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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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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wild curls to smooth waves!



Just because your hair is really curly, doesn't mean you can't have smooth waves to last all day! Here's a civil partnership client having a hair try out, using the wet setting technique which your grandmothers know all about! 45 minutes under the dryer and her hair came out in smooth rolls, ready for a late 1940's/1950's Marilyn do!
(This gave her lots of time to explore the latest mags with a hot peppermint tea!)
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