Anne-Marie and Ian’s vintage day

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I had to open this blog with this most stunning photograph of my bride Anne-Marie from her wedding morning back in early July. All the images in this blog were captured by the very talented Leah Photography.

 

Our story began back at the beginning of the year. I was busy chatting in the office of my full-time job as a Production Manager with a a colleague about my make-up business when the guy in the corner of the office who had been working on another production asked for more information about my wedding business. My confusion behind why he was asking was soon dispelled when he explained he was getting married later in the year and he knew his fiance hadn’t found her make-up artist yet. Like most women she wasn’t sure who to ask or where to start and was afraid of looking anything other than a more polished version of herself. I passed my website details onto Ian (the groom) with the hope that Anne-Marie might get in  touch and thankfully she did!
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On the morning of the wedding I’d made the 40 minute drive accross the River Severn to Wales and had pulled up in the hotel car park in  Cardiff ready to find my bride to be. I’d been told that she had atranged a suite for us to get ready in, but I had no idea just how huge the space was going to be and even though it was a very misty morning the view was utterly amazing.

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Check out the view – awesome! The bride doesn’t look bad either ey!!

Anne-Marie was a super calm bride, a doctor by trade this was going to be a walk in the park or at least that was the impression she gave.

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Wonderful dress and veil

The look we perfected for her in her trial was quite vintage in style. Anne-Marie has a stunning rosey complexion so no bronzer here. I went for pinky blusher to enhance her cheek bones and added High Beam by Benefit on the tops of her cheek bones to add even more definition.

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We chose a a mix of shades on her eyes. I started with Bourjois eyeshadow in Champagne as a base, then the Body Shop shimmer cube set in Warm 06. I used the peachy colour from this set lightly at the corners. I then used the ruby pink shade from the shimmer cube set 07 into the creases from the outer corners. I then used the grey shade from the 06 set gently into the outer corners. I ran the dark brown shadow along the lashline, I wet an eyeliner brush first then loaded up the brush before running along the lashline. I then added a thin line of Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black ink and used the brides own mascara. Anne -Marie wore Revlon Lipstick in Cappuchino on her lips, a gentle shimmery coffee lip shade.

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Her mum was relatively shy when it came to the make-up application and so bravely put her trust in me to do what I felt was right. With this in mind I took a look at her outfit, a goldy grey coloured dress suit. I paired her eyemake-up to suit. I used a very light grey base shadow with a gold shimmer over the entire lid but very subtly. A small amount of brown liner and mascara was enough to finish this look. The lipstick was her own, a neutral brown shade.

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Anne-Marie’s bridesmaid were wearing beautiful dusky pink dresses. Jennie had bought an eyeshadow she wanted to use especially, Mac Smokey Mauve. It was fab, really shimmery and complimented the dresses perfectly. I enhanced this shade with a darker aubergine colour in the outer corners.

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Angana, also wore this shade, but I blended it with a lighter pink as she felt that it was a little dark for her. Angana wanted more of an eye flick than Jennie so with Bobbi Brown gel eye liner and a very fine brush I created a flick. Lashings of mascara finished off the look.

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Pretty ladies!

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All three looks worked so well together!

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Hay it was a pleasure to be part of your day!

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Naomi and Ally did it their way!

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Mr and Mrs Strachan
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I’ve known Naomi for just over 4 years now, she’s one of those people who’s always got a MASSIVE smile on her face and actually brightens up a room by just walking into it. You’ll see this from the photos…

Before I get going I must say a massive thank you to Richard Hanmer from Ben and Molly  for the beautiful photographs included in this blog.

Naomi and Ally have been together for donkey’s years! Having met at university their love blossomed and they just one of those couples who are so obviously made for one another. They wanted their wedding to tell a story of their joint love of food, booze and generally having a good time! Being half Chinese there was always going to be Chinese elements thrown into the day and this was a new experience for most of their guests but I’ll tell you more about this later. The reception /wedding weekend as it turned out to be, was held at Symondsbury Manor  near Bridport in Dorset. Nay being from Dorset herself it only felt right to return there. The manor suited their very specific needs perfectly. They wanted a big house for in Naomi’s words ‘a 3 day party’. They had it from Friday – Monday and we’re able to really relax there and make it their own and that they definitely did.

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I arrived at the super early time of 7.15am, unloaded my hoards of make-up and rushed through to see the bride who was bouncing off the walls with excitement – this is no exaggeration!! We had to start early because this bride had two outfits and two hair do’s to create, all in aid of the chinese elements which started at 10am sharp. I got on with getting the bridesmaids, Beth, Harry and Katie ready followed by Naomi’s mum Yee Tak. They were all involved in the Chinese games.

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Excuse the thinking face!!! This Beth having her make up done
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The bridesmaids were wearing Coast dresses in an aubergine colour, As all the girls were quite different in colourings and looks I gave them somethign similar but varied the depths of colour. Beth gave me free reign to do what ever I wanted – love her! I went for a a soft cream with lilac tones and then used a rich dark purply blue into the outer corners to add depth. I used a neat line of gel eye liner to add definition and then plenty of Diorshow Waterproof mascara to finish. The girls all wore a Make-up academy lipstick in shade 7, a rich raspberry shade. Katie wore somethign similar to Beth but not as strong eye liner but still a strong dark purple into the corners to help to add shape. Harriet is not as confident with make-up as the other girls so I gave her something feminine but avoided masses of liner and colour so not to over do it.

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Katie being dolled up!
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The idea behind the games is for the groom to show the brides family his worthiness to marry the bride. The bridesmaids set him challenges such as… Ally had to say I love you in 10 different languages, 10 push ups with claps, 10 countries beginning with A and cities beginning with N, to name a few and finally he had to write a list of promises which Naomi had to accept before she left her boudoir to see him, dressed in her Chinese finery.

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The beautiful bride
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Naomi’s eye make-up consisted of a thin layer of L’oreal Infallible foundation, and true match powder, she has some lovely natural tones in her skin so covering her in foundation seemed sacrilege. I added a pinky colour to her cheeks using Bourjious little pots of colour and definition to her eyebrows with the Body Shop eyebrow kit 03. The look we decided on for her eyes was a very feminine and quite colourful purple shade, Naomi has always loved purple and it seemed to work well with both her Chinese outfit and her traditional gown. I used the Lily Cole purple eyeshadow set from the Body Shop. Starting with a very light pink over the entire base up to the eyebrow. I added a lilac over the top slightly dampening my brush to make the shadow stronger and longer lasting. I finished with a rich aubergine in the corners to add depth of colour and shape to the eyes. I finished with black Bobbi Brown gel liner along the top lashline and mac eyeliner in black along the lower lashline. I always add a bit of shadow under the eyeliner, it stops the liner from moving and blends the look together well. The mascara I used was Diorshow Waterproof (of course). Her lips had two shades, the first shade was Make Up Academy Lipstick in Shade 2 which is a rich brown, red and then I used Make Up Academy Lipstick in Shade 6.

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The bridesmaids being given money by the groom – a chinese tradition
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The next part of the day was the Chinese tea ceremony, where Naomi and Ally served tea to their parents. This I know was quite emotional for Nay, lovely to see just how important these cultural elements are to her.

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The bride in her finery with her lovely Mummy!
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After the ceremony was over it was time for our Chinese bride to change into her more traditional English wedding gown and a quick hair change. Naomi and the bridesmaids hair was done by a family friend Charlie. I took the time to give her a few touch ups where the tea tears had got in the way and we changed her lip colour and she was ready to go. Her bridesmaids helped her to the registry office whilst we all awaited her arrival on what was by now one of the hottest days of the year!!!

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Off to the registry office!
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The ceremony was lovely, to see two people so utterly perfect for each other tie the knot was quite emotional. Not that Naomi’s grin ever left her face – love her! See below the picture of the happy couple hi-fiving when it was pronounced that they were husband and wife!!

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Love it!
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Naomi’s Chinese dress came from Hong Kong, and her traditional gown was a Maggie Sottero from Allison Jayne in Bristol. She had not 1 but 3 pairs of shoes, well she couldn’t decide!!! Her red pair was a pair of Christian Louboutins she already owned, the gold pair were Carvela Kurt Geiger called Attitude and the purple pair were called Coldfeet in the Nine West sale. Her hair piece came from a bridal shop in Hong Kong which her Auntie brought over with her.

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Back at the marquee the fairy godmother of weddings had been working her magic styling her little heart out. It was beautiful, and I know having the wonderful Kirsten from The Little Wedding Helper there really took Naomi’s mind off it on the morning and was one less thing to worry about. Money well spent. Here’s some of her styling…

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Gorgeous!
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The tables had subtle Chinese elements amongst country wedding style elements

The food was fab, a tapas style meal, it was of a very high standard and there was plenty of it! Yum Yum! The canapes and main day food was cooked and served by Heather at The Foodie Queen.

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The very delicious dessert table was put together by friends and family, really hard to chose what to have believe me! The naked lemon sponge cake was by James at Ivy Lilly Cakes.

The rest of the day was spent eating and drinking more, including barrels of local cider and stir fried noodles made by their friends Candy and Kim. It was a really relaxed and fun wedding with 2 very special people. We partied into the night, playing on the coconut shy, pulling stupid faces in the photo booth and dancing to our hearts content to The Jackson 3,  a local band in Dorset.

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Me and tother half!
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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Strachan! I just wanted to share these 2 further photographs with you because I think they’re gorgeous! Nice one Rich!

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Naomi had a few thank you’s to make:

Wow, everyone needs a big thanks. All our parents for their constant support and help, James for doing the pasty run, being the MC on the day and generally keeping our glasses topped up with alcohol throughout the weekend! Our amazing friends Pete and Rich for running/sprinting out to get ipod speakers at the last minute for the registry office and making it back in time, Tim and his team at Oakleaf Marquees for being so efficient, great to deal with and managing to drive the lorry up the driveway – very impressive! Kirsten for making everything look so beautiful, Peter and Sally at Symondsbury Manor for being so accommodating and letting us get on with it, Candy and Kim for very kindly cooking the noodles in the evening and Candys help in the tea ceremony, Clio, Allie, the mum’s and my sister Katie for staying up late the night before to fill all the jam jars with flowers and make the button holes etc, Stu, Euan and the dad’s for lifting the kegs of  cider and beer and putting up the lights. The bridesmaids for being well just blimming amazing, Kev Jackson and his band for getting everyone on the dance floor and keeping us there all night. Charlie who did my hair in 2 different styles and did all the girls’ hair too – she can work wonders with some rollers and kirby grips and of course all our friends and family for making the journey down to Dorset. 

Naomi very kindly said:

Choosing Emily to do my makeup, my bridesmaids and my mum’s was a very easy decision to make.  Having been friends for a few years now and been on nights out where she had done my make up before, I knew my face would be in very capable hands.  I was that adamant I wanted Emily to do my make up we even chose our wedding date to fit in with her availability!

We had a great and perhaps unique trial where I asked Emily to do 2 different looks at the same time! I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a more ‘bridally’ look or something a bit different and glitzy and shimmery, so at my request she did one eye in one look and the other in another.  I did look a bit bizarre but it was great to see how different they both were and to compare each one side by side.  I loved both looks but ended up deciding on the more bridal looking one, and going a bit more natural.

On the day itself Emily was brilliant to have around, joining in with the fun and laughter but getting on with the job at hand.  All the girls and my mum loved their makeup and looked beautiful and said how nice it was to be pampered.  I loved my look too and it had immense staying power considering all the tears that were shed (from happiness!), how hot it was and the moves that were being busted out on the dance floor.

To sum it all up, you won’t regret choosing Emily as your make up artist.  She’s a true professional with an easy-going and fun manner and she’ll make you look and feel a million dollars.  Thank you! xx

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Camilla and Keir ride into the sunset on a tractor!

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Where do I begin with this blog post? I guess at the start…

Camilla and I have been friends since sixth form, exactly when we moved from being just school mates to bosom buddies I’m not sure. But I always remember that Camilla was that popular girl with lots of friends and I wondered if I would ever get accepted into her circle… I’m glad to say I did. If I had to describe her in 3 words I would day, artistic, welcoming and indecisive! I love her for all her qualities including the indecisive one. I think it’s down to her artistic nature that she would rather mull over things and mental doodle about them rather than making a quick rash decision. This was my fourth stint as a grown up bridesmaid and I have to say when it came to planning her wedding she was very low maintenance. Anyone who knows Milla will find this surprising. Even packing for a weekend away takes hours so planning a wedding surely was going to tip her over the edge – but no, she kept calm and composed through out and only asked for help when she really felt she needed it. I think this had something to do with her groom Keir being so involved too. They really did organise it together as a partnership and that’s something they do every day in their general lives so it was nice to see if follow through into their wedding prep.

Before I get going I want to say a big thank you to Marcus from Big Eye Photography for letting me use his photographs in my blog. They’re fab and captured the whole feel of the day effortlessly. He was lovely to have around and I whole heartedly recommend him.

Camilla and Keir have been together for 10 years so when Keir finally popped the question whilst on holiday in Croatia last summer I think even though she thought it might be on the cards she was still very surprised, nice work Keir!

The wedding was to be held at Exford Church, this is where the Tucker family have been for years and so was a very easy decision, plus she had always wanted her reception on her parents farm just minutes away so this helped the decision. Soon enough planning was in full swing and being an art teacher Camilla had her students help her with a few details for the day. She’s a very popular teacher so naturally her students wanted to help her – lovely! I’ll show these artistic touches a bit later.

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The day before the wedding was soon upon us and we got to work beautifying the marquee. When we arrived the table centrepieces had just been delivered and we’re wonderful. The went for low level decorations so everyone could easily see eachother and were pastels colours to follow the general theme of the day. All the flowers for the day we’re produced by the extremely talented and regular florist featured on my Wendy Symes. 

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As I mentioned previously she had incorporated a lot of work from her students into her day, here are a few examples…

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These were the table names, all the images handpainted by her students or by Camilla and Keir themselves.

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Awesome!!
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Once we finally dragged Milla out of the marquee on Friday night we all went for some food a glass of wine and a proper wind down. Once back at the farmhouse us girls piled onto Milla’s bed and Lucy (one of the bridesmaids) gave her a book she had been putting together over the last few months. She asked all Camilla’s hens and family to send photos and write something to go in the book. Baring in mind there were 23 of us on the hen do alone it was a HUUUGE book and just so lovely . I’m glad she gave it to her then because it had her in floods of tears and saving it for the wedding morning could have been a make-up write off!

After a relatively good nights sleep we were up bright and early and I was in hair for 7am and make-up for half past. We had discussed make-up the night before and decided on pale pinks on our eyes to compliments the dresses . So I just gave us all something similar but not identical as we were all slightly different in skin tones.

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Harriet (Camilla’s sister) having her false eyelashes applied.
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Building up the colour on Lucy with a bit of Shop Shop shimmer cubes.
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Marcus our very talented photographer happened to be passing the room when I was applying Lucy’s false eyelashes, now I don’t do this with every client but since we’ve been long term friends I asked her if she minded if I straddled her as it would make applying the lashes a lot easier. She didn’t seemed bothered by this until I lost my footing and ended up in her lap – so funny! Thank you Marcus you captured this perfectly!!

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I think I meant business don’t you!!
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Ooops!
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Love you Lucy!
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There’s a long story with regards to Camilla’s make-up. Being a friend of Camilla for quite some years now and most of my friends have at some point or other taken advantage of my make-up skills for nights out, weddings, hen do’s Camilla is one that is always a little more challenging. She’ll absolutely admit this herself but her obsession with blue mascara and eyeliner is something I was going to have a real struggle to pull her away from on her wedding day, with many a conversation along the lines of… ‘I don’t suit black’ or ‘but please can I wear it’. Usually followed with ‘you’re just going to have to trust me on this one’. Thankfully she did 🙂

Her trial was on a Sunday morning following a night of BBQing and monopoly at their house (I know we’re so rock and roll). So after a healthy lie in we got to work on producing her perfect wedding look, or at least I hoped so. I’m not afraid to admit that this was one of my more nerve racking trial sessions. I decided I wanted something warm but with peachy undertones and browns closer to the lash line to add definition.  I originally steered clear of black liner and stuck to brown but as the look developed I very quickly realised it needed just an accent to add an impression of volume to the lashes and definition around her eyes. Using pinky / orangey tones on her very pale but beautiful skin and a soft pinky lip colour her look was complete. I nervously turned the mirror round and she had a look. Thankfully she seemed really pleased with it and her fears of losing the blue mascara seemed to be gone – phew! Apparently she felt like a china doll – I took that as a compliment!

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On the day of the trial

On the day I got to work replicating her look, building up the shades and tones as I went. Her eyes had a total of about 8 different eye shadow colours, from beiges, to peaches working up the colour chart to dark browns to finish along the lashline. The only battle I had left to deal with where the soon to be Mrs Jones’ watery eyes (my nemesis) and the inevitable tears!

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Adding her base.
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Camilla wore Benetint on her lips to add colour that would last all day and then Mac Fanfare over the top. It worked a treat and she only needed a couple of touch ups!

Before the day Camilla had a treatment called LVL done to her eyelashes, it’s a process that lengthens and volumises your natural lashes and lasts for about 8 weeks. See more information here…  This is a great alternative to false eyelashes and will last well beyond your honeymoon too. I definitely recommend it, such a subtle but effective change.

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Just a bit more lippy!
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Zara was the saviour in the hair department, a previous hairdresser and now good friend of Camilla’s she was the obvious choice for the day. Zara works at Umberto Giannini in Worcester if you want to search her out! Zara designed Camilla’s beautiful hair style, following trialing something Mill’s thought she wanted she then asked if she could ‘give something a go’ and of course Mill’s loved it. It was very different to anything else I’d seen and just looked effortlessly glamorous and worked so well with the general look of the day.

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Zara popping in her hair slide from Bridezilla’s
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This photo shows the style beautifully
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Zara did a great job giving us all something different and unique to us.
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Camilla’s dress came from The Bridal Room at Broadway, I was lucky enough to be with her on the day she chose it. If you’ve never been to Broadway before you must go. It’s a beautiful little picturesque village in the Cotswolds. The Bridal Room is a gorgeous shop with just a handful of carefully selected dresses and accesories chosen by the owner of the shop Emma. She takes appointments only so make sure you book well in advance and will then give you a one on one very personal service. Offering you shoes, jewellery and views to try to help you imagine the finished look. Camilla was asked to pick 10 dresses she liked the look of she did that then Emma chose one she thought she should try. So following 10 dresses all of which ‘just weren’t right’ Camilla tried the dress Emma picked out and wow. That was it, regardless of the fact that it was 2 sizes too big for Camilla I think we both just knew this was THE dress. Following a lot of tailoring to remove A LOT of fabric to make it fit Mills, the dress was ready and it was breath taking. The tailoring gave her a fishtail style fitted her perfectly. These photographs show this…

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The dress…
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The veil was borrowed from her close friend from University, Chloe and was also her something borrowed.

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This beautiful hair slide came from a personal favourite place of mine for all thinks sparkly Bridezillas in Keynsham. Amanda is just brilliant she gives you a really personal experience with one on one time sat at a beautiful dressing table in front of a mirror trying all sorts of hair accessories before you find the right one.  Amanda hand makes many of the pieces so if something isn’t quite right she would happily custom make something for you. If you visit at the right time of day you might just get to see another wedding take place at the church across the road! All in all if you’re a bride in Bristol Brideszillas is a must visit place.

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Maple Hair Comb from Bridezillas
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Before we left there was just time for a couple of pictures by the pond – Camilla’s favourite spot on the farm…

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And so it was time for the off, we piled into Keirs parents awesome campervan for the short journey to the church, before he turned around and collected the bride and her Daddy…

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Camilla is so pretty in the photograph and I love the way her Dad is looking at her
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The service was lovely, a very personal service with a juggling vicar and a reading from Keirs sister Polly and Camillas university friend Sian but probably the most memorable and emotional was Harriet (Camilla’s sister) singing ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’. Just gorgeous and made even more poignant by the extreme nerves she had been feeling in the run up to it.

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Coming from a farming family it was only natural that the bride and groom should leave church via tractor. Complete with straw bale, rug, a bottle of fizz and some glasses!

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I must take a moment to show you the stunning bouquets, handmade by Wendy Symes, with beautiful pastel roses and incorporating brooches and pearls Camilla had collected in the run up to the day.

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Camilla’s bouquet
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Bridesmaids bouquets
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There were a few very personal touches they created for the marquee. On each table there were 2 cards each stating love is… now Keir is a primary school teacher and Camilla arranged for his pupils to write on the cards what they thought love is. So sweet and a lovely surprise for Keir.

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These bottles we’re filled with booze as favours for the boys and had lovely personal labels.

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Camilla and her friends made these beautiful clay hearts, all with different patterns and these were the favours for the girls.

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And a lovely surprise for some of us…we received personalised thank you cupcakes, mine had an image of Bert from Bert and Ernie 🙂

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Finally Nicola one of Camilla’s bridesmaids maid these fabric hearts which hung on the back of the chairs. So pretty. (The blue hat was from the hen party we returned them to everyone for the wedding).

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Once back at the marquee we filled our boots with Pimms, canapés and plenty of garden games they had put on for us plus a few special photo sessions requested by Mr and Mrs Jones. The food was lovely, a really yummy cold meats and salads style buffet followed by mini desserts on cake stands, all cooked and served by Paradise Catering. The bar was provided by a family friend and kept everyone well stocked in Jaeger bombs all night!

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The gorgeous cake fitted in perfectly with the style of the day and was made by Laura Milne who is Keirs cousin.

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The band we’re Dave Can’t Dance, a self confessed funk band and suited all age groups! A brilliant night was had by all!

Here are just a couple of my favourite photographs of the happy couple

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jones!

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Products used on the new Mrs Jones

Benefit The Pore Professional Primer

L’Oreal Infalliable Foundation a mix of 15 + 125

L’Oreal True Match Powder in Ivory Rose

Body Shop Blush pot in Rose

Body Shop Blush pot in Peach

Bourjois Eyeshadow in Champagne

Maxfactor eyeshaow in Pale Pebble

Other shadow  makes used were Body Shop and Mac

Mac Eyeliner in Duck

Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black Ink

Diorshow Waterproof mascara

Benetint as a base on the lips

Mac Lipstick in Shy Girl

Make-up Academy Fixing Spray