Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Lou Stevens Glam Squad
Meet Lou, the owner of the Lou Stevens Glam Squad!
Tell us a little about your company!
Our team is the original on-location wedding day hair and makeup team in Richmond! We’ve grown to include over 25 stylists as a part of our “Glam Fam” and can easily accommodate any size wedding party. Oftentimes, we get called last minute to rescue brides whose stylists have cancelled out them, and we do everything in our power to make sure no bride has to go without professional hair and makeup on her wedding day!
How did you get started in this business?
Over 27 years ago, I just wondered if anyone would want to hire someone to come to THEM to do their wedding day hair and makeup. Back in 1990, it was unheard of! Now it’s a staple, and no bride would dream of doing her own hair and makeup. It was then that I started my small business, and I have been blessed beyond measure to see how it has transformed over the past 27 years. My mother did hair, my sister does hair, my niece and daughter also do hair and makeup, so it definitely runs in the family!
What’s your favorite wedding story?
One of my brides from earlier this, Kristen, really touched my heart. She had decided to move up her wedding date due to her little brother battling cancer and the unpredictable nature of the disease. She wanted to make sure he was able to celebrate with them. Being a part of their special day was extra rewarding. They had a blast, and her little brother stole the show at the reception on the dance floor and we just loved hearing all about it afterwards. The family has become close to our hearts, and we’ve adopted the bride’s little sister as a mini Glammie — she’s obsessed with makeup! It’s meeting people like this that makes it all worth it!
Why do you like working with weddings?
Being able to meet people and be connected with the opportunity to give back. I love my brides and bridal parties. Through our getting to know each other, we’ve been fortunate to be able to participate in so many volunteer events to bring the gift of glam to people after the wedding day as well!
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Enjoy the engagement! It’s such a short period of time in the grand scheme of things. Being engaged is the best, so really throw yourself into it and into forming your new life together!
How far in advance should couples book your services?
We book out anywhere from 6-12 months in advance typically. We book early for peak season months which are April, May, and June and then September, October, and November.
What inspires you the most / where do you find inspiration?
The Red Carpet and Hollywood looks. They tend to always kind of dictate the trends for the year!
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
Walk around Woodlake, ride my bike, and sneak away to the beach as often as I can
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
You’d be surprised to know that I have lost 100 pounds and kept it off for almost 15 years now!
Thank you so much, Lou, for answering our questions!! If you would like to learn more about Lou Stevens Glam Squad AND their beautiful new studio space, please visit www.loustevens.com.