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a little bit about me

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My name is Sydney Thomas, and I am "The Updo Darling". I am a license cosmetologist & small business owner located in Brandywine, Maryland. I love Jesus! I believe that he created me to create and make others feel beautiful. I finally found my calling that lets me do just that! I am an artist. I grew up painting & sketching, and to me every client is a new canvas where I can create something beautiful and unique to their features.

I didn't grow up dreaming that someday I would be a hairstylist. I actually grew up on a farm and was a total tomboy! I decided to go to cosmetology school on a whim after I graduated high school. While in cosmetology school I developed a passion for bridal styling. I left with big dreams in mind, ready to start my new adventure!

I prefer a personable & intimate approach when it comes to looking and feeling your best on your wedding day. I am the only stylist for The Updo Darling and I have a 7-person service limit (bride + 6). Which means if you book me for your wedding day, I will not only be the one doing the hair for you and your bridal party, but I will also be the one styling your hair for your bridal preview, responding to your emails and answering your questions. ! I always arrive with positive energy to ensure a relaxing experience as well as top notch service.

Why Do I Require Bridal Previews?

My studio is located in Brandywine, Maryland, which is where all of my Bridal Previews take place. On your wedding day I will come to you! I travel all throughout Southern Maryland, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, Baltimore and the surrounding areas. You may also find me freelancing for Miranda Paige Beauty located in Prince Frederick, Maryland as well as Vintage Veils located in Severna Park, Maryland.


I can't wait for the years to come, for all of the future brides I will meet and all of the beautiful love stories that I will get to witness. I would be honored to work with you! 

"May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

- 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18


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Browse the Reviews:


Kaitlyn Herbst

"I had the privilege of having Sydney work her magic on my wedding day, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Her talent is unmatched, and she created hairstyles that not only looked incredible but stayed flawless throughout the entire celebration. What sets Sydney apart is her attention to detail and genuine commitment to making every moment perfect. She stayed to help place my veil in my hair and even helped out with a wardrobe malfunction. She went above and beyond for us! If you're looking for a gifted and dedicated wedding hair stylist, Sydney is the one to choose. My wedding day was made even more beautiful thanks to her incredible skills and warmhearted approach. Highly recommend!"

XOXO - Kaitlyn


Jodie Johnston

"Sydney was a dream to work with for my wedding day!! She perfectly understood my vision for my look and made recommendations based on my preferences. She was accommodating when I decided to switch up my style last minute on my wedding day & executed that one perfectly as well. She is so personable and easy to chat with too. She really helped sooth my nerves on my big day! All of my girls loved their hair has well. Can't recommend her enough!!"

XOXO - Jodie


Jessica Overton

"Sydney was the best wedding hair stylist EVER! From the very beginning conversations to the wedding day, Sydney was amazing. She's so sweet & kind and you can tell she truly loves what she does. Her goal is to make everyone look and feel their best and she did just that. I wish I could have her do my hair every weekend! She's truly the best."

XOXO - Jessica


Summer Carey

"Sydney did my hair for my wedding in February of 2023 as well as my entire bridal party. She is profesiional, kind, and bubbly and is wonderful at what she does. She was easy to communicate with and quick to answer any questions that myself or my bridal party had regarding their look, ideas, hair texture, etc. She truly made everyone feel comfortable and created a gorgeous and unique look for everyone! She brought great energy to the bridal suite that morning and even stayed through my bridal portraits for touch-ups. The hairstyle I chose on my wedding day was different than what we had done at the preview, but Sydney was supportive & encouraging about me wanting to pivot to a style that felt more like me! I highly recommend Sydney for all of your wedding day hair needs.

XOXO - Summer


Amanda Seeba

"I cannot say enough good things about Sydney! I have had the opportunity to work with her as a bride and bridesmaid over the last 2 years and both experiences have been amazing! Sydney is so sweet & kind - she is super relatable and very knowledgeable about her profession. Even though we've only met a few times at special events, she makes you feel like you've been friends forever. She is able to take your vision and bring it to life but always 10x better than what you're expecting! I have never felt more beautiful than when Sydney has finished working her magic on my hair. She is simply the best at what she does, and I cannot recommend this amazing girl enough!"

XOXO - Amanda


Sierra Moser

"Sydney is by far the best! From bridal preview to wedding day she was amazing! She was able to create a dream come true for me and was so nice, sweet, and has so much passion for what she does. 5 stars no doubt! I highly recommend."

XOXO - Sierra


Kara Jones

"Sydney was the best! Extremely professional and an amazing artist. My wedding hair turned out exactly how I imagined it! She also styled my bridal party, and everyone turned out beautiful. Highly recommend!"

XOXO - Kara


Morgan Vokel

"I would highly recommend Sydney to anyone getting married! From bridal preview to the wedding day, she was so professional and fun to work with. I completely changed my hairstyle the morning of the wedding and she was not phased at all and nailed everything I envisioned. She made getting ready on the wedding morning so fun and all of my bridesmaids loved their hair! I couldn't imagine my wedding day without Sydney!!

XOXO - Morgan


Summer Mowry

"Sydney is my best friend and was my maid of honor in my wedding. I knew no matter what style I chose that she would knock it out of the park like she always does! I wore my mom's wedding dress for the ceremony, and it had a very high neckline, so we did a midi bun for my first hairstyle. Then I changed dresses for my reception, and she created the most beautiful side braid to compliment my second look. I have never felt more beautiful! It was a very hot & very humid September day and every chance Sydney got she was there to touch up my hair and made sure I was looking my best throughout the whole day. I couldn't imagine my day without her! I can't recommend her enough!"

XOXO - Summer 

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