It was a very atmospheric misty morning as I drove through the Gloucestershire countryside and the Forest of Dean to style hair for Louise and her family at the beautiful wedding venue Clearwell Castle.
As you arrive at the castle you are greeted by the impressive portcullis entrance way which never ceases to impress me, it looked beautiful this morning with the snowdrops in full bloom in front of it.
The 2 bridesmaids had very different hair, Melanie pictured above, had amazing naturally curly hair which I styled into a half up/half down hair style, I then defined some of the natural curls by using GHD straighteners to stop the natural curl frizzing. It always seems wrong to say you curl hair with GHD straightners but they are fantastic at adding curl to the hair.
Louise's niece Abi was the other bridesmaid, she wanted something that felt glamorous but not too set looking or boring. We decided on a 'messy' tousled up do with a braid on one side, braids are hot, hot, hot at the moment and an up do with one side braided like this is bang on trend! As a bridal hair specialist I get to style hair for 100's of weddings and this is a style I am being asked to create a lot.
Bride Louise wanted an elegant look for her big day so we went for a high chignon hairstyle, this look is perfect if you have a very detailed dress as Louise did, it looks elegant and perfectly compliments the dress without taking away from it. Although the style doesn't look curly I actually set Louise's hair on heated rollers to give it body and make the hair style last all day for her wedding.
Louise had a vintage diamanté slide for her hair which she bought from the bridal accessory designer Chez Bec, this provided the perfect finish for such an elegant look.
Louise's dress was by designer Justin Alexander, a gorgeous dress with a detailed lace overlay.
The gorgeous bridesmaids in electric blue dresses.
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