Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas is around the corner and I wanted to blog quickly to thank everyone for their support this year! It has been a brilliant year. I have met some amazing people this year, I have styled hair for over 50 weddings and had some fantastic wedding mornings with 'my' lovely brides. I have styled hair at some of the South West, Gloucestershire and Cotswold's finest wedding venues including Eastnor Castle, Clearwell Castle, Kingscote Barn, Cripps Barn and Barnsley House to name a but a few!

Bookings for next years weddings are already coming in thick and fast and Wedding availability is already starting to become limited, I'm VERY excited about the weddings I already have booked in for next year and some of the projects lined up.

Thanks must also go to Clare Bryce (Pure Pampering) who is the best bridal make up artist in the world! (In my humble opinion!) We have worked together on loads of weddings this year, had lots of fun and helped make lots of brides look FABULOUS!.... Here's to 2011!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Sandhurst Church / Cripps Barn Bibury

With the snow still firmly sitting on the ground I made a very careful journey to the village of Sandhurst this morning to style Jennie's hair for her wedding. Jennie was getting married at Sandhurst church before travelling over to Cripps Barn near Bibury for the reception and celebrations.

I started with putting Jennie and her sister Sandie's hair into heated rollers to give body and bounce to the hair before styling.
Sandie was bridesmaid for Jennie and we decided on a really elegant updo with fresh roses woven into the finished style.

Before styling Jennie's hair I blow dried her mum's hair and attached her fascinator, she looked very much the beautiful and elegant mother of the bride

Jennie wanted a look that enabled her to have her hair up but still to see lots of it loose around the nape of the neck so that it would be visable when viewed from the front. Having curled it I then split the hair into different sections and pinned it into curls loosely in the nape and folding into each other so that a very soft romantic updo was created. Once this was done I then wove fresh roses into the curls to finish the look.Clare ( Pure Pampering ) was creating the wedding make up for Jennie and the others today, I'm becoming VERY biased now having worked with Clare for over 2 years but she really is THE BEST wedding make up artist you could book!! She created simple but stunning looks for the girls today.

Having added the finishing touches to the girls styles and attached Jennie's veil I left them to finish getting ready. As I left the house the vintage car was ready and waiting to take the bride to the church.


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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Close Hotel Tetbury / Chavenage House Wedding Hair

The Main Cirencester to Tetbury Road reduced to a single track which we drove along at 20 mph

I was watching the weather forecasts praying that the snow would hold off but unfortunately the snow came down in bucket loads overnight! Clare (Pure Pampering ) and I had already worked out a plan if the weather was bad and had decided to travel together and set off at least 2 hours before we were needed with shovels and wellies in the car!! I picked Clare up at 8am and we arrived at The Close Hotel in Tetbury 2 hours later!! Normally the journey takes about 40-45 minutes! We were determined to not let Gill down on her big day, it was the worst weather I have EVER driven in and the police were telling people not to travel but it was worth it to see Gill looking gorgeous for her wedding.
Gill was staying at the beautiful Close Hotel in Tetbury then travelling to Amberley to get married and finally holding the reception at Chavenage House

Gill had requested a beautiful curled updo which suited her perfectly. I put her hair into hot rollers first to give it body and bounce and then twisted individual sections up to create this elegant bridal hair style.
I also styled hair for Gill's bridesmaid but I didn't get chance to take her photo! Clare created a really beautiful make up look for Gill.

With final finishing touches complete Clare and I set off on the slippery journey back to Gloucester feeling very pleased that we had not let down one of our brides despite the terrible weather!
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Friday, 17 December 2010

Hatherley Manor / The Swan Bibury Wedding Hair

It was a cold start this morning but the weather had held off enough to make the journey safely to Hatherley Manor to style Rachel's hair for her wedding. She was getting ready at Hatherley Manor (Near Gloucester) but the wedding was held at the village of Sandhurst and the reception at The Swan Hotel in Bibury in the Cotswolds.I started by styling the bridesmaids hair into elegant updo's which were then adorned with really gorgeous fabric roses with delicate feathers. These matched the beautiful deep red dresses perfectly and looked very festive!Rachel's husband to be was very against her having her hair curled or put up but we reached a great compromise by giving the hair texture with GHD stylers so that it had some movement but not a defined curl. To compliment the jewelled headband that Rachel had chosen I gave the crown a small amount of body so that the band would sit snuggly and would be part of the style rather than just fitted afterwards.

Clare ( Pure Pampering ) arrived as I was finishing the bridesmaids hair to do their make up and Matt Davis (FAB photographer!) arrived to perform gymnastics whilst taking photos! (He does seem to bend over backwards to get the perfect shot!) The girls were great fun to be with and we had a really fab morning getting them ready for the day ahead, Clare and I left as the girls were helping Rachel into her dress!


A couple of pictures from Matt Davis' blog of me getting the girls ready and Rachel and her husband on the bridge at Bibury.



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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Dormy House Hotel Broadway Bridal Hair

I travelled over to the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway today to style Melissa's hair for her wedding at the stunning Dormy House Hotel. This is a fantastic wedding venue set in a beautiful part of the countryside just outside Broadway.Mel had chosen a great curled updo which suited her perfectly. I curled the hair first using hot rollers and then pinned individual curls up and around each other to create this intricate style.Once the stle was complete I attached the stunning pearl and crystal tiara that Mel had chosen and attached her veil to compliment the finished look. Clare (Pure Pampering) was with me today creating her trademark wedding make up styles, as usual she did an amazing job and they all looked great!

Mum in Law, Sally, had asked for a french pleat (french roll) updo, having curled the hair and twisted it into the roll pleat I then attached her fascinator which had a fab birdcage veil detail.

I also blow dried and styled Mum's hair for her and pinned her fascinator into place, she had flown over from Australia for the wedding and was noticing quite a difference in the temperature as we were slowly sliding into arctic weather conditions!!



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Friday, 10 December 2010

Swan Hotel Bibury / Cripps Barn Wedding

Today was the first of 5 weddings that I have this December! It always a busy month with people getting ready for Christmas but with the additional weddings I'm rather flat out!!

I had a nice drive over to the gorgeous Cotswold village of Bibury to style hair for Jessica's wedding at Cripps Barn.
Jess had rented one of the cottages belonging to The Swan hotel Bibury. It was a beautifully designed cottage offering a great space for Jess and her bridesmaids to get ready for the wedding.I styled the 4 bridesmaids first, designing different chignon style hairdo's for the girls.The girls all had different diamante style clips including this fantastic butterfly clip, a really unusual and glamorous hair jewel.Jess and I decided on an intertwined side chignon style when we met earlier in the year for her trial run. She had gorgeous brunnette hair which was perfect for this style and she was very good in growing her fringe longer so that we could ensure it was softly clipped away from her face.Jess had chosen a beautiful vintage inspired hair clip, very glamorous! She had also decided to follow family traditon by wearing her Grandmother's veil which had also been worn by her Mum, Sister and Cousin at their weddings, it was a really beautiful vintage veil which her Mum sat sewing a comb onto minutes before I attached it to Jess's hairstyle.Jess had decided that she wanted very vibrant flowers for her wedding and we were all well impressed by the jewel coloured bouquets, they felt very festive

I added the last few hair pins and finishing touches before leaving the girls to get ready for a great day ahead.

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