Wedding Hair and Make-up - About the Artists/Kudos - San Rafael, CA
 Wedding and Event -     On Location  -  Gayle Parker

Gayle Parker wedding artistGayle Parker - Owner

A licensed cosmetologist for over 25 years, I have  worked, owned, and managed salons in northern and southern California, on a cruise ship, and for special events from Baja to Jamaica.  I love capturing the unique beauty of each bride and creating a hair and make-up look especially for her.







Abby Khoury - Stylist

With 18 years experience as a hair stylist and make-up artist both in the US and abroad, Abby can help you create exactly the look you desire!  Whether you want a  glamorous or natural, Abby's brings an artists eye to the process of wedding day hair, and makeup to create the most beautiful brides!



Kudos

Christine O. Tiburon  7/13/2015
What a wonderful experience it was.  Gayle joined my family at our hotel as we prepared for a family wedding.  My mom and sister had flown in for the event and I thought it would be nice to have hair and makeup done.  I have never done this before and was worried about being over done since I don't wear a ton of makeup.  Gayle put all my worries to rest as my sisters eyes lit up as it was coming together.  My hair was exactly what I wanted and the makeup was glamorous and perfect for the occasion.  I felt so pretty and comfortable.  The makeup, lashes and hair stood up through the night, 14 hours and it was so much fun.  Gayle also completed my moms and sisters makeup and they were also thrilled and looked fantastic for the event.  Did I mention that Gayle also helped me pick the dress for the evening, I had three and this was also the right choice.  
I can't say enough about my experience and hope that others have the opportunity to work with Gayle.  She was a professional yet personable and highly skilled in her craft.  We utilized Pintrest to create a look book which I shared with Gayle before the event.  I thought this was very helpful as I could also solicit feedback from friends to narrow it done to a single look.  This along with a personal picture provided Gayle some time to process a look.  
If you have the chance, treat yourself, she is worth it.


Sarah R. 7/2/2015 San Rafael
I wanted to thank you for your amazing work on my wedding day. I was so happy with how everything turned out, and you were so fun to work with. You made me feel relaxed and confident that day, knowing you would make me look beautiful on my big day. I know my bridesmaids were all very happy with their hair and make-up, so a big thank you to Gayle as well.
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your talents and delightful personality on my wedding day. 


Leslie B. San Rafael  5/29/2015
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Gayle and Sara, they were both fantastic!
Gayle took my initial information and did the scheduling for me. She was professional and responsive. She was nice to me even when I forgot to email her back :)
Sara did the actual hair and makeup for me and my wedding party. I have nothing but positive things to say about her. She did an awesome job on my trial and on my wedding day. She made me look and feel beautiful. She definitely knows what she's doing.
Sara set the tone on my wedding day and put my wedding party in a good mood from the start. She's friendly and up-beat and immediately made everyone feel comfortable. She made a playlist for us to listen to while we got ready and was happy to share beauty tips with my mom and mother-in-law. Hair and make-up takes a while so I'm glad I picked someone fun :) 
She was really organized and stuck to her schedule so everyone was done on time. It's comforting to have someone so organized on what can be a hectic day. She was wonderful to my family and even did my grandma's makeup for free since my wedding was on Mother's Day.
Thanks so much Sara! You really helped to make my day extra special.


Joel B.  Oakland, CA  1/25/2015
I found Sara and Gayle when I was (last minute) looking for someone to do my October 2014 wedding hair and I still feel so lucky!  I met with Sara for a pre-consultation at Capelli Hair Design in Petaluma and instantly loved her.  She reminded a couple times that we had plenty of time and that I could be 100% honest with her. I loved that she would remind me that I couldn't hurt her feelings...that really helps.  In the end, she tried three styles, and I loved the second style.  I have very thick, long brown hair and we chose a half up/half down style.  On the day of the wedding, she syled my hair and two bridesmaids. She was on time, relaxed, well prepared, flexible, and just fun to spend the morning with. It was like having another friend in the room.  My hair was beautiful and it stayed in place from 10am until after midnight.  Sara was also  flexible enough for me to add fake lashes to our plan at the last minute and she did them in about 10 minutes.  Overall, I simply love Sara's personality.


Lauren Vannucci 2015
Megan, Heidi and Lena provided hair and make-up services for myself, my 11 bridesmaids and both MOB and MOG. Everything could not have turned out more perfect! Everyone's hair stayed in all night long - even once dancing started and make-up was flawless throughout the entire day. Even though I was unable to have the bridal trial up-do (since this was a destination wedding), I explained my vision and they did not disappoint - it was exactly how I envisioned and then some! I would highly recommend them to any bride that is looking for professional, friendly and extremely talented stylists!

Amy D.Sonoma 2015
Megan and Heidi are one dynamic duo! They met the entire bridal party at our beautiful rental home in Sonoma and magically turned us all into glamour queens:) They created just the right amount of drama for my daughter, the bride -- which an elegant braided updo and stunning makeup. The wedding photos are even more beautiful because of their artistry. Heidi and Megan were relaxed and fun, yet super efficient. They got hair styled and makeup applied and off to the ceremony with time to spare. All the girls looked amazing.

Sara S. Sausalito 9/26/2015
The wedding was a blast and hair and makeup was absolutely perfect!! 
Sara loved her look as did I and we both got so many compliments.
It was a pleasure working with you! Will be sure to send photos your way once we get them.Thanks so much for all you did, you're the best!, Becky

Lindsey B.  Sausalito 11/29/14
Sara did my hair and make-up for my July wedding in Sausalito.  I could not have been more pleased!  She was kind, finny and personable.  She had exactly the type of calm energy you want when you are getting ready for your big day.  Hig recommendation and the prices were very reasonable for Marin and Sonoma County.

Tawny  Napa  Oct 6, 2014
You did an amazing job on my hair and make-up, never have I felt so beautiful. Thank you again SO much!!!
Happy New Year! :) ~Tawny 

 Claudia B.  S.F.  June 8, 2014
Ah...where to begin?  Sara Gail was lovely from the first phone call where I could feel how warm, nurturing and sweet she is. She asked me to send her photos of the look I wanted, and I instantly felt cared for and in expert hands.  When we met for our trial, she really took her time, asked me lots of wonderful questions, and totally got me. She  is fun to work with, positive, gentle and lovely. every freakin way, this woman is FABULOUS.
My wedding day was wonderful and full of stress - Sara Gail was amazing from beginning to finish - she totally held down the foras people popped in needing to speak with me. She arrived super early, helped me to feel calm so that I was able to enjoy the experience, and she did an incredibly beautiful job. I felt incredibly fresh and lovely walking down the aisle - and my makeup and hair lasted into the night. Woo Hoo!   BTW....Having her come to the location is AMAZING - what a wonderful way to chill and have everything done in one place. I wish she could come to my home before big events... Hmmm...maybe I can find a way??  I cannot recommend Sara Gail enough - her energy is pure warmth and calm and kindness - and that is so important for every bride - and she is very talented - you will be in very good hands in her charge. 

Anne S   S.F.  11/ 3/ 2013
Everybody commented on how wonderful their services were - thanks so much! We had a wonderful time (and were thrilled we
all looked gorgeous!)   All the best, Anne

Helen S  Oakland, CA 10/4/2013
I wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding. You had us all looking great, and were a very welcome and calm presence in our suite, as we were getting ready. http://dreamboxphotography.com/archive/helenanddrake.html

Barbara Mill Valley, 
Hope all is well. As promised,  a link to my wedding video. I hope you enjoy it.  Everyone complimented me on my make up. The groom loves it ! You did a fantastic job.   www.vimeo.com/threemotionmedia/justinandbarbra Thank you so much Barbra 

Sarah B. Tiburon, CA 5/25/2013 
I just wanted to thank you again for what a great job you did on hair/make-up for Sarah, Kathleen and I on May 25 in Tiburon. You took a lot of stress off all of us and made us look beautiful all evening long. I've just posted a Yelp review for you and here are a couple of pictures as well. You are the best! Thanks again! Sue Beresh 


Laura H Novato, CA 5/25/2013
Thank you again so much for everything...I first contacted Gayle and Sara because I had been unhappy with other trials. I was completely blown away by my entire experience, from my trial to getting ready the morning of our wedding. Sara and Gayle took all of my preferences into account while also designing hair and makeup to work best with my facial structure and skin. They took careful notes so everything was identical the day of. The morning of the wedding Sara was early and ready to go, and also was so friendly and comfortable that she took away almost all of my jitters! I left for our venue looking better than I thought I ever could, and my hair and the makeup stayed put the entire day--even through a pretty windy ceremony! Even 2 month’s later people keep mentioning how much they loved my hair :) I would wholeheartedly recommend these two for your wedding day or other event where you want to look amazing! 

Grace B. Palo Alto, CA 4/17/2013
Gayle is my "Fairy godmother" on our wedding day! She transformed me into a beautiful bride. It is so easy to like her and she is motherly sweet, she will take care of you getting prepared for your big day with her calm attitude. I never met her before and I found her on yelp. We exchange emails and pictures.I didn’t have a trial but that did not meant she would not do a great job on the day of your wedding. I was surprised to see myself halfway she was putting my make up on. I have dark circles under my eyes and it has always been a challenge to work with it but Gayle made me look flawless and my make up was a natural look. My friends and family would come up in my room to peek and everyone met her liked her personality. She is very accommodating to what you want and will give suggestions what she think will work better for you. Trust her, she will bring out the best in you!She takes her time and she even stayed after my make up was done and made sure the photographer has done a few shots that my make up looks great in the photos.She gave me a touch up kit, that was thoughtful of her. She also gave my daughter a touch up lip-gloss and offered my bridesmaids touch up before we started with the photos. Her pricing is more affordable compared to 2 different artists I have inquired but her work was more than what I have paid for. Thank you very much Gayle! Definitely recommending you in my circle and to future brides, save yourself the stress and let Gayle do her magic.

Stefanie C.  Sydney New South Wales, Australia 3/30/2013
Gayle and her team did hair and make up for myself (bride), mother and five bridesmaids. Each looked absolutely stunning; Gayle did a great job of drawing on their best features whilst creating a constant look across the entire group. Gayle was personable, friendly and relaxed and provided her services at very reasonable prices. We planned our wedding in the USA from our home in Australia, and Gayle did a good job anticipating our hair and make up without having met any of us before the big day. I highly recommend Gayle to anyone looking for a professional and talented team to primethem for the big day. RachelTiburon10/13/2012Hi Gayle, The day was just perfect.  And it was partly so wonderful because I felt absolutely beautiful all day and night.  Thank you so much!!   I will be sure to write you a fabulous Yelp review so other brides know just how wonderful you are.  

Nikki H. San Francisco, CA9/29/2012
Gayle is personable, professional, reliable, talented, and RELAXED.  Before my wedding, nobody had impressed upon me the importance of securing reliable, experienced, and relaxed wedding vendors.   Key word = relaxed.  As I went about calling various hair stylists for the big day, I found myself feeling unsettled after talking to many people who rushed me on the phone and/or who were arrogant and seemingly scattered.  Within a few minutes of talking to Gayle on the phone, I vividly recall knowing she was who I wanted to be by my side for wedding day preparations.Gayle brings everything good that I mentioned to the table and more.   She absolutely loves helping brides on their big day (personally, it sounds a big nightmarish to me) and she goes out of her way to ensure that everything meets your expectations.  In the weeks leading up to the big day, I hadn't a clue how I was going to wear my hair and so she offered a "pre-meet" so that I could work towards envisioning a style ASAP.   Finding time to get together with her was easy and she was extremely helpful during that initial meet & greet.  EXCELLENT communication skills, and will respond to your every question in a timely manner.  (And I had lots of them before the wedding).  Over the course of a couple weeks, I had all kind of questions for her, as there were 4 of us getting our hair done the morning of the wedding.   Never once did I get a sense I was irritating her because again - she's relaxed, calm (there's that word again) and professional.  Gayle is also extremely flexible.  While Gayle does both hair and makeup, I told her I wanted to do my own makeup after having some "trial and error" makeup counter experiences recently.  Not only did she offer a "touch-up" service for me, but also she said I could decide the day of the wedding and she'd allot time for that "just in case" I wanted to take her up on the offer.   So there I was doing my own makeup on my wedding day, which looked "so-so" and hurray! Gayle to the rescue.  Gayle has a very natural approach to wedding makeup and will not have you looking like someone other than yourself.  (Unless you want to look like someone else which I know she has more than enough talent to accomplish for you).  :)  The Wedding Day.   Gayle arrived right on time (maybe a few min early) to our hotel, and she worked swiftly while sparing no details as she did 4 hairdos and 1 makeup "enhancement."  She successfully kept everyone on schedule throughout a very long morning.   I remember feeling extraordinarily calm while I got ready and I can say with 100% certainty that Gayle played a major role in that.   I have been to a gazillion weddings...(seriously....a ton) and I don't think I've ever seen bridal hair & makeup prep go so smoothly.  Gayle really brought an air of calmness to the room and we just chit chatted away as she worked which really kept me feeling grounded.  Lastly, because I had a pre-wedding event (Chinese Tea Ceremony), Gayle offered to come to the venue to help me replace my prickly red flower hair piece (for the tea ceremony) with small white stephanotis flowers for the wedding ceremony.  She did a very smoothed down, soft curl hair style for me and I was nervous about really messing it up with these different flowers.  I later found out that while I was at the tea ceremony, she helped our friends and family set up for the wedding! !!!!!    :) !!   Clearly, helping set up weddings isn't part of her list of services, but I want to share this story because it demonstrates the kind of person Gayle is.  Not only did everyone's hair look fantastic - modern, fresh, and super polished, but my makeup was great too.  I had a couple breakouts that morning and wow-did she work some serious magic with the concealed and a brush. I highly encourage anyone considering Gayle for their wedding day to look no further and book her immediately.   For your very important wedding day, you want to be certain that your stylist and makeup artist is "on it and then some" because as I mentioned earlier in this post, they will be by your side all morning and will play a MAJOR role on how positive (or not) your wedding day prep experience is..... 

Paula  San Francisco, CA9/24/2012
Gayle did my make-up and hair for my September wedding in Sonoma,along with my mother and bridesmaids. She did a terrific job - her make-up is flawless and she can pretty much do any hairstyle you show her (I was undecided whether to wear my hair up or down the day of my wedding, but I wasn't worried because I knew she would make either style look great).She is also very calm and sweet, and made me feel very at ease right before the wedding. I highly recommend her.  I also came to her house very early on a Saturday for a trial, and she was extremely accommodating in booking the appointment early in the morning so that I could use the make-up and hair for my engagement shoot. Both the engagement shoot and wedding photos came out beautiful and I have Gayle to thank for making me look so good! 

Melanie San Francisco09/15/2012
Thanks so much...it was such a pleasure working with you!  Thank you for making me feel and look like a beautiful bride on my special day!! You are so calming and so great at what you do. I would be more than happy to refer you to any prospective clients and will definitely write a yelp review soon!   All the best, Melanie 

Kendra J. Mill Valley, CA9/12/2012
Gayle is fantastic and really reasonably priced especially when you consider how great a job she does!  I didn't really know Gayle but I liked the images on her website, and she was quick in responding to me.  My wedding was planned in only 3 months, and since my husband and I were footing the entire bill we were trying to be very responsible on what we spent!  I met with Gayle after having some email correspondence with her about the looks like liked, she went off of my pictures, and then after one meeting she said she good to go.  I don't know why but I was totally sure that she would do a great job even though I wouldn't be seeing her again for almost two months.  She was great in following up with me and confirming the event date and time that we would be meeting at the Venue.  I have to admit that I have been married once before and I didn't want to emulate the same look from my first wedding, and Gayle delivered on that too!  I LOVED my hair, and my makeup went perfectly with the style of my dress.  My husband said he had never seen me look more beautiful!  Gayle also did my 10-year old step daughter's hair for the wedding too (she has TONS of LONG THICK hair), and her hair turned out fantastically as well.  Overall she was better than any other hair/makeup artist I have seen work at a wedding, and I'd recommend her to anyone who is looking for a great and experienced stylist.  

Victoria El Cerrito08/31/2012
Thank you SO much for making me look so pretty on my wedding day! You did an incredible job and I got many compliments. Thank you, thank you EricaLarkspur08/11/2012Thank you for working your stylist magic yesterday. My hair was so beautiful and perfect!! Everything was amazing and made our big day so wonderful. Thank you! > > 

Anna  Benicia07/22/2012
Thanks so much for all you did for my family and me last weekend! We were so happy with how everyone looked. We all got tons of compliments and everything looked and felt wonderful. You did an amazing job. Thank you again!! KathyMill Valley05/12/2012The wedding went well, and thank you for making me beautiful during the special day of my life.  I received great complements from our guest on my hair and make-up.  I will definitely recommend you to my friends!  Thank you again.  KristenCeago Winery4/14/2012 Hi Gayle!  Thank you so much for everything that you did for us. You were amazing and all of the girls were so happy with their looks!!! You are the best!!!   Kristen 

Maureen  Fairmont Hotel3/24/2012
"Gayle, we had an absolutely magical and memorable time at the wedding, there is nothing I would change about the past month... especially choosing you to be a part of our day.  You had such a wonderful sense of class during the getting ready time.  It isn't always easy to know when to jump in with an emotional family like ours, but you just meshed in, and I loved it! I will absolutely be referring you to people, and I honestly can't thank you enough for making me feel so beautiful!!! ..there have been numerous comments on my hair!! Here is a little slideshow that our photographer put together."         http://animoto.com/play/1aZufDwwXjMyr5j1LhNaWg  

Mariann  Kenwood, CA 9 /20 /11
I hired Gayle for my wedding day hair and make up over the Internet from New York City where I live. I was planning my destination wedding/elopement and could not meet with any of my wedding vendors.  After reading many wonderful reviews about Gayle's services on Wedding Wire, I felt that I would be in good hands. She was great at responding to e-mails and following up on my many questions.  She did a wonderful job on both my hair and make up and exceeded my expectations. It was very hot and I cried during my ceremony, yet the make up held up perfectly.Her personality and professionalism put me at ease even though I was stressed.I also hired Gayle to do my hair and make up for wedding portraits that took place a couple days later in San Francisco. I really appreciated how flexible Gayle was with traveling to both locations. I received many compliments from my friends and family who saw my wedding photos.  Her rates are very reasonable and I would highly recommend her without hesitation. Definitely one of the best and easiest decisions I made about my wedding.  Thank you for everything Gayle! 

Alexis K  Tiburon8/20/2011
I was just telling my new husband, Matt, how much fun it was to work with you and how relaxing it was to have you do my hair and make-up the morning of my wedding day.  I was wonderful to work with you!  

Christine L.  Larkspur7/3/2011
I just got back in town and I wanted to sincerely and deeply thank you for all your help at my wedding on July 3rd. You were awesome and everyone loved their hair. I LOVED MY HAIR and I am going to definitely recommend you to family and friends in the future. Thank you again! 

Danielle R.  Oakland4/18/2011
You did such a wonderful job! I was so pleased and looking at the photos now I am even more impressed, thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope all is well with you. I did write a YELP review back in June and I hope you will read it :) 

Natasha V.  San Mateo, CA12/30/2010
Gayle is fabulous!  She is a true artist who helped me feel gorgeous on my wedding day.  What I loved about her is that she was willing to accommodateall my requests and carefully listened to all my mom's concerns.  She's super patient and very talented On the wedding day, Gayle arrived with suitcase full of hair accessories and let me wear one of her hair pieces when I decided I didn’t like mine that much.  She made me and my mom look absolutely beautiful and her work lasted throughthe whole night! 

Ria   Redwood CityWedding: 11/27/2010
Thanks Gayle for your patience with me and my bridal party. I tooka risk by deciding to \have Gayle do hairstyling for my wedding onlythrough a recommendation and by viewing her work from the website.I'm glad I took the risk, because she did a fine job for all of us inspite ofnot having any trial at all. She worked well with us and giving us thelook and hairstyles we wanted, while giving us professional inputs onwhat looked good and what was possible (or not!). I got a lot of complimentsfor my hairstyle. And although the style was my choice, it was Gayle'shands that made it happen.Thanks again, Gayle, for making us all look beautiful! 

Sarah  Wedding date: 10/9/2010 Oakland
I was really concerned initially with finding the right person for the right price that could help us with our busy day of events and with so many girls in our wedding (my husband's choosing to have 8 attendants each, gosh!), but I am so thankful for Gayle!  From her friendly, quick communication and setting up a wonderful initial consultation, to her flexibly and finding someone to assist early enough for us all to be ready on time.  You did such a fabulous job. Everyone loved their hair and make-up and I couldn't have been happier. My look lasted all day and night (even after our windy open-window car ride to the reception and dancing late into the night, those curls really lasted!!) and it was so beautiful! Thank you for truly being one of the least stressful moments of our special day! If there is ever another need for your services for me or any other friends or family, you are the first person I would call. 

Meghan  Lafayette Wedding: 9/21/2010
I wanted to thank you so much for the amazing job you did on my hair and my three bridesmaids for my wedding! You were so easy to work with and you made doing our hair a fun and relaxing experience! I immediately felt right at ease and knew you would do an amazing job even though I hadn't done a trial. I received numerous compliments on my hair and the best part was that it stayed in place and I didn't have to worry about it at all during the ceremony and esp. the dancing!Thank you for all that you did and for making my wedding a day a fun, relaxing, and stress-free day. I will happily recommend you to friends who are in need of a hairstylist for their weddings or special events!!  

Audrey  OaklandWedding: 7/31/2010
Hi Gayle!!  Oh my goodness, I've never felt that beautiful in my life :)Thank you for making my hair perfect!!  It was everything I wanted and some!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! You did an amazing job :)  THANK YOU!!xoxo, Audrey

Nana  NapaWedding: 6/26/2010
After a horrible trial hair & makeup experience with another stylist,I found Gayle and booked a trial with her. she understood my previousbad experience and did everything she could to put me at ease. She asksfor inspiration photos for both hair and makeup before you meet with her,and she really spent time to study these before we met. she took her timeduring the trial to make sure every detail was perfect and that I was happywith our results so she knew what to do on the wedding day. the morningof the wedding, she was a calming presence and really took her time to makeevery detail perfect. both hair and makeup looked even better the day of thewedding and I couldn't have been happier! thank you Gayle!! 

Tasaday  BelvedereWedding: 4/8/2010
I found Gayle through a work reference at almost the very last minute.From the moment I met her she put me at ease, and I felt completely safe in her hands. I just knew that whatever she came up with would look fabulous and it did! On our first meeting, she took the time to listen to what I thought I wanted, asked about the dress and the day and time and, within minutes it seemed, had created this beautiful semi-up-do which looked effortless and natural and utterly beautiful. When I left that day I had every confidence she would take great care of my bridesmaids and myself, and she did! My wedding was a midday wedding located about an hour away from the location where I was getting ready so Gayle had to show up quite early, but she was there on time, with a big smile and even had tissue at hand when I got a bit sniffly. I cannot say enough that is good about her, if I ever have the excuse to get my hair done up again, I wouldn't hesitate to call her, or recommend her to anyone else. 

Terrie Novato Wedding: 03/13/2010
Gayle, I cannot tell you how many positive comments I received about how I looked in my make-up and hair---everyone told me I looked "gorgeous" and it felt really true.  Gayle invited me to a free consultation at her studio in her home to discuss what I wanted for my wedding day. On the wedding day, she came to the wedding venue on time; this saved so much time during a jam-packed day.She created a wonderful look for me and I received so many positive comments from my guests about how I looked---everyone loved the flowered headpiece in my hair which she placed and well secured it so it would not fall off during the evening. I would recommend Gayle to any bride who wants to look her best on this very special day in her life.  And I want to say that I am not the usual young bride---I am 66 years old and looked and felt like a 20-something bride! 

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