Elmley Nature Reserve Kent – Bridal Hair and Make Up

Elmley Nature Reserve Kent – Bridal Hair and Make Up

Thursday Throwback – Ellie’s Wedding at Elmley Nature Reserve 


Erm…..where do I start?!  This wedding at Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent was all kinds of WOW. Seriously, these images are only a small small snippet of the fabulous collection from Steven at Duntons Photography which captured Ellie and Mikes day beautifully! 

As a Kent bridal hair and make up artist I’ve seen some wonderful venues but this one really took my breath away. Elmley Nature reserve  really is something else. Driving down the venue is almost like driving onto a film set. The scenery is truly breathtaking and it made the perfect natural backdrop for this rustic style wedding. 

I was so excited to have Ellie as a bride. Not only was she a lovely person but her hair was nothing short of AMAZING! All her own too, so no extensions were needed to help create this stunning ‘tail’ style.


A selection of wraps, twists and braid – Ellies bridal hair is definitely up there with my favourite styles from 2018! The gorgeous red colour enhanced every fold and the contrast between that and the white flowers we added made the style really come to life.



For Ellie’s bridal make up we decided to keep things natural and flawless, perfectly complimenting her theme and surroundings for the day itself. Airbrush Make up allowed me to give coverage without making her look too heavily made up. Her eyes stand out beautifully and by using a selection of warm and neutral tones we were able to really make them pop. 

For the lips we used a popular nude “mehr’ by Mac which holds a slightly pink tone. A flushed complexion with added highlight ( illamasqua OMG – a firm favourite of mine! ) finished off Ellie’s bridal glow. 



For the bridesmaids I used warm pink and nude tones alongside a base of airbase, airbrush make up. Airbrush is such a popular choice with my bridal parties as not only does it look flawless and photograph beautifully but it really does last all day. Ellie was lucky enough to have the perfect weather and the light, bright and glowing tones that finished the bridesmaids look really encompassed the whole feel of the authentic, natural fun of the day. 

And just because I seriously couldn’t select ‘just a few’ of these fabulous images I’ve added on a few more for you to take a look at and enjoy! Thankyou so much Ellie for having me, it was a real pleasure to transform your hair into the bridal vision you had dreamt of! 


If you’re reading this and you’re looking for a bridal hair and make up artist and would like to discuss your ideas for your own wedding then please do get in touch


I look forward to hearing from you


Katie x 



What is airbrush make up?

What is airbrush make up?

I decided to train with airbase airbrush make up back in early 2014. I love all things make up so the idea of airbrushing was pretty exciting to me! I loved the idea of a truly hd flawless finish being created in seconds from a few drops of airbase foundation! After seeing the process first hand I was hooked and went ahead and booked my training course.
My training took place in the beautiful Canterbury and within a matter of hours I had learnt the correct application techniques needed to create the beautiful bases I had seen on the tv! Airbase was the official foundation used on itv X factor … And we all know how good they look! Since offering airbase airbrush foundation I have seen a definite increase in my bridal bookings – especially if they know first hand how good the product is! When I demo the airbase product at a wedding fair I’m often surrounded by many brides to be and the air is filled with many “ooooh” ‘s of amazement as they see the transformation happen before their eyes! I have been offering bridal make up in Kent now for almost three years and I am currently offer a free upgrade to airbrush make up for all of my brides. If you’re considering it for your big day please do get in touch! Make sure you take a look at my work on the gallery pages to see the results for yourself!

Westernhanger Castle Wedding Venue

Westernhanger Castle Wedding Venue

Westernhanger castle is One of the most stunning wedding venues in Kent! Recently under new ownership the beautiful settings and surrounding really are like something from a fairytale! The long private drive, the beautiful marquee and the gazebo all set for an outdoor wedding all add to the magic of this wonderful place!
The building inside is tastefully decorated and pays tribute to many of its original and restored features. The reception rooms down stairs are large enough for a wedding party whilst smaller rooms are available for a more intimate setting.
Westernhanger castle was a firm favourite with me when I did my first wedding there at the beginning of 2014. I had never been to the venue before and didn’t even know it existed! The bridal prep room is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen in many of the Kent wedding venues I have visited!
The photos below were from the beautiful bride camille. Her wedding morning was a true family celebration and the fact that a lot of the conversation was made in French made it seem all the more romantic! Cami decided to go for a sophisticated updo with intricate details and one of my very favourite accessories- the birdcage veil! Congratulations cami, you made a truly beautiful bride!