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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Battle of the brands!!!

In the last few years I find myself more and more aimlessly wandering around the cosmetic aisles of big department stores trying out lip colours, eye liners and eye shadow shades, desperately trying to spend my monthly make-up budget on the right products. It reminds me of being 5 and standing in the sweet shop with my 10p coin on in my sweaty palm on a Friday after school trying to decide how best to spend my money!!

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I just love everything remotely make-up based , I’m addicted to new products and read blog after blog to try to keep up with the trends, but the minute I’m faced with a wall of products I’m completely over whelmed with what to buy.

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I’m sure like most of you I have my favourite brands but I’m always wanting to try other products and would be really interested to know what your recommendations are but also what products you’ve found that have failed you. It’s so easy to find positive reviews but where are all the negative ones hiding?!?!

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My top 5 make-up brands are Benefit, Mac, Body Shop, Bobbi Brown and strangely to some of you Boots No7. However I only buy certain products from each of the above. For instance Benefit is great it’s very individual products such as Benetint, High Beam and it’s fabulous black eye liner. Mac do just the best lipsticks and have a wonderful range of colours. Body Shop is great for it’s intense eye shadows and make-up brushes. Bobbi Brown also have a wonderful selection of lipsticks but their blushers and cheek colours are brill. Finally Boots No7, it’s the most high street of the brands mentioned and probably the most common and by far the cheapest but certain products are great. I love their face creams, luxuriously creamy and sink into your skin perfectly and it’s so easy to pick the  the right cream for your skin type too.

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So these are currently my personal favourite brands. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you chose to use. What are your top 5 make-up brands and why? But also the products you wouldn’t recommend and why. Surely we should be sharing this with each other to avoid wasting money!
Disclaimer
I can’t guarantee all products I mention on this site will be suitable for everyone. I am going on previous personal experiences when using these products on both myself and my clients. I am happy to provide personal recommendations if you would like to contact me directly.