Real Brides: A classic wedding hair and make up look for Eleanor at The Barnyard

Real Brides: A classic wedding hair and make up look for Eleanor at The Barnyard

Real Brides: A classic wedding hair and make up look for Eleanor at The Barnyard

There’s something pretty magical about a twilight wedding. The whole day is spent in anticipation for the coming evening events and as the lights start to dim, the excitement mounts!

Eleanor and Joe were married in an evening ceremony at The Barnyard, Kent. I met Eleanor in the afternoon to begin our bridal preparations at The Green Farm House. This particular venue is starting to become a popular choice for brides marrying at the local venues and its easy to see why.

Not only is The Green farm house a beautiful setting with low ceilings and wooden beams, it’s also available for private hire. There’s plenty of rooms, meaning you can accommodate your entire bridal party and beyond and the place is full of character and photo opportunity. There’s a driveway for your wedding car to collect you right from the front door and theres also a garden, ideal for those first shots of you in your dress.

Beyond all that, the customer service at this lovely venue is faultless. The attention to detail for brides is beyond reassuring and the warm welcome received from the team makes you feel instantly comfortable in the new surroundings. As a supplier, it’s very easy to be overlooked but the staff here go above and beyond to ensure that everyone knows and feels like they are welcome.

Eleanor wasn’t a heavy make up wearer in her daily life so I decided to focus my attention to ensure that her lovely skin had that perfect bridal glow. I used airbrush make up to ensure a light but even coverage and kept to a neutral and soft colour palette.
For hair we went for an on trend undone undo, gathering her hair at he nape and allowing a few face framing curls to fall. The low bun we created was textured without being too rigid, adding to the romantic style, without making Eleanor feel overdone or ‘different’. A lot of brides tell me that although they want to look and feel amazing, they still want to look like themselves … just a really good version!

It’s important that the bridal look you choose enhances your features, not masks them. That’s why it’s important to me that at the consultation point of your booking we really have a good chance to discuss not only what you like, but also what you don’t like. It’s just as important for me to know what to avoid or alter for you, as it is for me to know what we’re working towards.

If you’d like to have a chat in more detail about the vision you have for your wedding hair and make up then don’t hesitate to get in touch – I look forward to hearing from you !

Things to read when you’re a bride to be

Things to read when you’re a bride to be

Things to read when you’re a bride to be

So, other than heading to your nearest supermarket and stocking up on every magazine you can see with the word ‘bride’ in the title – where exactly to brides to be go to get their wedding inspiration for their big day?

Below I’ve compiled a short list of some of the most popular options when it comes to getting yourself wedding ready. Whether you’re just getting ideas or you’re in full blown wedding planning mode , check out the resources below


Your Kent wedding: A popular magazine for Kent Brides gives you the option to read their latest edition online. An easy way to access the latest bridal trends and get some inspiration from their Real brides features too.


Rock and Roll Bride: If you’re planning an alternative wedding or if you just want some fresh new ideas that don’t meet with the typical ‘traditional’ wedding requirements then check out Rock and Roll bride. It’s an online website packed with content about how you can make your wedding different. They also produce a magazine that you can order directly from their site. A great source of alternative inspiration, the editor Kat Williams also has a book for brides to be that want to do things a little different.


The DIY Wedding Manual – The perfect gift for the bride on a budget. If you just don’t know where to start with planning then this book ( available on Amazon ) is recommended as a perfect way to begin the planning process.


Head over to my ‘Guides for Brides’ page to find lots of inspiration and advice for brides to be. If there’s anything in particular that’s not covered then please do just ask and I’ll happily get something together for you .
You can take a look at my own wedding hair and makeup brochure here and I’ve also compiled a 2021 hair and make up look book for you too. It’s full of 2021 wedding trends and inspiration when it comes to choosing your wedding hair and makeup style so be sure to take a look.

If you have any more suggestions or if you’ve enjoyed any more wedding resources in the run up to your big day then please do share them with me!

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Suzanne  at The Orangery

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Suzanne at The Orangery

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Suzanne at The Orangery

Full name:  Suzanne Bates-Glover (now Bushell!)
Wedding Date: 29/07/18
Venue: The Orangery
Photographer: Funky Pixel

My wedding style was….

Bright, bold and quirky. We steered away from the popular pastel wedding colours and went for what we love instead bright purple and teal. We added touches Lego (without making it too “Children’s Party”)

My wedding hair was….. beautiful!

Katie did such a wonderful job of making it very me and making sure it held all day.

My wedding make up was…. Stunning!

I’ve honestly never felt so good about the way I looked before or since. It had a “Hollywood glamour” feel to it and stayed out absolutely all day.

The thing I love most about my wedding day was….

The people. We had such a fun time with our family and friends and the dance floor was packed the entire night to the very end.

My venue was perfect because…..

It looked absolutely beautiful, it was exclusive for just our wedding and catered well for our day both inside and outside. The planners were amazing at keeping everything on track, keeping us calm and making last-minute alterations when things didn’t go to the original plan.

My favourite photo was….

Oooh hard to choose, but from these:

I chose Katie because …..

she had a great reputation, I had seen her work on Facebook and followed her for a while. I was so glad that I did because she did an amazing job with the hair and make up for all of us and it stayed out all day. On the day she arrived at the venue before we did, was set up and ready to go. She was professional, friendly and did a fantastic job. She even took some fab photos on her phone that are among some of my favourite of the day!

If I could give other brides one piece of advice it would be….

Don’t worry about things that are not in your control. Not everything went to plan on our day, it poured with rain all day in the middle of a heatwave and was the ONLY day the whole month that it rained all day. It meant that some things we had planned had to be scrapped; our outdoor ceremony, our white bouncy castle and our evening outdoor BBQ. But despite that we had a beautiful and emotional ceremony, everybody still had fun and everybody ate. We still had a fantastic day.

DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub

Choosing the right lipstick for your wedding day is one of the most important decisions when it comes to your wedding day make up. What’s just as important though is making sure that you have a good foundation for your make up to be applied to, and that includes your lips too.

Perfect Prep

One of the best ways to make sure your lips are wedding ready is by using a lip scrub. This will act as an exfoliator, removing any dead skin and making sure they are perfectly primed for any lip product to be applied.

Make your own

If you wanted to purchase something then check out Lush Cosmetics They do a beautiful smelling, flavoured lip scrub that I personally have in my own make up bag. If you wanted to try something different then this easy recipe below is a quick and cost-effective way to make your very own sugar lip scrub with natural ingredients that you have at home.

Honey Sugar Lip scrub

  • Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar in a small bowl
  • Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so

Weekly application

You can find a few variations to this recipe with a quick google so if you wanted to substitute any of the ingredients you’ll be able to find something that will suit you quite easily. Some add vanilla extract, others even add pigment using food coloring.

I’d recommend using something like this on a weekly basis in the run-up to your wedding day so your lips can get into the best possible condition. Keep your lips well moisturized too by using a lip balm, especially at night, and you’ll soon start to see ( and feel ) a noticeable improvement!

Hope this helps!

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Elouise at The Gardens, Yalding

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Elouise at The Gardens, Yalding

Real Bride: Wedding hair and make up for Elouise at The Gardens, Yalding

The Gardens at Yalding is a great choice for couples wanting an outdoor space with the wow factor. Full of colour and nature, even with the possibility of a teepee, it’s easy to see why this venue is becoming a really popular choice with couples looking for a relaxed day that they can make their own. As well as being a truly stunning setting for your big day it’s also totally customisable to meet with your personal needs, allowing you to create the exact ‘vibe’ that you want for your wedding.

Back in September of 2018 I visited The Gardens to provide wedding make up and hair for Elouise. Now it’s no secret that I LOVE styling red hair so this romantic twisted updo was the perfect match for me! Elouise was so unique in her personal style and I loved being given the opportunity to create her very own unique wedding look for her. From the bold eye make up to the individual way in which she wore her hair accessories, I had no doubt that Elouise likes to do things a little differently so I wasn’t surprised when these images dropped into my inbox and I couldn’t help but giggle!

I defy anyone to be able to look at Elouise’s pictures and not smile! Not only was this possibly one of the most colourful and beautifully decorated weddings I have ever seen, but her groom was possibly one of THE coolest guys on the planet! I mean, how many people do you know who marry a power ranger!?

Full name: Eloise Wickens
Wedding Date: 10th September 2018
Venue: The Gardens
Photographer: GayleJames

My wedding style was….

Full of colour and relaxed

My wedding hair was…..

Romantic, curly updo with a bit of Sparkle!

My wedding make up was….

Fresh and natural

The thing I love most about mew wedding day was….

Having all our loved ones together – Everyone laughed and smiled all day!

My venue was perfect because…..

It was a combination of our personalities – fun, colourful, untraditional, romantic and unexpected

My favourite photo was….

I have 2… One of Aaron and I at the table after signing the register, we both have huge smiles and me with my power ranger! 😂

I chose Katie because …..

One of my friends (Fiona Line) recommended Katie, plus Katie’s work sells itself! Her work is beautiful ❤️

If I could give other brides one piece of advice it would be…. 

Don’t worry about the minute details,  have the day that YOU and your hubby/wife want, and remember to breathe and take it all in!

Thank you so much Elouise for sharing your fabulous ay with me, and thank you for sending me the power ranger pictures – it’s quite possibly one of my favourite wedding photos ever!