Gail Gardner Blog

Bridal Hair and Bridesmaids at Gosfield Hall

Another very early start yesterday at the stunning venue Gosfield Hall.  I loved preparing Fallon and her four bridesmaids and mother of the bride for her wedding day.  Fallon had the most amazing platinum blonde hair so it was an absolute joy to work with.  Here are some pictures I took yesterday.  One of the Bride, Bridesmaid and the stunning flower girl that had mermaid hair. x

Bridal Hair – Gaynes Park Barns, Epping

This is Amy.  She married on Tuesday at the stunning Gaynes Park Barns in Epping.  A very popular venue!  I actually got Amy ready at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey as she did not have access to Gaynes Park until midday.  This was ideal as it meant she could arrive at the venue and just get dressed with her bridal party without any fuss.  Amy had the longest thickest hair with a natural curl.  I completely restyled Amys’ hair by putting in some fabulous products (Kenra Professional) and completely changed the curl so it was much more relaxed and softer.  Congratulations Amy! 

Blake Hall, Ongar – Bridal Hair

I had the pleasure of spending Monday morning with Robyn and her family at Blake Hall in Ongar, getting her ready for her special day.  I am putting up a picture of the stunning cottage that they all stayed in the night before and where I got them all ready in the morning.  Then they had a very short walk to the venue on site.  Robyn had seen a hairstyle in a magazine that she wanted so I made sure to replicate it as close as possible.  I am uploading a photo of how I had styled her hair first before we actually started styling the plait.  I loved the hairstyle even before the plait, so I could not resist in taking a few photos.

The Milling Barn – Bridal Hair and Makeup

Here is stunning Sarah.  Sarah married on Saturday at The Milling Barn in Throcking.  Firstly, check out this stunning venue.  It’s like a big secret.  Such a relaxed casual atmosphere and absolutely stunning.  Congratulations Sarah, thank you for a wonderful morning.  You looked amazing.

Family of the Groom – Brands Hatch Hotel

I have worked with this lovely family for many years and have styled all the sisters for their wedding day.  Last Friday their ‘little brother’ was getting married, the last of them all,  so they asked me to style them all again for this very emotional day.  I was amazed at the colourful array of hats and outfits.  They could have all been going to Ladies Day at Ascot.

Hair and Makeup Essex

Wedding Hair and Makeup Essex

Wedding Hair – Brands Hatch Hotel

Brands Hatch Hotel – Wedding Hair and Makeup





Gaynes Park Barns – Wedding Hair and Makeup

This is beautiful Sophie who married at Gaynes Park Barns on Thursday last week.  I had the joy of styling all the bridesmaids hair and the bride and mother of the brides hair and makeup.   Gaynes Park is such a stunning venue, exclusive venue for the day.  Sophie got ready at her parents house in Brentwood then headed over to Gaynes Park to get dressed with everyone and head down that fabulous aisle.

Gosfield Hall Wedding Venue – Hair and Makeup

This is beautiful Birte.  I used hair extensions and padding to create this beautiful hairstyle.  Birte married at the stunning Gosfield Hall Wedding venue, where she had exclusive use for the entire day and night.  

Prom Hair and Hylands House Estate in Chelmsford, Essex.

I loved styling  these beautiful young lady for her prom at Hylands House.  Such a stunning venue with exclusive use.






Hair and Makeup at Newland Hall in Essex

I loved working at Newland Hall this weekend.  Such a stunning wedding venue!  I enjoyed stying beautiful Julie and her wedding party, carrying out hair and makeup for them all.  Julia had the most beautiful yet simple wedding dress which she bought off the peg from Monsoon.  I thought she looked so elegant.  She had just below shoulder length hair and wanted a nice romantic hairstyle.  We managed to create this beautiful hairstyle without using any hair extensions or padding, just her own beautiful hair.  Her stunning hair accessory came from John Lewis and is very affordable too.  

Braxted Park – Wedding Hair and Makeup

I had a wonderful time last week with my beautiful bride Ruth.  When Ruth came for her trial, we carried out a few styles to try and find the perfect look for her dress.  After trying out a few, Ruth settled on her hair being up.  She then headed straight to her final dress fitting, with her hair all up, certain this was the perfect style.   Soon afterwards, Ruth contacted me and said she was so pleased she went for her dress fitting as the updo did not suit her dress at all and her dress needed a more romantic feminine look and her hair definitely needed to be  down.  We had already tried a few styles out at her trial so we knew where we were heading and it was an absolute joy to create such a lovely romantic hair and makeup look for her wedding day.  Here is Ruth in her beautiful dress made by Justin Alexander.  Ruths’ beautiful flowers were by the amazing Lily and May at the most stunning wedding venue Braxted Park.



Wedding Hair at Gosfield Hall in Essex

I had such a lovely morning with bride Vicki and her wedding party.  Vicki married at the most stunning venue, Gosfield Hall.  Gaynor, who was the co-ordinator on the day, was just amazing and made the entire morning run so smoothly.   Vicky had very fine hair so I enjoyed showing her what a few hair extensions and padding can do.   Vicki looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day.

Hair Padding and Hair Extensions have been incorporated to create this style.

Wedding Hair and Makeup Essex

I don’t want to speak to soon but could Summer be on the horizon at last?  I have had such a hectic few months styling lots of wonderful brides having wedding hair and makeup in Essex.  I have been working regularly at Gosfield Hall, Mulberry House, Leez Priory and Maidens Barn alongside many other Essex venues.  Here are a few before and after hairstyles.  I do not normally upload these kind of photos but I think sometimes its important to see the difference hair length, extensions and padding can make and what I can actually achieve with your own hair.  

This is a Wig

Wig styled – as normal hair

Very fine short hair

Hair extensions and padding


Just natural thick hair

No padding, extensions or product.




Naturally thick long hair

Hair styled with no padding or extensions

Very short fine hair

Mixed extensions to create high ponytail

A thick hair weft has been incorporated into this style.

Looks naturally thick with no sign of extensions



Which Photographer for your Wedding Day?

Working in the wedding industry, I get to work alongside some of the finest wedding suppliers week after week and every now and then I find myself working alongside a supplier that certainly stands out.  I was so impressed with Scott Miller Photography  that I feel I just have to give him a mention.  I worked with Scott at Gosfield Hall recently and have only just received some of the photos of my bride at the beautiful venue, Gosfield Hall.  To say I am so impressed is a huge understatement!   Scott Miller is so talented along with being just a really really nice guy.   He works very discreetly, capturing the most amazing images without you even realising.  I approached Scott to see if he had a nice image of my bride I could use, I expected to maybe find one or two that I liked but I ended up asking for so many that I have decided to put a handful of them on here.  This is only a snapshot of the wedding day.  Scotts amazing imagination and his amazing lighting are stunning .   Have a look through these photos of my bride Jemima and see how Scott has captured her magic of her day.

Why won’t Curls last in my hair?

Does this sound familiar to you?  Do you find you spend ages curling your hair to find it starts to fall out straight away?  Hair has a lot to do with genetics and how well your hair holds its shape.  Although having fine, straight hair may seem effortless, anyone with this hair type will tell you just how difficult it can be to achieve long-lasting curls.

As much as we all love soft and romantic curls, we would all much rather have curls that we can be sure will last all day. My first piece of advice for making this achievable is to choose the right products for your hair. I recommend Kenra Professional Firm Hold Mousse! Simply apply this to damp hair before blow-drying and then you can start to style. One of the most effective methods I find when curling hair, is to use a curling iron – after wrapping your hair around the iron, hold the curl and let it cool down before letting it go. By doing so, you are allowing the hair cuticle to close and set the hair in place. If you find your curls still drop, then take each fresh curl and wrap around a medium sized Roller. Continue this with the rest of your hair and allow the hair to cool before removing the rollers. Make sure to leave the curls for a few minutes before brushing them through, and then finish off the style with a good hairspray, I recommend Kenra Professional Superhold Finishing Spray by Kenra Professional. This will ensure you have romantic curls all day long!  This is exactly what I did with Bride Jemima who married at the weekend at Gosfield Hall.  She had beautiful hair for the entire day and lasting right through the weekend.  


Wedding Hair at Gaynes Park Barnes – Essex

Spent yesterday morning with beautiful Daisy and her bridal party styling their hair for the wedding at the amazing Gaynes Park Barnes in Epping.  Daisy wanted her hair to be half up with lots of tumbling curls falling around her face. 

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex at Maidens Barn

This is beautiful Ann who married on Saturday at Maidens Barn.  Ann opted for a very sleek hairstyle and wanted a natural makeup with more focus on the eyes.  We had such a wonderful morning.  

Wedding Hair and Makeup at Gosfield Hall – Essex

This is beautiful Jemima who married at the most wonderful venue Gosfield Hall.  An incredible bride.  Things did not go exactly according to plan for Jemima but she remained calm throughout the entire morning until everything eventually worked itself out.  One amazing lady.  I styled beautiful Jemima using products by Kenra Professional to ensure her beautiful curls stayed in all day.

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex – The Harvard Inn

This is a stunning bridesmaid who opted for a very elegant hairstyle for her sisters wedding on Saturday.  We prepared the bride and her bridal party at The Harvard Inn in Stock Chelmsford.  Using only the finest products, this hairstyle looked so beautiful and her hair so glossy.  The perfect hairstyle for a very elegant lady.

Wedding Hair Chelmsford – Crondon Park

This is lovely Claire who married on Saturday at Crondon Park Hotel. Claires hair is quite short so she was amazed to see that I could put her hair up and make it look like she had lots of hair.

Wedding Hair at the Fennes in Braintree Essex

Congratulations to the lovely Sarah who married at The Fennes in Braintree.  Sarah had two beautiful daughters who were her flower girls.  Beautiful hair accessories by

Wedding Hair and Makeup at Newland Hall Essex

This is lovely Em who recently married at the most stunning Newland Hall in Essex  Em had a twilight wedding so we did not start hair and makeup until 4pm!  Em married at 6pm.  Can you believe this is all Emilys hair with no extensions!  Using the right technique and products, Emilys stunning glossy curls and makeup held for the entire evening. Congratulations Emily. xx

Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

Just some more photos of Lucy as these really show off her hairstyle.  I just had to upload these wonderful photos taken by Lauren Henson Photography.  What an amazing photographer!  Its rare for me to want so many photos of the bride but I was spoilt for choice.  Thank you so much Lauren.   Makeup by fabulous Sam from Beautiful You.


Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

I had the most wonderful morning at Leez Priory styling beautiful Lucy and her bridal party.  Lucy was originally a little unsure of the style she wanted, so we tried everything at her hair trial.  We had a lovely morning trying out different styles, we added some hair extensions and padding and the rest just happened.  I was so excited to transform Lucy on her wedding morning.  She really did look a picture.  I also got to meet the most amazing photographer, Lauren Henson who I cannot recommend highly enough.  

Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

Beautiful Lucy who married at Leez Priory.  Lucy had extensions incorporated to give her the fabulous volume to create this style.

Bridal Hair and Makeup in Essex

Kelly – Gosfield Hall

Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Essex

Emily & Danute – Westcliff-on-Sea

Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist in Essex

Mulberry House, Ongar, Essex

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex

Wishing all my past and future brides a Happy New Year.  Looking forward to my first wedding of 2018 in January.  I have replenished my stock of hair products and pins and I am now all ready for a very busy 2018.  Happy New Year everyone.  Gail xx