This is the first in a series of posts about my all time favourite wedding venues.
Some I’ve worked at numerous times, others only once. There will probably also be a few dream venues for me that I’ve not yet worked but hope to at some point.
My first venue is Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex.
Described as a ‘Stylish and Contemporary Civil Ceremony and Barn Wedding Reception Venue in Essex’
Gaynes Park was first brought to my attention when I attended the wedding of my oldest friend in the fine capacity of ‘Best Woman’. This venue suited Steph and Chris to the ground as a couple, with the styling, the set up and the design.
What I love about Gaynes Park is that for each wedding I’ve been to since, it transforms itself to suit the every need of each individual couple. It’s versatility is what makes it so appealing.
That and the delightful team that work there day in and day out and really bend over backwards to accommodate both the bridal party and also us on the ‘staff’!
One of my more recent weddings here was in June of Carrie and Laurence. Carrie found me through GP as I recently found out I am on their recommended suppliers list, which makes me very happy!
Do have a good look round the website, they have a fine gallery that shows off the many facets of the venue in it’s glory. I particularly love the Mill Barn which has a beautiful upper level which is all dark and cozy and we kicked off our high heels and lounged with big glasses of wine towards the end of the night.
This is one of the busiest venues I know of, well deserved of their recent Wedding Industry award for Best Venue Nationally.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next in the series
One of the most important parts of growing your business and making sure that you succeed is knowing your worth. This isn’t code for being big headed or acting like a diva! This is putting a value on your skill and experience. For this reason, I am really selective about what I lend myself to professionally. Like donating to charities, it’s pretty impossible to donate to every single one, or even all the ones you feel strongly about. I always go with the ones that really choke me. Like, *really* set me off. (Except when I was pregnant I may add and my unstable hormones led me to sponsor a Donkey. Another story altogether!)
So when I was asked to contribute to this wonderful competition, I didn’t hesitate and jumped in feet first.
Hero’s Wedding is giving one Military UK couple the chance to win a £14,000 wedding with some of the country’s top suppliers lending their skills and products.
There’s not much time left to enter so if you are eligible or know someone who is, what are you waiting for?
Have a look over here Hero’s Wedding and show your support by sharing and spreading the good word.
You may have read in my previous posts here and here that one of my past clients weddings made into some wedding publications, including taking the front cover.
Well, with the combination of Davina’s exquisite looks and Julia Boggio behind the camera, it’s no surprise. I’m so proud to have been involved.
Here are a selection of some of the shots from the day-
Thank you to Julia for use of the photos and to Davina for being so easy to work with!
It’s always a lovely surprise to find out that one of your Brides is going to take the front cover of a bridal mag. It’s an even bigger surprise when you aren’t told about it and have the pleasure of spotting it on the shelf!
Which is exactly what happened!
The beautiful Davina is gracing the cover of Your London Wedding with a stunning portrait photograph, shot by Julia Boggio. Read my blog post on her wedding featured in You and Your Wedding magazine earlier this year here.
Slightly sad that there isn’t a credit to me but I know it’s my work and I’m happy enough with that.
Until next time
You know when a wedding you’re working on is going to be shot by Julia Boggio it’s likely going to be incredible.
Even better when you meet the bride and she is a beautiful, petite angelic faced lady whose make-up style is right up your street!
Then, the e-mail comes that says You and Your Wedding want to feature it as their Bridal Beauty of the issue. Big smiles all round.
Just a quick post to show you some of the recent press coverage that I’ve had.
First up is a Carnival Shoot that was featured in the prestigious Wedding Magazine and was shot on Brighton Pier. This was a really fun shoot, exhausting as it was hot and we were up and down the pier like yo-yo’s but as always, totally worth it to be featured like this!
Secondly, a front cover! This is a shot from the Tantrums and Tiaras shoot last year and is one of my favourite shoots, shots and model.
Lastly, pop on over to the highly regarded make-up blog Make-up Advice Forum to see some advice I gave on how to rock the Gold shades here. Leave a comment if you want to add anything or ask any questions.
Until next time
This is a pretty picture heavy blog post but I had a hard enough time selecting these out of the hundred or so beautiful images I received through from photographer Claudine Hartzel.
Claudine and Rebecca from award winning Bridal Accessory company Chez Bec put together a shoot, along with Victoria from Satin Bow Bridal boutique in St Albans in the beautiful Pall Mall based Carlton House Terrace. The idea was to showcase all our finest work together to create some timeless, elegant yet striking images. I am so thrilled with the results, I can’t tell you!
The model Alice, made it so easy. Great skin and bone structure and a professional down to the very final frame. We did 2 main make-up looks, starting off with a softer, more natural look. I’d call this quite a typical bridal look in that it is requested time and time again. I’d describe this as flawless, natural and yet defined. I kept the skin smooth and creamy with soft contouring and highlighting on the cheeks. The eyes had a groomed and slightly defined brow, I defined the lash line with a black cake liner inbetween the lashes, I pressed Benefits Flatter Me creaseless cream shadow on the lid and Laura Mercier Cashmere shadow to contour the crease. After adding some soft kohl, highlighting the inner corner and adding some individual lashes, mascara and a natural glossy lip the first look was done.
We then decided to step it up. Rebecca and Claudine wanted Alice’s eyes to really stand out and it wasn’t hard to make it happen! Using a combination of a Top Shop cream shadow in a Gunmetal shade layered with Laura Mercier Pewter eyeshadow, I defined the eye with a Black/Gold Pencil and Black Gel pencil in the waterline. The brows were deepened to balance the stronger eyes. I added in another 6 or so individual lashes to each eye to bulk up the lashline. To stop this from looking too made up, I ekpt her skin beautifully sheer, adding only a touch more cheek colour and highlighter. The lips were re glossed in a light shade to let the eyes have the focus. Voila! I hope you enjoy these. This is the kind of look I’ll wear myself if I ever renew my vows!
Thank-you for taking the time to read this.
I hope you enjoyed the images and please do check out more of Claudines work. She’s so talented and just the nicest lady ever!
Some of you may recall that in January, my long time best pal Steph got wed to her lovely sweetheart Chris. I was honoured to be asked to be Best Woman alongside her sister. I was also, of course the make-up artist!
What else was exciting was that through this, I would get to meet a photographer who I’d been keen to work with for a while, Guy Collier. He shot their E-shoot so I always knew this would be an amazing set of images. And I was right.
It appears that Wedding Magazine agreed and I’m proud to say featured the wedding in their June/July 2011 issue, on sale now!
I’ve included a sneak picture of Steph in the final stages of getting ready, champagne in hand with me, faffing around with the back of her dress. I’ll post the actual wedding later this week.
Thanks for reading
This is a shoot I did so long ago, I can’t even remember the month. I already posted a quick sneaky peaky but for some reason, I never posted the full selection of images. Why? I couldn’t tell you…. So, better late than never!
My brief was glamorous but wearable.
All the beautiful hair pieces are by Tantrum and Tiaras, dresses by Madeleine Isaac James and photography by Jonathan Ryan.
Beautiful images aren’t they? I hope you enjoyed them.