The proposal….

Now some of you I’m sure love a good proposal story and some of you would rather scratch your own eyes out, hence the very obvious title of this post. If you’re the latter then please feel free to continue browsing elsewhere, I won’t be offended. Putting this down in writing is a little selfish really as I’m worried that one day I might forget how special (and quite funny) it was. So here goes…

So it’s Valentines day, Tom doesn’t do V day and neither do I really but when he asked me if I could cancel my dinner plans with one of my closest friends as he wanted to take me away for the night I could hardly say no! And yes I did book dinner out with my friend on Valentines day… romantic huh! Anyway he picked me up from work and we raced or attempted to race through crazy Bristol traffic trying to get to Bath as apparently we had to be ready for dinner for 7pm, and well I need a good half hour at least in front of the mirror to spruce myself up for such an occasion. After me telling a story in the car about how someone had asked me if I was married yet and managed to have a row about the traffic we finally pulled up outside the beautiful Bath Priory Hotel. It was idyllic, apart from the storm brewing outside it was just perfect. We were then whisked upstairs to our room, ‘The Orchid Suite’ where champagne, flowers, chocolates, rose petals, the works was waiting for me. It’s safe to say I was a very happy bunny and had to of course show off the room as way of a facebook post to declare my excitement! This turns out, annoyed my future husband somewhat as the comments that followed seemed to know what was about to happen far more than I did…


After I finally turned my work email off and relaxed with my first of many glasses of champagne, it was time to go down for dinner. Little did I know that Tom was waiting for the right moment to pop the question and I ‘just had to reply to one more email, or I just need to top up my lippy’ sentences kept coming out of my mouth, it seems I’m pretty hard to surprise or so I thought! Now some might say didn’t you see it coming? You were in a beautiful hotel with the full valentines works and urm nothing??? Nope I really didn’t!

So we went down to dinner, where a 9 course Michelin star taster menu awaited! We do enjoy our food and especially a meal like this. It was just stunning, there were veloutes here and duck cooked in a water bath there, all washed down by a wine flight which is probably why the meal is all a bit of a blur now. Normally we like to photograph our food (yes we’re those annoying people) but being that our room was just upstairs and not wanting to be disturbed we left all technology in the room, and I can’t for the life of me remember what we ate, but it was delicious and we will be back (I hope).

After the most wonderful meal and a lot of giggles oh and another wedding related story that I threw in unknowingly (ooops!) we headed to the bar for a night cap before bed. Ended up chatting to an older couple from Weston-Super-Mare, they were very funny but slightly filthy so it mean’t we left pretty quickly!

Looking back I don’t quite understand why he made me /him wait so long but anyway! We went back to the room and I decided to take advantage of all the gorgeous products and the bath robe that comes with the room, so I unknowingly disappeared into the bathroom for what must have been at least 20 minutes! Sorry Tom! When I finally emerged make-up free, and moisturised up to the nines, he was sat on the huge bed with a glass of fizz in hand and the TV was off –  this was my first clue!!!

We had a bit of chat and he was being unusually nice (2nd clue), and then suddenly to me and what seemed like out of nowhere he said ‘Emily Faith Burt… will you marry me?’ He flung his arms around me and muffled my answer (yes) with his hugging! I couldn’t tell if the hug was relief or emotion but whatever it was it was so special. Suddenly I realised that he had held this secret in all night and I’d had no idea, he’d played a very good game. My friends and family will vouch that I’m not easy to surprise!

He then launched into this story about the ring. The ring? I’d totally forgotten that there’s supposed to be a ring. I’ve never been proposed to before so the fact that he didn’t do it with a ring hadn’t even occurred to me. Apparently he’d been to collect the ring during his lunch hour and the card reader in the shop wouldn’t read his card, bless him! He then had the agonising decision about whether to do it or not, after stiff words from my future mother and father-in-law, he decided to go ahead and I’m so glad he did. I really couldn’t care less that I had to wait, what turned out to be 14 hours for the ring. As the following day we went to the jewelers and managed to sort it. A beautiful single diamond solitaire set in white gold. Just what I had hope for and very me. The boy did good.



I always said ‘Tom will never propose to me on Valentines day’ I always thought he would desperately want to surprise me and well this was probably the only way to do it! It worked and I’m head over heels! Can’t wait to be Mrs Woolley!

I promise not to write lots of posts about my wedding, well much!!

E x

P.S As we drove away the following day he said, ‘so same time same place next year?’ I laughed, to which he answered, ‘no I’ve booked our room for next Valentines day’. Just gorgeous, I’m so lucky!


2013… My year in words and pictures!

After 16 days off I’ve got just 2 more to go before it’s back to the day job for me. It’s been bliss and I definitely haven’t taken for granted how lucky I am to have been able to have such a long break. But I’m going to need it 2014 is jam packed already. Before I grab this year with both hands I thought I would recap on what a brilliant year 2013 was for me. I certainly won’t forget it!!

So here we go… my year in words and pictures…

The year didn’t start brilliantly for me, I broke both elbows and was left feeling very sorry for myself for most of January. Thankfully no casts were needed and the heeling process was only about 4 weeks so after a few weeks of R+R I was back to my old self and ready to get on with the year albeit a little later than most. I spent the first half of the year busy planning hen do’s as 2013 was my year to be a bridesmaid not once, not twice, but three times…


This was taken at my sister’s hen party in Bournemouth in April!


Me and Charlie’s other bridesmaids practicing our burlesque faces!


For Camilla (an art teacher) we dressed her as an artist and we were her crayons!

I love cooking, to be specific I love baking and find a few hours pottering in the kitchen really relaxing, here are some of my makes…


I made these red velvet cupcakes for comic relief!


My attempt at making Tom’s favourite chinese meal


Sticky toffee cupcakes


Blackberry (handpicked) and white chocolate muffins


Beef Stew!


Viennese Fingers

Of course my year was filled with meeting some gorgeous brides and having the pleasure to spend their wedding day with them, my make-up business is without doubt the biggest success of this year for me! Here are a selection of some of their fabulous wedding days…


Mrs Betsy Quartly-Hall – Thomas Frost Photography


Mrs Nicola Porter

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Mrs Hannah Norman (my little sister) and our Dad – Neil Pollock Photography

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Mrs Amy Bridgeman, Benajmin Thappa Photograpy

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Mr and Mrs Mankin – Neil Pollock Photography


Mr and Mrs Whitehead – congratulations on the new arrival in 2014! 🙂 – Abi Moore Photography


Mrs Lucy Isaac – IPR Images

Rosie Anderson Wedding Photographer Devon Cornwall Combe Martin

One of the most stunning views I witnessed this year was in Combe Martin Devon – Rosie Anderson


Mr and Mrs Jones – Bigeye Photography

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Mrs Kirsty Shakespeare – Louise Adby Photography


Mrs Naomi Strachan – Ben and Molly Photography

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Mr and Mrs Hay – Leah Photograpy

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Mrs Jo Whiteside – Steve Gower Photography


Mrs Hannah Rogers

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Mrs Chloe Connelly  – Jake Houghton


Mr and Mrs Caroline Nicolas  -Jo Hounsome Photography

A big occasion in our lives this year was that we finally got ourselves on the property ladder. It was such an exciting and nerve wracking time but we feel very lucky to be in our home now.


Celebrating that we had, had our offer accepted!



I of course also documented my own make-up in pictures too…



Just a bit of BB Cream, Pot Rouge blush and mascara for this wintery walk!


Red lips make any look, look awesome!


I loved this simple summery look, pinky lips and softly blended eyes


Fancy a splash of colour? I used body shop eye shimmers to create this indigo look


Christmas party time!


Merry Christmas everyone!


My New Years Eve make-up look – deep dark blue and silver eyes and shimmery lips

Day job wise it was a very busy one too, I was involved in all 4 of these programmes and finally made the jump from Production Coordinator to Production  Manager! Eeeep!



Emergency Bikers – Channel 5


CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught On Camera

The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera – C4

Family times have been really important to us this year (well when aren’t they). We had a wonderful holiday in Portugal with my other half’s family, I became an Aunty again to gorgeous baby Sam, my Dad married his fiance Julie and my sister and I we’re witnwesses and we saw the new year in with my Mum, her partner Brian, my sister and her husband. Feeling very blessed!






Happy New Year!

2014 has lots to look forward to, a diary packed full to the brim with wedding bookings, a new and exciting tv programme coming to a television screen near you in the summer, more DIY in our house and hopefully a brand sparking new garden, ANNNND…. my sister’s having her first baby and I’ll become a flesh and blood Auntie – so exciting!

I’ve made just a few manageable new years resolutions in the hope that I’ll actually achieve them!!

1. Remember everyone’s birthday’s and get cards sent out in good time

2. Spend more quailty time with my boy and ensure my day off is my day off

3. Lose half a stone (I’d like to lose a stone but half a stone is more realistic!)

So that’s me! What have you got planned this year and what are your resolutions? I’d love to hear from you.

E x

Naomi and Ally did it their way!


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.


Excuse the thinking face!!! This Beth having her make up done
Copyright Harriet Hoare

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.


Katie being dolled up!
Copyright Harriet Hoare


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.


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.


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.


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!!!


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!!


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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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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Copyright Ben and Molly Photography

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.


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!


Copyright Ben and Molly Photography


Copyright Ben and Molly Photography

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