So lovely to have the fabulous Natalie Boland MUA as our guest blogger this week....talking to you gorgeous people about 2017 bridal make up trends. I shall let the lovely Natalie continue!
As a bridal makeup artist keeping up to date with the latest beauty trends is part of my job to put a fresh modern twist on classic looks, however I prefer not to fully embrace trends but to use them in a more subtle way that won’t age in photos.
One of the biggest trends for this year is monochromatic makeup done in a really fresh and ladylike way by using pinks not only on the lips and cheeks but also on the eyes and also a radiant complexion.
I embraced this trend to create a pretty look on Alice, luckily Alice already looks after her skin but if you don’t have a skincare routine get one as soon as you can before your wedding. Having you skin in the best condition it can be will help your makeup artist on the big day create a more flawless finish.
I suggest getting an everyday routine with a cleanser, toner, a face moisturiser and an under eye cream too, as the skin is thinner and shows again first. Then a weekly mask/exfoliator to exfoliate and add hydration.
For her skin prep I used the Vitamin Enriched face base by Bobbi Brown (everyone loves this product when I use it on them as It smells like lemon!) and the hydrating eye cream. I let this soak into the skin whilst I then focus on the eyes, to prep Alice’s lids I used Urban Decay Primer Potion then dusted a layer of Strange from the Urban Decay from the crease of the eye to the brow bone, to make blending easier, for the lid I used Trick from the same palette on the lid then blended this out in the crease with Limit and then to add depth I used Nooner still in the crease but the outer third and dragged some more Nooner under the lash line.
For the liner I used Inglot Gel Liner in shade 90 which is a gorgeous brown, which looks softer against the pink tones of this look and has amazing staying power, these liners do dry out but Inglot sell a product called Duraline that will revive gel/cream products. I then used a black waterproof mascara and applied Demi Wispies which are my go to lash for bridal looks.
I then used Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow to prime the face, Bobbi Browns Corrector under the eyes and RCMA foundation however another foundation that is easier to get your hands on that is another kit favourite is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation to even out the skintone. I then Used Stila’s Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom on the cheecks and Mac’s Minerlise Blush in Dainty on top. My two highlighters of choice for this look were Collections Speedy Highlighter first and then Becca’s Champagne Pop to add even more glow. To set the makeup I used RCMA No Colour Powder down the t zone and some Secret Brightening Powder under the eyes with Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting spray on top to seal everything in.
On the Lips I used NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Rose to line and fill In the lips, I then used Bobbi Brown’s Lipstick in Pale Petal all over the lips then NYX Mega Shine Lip-gloss in Beige, which isn’t actually beige in colour it’s more pink.
For more make up advice please check out Natalie Boland MUA on Instagram.
Last week, whilst researching what had been going on in the wedding world I stumbled across a video….what made the video stand out was the fact that it was shot in my hometown of Leicester. So I started to watch….as Bruno Mars began to sing ‘I think I want to marry you’, I sat back and watched what lead me to tears of pure joy.
In a world where all everyone seems to talk about is terrorism, Trump and Brexit this ballsy guy reduced me to tears of happiness! And I’m not the only one who is feeling the love! With over 6 Million views the video has now gone viral and has been picked up by numerous news channels.
After watching the proposal I just had to find out more and so off I went to meet Roxanne Gyles and Matthew Brookes to find out what it takes to create Leicester’s BEST EVER proposal!
After being school friends aged 11 Matthew and Roxanne lost contact for over 10 years, finally meeting again in 2013 when Matthew was running the Prince of Wales pub. And so the love story begins…
Matthew explained that the reason he wanted to propose to Roxanne in such a public way was to create a memory that forever would be looked back on…if your going to propose why not go big! And so with the help of friends and family the planning began. Matthew explained that from start to finish the surprise took just 4 weeks to plan. Amazingly the only people who were not in on the plan were the couple’s children Alyssa and Lewis both aged 8 who were clearly as baffled as Roxanne herself!
Matthews 1st choice of venue was local beauty spot Bradgate Park as this venue holds special memories for them both after an unplanned evening trek in the dark ( but that’s another story! ) but this left him with the problem of actually getting Roxanne there in the 1st place. And so after approaching the Highcross in Leicester plans really started to come together. With the help of friends and family Matthews’s idea was really going to happen!
And so on 30th December 2016 it was all systems go…unbeknown to Roxanne this is!
After shopping in the City Centre the couple then walked through the food court of the Highcross where displayed on the electronic billboard was a picture of Roxanne and Matthew…Roxanne admits that even at this point she did not realise what was going on. Even daughter Alyssa was amazed and bewildered as to why a picture of Matthew and her Mum was displayed for all to see. It’s only after Roxanne spotted friends and family that things started to drop into place.
Matthew admits that he didn’t want the proposal to just be about arranging a dance group and playing a song, he really wanted to get involved and so even trained with the dance group ER (although not for 4 weeks as certain media resource state) which Matthew admits was an issue in itself as he had to cancel dinner plans with Roxanne and fake sickness to keep the whole thing a secret!
But credit where credit is due…he pulled it off! And boy was it a proposal.
Both Matthew and Roxanne have been overwhelmed by the response that they have had since posting the video online last week. The loved up couple have even had well wishes from places as far away as the Philippines, Malawi and Thailand. But with all things that are put out into the public domain…they have also had their share of trolls.
Roxanne admits that to start with the things people were saying were upsetting but after seeing that Matthew found the comments amusing, soon laughed along….being called a prize plonker was one of Matthews’s most amusing comments. And really….how can anyone not LOVE that video??
I can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure to have been able to meet this fab couple. Matthews’s creative genius is now going to be pushed to the max if he’s to outdo himself ever again! But I have faith…and can’t wait to see what he pulls out of the bag….The couple plan to wed in 2019 after taking a year out to have a baby…so Matthew, you have plenty of time to plan!
Huge congratulations from not only Love Photography 13 Weddings but from the whole of Leicester!!
The couple would like to thank the Highcross Leicester, Carlucci’s Restaurant, ER Dance group, CMW Sound Systems and all the friends, family and viewers of the video.
A special shout out to their gorgeous children Alyssa and Lewis.
To watch the video please click HERE
So for those of you that follow my Facebook page, you will have seen LIVE that this week I had the opportunity to go and have a sneak peek at the new Bridal and ceremonial capsule collection by Giulia Mio.
Giulia Mio is an Italian, award winning couture milliner devoted to making hats and headpieces from the finest materials, with an immaculate finish. Her style is the result of a diverse mix of Art, Theatre and observation of the Nature.
She studied set and costume design in Venice and in Milan, and she learned millinery for haute couture and theatre between Rome, Milan and Zurich.
She has been trained as traditional milliner, but she is interested also in new techniques and innovative materials.
The bespoke hats and headpieces are sculptural and delicate, designed to flatter the face and proportioned to the person and whole outfit.
All of the pieces are entirely handmade by the designer and are made to order.
Below are some of the pieces available for purchase.
Above : Feather crown: hand trimmed ivory feathers on a headband, covered with ivory soft tulle for a more comfortable fit
Ivory and gold lace: Ivory silk and gold lace button fascinator, with hand made silk and gold lace peony and curled goose biots
Pink and ivory boater hat: Hand dyed parasisal straw boater hat, softly shaded from pale pink to ivory, with hand made silk peonies and hand died feathers.
Black, pewter grey and pearl grey coolie hat: pearl grey, pewter grey and black sinamay coolie hat on a satin head band, with diamond pattern silver grey crinoline trimming.
It was an absolute pleasure to see what goes on behind the scenes with Giulia...and I got to try on so many beautiful hats!!
Please contact Giulia directly for commissions.
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A lot of people are quite shocked when given a quote for their wedding photography. On the face of it, many people will think an average wedding priced at £2000 will leave the photographer with the tidy sum of £250 per hour which is an awesome figure for anyone to be earning.
But what are you really getting??
Well lets switch the question around…why is cheap wedding photography cheap??
Does the photographer have insurance for a start? Many amateur or hobbyist photographers will not have insurance. Insurance will cover many things such as accidental damage to property during the wedding, accidents (should they unfortunately occur) and other unfortunate events. By taking the risk of having no insurance, the amateur photographer will not have this cost to factor in to his or her wedding photography package.
A professional wedding photographer will have back up equipment, a choice of lenses to use and possibly lighting (should you require it) Professional lenses and other essential equipment do not come cheap. As a professional wedding photographer these are tools of your trade and so over time the quality and product knowledge will increase ( as does the cost ) Having an expensive camera does not necessarily make for a professional wedding photographer.
As trends and technology change its important for a wedding photographer to stay up to date with new techniques and trainings. Many wedding photographers will have attended seminars and courses to learn the latest techniques and to learn about the most up to date equipment. These courses cost hundreds of pounds. This again will be factored into the overall package price.
These are just a few of the things that many clients do not even give a second thought to.
And then there is the obvious things like meetings with the couple before the wedding, travel time and costs, possible pre wedding shoot, research of the venue and visit to check lighting and best places to shoot, photography on the day (during which we very rarely get a break) post processing and editing which takes days, design of products such as wedding albums…the list is endless.
So I hope that after reading this blog post you will now really understand what you are paying for in a top quality and experienced wedding photographer.
I shall let you be the ones to decide whether or not we are worth our expense when you see your results!
And remember…wedding photography is an investment in YOUR future. For many years to come it will be these images that you look back on…after creating your perfect day, its only right that its captured in a way you will treasure forever!
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