Earlier this month, "Wedding Day Makeover" premiered on TLC. The show, which follows brides-to-be as they decide on their pre-wedding beauty regimen, will feature a local salon.
Design Visage, a Newport Beach business near John Wayne Airport, was selected to style 21 of the 50 brides featured in the series.
Owner Caren Lazarus is a pioneer in the bridal industry. In 1991, the Los Angeles Times published a story on her as the first to market specifically to brides. Now her salon, an Orange County institution since 1986, styles 500 weddings a year.
"Hair and makeup for weddings is really common now, but back then no one was doing it," Lazarus said.
TLC asked around, and her name repeatedly came up, Lazarus said. It eventually lead the production crew to the steps of Design Visage.
The show is centered around what stylists call a "preview" — when a bride visits a salon and tries out a variety of styles to consider for her wedding day. In an ordinary preview, the stylists work step by step, seeking the approval of their clients.