Standing at the highest point in the City of London, there are few wedding locations that can make such a big impression as St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Rich in history and exquisite architecture, it is undoubtedly a spectacular and much-prized wedding venue.

In September 2015, I had the pleasure of providing my services for a bridal party here and thought you might like to read a few words on the look I created for the bride…

It goes without saying that wedding preparations start early on the big day. After spending the night at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, by the cathedral, my assistant Katherine and I were up at the crack of dawn and getting everyone ready by 6:30am (infusion of coffee = essential). With the wedding due to begin at 11am, we were on a tight schedule to get everyone styled an hour earlier so that there would be enough time for dressing, photos, refreshments and getting to the chapel where the service was to be held. You’d think that three and a half hours sounds like plenty of time, but the combination of creating wedding hair and make-up for a bride, her bridesmaids and the mother of the bride in such a short space of time is a tactical challenge that requires years of experience and careful planning!

For this special day, the bride’s wedding hair was a beautiful up do comprising a voluminous, messy-effect, texturized bun with added plait detail at the back, further enhancing the style. The wedding make-up was fresh and flawless, matching the soft and natural styling applied to her hair. Integral to the overall look, the skin was glowing and complemented by applying lots of definition to the eyes, using warm, gold tones and chocolate colours to create a classic smoky eye effect, with the addition of lash extensions to give the eyes more ‘pop’! The stunning look was finished off with a soft pink, natural lip colour that worked brilliantly to complete the effortlessly chic style.

The process was fun (if a little emotional for all) and so satisfying to achieve; seeing everything come together really is the best part of my day. Once finished, it was an added bonus to be able to go to the chapel and watch the service before the bridal party made their way to the reception at the equally historical and magnificent Easthampstead Park in Berkshire.

The summer of 2015 was an amazing wedding season for me and I’m glad to be able to share just a few insights. With lots of bookings for the year ahead, there’s more to follow, I promise!

Liz x