UPDATED! My top 6 venues to get married in The New Forest, Hampshire

I simply love the New Forest.  I grew up in Lyndhurst, moved to Southampton then moved back to Lymington (edge of the New Forest)  as both my husband and myself missed the forest too much.  It’s no surprise that so many couples want to get married in this beautiful part of the country, and to have that stunning scenery as a backdrop to their wedding.  After working in the wedding industry for some time now, and having the great opportunity of noseying around so many venues I have picked my top 10 for those that are playing with the idea of a New Forest wedding.

My top 10 venues to get married in the New Forest, Hampshire

1.  The Master Builders at Buckler’s Hard – Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB.

2. The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu – 1 Palace Lane Beaulieu Brockenhurst SO42 7YG.

3. Hale Park – Hale, Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 2RF

4. Somerley House – Somerley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PL

5. Lime Wood Hotel – Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ.

6. Pylewell Park – Pylewell House, Pylewell, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ

Accessories maketh the bride…

Gorgeous model Jess looking epic with these exquisite pieces of jewellery from Victoria Fergusson Accessories featuring ‘India Earrings‘ and ‘Starshine Drape Headdress

Image Ikonworks Photography Hair Riot Hairdressing Event & Wedding Hair Specialists Gown Hannah Elizabeth Hair Venue The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

Happy International Womens Day!

“Sexy does not come from the shape of a body, but the fire in a soul”. ~ J. Iron word

Image Tasha Ikonworks | Suppliers The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Riot Hairdressing Event & Wedding Hair Specialists Frances Moore MUA Jo Hicks Flowers Rachel Simpson Shoes Hannah Elizabeth Bridal Pompadour Couture Lingerie Victoria Fergusson Accessories | Model Jess J IMM International Model Management

New Forest Wedding Planning

Planning a New Forest wedding and still need to book a professional makeup artist? Get in touch for truly bespoke, stunning bridal makeup at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

Image Ikonworks Photography | Suppliers Frances Moore MUA Riot Hairdressing Event & Wedding Hair Specialists Hannah Elizabeth Bridal Jo Hicks Flowers Pompadour Couture Lingerie Rachel Simpson Shoes Victoria Fergusson Accessories The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Kate Cullen | Model Jess J IMM International Model Management

S a t u r d a y * M u s i n g s

Just been looking back through our lingerie shoot images and came across this gorgeous one of Victoria Fergusson Accessories exquisite earrings in ‘India’

Description from Victoria’s website… ‘A lustrous pear pearl drop adorned with a beautiful rose or yellow gold pointy petal bead cap and tiny seed pearl. These earrings would make the perfect gift for your bridesmaids. Drop measures 17mm.’

Featured: Want That Wedding… bridal boudoir styled shoot

I am very excited to see our latest styled shoot featured on the very fabulous Want That Wedding wedding blog, launching today.  I had so much fun organising this one and pulling my dream team together again to create something feminine, sexy and powerful.  Something which I think we all need to celebrate and be reminded of now and again… we’re women and we have incredible strength.

“You know what’s really, powerfully sexy? A sense of humour. A taste for adventure. A healthy glow. Hips to grab on to. Openness. Confidence. Humility. Appetite. Intuition. … Smart-ass comebacks. Presence. A quick wit. Dirty jokes told by an innocent-looking lady. … A storyteller. A genius. A doctor. A new mother. A woman who realises how beautiful she is”. ~ Courtney E. Martin

Watch my blog closely in the next few weeks as I’ll be revealing how I created model Jess’s sensual makeup design.

See the full Want That Wedding article here x

Dream Team

credits / venue: the master builders / hair: riot hairdressing / makeup: frances moore / flowers: jo hicks flowers / shoes: rachel simpson shoes / gown: hannah elizabeth / lingerie: pompadour / headpiece: victoria ferguson / model: jess j from imm models / photography: ikonworks

Your bridal makeup…

Your bridal makeup should always be breathtaking, luxurious and yet honest. I truly believe your wedding day is the one day when everyone and everything has to play their ‘A’ game!

“Frances you were a true treasure to find and did such an amazing job of not only my make up but all my bridesmaids. Thank you for making me feel so good and every time I look back at the photos I marvel at how natural yet glamorous my make up was 🙂 xx”
Lucy, The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

Charlie and her wedding by the water at The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Hotel

Today is the wedding of Charlie and Andy at The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Hotel, located near Beaulieu in the New Forest.  I arrived this morning to a chilled out bride, who was very much excited about the day ahead!  The perfect way to enjoy your wedding day.  Charlie sat very calmly while I applied her wedding makeup look, just pausing to crack jokes now again about ‘cat fight club’… it’s a long story!!

I met Charlie not long ago for her bridal makeup trial and thoroughly enjoyed designing this pretty ‘soft focus’ makeup look for her.  She allowed me free reign to come up with something special for her, that tied in all her wedding elements such as her flowers, wedding gown and theme.  Charlie’s skin is in wonderful condition so I didn’t need to spend too much time correcting the complexion, allowing me extra time to perfect the eye design.  I really wanted to give an impression of a contour to the eyes, with an optical illusion of a softer finish.  Which I think has worked particularly well.

It was a joy to work with Charlie and her mum.  I wish her all the very best in her married life x

Sunday 13th November – The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard wedding open day…

A couple of years ago I contacted a lady called Hannah Ferguson (wedding coordinator for The Master Builder’s) to see if she would be interested in a little alliance, as I had already provided makeup services to a couple of their bridal parties, and had fallen in love with this chic wedding venue.  Luckily she said yes, and so began my love affair with The Master Builder’s.  Since then I have exhibited at all of their wedding fayres (two a year) and been privy to many a wedding at this stunning place.  I always have an exciting feeling every time I enter those wooden gates.

So I will be there again this November on Sunday 13th – doors open from 12pm and closing time is usually 5pm.  No fees are required (unlike some places!)  And there’s drinks and nibbles available upon arrival.