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.

What to expect when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding

I often get clients who are a little apprehensive about hiring a makeup artist to do their bridal makeup.  Their often worried that they’ll look overdone or not like themselves, which any makeup artist worth their salt, will strive to avoid.  Half of my job is putting people at ease, as I am aware that I’m coming into a client’s personal space and want them to know they can trust me.  But that understanding needs to extend both ways.  Clients need to be realistic about their goals and what is in the skill set of the makeup artist.

What to expect when hiring a makeup artist

1. A makeup artist cannot change the health of the skin.  We can disguise a multitude of skins from a skin rash, a bruise, blemishes even scars – but change the underlying health of the skin is entirely up to you.  If you’re not happy about the traits of your skin then you need to look into your personal health.  Are you drinking enough water?  What is your diet like?  Are you using the right moisturiser for your skin type?  As much as I would love to have a magic wand and do this for you, the condition of your skin is up to you.

2. Don’t be surprised when we use a few more makeup products than you’re used to.  As a makeup artist I sort of take it for granted that a client is ok with me using makeup on them…after all isn’t that why they hired me?  But still I get the odd client now and again who is surprised to see themselves with makeup on.  If you’re are hiring a professional makeup artist, then that is what you’ll get.

3. Be realistic about what you want your makeup artist to achieve for you.  If you’re using imagery to convey what you’d like for your wedding makeup – try to research images with women of a similar hair/eye colour or ethnicity to you.  Also think about the correct age range.  What might look great on a women in her 20’s might not translate well to a sophisticated lady in her 60’s.

4.  Expect a high level of professionalism.  If you feel like you don’t have a say in your wedding makeup, or you don’t like what a makeup artist has done make sure you can verbalise your disappointment.  Any makeup artist should respect your opinions and strive to work towards your dream look x