Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!!

So, what an eventful year!! This was my first year styling hair for weddings in Gloucestershire. I have been styling hair for weddings for 18+years but having set up in Gloucestershire this has been the most eventful year ever!!

I have been inundated with wedding requests and completed my 45th wedding of the year last week. It has been a fantastic year and I've enjoyed every single up and down of each and every one of the 45 weddings!!!

Thank you to all of the brides who have asked me to help on their special day.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year .... especially to all the brides already booked with me for 2010!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Berkley Castle and Tortworth Court

Today I was styling the hair for Becky who's wedding was my 45th wedding this year! (Not all blogged on here)

Becky was getting ready at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire but the wedding itself was held at the very impressive Berkley Castle just down the road from Tortworth.
I arrived at 7.30am to style the hair for all 4 of Becky's adult bridesmaids, mum in law and best friend.

I curled and blow dried all the bridesmaids hair, some were completley put up and some were half styled up leaving soft tendrils and waves down.
Clare (Pure pampering) at about to do the wedding parties make-up and they looked fantastic as she completed the transformations.
Having had snow over the previous days and a very cold sharp frost we all felt amazingly festive!! The bridesmaids crimson dresses and fur stoles really set the Christmas theme.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Clearwell Castle

Ruth's wedding today was held at the stunning location of Clearwell Castle in the 'Royal Forest of Dean'.

Ruth's one stipulation when I did her trial run was to 'look like a Princess', between Clare (Bridal Make-up Specialist @ Pure pampering) and myself I think we certainly fulfilled that wish!
I used GHD's on Ruth's hair to add body and curl, it was then swept up into beautiful intertwining formed barrel curls. Once all the curls were pinned into place I then fixed Ruth's tiara and veil into place using the double hold system that I use on all brides to make sure the headdress and veil can't accidentally slip and stays secure all day.

Once Clare had applied Ruth's stunning make-up I gave the hair a quick burst of gold glitter spray which gives a very subtle shimmer to the hair to perfect the Princess look!!

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Kingscote Barn Winter Wedding

An early start this morning to drive over into the Cotswolds to a favourite venue of mine Kingscote Barn near Tetbury. A Truly beautiful converted barn that offers a unique venue in an area of outstanding natural beauty.It was a relatively mild morning as I arrived to style the hair for Caroline and her bridesmaid sister and Mum.
The barn greets you as you descend the steep drive from the main road, twinkling Christmas tree in the main window facing the drive, all very seasonal!

Caroline stayed the night before in 'Spring Cottage' the beautiful country cottage adjacent to and belonging to Kingscote Barn.
I started by putting both Caroline and her sisters hair into heated rollers to add body before blow drying 'Mums' hair into a modern funky style and then attaching her fascinator.

Caroline had decided on a chignon/bun hairstyle. This is a very 'now' bridal hairstyle, incredibly elegant and very much an A list hairstyle!
Once styled and tweaked I then attached the gorgeous pearl and diamond clip to the side of the chignon to add real sparkle and finesse!

Caroline's sister had been growing her hair to be able to have an updo for the wedding. We decided on a French pleat which is a very classical updo hairstyle. Styled with a slightly contemporary feel, by leaving pieces slightly tousled, it looked great!
Clare Bryce arrived to do the girls make up whilst I was finishing the final details of the hair, once Clare had worked her usual magic they were all ready and looking amazing for the day ahead.
Just as I was leaving photographer Sarah Cameron arrived to capture all the special images of the day.
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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Bowden Hall

Bowden Hall the fabulous Regency hotel in Upton St. Leonards Gloucester was today's venue for Helen's wedding.

Set in 12 acres of parkland this regency mansion is just perfect for wedding's. Very close to the stunning village of Painswick, the Cotswolds and Gloucester city.

The tousled updo that Helen had decided on was just perfect for her, after curling her hair with GHD's I styled Helen's hair into tumbling updo curls.
Once in place I then fixed the beautiful pearl and diamond tiara into position just as Clare Bryce of 'Pure Pampering' arrived to do Helen's make-up to work her usual make up magic!
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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Halloween wedding at Eastington Hall

Today saw me heading back to the wedding venue Eastington Hall Gloucestershire near Stonehouse to do hairstyling for Kim's wedding. We were so lucky to have another beautiful sunny autumn morning.

Eastington Hall has a beautiful setting and the elegant Georgian Mansion is just perfect for weddings. It's been very sympathetically restored and decorated in an elegant understated way which allows wedding parties to have their own personality and theme.

Kim had decided on a very simple yet elegant style with half the hair taken up into flat barrel curls which I then wove and arranged gerberas and chrysanthemums into and tiny diamante clips were scattered through and around the curls to add sparkle! A very elegant style which is perfect for a wedding if the bride doesn't want a hairstyle which is too big.

It was a really relaxed morning getting Kim ready and with this beautiful hairstyle she looked stunning!

As I left a retro sweetbar had been set up in the entrance hall for the wedding guests to enjoy later on and pumpkins had been placed on the front steps to welcome guests ... very trick or treat!! The sherbet lollies and flying saucers looked very tempting but I managed to restrain myself!!!

I headed back to Gloucester to arrange some run throughs for some of my 2010 brides, bookings for next year are coming in thick and fast, it looks like next year is going to be a busy year with wedding hairstyling!!

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel

A trip down the M5 to Bristol today to do Helen's hair for her wedding at the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel.

This was a new venue for me, although I know Bristol well and do hair for lots of Bristolian brides I had never been to the Marriot Royal. This place really is a magnificent hotel with a feel of good old fashioned service and the most luxurious surroundings having recently had an £3 million restoration.
Helen's wedding hairstyle was a classical rolled chignon with a diamante hairpiece and veil. Helen has the most beautiful auburn hair and this classical style looked amazing on her.

I styled Helen's hair first and then followed on with her Sister's style which was an elegant side chignon with jewelled hair pins to add sparkle and detail.

As I was leaving the Palm Court was being set up in preparation for the ceremony. Normally used as one of the hotel restaurants the Palm Court feels like a grand state room from a country house, a really beautiful place to get married.

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Dumbleton Hall Wedding

I left Gloucester at 7am this morning to drive up to Dumbleton Hall in Worcestershire to style hair for Laura and her wedding party.

I've done hair for several brides that have got married at Dumbleton Hall but I hadn't been there until today. It really is the most beautiful venue, as you drive up the long drive through the private parkland to the hall you are greeted by the most amazing view of this gothic mansion.
I started styling hair for both bridesmaids, one naturally curly which was scrunch styled and the other longer straighter hair which I set on heated rollers and then styled over to one side.

Next to be styled were both Mum and Mum in Law (to be!) then I styled Laura's hair having set it on heated rollers we then styled it into a beautiful side chignon complimented by an antique style headdress which was a peacock feather comb with diamante and aurora borealis from the fabulous website Flo & Percy

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Return to the Manor

Another early start and back to a venue that's becoming one of my regulars ... 'Hatherley Manor' a couple of miles out of Gloucester on the way to Tewkesbury and today was the wedding between Bride Launa and Paul from Tewkesbury.

Launa has the most amazing thick hair which was just perfect to style. It has the most wonderful natural curl, we decided at the run through to define the curl more with GHD curls and to sweep up the front section and give fullness to the crown.

Launa had also chosen an amazing jewelled headdress which was very Moulin Rouge and a lovely antique coloured veil .... another beautiful bride!

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Hatherley Manor, Down Hatherley, Gloucester

I drove over to Hatherley Manor just outside Gloucester this morning to style Sandra's hair for her wedding. We had tried a few ideas out when we did her trial earlier in the year and we eventually decided on a straight style with part taken up and styled into formed curls, complimenting the pearl and diamond tiara perfectly.

Sandra had booked into a beautiful panelled bridal suite at the manor, I had a really relaxed time doing her hair for her. Just as I was finishing the styling of Sandra's hair Clare arrived to do her make-up and as usual she did a fabulous job, Sandra looked amazing!

As I was leaving the wedding party the sun was breaking through and promising to be a wonderful day!

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Friday, 16 October 2009

Cotswold wedding's

I had to be up and ready at 5.00am this morning to travel to the village of Sapperton near Cirencester to style Ellen's hair for her wedding, Autumn had well and truly set in as I drove in the dark over to Ellen's.

I started by styling Ellen's sister Katie's hair. This was a really nice style to do as it was a new twist on a french roll which was twisted from one side to the other of the head and leaving tumbling curls over one shoulder ... very sophisticated and romantic.

For Ellen's hair we had decided on curling it and building the crown up slightly to compliment the stunning jewelled and pearl tiara.
Ellen had also chosen the most beautiful jewel encrusted wedding gown and pearl and diamond cathedral length veil.
Clare (Pure Pampering) was doing the make up for the entire wedding party and we had a really great morning getting everyone ready for the day ahead.

We were also entertained by Ellen's 10 year old neice who came out with the most wonderful quote that I think sums up most weddings ...' I like weddings, they're weird, everyone gets up incredibly early and then runs around like crazy!'
After the wedding Katie was holding her reception at the Kingscote Barn.

The Greenway Country House Hotel Shurdington

Once Clare and I had finished at Sapperton I drove over to The Greenway Hotel just outside Cheltenham to style Paula's hair.

I went to Paula's home in Berkshire earlier in the year to do the run through and we decided on a fabulously glamorous updo that was very Audrey Hepburn!
The Greenway hotel is an incredibly luxurious hotel and we had a great afternoon (especially when Paula insisted we should have some wine together!) Clare arrived to do the make up once I had put Paula's hair into rollers, and really made Paula look fantastic.

Jan from Blenheim photography also arrived to capture some memories for Paula and Craig's big day, it soon seemed like we were having a party in the bridal suite!! Paula made the most stunning bride and we all really enjoyed helping her look amazing!

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