Tuesday, 11 January 2011

My first blog post!

Wow! My very first blog post - how exciting! I've been dying to share my work for a while now but it's a been a hectic few months to say the least. I couldn't wait any longer... so here it is. Enjoy!

Back in October 2010 I had the opportunity to do the make-up for a one-off amazing bridal fashion shoot on the Fylde Coast at two fantastic venues, The Great Hall at Mains in Little Singleton, and Twelve Restaurant in Thornton.

Organised by outstanding wedding photographer Jonny Draper (who is coincidentally my lovely husband!), the idea for the shoot was for a group of talented photographers to capture photography of some amazing venues, floristry and dresses in collaboration with some of the best suppliers in the industry. This included Jane and Jason from the stunning Flower Design, Nikki from the beautiful vintage inspired bridal boutique The White Closet in West Didsbury, and Tom the super talented videographer from Silk Wedding Videos. Last but not least, Olivia, Emily and Amy were our beautiful and very patient models on the day!

What I loved about doing the make-up on this shoot was that I was able to create a different look for each model and adapt it for each dress that they were wearing. All gowns were provided by Nikki at The White Closet including designs from Charlotte Balbier, Claire Pettibone and David Fielden. Here are just some of Jonny Draper's fantastic shots capturing the day.

Olivia is wearing Charlotte Balbier's "Marilyn", a gorgeous vintage dress which is so very SATC Carrie that a stronger make-up look worked really well. I created strong smokey eyes and finished off the look with a hot pink MAC lipstick in Impassioned.

This look also worked well for Olivia wearing the adorable "Morgan" by Charlotte Balbier.

Emily's glamorous art deco gown by David Fielden is dubbed the "Wallis Simpson". She also wore a fabulous Flo and Percy hair accessory which was a perfect addition to the dress. With the make-up, I really wanted to encapsulate this era and give a really sophisticated and glamorous look using a smokey eye balanced with a nude Dior Addict lip gloss in 257.

Amy's David Fielden dress was more contemporary in style so I gave her a fresh look with soft neutral eyeshadow tones and used MAC lipglass in Pink Poodle to complement the pink in her beautiful bouquet.

Another stunningly spectacular gown provided by The White Closet was this David Fielden mint green gown complete with glamorous jacket. Soft pink lips in Lancome's Lychee juicy tube and a natural smokey eye completed this look.

Can I just say how amazing these flowers are?! I've never seen floristry quite like it - Jane from Flower Design really pushes the flower boundaries and never disappoints. She did my wedding flowers 3 years ago too and my friends still comment on them now! Here's some pics Jane also took of me in action and of my work on the day...

More shots coming soon from this shoot from the other talented photographers who took part in the shoot, plus an amazing video courtesy of Tom at Silk Wedding Videos! Not to mention more make-up looks I've created and lots of marvellous make-up tips!

Until next time...

Emma x


  1. Great opener for the blog! All looks very exciting!


  2. Well done Emma, the blog is awesome! Heres to lots of future weddings x H

  3. I dind't know you did make up! Oh to go back a year :)

    Ace blog, good luck with the thriving venture!x

  4. Thanks guys - yes all very exciting indeed! Watch this space... xx