Top Tips for a Relaxed Wedding Morning

Top Tips for a Relaxed Wedding Morning

Wedding hair and makeup

THE Wedding Morning

You’ve spent months, some of you years…and now the big day has finally arrived!

I have witnessed many morning flusters and many more last minute panics on the morning of a wedding day. So I thought I would write a short hints and tips guide, to help you prepare and retain it stress free.

Nerves do funny things to brides (AND bridesmaids), so you never really know just how you are going to be during the run up to it – never mind the actual day. The big picture is that you’ve got all your favourite people coming together for the best celebration ever, with your favourite suppliers from the wedding industry hired to help it run smoothly…

So the wedding day is here, sit back, play list on, relax, drink bubbly, make sure you eat something and take it all in.

The Week Before Your Wedding

It’s the last run up to the wedding, so be organized!

Anything like stationary, music, gifts etc that can be done in advance – get them done! Keep yourself a storage box to add wedding bits to, keep them safe, dust free and ready to transport for the big day.

With regards to table plans, don’t panic if somebody can no longer come. In fact, most weddings have a last minute guest cancellation – which is annoying because you still have to pay for them and their name is all ready perfectly printed on your wedding plan. But let it go over your head, it’s just a name! Yes, you want everything to be perfect but worst case scenario, you now have a spare chair! If you do manage to find a last minute friend you can now invite to the wedding breakfast, then I’m sure they won’t mind being referred to a Aunty Flo for a couple of hours!

Write your list to keep your mind relaxed and organised and get checking it off so the last week is all minimal bits n bobs and enjoying a pamper.

The Night Before Your Wedding

Full swing celebrations are on! It’s the night before and there is nothing more you can do to change things. So, some time spent with the girls, relaxing and getting excited with them, unwinding and keeping the nerves at bay…but watch the bubbly! Hungover brides have happened when nerves have got the better, bubbly (or a nice gin) flow far too well and will always happen, a few tipples, a nice meal and beauty sleep.

Nails, lash extensions & tan should all be done by now – don’t leave it until the wedding day! It goes extremely fast and things like this need time and patience you don’t want to be running around frantic over patchy tan on your wedding morning or messing with stick on nails.

Try and sleep. Keep a pen and paper at the side of your bed, then anything on your mind you can jot down and relax your mind.

The Wedding Morning

Wedding Hair & Makeup

The morning will go fast! Before you know it, you’re putting on your dress, the registrar is arriving and your bridesmaids are running around you like loonies.

A hair and makeup artist can really take the pressure off – this is where i come in and i always get asked how i stay so calm, or thanks for keeping a bride calm. The blessing of having an artist around is all you have to do is get up, get showered and then wait in your cute PJ’s for them to arrive. Remember, no bra straps or socks if you can see these areas when you’re dressed! You don’t want to have an ugly underwear line shown in a beautiful strapless gown! Also remember that your makeup artist will need pictures from your trial and/or inspiration pictures that you have found for you and your bridal party in advance.

If you are going DIY on your wedding morning then make sure you have done a couple of trial runs beforehand and make sure you start earlier than you think you will need to on the actual morning. Most brides want to be ready before they are due to go downstairs, but from experience, once you are ready you’ll relax more. If you’re ready early then you have time for changes if something’s not right.

Don’t forget you need time to get into your dress too so aim to be in your dress with half an hour to spare. It will allow you time to take everything in, get pictures and see the registra… or it will give you a half our reserve if everything goes sideways and you wish you had more time!

DIY brides might want to check out the HJ Youtube Channel for beauty hacks and tutorials. OR the online hair up training sites which has varied lessons for how to do hair up step by step. You can drop me a message if there is a specific style you want to learn and i can work on this for you…


Your photographer quite often takes pictures of your gown, accessories and anything else special you have bought. So it’s good to have everything together and ready before he/she arrives.

Speak to your photographer and check if they like to shoot any staged pictures where you might have to pause preparations midway, or if they need you ready early to take pictures before you leave. All this takes time, so factor this in. Your makeup artist can leave cheeks, lips and fitting your hair accessory until the photographer is ready, so your utilizing the time well.

When the photographer has finished taking pictures of your gown hung up, if you have a corset back it is wise to ask someone to get it un-laced and ready to be put on whilst you finish off doing your make up. Long corsets can take a while to undo and will save you time later. WARNING: whoever does this make sure they have clean hands and nails. Ideally you need someone with acrylic, gel or shellac nails – like makeup and grime, nail varnish will also leaves marks!

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Wedding Party Pains

I quite often hear of wedding party members causing havoc. If it’s hairstyles they’re unhappy with, then leave it to the hairdresser – maybe give her a heads up that someone’s quite particular about their look, but we’re used to it.

If it’s arguments over table plans, aka. Someone can’t be in the same room as someone else, in fact anything where they turn into a tantrum toddler – then let them deal with it and keep your self well clear. If they can’t behave like a grown up, then why are you paying £50+ per head to have them there? A wise wedding supplier once told me “you have to be a little bit selfish on your wedding day because this day is for you, not them”.

Do i hear tantrums? Yes our children are gorgeous but we all know they like to play up for mum & dad. Even some of the most adorable might start to play up when they feel something is going on or different. So organise someone to look after them, possibly take them to the park, burn off some steam, take a nap if they need one and be fed and watered before arriving with you ready to be dressed and leave. They easily get bored and tired with your relaxed wedding preparations so enjoy your ‘you’ time.


Make sure your groomsmen and bridesmaids have all had fittings and tried everything on in advance! Short trousers, jackets that won’t fasten and bridesmaids in poorly fitting gowns are a wedding day nightmare. Be prepared and try them on – you’ll have time to change things and delegate a runner to the nearest outlet if not all has gone to plan. You personally don’t need that extra stress on your wedding morning, especially if your wedding venue is far away!

The Weather

There is absolutely nothing you can do about Mother Nature – so plan for it. If you’ve a lot going on outside, then it’s good to purchase some cute wellies or boots just in case, also umbrellas and gazebos to keep you dry. Even think about hair and makeup. If your hair doesn’t like to curl and you are going for a hair down look with the risk of rain, it will drop a lot. If your hair doesn’t like humidity, you don’t want to end up looking like Monica Geller from Friends, so plan wisely!

I have had so many brides worry and stress about the rain and really there is nothing you can do about it. Looking back on your wedding day thinking you spent your morning worrying about the rain might be a funny story later on, but don’t stress, just go with it. The majority of the time the clouds part and the sun appears as you step outside, but there is nothing you can do about a storm so don’t sweat it! Photographers are used to it all and will have tricks to get perfect pictures, hair and makeup can be waterproof/water resistant – your suppliers have been dealing with things like this for years, so relax!

Wedding Anxiety

You’ve picked all your suppliers because you loved something about them and they are experienced. You’ve given them your vision in the meetings up to the wedding, so now is the time to just trust them.

If you get really worried, then wait until they’ve finished to see what they’ve done and them comment – sometimes the coming together doesn’t look quite right but the finished sight will be your vision again.

This is with the exception of hair – for me if you need extra adding, more height, or hair left out, then it really is best to know before you are glued into place for perfection. But for this reason I dress your hair in front of a mirror and then you can give the instructions as we go.

Enjoy it!

Relax, don’t over think and go with the flow of the wedding celebrations – hair and makeup, pictures, video, flowers arriving, getting ready, speaking to the registrar etc. It’s a whirlwind of a day so cherish EVERY moment without stress. Everyone will have some sort of anxiety butterflies as you put on your dress ready to walk down the aisle – just remember’ to enjoy every moment. There really is nothing to worry about, it’s just a massive party for YOU!


Give us a comment and share any stresses you might have had or are worried about… x

Choosing the Perfect Hair for your Wedding Day

Choosing the Perfect Hair for your Wedding Day

Advice for choosing the perfect hair for your wedding day!


SO, for some, you may have a pretty good idea of the perfect hair for your wedding day. But for other, you may have none at all!

I work with hundreds of brides-to-be (including some celebrity brides) but for each and every one, i urge them to research for inspiration. I’m known as a bit of a hair queen and i love seeing the look on a brides face when she’s blown away at her hair and makeup trial!

Pintrest is a great way to secretly save ideas and inspiration for your wedding. You can have both public and private board to pin your ideas as a collective mood board. I use it all the time to search and save all kinds of hair and makeup suggestions and i recommend it to all of my brides. Even if you think the styles you find might not be exactly right for your own wedding day, it will give an excellent representation of your style for your artist to work with.

So get pinning that tiny drape of a fringe, that opulent drop of a curl and that luscious oomph of volume – it all helps me to know what you like!

Gathering all these cut outs and mood boards will start to show both you and i the type of styles you like. In fact, even pop some in that you hate so we can make sure we avoid it – every little helps! Then as you find your perfect wedding gown and what theme you want for your wedding you can start to put the pieces together so it works.

For instance:

You’re a ‘hair down’ kind of bride but you have a gorgeous details lace back on your wedding dress. So you absolutely cannot pay all that money just to cover it up with your locks! But there is a solution… You can compromise and have a cascade to one side or a subtle draped ‘hair uo’, that is soft and delicate around your face.

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You’re a ‘hair up’ kind of bride but your favourite gown is strapless so you feel the need to have it down. Okay, so then go for a half up- half down look, with a lot pinned up and lots of height to it, but enough hair to soften around your shoulders and face. If your hair is quite fine then i would advise you to buy some clip in hair extensions to help build up the areas where you need more hair whilst still keeping the height. Alternatively, you could also have your seamstress make you a jacket or strap to compliment you wedding gown.


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Bear in mind; if your hair doesn’t like to curl or looks like something Monica in Friends might look like with ‘the humidity’ then its unlikely to change for a day. Unruly hair can be tames but it can’t be cured. Keep in mind the weather conditions and how you hair reacts. Your artist will do their best to make it work (i know I’m pretty confident in my abilities!) but some miracles cant be performed … as much as we’d like to.

If you’re a bride suffering from a condition such as alopecia and struggling to find a suitable style, your artist should be able to help. In these cases you have to choose your inspiration without regard for your circumstances – you only need an idea of the style that you like, then leave the rest to your stylist. In the past, i’ve used eyebrow cake or shadow similar to the hair colour to camouflage patches and then draped hair into a style to compliment thinning hair areas for the client. Don’t worry, we’ll sort it!

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I get a lot of brides that disregard images because it features a fringe and they don’t have one, or the image is for thick hair and theirs is super fine. Well, my best advice it to save the image anyway because you love something about the look and you’d be surprised what we can muster up with a few styling tools! Fringe or no fringe it can be adapted. Fine hair – grab some extensions… no problem!

Just remember the extensions need to be as close (not necessarily perfect) match to your colour and 100% human hair. Heat resistant or synthetic extensions aren’t ideal for hair down looks as the light hits this type of hair differently and can show on your wedding pictures but (particulalry the wavy variety) it can blend well in to hair up and braided styles

Basically, if you love it but you think you can’t achieve it… Let your stylist be the judge!




It was love at first sight!

It was love at first sight!

So this lovely lady is one of my closest friends!

I was so excited when she asked me to get her ready for her wedding day… and looking back i’m glad i was there to keep her relaxed – hair and makeup for my gorgeous friend and her mum and a quick rescue with hair for all the bridesmaids.

A completely gorgeous day… Take it away Claire

It was love at first sight!

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I met James back in 2009, the timing was terrible! My parents had just separated and my whole belief in love, family and marriage was blown to pieces. After cancelling on him once I decided to bite the bullet and just go on the date….

Standing and waiting for him to arrive (for once I was early, ask James now and he will say it is the only time I have ever been early or on time in the whole time he has known me). A really hot guy walks past me, looks at me and smiles then realises he needs to do a 180 because I was the date!

Almost instantly I feel in love with this sweet, shy, generous and super hot figure of a man who can dance…oh yes he can dance! Every girl wants their own Patric Swayze and I now have one!

Within weeks James had managed to rebuild my trust and belief in relationships and love. Within 3 months we were living together and within a year and half he had proposed!


wedding hair and makeup cheshireThe proposal was lovely and so James! He is sweet and shy but his attention to detail is like nobody else’s I know, he managed to surprise me with a trip to London, a wonderful evening with friends that I had not seen in a long while and then the next day in a restaurant that I had always wanted to go to he presented me with an amazing ring and asked me to be his wife, I was in complete shock! But of course jumped at the chance to marry him!

Here is where is the fun begins…..Do you remember I mentioned James attention to detail! Yeah well at times that came in REALLY handy, he made our seating plan and individually glued all the gems on himself! We made all our own invites… Other times not so handy, trying to sneak on those extra canapes and confetti cones!




wedding hair and makeup chesterJames and I rarely argued about what we’d like from our wedding day, we had pretty much the same view. He appreciated that I always wanted to get married in the same church as my sisters and I understood that if we were going to go back to Wales to get married we needed to provide transport his extended family to attend….extended family being the local Rugby club he captained at the time. So we knew it was also going to be a big event.

Keeping it true to us though we wanted suppliers and people that we trusted around us whilst it was a big day we still wanted it to be personal; from the venue that I already knew well The Grosvenor, Pulford , their amazing wedding planning team and hotel manager Maurice could not have been more accommodating. To the florist at Greens N Things who agreed to my strange request to have the flowers in champagne buckets –  to my godfather who spoke at our wedding and James stepmum and one of my closest friends who also did a reading for us.



Finally, we come to the amazing Clare Ardern, Clare, you’ll all know owns HarryJon and she is one of my closest friends so I had to have her! She’s wasn’t just a makeup artist but my stylist, this woman is incredible, she can literally transform you from the person you are to the one you have always wanted to be on your wedding day! This for me was a regal feel, fairy tale meets Hollywood glamour. Clare worked with the theme of my day, dress, colour schemes and personality. Somebody who can do all of this is worth their weight in gold!



Her patience on the day was amazing, we had over 6 adults to get ready and a sneaky little flower girl also managed to use her expertise. (My niece Eleanor is a force to be reckoned with!) My wedding morning wasn’t as smooth as I wanted, I think it is important for all brides to put their foot down here, you need people around you that make you happy. Clare was calm and composed whilst I was having a mini breakdown! She handed me a glass of champagne and smiled, put me in my dress, a Maggie Sottero gown from the ladies at Aristocrats in Chester.



That moment was amazing! All set to travel to our family church in a stunning wedding car of Horgans. If it wasn’t for Clare I can whole heartedly guarantee that James would not have been half as impressed as he was when I met him at the alter.

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As for the groom… Now my amazing husband I could not have been happier with what we achieved for our day and now we have photos that will last a lifetime to always remind us of our awesome day!





An Experienced; Planning Your Perfect Wedding

An Experienced; Planning Your Perfect Wedding

Planning Your Perfect Wedding

Your Own Cinderella Moment!

Helen was my super glam bride, for her trial she had a clear idea of what hair and makeup looks she wanted, super prepared with pictures of different looks she’d found all working perfectly with her Mori Lee lace fishtail wedding gown from Dream Dress Bridal in Bredbury and statement necklace… So here are Helen’s top tips for planning your perfect wedding day!


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I could write a novel the length of war and peace about my wedding day – it was perfect to me and I loved every minute but then who doesn’t?!

I could bore you with why I picked the flowers I did or the venue but you’ll come to your own reasoning for that – instead I’ll impart a few ‘top tips’ to help you plan your own perfect wedding and create your own fairytale moment!



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  1. Budget!

I love a spreadsheet so maybe I revelled in this a little more than most but if you want to help yourself in the long run, be realistic on what you can afford. My husband and I decided on £8000 – to some that seems masses to lots it’s probably peanuts but it’s the figure we worked out we could comfortably save without having a year living on the bread line.


  1. Prioritise

Think of all the things that a wedding comprises; venue, guests, dress, photographer, party etc and put it in order of importance. There is no right answer here, for us it was number of guests and fantastic photographs that hit the top of our list – this helped massively in deciding venue and working out where we could scrimp & save on the budget and where we weren’t willing to sacrifice.






broach bouquet

  1. Get Creative

We saved loads as I was willing to put some time into making my own things. I made my bouquet from brooches that friends and family gave to me, making it really personal & special. I did my own centre pieces for the tables to avoid the cost of flowers and even designed my own invites saving a fortune on design & printing costs. It might take time & effort but it does really save a pretty penny and make the day very personal & unique


  1. Be Cheeky!

I always say ‘you don’t ask you don’t get’ and it couldn’t be truer for a wedding. We asked my mum to make our cake which she was delighted to do. I asked the venue if they could do us a deal on the bar prices for guests and we ended up with a special price for bottles of wine & draughts too. I asked for a room upgrade the night before and low and behold got upgraded to the suit we were due to have on the wedding night.

The worst thing to happen for asking is someone says no, which does happen, but it really isn’t that terrible!


  1. Get Recommendations

Both the wedding dress shop – Dream Dress Bridal and the hair & makeup artist – Harry Jon, came as recommendations from friends who had used them and loved them and I couldn’t be more pleased with both!

Using suppliers / venues others rave about just makes sense! Why have the fear of the unknown?!?



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  1. Try Before You Buy

You want to know what you’re spending your hard earned pennies on is just what you want so, try it out. Eat in the restaurant, view several of the bedrooms, book a hair & make up trial, try loads of dresses, view photographers albums. You want to know what you chose is what you think it is so try it out!!! After all you can’t change it on the day so make sure it’s right before hand. Any decent company will not have an issue with this. Harry Jon went through several hair & makeup options with me, working with me to get the look I was after. Dream dress bridal had me in for several appointments where they spent several hours allowing me to browse & try without the hard push. They were full of helpful advice too!



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  1. Be You

It’s your wedding day and it should reflect your personalities and the things you love. You don’t have to have fruit cake just because it’s traditional. You don’t have to wear white if it doesn’t suit you just because it’s what people expect!  We did a cocktail making session for guests whilst we had our couple shots and a brass quartet to play in between. A very eccentric mix but very ‘us’ all the same.




  1. Research

The Internet is a wonderful thing. If you’re prepared to look you can find loads of amazing ideas and view hundreds of venues without even leaving the comfort of your home. It really does pay to do a little research first, look at reviews, find items you may want. You can save time and money by surfing the net to get those finishing touches for less or by whittling down the venue list to your top 3 to avoid dragging your soon to be spouse round hundreds of pointless locations.


  1. Have Fun!

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be a chore, it’s not all about the 1 day. Make sure that you have a laugh along the way – after all planning a wedding can take over your life for a while so you really don’t want it to be stressing you out.



  1. Budget!

Yup it’s that important it’s on here twice! If you want to reduce the stress levels make a budget and stick to it! I knew I’d found the perfect photographers in Red 5 Studios, but given our tight budget I knew I’d have to compromise on something else. For us it was the table decorations, I had intended to have real flowers but at over £50 per table I could see the numbers mounting up in a less than favourable way! I also ended up getting the button holes from a florist on the market – they worked out half the price of the high street shop and just as beautiful. The stall had a folder of images of past work; they just weren’t on line & obviously had cheaper over heads for running meaning the customers got the savings passed on!


Remember planning a wedding doesn’t have to be a chore, have fun with it – enjoy the chance to bond with your partner and make the day truly reflect you! Don’t worry what others might think, family and friends will be happy no matter what you decide and if they’re not – so what?! Those that truly support you would wear a bin bag if that’s what you desired!

Stick to your budget and you’ll avoid any additional heart ache – it really is there to help not hinder you. And finally just be you – you’ll have way more fun getting creative and planning your special day if it reflects who you are & what you like, and if things are seeming all a bit much – just remember it’s only one day!!!


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Good luck creating your ‘happy ever after!’



Our Fairytale Wedding

Our Fairytale Wedding

My Fairytale Wedding

Our fairytale wedding began in New York!

The 15th November 2013, the day after my 30th birthday we jetted off to NY. Passport control was a nightmare and John was becoming increasingly irritated. We finally got to the hotel at about 3.30pm and we headed straight to Central Park, he was in such a hurry, I didn’t understand why. When we got to the edge of the park we decided on a Pedicab tour and the driver was lovely, stopping at a few places like where Home Alone was filmed and most importantly at the FRIENDS fountain. We watch FRIENDS at some point everyday so it was huge for both of us!

Fairytale In New York


We both got in the fountain and asked the driver to take our photograph. Then he did it!! John got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked and excited… It was a fantastic trip! I loved it! What’s more the driver captured it all on camera. So the wedding theme was set; ‘FRIENDS’!

 As soon as we got back to the UK we started planning. We wanted a venue that was not too far for our families to travel but with an option to stay over and spend the weekend and we only went to view one venue and that was the Norton Grange Hotel and Spa I cannot recommend them enough – Joanna their wedding co-ordinator could not have done more for us, the day ran smoothly and we didn’t worry about anything.We booked August 30th 2014.

Their event  ‘A day at the Norton Grange’ was really helpful they suggested companies they worked with, a little research and one in particular stood out; Allison of Balloons and More she gave ideas but wasn’t pushy, she was so helpful, she even offered to put all my centrepieces together even though I had bought them myself! She catered for everything, the dance floor, the photobooth, the flowers, the twinkle backdrop, chocolate fountain. The room looked amazing and I was so glad we’d chose Allison.

Once the venue was sorted we moved onto the Honeymoon, my friend recommended a company called Destinology. I was put in touch with Kimberley they were really helpful and they were even able to set up a fund for guests to make a deposit towards our honeymoon if they wished instead of a gift. So we booked to fly to Secrets Capri in Riviera Maya. The honeymoon was incredible and we are even going back to Mexico in May for a family wedding and staying at Secrets sister resort.

The dress, I went to Sense and Sensibility in Stockport and they were brilliant, i tried just 4 dresses and I knew which one I wanted! I preferred to have straps as I have a habit of pulling up dresses, so I chose the Maggie Sottero ‘Rita’ dress: satin material, a beautiful fit that was perfect for my shape and my mum loved it, that just made it perfect. I went back a few months later to pick my veil and headpiece, they were just fantastic from start to finish

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Bridal Shoes.

My shoes were a tough decision. In total I bought 4 pairs!

Initially, I went for comfort and picked a plain lace pair which had a small heal, I was happy with them until I went for my dress alterations about 6 weeks before the wedding but trying them with my dress they didn’t feel special, so I started looking for different ones. I ordered a pair from eBay about 2 weeks before the wedding and kept looking, then finally after trawling through the internet I finally deciding on my perfect shoes! I picked them up two days before the wedding but I knew they were the ones, I felt like a princess in them. I still wear them now. ‘Carvela Grin Court Shoe’

Cake Toppers

For the cake, I got my friends mum to make it but I wanted a special cake topper. I used Beautiful Cake ToppersThey got every detail perfect. I still have my topper on display at home. It is fantastic.

Bridesmaids Gift


For the presents for my bridesmaids I wanted something unique and they could keep. I saw an article on a designer from America and fell in love with her work, she designed wine glasses based on your outfit. I emailed Sam, She just asked for details and was prepared to ship them to the UK for me aswell. I ordered a wine glass for each bridesmaid and a cup with a lid for the younger bridesmaids. I also ordered glasses for myself and John for the wedding day. I love them and were a great keepsake.

As the day approached I was so excited. I was marrying my best friend and I couldn’t wait, I’d had my make up trial with Clare, she listened to what I wanted and I knew she would look after me.

Makeup Artist Cheshire

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She arrived on the day as calm as a cucumber even though I was getting stressed, doing hair one by one then the makeup. She made everything so easy and relaxed. I can’t thank her enough.

I was ready on time, my dad was there waiting to walk me down the aisle, for which we’d chosen Christina Perry; A Thousand Years, he started crying literally as we stepped into the room. It was perfect, John was standing at the end of the isle waiting but i could not stop shaking – I was so happy!

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You hear of hiccups on a wedding day. ours happened as the registrar was about to hand over the marriage certificate I looked out and my dad was missing, I looked at my mum “where has he gone?” “he’s gone to get the camera from the room” she replied. Thankfully he came walking back in and everyone applauded him and he took a bow.

Then we were able to relax, we had lots of photographs done and it was time to sit down for the meal. It was great fun. There were the table decorations laid out, ‘He’s her lobster’ instead of MR and Mrs on the top table. The table plan with names of FRIENDS characters for each table name.

The meal was lovely and we got onto the speeches. My dad went first and literally had the room in tears. He’s not a man of many words but he was emotional and it showed.



Evening entertainment kicked off, we had the photobooth which was so much fun and you could see the story of the night unfolding. The music was great and we literally danced and smiled all night long. My only recommendation to other bride and grooms would be to invest in a videographer, I would love to watch the day over again. It went so fast. I would love to do it over again.
Photo Booth



It was the best day of my life.

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?!

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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!