As promised, a little bit of a peek into our wedding day – starting with the beauty side of things! If there was one thing I knew from the very start of the planning process it was the beauty side and how I wanted this to be just right. From the prep, to the day itself. So to make it easy, let’s break it down into the different stages:
Wedding Beauty Prep:
The biggest challenge on this front is timing. Ahead of leaving for the wedding (we left London on the Tuesday ahead of the wedding on the Thursday) I planned to get the majority of ‘prep’ done. Not to make myself sound like a beauty disaster but this took almost three full days of appointments… I know. Crazy. I’ve never felt so polished in my life.
It all started with a wonderful pedicure at Cowshed Carnaby Street * – a gorgeous venue and little oasis of calm at a time when everything else was a bit crazy. I loved this chance to just sit in a big arm chair and be fully pampered. It was really important to me that my feet were in good condition as I had bought myself a rather fab pair of shoes and didn’t want to let them down with nasty feet. Cowshed 100% delivered – it was on many people’s recommendation that this is THE place to go for a foot overhaul. I went for my colour of choice for the day which was Essie Mint Candy Apple – a pretty light turquoise shade that may not be the most traditional but it’s a colour I love and matched the bridesmaids dresses.
I also decided to get a spray tan for the day and ended up going to Selfridges for one by St Tropez. St Tropez was my first and probably most trusted tan – one I knew suited my colouring and had no risk of going too dark or too orange. Knowing that on camera a tan can maybe look a different tone – I was delighted with the colour. It just added that little bit of glow and warmth to my skin.
Following on from the pedicure which got my feet in tip-top condition I opted to get gel nails done so make sure I had no worries about them chipping or the gloss going. On the Tuesday before we were leaving (to make it as close to the day as possible) the lovely folks over at Calgel * sent a wonderful nail technician to my flat to do my nails. The Calgel nails were great – they lasted well beyond the wedding, staying great right until the last couple of days of the honeymoon. Which considering the sun/sea/heat beating they had – to last close to three weeks was brilliant. Would totally recommend for the flawless look and long lasting results – zero fear of wedding day chipped nails. I actually can’t remember the exact shade I went for now but it was a nude/peach type of shade (which you will see properly in part two when I chat make-up). Keeping it simple and fairly classic…whilst having minty coloured toes!
Body wise I went for all the essential pre-honeymoon waxing at Ministry of Waxing Covent Garden * – a great place that manages to make not-so-fun waxing, quick and as painless as possible. Plus they do such a thorough job I was feeling totally bikini confident on honeymoon right after getting married.
Lashes & Brows
For both lashes & brows I headed to Shavata Brow Studio near Harrod’s in Knightsbridge. I’ve had my brows taken care of by Shavata herself before and she really is fantastic. It was much like all the beauty bits – I wanted to have no fear of it being too dark or too skinny or whatever – it had to be just right for the day and it was. This time I also got a set of lash extensions applied – something I have had done elsewhere previously. It was quite a long process – which had I not been at a point where I had a million things running through my mind would have been great to lay back and relax! But at the end of the session (took about three hours to apply them all) I had long fluttery lashes. For me extensions often take a couple of days to get used to but I loved them and felt great – for both the wedding and the honeymoon. I would suggest if you’re thinking of getting lash extensions for your wedding day then do try them out a little before the day just to be sure they’re the right length and you’re comfortable with them.
For the hair there was only one man I knew I wanted to go to for my colour and that was Jack Howard. For one, I’ve seen him various times in his roles at various top London salons over the years and have always been delighted with the colour. He really is the balayage expert. As someone who tends to move around a lot and test lots of different places – it’s good to know there’s someone who I trust to always do a fantastic job. Not something I wanted to gamble on ahead of the big day. Also, he was the man who took care of the gorgeous Poppy Delevigne’s hair colour for her wedding day – and since she was basically my bridal-style icon, I knew I was in good hands. I headed to the gorgeous Neville Salon * in Belgravia – which was conveniently close to where my wedding dress was being fitted too and walked out feeling like a million dollars. Jack really does capture that bright but still expensive looking blonde shade wonderfully. Can’t recommend him highly enough. In fact since then I also discovered one of my close friends also goes to Jack for her perfectly sunkissed looking hair… he’s a London hair marvel I tell you.
I *think* that was it ahead of the day… well, beyond the stuff I did on my own that is! But more on all that in a separate post. Look out for part two which is all about the make-up and wedding beauty things on the day!
Photo by Katherine Ashdown.
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