around the world in 30 days!

It’s been a very busy October and November so far. . . with my brides coming from all corners of the earth. . .

Jane from Australia  got married in The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth and had a lovely Sunny day . ..reminiscent of the beautiful Australian weather she’d left behind!

Charlotte, originally from Balham but now living in the French Alps, had a beautiful wedding day, she wore a beautiful dress complimenting which she accessorized with an amazing veil and tiara – family heirlooms dating back to the 1920’s. . . true vintage style brought up to date with a modern twist.

Debbie, whose family came from Ireland, now living in Wembly definitely had the luck of the Irish with her on her big day, the sun shone all day and any last minute glitches were easily sorted.

I met the beautiful Nermine and her mum, from Egypt, they brought some Middle Eastern sunshine to brighten up my autumn days.

Nermine’s mum is a very special lady, look out for her if you are ever buying school uniform in Harrods! You will get the best service ever . . .  from one of the kindest ladies you can imagine.

Giada Feminella (what a beautiful surname!) from Italy now has a husband from Cameroon, her family were so excited, and so was I, you can never be down for long when you’re surrounded by so much positive energy!

Behice and her family from Turkey looked after me in true Middle Eastern Style supplying me with the most beautiful Turkish tea and pastries all day, she wore an amazing dress that her mum had painstakingly hand made, romantic, lacy and exquisite.

I did my first Somalian wedding a couple of weeks ago – I met Nora and her Family and was welcomed in to the family home like an old friend. They are from Somali Land   . . . I got my first taste of Somalian cuisine – I need to find a local Somalian restaurant I think! The preparations were extensive and chaotic – her driver had to get to another party and wanted to leave without taking her to the venue! Her dress was beautiful, and everything came together in the end, I did her hair, and thought I say so myself . . .she looked amazing, I can’t wait to see her photos!

Roni from Zimbabwe got married  earlier this week in a picturesque venue on Gloucestershire, she’s an amazing woman, and she’s had a fascinating life, working and traveling around the world – amongst many other occupations she’s been a professional diver and lived in war torn areas with no running water or electricity . . I felt like I could learn so much from her . . . .

I first met her last year when I did her daughter Carrie’s hair and makeup at the Vineyard in Oxfordshire, so it was lovely to spend time with the family again. Her other daughter Kirsty was unable to make it to the wedding . . . for all the right reasons though. . .she had a beautiful baby girl Mia on the wedding morning, cause for a double celebration.

On Sunday I met Arozo from Afghanistan, we hadn’t had time for a trial as she’d been let down last minute by her hair dresser, she looked great and was REALLY happy with the results. She had planned her engagement party in less than 3 weeks, an amazing feat of determination and perseverance!

I have of course met a good selection of British brides too, the London wedding venues attract brides from all over the U.K.. . . Londoners and Liverpudlians . . .  brides from Cardiff and Carlisle, so . . . as you can imagine, I’ve had a busy couple of months.

I’ve been shortlisted for the national Wedding Industry Awards for both best makeup artist and best hair stylist . . . I’m trying not to think about it too much. . . trying not to be nervous about the results . . . as one of my brides said. . . it doesn’t actually matter if I win or not, I’m still really good at my job. . and that’s what really matters. . . .thanks Julie!