MY TOP THREE WEDDING VENUES IN OXFORDSHIRE

THORPE MANOR - BANBURY - OXFORDSHIRE

At Thorpe Manor, Oxfordshires most luxurious wedding venue, you can create a completely unique, dream wedding day with them.

From your very own games room, cinema room and butler service, this venue has everything you need for the perfect luxury wedding. Not forgetting the stunning decor and beautiful rooms to accommodate all your guests.

You can also have a marquee in their gorgeous grounds too.

Thorpe Manor Oxfordshire Wedding Venue Hairstylist.jpeg

KINGSTON BAGPUIZE HOUSE - OXFORDSHIRE

Kingston Bagpuize House is a very special venue that will create a magical day for you and your guests. Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, it boasts a privately owned stately home that you and your guests can enjoy the whole venue for the day, a stunning marquee, lush gardens, a lake and 10 acres of woodland to have endless fun experimenting with different photographic locations on your day.

Kingston Bagpuize House Wedding Venue Oxfordshire

THE TYTHE BARN - BICESTER - OXFORDSHIRE

The Tythe Barn provides the most amazing rustic setting for any wedding and not only do they have a team of professional chefs as their in-house caterers but really know how to put on a fantastic wedding. They will listen, sit down and talk with you about every detail of your ideal day and ensure is comes to life. This is the place for a perfect wedding and a great party!

The Tythe Barn Wedding Venue Bicester Oxford

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

I recently sat down the with lovely Chloe from The Black Swan Bridal Studio in Wallingford, to find you the top tips when choosing your perfect wedding dress.

Budget

Work out your maximum budget and only try on dresses which sit within this. That way you won’t be disappointed when you try a dress on you love but can’t afford. Be realistic with what you can stretch to and always tell the dress fitter what your budget is, transparency is key to a stress free and fun dress shopping experience.

Be Open Minded

As many brides say, their perfect dress was the one they never thought they would choose, so be open minded and try on different shapes ands styles. But do always have a list of the things you feel most comfortable in and tell these to the bridal studio when you arrive.

Don’t Search Too Soon

If the day you’ve been waiting for arrives and you are now engaged but not getting married until the year after, don’t rush into buying a dress straight away. Fashions change, new dress lines come out and studios have big sales on you may miss by jumping into buying a dress too soon.

Bringing Someone With You To The Dress Fitting

It’s really important to bring with you someone you trust and makes you feel confident at your fitting. Every person trying dresses on needs a second opinion and it’s really helpful to have someone who can be constructive about your choices. It’s also lovely to have a small group to help with your search but don’t bring too many or it can become overwhelming.

What To Bring To Your Dress Fitting

Bring with you high heels, a selection of bras (including a strapless one), nude underwear and your makeup done. That way you will get an idea of what you will look like on the day. Have a think about your hairstyle too so when you find that dress, you can look at different shapes and styles which will suit it.

Before Your Appointment

Consider if you want a private appointment or a shared shop one and call ahead to find out how their appointments run.

Most shops will only have a select number of sizes in store so it’s definitely worth discussing what your shape and size is prior to your appointment. It’s common for dresses you try on to either be too big or too small so expect to pay extra for alterations. These are either done in store or with an independent seamstress. You can always find your own seamstress before hand and send her images of the dresses you love which may need changing after your visit. All these things help to get that dress perfectly fitted to you.

Be honest with your consultant about budget and your likes and dislikes and don’t be pushed in to any sale you are uneasy about.

Most Importantly Have Fun

Enjoy the experience, plan well and bring with you the people who make you smile. Finding a dress with the right people should feel fun and exciting.

Temperley Bridal Wedding Dress Peri


Which Wedding Hairstyle Is For Me?

Which Wedding Hairstyle Is For Me?

This is the biggest question all my clients ask and it can be tricky for many brides to be to ask themselves. So lets break down the options and discuss whats important to consider when choosing your perfect wedding hairstyle.

When I first chat with my brides I always try and get a feeling for their character and the vibe of their wedding and personality. This will usually tell me whether they are a relaxed and carefree person (soft bohemian style) or a big personality with an edge (edgy styles with a punch).

The biggest thing to remember is you have to nail the front of your hair. Its key to your happiness and confidence on the day and I spend my entire trial with my ladies obsessing over the front of their face. If this part isn't right, you could do anything with the back and you still would feel right about it. So it's worth taking time to see how you love your hair from the front and your parting options before your trial, that way you can tell your stylist which front shape you want to achieve.

Then ask yourself which type of hairstyle you want. I have added the following categories below to help you with your choice.

Down Hairstyle

Paul Browse Photography - Temperley -Black Swan Bridal

Down and wavy never fails and when you add that to an incredible dress like the Temperley one below from the Black Swan Bridal Studio, you can't go wrong.

Having your hair down always looks effortless, carefree and suits any person and any dress.

The Half Up Hairstyle

This is a great choice for brides to be who want to have their hair down but want it to look 'done'. There are so many ways of creating the half up element and it always looks really soft and beautiful.

Things to think about when choosing this style is how much hair to have falling at the front, how much volume to have at the crown and the type of waves or curls you want.

Flourish_HannahMcClunePhotography-8.jpg

Updo - Low Do Mid or Higher

If it's an updo you want then deciding the placement is crucial. Once you have agreed the front shape then you want to ask yourself whether you want the style to sit at the nape of your neck, midway up or higher up. Again, this will change the look and feel of the updo. You can also consider whether you want a side style. When choosing a side style always see the shape from the front and back to decide where you like as both angles are important.

Lower styles often give a sophisticated romantic feel, mid styles a slightly more modern feel and a high styles adds a bit of glamour.

Once you decideon the position of the updo as yourself if you want is messy with lots down around the face giving a sense of 'Ive just woken up like this' look. Or do you want an edgy, more structured updo with texture?

Braids are still in and brides to be will still ask me to have these in their hair. One thing to remember is that braids take away hair from the rest of the style, so if you have thin hair then avoid these. If you really want them then ask to have them incorporated in the back rather than the front or sides.

Again, consider what you may want in your hair. Bohemian styles look gorgeous with fresh flowers and edgy hairstyles with hair pins and vines. Always consider where the veil may go too.

(Order Below - Mid - Low - High)

Wild Cards

There are certain types of hairstyles which I like to call 'the wild cards'. These are the creative ones which don't fit into these classic shapes but are amazing and fun and suit any bride wanting to stand out.

For example why not choose a braided crown for that soft but edgy look. Get experimenting and be creative. After all, its your wedding day.

Pithall Barn, Amy and See.




Find The Perfect Hair Accessories

my top three bridal hair accessory brands


The Bobby Pin.

These fantastic hair accessories break away from tradition and will make any hairstyle pop. Whether its a contemporary piece you are after or a modern twist to add to your big day, get over to their website and have a look through the collection. Affordable but in no way lacking in luxury, these are a must see. My brides also get 10% off as I am an officially Bobby Pin Ambassador.

Bobby Pin Uk, Pheobe Hayter MUA Photograph and Makeup.

Hermione Harbutt
Hermione brings you contemporary hair pieces and accessorise perfect for the bride who wants to add a timeless piece of luxury to their hairstyle. All hand made in her studios, she creates stunning jewellery which are world renowned and frankly gorgeous.

Tilly Thomas Lux

If its luxury with an edge then look no further than these gorgeous pieces. Loved by many celebrities and creative folk, Tilly Thomas encompasses edge, fun and fashion to all her artwork. So from fun stars to stunning headbands, these will fit with any style of your wedding hair.

Clean or dirty hair?

Clean or dirty hair before being styled?

You need CLEAN hair on the day of your wedding morning. Gone are the days of dirty hair being ideal for styling. This is, in my eyes, a complete no no for many reasons, mainly because you don't want to risk any sort of grease showing on the most important day of your life. Also dirty hair smells and because I don't know exactly how much oil your scalp produces it's too risky suggesting leaving it any longer than twenty four hours from the last wash.

You want to be feeling your best on your big day so clean hair all the way. The rule of thumb is either the night before your wedding or the morning of your wedding day. This will ensure your hair smells clean and there is no unwanted oils which will show up when styling. If you can wash it twice with shampoo but no conditioner that is ideal.

The other big thing to remember is NO DAMP or wet hair. As many of you will know I always ask that your hair is completely dry before styling. Obviously if you are having your hair blowdried then damp hair is perfect. However even slightly damp hair effects heated tools like GHDs, wands or heated rollers. It slows down the styling process if the hairdryer needs to come out and really effects the softness and curl setting of styles. Especially if you want any bits of your hair down and wavy.

So clean, bone dry hair please!

Pheobe Hayter Photography and makeup. Model - Bethan.