One of my most favourite New Forest wedding venue’s is Hale Park Weddings, located in stunning Fordingbride. If you are still searching for your perfect country venue, then please let me encourage you to add this gem to your search list ✨
‘Neighbour to the River Avon and with the local village church conveniently a minute’s walk away from the main house, this unique venue has it all and more. The house itself is very classic in its design providing a romantic setting that is also so very versatile. The sheer breathtaking beauty of its grounds are highly reminiscent of a French châteaux.’
Getting married in 2020 and still need a hair and makeup artist to compliment your big day? Then get in touch either via my website’s contact page, or by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org £100 deposit secures your special date x
Reliability is something I think we all feel is vitally important. We all cherish and rely on the friend who is organised, turns up when they say they will and can be trusted with valuable things. As a wedding supplier I feel this responsibility all the time. So, like a good friend, I make sure to be organised by planning ahead and turn up when my client needs me to. I also endeavour to make sure a client feel’s they can trust me with their hair and makeup on what is one of the most important day’s of their life, by going through every detail at the trial and through various communications.
Sometimes, I am a little shocked when a teary bride will call me a couple of day’s before her wedding explaining that a supplier has let them down last minute. I think ‘where has their reliability and responsibility for their client gone?’
You should feel you can trust your wedding supplier to provide you with their skill to the highest of their ability. A good supplier will happily explain and go through all the details until you feel happy and confident. And if they don’t? Well, they might not be the right supplier for you. But someone out there will be! x
These are my top tips (taken from my own personal experience) on how to grow gorgeous long, thick hair before your wedding day. It’s good to start thinking about growing your hair as soon as you’ve become engaged, as good quality length and thickness takes time. You may even need to start from the beginning with an especially short hair cut if your hair is thinning. Cutting the hair short will relieve the pressure on the scalp and allow new growth to be healthier and thicker.
Tell your hairdresser you are wanting to grow your hair, and have regular trims every 6-8 weeks depending on your growth rate. Letting your hairdresser know your aim allows them to tailor the trim to cut out the split ends, whilst leaving the healthy hair to grow to its potential.
Resist the urge to wash and brush your hair everyday. By simply running your fingers through your hair to get rid of knots, saves undue stress on the hair and scalp. It can also create a nice beach wave effect. Also, think about washing your hair every other day to allow the hair time to gain back its natural oils – which coat the hair in a natural protectant.
Invest in a really good brush that is kind to your hair. Tangle teasers are popular for a reason, as they gently comb through the hair without pulling too much at the scalp. They are also very good for children’s hair too.
I always start my day with a hair supplement taken with my breakfast. I find if I make it part of my morning routine then I don’t forget to take them. I personally love the Hairburst supplements and have been using them for half a year. I find the extra vitamin boost helps with hair growth, thickness and gives the hair a silky finish. Coupled with a diet high in fruit and veg this has made all the difference.
Avoid over styling hair everyday with heat. I tend to do a lovely beach wave using my hair straighteners twice a week, with a heat protectant, some styling cream, leave in conditioner and a salty sea spray. Sometimes I’ll add some oil if the hair is particularly dry. Reducing the amount of heat and adding the correct products can make all the difference.
Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial! If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions. Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion! Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.
1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift. But is that same person attending your wedding? Will they have time to get ready themselves?
2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?
3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?
4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it! How do you break the news? Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.
5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.
When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like. Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome. Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want. I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x
1. Do you prefer your hair up or down? It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked. If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural. Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered. So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.
2. What’s your wedding gown like? Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair? Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?
3. What is your hair colour like? Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common? The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair. They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist. It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.
4. What’s the weather likely to be? If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket. Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.
5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair? Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do. A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.
Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do. I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both. Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain
6. And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want? 9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions. It’s a well known trade secret. This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic. Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x
These are the last weekend wedding dates available for 2019. Some weekday dates are still available to book. Simply contact me either via my contact form on my website, or by emailing directly at email@example.com
Saturday 30th November | Saturday 14th December | Saturday 21st December | Saturday 28th December