Monday, 26 December 2011

The Greenway Hotel Cheltenham Wedding Hair Styling


The Greenway Hotel and Spa was the venue for Carole's wedding in November. This is a truly gorgeous luxury hotel just outside the regency spa town Cheltenham.


Starting with the bridesmaids hair, I curled them both then styled one into a half up hairstyle with woven detail below the crown area and diamante finished hair pins.


The other bridesmaid went for a side bun hairstyle which looked ultra glamorous with a vintage diamond clip added for detail.


Carole chose a half up hairstyle which I took to one side to add interest and also I wove curls around each other at the back for more detail. A simple diamante hair band added the finishing touch to this stunning elegant bridal hairstyle.


Completing the look with a beautiful feather shrug, Carole looked stunning and ready for her winter wedding!



Fordham Hair Design is based in Stroud in the Cotswolds. Owner Chris Fordham is winner of 'Best Bridal Hair Stylist' for The South West in the 'Wedding Industry Awards'. Available to style hair in Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and further...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Thornbury Castle Wedding in October

Abbie's Wedding at Thornbury Castle


I'm playing catch up with the blog at the moment. This year has been one of the busiest ever for Fordham Hair Design, I have travelled all over the place styling hair for some stunning weddings, counties and areas include ...  Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Wales!

So here is the first catch up Wedding from October ...



 Abbie's wedding was at Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, this castle just oooozes with history, once owned by the Tudor royals you feel as if Henry VIII is going to walk around the corner any minute!


 Abbie's bridesmaid went for an all down do that I created by using heated rollers to add body and volume


Abbie, went for a curled up do with a vintage feel, perfect for her stunning wedding dress with lace bolero jacket and perfect for the historic castle venue. I styled it with GHD's, curling the hair before pinning up and finishing it with fabric and bead tudor roses.




Clare from Pure Pampering was with me creating gorgeous bridal make up for the girls, we had a great morning helping them get ready and it was lovely to meet up with Sarah Cameron again who was photographing Abbie's wedding.







Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Happy Christmas!

At this time of year there are loads of Christmas engagements and of course during the Christmas break there is time to sort out booking wedding stuff! If you are thinking about booking me for your hair drop me an email and I can check out if I still have the date available.

2012 is already proving to be a popular year and having recently won the title of 'Best Wedding Hair Stylist' -South West in the Wedding Industry Awards my email inbox has not been empty! I do still have a few dates available for 2012 so get in touch soon. If your wedding is 2013 then get in touch now as my diary is also starting to fill for then too! Mad hey!?


If you need some inspiration then have a look at pictures here on the blog, then have a sneaky peek at my facebook page where there are even more photos (click on the photo label on the left hand side on Facebook and then click on 'show all photo's - there are LOADS!) Then (if you aren't bored to death!) have a look at my main website where there are even more pics!!


Keep an eye on this blog over the Christmas period as I've got some great photos of weddings that I have done over the last month or so ready to blog. With the surge in period dramas over the last year or so we're finding that weddings are having even more vintage feel to them and in particular the 'Country House' styled weddings (think 'Downton Abbey' inspired hair!)


2011 has been an amazing year for me, I had an editorial feature of my wedding hair work published in a wedding magazine, won the award mentioned above, moved house to Stroud in the Cotswolds and even found time to have my own special day when my partner of 10 yrs and I had our civil partnership. ( I can now empathise with people organising a big day!) Thank you to all of my beautiful brides this year, I have loved every wedding!


2012 is going to be a good year, if you're getting married I'd love to be a part of your big day. I hope you all have a great time over the festive period.

Chris x


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Award Winning!!

WINNER!!!
Best Wedding Hair Stylist


I'm very excited to announce that I have been awarded 'The Best Wedding Hair Stylist' - South West- 2012 Wedding Industry Awards!! I am so proud of winning and am so grateful to all of 'my' wonderful brides that voted for me!

In January I will be attending the Award Ceremony at the Café de Paris where I will be up for the national award too!! So exciting!!!!

Visit Fordham Hair Design's main website www.fhdmobile.co.uk for more information on bridal hair services offered by Chris Fordham, Bridal Hair Specialist covering Stroud, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, Bath Bristol, Wiltshire and further......

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Stroud Freelance and Mobile Hairdresser

It's been a very busy couple of months! For those of you that follow my blog and Facebook page on a regular basis you will know that I have just moved house and the 'Fordham Hair Design' HQ to the fabulous Cotswold town Stroud.

Settling into a new area can be tricky but also trying to settle the business into the new area means I have had lots of work! Never one to shy away from hard work I have been busy meeting new people and getting out and about around the Stroud and Five Valleys area. If you don't know Stroud you must come and visit, we have the best Farmers Market in the country and some unbelievably beautiful countryside.

I always discuss all the wedding hair styling that I do via this blog but sometimes I forget to tell readers on here that I also do 'normal' day to day hairdressing from cutting and colouring through to putting hair up for parties. I am very pleased to now bring my 5 star mobile hairdresser service to the Stroud area.

A few things have meant that this week I feel really proud to be part of the South West region, to live in this beautiful area and I'm excited to have my business here.

I was nominated for an award a couple of months ago and this week I was told that I have been shortlisted in the National 2012 Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Hair Stylist in the South West. I'm so excited to have been involved in this awards and to come this far has been an honour, fingers crossed for the next stage!

The next thing to have happened this week was to have my work published in 'West Wedding Magazine'. Earlier this year I was contacted by the editor to create a photo shoot and editorial on how to re-create Kate Middleton's wedding hair. I'm very proud that this feature has appeared in this season's magazine...

The Stroud area is a fantastic area to live and work and I'm looking forward to developing Fordham Hair Design further, if you live in Stroud or surrounding area and need a new hairdresser or maybe you just want some hair advice (either wedding hair or every day hair) then why not get in touch!!


Chris x

Visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk for further details or Call on 07735 055 146



Friday, 7 October 2011

Clearwell Castle ... Charlotte's Wedding


I had a really early 4am start again this morning to drive over to the Forest of Dean for wedding hair styling at Clearwell Castle. Today was Charlotte's wedding and I was styling the hair for her, 4 bridesmaids and Mother of the bride.


Clare from Pure Pampering was creating some stunning make up for the girls and together we styled most of the party at the small cottage adjacent to the castle where they had all stayed the night before. Once the bridal suite was ready in the castle we moved over there to finish the styling.



Here is a picture of one of the bridesmaids that I styled into a curled side up do. All the girls had silk rose hair accessories to finish the look.



 Mother of the bride Jacki was super glamorous in this pale silver/lilac outfit with FABULOUS hat!



Charlotte's hair was styled into a classical half up curled style. I curled it by using heated rollers and also GHD (straighteners) I then inter wove the back of the hair to create detail. Once finished I pinned the tiara into place.


I loved this tiara, a stunningly simple classical tiara.


I also loved this bouquet, the colours were beautiful!


The girls (or 'Team Charlotte' as they preferred to be called!) all ready for the celebration to come.


 The fantastic portcullis entrance way to the castle courtyard, a great entrance for guests to come through to a wedding.

Visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk to see more images of wedding hairstyles from Bridal Hair Specialist Chris Fordham. Chris is one of the UK's leading Bridal Hair Artists and travels extensively across many counties including The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Avon, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further to style hair for weddings. If you want to check if Chris can cover your wedding please get in touch.



Saturday, 1 October 2011

Stanton House Swindon ... Wedding Hair Styling


Wedding hair styling normally means an early start but today involved a crazy alarm call of 4am!! I was styling hair for Julie's wedding at Stanton House Hotel near Swindon. I arrived whilst it was still dark and there were still stars in the sky....dedicated or what! :)

Stanton House is a beautiful Cotswold stone Manor house in the Wiltshire countryside. A really beautiful hotel in a stunning location, perfect for a wedding with a gorgeous parish church within the grounds.




I carried out a trial run for Julie and her 3 bridesmaids way back in May. Julie's hair was styled into this classical bridal curled updo, having curled it first I twisted the individual sections up onto the crown area and pinned. Once the pieces were all curled and pinned into entwining curls I fixed the crystal tiara band and veil into place.



Both of Julie's sisters were bridesmaids, I was set an amazing challenge to curl and style their hair which was almost waist length! They looked fantastic with the hair curled and pinned up and cascading over to the one side.



The third bridesmaid had a chignon side bun hair style, a truly classical and very now hair style for weddings!

Clare from Pure Pampering was creating the make up for the girls today, she arrived a couple of hours after I did at around 8am and set to work making the girls look stunning!


We left just as the girls were about to walk over to the church next to the hotel, guests were arriving and the incredible weather made it feel like a summer day!


Visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk to see more images of wedding hairstyles from Bridal Hair Specialist Chris Fordham. Chris is one of the UK's leading Bridal Hair Artists and travels extensively across many counties including The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Avon, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further to style hair for weddings. If you want to check if Chris can cover your wedding please get in touch.


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Wedding Hair Styling at The Rectory Hotel Crudwell


I had a drive through the Cotswolds this morning to get to the lovely village of Crudwell in Wiltshire. Lucy was the bride I was styling hair for this morning and her wedding was being held at the beautiful Rectory Hotel. This is a lovely hotel with beautiful interiors and a lovely homely feel. It even had these wonderful floral pigs on the lawn!!


I was greeted by Lucy and her Mum as I arrived, the hotel is so relaxed that it feels like your own home ( a rather posh country retreat type home!! ) Setting up in one of the stunning bedrooms I soon started styling the hair for everyone. Lucy and her sister Katie both had heated rollers in their hair to add body and curl. I then styled Lucy's hair into this beautiful vintage style chignon ... Audrey Hepburn eat your heart out!




Katie's hair was styled into a deconstructed chignon to give a less formal look to the Lucy's look. I gave the hair a small amount of backcombing before smoothing it over and pinning the side up into a casual chignon with tendrils.


A picture of Lucy, Katie and Mum all styled and ready for the big day ahead


Lucy's Mum made the bouquets, button holes and this amazing wedding cake that she was icing half way through the morning..... an amazing lady!


Lucy had come up with a great idea for the table decorations. each table had a theme of a different author, there were books for that author and props for guests to dress up in! Above shows JKRowling with Harry Potter glasses and wands. Below is the Ian Fleming table with James Bond guns and bow ties! Such a fab idea...



Visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk to see more images of wedding hairstyles from Bridal Hair Specialist Chris Fordham. Chris is one of the UK's leading Bridal Hair Artists and travels extensively across many counties including The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Avon, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further to style hair for weddings. If you want to check if Chris can cover your wedding please get in touch.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cheltenham Park Hotel - Rebecca's Wedding


 Rebecca's wedding was being held today at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel. I arrived early to style her hair into a curled updo.


 I curled Rebecca's hair with GHD's to add body and curl. I then pinned the hair into entwined curls at the back of the head. Once back combing had been applied to the top of the hair I used fixing spray to finish the style before attaching the beautiful silk rose headdress.



Visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk to see more images of wedding hairstyles from Bridal Hair Specialist Chris Fordham. Chris is one of the UK's leading Bridal Hair Artists and travels extensively across many counties including The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Avon, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further to style hair for weddings. If you want to check if Chris can cover your wedding please get in touch.