Skin Prep for your Big Day! [Part One]

 Photo credit: Hans Vivek - Instagram: @oneshotespresso

Photo credit: Hans Vivek - Instagram: @oneshotespresso

Over the course of the past decade, I have had the opportunity to get to know Dána Torres from Robertson Cosmetic Center.  When we first met, she specialized in body waxing and esthetics in her own practice.  Recently, she became a Clinical Esthetician and began working with the wonderful staff at Robertson's!  



One of the many things to cross off on your wedding to-do list is to figure out your wedding day look. This might include hairstyle, makeup, accessories, mani and pedi, and maybe even a wax or sugar scrub to feel prepared for your big day. While all of these things are great to do for a polished wedding look, there’s one very important item you don’t want to forget to include on your list that will make you glow from the inside out: a facial or skincare service. 

Realistically, a bride should consider beginning skincare treatments 6 months to a year before her wedding. I’ve often thought, at a minimum, facials and clinical skincare products should be included in your budget when planning for your special day due to the nature of skin rejuvenation and the time it may take to improve overall skin quality. When reserving your venue/church a year or more prior to your wedding; scheduling a comprehensive consultation and treatment regimen should be coordinated simultaneously.  

Do you suggest just one treatment or for better results with a few sessions?

One treatment is better than none at all but does little to address any real skin concerns. In as much time as it took to acquire unwanted idiosyncrasies within the skin, it will take a conscious effort by you and your skincare professional to address your specific and individual skincare concerns. I like to use the analogy of preparing for a marathon. You drink lots of water, eat wholesome food, get plenty of rest, train and condition your muscles and cardiovascular health to withstand the demands placed on your body to perform at peak level. The commitment to improving and preparing your skin to be at its best draws similar parallels. Your clinical skin care products prepare your skin to receive the ideal treatment outcomes.  

What can a patient expect during a consultation at Robertson's Cosmetic Center?

Any patient of Robertson's Cosmetic Center, new or seasoned, can count on a detailed skincare consultation with an open discussion detailing the steps of any procedure and options within the treatment prior to any treatment. Procedure indications, contraindications and realistic endpoints with expected downtime will be discussed and agreed upon. Written and verbal recommendations for clinical home care products along with alternating treatment modalities (i.e.  Dermaplaning, Chemical Peels, Hydrafacial, Botox, Filler and/or Laser Rejuvenation) are typically given to see an ideal skincare outline. It’s a big picture approach that can be scaled down and tailored-to-fit a client's lifestyle and personality. 

What is the expected downtime after procedures & treatments?

 Photo credit: Noah Buscher - Instagram: @noah.buscher

Photo credit: Noah Buscher - Instagram: @noah.buscher

Depending on the agreements made between patient and their skincare professional during the initial consultation, downtime (flaking skin, redness, extraction sites or erythema) ranges from as little at 24-48 hours to 4-5 days contingent on depth of applied treatments, skin integrity and general health of a client. Any imbalances (hydration, surface buildup) within the skin will need to be improved and your overall skin quality enhanced before any in-depth corrective treatments can be safely administered. 


WOW!  Dána shared so much good information!  What other questions do you have?  Do you currently work with a skin care professional?  If so, what differences have you seen?  Looking forward to seeing questions from y'all in the comments!


So... You're Unmarried + A Wedding Planner, huh?

Since this is a question that some of my clients have hinted at and never asked, I thought I'd address the curiosity directly.  

I wasn't always the unwed wedding planner.  In January 2010, I married the father of my two cutie pies.  We separated in April of 2016 and were in the final stages of divorce when he passed away in September of 2017.  [Yes y'all, divorces can take that long...]  I hid my separation from almost everyone for about six months, and from clients for about a year.  I was terrified that this life experience would somehow invalidate my ability to be seen as a reliable resource and would hurt my business.

In the middle of going through the divorce, I realized that a lot of people's path to long term relationship + marriage isn't a walk in the park... Unless you're talking about Jurassic Park.  A lot of people have mountains to climb, obstacles to overcome, closets to come out of, and human eating dinosaurs to fight off.  [I miiiiiight be overdramatizing things a bit by that last one... But you know what I mean.] 

I realized that people gravitate toward people that are transparent and authentic.  The clients that choose to work with me, choose me because they like my design aesthetic, not because of my relationship status. So, I made the choice to be transparent and let people know about what I was going through.  I now understand that people relate to me because I'm real and talk about real life stuff.  The good stuff AND the bad/ugly/painful.  

You may find that your story is a little different than the Hollywood romances. You've got some messy parts or have gone through some tough times. I see you and appreciate you. It brings me so much joy to plan events that honor the deepest parts of your story. I can't wait to hear about your story, and what makes you unique and lovely.

So, hey there, I'm Dominique.  I'm a single Mom of two boys AND I'm a wedding planner.  But y'all, I'm SO much more than that.

Nice to meet you and glad you're here.


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Hey y'all, Dominique here!  

You've likely made your way to my slice of the interwebs from my FacebookInstagram or Pinterest page, and I appreciate you checking things out! Here you'll find photos of past weddings and styled photo shoots, resources and checklists, tips, and SO MUCH MORE.  I am bursting with excitement and cannot wait to share the things I've learned since starting my business in 2009.

 Photo of Dominique - Owner, Lead Designer + Stylist at Wood Violet Events + Styling Photo Credit:  April Zelenka

Photo of Dominique - Owner, Lead Designer + Stylist at Wood Violet Events + Styling Photo Credit: April Zelenka

Wait a second...  I should probably take a minute to let you get to know a bit about ME, huh?  I was born and raised in Wisconsin.  I left for 3 months to do relief work in New Orleans and came back.  Aside from the winters [*ahem* approximately six months out of the year] I LOVE living here.  I am a Mama to two sweet, energetic, and slightly rambunctious boys. I love tacos, Tex Tubbs Fried Cauliflower Tacos are amazing, along with El Grito Taqueria. I love practicing yoga and recently tried my first hot yoga class at Dragonfly Hot Yoga.  I started wedding planning professionally in November 2009 under the name Simple Elegance and rebranded to Wood Violet in June of 2016. My rebrand more accurately reflects my design aesthetic and clientele. I LOVE all aspects of planning a wedding, but my passion is design and styling of tablescapes.  

  Moody and Romantic Tablescape                                                                                                     Photo Credit:  Natural Intuition Photography

 Moody and Romantic Tablescape                                                                                                     Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography

Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by and I hope you check back from time to time and see what the new happenings are around here.



P.S. Tell me what your favorite part of wedding planning has been thus far!  OR, if you're just starting, what is the one thing you're most excited about?!  Can't wait to hear!