Gail Gardner Blog

Gosfield Hall, Wedding Hair and Makeup

I had the most wonderful day styling bride Nicola and her party for her wedding to husband Aiden at Gosfield Hall. I worked alongside Victoria Taylor Makeup Artist. Gosfield Hall is such a beautiful salubrious wedding venue, fit for a queen. I have attached a few images of Nicola getting ready at the cottage, the Ladys Chambers, which is available for the bride to hire the evening before her wedding day. We usually start styling the bride and her bridal party in the Ladys Chambers and then move over to the most amazing Bridal Suite, The Rococco Room, where the bride and the bridal party dress for the wedding and meet with the Registrars prior to taking their vows.

Nicolas stunning dress was designed by Stella York. The Florists were the wonderfully talented The Willows, based in Chelmsford. I styled the bridal parties hair and the makeup artist on the day was lovely Victoria Taylor. The fabulous photos were taken by the fantastic EPS Photography.

Blake Hall Wedding Venue, Ongar Essex

What an absolute joy it was to style Michelle and her bridal party on her wedding day at the stunning Blake Hall in Ongar Essex. Michelle welcomed us into her family for the morning whilst we busily prepared everyone for the big day. Thank you Michelle, we had the most fabulous morning and wow, Blake Hall is such an amazing wedding venue.

The Warren Golf and Country Club, Essex

This is lovely Lorna who married at the Warren Estate in Danbury, Essex in the Rose Barn. I styled her hair and makeup for her wedding morning, she looked absolutely stunning.

The Chichester Hotel – Hair and Makeup in Wickford, Essex

I had a wonderful time on the morning of Lisas’ wedding. Lisa had such beautiful hair and she chose a loose romantic updo for her wedding day. She also wanted her bridal party to wear their hair up too. I absolutely love Lisas photos, they were taken by the very talented Rachel Weatherley. Rachel managed to get very close up to Lisa and really capture her beauty. All of Rachels photos did that. I love the photos below, especially the second photo, of Lisa dancing with her father. Congratulations Lisa, I hope you and your husband have a wonderful married life together.

Wedding Hairstylist of the Year Winner

After an extremely busy year styling so many beautiful brides for their wedding day, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have the Title of Wedding Hairstylist of the Year Award, with the Essex Wedding Awards, for 2019.   I was a finalist with 9 other fabulous hairstylists and hair salons.  To be announced as the winner was a very proud moment for myself and my family.  This is the third time I have won this fantastic award.  It has inspired me even further, to ensure my brides have the very best and most amazing hairstyle and makeup on their wedding day.  Here are some images from the Awards Evening, also featuring my husband and beautiful daughter who were there to help me celebrate.

Theatre Back Stage – Local Production of Les Miserables

Wow, what a week.  I had the fabulous opportunity of working back stage at the local theatre with the fabulous Chelmsford Young Generation Amateur Dramatics Group.  I worked as part of a great team, helping the cast with their hair and makeup for their production of Les Miserables.   It was great working with a team of people all focussed to make sure everyone looked fantastic, and for everything to run smoothly and on time.  There were lots of quick changes, wig changes and fabulous makeup applied the Principles in the show with a particularly haunted look for all the ensemble.  Such a fabulous week with fabulous people, we were all rewarded with the cast receiving a standing ovation every night.  Very well deserved.

Beautiful Brides at Channels Lodge, Essex

Congratulations to these two beautiful ladies, Emma and Kelsey who married at The Channels Estate in Chelmsford, Essex.  These lovely girls were so much fun on their wedding morning and really made me feel part of their day. I carried out the Hair and Makeup for them both and also for their bridesmaid.  These photos were taken by the fabulous Chloe Lee.  I really will always remember my morning with these two, so much fun.  Congratulations.  Gail xx

Wedding Hair at Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend

Congratulations to Liz and Kay who married on Saturday at The Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend.  Overlooking Adventure Island and the Sea!  What a spectacular view!  I wish I took a photo of the wedding flowers, they were out of this world.  I do not think I have ever seen such amazing wedding bouquets.  I would definitely recommend this amazing florist.  Her name is Sarah Rozee of Re:Creation Flowers.  Outstanding.  Congratulations Liz and Kay, I hope you had the most fantastic time on Saturday. x


Blake Hall Wedding Venue, Ongar Essex – Wedding Hair

I cannot tell you how much fun I had with Bride Michelle and her wonderful bridal party on Friday, at the beautiful Blake Hall Wedding Venue in Ongar.  I love Blake Hall, such a beautiful wedding venue with an amazing Barn too.  Very rustic and earthy, definitely worth looking up if you are still considering wedding venues.  

Michelles wedding was all about family.  She included everyone in her wedding day and made everyone feel they had an important role.  Her two beautiful daughters were flower girls and her sisters and friends were Bridesmaids.  It was a very warmhearted wedding morning, everyone offering to help each other and making sure everything went smoothly.  Also thank you to your wonderful bridesmaid Jenny, who made sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink and kept including me and the makeup artist Elaine, too.  Thank you all for making us feel an important part of your special day. x

Maidens Barn Wedding Venue – Bridal Hair Essex

This is my lovely bridal party who all got ready at the brides home and then travelled to the stunningly quaint wedding venue Maidens Barn. The bride, Stacey, had 5 bridesmaids so the wedding morning was very entertaining with a fantastic playlist on full volume to keep everyone in the party mood.  Congratulations Stacey. xx


The Warren Estate, Woodham Walter, Maldon, Essex, Vintage Hair and Makeup

This is lovely Lorna who married very recently at The Warren Estate  in Maldon, Essex.  Such a beautiful venue with a fabulous Golf Course too.  Lorna was adorable!   Lorna had such a calming air about her and was so appreciative of everyones help on the day. Her wedding theme was vintage and she had the most fantastic dress.  I look forward to seeing her professional wedding photos.  Congratulations Lorna, I wish you so much happiness.  xx

Indian Wedding Engagement

This is stunning Zena and her bridesmaid who had their hair styled for Zenas official engagement party.  Wedding to take place next year.  Zena had the most fantastic hair, I could have happily spent hours with her styling her wonderful hair but her event was taking place very early in the day so we only had limited time together to find her perfect engagement hairstyle.  

Newland Hall Twiglight Weddings – Bridal Hair and Makeup

This is Kate, who I actually did not get to meet until her wedding morning, due to her busy daytime schedule.  I met with Kate, for the first time, at The County Hotel in Chelmsford, Essex, to carry out the hair and makeup for her large bridal party.  Kates’ family all travelled over from America for this very special day so the morning was outstandingly entertaining.  I absolutely love Kates’ chosen wedding hairstyle.  I cannot wait to see all her professional wedding photos, which I will share on here.  Kate had all her wedding preparations of hair and makeup carried out at The County Hotel and then went on to Newland Hall Wedding Venue  for a Twilight Wedding.  This type of wedding is becoming very popular.  The bride can have access to Newland Hall from 4pm with her wedding ceremony taking place from 6pm, followed by a wonderful evening reception.  I think Twilight Weddings are going to become very popular in 2019.

Mulberry House Wedding Venue – Vintage Hair and Makeup

I loved styling beautiful Samantha and her bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on her wedding morning at Mulberry House Hotel in Ongar, Essex.  What a perfect venue!   Samantha had a vintage them and wore a beautiful tea dress to compliment her style.  We had so much fun in the morning, with a fantastic playlist to really set off the vintage feel.  I also absolutely loved her flowers too!  They were created by the most amazing florist, The Botanical Shed.  I really recommend looking her up.  The flowers were so romantic and absolutely perfect for Samantha.  











Bridal Hair at Gosfield Hall.

This is beautiful Jennifer, who married at the most stunning venue, Gosfield Hall.   Jennifer was looking for an elegant hairstyle that would also be able to incorporate simple plaits at the side.  

Hatfield Forest – Wedding Day

This is beautiful Anna and her bridesmaid.  Anna married at Takeley Church and held her reception at Hatfield Forest. 

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.  


Essex Wedding Awards Winner 2019 - For Wedding Hair
Essex Wedding Awards Winner 2016 - For Wedding Hair
Essex Wedding Awards Winner 2013 - For Wedding Hair
As Featured In The Absolute Bridal Magazine, Essex Wedding Hair And Makeup Section
As Featured In The Essex Wedding Hair And Makeup Section Pages On Rock My Wedding
As Featured In An Essex Wedding