Friday, 29 April 2011

Kate and William Royal Wedding 2011

Today was the long awaited Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William. I have been waiting for so long to see what Kate would look like and how she would style her hair. I have been asked by so many people on my thoughts and predictions for Kate's Wedding hair and have written articles for fashion websites and a previous write up on my blog HERE Kate had chosen to wear her hair in the very classical and stunning half up half down bridal style.

Beautifully curled and with some fullness to the crown area the finished look was complimented beautifully by the Queen's 'Halo' tiara which was made by Cartier in 1936. This was loned to Kate by the Queen as her 'something borrowed'.This hair style is a true bridal classic and one I am often asked to create for brides. It is created by adding body to the hair with heated rollers or ghd stylers and then taking the hair back from the face and pinning it below the crown area.

I think we are certainly going to see vintage tiaras become fashionable again for bridal hair styles, there are some beautiful tiaras available on the internet and this tiara by bridal jewellery specialists 'Flo and Percy' would be a stunning tiara to replicate the Royal tiara. Kate also wore platinum and diamond pear shaped drop earings made by London Jewellers Robinson Pelham. These were Kate's wedding day gift from her parents.

I think all would agree that she looked simply stunning and will become the jewel in the Royal's Crown.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Cadbury House and Coombe Lodge Blagdon

Another Sunday wedding for me today, weekdays and Sundays are quickly becoming as popular for weddings as Saturdays. Jo was getting married at the beautiful manor Coombe Lodge at Blagdon in Somerset, a really beautiful location and fabulous venue for a dream wedding.
Jo and her bridesmaids had stayed at Cadbury House hotel near to Bristol and this was where I went to style there hair. Jo had decided to have a beautiful tousled curl chignon for her bridal hair style and the finished look was amazing.
Curling Jo's hair with GHD's added lots of body and curl, this makes the hair hold the style in for longer meaning you won't find the style looking flat halfway through your wedding day.
I added some body and lift around the crown area which always gives a more flattering shape for a bridal hairstyle. People can get scared if you mention the word 'backcombing' but if done properly and in a subtle way it looks stunning!Once I'd finished pinning the hair into place I placed the crystal and pearl clips on one side of the chignon, they added the perfect finish to this beautiful bridal hairstyle.
Jo had printed lots of images of bridal hairstyles from my website to let the bridesmaids decide on the style that they wanted. This is a great way to allow bridesmaids to decide on the look they want, The gallery of hairstyles on my website ( ) has a couple of hundred photographs on it and it's very printer friendly so easy to print images.
Several of the girls decided on up do's with tousled curls and one had a half up half down style all finished with silk rose hair clips. I curled all the the bridesmaids hair with heated rollers which like Jo's hair added lots of body to make long lasting hairstyles.When pinning the hair into the curls I always make sure that hair grips are 'invisible' by hiding them within the style, hairgrips should never be obvious to anyone looking at your hairstyle, it might sound fussy but it is a small detail like this that will make your hairstyle look stunning.
It was an incredible day with the sun beating down and better than most summer days, Jo had really fallen lucky with the mini heatwave that we were experiencing! After adding final touches of hairspray to the girls finished styles I left the girls to finish getting ready before the cars arrived to take them to Coombe Lodge.

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