Saturday, 25 September 2010

Belmont Abbey / Homme House

I was really looking forward to doing Kathleen's bridal hair for her wedding in Herefordshire today. Kathleen was getting married at Belmont abbey in Hereford with a reception afterwards at the fantastic venue Homme House in the village of Much Marcle just outside Ledbury. Homme House is one of my all time favourite venues, Jocelyn and her team are superb and the house is just perfect for wedding receptions.

Kathleen and family had rented a beautiful converted barn near to Ross on Wye to stay in for the wedding preparations for the day. The view I took a photo of (above) was the incredible view from the upper window where I was styling hair and Sophie Chamings of Cheltenham was doing make up.Kathleen had decided on a side chignon and had hand made some beautiful pearl/crystal hair combs for the decoration, a very talented bride! Both Sophie and I were trying to convince her into making them to provide for future brides!I curled Kathleen's hair with GHD's first to add body and shine. The hair was then twisted and pinned into the side chignon on one side and a feature made of the twists on the other side, it gave the look a fab Boho-chic feel. I was also styling the hair for Kathleen's Mum and bridesmaid who both had great fascinator style headdresses to compliment their look. Both looks were created using heated rollers to create body and volume in the hair and finishing details were added with GHD's. It was a great morning at the barn getting the ladies ready for the big day and we were also entertained by Russell Lewis photographer who as ever was great company! I was reluctant to leave when I'd finished as I'd had such a great morning!
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Friday, 24 September 2010

Stone Manor

A drive into Worcestershire to Stone Manor today to style hair for Sharon's wedding, Stone Manor is a beautiful Tudor Manor House hotel which specialises in weddings.

Clare (Pure Pampering) was doing Sharon's make up for her today. As soon as we arrived Clare showed her true organisational skills by straight away helping Sharon with the seating plan as she was running behind!!

Clare is passionate about weddings and not only does stunning bridal make up but also has excellent bridal PA skills and can will happily arrange to book extra time to help brides with things like this or just to help the bride dress and finish her final preparations.Sharon's hair was a medium length bob, most people would think this would be impossible to create a bridal hair style with but not so. By curling the hair with GHD's first I then created lift and height around the crown area before pinning pieces up to give a half up hairstyle which complimented Sharon's beautiful headdress.Once I'd completed Sharon's hair I styled her Mum's hair and Clare added finishing touches to Sharon's make up.

Another beautiful bride!
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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Whatley Manor Wiltshire

A long drive this morning to get to the village of Luckington in Wiltshire where Julie was getting ready for her wedding. The venue for the wedding was to be Whatley Manor a beautifully restored Cotswold manor house.
I started by styling Julie's stepdaughter's hair. Lucy's hair was incredible, really strong thick hair which needed lots of taming but just perfect for this type of look. I put it into heated rollers to take out the frizz and add bounce. Once it was styled I pinned fresh rose buds into the back.

When Julie and I met for her trial I was so pleased that we chose this tousled romantic updo, it really suited Julie and is such an elegant bridal hair style.I firstly curled the hair with GHD's to add body and then wove the hair into entwined curls.Julie had also decided to have fresh rose buds in her hair, they worked perfectly with the entwined curls.
Whilst I was styling the hair, Clare (pure pampering) was transforming the ladies with her fantastic make-up skills! They all looked great!
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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Cripps Barn / New Inn

A very early start to this mornings wedding preparations as I was styling hair for Catherine and all 5 of her bridesmaids!! She was getting married at 'Cripps Barn' the fabulous Cotswold Barn wedding venue. As Cripps Barn doesn't have accommodation brides tend to either stay at nearby Barnsley House or The New Inn at Coln St. Aldwyn which is where Catherine stayed.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry it is always nice to show brides that they don't need long hair to create a bridal hairstyle.

Catherine's hair is a long bob which most people would think would be too short to create the elegant look we came up with.

By curling the hair with GHD's and the twisting and pinning pieces into place I was able to create the illusion of much longer hair, with a stunning simple pearl headdress tiara fixed into place Catherine looked amazing!
Clare (Pure Pampering) was also there today creating beautiful make-up for the girls and Mum!
Once I'd also styled the 5 bridesmaids into various up do styles I added final touches to Catherine's hair before leaving her to enjoy her wedding!
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Monday, 6 September 2010

Clearwell Castle Wedding

Hannah's wedding today was at Clearwell Castle in The Royal Forest of Dean. I have styled hair for several brides getting married here but I have always done the styling elsewhere and never been here. I was very excited to go here today and I wasn't disappointed!!
Recently voted as the Best Wedding Venue 2010 it really has got the edge and provides an amazingly romantic wedding location.
Hannah and here bridesmaids were staying in 'The Keepers Cottage' set by the side of the impressive castle walls so that they were ready nice and early for the wedding preparations.

Starting in the cottage I managed to put heated rollers into all the girls hair to give the hair body and bounce ready for the styling process. I was working with my good friend Clare Bryce (Pure Pampering) who was creating stunning make-up for the girls and both Clare and I were thrilled that Hannah's official photographer was Russell Lewis. (Both pictured above) Russell is one of the best photographers EVER!!

Halfway through the morning we were able to move over to the castle itself to finish getting ready. The bridal suite has a very impressive view of the courtyard below so we could watch all the guests arriving ready for the days celebrations. Hannah had arranged for some vintage MG sports cars to arrive and take the guys for a spin around the area before the wedding as a treat!

We decided to create chignon bun hairstyles for Hannah's bridesmaids, these are very classical styles that work well with most hair types and suit most people.

Once I'd styled both bridesmaids hair I wove individual pearl clips into the edge of the chignons to add extra detail.
I styled Hannah's mother's hair and attached her hat for her and I'm sure you'll agree she looked amazing!! An incredibly elegant mother of the bride!

Hannah had a short bob and I think she proved that a bride doesn't have to have long hair for her wedding day. By setting it with heated rollers I was able to pump loads of body into it and by finishing it off with the stunning pearl, crystal and diamante tiara Hannah looked fabulous!!

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Saturday, 4 September 2010

Dormy House / Mill Hay Country House Broadway

Heather's wedding today was at The Dormy House Broadway but she stayed the night before at the beautiful Mill Hay Country House also near Broadway. It was here that Heather was preparing for the day ahead and where I was to do the bridal hairstyling

Not only has Mill Hay got beautiful grounds but the entire ambience of this stunning home is peaceful, warm and very welcoming , the perfect place to get ready for a wedding!

Heather's hair is naturally curly which required taming to create this stunning half up hairstyle for her.
I curled the hair with GHD's then pinned it into place and fixed the tiara using the double fix method to ensure it stayed put all day!
We had a great morning with a great videographer capturing all the goings on and Heather's very talented bridesmaid who was creating the make-up for the entire wedding group that morning!
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Friday, 3 September 2010

The Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern Worcestershire

I drove over to Malvern this morning to style Laura's hair for her wedding at The Abbey Hotel.
The Abbey stands grandly in the centre of Great Malvern and is a beautiful hotel both inside and out.
Laura had wanted to create a romantic curled half up hair style. Using heated rollers I created this curly tousled style which worked fantastically with Laura's hair.

Laura chose some really beautiful silk rose hair accessories to add the final finishing touch to the hairstyle.

Whilst I was styling Laura's hair Clare Bryce ( Pure Pampering ) was applying Laura's Mum's make up.Once she had finished I blow dried her hair and attached the fascinator as Clare did Laura's make up.
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