An Interview with Memphis Wedding Hair Stylist Emily Cohen

Today, we’d like to introduce one of our favorite Memphis wedding hair stylists, Emily Cohen! Similar to these interviews with a floral designer, and a makeup artist, we’re helping you get to know some of the faces behind the businesses you’ll need in the near future.  We give you these interviews because we believe in serving our couples as comprehensively as possible; as literal wedding pros, we see a unique change to share our resources with you (for example: venue tours, avoiding common hitches in wedding day timelines, sharing ideas on how to honor loved ones at your wedding, and- of course- helping you get to know the vendors in town. Without further ado, we present one of the best Memphis wedding hair stylist, Ms. Emily Cohen (to see some of the beautiful looks she’s given our clients, look here and here)!

Persuasion Photography Memphis wedding hair stylist Emily Cohen

Persuasion Photography Memphis wedding hair stylist Emily Cohen

How did you become a wedding hairstylist?

When I was 19, I started a job as a receptionist at a hair salon, and instantly fell in love with the energy. Making men and women feel their absolute best, boosting confidence, etc. (and making a living doing it!) was something I knew I HAD to be a part of, and discovered wedding hair is the epitome of that. After doing several brides, and seeing everything (dress, hair, makeup, jewelry) come together at the beautiful venues with flowers – the end result – the happiness of the day captured in gorgeous photos, and our hard work as vendors paying off; It pulled on my heart-strings EVERY time and became my obsession. I still have to pinch myself thinking this is my “job”.

How long have you been a wedding hairstylist, and what kinds of training/certification/career highlights have you had?

Hairstylists in the state of Tennessee must complete 1500 hours of school/hands on training, and pass two State Board proctored exams to receive licensure. I enjoyed styling hair in school so much that I started doing weddings for friends right after graduation to get experience. This year marks my 7th year.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Everyone always asks about the physical aspect, and while my job IS hard on the body, that’s hardly the toughest part. I’d say the hardest part and the best part are one and the same: the emotional and mental energy you put into each and every wedding. As creative and passionate people, your vendors sincerely want for you to be happy. Giving 110% to each bride every weekend is simultaneously the most exhausting AND rewarding thing we do.

What’s the best part of your job?

Knowing I played a part in helping brides feel their absolute best on the best day of their lives!

Inspiration source(s)?

I have stylists I follow on social media that offer practical inspiration: Heather Chapman, specifically, is an INCREDIBLE bridal stylist who’s work I admire. And other local vendors (Katie Allred!, Kelly Ginn, Kasey Acuff, Michael Doyle, Toni Williams, and the list goes ON) just by their ambition and love for their job/craft, are truly an inspiration as well.

Bridal tip to avoid looking dated in 10 years?

Make sure your wedding is a reflection of you as a couple, not just what is trending at the moment.

Most common wedding day mistake you encounter?

In reference to hair specifically, not hiring someone who’s done weddings before. Especially if you have a large bridal party, it is easy to run behind schedule. If hair and makeup run late, then the photographer is put behind schedule, and it’s a snowball effect. The LAST thing you want is for your day to feel rushed and chaotic.

Pro advice for wedding day?

Hire seasoned/reputable vendors! Once we’re hired, responsibilities are delegated, and the “stress” becomes OURS. If you have vendors you know you can trust to go above and beyond, it gives you the best chance at a smooth wedding day.

Favorite current trend for brides?

I’m LOVING that everyone is doing a looser, more “care free” look – not as “fixed”.

What is your dream assignment?

I’m doing my dream job, but I’d like to have more opportunity to do destination weddings! My job plus more travel would be incredible.

What is your own dream wedding/renewal?

Being in the industry has made me have such mixed emotions about this. But the more I’ve thought about it, my dream wedding would be an intimate ceremony; just close family and friends, and I’d pull out all the stops. I’d give my vendor friends free reign to “do their thing”. Creative people do better work when given a general direction, then let loose on a project, and that’s exactly how I know I’d be happiest. Followed by a big “Happily Ever After Party” as I’ve seen it called – an opportunity for everyone to come celebrate with us!

Beach or mountains?

Um, BOTH!

Movies or books?

Books.

Cookie or cupcake?

Cookie.

Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor, OBVIOUSLY.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Emily! If you are in need of a Memphis wedding hair stylist, you should schedule a consultation- or cut/ color because she’s amazing- to get to know her for yourself!

*Bonus trivia…. Emily and I are both women of Alpha Gamm Delta.

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