Our Wedding Day: Getting Ready

February 2, 2016

After months of planning the morning of our wedding had finally arrived, and despite being up and awake at half seven the hours whizzed by and before I knew it I was just about ready to walk down the aisle.

Following a trial with our very lovely hair & makeup artist Rachael Bottomley, and a test shoot with our equally wonderful wedding photographer Jules Fortune, we could sit back and relax (As much as any bridal party can) safe in the knowledge that we were in expert hands.

Wedding Day Makeup

I’d opted for ‘Natural’ makeup, with a bronze palette for my eyes, and a light pink with a hint of gloss for the lips. Rachael recommended ‘Please Me’ by Mac, and it was the perfect shade.

Wedding Day Makeup

Wedding Day Makeup

Wedding Day Makeup

I opted for Roberto Cavalli as my wedding day scent, choosing a perfume with light floral notes.

Wedding day perfume

Wedding day lipstick

The eagle eyed will notice my grandmothers broach nestled next to my lipstick. Shortly after this photo was taken it was pinned to the ribbon binding of my bouquet, accompanying me down the aisle as my something old and borrowed.

My wedding shoes were destined to be my something blue after I couldn’t resist Rachel Simpson’s Mimosa peeptoe design. The leather was incredibly soft, with the heel height high enough without being too high. The shoes fit perfectly, and were comfortable enough to wear for the entire day.

Wedding day Rachel Simpson Mimosa shoes

Wedding day Rachel Simpson Mimosa shoes

Wedding day Rachel Simpson Mimosa shoes

My dress was of course my something new, and after a fantastic appointment at Wedding Belles I opted for the very beautiful Rosemary gown from couture bridal designers Sottero and Midgley, with a cathedral length veil.

Wedding dress, Rosemary

Wedding Day Makeup

Getting ready, wedding dress

Getting ready

My hair piece was also from Wedding Belles, and perfectly matched the embellishment on my dress. I opted for a hair band rather than a slide, and Rachael expertly covered the band itself, pinning it securely in place.

Clare Ashcroft of the Flower Farm was the genius behind our gorgeous flowers, bringing our very vague brief of ‘Wintery reds, yellows and berries’ to life flawlessly. Bound with navy polka dot ribbons to match the detail on the men’s suits, the flowers were everything we had hoped for.

Wedding flowers

Wedding flowers

Getting ready was so much fun, and time simply flew by. All of a sudden we were ready, leaving a little time left for a few more photos. We decided to get married at 3pm so we wouldn’t be rushed, or have too early a start. Without a doubt it was the right decision!

Wedding flowers

Photography: Jules Fortune
Hair & Makeup: Rachael Bottomley
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