A Wedding with Sparkle!

A Wedding with Sparkle!

I met Danielle for the first time whilst doing hair & makeup with an events company at The Saddleworth Hotel and many more since: So when Danielle and Scott became engaged, it was only natural for her to ask me to be her make up artist for her own special day and upon learning the day would be all glitz and glamour, I became even more excited for her wedding!

The Saddleworth Hotel

It soon became apparent that the ever popular Saddleworth Hotel was limited on wedding availability, leaving Danielle & Scott with only one option – 31st December 2013. Not one to be discouraged by the biggest party night of the year, the couple embraced the idea of seeing in 2014 surrounded by all their friends and family on their first day as man and wife. I couldn’t agree more, what better way to start a new year?!

pixies in the cellar

It was an early start for bridal hair and makeup, beginning at 7am before the sun had even had chance to rise. It was dark outside but Danielle was glowing; a beaming smile greeted me at the door. As I stepped into the hallway, the surprisingly calm bride whispered to me “do you want a sneak peek at my dress?”. Well, I wasn’t going to say no and WOW what a dress!  The stunning embellished gown designed by Manuel Mota Vetura from Pronovias was absolutely breathtaking. Note to future brides: for those of you that love a ‘Twilight’ backless gown, Danielle’s is one you need to see!

Pixies In The Cellar

The bridal party seemed quite relaxed. The morning flowed peacefully and there was an unusual sense of calm and serenity in the air. As the early sun began to shine in through the windows, I began to curl hair and apply the make up that Danielle had chosen at her trial. We went for a soft crease cut; a modern look with lots of mascara, lashes and liquid liner.

I gave her hair lots of volume in order to last the duration of the day, then added a beautiful encrusted comb Danielle had purchased to the side…and of course for a wedding with sparkle –  more sparkle through to the back! Consistent with the request of ‘something messy but tidy’, I applied smooth looped curls to finish the look.


Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar

If I could use one word to summarize Danielle and Scott’s wedding, it most certainly would have to be ‘encrusted’. From head to toe and start to finish, the day was full of sparkle – much to my taste! The little bridesmaids wore encrusted diamonte pumps to match Danielle’s gorgeous Jimmy Choo’s


Pixies in the cellar

Pixies n The Cellar

and even the boys got a little added sparkle on their shoes!

Pixies In The Cellar

The cake was an elegant centrepiece draped in shimmer and shine, whilst the bouquets by Kelly Louise were soft and delicate – a true winter wonderland that undoubtedly will inspire many more brides-to-be, all captured wonderfully by Peter & Sara of Pixies In The Cellar photography.


Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar

Danielle Saddleworth 15

Pixies In The Cella

Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar


As the end of the year came to a close and the night rolled in, the DJ got the party started in the final countdown to 2013. Having gracefully walked down the aisle to an operatic singer, the day soon transformed into a vivacious celebration and the champagne flowed freely, ending an old year and starting a new on a high.

Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar


My biggest congratulations go to the new Mr and Mrs and if you’re passing the area, I highly recommend dropping by the Saddleworth Hotel for its amazing food and even more spectacular views.

Even if you’re not getting married its worth the visit!



Finding Your Wedding Style

Finding Your Wedding Style

What kind of bride are you?

Here’s some inspiration to help you find your wedding style!

Finding your wedding style within the bridal world can be tricky for some. We all love imagery and shopping with our eyes, but the rules can change when it come to being head to toe in a full on bridal gown and corsetry. Shopping as you know it doesn’t quite work when you come to try on the ‘perfect gown’ and its can all be a bit of an anti climax! My advice, get to a boutique and try these gowns on. Ive met brides that want a lace gown with possibly a little detail who have left in head to toe sparkle and vice versa – my point is, your everyday style browsing through a wedding mag doesn’t cut it this time because i guess it just doesn’t feel special enough?

As well as a hairstylist and makeup artist i also work along side a 5* bridal boutique Dream Dress Bridal and a stunning jewellery company Stella & Dot, i love the styling side of my work so i’ve put this together to help you piece your perfect wedding style together… Hopefully it helps but get your comments below, give your advice and let us know if love any of the styles!

ronald joyce princess wedding style


The Princess; A Ronald Joyce princess gown (this has a detachable flower) it has an amazing corset and encrusted sweetheart neckline, the waistline plunges to make it even more slimming! I’ve teamed this with a Richard Design Central tiara and Stella & Dot’s Vintage Crystal Necklace Deco Drop Earring & Vintage Crystal Bracelet. The Crystal Necklace works great in multiples too!

Dramatic fishtale wedding style


The Dramatic; A Tulle fishtail gown (that the boutique also has in very similar with straps) this gown is super dramatic and sexy, the corsetry is amazing in this and shows curves off amazingly well! I’ve teamed this with Stella & Dot’s Casablanca Chandelier Earrings and matching Casablanca Bracelet… The Chandelier earrings are so versatile with 3 looks in one – check them out on the Stella & Dot site to see the alternative images! Plus a hair comb from Richard Designs for the hair, heavy but small to work well with the statement jewellery. Need MORE sparkle? This Mori Lee gown also looks great with a blingy belt!


Mark Lesley Boho bride wedding style

The Boho Babe; This has just come in to the boutique and i absolutely love it! Layered lace and super drapey its a perfect boho brides gown. I’ve teamed this one with Stella & Dot’s gorgeous Zinnia Split Ring, Becca Bracelet – both come in an alternative if you are not a green girl and Reverie Chandelier Earrings. Then a headband from Richard Designs with accents of gold to pick out the jewellery and beading on the gown – wear as a headband or across the forehead.. OR add flowers?

Which are you? If you would like to see more inspiration give us a comment below and we’ll create your mood board…

For headpieces & gowns check out Dream Dress Bridal in Stockport



Choosing The Perfect Wedding Shoes

Choosing The Perfect Wedding Shoes

“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe…” – well, it’s more of a semi detached just outside of Manchester oh and I’m desperately steering away from the term ‘old’ thank you very much, but I wouldn’t be the first woman to claim that my life is certainly ruled by soles that bear your soul! So why should my wedding day be any different?

Bridal Shoes

I, like you am currently planning a wedding and on the hunt for the perfect wedding shoes, i’m definitely a quirky girl and ill be after something i can wear again no doubt picking up on some of the bridesmaids colour to give it a bit of a punch… So on my travels i’ve picked out some of the shoes that give you a feeling of  ‘OH I NEED THOSE’ to bring you Brides-to-be some inspiration!

Things to keep in mind for your big day;


Christian Laboutin


Badgley Mischka



If you’re a fashion conscious bride who plans on strutting her stuff from dawn until well after dusk in her five inch Jimmy Choos, then prepare for your feet to pay the price. Do not expect to be able to walk miles around a park, dragged along by your photographer who obviously wants to give you the perfect location for your album images. But saying this…when will you get this chance again? You wouldn’t wear a £500 pair of Vera Wang ivory covered silkies down to Tesco now would you?

One day; no pain no gain! But remember it comes at a cost.

Vivienne Westwood


Jimmy Choo


Representative of you

Yes, most bridal gowns are floor length and the shoes will barely be seen. BUT, these are the shoes that you will marry in and no doubt will feature in your wedding album. Many photographers like to capture the essence of the day by photographing the details like the back of the dress, the button holes, the flowers and indeed the bridal shoes. So if you were planning on wearing old ballet pumps to nail that comfort factor, bear in mind that a clean and fresh pair will be better than the ones you’ve been knocking around town in for the past couple of months. Of course colour suited to your chosen dress is desired to avoid them stealing the show – and comfort can always sneak its way on to your feet when the lights go down and boogie time begins.

Rachel Simpson

Charlotte Mills

Yes, most bridal gowns are floor length and barely seen. BUT, these are the shoes that you will marry in and no doubt will feature in your wedding album. Many photographers like to capture the essence of the day by photographing the details like the back of the dress,the button holes, the flowers and indeed the bridal shoes. So if you were planning on wearing old ballet pumps to nail that comfort factor, bear in mind that a clean and fresh pair will be better than the ones you’ve been knocking around town in for the past couple of months. Of course colour suited to your chosen dress is desired to avoid them stealing the show – and comfort can always sneak its way on to your feet when the lights go down and boogie time begins.



Location, location, location

Where are you getting hitched? If it’s in a field then please remember that stiletto heels DO sink in grass unavoidably. That satin heel cover is easily ruined by mud and you’ll soon spend your entire day on the ball of your foot if your reception is situated in a picturesque garden, no matter how dry you think it looks. Ivory wellingtons decorated in ribbons and bows are suited especially for brides with outdoor locations. They’re not for everyone, but they really do exist and are very popular with kitsch rock and roll brides!

Kurt Geiger



I have seen so many gorgeous diamante and crystal covered heels on brides feet (which sounds wonderful does it not?)…until a long, slim fitting, fish tail lace dress is taken out of it’s cover bag. It is very rare that a bride will try on her wedding shoes with her wedding dress for longer than a few minutes before the big day, standing mostly stationary in front of a mirror to admire her completed attire. So, when shoes covered with excessive sharp shards and pointy pearls are chosen for a tight fitting lace dresses, it can only lead to a disaster. The material catches, the fabric plucks and tears… I’ve never seen a bride take a tumble before, but no bride wants a shoe grabbing dress disaster. Always keep in mind what you’re wearing from top to toe when you make a selection and try out your outfit before the event. I’ll definitely be breaking mine in having a dance around the house!


Manolo Blahnik

Bows and busy bits

If your dress is pretty fussy, it might be a wise choice to tone down the accessories, including the shoes. Overkill is a car crash when it comes to dressing up, where simple is often the most beautiful. However, if your dress is a little more understated, then perhaps your more adventurous choice of shoe will complete the outfit with attention to detail tying in with decoration at your venue with butterflies as your theme, a small butterfly on your shoe carries the styling through well, a pop of colour to match the bridesmaids or something completely quirky!

Harriet Wilde

Irregular Choice

How tall?!

If your partner is of a similar height to you flat footed, then he or she might not appreciate you waltzing down the aisle to greet them at the end towering well above them. Remember that as nice as it is to carry those few extra inches on the day to slim you down with grace, it’s much nicer to be experiencing the same weather as your guests down below.

Practice makes perfect

If you can’t walk in them then don’t wear them. Ok I understand that these shoes are to die for, believe me, I really do. But tottering around in heels your feet cannot walk in, often looks silly to the onlooker. But fear not, all shoes can be mastered! It just takes a little time and some dedication to practice – perhaps at home making dinner, washing up and doing daily chores in the hope that you won’t ruin them outside in a dirty puddle.

Wear what you want!

Seriously, you only get this one day; With all of the above being said, if you see THE shoes, then get them. Like your dress, your flowers, your venue and food, you only get one wedding day (supposedly!) and this day is the one you will cherish for the rest of your life. You want to feel the bees knees and by God, if Alexander McQueen can do that for you, then go get them!

Alexander McQueen


So, if you need more inspiration pop along to the Pintrest inspiration board because there are tonnes more to see! Already found your shoes? Then give us your tips and links below to your favs!



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Vintage Hairstyles and Makeup Inspiration

Vintage Hairstyles and Makeup Inspiration


If you love glitz & glam of the golden age then this is for you !  Key vintage hairstyles & makeup inspiration from way back when…



I was elated when Melanie from ‘Case of The Curious Bride’ recently contacted me to see if I’d be interested in conducting some real life makeovers with real life ladies. It was to be based on her new ‘White Threads’ collection, inspired by the Golden Age of Cinema, to bring you some vintage hair and makeup inspiration from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.

Describing ‘vintage’ often refers to several eras spanning almost ten decades. So to decipher the years and their distinguished styles, can often be a task in itself. The 1940’s victory rolls, the super thin brows of the 1930’s and the finger waves of the 1920/30’s, are perhaps the most obvious approaches. But nowadays, it’s not uncommon for us girls to pinch our favourite parts of all the styles and combine the essentials to create a unclassified ‘vintage’ look.

Melanie’s shoot was set to be a great opportunity to get stuck into some good old fashion hair setting, whilst investing in lots of liquid liner and transforming my five gorgeous girls into vintage dolls to demonstrate the eras apart and combined.

1950s bride birdcage veil poppy red pout vintage wedding hair

1950s bride crease cut eye makeup cherry red pout marcel waves birdcage veil


1950 hair_makeupMy first willing victim was the lovely Sarah, representing the 1950’s bride. Sarah had the traditional setting put into her hair showing a mixture of pin & barrel curls. Her eye makeup was mushroom browns tipped with classic ivory, then strong liner to define the eyes, lashes gently accentuated with a light mascara and then her 1950s wedding makeup was finished off with a fabulous red bow pout, perfect for the era!

As Sarah disappeared behind the scenes to slip into her wedding gown complemented by handmade vintage accessories crafted by Ivory Tuesday, model number two, Laura took a seat.

1940s bride bouncy vintage curls natural bridal makeup

1940s bride bouncy curls natural bridal makeup hair down waves

1940 hair_makeupLaura was my 1940’s Rita Hayworth inspired and stunning bride to be. It was important that I kept all of Laura’s vintage makeup delicate, with a soft smudged brown liner, a smidge of black pushed into the top lash line and some subtle lashes to set it off. I contrasted the gentleness of the overall look with a vibrant coral lippy and gradual waves – of course including the signature 40s quiff in her hair.

Seema was to be my irresistible late 1940’s rockabilly bride. Using warmer shades of brown on the eyes and a gorgeous pout with an Illamasqua matt lipstick, I added lots of black liner and lashes to supplement the late and post war era.  illamasqua poppy pout victory rolls urban 1950s wedding bride

1940s bride victory rolls and pink vibrant matt lipstick

Our models loved the hair whizzing up for this one. Seema had SO MUCH hair, at one point, I never thought I’d see the end of it! I added some loose curls to the back section of her hair and then back combed through to the front as the curls cooled. Two pinned victory rolls at the front followed by the cute curls at the back, made the perfect 1940’s vintage hairstyle. Whilst Seema changed into her outfit, I made a quick dash to make a last minute additional fix to our first bride Sarah with a hair accessory from Ivory Tuesday – handmade headpieces by Melanie herself!

fixing in hair accessories 1950s bride marcel wave birdcage veil

After finalising Seema’s 1940’s kiss pout with a quick powder to finish the matte look, I moved on over to my fourth stunning model, Sally

I love lucy hair up Berry lips arched brows bronze 1930s bride

i love lucy hair up 1930s makeup arched eyebrow bronze

1930 hair_makeup

Sally was to demonstrate my 1930’s bridal look. The signature look of the era is a much thinner and more arched brow from the previous looks, with all warm natural tones to enhance her gorgeous bone structure.

Looking at Sally now you wouldn’t believe that her hair is currently cut in an ultra modern ‘short back and sides’ style, something that I knew was not typical of the vintage era. To overcome this, I decided to go for a change from the marcel waving, instead opting for an ‘I love Lucy’ inspired hair up. I curled her hair with a WAM curling iron to ensure it was super tight, then I fluffed it up and slicked back the sides for a much workable and edgy look that was ideal for Sally’s quirky personality.

1920s hair and makeup marcel wave dark eye makeup

1920s vintage hair and makeup

1920 hair_makeupLast but not least, my 1920’s inspired bride, was the crazy gorgeous Sian who was an absolute hoot to work alongside! The popular Gatsby look is typically defined by incredibly pale skin, so I applied the eye makeup first using a Illamasqua gel liner and black pigment to smoke it up and soften the edges without drop down onto the foundation. I then used airbase foundation with a soft coral cheek to highlight the style whilst leaving her statement dark eye makeup and wild finger wave hair to do the talking.

Each of the looks seemed to work exceptionally well for the models and seemed to bizarrely suit their personalities so well!

John Boy Wilson was our photographer for the day who used both an indoor and outdoor set up for this photo-shoot. I was pleased with how the day had panned out, covering several eras over five models. Even some of the Sale community were congratulating our brides outside in their vintage attire!

Thanks to John, Mel and my five best girls for lending me their beautiful faces through the eras.