Monday, 30 August 2010

The Manor House ... Moreton in Marsh

Today I was styling bridal hair for Sarah's wedding at The Manor House Hotel in Moreton in Marsh. I was with Sarah and her bridesmaids all morning styling their hair ready for the wedding at lunchtime. It was such a great morning getting the girls ready in one of the hotels luxurious suites and I was even treated to the most wonderful champagne with them! I started with Charlie's hair, she was very keen to have a style that didn't look too 'done' and liked the idea of having a messy chignon side bun. Curling her hair with heated rollers I then pinned it into place and created a tousled 'messy' look which looked great!I finally added a finishing touch of a silk flower headdress in the same royal purple colour as the bridesmaids dresses.

Sarah's other bridesmaid had a medium length bob which I was keen to show could be styled into an 'updo'.
People don't always realise how you can create an updo bridal hairstyle with relatively short hair that most people would think was too short to put up. I curled the hair with GHD's and by backcombing the root area and pinning the hair in sections it gave the illusion of the hair being much longer and pinned into a great tousled updo.
Finally I styled Sarah's hair which was fantastic naturally curly and very thick hair. I used GHD's to smooth and tame the hair. Once this was done I curled the hair into intertwined curls creating a feature of curls at the back and soft tendrils at the front with a crossed over lattice detail at the sides.

Once the curls were all pinned into place I then pinned in the pearl hairpins which Sarah had made herself! She had also made jewellery for gifts to her bridesmaids! A very artistic and talented girl! Once I had finished all three girls the bridesmaids helped Sarah get into her stunning wedding dress which required the 2 bridesmaids to lace her in. Sarah looked amazing and the sun was out on this bank holiday wedding in the Cotswolds!
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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Upper Court Kemerton Wedding Hair

Today I was styling Abi's hair for her wedding at the stunning location of 'Upper Court Kemmerton' in the Cotswolds.The hair preparation for the bridal party was based in the stable cottage (pictured above) one of the luxury self catering cottages available at Upper court. Abi and her husband to be Chris were staying in Dovecote cottage, a romantic hideaway overlooking the lake.

I styled 6 peoples hair for the wedding including mum Kate, sister Alison, Mum in law Ruth, Grandma, Groom's sister and the bride herself!
I did a mixture of updos and blow drying and had a great morning getting the wedding party ready for the ceremony in the afternoon.
Abi's hair was styled up for her wedding and by curling the hair first I was able to create an elaborate intertwined style with diamante gems adding a great finishing touch.
Thankfully the weather held and it was sunny for Abi's wedding which was a relief after the last weeks torrential rain!
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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Charlton Kings Cheltenham Wedding

With wedding season in full swing I'm still doing Sunday weddings and today I was in Cheltenham at the very early time of 7.30am to style hair for Lucy's wedding in Charlton Kings.

I started with bridesmaid Laura who had amazing naturally curly hair, when I did the trial run for Lucy's hair a month or so back Laura decided to have a trial run aswell. We decided on a side chignon utilising the natural curl of the hair with the front sections tamed into soft ringlets with GHD's. Once it was all curled and pinned into place I attached the pearl and crystal comb headdress, Laura looked beautiful and it was great to work with such fantastic hair!

I was also styling the hair for both Mum and Mum in Law today. I blow dried them both whilst Lucy ran off to have some breakfast!

Lucy's hair was styled in a very classical barrel curled bridal updo. It was great to create such an elaborate updo, it takes a lot of curling, pinning and tweaking to get the hair to sit in the right place and stay all day but it is also very satisfying to see a bride look so fabulous!

Finishing the hair with diamante gems and a truly beautiful diamante tiara I left Lucy and her family to finish getting ready for the wedding.
To prove that I'm not ALWAYS working I wanted to post a picture of a visit to somewhere that I have worked several times and one of my FAVOURITE wedding venues in the Cotswolds. After I finished Lucy's hair I went to an open day at Barnsley House near Bibury to see the world famous gardens that were created by Rosemary Verey who helped Prince Charles with the design of his gardens at Highgrove near Tetbury. I am also thrilled to say that I have been invited on a tour of His Royal Highness's garden at Highgrove very soon which is an amazing privilege!!!
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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Beautiful Tetbury ... again!

I was back in Tetbury today having only been here on Tuesday to style hair for a wedding. Tetbury is a really lovely little market town and has some fabulous restaurants, boutique shops and gorgeous accomodation which makes it the perfect place to hold a wedding and spend a few days!

Today Karen was getting married at Kingscote Barn but was getting ready at 'The Ormond Hotel' in Long Street Tetbury in the very luxurious 'Stable Room'
Both bridesmaids had fabulous brunette hair which we decided to curl and style half up with diamante clips. They looked fantastic. I was working with Make-up artist Sophie Chamings on Tuesday's wedding here in Tetbury and had the pleasure of her company again today, she was doing a great job of the girls make-up!

When I did Karen's trial we tried the hair all up first but quickly agreed that it looked much better with some left down in a side swept style which complimented her stunning Sassi Holford dress beautifully!

Once curled and pinned into place I positioned and fixed Karen's silk flower headdress before adding finishing touches to the 2 bridesmaids.
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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Kingscote barn - Tetbury Wedding

I travelled to Tetbury this morning to style Audrey's hair for her wedding to Robin at nearby Kingscote Barn.
They had rented 'Number 18' a beautiful grade II listed Georgian townhouse on Tetbury's famous 'Gumstool Hill' and this is where I was preparing the wedding party for the wedding day.Audrey has the most amazing hair which she can almost sit on! With it being oriental hair it has different characteristics to European hair and the process of curling it takes longer.
Having curled it to add movement and body I then started the process of weaving it into a stunning side chignon. Once all the hair was fixed into place I positioned the fresh rose buds around the curls and fixed these into the style.
I was also styling the hair for Audrey's sister and close friend Lindsey. The look for both was to be slightly vintage wedding hair with a 40's - 50's feel.
Curling both girls hair first I then styled the hair into a vintage side swept roll with waves and then pinned fresh rose buds into the side roll to complete the look.

Once both girls were styled I then completed Audrey's look by fixing her veil into the hair using the double fix method to guarantee a secure hold all day

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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Bear Of Rodborough Cotswolds Wedding

I was styling hair for Catherine's wedding today at the Bear of Rodborough hotel near Stroud . Situated on the National Trust Rodborough Common this 17th Century coaching inn offers a stunning location for a wedding.
I was styling hair for quite a few members of the wedding party and was kept busy all morning.
As the make-up artist arrived and started to work on the wedding party I set to work styling Catherine's hair. I hadn't been able to conduct a trial for Catherine as she lives in Australia and she wasn't able to get over to see me before the wedding day. Catherine and I had spoken on the phone and come up with an idea of how she wanted her hair and she had bought hair extensions for me to add to her hair to enable us to create an elegant vintage feel up do.

The hair extensions were different colours to create a more natural look so by parting the hair at the back and fixing the hair extensions into place it added lots of extra length and body to the hair to enable me to create a fantastic entwined chignon hairstyle.

Once I'd fixed the hair into place you couldn't tell the difference between Catherine's natural hair and the extensions and we created a style that wouldn't have been possible with just the natural hair.

I finished the style by fixing silk rose hair pieces into the crown area of the style. Catherine looked amazing!

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Washbourne Court - Lower Slaughter

Gayle's wedding today was in the stunning Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter at Washbourne Court a fabulous luxury hotel created in a 17th century house next to the River Eye.

Gayle had booked the exclusive use of the hotel for her and her guests for the weekend and she had a beautiful suite with luxury bedrooms, en-suite bathroom and sitting room which was perfect for the bridal preparations.

I styled Gayle's hair by curling it into soft ringlets and then pinned it partly up before weaving fresh orchids into the curls.

Whilst Gayle was being pampered by her make up artist I also styled hair for Mum, Mum-in-law and another good friend and wedding guest.
A beautiful sunny Sunday wedding in a stunning Cotswold location!
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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Kingscote Park - Matara Centre wedding

I had an incredibly early start this morning getting ready at 5.30am to be with Jennifer ready to style hair for her wedding at the fantastic Matara Centre at Kingscote, near Tetbury in the Cotswolds.

Jennifer and her wedding party were staying in the magnificent Kingscote Park House part of the Matara Centre complex. The house is truly beautiful and it really feels as if you are staying in a family's private ancestral home.
Setting up a salon area in the beautiful dining room I started with styling hair for Jennifer's 4 bridesmaids. Jennifer wanted them to be soft and tousled up styles so I curled the 4 girls hair with ghd's and heated rollers before putting their hair up.

I then styled both Jennifers Grandmother's hair and her Mum's hair finishing with fixing her Mum's fascinator securely into place. Jennifer's hair is naturally curly and she which she wanted to keep it loose so I defined the curls with GHDs to eliminate any frizz and using weather proof products to keep the hair looking great and protect it from humidity as naturally curly hair can frizz very easily.

I completed Jennifers hair by pinning individual Orchids into the hair before leaving the girls to get ready for the rest of the days events.
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