July 30, 2016

Successful Bridal Trial

By Natalie Willingham – Bridal Makeup & Hair Specialist

You’re getting married! How massively exciting! Ok well you’ve booked your makeup artist and the next job is to arrange your trial. Your bridal trial should be a fun and joyous occasion. So here’s my top tips to make sure that your bridal trial goes brilliantly.

Successful Bridal Trial

Timing is everything.

Too early and you may change your mind, too late and you may not be 100% certain of your choices. I recommend scheduling your bridal trial 6-12 weeks before your wedding day. By this point you should have a good idea of what styling you would like and have all of the accessories to complement this. Where possible schedule your trial before your dress fitting so you can see how the whole look works together.


Choosing a hair and makeup style can be very confusing but its definitely a very personal thing. Whilst it may be tempting to try a completely new look, you should ensure that you incorporate aspects of your personality so that your groom recognises you at the end of the aisle. Theres little point in having a strong makeup look if you never usually wear it, as your groom won’t realise its you under there!


There are so many images out there, I could get lost in Pinterest for hours, and sometimes it can all feel a bit overwhelming. In that case ask your makeup artist what they think. They will have a lot of experience working with different brides and will keep an eye on the catwalk to ensure they keep up to date with current trends, which can then be incorporated into stunning bridal looks. Bring images of hair and makeup styles you like and those that you don’t along with a photo of your dress to your trial. It is so much easier to communicate what you like and don’t like if you are able to show your artist a photo, as your version of natural will be different to that of another bride.

Successful Bridal TrialBe realistic

Often ladies bring images of celebrities and say I want to look like that, and thats ok however, you need to understand that possibly the celeb doesn’t even look like that. Images can be retouched. Celebs will have a full glam squad available in between shots to primp and preen. False hair may be used. The list goes on. So if you have a photo of Beyonce and her huge mane of hair and your hair is short and fine and the total opposite of Beyonce’s then its unlikely that your artist will be able to work miracles. But what they will be able to do is use the image for inspiration, to create a look for you that feels like Beyonce but is 100% you.

Successful Bridal Trial

Wear white

I usually suggest that my brides wear a white or light coloured top to their trial. The combination of light and the white colour will provide the most accurate example of how your makeup and hair will look on the day. If you don’t have a white top then a white towel or pillowcase will work just as well.


Lighting is really important, so I prefer to schedule my bridal trial during day light hours to ensure that I get the best from our appointment. Lighting at home or in hotels can cast shadows, and yellow tones, which can change the look and colour of your makeup. Bring any accessories with you to your trial as these can also affect the look of your hair and makeup. Strong accessories may need fuller lashes or stronger colours to emphasise your look. Still haven’t decided? Then bring a couple of options with you so you can see which works best.

Successful Bridal Trial

Tell us what you think

And finally, be honest and open to ideas. Before I start any bridal trial appointment, I spend time building a relationship with my bride. I ask lots of questions to learn more about you, your usual hair and makeup style, your wedding plans etc. This helps us get to know each other better, after all having your makeup done can be quite intrusive and requires a lot of trust between artist and bride. Remember, this is our job so any feedback we get is really useful and helps us to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

Hopefully, this short guide will help you understand what to expect at your trial to ensure it goes brilliantly.

Until next time x

July 2, 2016

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

By Natalie Willingham – Bridal Makeup & Hair Specialist

Wedding day emergency kit I hear you cry, what on earth’s one of those and what do I put in it? More frequently I’m meeting brides who have a wedding day emergency kit for on the day not just for themselves but for their bridesmaids and guests too, containing all those extras, just in case they are needed. I’ve heard of all sorts of weird and wonderful items being collected, there is no hard and fast rule, just add what you think you might need.

Wedding day emergency kit

Your wedding day emergency kit items might be stored in a cosmetics bag in the toilets (if you have exclusive use of your venue) or they might be stuffed in a bag under a table in the reception room. Basically anywhere you can get your hands on it at short notice.Continue reading

VW Campervan Vintage Wedding Picnic

Today I have the pleasure in featuring Nathalie Selvon-Bruce from Buttercup Bus VW Campers and her Vintage Wedding Picnic ideas. Buttercup Bus VW Campers offer retro campervan hire for wedding transport, self-drive adventures and photo booths set up inside a campervan. Operating from Croydon on the South London, Surrey and Kent border, they have a selection of six pretty pastel campervans and a soft top beetle.

Vintage Wedding PicnicNathalie has some great ideas on how you could use a campervan apart from transport on your wedding day, including a Vintage Wedding Picnic.

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Creating an Atmosphere at Your Wedding With Music

By Rosanna Whitton of Flautino

So you’re getting married? Congratulations! I bet you’ve already been dreaming about your dress and maybe the venue and who you’ll ask to be bridesmaids. But what about the feel of the wedding?

Creating an Atmosphere at Your Wedding With Music

This is a little more ambiguous but equally important, for you and your guests. The atmosphere of the wedding will be created by lots of things: the people who are there, the décor, the style and the music. It might help to do yourself a mood board with clippings from magazines to inspire you and narrow down the style you’re after. Think about things like the lighting, maybe creating scents with flowers and candles and little random things like a treasure hunt for after your wedding breakfast or a few outdoor games.Continue reading

March 30, 2016

The House of Ollichon – First Dress-less Bridal Collection

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to the House of Ollichon and the first dress-less bridal collection!

Le-Fay - Dress-less Bridal Collection

Elegance has evolved and there are many things which have inspired Hannah Ollichon in the creation of House of Ollichon’s first dress-less bridal collection which offers brides and bridesmaids a range of luxury jumpsuits, playsuits and combos which are all designed and handmade in England.

Hannah Ollichon, the founder of House of Ollichon lives in Islington with her husband and has only recently left her city job to make her bridal jumpsuit dream come true! She created House of Ollichon about ten months ago now, designing all of the pieces and sourcing all of the beautiful fabrics.

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