It's always a bit embarrassing sharing testimonials, but I'm really touched by these kind words I received from a bride. She just summed up so much of what I'm about as a stylist!
"Katy was absolutely fantastic and highly skilled. I have nothing but praise for her and couldn't recommend her more! At my trial, she took time to listen to what I wanted and look at photographs I had brought of hair and makeup ideas, as well as my dress and tried several different looks before settling on what I wanted."
At a trial, it's SO important for me to really understand what a bride wants. That might mean spending quite a while looking through photos and talking through her ideas, and it might mean trying out a few different styles. It's worth taking that time to make sure she leaves the trial really excited about her wedding day look.
"On the day, she was the calming influence I needed and really put me at ease. She worked brilliantly alongside my wedding photographer and ensured everyone was accommodated."
A wedding morning is full of busy people with a job to do, and I'm just one of them. I do my best to work with other suppliers, especially the photographer, to make sure we all get what we need. After all, we all want the same thing for the bride - a happy, relaxed wedding day and beautiful photographs to look back on!
"Katy always replied to enquiries promptly and thoroughly and made me feel like I was her only client. She has an impressive background in hair and make-up as well as an amazing portfolio of previous work, showcasing a wide range of looks, on her website."
It's such a privilege to be invited into someone's wedding plans, it's only right to be as responsive and helpful as I can. Choosing a stylist is a huge leap of faith for a bride, and I do my best to deserve your trust.
There really is nothing like working weddings, and receiving letters like this is such a wonderful gift. I'm beyond grateful to all the brides I've worked with who have sent me messages afterwards, it means so much to me!
If you haven't looked at @makemebridal.accessories yet, I highly recommend them! Their beautiful hair pins, vines and combs are a perfect fit for the styles I love to create, and give brides a lot of versatility.
Melissa is the brains behind these stunning accessories, and also behind the @makemebridal directory. What a talent! I couldn't agree more with the thinking behind her brand: "We love to keep things ‘simple, beautiful and special’ for our brides. We aim to inspire you rather than leave you feeling overwhelmed."
I'm proud to be an accessories ambassador for them. This means that if you book a trial with me, you can try on the @makemebridal.accessories pieces you have your eye on. You can book a trial with me through the link in my bio, you'll see these pieces are even prettier in person!!
Can you tell that these pretty beachy waves actually have extensions in them? I always want to make extensions look as natural as possible, just give my clients that extra length or thickness to make their dream hairstyle possible.
Natural isn't quite the right word, anyone with wavy hair will tell you these waves don't look natural!! But they do look right on her, not obvious or out of place. When brides say they want a natural look, that's often what they mean.
It's really satisfying to create a look that feels natural to the bride, even if it's not technically a natural style. How a bride feels in her hair and makeup is always, always more important than technical definitions.
Brides with problem skin are always a bit nervous about how it'll look on their wedding day. Here are a few tips I think might help if that's you.
First, do anything new to your skin more than 3 months before your wedding!! Past that point, don't change your skincare routine and only get spa treatments you've had before. Stick with what you know works.
Second, consider booking your trial a bit earlier. If you have reactive skin then it might help to know you have loads of time for your skin to react and recover if it needs to (hopefully it won't!!).
Third, make sure you know how to remove 100% of your makeup. A two-step oil cleansing routine is pretty unromantic on your wedding night, but it'll be worth it on your honeymoon!!
Honestly though, skin is unpredictable and there's only so much you can do to prevent that. Do what you can, but also be prepared to make peace with it acting up after your wedding (on your wedding day I'll be able to cover pretty much anything, don't worry). You and your skin will probably both want a few days to breathe!!
Beautiful Ellie, wedding ready!! Isn't she beautiful? I love the elegant style she went with for her hair and makeup.
I also love this getting ready space at stunning venue @syrencot, where I took the video. It has lots of light and space, with a luxurious feel. Helps everything stay calm and organised whilst getting ready!!
I'd recommend any bride check out your getting ready space before you book a venue. Plenty of natural daylight is a must for your makeup, and you'll want to make sure you'll feel relaxed in those surroundings. If it's not ideal the venue might be able to offer you something different, but better to know before you book!!
The couples I'm working with now are honestly incredible. They'll wear masks, cut their guestlists, whatever it takes to get married! It's beautiful and inspiring, and I have so much respect for them.
But I'm looking forward to the days when couples don't have to make those kinds of hard decisions anymore, and we can go back to weddings without visors! (Remember them?? 😭)
The couples who got married this summer will have some unique stories and photos to share, and I feel lucky to be a part of them! But let's hope next summer holds many more packed ceremonies, group hugs, and crowded dancefloors. x
I was so pleased to be invited to work on this photoshoot for the new brand @makemebridal.accessories.
It's the sister brand of the fantastic @makemebridal UK wedding hair and makeup artist directory. Melissa, the Make Me Bridal co-founder who launched the accessories, is a brilliant hairstylist and makeup artist, so it's no surprise she's done an incredible job on this.
You can see her expertise in the fact that all the accessories are so beautiful but also really versatile. I love that you can use this gypsophila hair vine and pins set in a single style like this, or use the hair vine yourself and gift the pins to your bridesmaids. You'd all look co-ordinated without having to hunt for matching accessories, a real stress-saver for a bride.
It was just such a pleasure to get a chance to style this range so early on. I'm looking forward to sharing more pictures from the shoot with you here!
Hair by me
Accessories by @makemebridal.accessories
Photo by @charlotte_theoutdoorstudio
This is my must have product at the moment - the @ctilburymakeup Hollywood Flawless Filter.
It combines the properties of highlighter and primer to give a natural glow and a skin-blurring effect which work perfectly on practically everyone! I like it so much because it's reliable and versatile.
It's easy to use for a subtle sheen or build to a megawatt shine, depending on how you apply it. You can use it all over for a natural glowing skin with sheer coverage, mixed with foundation to give more of a glowy finish, or just to highlight. All of these look amazing in person and in photos.
I've been using it for ages now, and I can say there's really nothing else quite like it on the market. If I didn't have it in my kit, I'd need several products to get the same effect. It's such a timesaver, and gives such beautiful results!
It’s so great to be back to work! I loved working on this styled shoot!
Styled shoots are where a group of wedding suppliers hold a photoshoot using our own products and services on a model. Then we can all use the photos to promote our work.
For me, they're a fun middle ground between actual weddings and editorial photoshoots. Sometimes we use them to show off more unusual styles or recent trends, which our real brides might not have asked for yet. They can get really quirky and elaborate!
But this shoot was all about modern elegance, and if you've followed me for a while you know this kind of makeup is right up my street. Soft and chic, I love how it came out. (Though working with a model as stunning as @leyla_ucarx makes it very easy!)
To see more examples of my work, just tap the link on the bio!
Hair by @melissaclaremakeup
Hair accessory by @makemebridal.accessories
My job isn't to make you look good. It's to make you feel good about how you look.
That might seem like a subtle difference, but trust me, once you've worked a few fashion shows and photoshoots the difference is crystal clear!
You'll know what I mean if you've ever heard a bride talk about how she felt like she was wearing a mask on her wedding day, or that she doesn't recognise herself in her wedding photos.
I hate hearing stories like that. It's always such a shame, because I know it probably could have been avoided.
If you come to me with an inspo pic, I make it a priority to find out if you'll actually feel good in that style. If you won't, I need to adjust it until you do.
That's what I mean when I say my job is to make you feel good about how you look. It doesn't matter how Instagram-perfect your pics are if you look at them and just remember wanting to scrub your face. As your stylist, that's the last thing I want for you.
But communication is always key, and can prevent most problems like this. It's why I always make an effort to get to know my brides before I even meet them, really understand what you're looking for so I can give you a style you feel amazing in.
If you think that approach could be a good fit for you, tap the link in my bio to get in touch and talk about your wedding!
"What should be in my wedding day kit?" I get asked this question a lot.
First of all, if you don't want to touch up your makeup you don't have to. I promise!
But if you think you'll want it, I only recommend two things: lipstick and translucent powder.
For most people, I honestly only recommend lipstick. Your lip colour will definitely fade, though this will usually only be noticeable with a bold lip. It's easy to carry, and easy to touch up yourself.
Translucent powder is really only for if you have oily skin. With oily skinned brides I make sure to use base products designed to control shine, so ideally you won't need it. But if you want a mattifying option for later in the day, this is it.
I know it doesn't sound like much, but that's the beauty of wedding makeup! It really shouldn't budge. High end products and professional application make more of a difference than you might realise, which hopefully you'll see at your trial.
Do you have any more questions I can help with? Just drop me a DM, I'll be happy to help!
I love how these beautiful stars by @makemebridal.accessories elevate this simple textured pony to a new level...
The right accessory can make a style, and this type of accessory is among my favourites. Not only is it so pretty in its own right, it's also really versatile!
One at a time adds a pretty detail, and 3 together makes it an ethereal statement piece. They're just divine.🖤
I'm always happy to help my brides decide whether an accessory is right for you or not, and to help you choose an accessory if you do want one. If that sounds helpful, just tap the link in my bio to get in touch! Hair by me and makeup by my amazing friend @melissaclaremakeup Photo by @charlotte_theoutdoorstudio Model @lozgozz
I'm finally doing hair and makeup for weddings again!
It's obviously been a quiet year so far, but 2021 is getting more and more booked up with 2020 postponements. I'm also seeing more brides plan elopements and intimate weddings for the coming months.
In other words, my calendar is finally starting to fill up again!
This is honestly a relief for me, but I know that means some of you may be disappointed if you try to book a bit late.
Please, if you're planning your wedding and have me in mind to be your stylist, get in touch sooner rather than later! I hate to let people down, especially in such difficult times. Better to have your date at least pencilled in.
To save your date, just tap the link in my bio and fill in my booking form!