Best of 2015: Julie Swenson Beauty + Cocoa & Fig

Julie Swenson Beauty

Best Hair and Makeup & Best Favors

Best Hair and Makeup

Julie Swenson Beauty

Known for: Brides appreciate makeup artist Julie Swenson’s exceptional hair and makeup skills, and the calm energy and delightful sense of humor she brings to a wedding day.

Words of wisdom: “A trial run is so important. This is the time to really dig in and explore the exact look that you want,” says Swenson. “It will give you peace of mind and will help generate trust that your artist will take good care of you on your wedding day.”


Best Favors

Cocoa & Fig

Known for: Cocoa & Fig is famous for French macarons, cake lollipops and mini Minnesota-shaped pies on a stick—plus any of those or other custom favors wrapped up with colored ribbons and personalized tags.

Words of wisdom: “We really enjoy creating custom items for our couples and encourage them to think outside the box when it comes to guest favors,” says co-owner Laurie Lin. “Choosing an edible favor that has meaning to your relationship, such as a favorite dessert you both like, can be a nice touch.”