Sheryl and Paul

On the week of Sheryl and Paul’s 1st Anniversary, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate by having a look back at their special day. I first met Sheryl as a bridesmaid at another wedding I was providing makeup for. Like many of my clients, Sheryl had never had her makeup professionally done before and was, understandably, a little nervous. She had the same concerns that I often hear from brides who don’t wear much make-up; that they’ll feel caked in makeup or they’ll look too made up and different from normal. Thankfully, Sheryl was delighted with her makeup, tailored specifically to her, and the weightlessness of the airbrush meant she never felt the makeup on her skin at all. When it was time for Sheryl to plan her own wedding day, I was over the moon that she picked me to provide the makeup for her and her bridal party.

Sheryl wasn’t initially sure of what look she wanted for her wedding day so before and during her trial we talked about what her and the bridesmaids dresses would be like, what flowers she’d picked and where she would have most of her pictures taken. This really helps build an image in your wedding suppliers mind of the overall images and look you are trying to achieve. Then during the trial, we started with a very natural makeup and continued to add a little more depth to the eyes and cheeks until we reached the right point where Sheryl felt she looked like she had had her makeup done, but not overdone.

I arrived early to the Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow city centre to get my kit and station set up for the day’s makeups (helped up the stairs with my kit by the most attentive doormen in Glasgow!). The room that Sheryl was staying in had two huge bay windows, so it had perfect natural light for my days work ahead. Ciara McLaren from No. 19 Hair arrived not long after me to start on hair and so we had a window each! I hadn’t worked with Ciara before, but I was blown away by her work and attention to detail.

Enchanted Flowers provided the most beautiful flowers and again, the attention to detail was outstanding. The flowers for Sheryl’s hair had already been attached to a comb for Ciara to work with and the bridesmaids had hoops instead of bouquets. It was such an unusual and beautiful touch.  

Ross Alexander was on hand to take amazing photographs of the bridal party getting ready. Like all good photographers, Ross took complete charge of setting up all the dresses and accessories to get the perfect shots before it was time for Sheryl to get dressed. In the blink of an eye, it was time for everyone to get their dresses and shoes on, last hair and makeup checks and head off for the ceremony. I get to go home for a cup of tea with my feet up, but Sheryl is away to have the best day of her life.

Other suppliers not already mentioned:

Bride’s Dress – Ronald Joyce
Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Monsoon
Groom’s Attire – Gilt Edged
Cake – Claire Cameron Cakes
Decorations – Make Believe Events