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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Vintage bridal photoshoot

I am so proud to show you the results of a beautiful bridal vintage photoshoot I worked on a short while ago. I hope that you enjoy the results!


 Photographer Sarah Olivier gathered a small crack team of us to help create some atmospheric photographs to showcase designer Sarina Poppy 's bridal designs. Ellen Bridger recreated the 1920's make-up look and I did the hair styling. It was a lovely morning and we have had the wonderful pleasure of having our work published in Vintage Life magazine !(The October 2013 Edition).
We were at a beautiful Sussex flintstone church in Barcombe,near Lewes, on a lovely sunny summer's day.



L to R: AvelynRuby Heels and Jessica Burchett .




If you would like to see more of the Photographs from this collection, see the album on my facebook page
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Vintage-themed Hen do - Charleston dance classes at Claridges!



How fun! Claridges London Charleston Masterclasses is a great alternative to the usual clubbing or spa hen night. Classes take place in the beautiful 1920's ballroom once a month.  Thanks to lovesussexweddings for the link!
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The Famous Spielgeltent launch party 'vintage' hair and make-up

The Spiegeltent has at last returned to the Brighton Fringe, after 7 long years. I was lucky enough to be asked to do a few hairstyles and make-ups for the launch party at The Mesmerist.

The lovely Gemma Lambert, Jen from Lilly Lewis Millinery and Gabriela Tavani(All my hairand make-ups)

Jen and Boo from the Spielgeltent

Comedian Scotty the Blue Bunny takes centre stage!

Comedian/magician Paul Zenon, a Spiegeltent candyfloss girl and a party guest

Gabriela is charmed, I'm sure, by Mikelangelo (without his Black Sea Gentlemen)
The next morning Lilikoi Kaos came to the salon where I work during the day and had her hair cut and coloured(Yes, that red hair is her own)!
 
 
All great fun and a fantastic prelude to seeing both Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, as well as La Clique on the opening weekend. I highly recommend both!On the Old Steine in Brighton until the end of May 2013.
 

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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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Iconic brows

It's quite amazing what a difference your eyebrow shape makes. Imagine Greta Garbo without those pencil-thin lines, Elizabeth Taylor without those defined, luscious shapes, or Marilyn without the cheeky peaks in her eyebrows!

Your brows can not only define your eyes but also alter your face shape. Here's a link to a video which shows you how to pluck your blows into a flattering shape.
http://www.channel4.com/4beauty/make-up-skin-care/make-up/make-up-videos/how-to-shape-your-eyebrows

Actually, I think that it's a very good idea to have a make-up artist or beauty therapist to shape them for you first and then you only need to maintain the shape. HD brows are the current eyebrow-shaping system in high demand. This involves tinting, waxing, threading, plucking, and applying make-up to your brows. You can check the HD Brows website for your nearest practitioner.

Happy plucking!
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Fun, inspiring local website

Loving a new-ish blog called lovesussexweddings. It's a great collection of recent weddings held in Sussex, lots of original ideas and quite a few vintage-inspired themes. Take a peek, it's worth a look!
UPDATE: I am now listed on this lovely site!!

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