Hampton Court Palace Wedding Showcase

The Hampton Court Palace Wedding Showcase was on Sunday 11 October 2015.  Two of the Palace’s magnificent wedding venues, the Garden Room and the Little Banqueting House were available to view.  Both are suitable for civil ceremonies and receptions. 

The event had an intimate, warm feel with the beautiful Garden Room set up as if a Wedding was about to take place. This enabled Bridal couples to visualize their Special Day at this incredible, historic venue. The Hampton Court Palace Events Team were on hand to answer all the couples’ questions.

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There was a reduced number of exhibitors this year, who had be ‘hand picked’ by the Events Team from their list of approved suppliers.  As always, I am thrilled to be counted within this number.


Thanks to my sister Tara and my childhood friend Val, my stand was set up and ready at 11 am for the arrival of the happy bridal couples looking for inspiration on a crisp but sunny Sunday.


Val happily agreed to be my model for the day as I always like to showcase my services by doing a bridal hair style and make-up application.  I recommend the Bride books a Bridal hair and make-up Trial well before the wedding day to perfect her ideal look and to ensure my availability for her special day.

Val Before

I began the demo by sectioning Val’s hair and creating a French Braid which started at the front, right side of the face and worked its way around the back into a a low side pony  behind the left ear.

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As I wanted to create volume and a soft wave in the hair, I secured heated rollers on top of Val’s head and curled the length of the pony tail with my GHD straighteners.  I allowed the hair to cool down and set in the rollers while I applied Val’s make-up.

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I began Val’s make-up by applying a professional primer which smoothes out the skin and helps the make-up last longer.  I used a pallet of warm gold and brown eye shadows to bring out Val’s beautiful eye colour.  I then created definition by lining her eye lid with a waterproof gel eyeliner and mascara. 

Val mid styling

Once Val’s make-up was complete I removed the rollers and created more volume by backcombing the roots of the hair before securing the hair with pins.  This Bridal hair style is very elegant yet romantic with the soft curls cascading at the back. The braid adds interest and keeps the look ‘up to date’ as it is a fashionable choice for Brides.

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I applied a rich lipstick colour which compliments Val’s complexion and enhances her lips. During a Bridal Trial I advise the Bride-to-be on colours and applications which will enhance her natural beauty. On the wedding day, once the make-up application is complete, I use a setting spay to waterproof the entire face, ensuring the look lasts well into the night.

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Val makes a beautiful ‘Bride’ and a very patient model, as I stopped to chat to each Bride, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid requiring information about the service I offer.  I am always pleased to meet the excited ladies and I hope to help create their dream-look for their Special Occasion.

Tiff and Val

The Hampton Court Palace Events Team did an incredible job setting up the venue for a mock wedding, showcasing different upgrades to suit each Bridal Couples’ budget.


The stunning floral arrangements were created by ‘Buds & Blooms’.  Val and I took advantage of such a lovely setting to take a few fun pictures for this blog.


I think the curls at the back of Val’s hair imitate the beautiful roses in the arrangement really well!

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Thank you for reading my blog about this event.  Please feel free to contact me for any Hair and Make-up Artistry requirements.


Thank you:

The Hampton Court Palace Events Team:

For organising a brilliant event and continuing to embrace and support my hair and make-up artistry.


Buds & Blooms:
For the lovely flowers we used in our photographs.

Be Unveiled:
Simon Pope for lending his artistic eye for a couple of the Demo photos.


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.