Happy Monday everyone and happy Bank Holiday if you are in the UK! I hope...
This afternoon on the blog it’s all about hair and make-up, thanks to the incredibly talented Hair & Make-up artist Jenn Edwards. Jen has put together some amazing styles for all of you out there looking for something a little less structured, a little less fixed and more natural and uncomplicated.
I am seeing loads of more natural styling coming though now, it’s less about the fixed ridged styles of old with tiaras and a million hair grips and more about soft loose waves, flower crowns and a whole lot less makeup!
Jen has put together some wonderful ideas for you if you are looking for a more natural look on your wedding day. Banish the fake tan and bronzing powder and embrace your porcelain complexions.
The concept of the shoot was to demonstrate how simple it is to create a pretty British Rose look with zero fuss but lashings of wow factor. These looks suit a fairer skin tone perfectly and all the hairstyles showcased are easy peasy, even more so for those self confessed GHD addicts who are already making waves and donning the latest spring hair trends .
Before you scroll any further, I have to give a huge shout out to the beauties featured in the images. All three are non-professional models in fact, both Sarah & Kerry had never set foot in front of a professional camera or had their make-up done professionally. I purposely decided against featuring professional models for this shoot as I wanted to prove a point which I hope you realise and appreciate.
(A big thank you to Sarah Payne, Kerry Williams and Sarah-LeeReed for volunteering, giving up your time, and really pulling it off despite the nerves and apprehension. I wish Kerry all the best in her new found modelling career and I’m so pleased we gave you the confidence and the enthusiasm to go for it – you will go far. Congratulations to both Sarah Payne and Sarah-Lee Reed on your engagement, you will make stunning brides and I hope your hubby’s know how lucky they are.)
A stylish, chic and classic, up do for brides. They come in various shapes and sizes from sleek donuts to messy knotted styles. Perfect for destination or summer weddings when you want to have your hair off your Neck and shoulders or if you want to show off the detailing at the back of your gorgeous wedding dress.
I used a large donut for this style which are readily available from Claire’s accessories.
This is a firm favourite with this year’s Brides and Maids alike. Team your soft messy tresses with fresh Roses – perfect for a slightly more vintage styling. These beauties were provided, wired and taped by Tracey Campbell.
Next, we have a generous helping of tiny white daisies and gypsophila in the form of an incredibly delicate flower crown. Tracey Campbell took my brief for ‘beach curls’ quite literally by incorporating tiny sea shells into the design and finishing it with pretty organza ribbon trails.
If you’ve been desperately growing your hair in preparation for your wedding day then ‘show it off! Key advice here is to know your hair type and chose your products carefully. Ask your hairdresser for advice and get them to recommend a good shampoo and conditioner.
This look was born out of a last minute moment of experimenting. Inspired by the screen siren’s of old, Tracey and I put together this ultra-glamorous look by combining vintage styled net with exotic orchids, wax flower and eucalyptus.
I think we deserve a Blue Peter badge for this one and the moral of the story is…….. be brave, have fun and mix it up.
As I’m sure many of you know, floral crowns are really big news this year and so I was delighted when Tracey designed this gorgeous rustic piece which she tells me was inspired by the “Maid Marion scene at the end of Robin, Prince of Thieves”! Designed using a combination of dried and fresh flower materials, this pretty crown in soft, natural blues and purples uses blue thistles, wheat, scabious seed pods, limonium and crespedia – perfect for the quintessential, Summer, country garden party wedding.
Embrace your kinks, and shake out your tousles
This final floral design in hot, vibrant reds, was put together using Alstroemeria blossom to create a really strong ‘50’s vintage styling – just perfect with juicy red lips and victory rolls!
All this prettiness would not be possible if it were not for the very talented Jess Petrie Photography whose soft and feminine style I adore. And a big thank you to Emily Bridal for trusting us with your stunning gowns which had us all running around like exited children in a sweet shop.
Thanks so much Jen, I hope you liked her ideas, which one is your favourite? Are you planning something less structured on your wedding day, are you going for the more natural look? if so I’d love to hear your ideas!