Today’s featured hair accessorie…. ‘Penny’ hair pins by White Designs Bridal

Penny Crystal Hairpins come as a set of 3, and are my ‘best sellers’ due to their versatility and exquisite modern design by White Designs Bridal.  They are made using the sparkliest crystal leaves set in gold plated casings. 4 freshwater pearls are added to finish each pin.  They work perfectly in a loose bun, soft updo, in plaits or with a half up style. If you have chosen to wear your hair down for your wedding day, then the two prong pins can easily be secured using traditional kirby grips.

The decorative detail on each pin measures approximately 3cm (W) x 4cm (H)

Beautifully packaged in a pretty white box from White Designs Bridal.  All items are handmade by their respective designer’s, so whilst every care is taken to ensure they look like the displayed images, some may vary due to the uniqueness of the build process.

Purchase HERE

REPOST // The big questions – No. 3: How much?!

Today’s question revolves around the vulgar subject of money.  While the hire of a makeup artist is properly going to be your least expensive purchase, a lot of brides are still curious to know what they’re getting for their money.  A fair question.  So without further ado:

1. Training.  Any makeup artist worth his/her salt will have received a level of training when starting to develop their necessary skills and will continue this training whether by attending more courses, events or seminars to expand these expertise.

2. Experience.  This is probably the main factor in how much a makeup artist will charge.  Over the four years I have been in the wedding industry, I have worked with many different bridal clients, their bridesmaids and mothers – meaning I have experience working with different skin types, ethnicity and varying ages.  I know what will look gorgeous on a bride in her 20’s and sophisticated on a lady in her 60’s and the differences required in products and technique.

3. The makeup kit.  I spend about 80% of any earnings on maintaining my makeup kit.  This includes regularly purchasing new products, replacing short term usage products such as mascaras, the constant buying of false eyelashes and maintaining the brushes.

4. Travel.  Not the most glamorous part of the job but obviously a necessity.  Please note I would be more than happy to travel to your wedding if you’re getting married in the Bahamas!

5. And finally, you wouldn’t believe the time I spend filling out paperwork! x

Little Book for brides and me…

Last year saw the massive launch of a new directory for brides, by the ‘holy grail’ of everything weddings – Love My Dress.  Little Book for Brides was born – made for brides to be their ‘little black book’ of the top wedding suppliers in the country.  Personally picked and championed by the Love My Dress team, brides are reassured that their choice of supplier is backed by the most trusted wedding blog in the UK.  I simply love being a part of this amazing project and have already had some enquiries from it, so I am really pleased at it’s success on a personal level x

Preview of that Burley Manor Barn styled shoot…

Wow!  What a wonderful day yesterday was!

For a couple of months now I have been in the depths of organising a styled shoot at Burley Manor and Burley Manor Barn, located in the New Forest.  I knew exactly which local wedding suppliers I wanted to work with, to make my vision of a warm winter wedding styled shoot come together.  And boy, did they not disappoint!  Arriving all for 9am we began straight away getting to work on transforming the barn into a warm inviting place, along with getting Sophie our model ready with beautiful hair by Michelle Crosser and makeup by myself.  Once all ready, we then got Sophie into the first of two Victoria Kay wedding gowns from her 2017 collection available from Something Old Something New bridal boutique.  And began shooting in this gorgeous wedding venue – made possible by Gina their wedding co-ordinator at Burley.

The biggest triumph was Hayley from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse, who made us the most exquisite dessert table for our styled shoot.  Spending literally hours on perfecting every little detail – it was the star piece of the shoot.  We all had fun admiring it, and maybe having a sneaky taste or two – quality control of course!

We also had Joey from The Wild Fox and Tammy of Fundoo Weddings, providing us all with the most beautiful table decorations.  It really was not made possible without these two.  And of course, Az from Lemontree Photography providing us all with stunning photographs!!  Here are just a few to tease you! x

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An evening wedding at The Mill at Gordleton, Lymington New Forest…

I was delighted when Christa asked me to do her bridal makeup for her evening wedding at The Mil at Gordleton, Lymington New Forest.  Not least because the The Mill is right round the corner from me and I simply adore this gorgeous hotel and it’s ‘New England’ feel in the gardens.

Christa told me that her wedding was to be a relaxed evening affair, with just close friends and a nice meal – which I think is the ideal wedding.  So she wanted her makeup to feel romantic, yet relaxed to fit her cocktail dress which she had especially made – something that she felt strongly should be an outfit she could use again and again.  I kept the eyes bright, yet sophisticated with pinks/mauves and warm golds – finishing with a flawless base and a slick of Chanel lipstick.

It was an absolute pleasure doing Christa’s bridal makeup and she has also now become a good friend x


Why it’s important to #lovelocal businesses…

I make no secret of the fact that I try and give support to businesses in my local area.  Just look at my tweeter feed and you’ll see the hashtag #lovelocal thoroughly used on my profile, because I truly believe that supporting your local community & business persons is wonderfully rewarding and super beneficial – not least to your carbon footprint!  Yes I’m one of those!  I also back the idea of using local wedding suppliers when planning your wedding, as you’ll find they will have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and chances are they will know a great deal about your chosen venue as well, and be able to recommend other suppliers to you – giving you that extra choice.  By allowing a small business person, or wedding supplier into your life for however short a time, just allows that person to grow their business bit by bit whether through financial add or by gaining experience.

We all need to support local talent and to let skills otherwise kept to just the city of London be available to all of us x


Calm Amongst the Chaos in Ringwood – local bespoke bridal dress designers

Growing with the business…new website design

I’ve recently taken the decision to update & change the design of my website to what you now see.  Hopefully you’ll find it has more of a contemporary, simple feel with easy navigation and a nice clean look.  I’m finding more and more that as the business grows, so am I (cliche as it sounds!)  So I really just wanted to reflect that in the design and give it a more sleek finish.  I also wanted it to have an instant impact with wonderful photography from Lemontree Photography – from our most recent collaboration (hopefully the first of many) and have an interactive element with my bridal makeup video all prominent.  My client is always at the forefront of my thinking so I just wanted something relaxed and easy.

In the pipeline is an update of my logo design, which I am taking my time with to get right and many more photoshoots with my good friend Az of Lemontree Photography x

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