REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

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

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

REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

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

‘The Natural Ballerina’ styled shoot on Bride & Tonic

If you haven’t already then you simply must check out our current feature on wedding blog Bride & Tonic.  This styled shoot is especially good for those of you who are thinking of having a spring wedding.  Filled with light graceful tones such as pink, green and white you cannot help but be inspired!

As I love you all, I’ve added a few previews below to get your creative juices flowing!  Click here to see the full shoot and detailed inspiration.

Photography  / Jessica Davies Photography  |  Venue  /  Penton Park  |  Model  /  Teddie Hargrave

Make Up  /  Frances Moore MUA  |  Flowers  /  Lily Lupin Floral Design |  Cake  /  Sparkle Bakes

Dress Boutique  /  Exquisite Bridal Couture – Winchester  |  Stationery  / Peony & Rose Wedding Stationary

Accessories  /  Victoria Fergusson Accessories  |  Velvet Ring Box  /  La Petite Box

As featured on Bride & Tonic…

I am very excited to announce that our ‘Natural Ballerina’ styled shoot is currently being featured on wedding blog Bride & Tonic.  We had a very lovely, relaxed time on location with this shoot and so many wonderful suppliers were involved.

See the full shoot images here x

Photography  / Jessica Davies Photography  |  Venue  /  Penton Park  |  Model  /  Teddie Hargrave

Make Up  /  Frances Moore MUA  |  Flowers  /  Lily Lupin Floral Design |  Cake  /  Sparkle Bakes

Dress Boutique  /  Exquisite Bridal Couture – Winchester  |  Stationery  / Peony & Rose Wedding Stationary

Accessories  /  Victoria Fergusson Accessories  |  Velvet Ring Box  /  La Petite Box

Exciting News!

‘The Natural Ballerina’ full photoshoot will shortly feature on the most gorgeous wedding blog – more details to follow soon! x

The Team // Jessica Davies Photography * Frances Moore MUA * Victoria Fergusson Accessories * Exquisite Bridal Couture * Penton Park * Lily Lupin Floral Design * Sparkle Bakes * Peony and Rose Wedding Stationary * La Petite Box

Coming Soon… The Natural Ballerina Styled Shoot

The Team // Jessica Davies Photography * Frances Moore MUA * Victoria Fergusson Accessories * Exquisite Bridal Couture * Penton Park * Lily Lupin Floral Design * Sparkle Bakes * Peony and Rose Wedding Stationary * La Petite Box

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.’