REPOST // My favourite venues in and around Wimborne, Dorset

I get to travel to a lot of beautiful places in and out of the UK. However, there is one place that keeps calling me again and again, Wimborne in Dorset. And I love it! With its rolling hills and sweeping landscapes, hidden stately homes and vast family histories – you can completely understand why so many couples choose Wimborne for their english countryside wedding. Here are just a few of my faves that I have had the pleasure of working in x

Deans Court

An elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in William’s family for nearly 500 years. Today the estate hosts a venue for weddings and events, a vintage lifestyle shop, health-food café and holiday cottages & houses. Pop-up social suppers, open-air theatres, courses and workshops, tours, beekeeping, fly-fishing, rearing sheep and growing organic vegetables in a walled kitchen garden – are just some of the other activities taking place here – all of them under the ethos of living sustainably within a heritage environment in the 21st century.

St Giles House

This beautiful family house has a long and rich history. In the past 400 years it has been at the heart of politics, philosophy and social thought. It’s inspired generations of people who have had influence on the world around them. In recent times an award winning restoration has seen it brought back to life and become a family home once again.

10 Castle Street

10 Castle Street is a Grade II listed Palladian mansion, remodelled into a luxury hotel and private member’s club.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Cranborne, East Dorset, 10 Castle Street is within easy reach of historic Salisbury and Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest.  This beautiful area of the Cranborne Chase was a favourite of medieval kings as a hunting ground, and also has links to Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

10 Castle Street features 9 luxury bedrooms, a formal restaurant as well as relaxed drawing rooms, several private event spaces, divine bar, large terrace and stunning gardens.

Esther and her French garden inspired wedding

Yesterday I had the privilege of being involved in Esther’s french garden inspired wedding at her parents house near Ringwood. This is the first of Esther’s two weddings due to COVID, and I am lucky enough to be doing her makeup for both!

Esther wanted something pink, classic and pretty for her first look. For her second we are going for deeper tones and more of an autumn vibe. This one was all about the prettiness and keeping everything light and bright x

2020 update x

Anybody else loving the warmer weather? I know I definitely am! It’s a new week with new beginnings and I can’t wait to meet more gorgeous brides. I do have some 2020 Saturday dates available, so if your wedding is still going ahead, albeit on a smaller scale, do get in touch to book x

Saturday 19th September | Saturday 17th October | Saturday 14th November | Saturday 28th November | Saturday 5th December | Saturday 12th December | Saturday 19th December

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2020 last minute Saturday dates available due to Covid-19

Due to wedding postponements I now have the following Saturdays available to book for 2020 – get in touch either via email at or through my Contact Form to book any of these dates!

Saturday 15th August | Saturday 12th September | Saturday 19th September | Saturday 10th October | Saturday 17th October

Saturday 2021 peak wedding dates available!

Email, or use the contact form on my website to book!

Saturday 22nd May | Saturday 26th June | Saturday 24th July | Saturday 4th September | Saturday 25th September

Losing weight but gaining acne? Why it’s perfectly normal to have a breakout during a lifestyle change…

You’ve started to eat healthier, smaller meals, and taken up regular exercise. The scales are going in the right direction but now suddenly you have acne (usually around the chin) but why? Well, you’d be interested to know that it’s actually a really common side effect of weight loss. But don’t worry it won’t last forever! Here’s what’s causing it…

Change in food – Introducing a diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are crucial to a healthier you but it takes time for the body to get used to this injection of fresh vitamins & minerals. As the body starts to process this much needed lifestyle change, the effect can be a small breakout as the toxins are forced out of the body and anything that isn’t facing the toilet makes its way to other areas. Unfortunately, this is usually the face! Thank you mother nature! Try to avoid dairy, meat, pasta and bread for a while to allow the skin to balance. Also avoid ‘fad diet food’ such as only liquid diets, all-protein or cabbage soup diets as these create a nutritional gap that affects the skin negatively. Drinking plenty of water is also a great way to flush the body through, but again you’ll see an initial outbreak which will go over time.

Hormonal levels – As the body loses weight, the sheer dramatic change and shift of fluids can create a bit of a hormonal flux that is perfectly normal. Again, it is just the body’s way of sorting itself out and getting into a rhythm. The fact that the acne is dotted around the chin area, is its way of showing you exactly that. Don’t panic though! All of this is only temporary.

Exercise – Plenty of people have gone back and forth with studies and evidence on sweating clogging up your pores. The main principle behind this is that as you sweat, the sweat brings dirt and oils from the surface of your skin into your pores for them to get clogged. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your skin has a good chance of remaining clear; 1. Wash your face as soon as possible after you exercise with water and a clean towel. For a more thorough clean use a gentle exfoliante. 2. Make sure your gym towel is always clean for each session and don’t share with another gym user.

Toxins – There is another argument that experts have mentioned that I find quite interesting. As the body lets go of the fat in the cells and expels this either through breathing or bodily waste, a certain level of toxins held in the fat is also realised causing an usually high level that can find its way out through the skin. Many men for example tend to find an increase of acne on the shoulders and back, whilst women it will be the chin and cheeks. This is one theory that personal I find most plausible.

Dry Body Brushing – what is it and how to do it…

Quite simply dry body brushing is the process of brushing dry skin (so before you shower) with a natural bristled brush. This exfoliates the skin, reducing the presence of unnecessary dead skin cells on your body; however, dry brushing too often or too hard can cause skin irritation and infection. Be sure you know the facts about dry brushing, as well as the best methods before beginning the process.

As we grow older, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells. Dry body brushing is a fantastic way of exfoliating these away. Alongside smoother skin, regular body brushing encourages cell turnover so that your limbs will look and feel supple, and whether you wax or shave, a quick brush is fantastic at keeping pesky, ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay.

While dry body brushing won’t completely rid your legs of cellulite, it helps to mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin – and if you stick at it, it’s proven to give your limbs a much smoother, and firmer, look and feel.

Dry body brushing can also stimulate the lymphatic system, and by doing this, we are directly assisting in removing pathogens. This strengthens our immune system and lessens our susceptibility to illness. Dry body brushing encourages important blood flow, and this has a plumping effect on the skin which really helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Important Things To Note…

▸▸ Many beauty and wellness sites advise dry brushing twice a day, but this can be harmful. When skin is brushed too often or too harshly, bristles cause micro cuts. These can easily become infected. Also, dry brushing more than once a week breaks down protective barriers in the skin. This leads to dryness and irritation.

▸▸ Dry brushing does affect skin conditions. People with eczema or chronic dry skin should avoid dry brushing. However, if you have a condition called keratosis pilaris in which the skin is inflamed with rough, red bumps, dry brushing could potentially remove the dead skin cells that cause such bumps.

▸▸ Dry brushing begins with the bottom of your body and moves upward. By starting on the bottom of your body and moving upward, it is thought that you increase drainage to the lymph nodes and increase circulation to the heart. This may help remove unwanted toxins from the body and improve blood flow.

▸▸ Move to your arms and then to your torso. Continue to work with your brush. After you’ve worked your way up your legs, move on to your arms. Remember the process: You’re moving towards your heart with each stroke. Start with your hands and move towards the shoulders. Once again, use long and smooth brush strokes. Give rough areas, like the elbows, extra attention. Make sure dead skin falls away.

▸▸ Move on to the back. This can be difficult, as some areas of the back are hard to access. Make sure your brush handle reaches far enough to touch your mid-back and other hard-to-reach areas. Move from the buttocks up to the shoulder blades. Finally, move on to the torso and sides. Brush up your rib cage, moving towards the heart. On your sides, move from your hip to your armpit.

▸▸ Dry brush your face, using somewhat smaller and gentler strokes. Move from the forehead to neck. Nipples or breasts should also be dry brushed with a softer brush to avoid irritating more sensitive skin.

▸▸ Shower after dry brushing. Even if you do not dry brush in the mornings, it might be a good idea to shower after dry brushing. Any lingering dead skin can be washed off in a shower.

Brand insight… Sol de Janeiro

Company talk…

‘Sol de Janeiro celebrates everybody. No rules. Only celebration. This is Body Joy – and this is Brazilian Beauty where there is no one standard for beauty. Sol de Janeiro celebrates what’s unique and joyful about you with body-loving products that make you smile and touch all the senses. Inspired by Brazilian Beauty Secrets and made with thoughtfully selected ingredients, the Sol de Janeiro experience comes from a place of positivity and pleasure. Join the party. Everyone’s invited.

Love it. Flaunt it. You’ve Got it.’

What the owner has to say…

“When I moved to Brazil, I was wonderfully inspired by the contagious, joyful attitude that was everywhere. There’s no judgement and no one way of looking and feeling beautiful.” Heela Yang, CEO & Co-founder

What the brands actually about…

Sol De Janeiro are a body care brand with a playful personality. Born in Brazil, their divine holiday-scented body products take you on a tropical getaway, whilst also providing incredible skincare benefits. This body-positive brand is best known for the Sol De Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, a firming body butter infused with Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil.

Best sellers from the range

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 240ml

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Nude Cream 385ml

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush 90ml

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Shower Gel 385ml