Hampton Court Wedding Fair 22 February 2015



On a cold and wintery Sunday morning my sister Tara and I arrived at Hampton Court Palace to set up my stand for my favourite wedding fair.


The Hampton Court Palace Wedding Fair is a biannual event held in the stunning Garden Room.  The  HCP Events team are always very welcoming and helpful.  It is no wonder why many bridal couples choose this gorgeous venue with exquisite service for their dream weddings!


I have been honoured to be invited to have a stand at this lovely event for several years now.  With the help of Tara my stand is setup in no time, ready to showcase some of my hair and make-up artistry work.IMG-20150223-WA0013

I enjoy displaying my portfolios to share some of the beautiful images of weddings on which I have been lucky enough to be involved.


My friend Donna kindly agreed to be my demo model for this event. I always like to style a ‘Bride’ to help demonstrate the service I offer to Bridal parties.  I also hope to give ideas and inspiration to the Bride-to-be as I know she wants to look her best on her wedding day.


Donna has lovely big eyes, so I wanted to concentrate on this feature for the bridal make-up.  I used natural, warm tones on the eyes to bring out the colour of her eyes.  I created a ‘Cat Eye’ with the eyeliner. I think this look is very flattering for Donna and enhances her natural beauty.


I used my GHD straighteners to create curls in Donna’s hair.  Then I brushed through the curls to style the hair into a simple but elegant bridal hairstyle.  This look has a  wonderful vintage feel.


Tara whisked Donna away for a quick photo shoot using the lovely large windows of The Garden Room as a backdrop.

I was lucky to have two willing models for this wedding fair as I was able to style Tara’s hair and make-up before and after Donna sat for me.

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I took full advantage by showing the guests another hair and make-up look which would be suitable for the Bride or Bridesmaids.



The Garden Room was alive with excited Bridal Couples, their family and friends taking advantage of all that was on offer.  I am sure they found all they were looking for and more to make their Wedding Day special.


I was pleased to discover this Historic Royal Palaces’ banner using an image from a promotional photo shoot I worked on. These Royal Palaces are ideal venues for weddings and civil partnerships. 


Thank you for visiting the Hampton Court Palace wedding fair. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.


If you are planning your wedding and would love to have your dream wedding at one of the stunning Historical Royal Palaces please contact this fantastic team:

The Hampton Court Palace Events Team:


Donna you were a brilliant ‘Bride’.Thank you to my ‘Boxing Buddies’ Donna and Richard for your never ending support.   I appreciate all your encouragement in mind, body and Soul.


Tara thank you for all your love and support. Having your help at these events is much appreciated!  Thanks my sister, driver, stall holder, model and photographer!  I am lucky.

Thank you for reading my blog.  Please feel free to contact me for any hair and make-up services you may require.  I hope to be of service to you in the near future.



Hampton Court Wedding Fair – 23 February 2014

On Sunday 23 February 2014 the stunning Hampton Court Palace held a well organised Wedding Fair.  I was invited to have a stand to showcase my Hair and Make-up Artistry Services to the many couples planning their weddings.

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My sister Shannyn graciously offered to help me set up my Hair and Make-up Artistry stand in The Garden Room.  Between assisting me, Shan enjoyed revisiting and exploring the beautiful surrounds of Hampton Court Palace.

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It was lovely to meet the happy couples who were excited to see what all the suppliers had to offer.

The Stand and Tiff

My friend Michelle 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.

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I started by curling the lengths of Michelle’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. 

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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.  

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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!

The table

I matched a foundation to Michelle’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.

Eye make-up

I wanted to bring out Michelle’s pretty eyes, so I used a combination of warm Gold and Terracotta colours on her eye lids and created a soft, smoky brown line under the eyes.   I applied a black 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!

Lip application

I chose a natural  lip liner with a touch of gloss to finish off Michelle’s Bridal Make-up.

Make-up finished

Once the make-up application was done, I removed the rollers in Michelle’s hair. 

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Tiff and Mich

I styled Michelle’s hair into a very simple, yet romantic Bridal look. I drew her hair up in sections on top of the head, but allowed tendrils to fall loose down the back of the head.

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I added a pretty diamanté slide to give a bit of ‘Bling’ but this style would be very pretty with natural flowers too.  This may be a good option for Brides wishing to wear their hair half up/half down on their Wedding Day.

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As I wanted to show the Brides another option for Bridal Hair, I changed Michelle’s hair style into a more sophisticated up-style. This style is very popular at the moment as it has a romantic ‘vintage feel’.

I created a braid on the side of the front of Michelle’s head accessorized with randomly placed spin-pin gems in her hair.

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I rolled Michelle’s hair upwards from the nape of her neck and secured it with pins.  I  placed two diamanté slides just above the rolls to finish off the look.

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.

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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.

It was also great to see some familiar faces and meet some of the new suppliers at the Fair. It is always interesting to see what is available to Bridal Couples planning their big day!

Thank you to the Hampton Court Palace team for organising a fantastic Wedding Fair:


Read about the stunning photo shoot done at Hampton Court Palace. It showcases some of the suppliers’ skills:


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