Hampton Court Palace Wedding Fair –My Experience

On Sunday 21 October 2012 the beautiful Hampton Court Palace held a well organised Wedding Fair.  I was invited to have a stand to showcase my Make-up Artistry Services to the 250 couples planning their weddings.  It was lovely to meet the happy couples who were excited to see what all the suppliers had to offer.

Tiff manning stand

My sister Tara very kindly agreed to be my model for the day.  I felt it was important for the Brides-to-Be to see my Hair Styling and Make-up Artistry skills in practice.

I started by curling the lengths of Tara’s hair with my GHD Hair-straighteners.  I back-combed, close to the roots of the hair on the top of the head, to create volume.  Once I had curled the hair at the crown of the head, I secured rollers to allow the curl to cool down in place.  This helps to add volume and creates a longer lasting curl.

Tiff curling Tara's hair

Once the hair preparation was done I started the the Bridal Make-up application.  The products I use are a combination of Screen Face, MAC and a few other products I have tried and tested over the years to give the best possible results.  It is very important that the make-up is long-lasting and gives the best effect for the wedding photographs, which will be treasured for years to come!

Tiff applying Tara's Make-up

As every Bride is different I always recommend having a Bridal Hair and Make-up Trial before the wedding.  During this session I like to get to know the Bride and to hear what her ideal Hair and Make-up would be for her Special Day.  Once the hair and make-up application is finished I am always happy to ‘tweak’ anything to make sure the Bride is truly happy with the look before her actual Wedding Day.

Bridal Look with hair down

I matched a foundation to Tara’s skin tone to give her a natural, yet flawless look.  I added blush to contour her cheek bones and give her a flush of colour. I wanted to bring out Tara’s pretty green eyes, so I used a combination of warm Gold and Terracotta colours on her eye lids and created a soft, smoky bronze line under the eyes.   I applied a back liner close to her top lashes for more definition.  Waterproof mascara is a ‘must’ when making up Brides as there are bound to be a few tears of joy! I chose a pretty pink colour lipstick with a touch of gloss to finish off Tara’s Bridal Make-up.

Once the make-up application was done, I removed the rollers in Tara’s hair.  I styled her hair into a very simple, yet romantic Bridal look. This may be a good option for Brides wishing to wear their hair down on their Wedding Day.


Thanks to Simon of Be Unveiled Wedding Photography, Tara had an impromptu photo shoot in the lovely grounds of Hampton Court Palace! 

As I wanted to show the Brides another option for Bridal Hair, I changed Tara’s hair style into a more sophisticated up-style.  I drew her hair up in sections and created some pin-curls on top of the head, but allowed tendrils to fall loose down the back of the head.  I created volume at the front of the head, by back-combing sections and pinning it back into a quiff.

Tiff styling Tara's hair 

After a quick lipstick change to a more red-toned colour to suit this look, we nipped outside to take another picture of Tara.

Bridal Look with hair up

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the couples wishing to get married in the next couple of years. I appreciate their interest and  I hope I will be of service to them on their Special Day.

Thanks to the Hampton Court Palace team for organising a fantastic Wedding Fair.  It was great to meet some of the other suppliers at the Fair, including Kate from Pat-A-Cake Pat-A-Cake who very kindly gave us delicious cake to eat at the end of the day!  It was also brilliant to see Hannah and Vanessa from Tinies Childcare, although I am more used to seeing Vanessa surrounded by her flowers from The House Floral Design.

I am vey grateful to Vanessa for sharing the following link, as it was after seeing this that Laura Black from Hampton Court Palace invited me to have a stand at their Wedding Fair:


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