KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brides in the metro want their money back after a hair and makeup artist didn’t show up on their big days.
More than a dozen brides said they were affected by Annie De Vol Artistry, who told 41 Action News she is working on refunds.
In the meantime, other hair and makeup artists in the community have stepped up to cover De Vol’s weddings, working at discounted rates or for tips only.
“I think I owe a lot of free facials, like whatever I can do to show appreciation, because I wouldn’t be able to offer a solution if it weren’t for these people coming together,” said Melissa Blayton, a hair and makeup artist.
According to Blayton, the collective working to cover De Vol’s weddings has grown to 30 people.
Melissa Engstrom is one of the hairstylists coming to their aid.
“I couldn’t imagine being in their spots and being so frustrated,” Engstrom said, “so I wanted to help as much as possible.”
The group has covered at least a dozen weddings so far, but there were some brides they did not know about in advance.
“I think when you’re 5 years old you start planning your wedding,” Blayton said, “and hair and makeup is a big part of that, what your look is going to be. The fact that that was missed, I just thought, ‘You know what, we can do this.’”
Blayton created an event called ” The Do-Over Project. ” Hair and makeup artists and photographers will give brides a second chance at the moments they missed.
Wedding venue Eighteen Ninety in Platte City donated its space for the event, while other vendors are pitching in flowers and food.
“Some of these girls were rallied around by their bridal parties,” Alisha Richardson, a wedding planner, said. “Hair and makeup was done by friends and family and not a professional. So this is really giving them the opportunity to have that pampering moment and to have those fine-touched, refined images they were really hoping to have on their wedding days.”
The Do-Over Project is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 17 and open to any brides affected by De Vol.