Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Great John Street Wedding Fayre


I was recently asked to be the make-up artist for the catwalk show at the Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, for their wedding event organised by Wedding Link Hale. I was so delighted to be asked and even more so because I would be working with such wonderful people. All bridal gowns were from the infamous The White Closet in West Didsbury, and wow, what a collection of gowns there were! There were 2 fashion shows throughout the afternoon which meant lots of lovely brides-to-be would be watching eagerly! Hair was done by the uber-talented Eve Broadhurst from The White Closet (it's not what she does for a day job  but she is extremely good at it!). Thanks goes to Katy Lunsford too for all these images!

As part of The White Closet team too, I already know all the gorgeous dresses extremely well. The White Closet specialises in vintage inspired gowns so it was important that the make-up worked well with the style of each dress.

We had three fabulous models for the catwalk show - Stacey, Nathalie and Eleanor who are all pictured below.

Here's Stacey in a gorgeous lace Lusan Mandongus gown - I kept her look natural with a slightly smokey eye and with a hint of pink blush and gloss...

Next, Stacey wore an amazing blue David Fielden gown, carrying flowers by Red Floral Architecture. Again, soft make up tones worked with the soft blue tone of this gown.

Really cute sixties style David Fielden gown...

Another David Fielden ivory slinky number for Stacey...

And here's Nathalie in Claire Pettibone's stunning "Willow". I used soft coral tones on her cheeks and lips and warm olive tones on her eyes to work with the cream, gold and peachy tones in this stunning dress.

The amazing "Kristene" dress by Claire Pettibone has a blush silk underlayer giving it a soft peachy look. These colours were complimented with the soft make-up tones.

I just love this Rosie Willett Arabella hair accessory - super vintage loveliness!

 What a stunning rose bouquet by Didsbury Flower Lounge!

Nathalie wearing Charlotte Balbier's "Flo" in antique gold...

and wearing "Anna" by Claire Pettibone, with a frothy cotton and tulle bubble hem skirt. Again in a soft peachy tone.

Eleanor is a gorgeous red-head, and because of this, coupled with the strong editorial style of the David Fielden gowns she was sporting, I chose a strong teal green "Aquadisiac" by MAC on her eyes, with almost nude lips and peachy tones on her cheeks. One of my all time favourite headpieces - the "Shearer" headband by Flo and Percy complimented her bright ivory "Roses" gown.

This next David Fielden mint green dress is a real show stopper with its stone coloured high collared jacket.

As the catwalk show finished we got a fantastic applause from all the brides-to-be in the audience! Pictured in the centre of the shot below are me, Nikki, and Eve from The White Closet. Also pictured here are two lovely ladies from Marple based Yvonne Gillon who specialise in mother of the bride and occasion wear.

All in all it was a fabulous day, we were truly shattered after 2 catwalk shows in 1 afternoon but we loved every minute of it! Can't wait for the next one!

Hope you liked their make-up looks; it is important to me that make-up does not work in isolation, it should always complete an overall look and tie in with the style of the bride's dress and hair and the theme for their day.

That's it for today, back tomorrow with the long awaited big reveal from our "Future of vintage" shoot featuring the work of fabulous wedding and fashion photographer, Jonny Draper, awesome wedding venue Styal Lodge, beautiful Charlotte Balbier dresses from The White Closet, the only vidoegrapher I'd ever recommend, Tom from Silk Wedding videos, and gorgeous cakes from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon!

Can't wait!
Emma x

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