What is your most memorable wedding?
My most memorable wedding was for an American Girl who came over for a Kent Country Wedding. We had been recommended to her but she was only flying in with her tribe just 3 days before the Wedding - so no time for a trial which always makes me slightly nervous. However, we had the most fun-filled morning. The girls were all such fun and they were all completely different so we got to do unique hair for everyone to suit their own style. They had hired a beautiful country mansion in which to get ready and the atmosphere was amazing. The bridesmaids were relaxed yet made sure the bride had a morning to remember and we really felt like part of their group. It was such a pleasure and honour to be part of the Bride's most special day and to witness such a tight girl clan who made the Bride feel as special and loved as she deserved to be.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Whenever we receive feedback from a bride we are always complimented on how much time we spent beforehand making sure we understood the bride's own personal style and what they were looking to achieve at their Wedding. We want to know how they envision themselves on their big day so we can translate this into the hair they dreamed of.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I always meet the bride for a trial and we have an in-depth chat so I get to know her personality, her style and her dreams for her day. We look at photos of hair for inspiration and to get a feel of what she likes and also what she doesn't like. I look at her dress and the venue so we can tie the hair in with the whole look as much as possible. We then trial as many styles as we need to until we find the one she loves. We talk accessories, flowers, veils, product and timings for the day aswell. We remain in contact until the big day and I can help source extensions or anything else that is needed. We also go through Bridesmaids and hair for anyone else that is having their hair done and also have trials for them if needed. Before the day I make sure the Bride knows exactly what time I will be arriving and a rough schedule. I will also liaise with the Make-Up Artist and anyone else needed to for timings etc.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Contemporary, Stylish, Beautiful, Fresh, Stunning
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
You will be looking great whatever you do throughout the day as I feel all Brides just glow and it's so clear and wonderful to see.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Having the privilege of being so close to a Bride on one of the most special days of her life. Not many people (apart from her partner) get to spend that much time with the Bride as she has to divide herself amongst everyone, yet we get to spend at least a couple of hours with her and her tribe, seeing her experience all the emotions that are there on the Wedding morning and getting to play a hand in making her feel her best. That's what I love most about my job.
What do you love most about your job?
Enjoy the planning and do you what you both want to do and try not to involve too many other people. This keeps your Wedding exactly how you want it and nobody else. It makes your planning considerably more stress free!
What is your No. 1 beauty tip for a bride?
I will always be calm myself which helps the bride. I stay in the background a lot as this is her moment to share with everyone around her but I do make sure I talk her through everything I'm doing and show her at stages, if needed, just to reassure her. Being so close to the Bride while I am doing her hair I get to sense if the nerves are approaching or if she is starting to panic. I will always talk to her and there is always an opportunity for her take 5 minutes if something needs her attention or approval. I make sure I tell her where we are at for timing and that I am in control of everyone that is having their hair done so that is one less thing she needs to worry about.
How do you keep the bride feeling calm on her wedding day?
Prep! Your skin and your hair - make sure you start looking after them immediately. A strong base is the best foundation for everything.