Wedding: Accessories, Hair & Make-up

Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

When you get married there is so much to think about with your outfit- there's obviously your dress which is the big thing to get sorted but then it's all about the little pieces which will make you wedding-ready!

The accessories

At first I wasn't sure about having a veil but I tried one on and loved how 'bridal' it made me look. I initially bought a cheap one online but the quality wasn't great, so ended up going back to my bridal boutique (Belle & Bouquet) and buying a fingertip length veil with a very subtle diamante trim. I wore the veil for the ceremony and photos, and then took it off after the meal.

I also wore a beautiful hair vine from Liza Designs, which I also bought from my bridal boutique (if you're buying a few pieces from your boutique, make sure to ask for a discount as I got my hair vine for free!). I love how it went all the way around my head and worked so well with the veil too.

For jewellery, I wore a simple necklace of my Mum's (my something borrowed!) and my bracelet was this gorgeous sparkling strand bracelet from Pandora which was a gift for my 30th from my brother and sister. I also had a lovely little handbag for the day, which was embroidered in pearls and was my Nana's (who sadly isn't with us anymore).

Hair and make-up

I initially booked a hair and make-up artist for my wedding day, however my trial didn't go the way I wanted and it made me realise that I am very particular about my make-up (and much prefer doing my own!) and even though I shared photos of the hair I wanted, it just came out looking so formal and structured. Luckily my sister's girlfriend stepped in and had a quick play with my hair, creating exactly the loose waved style that I wanted. Luckily for me, she was happy to do my hair on the day and it was so nice having someone I knew who was able to do it for me. 

I might do a separate post about my makeup for the day - I bought a few new pieces of makeup (doing your own is such a great excuse!) and there are some products which are absolute winners and would highly recommend - top three being the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in natural (I used the whole palette on the day and it works out as such good value at £49 as you get so much product), the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness concealer and the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

Beauty-wise, I also had a Fake Bake spray tan a couple of days before (I had a trial run before to make sure it would look good, and natural) and had eyelash extensions - both of which made me feel amazing and are treatments I wish I could have all of the time!

The shoes

I didn't buy designer, or extravagant shoes for the wedding and they didn't really match my dress, or accessories! They were fun, a decent sized heeled and were a gold sparkly pair from Debenhams. I wore them all day and they were so comfy.

The extra touches

In the run up to the wedding, my Bridesmaid Flora and I went to Jo Malone and did one of their bridal consultations. It was brilliant and such a lovely experience - there was no pressure to buy anything and we had such a lovely arm and hand massage. My wedding 'scent' was the English Pear & Freesia body lotion, layered with the Peony and Blush Suede fragrance. It's so special to have a fragrance which reminds me so much of our wedding day. I also bought my Bridesmaids a travel sized perfume each, and a soap from Jo Malone.

For my nails, I wore two coats of the Essie nail polish in Ballet Slippers (fun fact - this is apparently what the Queen wears!).

Finally, I wanted to mention the Invisibra which is a backless, stick on bra. It was recommended to me by my bridal boutique and it worked a treat. It felt secure all day and looked pretty too. I went for a lace, push up one to give me a little more boost up top!

Read the first two posts in my wedding series here.

Daisy x

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