Wedding beauty tips

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So you’ve got the venue, the dress and hopefully the photographer too…now to make sure you look your best on your wedding day.

So much depends on the style of your wedding, and of course your personal taste and preferences. But here are some tips to help you get the right finishing touches for your wedding make-up. Check back for some hair tips in our next blog!

Some brides rarely leave the house without a full face of make-up, while others only add mascara and lip gloss for special occasions. But even if you usually prefer a more natural look, it’s worth considering make-up for your wedding day. Not only will it enhance your own best features and make you look truly radiant, but it will prevent you looking washed-out in those all-important photos – and there will be lots of photos!

You don’t have to transform yourself into someone totally unrecognisable but the idea is that your bridal look should be your best you, so it makes sense to take some time to plan.

About six weeks before the wedding, consider indulging in some beauty treatments. Facials can get rid of dead skin and leave you glowing – but don’t leave it too close to the big day just in case your skin reacts.


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If you’re planning on using a professional make-up artist, book early to make sure you have time for a trial run and to discuss ideas. But it’s not an essential – rumour has it Kate Middleton did her own make-up when she married her Prince Charming.

It is worth investing in a good base; you’re going to be in the spotlight all day and you’ll want to look as gorgeous at the reception as you did arriving at the ceremony. So find a foundation that works for you and again, don’t leave it till the last minute.

For lips and eyes, don’t be tempted to go too dark – the idea is to create a timeless look so your photos won’t look too dated. Pink lips and neutral eyeshadows work best for neutral to cool skin tones, and peach to brown shades for warmer skin. Don’t forget the mascara, and ideally make it tear proof – perhaps try it out while watching your favourite weepie film to make sure!

It’s important not to forget your nails too – after all, all eyes will be on your hands and that all-important ring. Again, neutral shades are best, and you can’t go far wrong with a classic French manicure.

If you’re doing it yourself, do make time for a run through just to make sure you’re happy with the results. And if you have a bridesmaid who has a particular skill with a make-up brush or manicure set, consider asking for her input. If you’ve always coveted her subtle but sparkly nail polish, it could even be your ‘something borrowed’…

Whatever look you decide on, make sure you’re comfortable with it and that it makes you feel beautiful. Then simply relax and enjoy your day!


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Winters Barn

Kent is known as the garden of England and we are surrounded by stunning rural landscapes so it’s no surprise that many of our brides choose a country theme for their wedding day.

If you are looking for a rustic venue, Winters Barns near Canterbury could be the perfect place, with its beamed ceilings and seven acres of beautiful grounds – perfect for photographs!

The barns are just outside the city and only a few minutes’ drive from the A2, with easy access from London and the south east. But the venue feels a world away thanks to its secluded location and tranquil atmosphere.  

The decor is neutral so couples can make it their own and if the British weather is not on your side fear not – everything is in one place so there is no need to go outside. With some venues, that can mean a challenge for photographers but at Winters Barns the combination of the natural light and our skills means you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to take advantage of the surroundings, there is also a cart barn licensed for outdoor civil ceremonies that also makes a great backdrop for photographs.

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The welcome is always warm at Winters Barns

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Winters Barns is the perfect venue for a celebration

We love: The grounds, the fact that the barns are heated in winter and air conditioned in summer, and the always-cheerful wedding planner Liz.

Why not?: Use contemporary flowers and bright colours for a funky country feel – you could plan activities such as welly wanging or giant garden games to keep guests entertained.

For more information, visit

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The venue can be customised to suit your theme and preferences

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The ceremony and reception can be held at Winters Barns

How to get the best out of a wedding fair

297_KDB0834We spent our Sunday chatting to hundreds of couples at the south east’s biggest wedding fair, The Wedding Experience at Detling, near Maidstone in Kent. It’s perfect for us as it’s not far from our studio in Herne Bay, and within reach of some of our favourite wedding venues.

It was a great event, and it’s always so lovely to chat to brides-to-be and their fiancés, or mums, or bridesmaids, about their own stories and their plans for the day.

But if you’re new to wedding planning, walking into your first wedding fair can feel a bit daunting and it’s hard to know where to start. So here are our top tips for getting the best out of a wedding fair.

  • Have fun! Make it a day out, take your bridesmaids if you know your fiancé would rather be watching the football or out on the golf course. Give yourself time to enjoy it – try not to pop in ‘on the way’ to somewhere else or you risk feeling rushed and under pressure.
  • We love lists, and a wedding fair is the perfect opportunity to make one. A list of things you’d like, things you still want to book, or ideas you see – lists are your friend.
  • We also love chatting, and talking to suppliers is a crucial part of the day. Yes, you can wander round, pick up business cards and freebies and then browse websites and Facebook pages later, but there’s no substitute for meeting the people who will be part of your day. Wedding photography is so important and so personal that you need to make sure you are on the same wavelength as your chosen photographer and that they understand your vision of your day.
  • Keep it realistic. You’re bound to see some fantastic ideas and some creative displays, but if your wedding is in your local church then a marquee at home do you really need to arrive by helicopter? Equally, if you’re paying for it all yourself or working to a budget, hand-dyed Italian linen napkins may be gorgeous but are there other elements you’ll have to lose in order to afford them?
  • Try before you buy…or have your cake and eat it! A wedding fair is full of freebies, and it’s your job as a bride to take advantage of them. So taste those cake samples, try on those tiaras and sit in the cars. But see point 4, above, and try not to get too carried away..
  • Revisit your favourites. Just because you’v been to every stand doesn’t mean you’ve finished. If you realised you forgot to ask the cake maker if she can produce a nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free version, pop back and ask. If you liked the style of the images on display at a photographer’s stand but meant to check if they had worked at your venue, go back and ask. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about your suppliers and to check they are a perfect match. After all, you can’t tell from an email whether eyebrows were raised when you mentioned your twin two-year-old nieces who will be doing a dance showcase at the reception… how-to-get-best-out-of-wedding-fairs-017 NSB
  • Make time for a debrief. Whether it’s a girly lunch on the way back, or over a takeaway and glass of wine with your other half that evening at home, take time to go through all the goodies you picked up. Pick out the ones that grabbed you, that were in keeping with your day, or that were simply must-haves, and then drop them a line, or simply click like on their Facebook page. That way you can make sure you don’t miss out on any post-fair special offers, you can check out more of their work and you are one step closer to ticking that particular piece of your wedding jigsaw off the list.

Do you have any wedding fair tips? Or did you meet a great supplier at a wedding fair? We’d love to hear your stories!

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An image from one of our favourite wedding venues, Easwell Manor near Ashford.
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Wedding Experience Detling Showground

Look forward to seeing lots of visitors to Kent’s premier wedding show this Sunday 21st October.
All of the south-east’s top wedding suppliers will be attending with stage and fashion show’s all day.
If you’ve yet to choose your photographer come and have a chat we have some exclusive offers on the day.
Image by styleweddingphotography – UK Wedding Merit Master Photography Awards

Wedding Experience Detling Showground

Style Photography Stand 58, Sunday 22nd April 2012

Visit Kent’s premier wedding show where you will be able to see first-hand exhibit’s from the UK’s top wedding suppliers.

Our stand (58) will be situated in a new position opposite the main registration entrance so be sure to come along for a chat and see our range of exciting new product which have been launched for the show!

Wedding Experience Detling Showground

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