Thank You!

This Saturday is my last bride of 2015 and what a year it has been.  I’m not going to brag about the number of weddings I’ve worked or the number of brides and bridesmaids I’ve styled, even the  number of lessons I’ve delivered.  However, I am going to say how grateful I am for the last year, which has been my best year yet.

More so, I’m truly thankful that I have met some really wonderful women through my business.  Women who I have supported during their transition from Miss to Mrs, but who have also very generously supported me during a turbulent personal period.

I’m looking forward to 2016 and meeting the gorgeous brides who have chosen to be styled by me ready for the day that they marry the love of their life.  But more than that I’m looking forward to strengthening the friendships I have already made and those I’m yet to make.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that’s filled with love and sparkle!

Natalie x

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Wedding dress shopping – a whole new world for The Wardrobe Angel (Part One)

My brilliantly funny friend Steph is The Wardrobe Angel.  She has a thriving fashion business and has even been on TV.  But this year she has stepped into unknown territory.  She has become a bride to be and now has the task of going wedding dress shopping.  I asked Steph to write a couple of blog articles for me about how she felt etc not just because she was in an unusual position for herself but also because this was an experience that every bride to be shared.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this funny and insightful start to Steph’s wedding dress search.

Shopping for my weddings dress part one…

This is already hilarious for me. Much as I love clothes I have never dreamt of my dream wedding dress. You read that correctly. I have dreamt of Mulberry handbags and mid heeled court shoes, of wardrobes with magnificent sliding doors and clothes all neatly organise inside. I have dreamt of holidays in Ibiza, the ultimate red lipstick and of the perfect brew and the accompanying wheat free biscuit. But I have never dreamt of my dream wedding dress.

I’m a stylist and image consultant and love clothes, but this wedding dress malarkey is a whole new, terrifying, other worldly ball game for me. Here are some wedding dress shaped facts about The Wardrobe Angel:

  • I have never tried on a wedding dress before. NEVER. NEVER EVER.
  • I fell out with maxi dresses last year and have never worn a floor length gown so I don’t know if I’ll like that wedding dress material swishing around me.
  • I think I have wedding dress blindness – I bought a bridal magazine and after a few pages of flipping through I couldn’t tell the difference between one dress and the next.
  • I’m scared of the weight of the dress; I’m hardly a body builder and carrying around all that tulle and lace for a whole day seems out of my bodily reach.

We’ve set the date, booked the church and the venue and now there is this HUGE gaping hole in the organisation of our wedding – my missing dress. And time is ticking. I get married in under 9 months. I rang the very wonderful Natalie Willingham to book her as my make-up artist on the day and she gave me some very sound advice,

“You’ve never tried on a wedding dress before and they are a different breed of clothing altogether so when you enter the shop take off your stylist hat and be guided by the shop assistants.”

Except here we are – the first day of wedding dress shopping is tomorrow. I don’t know what pants to wear, I am plucked, waxed and shaved within an inch of my life and I have NO IDEA what to try on first. I don’t know what I like. I can feel a huge panic rise in my chest and it does not subside. My Mum is clearly loving this and I am trying my very best to go through the motions but I NO IDEA what I am doing.

And I am TERRIFIED.

For more updates on The Wardrobe Angel finding her wedding dress follow her blog:

http://thewardrobeangel.blogspot.co.uk/

Website:

www.wardrobeangel.co.uk

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/wardrobe_angel

Louise & Tony’s Private Affair!

The weather may not have always been on our side this weekend but that didn’t matter as Louise was buzzing with excitement from the minute I arrived at Yorebridge House.

Louise and Tony chose Yorebridge House as their wedding venue as they wanted as much privacy as possible whilst enabling guests to stay overnight.  It was my first visit to this venue and I have to say how delightful a place it is.  Not only was it a really lovely light hotel but the staff were wonderful.  Even though they were busy getting ready for the breakfast service and Louise and Tony’s wedding they took their time to make me feel really welcome and regularly stayed in touch with the bride to ensure she had everything she needed.

Louise had chosen a beautiful and sparkly Justin Alexander mermaid style gown in ivory and gold, with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo’s to compliment.  Originally I was only meant to be creating Louise’s bridal hair style but was also asked to create her wedding makeup too.  We kept everything simple and soft.  Louise chose golds and browns for her eyes to emulate the colours in her gown and I created tousled waves which I twisted and pinned to the side in a loose romantic updo.  Having her hair in an updo meant that Louise was able to show off the gorgeous neckline on her gown.

Ably assisted by her sister in law and cousin both of which looked ultra glam in cream and gold cocktail dresses.  Mum also wore a cream dress and looked fab.

All of the flowers were provided by Sharon at Blush Bespoke Flowers and matched the brides theme of cream and gold perfectly.

Ian of Scarlet Ribbon Photography was on hand from the very first minute to capture as much of this couples special day as possible.

A relaxed and fun morning of wedding prep led to mum and maids excitedly helping Louise into her dress ready for her walk down the aisle.

Congratulations Louise and Tony!  Enjoy your honeymoon x

 

 

Steam Cream

I’ve been wanting to try this product for ages so when Santa asked what I wanted for Xmas a pot of Steam Cream was top of my list and I’ve not been disappointed.  Steam Cream can be used anywhere – face, body, hands.

Uniquely, this product is handmade using high-quality, natural ingredients that are fused together by a shot of steam making the cream lightweight, easily absorbed, and providing long-lasting hydration.

Plus all the tins are collectable so you can spend hours deciding which pot of prettiness you like.  They make great gifts for any age too.

Pop over to their website and have a look for yourself.  https://www.steamcream.co.uk/

Emma & Stu’s at home wedding

I was delighted to be part of a truly beautiful wedding day last weekend.  Emma and Stuart got legally married on the Thursday before and then had an at home wedding on the Saturday in Oulton.  Emma is a true English Rose and looked every inch the natural beauty she is.  Attended by best friends Eve and Jay, the morning of Emma’s wedding preparations were filled with laughter and love – and a fair bit of fizz!

The wedding was organised immaculately by Nikki Foster of I Do Designer Weddings and the amazing smell permeating every inch of the house and Papa Kata Teepees was created by the fabulous Chrissie and her team at Horticouture.  The wonderful images were captured by the lovely Annemarie King, more of these to follow.

I hope to be featuring Emma & Stu’s wedding as one of my love stories soon.

Rachel & Dave – organised to a Tea!

Rachel and Dave became Mr & Mrs Clay after tying the knot at St Francis Church in Morley before heading to The Mansion for their reception.  Rachel had been introduced to me by one of my previous brides and I was delighted to assist in creating Rachel’s makeup look for their vintage tea party style wedding, with buses and jags and lots and lots of jam jars!  More images to follow from the fab Mark Dolby