Friday, 18 March 2011

Eastwood Park Wedding

Today was Rachel's wedding at the Gloucestershire venue Eastwood Park. I drove down to Wooton Under Edge to style the hair for Rachel, her bridesmaids and Mum. It's interesting how many people think they should have long hair for their wedding but Rachel is proof that a bride can look stunning without having to spend a year growing their hair. I styled Rachel's hair into soft ringlets and then added volume to the crown area. By pinning sections from the side back and up it created a really elegant and fun bridal hairstyle. A beautiful crystal tiara added the perfect fiunishing touch. For Rachel's Mum I created a stunning french pleat using the ends of the hair to form a tousled effect around the crown.
Plaits have become incredibly popular and Rachel's sister had spotted a style I had created for someone at a previous wedding and fell in love with the look. A great vintage (with a twist) style is made by plaiting the hair around the head and forming the ends into a chignon side bun.
The other bridesmaid had requested a half up hairstyle, I decided to give the style a different edge by weaving the hair at the back, this gives a half up style that added interest at the back so that it isn't just a half up look.

Whilst I was creating the hairstyles Clare ( Pure Pampering ) was creating the make-up and they looked amazing!

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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Stella's Wedding at Priston Mill

Priston Mill is set in rolling countryside near to the historic city of Bath. A stunning venue that boasts 2 totally beautiful buildings available for weddings. The Watermill building dates back to 1720 and is surrounded by lawns and a stream that powers the waterwheel.
The Tythe Barn is dated to around 1700 and has beautiful exposed timbers and vaulted ceilings and is the larger of the 2 buildings.
Stella's ceremony was in Bristol where she lives and then the reception at Priston Mill. I arrived very early to style Stella's hair into a wonderful bridal updo.
Adding body and bounce to the hair first with GHD stylers I then created a french pleat (roll) at the nape of the neck. The ends of the hair were left loose around the crown area to add curled detail and softly curled hair around the front of the hairstyle to keep the style looking soft and romantic.
Stella had bought a beautiful silk headdress from Hong Kong and this added the perfect finishing touch to the side of the hairstyle.

It has been a very busy week having done 3 weddings plus 2 wedding trials over the last 3 days, I only style a certain amount of Sunday weddings per year and this was a lovely wedding to do.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Sarah's Wedding ... Kingscote Barn

It was a great morning driving over to the Cotswolds for Sarah's wedding at Kingscote Barn near Tetbury. Having styled Kate's hair for her wedding yesterday also here at Kingscote Barn this venue has become a firm favourite of mine. It's a beautiful converted barn which is reached down a long driveway set amongst rolling Gloucestershire countryside, a truly stunning location for a wedding. Sarah and her bridesmaids had stayed the evening before at 'Spring Cottage' which is the self catering cottage available for brides and family getting married at the barn.
Styling the bridesmaids hair by curling it first with heated rollers I styled one as a half up half down culred look and the other into a classical french pleat (roll) both were finished with small diamante pins to add sparkle and detail.
By styling Sarah's hair with GHD heated stylers I was able to create a stunning ringlet bridal hairstyle, a small amount of backcombing around the crown area added just enough lift and height to compliment the tiara that Sarh had chosen.

Not long after I arrived Clare ( Pure Pampering ) came to do the girls make up and it was a really great atmosphere as we worked together in the sitting room area of Spring Cottage with the love actually sound track playing on one of the girls iPods!


Once we had finished styling the bridesmaids and Sarah both Clare and I went back to her studio to do a run through for one of our June brides.


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Friday, 11 March 2011

Kate's Wedding at Kingscote Barn Tetbury

My blog entries normally start with a beautiful picture of the venue the bride to be is getting married in but I just loved this picture of all the girls and Mum once I'd put heated rollers into their hair! Don't they look fab! Well maybe not yet in this picture but they were a happy bunch!
Bride to be Kate had decided on a classical curled updo for her big day and once I'd taken out the heated rollers I set to work curling the hair into loops and pinning it up, the curls looped around each other beautifully to form this classical bridal style. The finishing touch to the style were diamante pins that I placed next to each other to give the impression of one jewelled hairpiece.
All the bridesmaids wanted a similar look to each other which was the very popular vintage style side chignon. This is a really good style for a wedding day as it suits most hair types and there is no danger of it coming apart or curls dropping out. With most hairstyles needing to last 12 hours or so on a wedding day this one is just perfect.
It's always nice to give the Mum of the bride a little bit of extra pampering. For many Mum's it can be a time of nerves and wanting to look their best for the big day. Kate's Mum entered into the spirit with the girls and looked fabulous with a bit of bounce to her bobbed hairstyle. The perfect finishing touch was the red and black fascinator coloured to match the outfit that she would be wearing later for the big day.
The bridesmaids were wearing beautiful Olive green dresses for the day and they looked simply gorgeous.
Soft curls around the edge of the hairline can soften a hairstyle and make it less severe and a small amount of lift around the crown area gives the style a little bit of elegance and style which is perfect for a wedding day.
Diamante clips or combs are great for adding a finishing touch to the hairstyles for bridesmaids and they needn't cost a fortune. I will be posting a blog entry in the next couple of weeks showing different clips and combs for bridal hairstyles and where to buy them from so keep an eye out!


Once all the girls were styled I left them to finish their final preparations before they were driven to Kingscote Barn in the Cotswolds near Tetbury for the ceremony and reception.


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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Egypt Mill Nailsworth Wedding

The beautiful Cotswold town of Nailsworth was today's location for Cathy's wedding and the venue for the marriage and reception was the stunning Egypt Mill hotel. The Egypt mill is a beautiful converted mill with working watermill wheel inside the building. The hotel is reached across this bridge from the carpark to the main entrance.

Cathy had decided on an 'updo' for her wedding day hair and this style looked fantastic on her. Having applied heat protecting spray I set Cathy's hair with heated rollers to give it body and bounce.

To put the hair up I styled it over to the right hand side and rolled it into a chignon style bun. The left hand side was then twisted and folded over to create a boho feel.

Having pinned all the hair into place I then fixed the silk flower headdress into the side of the bun.

Cathy's bridesmaids both had the same twisted pleat style. I put their hair into heated rollers to add body before twisting and pinning the hair into very stylish french pleats. The finishing touches were small diamante gems which are on spiral twists, they add a real sparkle to bridal hairstyles.
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