With social distancing making large gatherings difficult at the moment, many couples are embracing the idea of a micro wedding. Just themselves and their closest circle of friends and family around them as they say their vows. There’s something special about these celebrations – a warmth and intimacy that can sometimes be missing at larger events. One venue that has been leading the trend is The Orchid Hotel in Bournemouth, who offer a ‘Just the Two of Us’ package that focuses on the love that the couple share, rather than a big, lavish wedding. Local Make Me Bridal pro, Sally Malcolm of Blushing Brides Wedding Hair & Makeup, was part of a recent shoot that showcased intimate weddings in this charming setting.


For the bride and bridesmaid’s look, Sally chose to keep the look classic and romantic. The hair styling was simple, without elaborate updos. Instead, Sally opted for softly waved hair, with simple braids and twists to provide visual interest. The makeup was also kept fresh and natural, but with added glow, Charlotte Tilbury-style!


Sally’s approach to the models’ looks was a perfect reflection of the styling used for the rest of the shoot, which was also in keeping with the boutique hotel’s mix of informal elegance and contemporary charm. A bijoux ceremony space was created, as well as a sweetheart table. The style was simple, with lush greens and florals, as well as plenty of candlelight to enhance the sense of intimacy. The flowers used were tiny orchids – a sweet nod to the name of the hotel!


With over twenty years experience in the hairdressing and beauty industry, Sally offers the perfect mix of passion and expertise to her brides, resulting in a stress-free wedding morning. Blushing Brides Wedding Hair & Make up is based in Bournemouth, but Sally is happy to travel to within Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, and Somerset as well. You can see her profile here.


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