-up and beauty lesson in preparing for her wedding.
I was very impressed by your knowledge. I had been putting on make-up the same way since I can remember. Having a lesson with you is like going on a Spa vacation!! And a retreat!! And a conference all in one! Spa-because it was very relaxing. Retreat- because I came away feeling a renewed sense of confidence about my changing face. Conference- because I learned so much. ( I still can’t believe you made that lipstick for Leah right there). But that is not even the greatest part of our evening with you. The best was at the end (you might remember this) when Leah gave us both a big hug and exclaimed “out of all we have had to do for this wedding–the flowers, the dresses, the hall, the dj and photographer, this was the most fun I’ve had!!”
And I thank you for that Joanne.
Best wishes to you! I can’t wait until may next 2 get married!!
With Fondest Regards,
– Connie Rastiello
I really wanted to thank you again for making me feel so special and beautiful on my wedding day. My bridesmaids loved you, and I really just enjoyed watching everyone going through the transformation of getting hair and makeup done. Every single girl looked stunning. Overall I could not have been happier. I feel so lucky to have found you and that you were able to be there for my wedding. You know exactly what I wanted when it came to choosing my makeup and look. It was perfect. You are so talented to be able to take one look at someone and know.
I will definitely have to come see you again.
Hopefully a lot of my friends will be tying the knot themselves soon. And of course now I know who I can recommend to do our makeup!
Take care Joanne and I hope to talk soon! Thank you so very much, I can’t say it enough!!
– Katie, Boston MA