Bridal Beauty


This has to be one of my stand out weddings from 2015, as featured on Style Me Pretty recently – a small and intimate garden wedding at Barnsley House & Spa, which I designed and planned for the sweetest couple from Hong Kong.

The inspiration for this design plan actually started with the bride’s favourite scent – Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay – from wild berries in the florals, to fresh rosemary, lavender and rose petal confetti – even the bridesmaids crowns featured fresh herbs, all created by the super talented Georgia from Westwood Design. We almost didn’t have the outdoor ceremony thanks to good old British weather and spells of rain all morning, but at the last minute it cleared in time and we put the brollies aside for a candle lit affair in the gorgeous grounds. This followed with a reception where guests were treated to sweet treats, refreshing drinks and canapés, before inviting them to watch a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the late afternoon setting sun.


After the most delicious dinner served by the team at Barnsley House on long tables set with hundreds of rosemary & bay scented candles and flowers, the happy couple led their family and friends back into the gardens for signature cocktails, and cutting of the cake surrounded by sparklers. Faye at The Natural Cake Co creates insanely beautiful cakes whilst using all organic natural ingredients – I styled this rose flavoured cake with Westwood Design using fresh figs, flowers and herbs.

The Bride wore the most gorgeous sparkling evening dress for the first dance a little later on, before The Wedding Smashers kicked off a great night of dancing and entertainment for the newlyweds until the early hours of the morning.

A huge thank you to the cast of amazing artists and creatives involved in this wedding – all credited below.



Photography: Depict Photography | Event Planning, Design + Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning | Floral Design + Styling: Westwood Design | Cinematography: Mark Brown Films | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Cake: The Natural Cake Co. | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan| Hair: Kasia Fortuna | DJ: Wedding Smashers | Celebrant: Grace The Day | String Quartet: Arioso | Transportation: Alex Cars | Venue: Barnsley House | Desserts: Contemporary Cake Designs



“Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction to noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance. Minimalism is beyond time. It is timelessness. It is the stillness of perfection” ~ Massimo Vignelli

I honestly have no idea why it’s taken me quite so long to blog this editorial shoot in full – I published little previews from it here and here but seeing it all together again has made me realise just how talented this group of vendors was (see end of this post for full credits), and it was an absolute joy to curate the shoot for Katie Julia who produces such ethereal and gorgeous images from film.

It was featured by Magnolia Rouge magazine too, and the whole thing just looks even more luxurious in print.

This is a pretty long blog post, but I wanted to put it all in one place without you having to jump all over the place with links, and take you through my design and styling process a little more than I usually would. Hopefully brides-to-be will get little more insight into how I work together with them to create and curate weddings that are personal to them, but also fitting to the setting and the mood of the day.


The first tablescape I created was inside the barn at Thyme in Southrop (such a gorgeous wedding venue for intimate celebrations). I commissioned the softest silk linen in a silvery grey which perfectly blended with the grey dining chairs, and I paired it with a slightly more textured greige linen napkin for contrast at each place setting. The fresh white flowers kept the table simple and elegant, with mini grey urns that I reused throughout the shoot. All cutlery and glassware was kept simple too – anything too ornate or pattered would have distracted from the minimalist look I wanted to achieve – yet still keeping it feminine and fresh. The calligraphy grey ink on an off white textured care stock – again, nothing cutesy or themed to the stationery elements. I used my own candles along the table (they actually smelt amazing – “joy” by St Eval if you’re interested!), and brought my own grey, clear and white crystals for the place settings to add a personal touch with individual flower blooms sitting pretty alongside them.

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We then moved things outside as I wanted to show my clients how they could achieve a more relaxed al fresco dining style without compromising on the luxe detail that sets their event apart from the rest. You’ll see we installed huge garlands above the tables – which in real life may have wilted in that strong Summer sun, but since we used faux flowers and foliage, no problem there! I used a slightly more relaxed style linen napkin, and switched out the mini votive candles for tall straight edged glass hurricane vases with ivory pillar candles (my pet hate is bright white candles!).

I tore off the back of the folded place name cards so that they’d lie flat on each napkin, and I used a spring of foliage at each setting to pull through the greenery in the setting.


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I adore it when my brides wear colour on their wedding day – whether a bold statement, or more refined in blush or champagne – I also wanted to show how beautiful soft grey can be for a bride, but also for her bridesmaids. This dress was designed by British duo Belle & Bunty and it just draped so amazingly in all the right places. We used a large hand tied bouquet of white flowers with foliage and trailing ribbons and lace. Oh and we couldn’t resist including Katie’s GORGEOUS chihuahua pups!

If you look closely you’ll see I selected natural diamond and gemstone jewellery that matched the simplicity and texture of the dress – the low back would have looked lovely with an up do, but I actually adored how different the softly curled low side pony tail looked with it

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Oh how I adored this wedding dress. Again, it has a beautifully low back (I have a thing about them, evidently!), a soft streamlined silhouette in silk with long face sleeve and gorgeous detail on the cuff. Perfect for a church wedding as it’s not too revealing, yet will please those brides not wanting to look too modest. I asked Heidi to create a soft and undone up do, with fresh flowers – though looking at this again it would have absolutely worked with a veil too.

Don’t you love how the lace ribbons mirror the lace in the dress, with the grey ribbons allowing a subtle contrast with all the white? Note too that we purposeful posed this dress against a solid white wall for maximum impact. Nothing detracts from the dress other than natural beauty of those amazing flowers in the bouquet.

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I commissioned this from Jennie as she’s one of my favourite cake designers locally to me in the Cotswolds – she manages to combine delicate detail with a modern touch, and she totally nailed this brief! I styled it against the softest grey painted wall with pillar candles in straight edged glass hurricane vases again. The flower on the cake is in fact made of icing…. stunning.

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From soft grey calligraphy on textured card stock, to ethereal jewellery, pretty ribbons in contrasting or tonal colours, candlelight and crystals… the success of any design plan for a wedding is to not forget the details. It’s what makes it personal, it ties it all together so the day feels coherent and the atmosphere flows from room to room. The bridal party looks perfect, and not one element looks out of place in the setting. When styling shoots I often use my own props and other vendors loan me their amazing products of course, but I also always try to work in the decor and furniture that already exists in the venue – it really helps give my clients an idea of how this will work in practice, and is the perfect example of helping couples to translate styled shoots into real weddings.

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I hope you enjoyed that little journey? I know it’s long but trust me, there were SO many more pictures I could have shared here. I think Katie just couldn’t take enough of it in on her cameras! Please do look through the list of vendors below – each and every one of them are amazing.

To see more of my real weddings and editorial shoots featured in blogs and magazines, visit

Jessie x

Photography KATIE JULIA / Styling, planning & coordination JESSIE THOMSON / Florals THE ROSE SHED / Gowns BELLE & BUNTY / Stationery GEMMA MILLY / Jewellery RUTH TOMLINSON / Linens TABLE TO DINE FOR / Hair & make-up HEIDI VINCE / Floral garlands FRIEND OF FAUX / Assistant stylist WESTWOOD DESIGN / Model AMY NEVILLE / Venue THYME AT SOUTHROP

To browse Jessie’s favourite products, visit the shop at Jessie Loves!


I adore collaborating with like minded artists to create amazing and inspiring editorial shoots for my clients and future brides, and this one with Rachel at The Rose Shed and UK film photographer Katie Julia was no exception. One of my absolute favourite details was the oversized classic all white bouquet which almost any bride could make a stunning statement with.

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Photography KATIE JULIA / Styling, planning & co-ordination JESSIE THOMSON / Florals THE ROSE SHED / Gowns BELLE & BUNTY / Stationery GEMMA MILLY / Jewellery RUTH TOMLINSON / Linens TABLE TO DINE FOR / Hair & make-up HEIDI VINCE / Floral garlands FRIEND OF FAUX / Assistant stylist WESTWOOD DESIGN / Model AMY NEVILLE / Venue THYME AT SOUTHROP – See more at: MAGNOLIA ROUGE


As a wedding planner I’m often called on for advice outside of what most would consider “normal” duties! One of them is to recommend beauty products to brides, whom almost always want to be looking their absolute best on their big day (this usually means long locks, clear skin and healthy nails!). So here are a few of my tried and tested products, from personal experience and feedback from my lovely ladies.


Described by Vogue as “probably the best cleanser in the world”, this has been my number one skin care recommendation since I first tried it 5 years ago – it’s a balm that effectively cleanses, exfoliates and tones with the regime that includes massage using a muslin cloth. It’s expensive but lasts forever, and basically replaces a lot of your facial care steps (unless you are me, and you buy new products simply because the packaging is pretty!).


I’ve experimented with a lot of moisturisers, a lot! This one is my all time fave, for sure. It’s totally gentle, suits all skin types, smells lovely and makes your skin feel all glowy. The packaging isn’t anything to write home about, but I kinda like the old school French pharmacy looking products on my shelf. It is both rich and light, which is hard to find in a moisturiser I think.


My make up artist (the extremely lovely Sophie Everett) introduced me to by Terry when I got married, and I adore this lip balm that also doubles up as a fabulous treatment for nail cuticles. Good news, they also do them in tinted colours now!


The whole collection of hair treatments in this range is amazing, totally restores hair that’s been frazzled by heat/bleach/sun (or in my case all three!). Fabulous for those ladies (99% of us) who want to grow our hair out for TBD (The Big Day).


If like me your hair turns a little brassy a couple of weeks post highlights, then you definitely need a purple shampoo. This one smells amazing and is really pigmented, so works a treat! I reviewed it before here I’m also about to trial this one from Bleach London, who are constantly tempting me to buy their lilac hair dye. I’m not brave enough though, not nearly! The Aveda shampoo and conditioner called Blue Malva is also scent-a-licious but I find it’s not so pigmented. Perhaps better for every day use though!

Anyone else got favourite products for brides-to-be that they’d like to share? I avoided the nitty gritty stuff like teeth whitening, tanning and waxing – needless to say with all that prep, what you pay for is what you get, and don’t try anything new close to the wedding date!



IMAGE CREDIT: Taylor Barnes Photography



So I recently shared Taylor Barnes Photography and Belle & Beau Photography‘s images from our styled shoot earlier this year as featured on the Style Me Pretty wedding blog, and I also promised one more amazing photographer feature from the day too (as well as a series of DIY tutorials which I can’t wait to show you!).

So I’m delighted to introduce Alex Miller Photography and his beautiful work. This gent really will go to the next level to get the right shot, I spied him climbing up trees, hanging off branches and creeping up on deer in just one day of styling!

As usual, jump to the end for all supplier credits. You want amazing florals and pretty stationery at your wedding too right?

Coombe Lodge, Somerset Wedding Venue





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{Photography: Alex Miller Photography | Flowers: The Rose Shed | Make-Up: Nina Norman MUA | Hair: Melanie Giles Hairdressing | Venue: Coombe Lodge | Gowns: The Mews, Clifton | Jewellery : Bees and Graves | Mensware: Clifton Suits | Stylist: Jessie | Tableware: Stylists Own | Vintage Furniture Hire: Virginia’s Vintage Hire}

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the three different styles, which photographer most appeals to your personal design aesthetic? Do you see a difference between male/female photographer’s work?

I love the evening light in the final shots, and always tell my brides to make sure they get some portraits at sunset if possible (even if it means sneaking out during pudding!).



WATERFALL BRAID TUTORIAL {Professional Tips on How to Create Boho Bridal Hair}

Not so long ago I shared a fabulous DIY classic bridal make up tutorial with you from professional make up artist Sophie Chamings. On that lovely day of pampering I also had my hair styled by the very talented Chris from Fordham Hair Design, who created a gorgeous waterfall plait in my hair with loose waves.

I have to say, my hair was still looking pretty fabulous when I woke up the next morning… so pay attention to his top tips for getting a relaxed look that actually lasts!

Thanks again to Marcus from Bigeye Photography for snapping away and giving us these great images.

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Chris Fordham: Most brides love the idea of having a special ‘hair do’ for their big day, but the biggest request I receive when conducting bridal hair trials is to not make them look too bouffant or give them an ‘Essex facelift’. With this in mind and wanting to create a hair-style that worked with many wedding themes we decided to style Jessie’s hair into a ‘boho chic’ waterfall braid with tousled beach curls.

This look would work well with a country barn celebration and equally with a high end 5 star venue wedding, the juxtaposition of the casual feel of a water fall braid and a beautifully fitted wedding gown works beautifully.

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The key to any bridal hair style is preparation, the average wedding day lasts around  12 hours, add  to this a lot of mingling, a splash of photo booth action and a few dance floor moves and you soon realise that your hair style needs to stand up to a lot!

I prepped Jessie’s hair with Schwarzkopf Silhouette setting lotion spray (£6.75). The term ‘Setting Lotion’ sounds terribly old fashioned but in this case Granny certainly knew best when it came to making a hair style last and this modern version works just as well but leaves the hair soft to the touch. Once I’d quickly dried this into the hair I added a few drops of Argan Secret’s ‘Oil of Marakesh’ (£17.99) this oil is the hair product equivalent of the multivitamin drink! A great product that protects the hair against heated appliances while adding incredible shine, reducing frizz and softening the hair.

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To create the beach curls I turned to my faithful GHD straighteners, these really are the ‘King of straighteners’, it may seem a contradiction to use ‘straighteners’ to curl hair but they give a great finish.  I do however find that people very often struggle to perfect the technique and they end up with weird kinks and not enough curl.

The secret is to take a SMALL postage stamp sized section of hair and to clamp the hair at the scalp with the GHD’s, while clamping the hair rotate the GHD’s a full rotation so the hair wraps around them, then SLOWLY pull the GHD’s along the section of hair almost like you would curl ribbon with scissors at Christmas time!

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Once curled all over I quickly spritzed the curls with L’Oreal ‘Fix Design’, this professional hairspray is a favourite with celebrity stylists at London Fashion Week for its ability to hold a style in adverse conditions.

The next stage was to weave the ‘Waterfall Braid’, starting at the temple the hair is divided into 3 sections and plaited in a conventional ‘French Braid’ for approximately ½ an inch.

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Then we start to drop out the lowest section as we weave and take another piece from behind the ‘dropped’ piece, so the hair is always being braided with 3 sections but always ‘dropping’ the lowest section to make the cascade effect, it may sound complicated but it really isn’t and a few practice sessions will soon have you mastering this on trend look!

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Waterfall Braid Hair Tutorial By Chris Fordham at Fordham Hair Design:

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Makeup by Sophie Chamings

All images by Marcus Ward at Bigeye Photography


So Chris makes that sound very easy indeed, but I have a feeling that it probably takes way more practice to get it looking just right. So, if you give this a go do leave a comment on whether you managed to do it perfectly first time round!




Did you see Part 1 of the gorgeous gowns featured in Cotswold Life and shot by White Room Images at Barnsley House and Spa? No? Well hop on over there now, because that first Sassi Holford dress is a stunner!

The lovely team from Dragonfly Contemporary Designs came together with top local Gloucestershire suppliers to showcase some of their beautiful wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses in a typical English country garden setting, with ethereal veils and pretty accessories to match.

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This gorgeous dress is “Lantana” from Alan Hannah’s MiaMia range, and the veil is by The Couture Veil, both available at Dragonfly Contemporary Designs.

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Again, I love how the look can be totally transformed by adding or taking away a simple veil. The bouquet is by Bloomers of Cheltenham and perfectly complimented the setting at beautiful Cotswold wedding venue Barnsley House.

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Dragonfly Contemporary Designs have also recently launched their own bridesmaid dresses in a variety of colour-ways and lengths – seen here in a blush pink shorter style and a navy maxi style.

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I love this next Sassi Holford dress called “Olivia” so much because of it’s versatility. The lace detail at the top with a more simple skirt is just the right amount of pretty. The glittery headpiece is by Polly Edwards, again all available at Dragonfly Contemporary Designs. The freshwater pearls are from Cheltenham based RJ Spicer.

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Thanks to the beautiful girls Nikki and Olivia for wearing these dresses so beautifully. I think they were in dressing up heaven!



Photography: White Room Images |

Bridal Gowns: Dragonfly Contemporary Designs |

Flowers: Bloomers of Cheltenham |

Hair: Gorgeous Hair |

Make-up: Alice Tenton |

Wedding Planner: Jessie Thomson |

Models: Nikki Cooke and Olivia Pym

Wedding Venue: Barnsley House and Spa |


A few months ago the lovely David from White Room Images in Cheltenham contacted me about helping him to plan and come up with a design concept for a bridal fashion shoot for the wedding edition Cotswold Life magazine. When he told me that the team at Dragonfly Contemporary Designs were already on board, I couldn’t resist really could I?!

We decided pretty early on that we wanted to go for something very Kate Moss inspired, a classical country bride but with a rock n’ roll edge. The perfect wedding venue was of course one of my favourites in The Cotswolds, Barnsley House and Spa.

I’m excited to share the first set of photo’s with you from this beautiful bridal fashion showcase as seen in the latest edition of Cotswold Life Pure Weddings magazine. There will be more to come… so many gorgeous shots that I needed to split it into more than one feature for you.

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The stunning stationery was supplied by super duper talented David from Cherry Press. He is so passionate about his art, and it shows beautifully in his creative work. We used neutral and classic colours in this shoot, so David used gorgeous grey’s on the “Namosa” range from his collection.

The bridal gown featured in the next images below are of “Bluebell” by Sassi Holford from Dragonfly Contemporary Designs. I love how it’s a big dress that’s quite formal and statement making, yet paired with a floral crown normally reserved for boho girls it’s kept fresh and contemporary with those long wavy tresses.

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A touch of grunge with those charcoal black nails (totally works doesn’t it?!). I adore the floral crown by local florist Bloomers of Cheltenham using baby’s breath and daisies. So sweet and simple. Those stunning pearls can be purchased at Cheltenham jewellers RJ Spicer.

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The long and loose wavy bridal hair was created by the team from Gorgeous Hair. If you want a big statement or more formal dress but also lust for a more low key affair, a compromise with this loose “down do” might work for you.

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The bouquets were also by Bloomers of Cheltenham, that “just picked from a meadow” look will always appeal to me.

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This next dress is called “Mia” by Sassi Holford and is also from Dragonfly Contemporary Designs. I love how the simple addition of the pink belt and veil totally changes the whole look. An easy way to change the dress from ceremony to reception.

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The headpiece is by Polly Edwards and also available at Dragonfly Contemporary Designs. Makeup for both models was by Alice Tinton – a soft natural look for brides that won’t age.

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I still love lace dresses going into 2014 – the style of this dress is so flattering, and though not as big as the first one, it still makes an impact whilst remaining nice and covered on the shoulder… so perfect for a church wedding.

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Aren’t the grounds of Barnsley House stunning? Wait until you see the next part of this series, which will also feature pretty bridesmaid dresses and some incredible sunset shots. Meeeep!



Photography: White Room Images |

Bridal Gowns: Dragonfly Contemporary Designs |

Flowers: Bloomers of Cheltenham |

Hair: Gorgeous Hair |

Make-up: Alice Tenton |

Wedding Planner: Jessie Thomson |

Models: Nikki Cooke and Olivia Pym

Wedding Venue: Barnsley House and Spa |


CLASSIC BRIDAL MAKEUP TUTORIAL {Professional Tips to Achieve a Beautiful and Natural Look}

A few weeks ago I was treated to a makeover with two of Gloucestershire’s finest wedding suppliers, make up artist Sophie Chamings and hair stylist Chris Fordham. They arrived at my house with their magical kits full of goodies to make me look suitably bridal, so that we could give you lovely readers two fabulous tutorials on how to achieve the look yourself at home.

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So I’m excited to share the first part of this series with you, a classic bridal makeup tutorial. Perfect for those of you wanting to look healthy and glowing without being too obviously made up. Even if you’re not a bride to be, read on for some great product reccommendations and beauty tips!

It was a little nerve wrecking to find myself sitting in front of the camera without any make up on at all when we started out, but wonderful Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography started chatting away and as always, made me totally relax and forget to feel self conscious. So thanks to him I don’t look totally awful in the “before” pictures (and I didn’t pay him to edit out my flaws… promise).

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Sophie Chamings: Integral to everything I do is beautiful skin and flawless make-up. If you look good, you feel good too and this is especially important on your wedding day!

I worked with Jessie’s colouring, character and natural style to create a look unique to her using some of my favourite products!

As you can see by the end results, having a professional do your make-up really does make a real difference. But if you are braving it yourself, these step by step instructions should help. Remember you might need to tweak the colours to suit you! Seek advice from a consultant you trust at your favourite make-up counter.

And, don’t forget to invest in some good quality brushes as this will make all the difference!

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Always do your eyes first so you can lean on your face with your hands and clean up any mess underneath afterwards without ruining your beautifully applied foundation.


Start with a primer – absolutely essential if you want your eye make-up to last all day! My favourite is Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics (£20.50) in a shade or two lighter than your natural skintone (I used Linen on Jessie). It’s brilliant and will ensure the colour of your eyeshadow is fresh and bright too. Simply apply all over your eyelid blending into the socket line.

Eyeshadow – lighter shade

Next, apply a light shade all over your eyelid on top of your primer. I used No 7 eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf (£7) here which looks great on everybody!

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Then, using an eyeliner (liquid or pencil depending on the drama you want to create), draw a line along your upper lash line. I used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place eyeliner here in Coffee which is a dark brown.  Then I used a small eyeliner brush (or thin tipped brush from an art shop for a cheaper option) to perfect and soften the line, adding in a small flick at the outer corners.

It does take practice so keep cotton buds and water based liquid eye make-up remover nearby (recommended Rimmel liquid eye make-up remover £2.99).  If you go wrong, simply correct your mistake with a cotton bud dipped in a small amount of make-up remover.

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Then it’s time for your lashes! Get the curlers out and give them a good curl before applying 2-3 coats of black or dark brown mascara.  I did this on Jessie but then decided that fake lashes would be a good addition so I applied No 7 False Eyelashes 10 Natural Volume £7.50. They really added that wow factor that most brides want! For a more natural look, Eylure do some very fine ones which look great!

Once this is done, you can add a darker/contour shade to the outer part of your eyelids and sockets. Don’t go too dark especially if you are fair and keep assessing what it looks like with your eyes open during application.  On Jessie, I used a soft taupe/heathery shade. I mixed Lancome and MAC shadows but most brands offer this shade so try a couple on and see which one looks best! Matte shades generally look softer.

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I then applied a soft line of eyeliner along the lower lash line followed by mascara on the lower lashes.

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Primer and Foundation

Again, always start with a primer. I used Laura Mercier’s primer for normal skin (£28) on Jessie which is my favourite primer and is great on all skin types.  I then applied Lancome’s Teine Idole Silky Matte liquid foundation 24 HR (£25) foundation for a soft creamy flawless finish. For a more radiant finish, my favourite is Estee lauder’s Double Wear.

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Under the eyes and brow bone, I then applied a concealer. I used my newly found Rimmel Match Perfection Illumintaing Concealer which I love for both what it looks like and its price point £5.99!

Make Up and Hair Tutorial

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Blusher and powder

I then applied a fresh peachy blusher – Boujois Blush Pot in Rose Ambre (£5.49). I applied it to the apples of Jessie’ cheeks blending up along the cheekbone for a natural and fresh look.

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I finished Jessie’s complexion with a sweep of Laura Mercier’s Pressed Mineral Powder (£31) to set and soften the look.

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Prime first! I used Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss liplift (£23) which is my favourite lip primer of all time. It softens and smoothes the lips like you wouldn’t believe. I then applied a natural coloured lipliner (Nars lip liner in Papau) all over the lips to create lasting colour. I finished by applying a Body Shop lip gloss in colour Lychee to add a bit of shine!

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Sophie Chamings | Bridal Make-up Artist | w | m 07734 994783

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There you have it! Sophie makes it all sound so simple, but being one of those girls who doesn’t normally wear a lot of makeup I know it’s not as easy as it looks. I have never mastered the art of eyeshadow, and my default is to wear a layer of great mascara and a red lip. Despite owning more makeup than I’d ever need in my lifetime, I’m still not that good at actually applying it. So personally for my wedding I opted for a professional who made sure I looked flawless in my photos.

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By all means give this a go, and if you are pleased with the results then fantastic! But if you are anything like me and you can’t apply false lashes without poking yourself in the eye, or worry it might all look “too much”, then I’d highly recommend booking in a trial with a professional make up artist for some peace of mind!

Watch out for part 2 of this series where Chris Fordham shows you how to create loose curls and a pretty waterfall plait – perfect for a bohemian or festival bride.



Make up by Sophie Chamings

Hair by Chris Fordham

Photography by Marcus Ward at Bigeye Photography 





LIVE Winter wedding Q&A with LoveLuxe Blog


I hope everyone has been snuggling up in warm winter knits and a cup of hot cocoa these last few days, it’s geting dark so early now and really starting to feel like winter. I know it’s nearly Christmas when I light a candle in my office in the morning!

I expect there are a number of Cotswold brides currently planning a winter wedding at the moment, I’m certainly working with a few again this year, and there are extra considerations for those of you who’ve been brave enough to wear a wedding dress in the colder months.

With so many brides opting for out of season wedding dates, it’s also the industry suppliers and vendors who need to be more knowledgable.

Cotswolds Christmas theme winter weddingStyling by Jessie Thomson, Photography by Limelight Studio

So it really is exciting to be able to announce my involvement with the first LoveLuxe Blog live hangout on Wednesday 7th November from 8-9pm where a panel of experts will be chatting live via video about their experiences with winter weddings.  It’s essentially this awesome little community where we get to share ideas, tips and best practice as well as answering any questions that people post as we chat!

The other fabulous industry experts joining me are; incredible dress designer Charlotte Balbier, the very talented photographer Shell de Mar, make up artist to the stars Kellie Mitchell, top UK florist Emma Lappin and real bride Rebecca Aspin who also runs Sell My Wedding.

You can send your questions in to any of us by commenting on the LoveLuxe Blog page, leaving a question on the Facebook Wall or using the hashtag #loveluxewinter on Twitter. You’ll also be able to communicate with all of us live on the site while the Q&A is taking place, and whether you’re a bride, planning a party or an industry expert looking to do a bit of networking – everybody’s welcome!

I’m also now a regular guest blogger over at LoveLuxe so do pop over to read my recent posts on choosing your wedding theme and finding out the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist, I would love your comments!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween yesterday… check out my little one all dressed up for the occasion!

Baby Flora and Mummy!