Saturday, 29 December 2012

Bridal Stylist of the year 2013 - South West

For the second year in a row I am delighted to announce that Fordham Hair Design has been crowned Bridal Stylist of the Year for the South West! It is an amazing feeling to have once again won this title and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the brides that voted for me. Professionals can only be voted for by brides that they have worked for, each vote and subsequent score that a bride gives a company eventually leads to that companies position in the awards, to receive an award that 'my brides' have given me really is the cherry on the cake....thank you!

Chris x

Autumn/Winter Wedding Hair Styling Update #2




Here on 'The Real Wedding Hair Blog' is the final Autumn/Winter update showing 4 more gorgeous weddings I styled hair for in Cheltenham, Barnsley House (always a favourite of mine to style wedding hair at!), The Bear of Rodborough nr Stroud and The Matara Centre at Kingscote. All hair styles are created by me... Chris Fordham .. twice winner of the title... 'Bridal Stylist of the Year'...  2012 & 2013 South West.






Bonnie's Wedding Hair Styling in Cheltenham

Wedding hair styling very often means an early alarm call for me, today was no exception with Bonnie's wedding ceremony being an early one and I had 6 hairstyles to create! 

Bonnie and her family were staying in a stunning Regency house in the Lansdown / Montpelier area of  Cheltenham, the ceremony was taking place her family church near Evesham, then the celebrations were taking place at 'The Daffodil' restaurant in Cheltenham which is a stunning converted art deco cinema!




A trend I am seeing more of is for hair up with plaits and twists and up styles that are very soft and almost 'messy'. I love this look as it is very flattering and a little bit 'boho chic'!





All of the bridesmaids had up do styles which I fixed diamante clips into for that little bit of sparkle and finish!




For Bonnie we also did an up do hair style to compliment the 50's style birdcage veil that she was wearing for her wedding.


Bonnie's headdress came on a headband (from House of Istria) I fixed this into place then pinned the veil into this so that it fell seductively over one side , a truly gorgeous look for a bride!





Lara's Wedding Hair Styling at Barnsley House near Bibury

Another return to Barnsley House for me to style hair for Lara's wedding. She had just flown into the UK from her home in California and had spent a couple of days enjoying the beautiful spa at Barnsley House.



Lara was staying in one of Barnsley House's beautiful suites the 'Rosemary Verey Suite' which has some amazing styling details including this gorgeous 4 poster bed made from forged metal into the style of climbing roses.


 Lara's neice was one of her bridesmaids, a half up curled style was perfect for her naturally curly hair which I tamed into a softer curl with GHD stylers.



I styled Lara's hair into an elegant side chignon. A perfectly elegant style for a wedding hairstyle.





 Make up artist Sophie Chamings created the make up for the wedding party.





Once I had finished styling Lara's hair she was helped into her dress in the conservatory that adjoined her suite at Barnsley House.



Kirsty's Wedding Hair Styling at 'The Bear of Rodborough' near Stroud


Fordham Hair Design is based in Stroud so it's always a pleasure to style hair for weddings at one of my VERY local wedding venues. I live about a 2 minute drive from The Bear of Rodborough so it really is my closest venue for styling bridal hair. 


Kirsty wanted a classical half up curled wedding hair style which I created by curling her own hair then adding clipped in hair extensions to give more volume and a longer lasting curl to the finished style.




A small tiara finished off the look perfectly then I created another half up style for Kirsty's bridesmaid with jewelled clips for decoration.




Laura's Wedding Hair Styling at The Matara Centre Kingscote near Tetbury

Laura's wedding was at The Matara Centre in the village of Kingscote, this unique wedding venue has Eastern influences with a Japanese water garden where ceremonies can take place.



Laura wanted a very unstructured look for her wedding hair style, I love creating soft and romantic styles like this and this type of style has become one of my signature looks. 




Softly curled and then securely pinned into a loose up do, relaxed tendrils allow the style to look soft and romantic.




For the bridesmaid's hair I curled it and pinned it into a soft up do low into the nape of the neck to one side, again leaving it loose and with an unstructured tousled feel.


Fordham Hair Design is based in Stroud in the Cotswolds. Owner Chris Fordham is twice winner of 'Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year' SW in the 'Wedding Industry Awards' and has become one of the UK's leading bridal hair specialists. With over 20 years experience in styling hair for real weddings, photo shoots and Magazine features he is able to create classical, vintage and contemporary bridal hair styles. Mobile Wedding Hairdresser for Kingscote Barn,The Matara Centre, Cripps Barn, Barnsley House, Bibury Court, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and further... www.fhdmobile.co.uk  




Friday, 28 December 2012

Autumn/Winter wedding hair styling update



Welcome to the Autumn/Winter update of 'The Real Wedding Hair Blog'. All bridal hairstyles on this blog are created by Chris Fordham twice winner of the title 'Bridal Stylist of The Year' for the South West. For wedding hair styling requests please email chris@fhdmobile.co.uk or visit www.fhdmobile.co.uk



Laurie's Wedding Hair Styling at Barnsley House 


Laurie's wedding was held at Barnsley House near Bibury, one of The Cotswold's premier wedding venues. I have styled hair for quite a few weddings at Barnsley House and I'm always impressed by the standard of service and detail at this beautiful venue.




Laurie was staying in the beautiful 'Secret Garden' suite which is hidden behind a wall in the grounds of Barnsley House, this suite is a very special place to stay for a wedding, very luxurious.



Bridesmaid Helen asked for a half up hair style which  I wove together at the back to create a lattice effect.


I styled Laurie's hair into a side bun chignon with crystals woven into it for added sparkle.



Below is the temple in Barnsley House gardens where the wedding ceremony took place, a truly stunning location for a wedding.






Jo's Wedding Hair Styling at The Bear of Rodborough nr Stroud



Jo's wedding was held at The Bear of Rodborough which is a beautiful hotel set on Rodborough common which is a national trust owned area of beautiful common land of outstanding natural beauty.




Jo had flown over from Australia to have the UK version of her wedding, having bought a sequined 1930's vintage headdress in Sydney she decided to style the wedding around it.


I created low barrel curls in the nape of the neck but kept the top smooth to echo the feel of vintage hairstyles.








Charlotte's Wedding Hair styling in Shropshire



Charlotte is the wife of one of my favourite wedding photographers Russell Lewis  I was thrilled to be asked to style the hair for their wedding in Shropshire.


I curled Charlotte's hair with GHD stylers and then I added clip in hair extensions which I had also curled, these add lots of body and help the style to last longer.



Such a great look for a wedding day!







Amy's Wedding Hair Styling at Kingscote Barn near Tetbury




Amy's side swept hair style was just perfect for her wedding at The Kingscote Barn, using GHD stylers to curl the hair I then added some back combing around the crown area to compliment the side headband headdress.







Frances's Wedding Hair Styling Malmesbury Abbey




Frances's wedding hair style was chosen to compliment the stunning headdress that she had bought from designer Hermione Harbutt , I love Hermiones's work and was delighted to recently attend the opening of her beautiful new showroom in Clifton. Her work is beautiful and very individual.


A beautiful casual up do was curled and pinned softly around the nape of the neck with lift around the crown area and the beautiful side headdress adding the perfect finishing touch.




Fordham Hair Design is based in Stroud in the Cotswolds. Owner Chris Fordham is twice winner of 'Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year' SW in the 'Wedding Industry Awards' and has become one of the UK's leading bridal hair specialists. With over 20 years experience in styling hair for real weddings, photo shoots and Magazine features he is able to create classical, vintage and contemporary bridal hair styles. Mobile Wedding Hairdresser for Kingscote Barn, Cripps Barn, Barnsley House,Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset and further... www.fhdmobile.co.uk