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.

Tiff Stand

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 – 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.

HCP Wedding Fair Spring 2014

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.

Shan and Tiff

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.

Michelle BeforePrepping hair 1

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. 

Prepping hair 2 

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.  

Prepping hair 3

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.

Mich hair down 3

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.

Mich hair up 1

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:


Please contact me if you would like to find out more about the Hair and Make-up Artistry Services I offer: