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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Book in for 2017…

I am now constantly taking on bookings, and then subsequently deposits, for the 2017 wedding season.  I never thought almost four year ago that I would be in this enviable position of knowing exactly what I would be doing for the following year.  What exciting venues I would visit, what amazing photographers I would work with and of course, what brilliant brides I would have the joy of doing the makeup for!  If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to get in touch and reserve your wedding date soon – especially if it falls on a weekend, which are almost fully booked for next year.

Simply email me at enquiries@francesmooremua.co.uk to have quick chat and book x

Photography by New Forest Studio

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Jill The Cake Maker…cake perfection personified

I have had the great pleasure of working with Jill Chant (the cake maker) on a recent contemporary art deco styled shoot, and I have to say I was completely blown away by her creativity and enthusiasm for the project.  Known for incredible talent in the wedding world, I knew I had to have Jill work on this shoot with us!  From the word go she was great at throwing ideas into the mix, and getting us to really think about that epic period of glitz and glamour – as perfectly demonstrated through her spot on cake design.  Now I know why so many couples I speak to say they booked Jill almost as quickly as their wedding venue!  Her cakes are just epic!  I seriously can’t recommend Jill enough to anyone starting out on their wedding planning journey x

Photography by Lemontree Photography

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Summer wedding, bridal makeup and working with Big Bouquet Photography…

Recently I got the chance to design a bridal makeup look for a summer wedding, where Amy the bride, really embraced her wedding theme through every sense of the word.  I did a blog post a few weeks ago about Amy’s wedding and her bridal makeup, but after receiving these scrumptious images from her photographer Big Bouquet I thought I’d discuss her look in more detail and the inspiration behind her bespoke design.

I met Amy a few weeks before her wedding for a makeup trial, where she explained her wedding theme and showed me what she had planned for her hair and wedding dress.  From there I knew I had to do a combination of structure through the eye (as Amy’s eyes are incredible) with a warm complexion, ruddy cheeks and a stained lip.  Giving the whole look a sort of walking through the sunflowers feel.  So to do this I introduced a formal smokey eye using browns to ever so slightly soften the look, coupled with a warmer shade of foundation and cream blusher for the cheeks.  I then created a deep stain in the lips and added a moisturising lipstick to give it a loose look, rather than matte.

Amy loved the design, and I have to say if I were to get married again then is is most likely what I would choose as well.

I also got the chance to meet Amy’s wedding photographer for the day – Emma Davenport of Big Bouquet Photography.  Which was utterly amazing as I completely love her and her husband’s photography!  See Emma’s blog post for more on Amy and Neale’s wedding at Burley Manor Barn x

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As featured on…My Wedding Fair Hampshire.CO.UK

I became aware of this beautiful new website through Tasha Newland of Ikonworks, when she was working on press releases for the front cover of Wedding Ideas Magazine (August Issue 163)  I loved the concept of the site, and the way that editor Kimberley had taken her time to get the look and feel just right.  The site overs an online wedding fair, with real locally sourced suppliers, available 24/7 and without actually having to leave the comfort of your own home. A real bonus for most couples who don’t want to spend their precious weekends trawling wedding supplier stands, and feeling awkward when asking questions.  Or worse, pressured into booking anything there and then (can’t stand hard sales people!)  So this site is really a breath of fresh air.  I’m loving it and I hope you find it useful too x

My Wedding Fair Hampshire

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The morning of the wedding – what to expect, what to plan for…

When planning a wedding there is so much to consider; the venue, catering, table decorations and finding ‘that’ dress – so you would be forgiven not spending much thought to how you want the morning of the wedding to flow.  But believe me whatever little time you spend planning the morning will really pay off and reward you will a peaceful, stress free beginning to the day.  Here are a few tips to help you battle the time!

What to expect

* If you’re having your wedding at a special venue, expect to meet the wedding coordinator early in the morning.  It’s their job to keep an eye on what is going on around the venue with regards to setup and to also keep everything on track – including you.

*  Wedding Suppliers that you have booked will start arriving, setting up and getting everything ready at the time you have agreed.  This should be worked out from the time you need to be ready to leave your room, or house – to what the wedding supplier recommends.  Be prepared to get up nice and early, especially if you have a large wedding party.

* If you have arranged with your Wedding Photographer to arrive when your getting ready, be prepared by making sure no large suitcases or bags are in the way in the room to really get those perfect pics.  Get a bridesmaid, if needed, to move the items.  Otherwise, expect the photographer to move it.

What to plan for

* If you are having a few morning photographs taken, make sure you are vaguely presentable even if this just means draping a cute bridal Kimono over your PJ’s – because as much as those onesies are comfortable & warm they don’t look attractive in wedding photographs!

* Make sure you & your bridal party have a little Champagne put to the side for the morning to slowly sip.

* Make sure you know what wedding supplier is arriving at what time, what you need to pay them & what time everything should take – embrace your inner geek and plot a spreadsheet if you have to!  You will find this invaluable on the day…x

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Working with Tasha Newland of Ikonworks Photography

I first became aware of Tasha a couple of years ago through social media, which is always a good way of finding amazing wedding suppliers, and was completely blown over by her work.  Her photography made you sit up and say ‘I want to do that!’  What really still stands out for me was her first front cover for Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset Brides Magazine last year.  The cover was divine, just simple makeup done impeccably well by Amazing Face based in Dorset and with a model who just stared right out of the page.  Tasha got the perfect balance of light, composition and design – I still look at it today, finding inspiration for my own work. So when I got the ‘call’ from Tasha asking me to help her on a photoshoot for Wedding Ideas Magazine, I wasn’t going to turn her down!

From the very beginning through various emails discussing the shoot Tasha was so easy going, and was really interested in having your input into the look of the shoot.  She is a real champion for local suppliers, and like me, wants to show clients what is possible – which is a lot!  When I arrived for the shoot at Penton Park the first thing Tasha did was give me a huge hug, which really put me at ease and made me want to do the very best for her and for myself.  And what a great time we all had laughing, coming up with some really stunning images for Tasha and the magazine.

I can’t wait to work with this inspirational lady again x

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Monday filming with model Chloe Lancaster at Lightbox Studios…

Last Monday we decided to film another bridal makeup video – this time based upon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and her new makeup range available from Marks & Spencer.  I wanted to do a bit of a mix between creating a very wearable day look with a little bridal twist – making it one of the more down to earth makeup designs I have done with model Chloe.

We filmed at The Lightbox Studios in Southampton, West End which is owned by wedding photographer friend Antony Burdett-Clark, who greeted us all with tea and danishes!  I decided to film against this really beautiful original exposed brick wall Antony had kept open in the studio, and hung a string of curtain fairy lights on the back to give the film that soft, pretty look – which looking back on the footage has worked really well.

Now it’s editing time, so hopefully the film will be available to view in a couple of weeks time! x

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Capturing a mood with just lighting the Lemontree Photography way…

This image has to be one of my ultimate favourites by Lemontree Photography from our art deco photoshoot earlier in March.  I just simply admire Az for the way he can capture a mood, a feeling or glance by using his experience with lighting.  This particular image of model Chloe Lancaster has to sum up the 1920’s/30’s mood for me, with a beautiful woman dressed in an exquisite gown ready to face her audience in that airy way.

Photography by Lemontree Photography  Wedding Gown by Brides of Winchester

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Ballerina photoshoot…and loving your local community

A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to do a really easy, low key photoshoot after the intense organisation of the art deco shoot we had a couple of weeks ago.  After hearing on the grape vine that Choreographer Matthew Bourne was planning on resurrecting the ballet film “The Red Shoes” I knew it had to be ballet based.  I also wanted to celebrate my local community in some way and wanted to combine the two.  Luckily we found the perfect location in the form of a hidden room in our local Community Centre in Lymington called the Wellington Room.  With floor to ceiling windows, ballet bars the whole length of the room and a grand piano – we really felt like we’d won the lottery!  Now we just needed a local ballet dancer!!  Again we felt like we had won again with the arrival of Rebecca Nutt in our team.  Super stunning with delicate features and with perfect ballet poise we knew she would be everything – and she was.

Az, of course, was doing the photography (with me being his make shift assistant!)  We work very hard together and seem to share the same vision on many things – but differ when it is needed to make the shot go from ok to WOW.  Az always lends his good humour and light heartedness to a shoot, so the model feels more comfortable and the images show this.

I am really so proud of the first few images that have come out and I hope to do a lot more soon x

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Photography by Lemontree Photography