Leez Priory is one of my favourite wedding venues to work at, I have been working there for over 20 years so I am very familiar with the format there. The staff are wonderful, helpful and remove any stress from your morning. If you are lucky enough to be getting married there, try asking for either Sue, Lucy or Claudia to be your front of house on the day, you will be in very safe hands. We had Lucy as the front of house for Lauras wedding recently. It was a busy morning styling Laura, her mother and best friends hair and makeup but it was fun and the hours flew by so fast. Here are some photos I took on the wedding morning. Professional photos will follow eventually but here are some of mine for now.Read More
Beautiful Holly chose a Star Wars theme for her wedding. I had a wonderful time spending the morning with her friends and family getting her ready at The Lion Inn in Boreham. Such a fabulous venue. I styled Hollys Hair and Makeup and helped her into her dress and shoes and also was lucky enough to even watch her walk down the aisle! Check out my instagram reel to see Holly (https://www.instagram.com/reel/CbiHyoUFPRY/ she really did look so beautiful. Here are photos of Holly that I took on her wedding day. Professional photos to follow.Read More
Bride Kylie contacted me to see if I was available on her wedding date this month, which was very short notice. I was available on her wedding day but I did not have any availability to carry out a trial. Kylie was more than happy to just chance it on the day. I am always comfortable in this situation as I often meet bridesmaids for the first time at a wedding so I am very comfortable in this situation. I often meet Brides for the first time too, especially if they have had an unsuccessful trial elsewhere or they may be flying into the country to get married and do not have any free time before the wedding day. I was thrilled when I met Kylie, she had the most fantastic hair. I knew exactly what products to use and which hair appliances to use to make her hair look amazing. These are my photos below but I am looking forward to receiving the photographers official where I will show Kylie off some more.Read More
I met with Caitlin approximately two months ago. She came for a trial at my premises and she was not 100% sure what style she was after but she did know she wanted a natural looking makeup with focus on her eyes. Once Caitlin showed me a picture of her dress, I knew exactly the style to go with it, that would also suit her and hopefully catch the eye of her wedding guests too. I started curling and pinning Caitlins hair, using Morrocan Oil products. Whilst her hair set, I prepared her skin with luxurious Dior products before applying her makeup. Using products from Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Mac and several other brands, I created a look that Caitlin was very happy with and also felt very comfortable with but at the same, felt confident and amazing. Thats how we should all feel, especially on our wedding day.Read More
I had the absolute joy of preparing bride Veronica and her bridal party for her wedding day at the amazing Mulberry House in Ongar, Essex. If you are in the early stages of organising your wedding, I highly recommend viewing Mulberry House. I’m not going to go into too much detail, I think you have to actually view the venue to see the wonder of it all and to feel the magic and also to actually meet the wonderful staff. They are like a big family that really take care of you and they will all most probably still be there in ten years time, it’s that special.
Veronica had quite a large bridal party, all requiring hair and makeup so I brought along my fabulous Assistant Lisa, who works in a very busy salon so she is used to working with every kind of hair and I fully trust her. Between us both, we styled the bridal party and made sure they all felt beautiful and confident. We had a lovely day together. Find below some of the images I managed to take on the day, once the professional photos come to light, I will upload them here. Good luck Veronica with your new husband and thank you for being such a delight on your wedding day.Read More
Lovely Rosie married at the stunning Newland Hall this week. It was a unique wedding as Rosie was marrying the same man she met and married over 20 years ago. They had a parting of ways but found each other again and remarried….they just met too soon the first time round. It was an absolute pleasure to style Rosies makeup. I am looking forward to seeing her professional wedding photos of her in her dress so check back here or on instagram to see them very soon. I did not get an opportunity to take any photos but will upload images of Rosie when her professional photos are ready.Read More
I had a lovely morning meeting Holly and her mother who came for hair and makeup trials. Holly is getting married at The Lion Inn soon and was looking for a medieval hairstyle and quite a glowy makeup. Holly loves heavy metal but is actually getting married in an ivory wedding dress so it will be unusual for her to be dressed as a traditional bride but she is really looking forward to it. Below are images of Holly before and after her hair and makeup. Follow me on instagram to see images of Holly on her wedding day which is coming up soon https://www.instagram.com/gailgardner_/.Read More
This week I had the pleasure in styling Margarets hair and makeup for her wedding at Gosfield Hall. Margaret caught Covid so could not attend her wedding trial so we had to meet for the first time on her wedding day. All I knew was Margaret had thick long hair and she wanted a high updo. She also had five other members in her bridal party who needed hair and makeup. It was a very early start, 6.45am with the wedding taking place at 1.30pm but we managed to style everyone just beautifully. Margaret is below along with bridesmaids and other members in her bridal party. Congratulations Margaret, you looked so beautiful.Read More
When Jenny first made contact with me, I knew immediately we were going to get on. I lost count of the amount of times Jenny was supposed to get married so I was so happy to meet her at last at her trial. We had such a fun morning. Jenny has a ‘hair system’ which is similar to hair extensions, so I was very excited to show her we could do fabulous things with her hair. The trial went great, we tried a couple of hairstyles and makeup styles, false lashes etc. We had fun and it was great to put it all into action again on her wedding day at Gosfield Hall. Here is beautiful Jenny.Read More
Beautiful Joanna at Blake Hall, a most stunning wedding venue. We had such a wonderful morning with Joanna and her lovely bridesmaids and her mum too. Music was playing, everyone looking out for each other, ensuring they had enough tea, just a memorable day. Thank you Joanna for letting me play such a big part of your wedding morning. You looked incredible.
I had the real pleasure of meeting beautiful Anna recently at her hair and makeup trial, which was only a few days before her actual wedding day. Anna brought her parents along with her to the trial as they had travelled over from Russia for the wedding. Her parents were so lovely, even though they could not speak English, I could tell they were lovely friendly people. They both went for a walk whilst I styled Annas hair and makeup. As the trial was ending, I saw Annas parents in my garden, with my husband. Anna and I were amused at the thought of them trying to communicate as they could not speak English but I was so happy when we opened the door to them and they were like old friends. My husband had started communicating with them by pointing at one of our chickens and said ‘Chicken’ and they responded by saying ‘Kuritsa” and so on….it really was a lovely way for them to communicate. Anna is a scientist and was so so interesting to talk to. On the wedding day, Anna and her bridal party got ready in the Priory at the wonderful Leez Priory. Her dress was absolutely incredible and she looked stunning. Her photographer was Liam Gillan Photography who took these fabulous photos. Congratulations Anna. xxRead More
I was lucky enough to be asked to style beautiful Kate and her bridal party for her wedding at the stunning http://www.crondonpark.co.uk near Stock in Essex. I carried out the hair and makeup for Kate and her gorgeous two bridesmaids. I was entertained by Kates two beautiful boys during the morning, one of them loved playing with all my hair grips and products. So so cute! Please find below some photos I took of Kate and one of her bridesmaids. My photos are not professional so hopefully when she has received her photos back I will put some up here so keep checking back. Congratulations Kate!Read More
I had the pleasure of styling Lorna and her mother and bridesmaids for her wedding day. She was getting married at Braintree Registry Office and then celebrating at The Rayleigh Arms in Terling. I had such a wonderful morning with everyone. There was lots of activity, always something going on, Lornas’ adorable little boy was keeping everyone amused, her mum and bridesmaids were cooking food for everyone, visitors arriving with babies…..a very busy house – my favourite kind of wedding.Read More
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 20 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.
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.