Vintage Inspired Bridal Makeup for Kim and Ryan’s Wedding Day

A vintage styled bride and groom pose for a picture in Maxwell Park with their two dogs.

Kim and Ryan had their vintage inspired wedding in early September 2019 in the last throws of summer. This was an extra special wedding, not only because I was providing makeup for the bride and her party, but because I was invited to attend the full day with my partner. Whether it was the magic of the last days of summer, or just good company, there was definitely something electric in the air.

The wedding took place in Pollokshields Burgh Hall in the Southside of Glasgow. The halls are in the grounds of Maxwell Park and as this was such a beautiful day, refreshments were served in the garden (which is stunning) but we’ll get to that bit later.

When Kim booked me to do her wedding makeup, she had a very clear idea of what she wanted; a vintage inspired bridal makeup, that was true to her personal style along with my signature airbrushing. As with many brides, we carried out her trial on the day of her hen party. When a client is looking for vintage bridal makeup it’s important to have a good idea of how true to tradition or modern she wants to take it. There is a fine line between vintage and fancy dress and it helps to know where that line is drawn for each bride. Kim wanted to have a red lip for her hen party but she decided, (and I agreed) that it might be too much for the wedding day and so she selected a soft natural pink from Charlotte Tilbury for the big day.

A close up shot of a bride in vintage bridal makeup, with blond hair with Hollywood waves having her lipstick applied.
A close up shot of a makeup artist applying the brides lipstick with a lip brush to complete the vintage makeup look.
A bride leans over to look in a mirror and places a sapphire and diamond drop earring in her ear. She has long blond hair and wears vintage bridal makeup with liquid eyeliner.

Pollokshields Burgh Hall have converted the Lodge House on their grounds into luxury apartments with some truly stunning and unique decor. One of the apartments was booked for the full weekend so that the full bridal party could get ready on-site and also served as the bridal suite. The kitchen boasts a good sized breakfast bar and stools directly in front of a large bay window, letting in loads of natural light which was perfect for me to set up and get started on makeups. The main bathroom also had a large bay window and vanity table with a mirror and this is where Jenn Mathison was working her magic doing hair. Jenn styled Kim’s hair in long hollywood waves with a deep side parting which perfectly complemented the vintage bridal makeup. I’ve worked with Jenn a couple of times before and I was genuinely delighted when Kim told me that’s who she had booked.

Fiona Higgins arrived mid morning to capture the magic and madness of the bridal party getting ready. Fiona was another wedding supplier that I’d worked with before so I knew that the photos of the day would be exceptional. All of the photos in this post are by Fiona. She has a really beautiful style and manages to quietly capture the perfect candid moments. There are so many pictures Fiona took whilst I was working and I didn’t even realise she was standing right behind me.

There were gasps of delight when the flowers arrived from Flowers Vermilion. Kim told me that Terri who owns the company had foraged wild flowers for her seasonal bouquet and it even included local blackberries. The colours in the bouquets matched with the natural surroundings of Maxwell Park perfectly.

Kim chose her dress from ASOS Bridal and I couldn’t now imagine her in anything else. It was fully beaded right down to the train and was tailored perfectly to fit her body.

Kim and Ryan have two dogs, Clive and Tina who were a huge part of their day. They were walked down the aisle by Kim’s bridesmaids and were very excited to be the centre of attention. Clive immediately went for a sniff around as the ceremony was about to begin and managed to magic up a tennis ball from some hidden corner of the room. This mild disruption was effortlessly managed by Claire the Humanist. The ceremony was conducted with wit and caring and seemed to be a direct reflection of both Kim and Ryan’s personalities, right down to having a pop at the groomsmen for not being on the ball with the rings when it was time for them to be exchanged.

After the ceremony there were drinks and canapes served in the downstairs area of the Halls by Nosh Catering. The glass doors in this area of the halls open in to Maxwell Park itself, there is a small fence separating the grounds of the Halls from the rest of the park but it’s so open that it feels like you have the whole park to yourself. Fiona took Kim and Ryan for a walk in the local area to capture the setting late-summer sun in some truly stunning pictures. The magic of that day continued well into the night, but unfortunately I can’t tell you any more than that, or I might not get invited to another wedding.

If you’d like to know more about my wedding makeup style and check if your date is available, head over to my wedding page.

The bride and groom sit at a table inside Pollokshields Burgh Hall. The bride is in the centre of the picture wearing vintage hollywood waves and makeup, laughing as a witness signs their wedding papers
An aerial picture of a slate platter with pate, oatcakes, cheese and accompaniments on a white table cloth.
The bride and groom hold hands walking down the street, away from the camera, with the sun setting in front of them.
The bride and groom raise their glasses in front of their guests whilst the groom holds the microphone for his speech.
The bride and groom dance with her head on his shoulder as their friends dance around them.
The bride and groom stand in the centre of the picture looking to the sun off to their left. They are standing on a path between bowls loans in front of a tudor style club house.
A black and white picture of the bride and groom holding hands and laughing as they walk down the street towards the camera.
The bride and groom hold hands walking down the street, away from the camera, with the sun setting in front of them.

Wedding suppliers not already mentioned;

Videography – MacDonald Studio Wedding Films

Evening Entertainment – Lets Get Eclectic

Watch the wedding video here: Kim & Ryan’s Wedding Video