Gail Gardner Blog
Weddings in Essex
I had such a lovely morning with Louise and her wonderful bridal party, at Moor Hall. Louise had wonderful long red hair which was a delight to style. Her bridesmaids all had lovely long hair and decided on having the same hairstyle for the wedding ceremony. Here are some before and after photos.
Yesterday I had a lovely morning with Katharine and her family, preparing them all for the wedding at the stunning Leez Priory Wedding Venue. I used a very small amount of padding in Katharines hair just to ensure she kept the volume in front. Katharine had such beautiful hair and using schwarzkopf products ensured the curls stayed very soft and bouncy throughout the day. I styled Katharines hair using the GHD Mini Styler. For Katharine makeup, we kept it all very natural with extra focus on the eyes, using Mac Cosmetics and Charlotte Tilbury.
Bride and Bridesmaids Hair
Today I had the great pleasure of styling Bride Sarah and her bridesmaids for her wedding today at Gosfield Hall. Sarah had amazing fine hair, which is always my favourite to work with. We had to use a little padding to give some height from the front, but she had fabulous hair so I thoroughly enjoyed creating her style today. Below are some photos of Sarahs hair, also some before and after photos and also a before and after of one of her bridesmaids too.
Today I had a wonderful day preparing bride Jodie for her wedding day. Jodie was such a beautiful serene bride. At her trial we tried several styles and they all looked absolutely beautiful. We decided on an updo for her wedding today. I started getting Jodie and her bridal party ready in the Ladys Chambers, then we moved over to the amazing Rococo Bridal Room to do the finishing touches. Jodie looked so beautiful. I also carried out the hairstyling of her bridesmaids. I have attached some before and after photos of the bridesmaids and a photo of the beautiful Bride.
Wedding Hair and Makeup
I had a lovely day yesterday with Lynne, who married at Mulberry House. Lynne came for a trial last month and we decided an updo was going to be perfect for the wedding day, as her wedding dress was so beautiful and elegant. To achieve her desired hairstyle, I used some hair extensions to add volume and a little hair padding too whilst using the GHD Classic Styler and products from Kenra Professional. Her makeup was kept natural using products from Charlotte Tsilbury and Mac Cosmetics. The florist was the ever amazing TJ Designer Weddings.
I had the pleasure of styling Samanthas bridal party this weekend, at Barnston Lodge. At Samanthas trial we tried so many different styles but we knew that once we had tried an updo, that was definitely the way to go. Samantha brought her wedding dress along to the trial so tried her dress on after each style. I will put up some professional photos once the bride is in possession of these but for now, please find photos I took of the bride and bridesmaids. I styled all the hair on the wedding day and the makeup was carried out by Victoria Taylor. The amazing florist was Fleurtations Flowers.Read More
Beautiful Jemma married at this stunning venue recently. She made the perfect choice as Blake Hall is an absolutely breathtaking wedding venue. Jemma also had the most amazing photographer, called White Stag Weddings. Just look at these beautiful photos, she has captured Jemma perfectl. Here are just a handful of photos of beautiful Jemma on her wedding day. I styled Jemmas hair using Kenra Professional products, using the GHD Eclipse styler, to help create the large curls needed to create this beautiful hairstyle.
I had the pleasure of styling beautiful bride Laura and her Maid of Honour Amy and her bridesmaids at the stunning Crondon Park. They were so lucky with the weather, the sun shone all day long. I loved styling the girls, they both had wonderful hair and were looking for very different hairstyles. I styled their hair using Kenra Professional products and I used the classic GHD Styler to create the perfect loose waves in Amys hair.
I had such a wonderful morning with bride Rebecca at the wonderful Leez Priory at the weekend. Rebecca had wonderful fine hair, which is my favourite to work with. She arranged to have extensions incorporated into her hairstyle before her wedding day to give a little more volume, but this can also be achieved by incorporating clip in hair extensions, which I can supply. I have also used a little padding within this hairstyle, to ensure the volume lasts all day.
I know this may come as a surprise to some of you, but trashing the wedding dress a few months after the wedding is becoming quite a thing! Some brides like to trash their dress for many different reasons. Some, because they had lots of problems with the dress in the lead up to the wedding, or had trouble with it on the day and a few just do not want it sitting up in the loft for years to come and there are also a few brides, who just want to have the fun of a Trash the Dress shoot. You can even decide how you would like to trash the dress. My recent bride trashed her dress at a couple of locations. Starting at the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex then onto Beachy Head before finishing up in the sea. What a wonderfully brave lady Stephanie was and so much fun too. All you need is a good photographer, a hair and makeup artist to make you look extra special and a bride. The photographer on the day was Scott from The Edge. We all had the most fabulous day, such great fun with lots of laughs and we finished up the day with Stephanie, the bride, piling her wet trashed dress into a big black bin liner, ready for the bin. If you are considering trashing your dress, please get in touch and we can talk through some ideas, anything is possible!
I first met Victoria two months ago, when she came to me for her wedding hair trial. Victorias’ hair was quite short and blonde and very fine. She wanted her hair to have lots of volume on her wedding day so we tried lots of different techniques with an array of different coloured hair extensions, which I keep here, to find the perfect match for her hair. We found the perfect set and then styled her hair beautifully.
Victoria kept in touch with me throughout the entire time from first contact right through to her wedding day which was yesterday. It was a very early start as Victoria had a large bridal party so we had to get started by 7.15am for a 1.30pm wedding. I styled the bride, bridesmaids and mother of bride and flower girl, so it was a very busy fun filled morning. Victoria actually called me before I left my home at 6.30am, to ask if I had any calpol as her daughter was a little unwell and there were no shops open. Having four children of my own, I had plenty in supply! Her beautiful daughter was soon back to her happy little self shortly after receiving the medicine.
Victoria decided to hire the extensions from me for her wedding day, as she knew it would be unlikely that she would wear them again. Her hair looked absolutely stunning yesterday. I then went on to style the three adult bridesmaids, mother of the bride and flower girl, all with plenty of time left over for them all to get dressed in a very calm relaxing environment. The photos I have taken are by me, but I look forward to posting professional photos as soon as Victoria has received these. Thank you Victoria for being a fabulous bride, you were so calm. It was also lovely to work alongside the lovely Hayley and Tegan who were Front of House and looking after her throughout the day. Good luck Victoria and I hope you have the most amazing honeymoon in Jamiaca! Gail xx
I met with this wonderful lady, Rebekah, when she came for her hair and makeup trial last month. Her wedding was very last minute as her husband has a new job abroad and they had to bring their wedding day forward. They literally had a few weeks to get organised. I loved my trial with Rebekah, such a wonderful bride. I styled her hair and makeup at the trial and then went to her venue, Gosfield Hall, to get her and her mother ready on her wedding morning.
Gosfield Hall is such a beautiful wedding venue, full of class. Rebekah stayed at the Ladys’ Chambers the evening before so it helped make the wedding day go very smoothly. Here are some pictures I took of Rebekahs hair. Im not brilliant at taking photos, so I will be chasing her photographer, Ben from www.lavenhamphotography.co.uk who will have captured her wedding day perfectly.
It was also lovely to work alongside the Front of House manager on the day, Catherine Yarrow. Catherine is so calm and can take the stress out of any wedding morning. Here are my photos of Rebekah but I will be posting some professional ones later in the month. Congratulations Rebekah and good luck with your big move abroad this weekend. Gail xx
Had a lovely morning styling Aimee and her beautiful bridesmaids on her wedding day. Aimee married at Mulberry House, which is a beautiful country house based in Ongar, Essex. Beautiful photos taken by Stacy England (www.sephotography.co.uk).
Welcome to my Blog. I'm a multi award winning Professional Hair and Makeup Artist working with Brides all over Essex and London. I have been working in the wedding industry for 16 years. I have also recently won Wedding Hairstylist of the Year for the third time and the most recent Award I received was for Bridal Hairstylist of the Year 2019.
I trained at Wella Hair Studios in London, alongside the world acclaimed Patrick Cameron. He gave me the confidence to explore and experiment with hair and that is exactly what I like to do, ensuring you have the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day. I love working with hair and creating the impossible.
I trained as a Makeup Artist in London alongside some of the industries most famous makeup artists. You will often find me at Masterclasses, keeping up to date with the latest trends. My aim is for my brides to looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day and that they enjoy receiving endless compliments about their hair and makeup all day long.