This is a something we haven’t posted in a while….It’s a fun little Q&A with some of the wedding professionals we get to work with .

We think it’s really important for the couples we work with to not only know the work and pricing of the people we work with but to know a little about them…

Here’s a little interview with Béke …

Beke Beau

Name:  Béke Beau  
Title:  Owner
Business Name:  Béke Beau, Make-up Artist

Years in Business:  20

How did you get started in your industry?  My sainted late ex-mother-in-law helped me get an apprenticeship with make-up artist Laura Geller, of QVC fame.  But it really started when I plucked my friend Amy’s eyebrows when we were 14…

What is the highlight of your career so far?  Doing Judith Nathan Giuliani’s make-up on Rudy Giuliani’s last day as mayor of New York City, that is, December 31st 2001.  I was in the hotel suite, doing Judith’s make-up for the event in Time Square that night, and Rudy came in to help her choose her dress.  I wanted to say something to this man who had demonstrated such extraordinary leadership following 9/11 – the wounds were still very fresh for New Yorkers at that time, and Rudy had led us steadfastly through the hurt and confusion – he seemed superhuman.  All I could think to say was “We’re going to miss you, Mr. Mayor!”  Then, as I was leaving the suite, he stood in the foyer in his shirtsleeves, adjusting his tie.  I’ll just never forget it….

What’s the craziest job you’ve ever held?  When I was 18, I cleaned and painted low-income apartments at a complex in which I lived, in Phoenix, Arizona – long story.

Tell us something about you that most people wouldn’t know.  In my twenties, I was a professional rock singer and songwriter, and was on the road with my band in New England for seven years.  We were very successful, had a huge following and I’m grateful for that.  I continued my career in New York City, performing, recording and showcasing for record labels like Warner Brothers.  I still dabble….

 What is one common mistake you see brides make in regard to your services?  By far, it’s that they wait too long to book me.  I’ve had to turn down so many last-minute requests.  My advice is to plan ahead (I should be booked nine months to a year in advance), especially if your wedding is scheduled anytime between April and November.  This goes, of course, for booking any wedding professional you hope to secure.

What is your favorite food?  Popcorn, specifically Jolly Time, made on the stovetop, a little salt, no butter.  And I don’t share well….

What is your favorite restaurant?  Not sure of the name or address, but it’s definitely in Italy.

OK, how about local restaurant?  Does my dining room count?

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?  Should I ever truly get such as thing as a “day off,” I’ll let my undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder run the show.  I would anticipate some consignment store shopping, bird-watching and lots of daydreaming.

What’s the best advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?  Have the wedding you want to have, not what others think you should have, and never lose sight of the marriage to come.

Tell us anything else about you you’d like to share with half the free world…. 

I’m deeply committed to promoting safe, eco and body-friendly beauty and want to help women be more aware of what they’re putting on their bodies and pouring down the drain.

Any awards, honors or charitable endeavors you’d like to plug?

I was really delighted to make the top 5 on the 2009 MyFoxPhilly.com HOT LIST.  I’ve only been doing make-up in the Philly area for two years and this made me feel very welcome.

Thanks Béke