Sussex wedding venues I've visited this year

In the course of getting my lovely brides ready for their Big Days this year, I've visited some lovely wedding venues in Sussex. Here are some of them, with links to their websites....enjoy!


Stanmer House

Stanmer House is nestled in the valley of Stanmer Park, just outside of Brighton and Hove, towards Lewes. It has only been a wedding venue for a couple of years, but several of my brides have had their ceremonies and/or their receptions here and I have heard nothing but praise about it. Small to mid-size civil wedding and partnerships.



Birling Manor

Birling Manor is close to Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Seaford and Eastbourne. Birling Manor Has flint buildings and walled gardens. There are two local churches nearby or you can have a civil wedding or partnership on site. Midsize to large weddings.



Amberley Castle

Lord it like a lady on your wedding day at Amberley Castle, a 900-year-old castle not far from Worthing, Arundel and Storrington. You can also hire the whole place out for you and your guests to stay. From 10 to 250 guests.



Horsted Place

Horsted Place is a lovely Victorian country house with a beautiful drawing room, with lovely gardens and a golf course to keep your men occupied while you ready yourself! Very close to Uckfield, Newick, Maresfield, Ringmer, Lewes  and Crowborough. Small to midsize weddings.



Upwaltham Barns

Upwaltham Barns is a family-owned venue near Petworth and Chichester, near the Goodwood Estate. Wedding reception and Civil Partnership ceremonies can take place in the beautiful barn, drinks in the courtyard and a little cottage to get ready in beforehand. Around 150 guests max.



Brighton & Hove Bandstand

Brighton & Hove Bandstand is run by Brighton and Hove City Council and has become hugely popular since its renovation, for a seaside ceremony. There isn't really room for anything by a small reception in the privately-run cafe below, but it's a stone's throw away from loads of Brighton and Hove hotels and restaurants. Small weddings.

So there's a few of the gorgeous weddings that Sussex has to offer. Which other venues have you considered?
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1950's retro seaside theme celebration!


 Anna and Katie chose such a fun, happy theme for their Civil Partnership ceremony - The Big Gay Bandstand! Brighton and Hove's bandstand was an ideal location for a retro, 1950's-style ceremony, with just enough room for friends and family to join in the fun!



Anna is a hairdressing client of mine, with naturally tight curls. She still wanted curls for her Big Day, but was hoping for a more relaxed curl, to fit the theme of the wedding. We used the traditional (and extra long-lasting) method of wet setting!



Anna's hair took an hour to dry and she drank copious amounts of water whilst sitting under that heat! But it was all worth it, as she put it afterwards, 
"I have fairly unruly curly/frizzy hair normally and knew I wanted something completely different and glamorous on my wedding day! We had a 50's theme going so I came to Fran with some ideas and after a few hrs in rollers and under a old fashioned hair dryer she created my perfect 50's look - smooth, big curls and it stayed in place all day despite seafront breezes and dancing all night! Thanks Fran, I loved it!"

  Below are some more of Anna and Katie's inspired ideas : red petticoats for both Anna and her bridesmaids, cute red t-shirts for the ring-bearers, red buckets for the confetti and seaside-themed table decorations.



I think you'll agree that this was a beautiful, bold and VERY Brighton celebration, and I wish Anna and Katie all the best for their bright future together.




 All of the wonderful photographs, except Anna under the dryer, are by Emmest Photography and the CP has been featured on the Love My Dress blogsite .










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How to choose the perfect flowergirls hairstyles

 
Your bridesmaids styles depends on the age and hair length of your bridesmaids. And of course, your wedding theme too!
 
A child from age 6 upwards is more likely to sit still long enough to curl a while headful of hair, so you'll have a fair amount of flexibility with styles. Any child below the age of around 12 is very likely to have a run around or play energetically at some point, so the simpler the style the better! Plaiting is a great option for particularly lively children.
 
 Any half- up hair style is a good way to plan for short bobs to long hair, as their hair is off their face, but no as likely to fall out as quickly as a hairstyle that's all up. The hairband is then a great place for a flower, ribbon or pretty hair clasp.
 
Your easiest option for all ages below teens is the simple flower garland - it fits like an alice band. To get the best fit, it's a good idea to ask the child's parent for an alice band with a good fit, to give to your florist. Also , be sure to ask for flowers that aren't too heavy, especially on fine hair.
 
 
Any child below the age of 5 is quite likely to find the weight of hair accessories quite annoying, so you could explain to their parent that you need the accessory on for the ceremony and the pictures, but they are welcome to remove them after this. Then leave the bribery method up to them!

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I've been published!

I recently wrote an Article for the ABC magazine. I thought that it might be fun to write about older brides, or brides who have already had children before their wedding. The expectations of their wedding guests of how they should dress and how the ceremony should be held!






 
 


 


It was fun to write and I will be writing another article soon!
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Bridal skin and hair prep

Your wedding may be months away, but did you know that it's never too early to start preparing your skin and hair for the Big Day?

FACE
I am often asked if a facial the week before a wedding is a good idea for clear skin and a healthy glowing complexion. I'm afraid that's a big 'no'! Harriet Al Saed, beauty therapist at Beauty at the Salon, Hove, says, "It is worth having a full skin analysis at least 3 months prior to your wedding. This will allow enough time to address any skin issues you may have before your big day and to establish a good home skincare routine. Have a couple of facials eading up to your wedding so that the therapist can see how your skin responds to the treatment and to make sure that the products used agree with you."

Naturally, drinking water regularly is your skin's best friend, for the best radiance and glow. Speaking as a make-up artist, the better prepared  your skin is in advance, the less make-up you need on your Big Day. I will only need to enhance your features - your skin will have a natural dewy look.

LIPS
Your lips will also look their best with some preparation. Use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent cracks and sun damage. Exfoliate them once a week for  kissable smoothness. Use a product like Clinque All About Lips or Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub, or simply use a clean toothbrush and warm water, rubbing gently back and forth over your lips.

BODY
If you will be getting married in the summer time, ensure that you use enough sun lotion in the months beforehand, to avoid odd tan lines that don't match your dress shape. Remember to keep your heels soft with regular pumicing and applying foot cream generously at night.

 
HAIR
Your hair will thank you for eating lots of vitamins A (dark vegetables,carrots, meat) B( Fish, eggs nuts and  E(Spinach, tomatoes, beans, nuts) in the months before your Big Day. They all help to develop healthy hair from the inside.

But what can you do to maintain those lovely locks to keep them strong and shiny?

Firstly, minimise the heat damage to your hair: allow your hair to dry naturally (or even just finish with a hairdryer after mostly drying naturally), use your strighteners and tongs sparingly and use styling products and conditioners with SPF and heat protection ingredients.

Regular deep conditioning treatments will make a real difference to the glossiness and manageability of your mane, try L'Oreal Professional Expert Serie- Pro-Keratin Refill Correcting Care Masque, Wella System Professional Perfect Hair Finishing Care, Kerastase Masque Oleo or try some home made hair asks like avocado and mayo or congnac and egg(google it!).

No matter how much moisture a treatment adds to your hair, it can never repair split ends, so have regular trims for optimum smoothness and healthy-looking hair.

So there you have it, a little planning and preparation goes a long way to helping you to be that bride with the glowing skin and glossy hair!

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First tweet!

I have finally joined the twitter mob and sent my first tweet!

Twitter is a great way for me to stay current with new make-up and hair products, stay in touch with other make-up artists and also local wedding suppliers.

@FranCarterHair

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Bling Bling Bling!

A lovely local(Brighton)lass is creating some pretty crystalised effects on any item you like! I'm loving these sparkly All Stars with ballet ribbons...perfect for when you need to slip off your bridal heels for a good boogie in the evening!

 
Here's an example of some simple bridal court shoes with a little added detail...
 

And how about a little matching pink adult and child pair for the reception...
 
 
Frankie also crystalizes clothing, accessories, well, practically anything. You can email her on F.penfold@live.co.uk or call her on 07792902138 for more details.
 
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Tips for the try-out...



A try-out, or trial, should be relaxed, informal and fun. This is your opportunity to try a few hairstyles and make-up colours to see what you’d like best for your wedding day. Here are a few pointers...

·      Bring along any pictures/photos/magazine articles that you love and even those you really dislike! (It's amazing how knowing what you DON'T like helps to understand what you DO like!)

·         Have your hair in its natural state if you can, otherwise have it as you usually stlye it.

·         Wear your ordinary day make-up so that I can see how you normally look.

·         Bring along any hair accessories you already have and your veil if you have one..

·         Bring a photo of your dress if you have one, I will need to know the basic shape of your dress, neckline and colour.

·         Most brides prefer to come alone, but you are welcome to bring your mum or a bridesmaid, for a second opinion or moral support!


Don't worry if you have none of the above, I have plenty of magazines and of course, the internet, to help us to discuss your ideal look. You can also click on the Pinterest link from my website for some ideas.

I will make notes of every successful look and photographs of the same. These will be used to achieve the same look on your wedding day, even if it's a year later!We will also discuss the timings for your day.

A try-out is best done 1 – 3 months before your wedding and during daylight hours.  This allows us to choose the foundation best suited to your skin type and tone. A try-out typically takes between one and three hours, allowing us to take our time to find the look that suits you best. Usually the try-out will take place at my home or yours, but we can arrange to meet at a place that suits you.

Most brides prefer to come alone, but you are welcome to bring your mum or a bridesmaid, for a second opinion or moral support!


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Vintage-inspired bridal photo shoot


These are some of the behind-the-scenes snaps from a collaborative photoshoot in Hove yesterday. Photography by Ant Bliss, Headwear by Lilly Lewis Millineryhttp://www.lillylewis.co.uk/ and a few clothing pieces by Bobby and Dandyhttp://www.bobbyanddandy.co.uk/in Hove.
We were so lucky to have 2 beautiful models who suited their era so well - Ellie has big eyes and lovely hair to fingerwave, sooo perfect for 1920's and Izzy has a perfect heart-shaped face for 1940's/50's hair and make-up.

Strings were pulled and we had the shoot at a gorgeous house near Hove seafront that had massive windows and deco-inspired furniture and loads of space for us to spread of of our gear out - lighting, make-up, hair equipment and 5 people apparently take up a LOT of space! (I think we had a bit of house envy too, as we were sneakily taking snaps of the chandelier in the hand-crafted kitchen)

Hopefully we'll have the resulting official pictures in the next few weeks - very exciting!

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Local wedding cake baker, Katy Cakes


How absolutely gorgeous is this cake?
I had heard of Katy Cakes through various friends over the past few years, but I've on just had a look at her facebook site. Loving the vintage style ones!https://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=portslade&init=quick&tas=0.01736437501768906&search_first_focus=1363517229567#!/Katycakesofhove

And there's this one with 'lace'..

Just gorgeous!
Katy is based in Hove and her website is http://www.katycakes.co.uk/

EDIT: 20/3/2013  Today I got to try some of Katy's chocolate wedding cake - moist and delicious - scrummy!
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