Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

blissed out bride: macdonald craxton wood, cheshire

July 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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When putting together our real wedding posts for the blog we ask brides to share a tip with readers who are currently caught up in planning pandemonium organising their own big day. One of the most common that crops up is ‘take time to enjoy the time leading up to your wedding too’, because as they rightly say, it’s all part of the experience.

That not only means trying to enjoy the process of selecting a venue and suppliers instead of rattling through it like one big to do list, but also reserving a little wedding-free time to enjoy with family and friends, or just as a couple.

So to help you find the perfect place to take a break we’ve scoped out another restful retreat where you and either your hubby-to-be, leading ladies or female relatives, can escape to for some pre-wedding pampering.

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Nestled within 27 acres of Cheshire woodland, Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, enjoys the luxury of being in a tranquil location but with the gorgeous city of Chester just ten minutes down the road. This makes it the ideal place to enjoy a romantic break, hen do or girly getaway – and wait, it gets better.

As well as providing stunning food, drink and accommodation, the hotel boasts a heavenly spa which has recently benefited from £1.4 million of investment, offering weary souls and pamper seekers a range of blissful spa days and indulgent breaks.

So after having all that money spent on it, we thought it rude not to try out revamped spa on behalf of our readers. And upon doing so we can confidently say – ladies you will love it!

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From the moment we stepped through its doors we were completely taken with the spa, which is light, airy, welcoming and incredibly well styled. Seriously this place looks like something straight off the pages of a glossy interiors magazine and it’s that high end finish in décor and furnishings that makes for an incredibly luxurious experience, even before you’ve enjoyed the facilities.

As holidays are coming and we’re desperate to achieve our beach body ambitions, we headed straight for the gym, which is kitted out with all the latest Technogym equipment. This means ladies on a pre-wedding fitness plan can get in their exercise before indulging in pure relaxation totally guilt free!

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Next we were handed our fluffy robes and super-soft slippers (why are spa slippers so good?) before being shown around the spa area, which houses way more than you’d think, including an 18 metre pool, thermal suite, relaxation room, garden room and Woodland Spa Café.

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Before lunch we took a dip in the pool which enjoys stunning countryside views through its floor to ceiling glass and then retired to the bright and breezy garden room for a herbal tea and a quick magazine fix.

At this point we’d already decided Craxton Wood would be one of our top picks for a hen do, plotting how we would have a day being pampered at the spa before heading out for a night in Chester. And clearly we’re not the only ones who can see it’s girly getaway potential as staff say the hotel is becoming increasingly popular with groups of ladies who take advantage of their spa break packages which include ‘celebration’, ‘indulgent’ and ‘revitalise’ options.

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Lunch was next on our agenda. I’ve previously expressed my dislike for spas that only serve up super healthy food as I see pampering as a treat and therefore want a meal to match that experience. Thankfully the menu at the Woodland Spa Café (which again is beautifully decorated) has options that are fairly low in calories but high in flavour, and they serve alcohol – hurrah!

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After our delicious two course lunch (and accompanying prosecco, of course) it was back to the pampering, this time treatments. For me a skin specific facial and for Julia Macdonald Hotels’ Elemis Signature.

In the comfort of the snug treatment room my therapist Jess discussed my skin type to decide on the right blend of products for my complexion and then the relaxation began. A balancing cleanser, toner and bliss capsules were gently massaged onto my face to renew skin elasticity and to give it a radiant glow, then while a masque worked its magic on my skin, Jess worked her magic on my arms, shoulders and chest to rub away any aches or pains. It was heavenly and my skin felt super fresh.

Julia’s 90 minute treatment meanwhile started with an exotic body exfoliation. After a light body brushing, warm oils were drizzled over her skin before a lime and ginger salt glow was applied resulting in clean, polished and softened skin. This was followed up by a massage and facial for an overall body experience that Julia described as ‘absolute bliss’ and said it would be an ideal pre-honeymoon treatment.

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After coming around in the soothing, candle-lit relaxation room we tried out the thermal suite which has varying steam rooms, saunas and showers to awaken the senses, relax the mind and cleanse the skin.

Finally, to complete our visit, we had mini manicures by therapist Jess who was painted our nails to perfection (mine weren’t gels but lasted an incredible seven days before chipping).

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So all in all you can see why we would highly recommend Craxton Wood for a pre or post wedding getaway with your guy or your girls. If you’re in the early stages of planning you might also want to check out the hotel as a potential wedding venue. It has a stunning range of function suites, with both indoor and outdoor options, that can cater for small, intimate weddings up to large parties of 250 guests whilst providing first class accommodation, service and food. And don’t forget about that spa!

For full details of Craxton Wood’s facilities, accommodation and packages, visit the website.

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blissed out bride: titanic spa

May 28th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Titanic Couple

Because every now and then we need a little pampering – isn’t that right girls? So today we introduce a new feature to the blog which is designed to encourage you busy brides-to-be to take some much needed time out from those hectic wedding planning schedules and just chill!

Through our blissed out bride posts we’ll be visiting beautiful havens of relaxation throughout the north of the country (you can thank us later) that are ideal locations for a little pre-wedding pampering, a heavenly hen do or even a minimoon to recharge the batteries when the big day has been and gone.

And so we begin with a trip to the wonderful Titanic Spa. All in the name of research for you tense brides (we know, we’re too kind) Julia and I visited this tranquil venue tucked away in a scheduled part of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and came away literally walking on air.

Titanic Spa Exterior landscape

As the name suggests this is a spa of impressive size which has great power when it comes to the art of de-stressing and has become particularly well known for its extensive ‘heat and ice experience’ which we’ll tell you all about a little later on.

Perfect for some quality time with the girls, your hubby-to-be or your busy mum, Titanic offers a fab range of packages, from full spa days – including ‘indulge’, ‘relax’, ‘detox’ and ‘celebrate’ options – to twilight sessions and even overnight stays. We’ll let you determine the amount of relaxation required depending on how your bridezilla barometer is reading.

Titanic Swimming Pool

Upon arrival at the spa, which is set within a stunning textile mill, we were given a warm welcome followed by a tour of those impressive facilities: gym, pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, treatment areas and the heat and ice experience. Phew!

Thanks to such generous facilities guests could easily spend a day here without the need for a treatment but for the full Titanic experience, we say it’s a must (especially after all that planning) and so we started our day of indulgence with a full body massage for me and luxurious facial for Julia.

Titanic Spa Treatment Room

Titanic’s treatment rooms act like a cocoon, wrapping you up in warm relaxation, which feels like a treat in itself! Though once the therapist (thanks Beth) began to work her magic hands on my back, shoulders and neck I was taken to a whole other level of relaxation. The pressure was perfect ensuring pleasure rather than pain though I still felt the benefit on muscles tired out from the gym, making this a fabulous treat for ladies that have been working hard to achieve their dream bride body.

Julia’s been travelling a lot recently and working long hours at the computer screen between planes, trains and automobiles, so a bespoke facial was the perfect way to restore some much needed balance to her stressed out complexion. Although she assures me that she managed to resist falling asleep on the job, Julia emerged glowing after her hour in the hands of her therapist – looking rested and ready to take on the world once more!

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There are so many other tantalising treatments, using products by Decléor, Elemis Carita and Neom Organics, to choose from. These include exfoliation, cleansing and detox treatments, great for banishing dry, lifeless skin cells and producing flawless, radiant skin ready for your big day. Alternatively you might want to sooth away pre-wedding headaches with an Indian head massage, restore your body’s harmony levels with a reiki session or indulge in beauty treatments with your hens, such as a mani and pedi.

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Next, a gossip poolside before lunch. There’s so much to be said for loosing yourself in mindless chitchat whilst dipping your feet in a pool or chilling out in a Jacuzzi as we were quickly reminded and noted many groups of ladies (and the odd man) doing the exact same.

By afternoon Hudderfield felt like Hawaii (well almost) and so we requested lunch on the outdoor terrace. What we love about Titanic is that they don’t go all Gillian McKeith during your visit by feeding you just greens and denying you a little treat. The menu choices are healthy but tasty and wine, prosecco and champagne can be ordered alongside (hurrah!).

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Refuelled we headed back indoors to that much-talked about heat and ice experience. Here guests can go between a number of hot and cold rooms, each with differing benefits to the body. The overall effect is rather refreshing as you peak and dip in temperature. We particularly enjoyed the crystal steam room, designed for ‘deep relaxation’, and the herbal infusion room, which is said to ‘invigorate the spirit’. However we were a little nervous when it came to the colder rooms and chickened out of the plunge pool and bucket shower altogether. If you’re currently walking around in a wedding planning haze we’re sure these would instantly bring you back to reality.

That left us with just one area to visit – the relaxation lounge, a soft lit room with huge beanbags and tranquil music. This is what every stressed out bride needs – pure relaxation a million miles away from seating plans or taster menus. Julia might have fallen asleep on the job again, but to be honest… I wasn’t in any state to check!

Titanic Spa Relaxation Room

To round things off we each had a mini mani so that we could take a little piece of pretty away from Titanic Spa with us in the form of pastel polished nails. Gorge!

So girls it’s time to become a blissed out bride by adding a Titanic trip to your ‘wedding to do’ list.

For full details of Titanic Spa’s facilities, accommodation and packages, visit their website.

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

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That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

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Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

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Paintbox. Supplier Showcase: AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Today I’m proud to introduce you to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who I can personally vouch has creativity and enthusiasm by the bucket load.  I was Art & Design classmates with AJ Edgar Make Up Artist back in the day and let me tell you, you should have see the size and scale (and talent behind) her fine art coursework.  We could barely fit it into the art room.  Getting the girl to double maths was another story…

I have no doubt that Alexandra will put her absolute all into making your wedding day both fun and beautiful.  Sign her up, girls. 

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

How and when did you become a Make Up Artist?

Having worked in the cosmetics Industry for over a decade, I have spent the last six years based in a prestigious, multi- brand boutique in Newcastle City Centre. I have met and gained extensive training from the industry’s most talented names. I frequently travel to London and Edinburgh to remain avant garde with all the latest products and trends.

I love to paint and consider make up artistry as portraiture!  With my skill base and a love for design, AJ Edgar Make Up Artist  was born. I can now reach all of you brides to be and fulfil your wishes in creating a unique portrait of you, lit from within. I can’t wait to meet you all!

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What service do you offer Brides to Be?

My service to you is to create the very finest portrait of you and your bridal party.  You will look and feel extra special and photograph beautifully.

Why should a Bride to Be have her make up professionally applied?

With my experience I am well equipped at dealing with the fun, hustle and bustle of your wedding morning.  I am an artist who understands light and shadow. I create a special, unique, classic and timeless look for your special day.

Your bridal party will compliment you beautifully and the ladies wearing hats will be seen, not cast in shadow.

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Do you do a trial? Why would you recommend this?

Contact me to arrange your trial. Reassure yourself that you and your bridal party will look picture perfect. At this stage we can establish any skincare concerns and ensure your skin looks radiant.  A bridal trial costs £30 (£20 for other members of the bridal party).  This is exclusive of travelling costs.

Then relax, leave the rest to me!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

I remain current with all the most innovative, leading brands.

I insist on using the finest products allowing me to create the most natural, glowing, polished portrait of you.

I endeavour to enhance your natural beauty and that of your bridal party.

I create classic, stunning and timeless make up looks.

I work to your requirements and style. I never want your photographs to date.

I am truly passionate about my artistry and service to you. I just love a wedding morning!

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What have been your professional highlights?

A real highlight was flying back to my old home The Bahamas to be bridesmaid for my dear friend Stephanie. She had arranged for a make up artist to fly in from Miami.

Imagine my excitement, what a treat; I was getting my make up professionally applied. As it transpired the other bridesmaids and I were horrified with the results. The thick mask of foundation did none of us any justice at all and was melting rapidly in the humidity.

Fortunately, I was doing Christine, the mother of the bride’s make up. I had a small amount of kit with me, so, after making Christine picture perfect I then turned my attention to us. The highlight was being told I “Saved the Day”, all the while keeping the bride separate from our concerns.

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We ended up all comfortable in our own skin and ready to rock the aisle and support Stephanie in her chic “Colonial Bahamian” Wedding Day.

In July this year I received an email from British Vogue. I was invited to feature in the September Issue under ‘Vogue’s Wedding Wishlist’. They said they really liked my website and beautiful wedding make up. I was absolutely honoured as you can imagine. So as of now you will find me recommended by Vogue!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What are your favourite Wedding Make Up Looks?

I personally need all the help I can get to bring my face to life. Thank you make up, I quite love you.  I strongly recommend a classic, timeless and elegant look on your wedding day.  That doesn’t mean no colour. Colour is good, done tastefully is what I’m talking about.

What would be your Top 5 Make Up tips for a Bride to Be?

Less is More. 

Embrace a good cleansing routine. I recommend the Eve Lom Cleanser regarded by Vogue as “ Probably the Best Cleanser in the world”. 

Leave false lash application to me on the day. I would hate for the adhesive to be visible.

Have a professional eyebrow shape. It will open up the eyes and for a more mature lady; it will create a lift to the face.

Relax, have fun, it’s your wedding day! You have put a lot of work into your big day so enjoy every minute of it!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What would be your Top 5 Wedding Make Up No No’s?

Embrace your pallor! Don’t get spray tans or apply fake tan prior to your big day if you’re not accustomed to it.

Don’t do anything drastic under the doctors’ needle.

Do not get sunburnt! I recommend Instituit Esthederm sun care.

Do not use any harsh, abrasive products that could potentially redden the skin or exasperate rsacea or sensitivity.

Don’t go changing too much; you are loved as you are!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Who would be your dream client and why?

Andy Warhol: “If everyone’s not a beauty then no one is”. 

Are there any really memorable weddings you have worked on?

Every wedding morning is beautifully memorable, such a wonderful atmosphere, the time flies and it’s amazing to see my clients picture perfect in their dress. 

A particular stand out memory was when I was asked to cover a huge bruise on the forehead of a bride’s father. He was extremely conscious of the shiner ruining his daughters’ photographs.  As simple as a good mattifying primer and a slither of concealer and the gentleman was good to go. Oh, no one would ever know!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

On appointment AJ Edgar Make Up Artist will Invoice you a “Save The Date” deposit of £30. Thereafter I charge £100 for bridal wedding make up and £50 for each member of the bridal party.

Where are you located and will you travel?

You will find me in the City Centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne where we can arrange a trial, alternatively I will travel to you. I will then travel to you on the morning of your wedding day.

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Why do you read and like the Brides Up North blog?

I have read the blog for a long time and seen many familiar faces on their wedding day. Julia and I are classmates from our school days and it was lovely to see her artistic skills come to life and create such a beautiful blog. A client of mine described it as “the go to blog for Brides Up North” so I am very excited to be a Featured Supplier.

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work and find out more about you?

You will find photographs and testimonials of my work and can contact me at www.ajedgar-mua.com

Like my my Facebook page or follow AJ Edgar Make Up Artist on Twitter, this will allow you to learn pro tips and tricks and I will keep you updated with all the latest in skincare, hair care and the finest cosmetic innovations and the magical goings on in the art market.

You can contact me through the website or telephone me on 0753 007 5279 or alternatively email me at contact@ajedgar-mua.com

I am truly excited to hearing from you and creating the most beautiful Brides Up North. 

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 as supplied by AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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Absolutely Flawless! Supplier Showcase: Make Up By Jo

May 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I was recently lucky enough to be made over by today’s fabulous Featured Supplier, Jo of Make Up By Jo.  As well as being a thoroughly lovely person, by goodness can she work wonders with a make-up brush!  I went from looking tired, drawn and dried out (too many late nights in front of a computer screen) to radiant and, ahem, beautiful with a flick of her magic wand. 

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You really must meet this wonder woman!  Tis witchcraft, I tell you…

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Hi Jo!  Tell us a little bit about your trade…

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My experience in the industry began 20 years ago when I first applied for a job with Lancôme. During the 10 years working for Lancôme I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the industry working for large accounts in York, Edinburgh and Manchester with strict training courses and events.

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Afterwards I moved into fashion working as a manageress and buyer for an exclusive boutique where I spent time at London Fashion week and had a great understanding of the fashion world.  I had the good fortune around seven years ago meeting celebrity International make-up artist Ariane Poole who I work closely with on events and shows to this day in the North East and London.

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I always keep up-to date with application, style and techniques of make-up with frequent trips to London.

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My services range from bridal make-up, make-up lessons, photo shoots, commercial and editorial shoots.

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www.baughanphotography.co.uk

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What products do you recommend?

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I use an array of products ranging from Ariane Poole, Estee Lauder, Lancôme, Bobby Brown, Nars, Jemma Kidd. Key items I would always use on a wedding:

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Ariane Poole Skin Primers and Conceal and Contour Palette

Lancôme Khol eyeliners

Bobby Brown Gel eyeliner

Elizabeth Arden Eye Fix Primer

Boots No07 Lipliners

Nars Blushers

Jemma Kidd Eyebrow Kit

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Why should Brides Up North hire a professional make-up artist?

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Morning full of nerves and butterflies in your stomach and struggling to put your make-up on .? To hire a professional make-up artist is a luxury but a professional make-up artist will have the knowledge, understanding and techniques on how to enhance your beauty on this special day which can be captured as memories on camera.

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Would you recommend a make-up trial?  Why?

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Yes I always offer a make-up trial to the bride. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss ideas, colours, style of wedding. On the wedding day I will arrive at either the home or venue and will stay with the bride until her wedding dress is on for final touches of make-up. If the mums and bridesmaids require a make-up trial that can also be included as well.

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www.baughanphotography.co.uk

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Why does Make Up By Jo provide a superior service?

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I have worked in various aspects of the industry for the last 20 years and understand the need to listen to everyone as an individual. I treat all brides and the bridal party as individual everyone has their own style that represents you as a person. I am a relaxed and calm person and happy to help brides in all situations.

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www.studiobyjaymz.com

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What is your favourite make-up look?

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My favourite look is the flawless skin with slight to medium depth of smoky eyes. This creates a soft focus and a subtle Hollywood glamour look

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What are your top five tips for wedding day beauty?

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Look after your skin, and stick to a skin care routine leading up to the wedding

Skin primers for face and possible eyes and lips

Waterproof mascara and eyeliners

Good foundation

Lipstick that suits you as a person

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And the no-nos?

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Fake tan on the evening before or morning of the wedding

Not blending or choosing the wrong shade of foundation

Wearing the wrong shade of lipstick that makes you look washed out

Wearing a facemask on the morning of the wedding

Fake tan not applied correctly on the hands

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Any really special weddings that you have worked on?

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I have so many memorable weddings in their own way. Two that stick in mind, A biker wedding when I arrive at the venue Middleton Lodge there was two lines of motorbikes which was the aisle for the bride to walk down to the alter. The grooms and the party wore their jeans and biking jackets. The bride wore an amazing corset denim black dress and the bridesmaids wore denim corseted dresses. The other wedding was at home with a large marquee. Everyone was running late and I ended up ironing dads shirt, helping him with his cravat, hovering the house for the guests to return back to and making sure the bride was dressed and helping her lace her delicate lace corset dress.

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www.michaelcartwrightphotography.co.uk

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?  Where are you located?

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My prices vary on location but quotes can be requested by emailing me on jo@makeupbyjo.co.uk

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I live near Darlington but will travel wherever the bride would like me to go at home or abroad.

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Where can Brides Up North find out more and see more examples of your work?

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You can find my work and details on my website, www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

Facebook: Make-up by Jo

Twitter: @JoLeversuch

YouTube: JoLeversuch

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Anything else that we should know?

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As well as wedding make-up I work on other aspects of make-up closely at fashion shows in London with Estee Lauder Cancer Care and Debbie Wingham fashion designer plus I have worked behind the scenes on The National Wedding Show in Earls Court and have recently become an Associate Tutor for Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME

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  – Images © 2012 as tagged www.michaelcartwrightphotography.co.uk, www.beckymitchellphotography.co.uk, www.studiobyjaymz.com, www.sallythurrellphotography.com, www.baughanphotography.co.uk or otherwise Jo Leversuch

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up? Supplier Showcase: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

October 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Having previously chatted by email, I recently met Featured Supplier Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist at my Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up.  What a stunner!  This lady is quite the advocate for her own skills. 

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Today, I talk to this talented make up artist (who is based in Leeds but has car, will travel) about the art of a painted face, the dos and don’ts of your wedding day war paint and how she can help.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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How did you become a make up artist?

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My make up career started in 2005 at Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty where I gained an ITEC in beauty therapy. Here, I touched on make up and found that I loved the creativity and playfulness of it. I wanted to know more. I went on to a local collage to study media and theatrical make up which then lead me to the School of Make Up. In 2008 I attended an intensive ‘Combined Media’ course. This included media/fashion and editorial make up, media/ fashion and editorial hair as well as fashion styling. I also studied prosthetics and special effects make up. I received in depth tuition from some of the most respected and experienced make up designers in the industry.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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What services to you offer?

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I offer brides and the bridal party hair and make up for their special day. If it is a large bridal party or an early ceremony sometimes a team of hair and make up artists is a good idea. I have made some good friends in the industry and sometimes a small team is needed.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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What products do you use and why?

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My make up kit contains many of the finest products available, each product is picked for its quality and suitability. I use products such as MAC, Chanel and Illamasqua. I am passionate about beneficial and pure products and I am against animal testing so I use natural products such as Bare Minerals and Arbonne.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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Why should a bride to be have her make up professionally applied?

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Many brides come to me for their wedding make up to take the stress off themselves and achieve a fresh look which will last all day, helping you feel great and look amazing! The make up I apply will be natural to the eye but flawless and heavy enough for your photography, which is the lasting memory of your day.

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Click through for Ashley’s top tips for your wedding day face…

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