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A Note From Kathleen

First and foremost, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials; I am so pleased you have stumbled upon my services!
Before we discuss your wedding, you may want to know a bit more about me, my credentials, and, of course, the services I offer.

I am a mobile stylist aiming to help you look and feel your best!
I offer professional hair and makeup services within the Durham Region and its surrounding areas.
Having worked in several beauty salons across the Durham Region over the years, my true passion has always been on-location bridal.
I obtained my degree in cosmetology through Art & Technique, and I am a certified makeup artist. I have been actively in the beauty section of the wedding industry since 2013.
Before becoming a makeup artist and stylist, I worked for several years in the fashion side of the industry with David's Bridal Canada; I was proudly a part of the original team that launched David's Bridal in Canada.
I have worked many bridal shows across southern Ontario, leaving myself well-educated and with many broad connections in Southern Ontario.

On more of a personal note, I am a wife and a mother who enjoys all the crazy ups and downs of running a family and a business all at once!
My sons are under the age of 2.5 years old, and they fill my life with unspeakable joy; I couldn’t gush enough about them.

My goal is to treat all of my clients as though they are a part of my family. I want each bride I work with to feel relaxed and completely stress-free as she walks through the door heading towards her groom!
That all said, I try my best to keep my pricing competitive and obtainable for EVERYONE!
It has always been extremely important to me that my clients feel they have gotten great service for an amazing price.
I’ve been the bride, and I understand the frustration of the high costs associated with a wedding. I want to be a stylist who is in touch with reality when it comes to my pricing!

If you have any questions regarding my services, please don’t be shy! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you obtain your dream look for your special day.

-Kathleen Goltsis
Owner & Lead Artist

ONCE UPON AN UPDO is a wedding beauty specialist based in Whitby, Ontario.

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Petra R. Sent on 15/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Katie is a dream!

Katie was an absolute pleasure to work with for my wedding. She was punctual, professional and just wonderful. My updo stayed put all night, it did not move though all the dancing, hugging and sweating. I would absolutely recommend her for your special day!
Diana Sent on 27/12/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

My bridal party and I had an amazing experience with Kathleen. She is a hoot to work with and is very professional and prompt! Her and Jacob did all of our hair (7 in total) in what felt like record time. They made it fun and entertaining! We all showed photos and they did exactly what we asked for, tweaking hair here and there based on what would look best on us. I wanted a bit of a change from my trial hair and Kathleen took my vision and I was so in love with my wedding day hair. Highly recommended!
Paulineairey Sent on 28/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Kathleen did two hair trials on me and did my hair and makeup on my wedding day. My makeup lasted the entire day and not one hair fell out of place

Amazing would 100% recommend. everyone complimented on how elegant my hair looked that night and kept asking who did my makeup for me
Kelsey B. Sent on 17/09/2019
4.8 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing experience!

Kathleen did an absolutely amazing job on wedding hair with myself, Bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers and flower girl! Her and her assistant, Jacob, were incredibly sweet, flexible, accommodating and had excellent attention to detail and everyone was so happy with how their hair turned out - including myself! It was exactly what I wanted. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Rebecca Sent on 02/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely incredible!

I cannot say enough wonderful words about Kathleen, her work, and her team! Kathleen is incredibly professional and SO much fun to work with. She and her team made the morning of the wedding easy and laid back - exactly what I was looking for. Her hair and makeup work is beautiful and all of the girls were thrilled with their looks. Thank you, Kathleen!
Jennifer M. Sent on 07/06/2014
5 out of 5 rating
Kathleen and Kristen at Once Upon an Updo are an amazing hair and makeup team! They are each able to perform both roles and can switch when needed to make sure the schedule for your event stays on track.

About a month before my wedding, I had a hair and makeup trial at my apartment to test out the desired look for the day. It took about two hours and they were both very thorough in playing with different looks for makeup and updo style. Afterwards, they were very responsive via Facebook regarding minor tweaks to my look, as well as discussing hair and makeup styles for my wedding party.

On the day of the wedding, they travelled to our hotel in Ajax and did a wonderful job not only executing the look we had planned together, but also the looks that my bridal party wanted and had not yet been able to test. They are also a bundle of fun and made getting ready for the day much less stressful.

I had considered doing my own hair and makeup, but when it comes down to it, it's really not worth the stress. Kathleen and Kristen will travel to you, bring everything you need, and do an amazing job for a very affordable price, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to actually enjoy the process of getting ready before your wedding!
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Kathleen Goltsis
Kathleen Goltsis
Owner/Lead Artist

Hello, my name is Kathleen and I am the owner and lead artist at Kathleen Goltsis Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry.

I began my bridal journey in 2010 when I was hired to help set up and open the first Davids Bridal in Canada.
After a few years of working with wedding gowns, I realized my true passion was bridal beauty!

I began my career in hairstyling at Art & Technique in Oshawa Ontario, where I completed my degree in cosmetology.
I launched my mobile bridal hair & makeup business in 2013 while working at various salons around the Durham Region.

The wedding industry has been a passion of mine for a decade now, but my true love is for my family. I love my job because it allows me to stay home during the week with my two adorable sons and provides my husband and I the opportunity to spend both of our days off during the week with our boys together.

Please send me a message if you would like to know a little more in regards to myself and my credentials.



Whitby L1M 1C5 Whitby (Ontario)

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