Meet the My Wedding Professionals

Want to meet the My Wedding Professional Team in Person?

Well you can do just that at a range of different wedding fairs and venue open days between now and the end of the year.

We would love to meet you and hear all about your wedding plans, so check out the dates and venues we’ll be at in the list below:

 

Here is a list of the up and coming wedding fairs and who you can meet at each one.

6th and 7th October

Chelsmford Race Course

To meet By Blossom

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7th October

The Orangery Maidstone

To meet Angela from RKW Hair

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14th October

Port Lympne Hotel Open Day

To meet Sarah from Jeff Oliver Photography, Simply Ceremonies and Light It Up UK

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Chelsea Enchanted Wedding Fair

To meet Jeff from Jeff Oliver Photography

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18th October

Eltham Place Showcase

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography and By Blossom

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Brands Hatch Palce

To meet Shelley’s Cakes

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16th October

Chic Weddings and Events Open Day

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography, By Blossom, Victoria’s Bridal Boutique and Shelley’s Cakes

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21st October 

Detling Show Ground

To meet By Blossom

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28th October

Selsdon Park

To meet By Blossom

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11th November

Rowhill Grange Open Day

To meet Shelley’s Cakes, Jeff Oliver Photography, By Blossom, Victoria’s Bridal Boutique

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18th November

Nutfield Priory

To meet Shelley’s Cakes

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22nd November

Brands Hatch Place

To meet Shelley’s Cakes and RKW Hair

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21st – 24th November

The Ideal Home Show

To meet Crystal Cole

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28th November

Thatch Barn at Farthingloe

To meet Karina from Simply Ceremonies

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2nd December

Port Lympne Hotel

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography, Simply Ceremonies and Light It Up UK

 

My Wedding Professionals

 

My Wedding Professionals – When Only the Best is Good Enough

 

Bridal and Prejudice, as seen in Kent Bride Magazine

 

Romantic wedding style straight from the pages of Jane Austen

Bridal shoot at Goodnestone Park

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Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Goodnestone Park, home to her brother Edward in the early 19th century.  My Wedding Professionals team put together this beautiful bridal shoot at the estate that inspired many of the settings in her books.

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Goodnestone Park is a quintessential English country house and gardens available for exclusive use.

A favourite place to stay for Jane Austen in the 19th century. We wanted to create a timeless, elegant and classic look for this shoot, showcasing these beautiful dresses in an equally impressive setting.

Credits

Photography – Jeff Oliver Photography

On Location – Goodnestone Park House & Gardens

Dresses – Victorias Bridal Boutique

Make-Up – Elizabeth Joseph Love

Hair – RKW Hair

Hair Accessories – Lottie of Love

Flowers – Wild Ideas

Models – Angel Pooley & Katie Ray

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Get the Look

The Dresses

Erica by Rebecca Ingram is made of Reena mikado and features box pleats, pockets and a high-low ballgown skirt. (Also available in full-length). A delicate bow adds a touch of whimsy to this romantic style, £810.

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Maggie Sottero’s Imani features embroidered lace with pearl and crystals, a sheer, boho bodice and illusion back. The romantic Revina chiffon gives the perfect amount of drama combined with relaxed elegance, £1355.

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Fabienne by Maggie Sottero is a whimsical yet sophisticated gown with intricate beading on sheer tulle along the waist and side panels – a modeern twist on a vintage-inspired design, £1360

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Jayleen by Maggie Sottero has a banteau neckline and straps. The bodice is accentuated with beaded-lace motifs and a soft, sheer, scoop back. The Aldora crepe fit and flare skirt has tulle and lace godets on the sides and back, £1185.

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 Stella York’s Anika (style 6404) is a lace and crepe dress that creates a flattering, slim and sophisticated column silhouette. Graphic lace starts on the neckline to highlight the collar bone, traces down the bodice and hits the hips in all the right places, £1099.

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Annabelle by Maggie Sottero is made of Tuscan organza and has a jewelled neckline and sheer back. Lace motifs trail from head to toe with soft shimmer, £1120.

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All dresses are available from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique

The Make-up by Elizabeth Joseph Love

Classic smokey eye

The Hair by RKW Hair

Sleek up-do with pearl hair pin from Lottie of Love.

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The Flowers by Wild Ideas

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Photography by Jeff & Sarah Oliver of Jeff Oliver Photography

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Victoria’s Bridal Boutique at the Harrogate Bridal Show

Hear all about the Harrogate Bridal Show from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.
Where has this year gone?!? Not only has it been our busiest year to date, Harrogate Bridal show is now done for another year but what a weekend we had.
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The Harrogate bridal show of 2018 was full of beautiful designer collections and new opportunities for us at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique. Our first stop was exploring the new designs of our existing designers in store, starting with Stella York.
Stella has designed a mixture of styles and shapes as usual, but this time with new softer colours complimenting the gowns lace detail, and more sparkle than ever from delicate glitter tulle underlays fit for the princess. We like to see collections that flow from start to finish and that’s exactly what she provided.
We particularly wanted to expand our EveryBody/EveryBride collection, which is designed with the plus size bride in mind. Every bride is unique and we want them to feel that way when they visit our boutique, and that’s why Stella York are one of our go to wedding dress designers for the curvy bride. We found a lot of the dresses were designed with excellent structure, supportive bra cups and different bra cup size choices.

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Stella York gowns are always designed with ease and comfort in mind, whilst beauty, elegance and attention to detail shows on the outside. Sadly we can’t have them all, however we chose a variety of wedding dresses, including some new shapes that we are introducing to our boutique. We’ve selected your traditional princess dresses, covered in pearl and sparkle detailed lace flowing into soft tulle and organza skirts, including ruffle skirts for the alternative brides. We have included your floaty alternatives with subtle lace and twinkle details, as well as the slightly fitted, flirty and fun styles with breathtaking backs and pretty cap sleeves and delicate sparkle straps.
We are extremely excited to show our brides the new Stella York wedding dress collection of 2018, we know they will adore them! We will be holding a very special preview weekend on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of November this year please visit Victoria’s Bridal Boutique
Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram have completely upped their game. The stunning Alistaire collection by Maggie Sottero, inspired by “your love story” is luminous and elegant with beautiful jewels of time and transformation. While the Rebecca Ingram Seraphina collection featuring light-as-air fabrics and blossom-like laces, a little baroque and a little boho.
Their new setup includes a runway and a boutique area so we could see the dresses on the catwalk as well as feel the fabrics and beading up close. It was lovely to relax and take our time viewing the wedding dress collections.
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A new collection caught our eye; the beautiful Sweetheart range inspired by Lillian West and Justin Alexander. They are simply charming, these clean cut wedding dresses are gorgeous with soft chiffon’s, crisp mikados and romantic ruffled tulles. A selection of button and lace up backs will give every bride variety and choice all for under £1000.
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After exploring our inspiring wedding dress collections, we were off to view more new sparkly bits and accessories, from Meghan Markle inspired tiaras, to delicate lace veils to match our new gowns, as well as adorably cute flower girl dresses to make anyone fall in love. We have introduced a new sparkle cap sleeve for the bride that is looking for something different, including a few stunning capes to compliment the boho bride who wants to stand out. All at a lovely range of prices to work with all budgets.
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Best wishes
Vicky xx

Spring in the Orangery

Spring at Hayne House as featured in Your Kent Wedding Magazine

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The new Orangery at Hayne House was a wonderful setting for My Wedding Professional’s spring styled shoot. With natural light streaming through the lantern ceilings it was a perfect light and airy spring day.

The Orangery is nestled near the house with the gardens wrapping around it, creating the lovely blend of elegant inside space and stunning outdoor views.

To compliment the feel of the venue we chose a classic soft flowing gown, teamed with exquisite simple styling in blush tones that is very much on trend, then added deep raspberry to give vibrancy and colour.

 

How we got the look.

The Makeup

Elizabeth Joseph Love chose a pretty, pink shimmer for the eyelids to reflect the natural light, with darker pinks and browns to sculpt the crease. Long, bold lashes were added for extra drama and this monochromatic look was completed with a deep, raspberry lip.

The Hair

Angela from RKW Hair said she was inspired by the the venue grounds and the English garden feel.

“I went for soft and romantic hair to complement the soft fabric of the bridal gown.
Accessories were chosen with the colours complementing the flowers and venue colours/decor.”

The Dress

The stunning Stella York 6707 affectionately named at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique as “Mia” has a romantic skirt and boho lace bodice with a deep V-neckline, halter inspired straps and a jaw dropping completely open back.

The soft tulle skirt has a small train that makes dancing a breeze. It’s perfect for a bride looking for comfort and romance with a unique and modern twist.

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The Flower girls

Every little girl dreams of being a princess and with the Cindy flower girls dress, she can. These gorgeous little gowns are made from a soft lining for comfort, a tulle over lay and completed with an elegant beaded belt. They start at 6 months and go up to an age 12.

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The Stationery

By Blossom wanted to convey the feeing of being in the Orangery – half inside, half out… undercover but light and airy, just a step away from the beautiful gardens.

Our laser cutter allowed us to experiment with different shapes and we created the ‘garden gateway’ design, with windows reminiscent of the orangery, and roses and foliage inspired by the gardens.

The cake

Shelley’s Cakes creating an amazing 3 tier wedding cake that perfectly complimented the white and pink colour scheme. Not only was the top adorned with pretty flowers, the cake included ruffles and drip features, all very on trend at the moment!

The Flowers

Wild Idea’s Flowers used white and pink blossom to decorate the venue and give it a real spring feel.

The Details

From scented candles to chocolate favours, we made sure all the details were included for that final finishing touch. Our pretty favour boxes full of white chocolate and raspberry truffles were from Flutterbee Me and the scents of the summer were provided by Crystal Cole Candles.

The Ceremony

Karina from Simply Ceremonies can write your ceremony from scratch so that it is personal to you.

The Lights

As day turned to night Light It Up UK transformed the garden with light up letters and festoon lighting, adding a real touch of magic.

The Dancing

Finally, no wedding is complete without music to dance the night away to, Mint DJ’s gave us the atmosphere with up lighters and smoke.

The Photography

Photography by husband and wife team, Jeff Oliver Photography. Capturing all the moments throughout the day.

Get the look

If you would like to recreate our whole look for your wedding or are interested in any of the My Wedding Professionals service’s get in touch, we’d we happy to help you make your wedding day dreams come true!

Angela Williams of RKW Hair celebrates 20 years of creating your perfect hairstyle

2018 is an incredibly special year for the award-winning RKW Hair, as this year Angela celebrates her 20th anniversary of hairdressing by launching a brand new online shop, Lottie of Love, selling bridal hair accessories.

Angela Williams, an award-winning creative hair stylist, educator and founder of RKW Hair said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating such an incredible milestone. I am so proud of what I have accomplished over the last two decades. It’s a testament to my love and devotion to all things hair and my evolving business”.

In 2012 Angela launched a mobile hairdressing service specifically for brides, RKW Hair, named after her first daughters initials. It has gone from strength to strength. By travelling out to brides, at their chosen location, RKW hair has really found her niche clientele. It therefore makes total logical sense, after 20 years, of dedicating herself to the needs of all things hair, to add a beautiful range of hair accessories to help her clients achieve that perfect look.

Angela continued, “Since 2012 and my change of focus to bridal hair I understand, that on a wedding day, all eyes are on the bride. Through the one-to-one consultation and wedding hair trial appointments, I ensure outstanding hair results that fit the occasion perfectly and are flawless, all day long! I have always consistently delivered great customer care, and pride myself on never letting the bride down as I understand it is important to be dependable. I am professional and passionate from the moment I walk into the wedding venue, the bride’s or their parent’s home, giving salon experience in the comfort of their chosen location.

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Over the years I have seen hair trends change dramatically, especially for brides and occasional hair, so I have to stay up to date on all the ever-evolving standards, methods and styles – especially since the launch of Pinterest. I have also witnessed the number and types of wedding venues increase, so now brides can get married in a barn, castle, orangery or even in the woods, which can make bridal prep more complicated. As a consequence, brides’ expectations for their hair have also changed. They might want a fairy-tale wedding hairstyle, Bohemian hair or an elaborate up-do, which can now involve the use of hair accessories, because nailing the hairdo is all part of the beauty styling, to ensure the bride gets those all-important images perfect for sharing on social media.

And yet, I’ve never forgotten my rookie spirit, my enthusiasm and passion for all things hair. I’m more excited now than ever before, as I am inspired by brides and I love that we are part of our client’s most special day, often working alongside leading makeup artists and the best wedding photographers. The buzz never leaves you.”

From RKW Hair inception, Angela has expanded her business, she has won numerous important industry awards, which have included the fiercely competitive Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year, and Employee of the Year and she is also a winner of a Kent Women in Business award. Recently, Angela’s knowledge and experience of bridal hair have led to her becoming involved in styled shoots and has made her an industry trendsetter. She is now sought out for advice and tips on everything to do with wedding hair styling, with her articles and handy tips appearing frequently in bridal magazines.

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To mark their 20th-anniversary RWK Hair and the launch of her new business ‘Lottie of Love’ – named after her second daughter’s initials – Angela is offering £200 worth of prizes to the first three brides, who book RWK Hair, to do their bridal hair on their special day before 31st July 2018. The first bride will receive £100 worth of bridal accessories free of charge, the second £75.00 and the second £25.00. Competition rules and the brides names will be published on the new Lottie of Love website, so sign up for their newsletter now.

Meet Sam from Flutterbee Me

Everyone loves a sweet treat, so it’s time to meet Sam from Flutterbee Me.

Hello I’m Sam the creator behind Flutterbee Me Events and I add the sweetness to every wedding!

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Based in Rainham, Kent, and covering all surrounding home counties, I provide delicious confectionary options to brides and grooms for their special day. These include traditional handmade Victorian sweet carts full of everyone’s favourite sweets and treats, stunning bespoke dessert tables, beautiful wedding favours and wow factor Ferrero Rocher towers holding over 560 chocolates! And yes, when I come back to pack up and collect at the end of the evening, there isn’t normally much left!

I have always loved everything weddings and events from a young age and seeing the trends and colours develop over the years. I started my working career in the corporate world which led me to working in London for a while as Events Assistant. This is when I fell in love with Weddings and seeing first hand all the hard work come together and every little detail that it takes to transform the venues into something truly amazing for the couples to enjoy. This is where I realised my passion for weddings, so in 2014 I finally took the leap and Flutterbee Me Events was born!

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It has been an exciting journey ever since and becoming a member of My Wedding Professionals has been wonderful, to meet and work with inspiring like-minded professionals in the Wedding industry.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for Flutterbee Me Events and working with more wonderful couples for the year ahead.

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If you fancy a sweet treat at your wedding, then get in touch with Sam here.

Meet Tim from Mint DJ’s

No wedding is complete without your evening entertainment, so this week we meet the man behind Mint DJ’s.

Hi, I’m Tim and I run a Kent based company called Mint DJs.

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Starting out over 10 years ago, Mint DJs are a team of experienced DJs dedicated to ensuring every bride and groom get exactly the music they would like on their big day. We cover all genres and ensure all tracks are mixed together seamlessly, ensuring the dance-floor is kept busy, and keeping the microphone use down to a minimum. We supply professional sound systems, lighting rigs, and even dance-floors and photo booths. No venue too large or small, and we we happy to travel all over the South-East.

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I started out as a DJ at the young age of 14, playing on a friend’s big brother’s turntables, and instantly I was hooked! I started playing at friends’ birthday parties, and every event I could. I eventually started playing at Weddings and larger events, and got my first club residency when I was just 16 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

I moved to London to study music technology at university and quickly found myself in the club circuit, playing at venues such as Turnmills and Ministry of Sound where I now hold my residency. I also started working at a recording studio in Soho as a sound engineer where I honed my studio skills and tea making!

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When the studio I worked for closed down in 2008, I was made redundant but took this as a sign to start a company I was already in the process of planning! I wanted to create a group of top club DJs who can also play music across the board at private events.        Mint DJs was born.

Mint DJs are very proud to be a recommended supplier at many venues throughout the South-East, and thrive from making brides and grooms happy on their big day.

Mint DJs has had the honour of being finalists for the Kent Wedding Awards, The Wedding Industry Awards, and the English Wedding awards, all in 2017.

Talk to Tim about DJ’s for your wedding here.

Meet Shelley of “Shelley’s Cakes”

Time to meet everyone’s favourite – the cake lady! Here’s more about Shelley’s Cakes.

Hi, my name is Shelley, and I am the owner and founder of Shelley’s Cakes.

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Let me give you a brief outline of me and my business

Starting out over 25 years ago, I am mainly self taught but over time I have attended many courses and classes, watched online tutorials, and read endless books and practiced continually, which has lead to the creation of a well oiled business which I now run with the help of my daughter Kirstie as office manager who insures that the business runs smoother than ever.

Shelley’s Cakes runs from a dedicated, purpose fitted studio in Chislehurst producing high-end bespoke wedding and celebration cakes.

We are proud to be recommended supplier to many prestigious venues in Kent and South East London.

We offer a wide range of cake flavours and over the years have seen trends change massively. Couples favourites are still rich fruit cake, traditional madeira sponge with jam and buttercream, luscious lemon cake with lemon curd and buttercream filling and luxurious chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling. We have introduced new flavours such as red velvet, red velvet marble, chocolate marble chocolate and salted caramel and even match green tea.

Shelley’s cakes has had the honour of winning the Kent Wedding Awards – Wedding Cake Designer of the Year in 2014 and again in 2017/2018 and finalist in 2015.

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We proudly produce stunning, innovative and trendsetting cakes and we have a passion for our work that shows in the care taken in completing your order to the highest standards.

We are excited to see what the future has in store for Shelley’s Cakes. We love to keep up with the latest trends and always look forward to the next challenge.

If you love the look (and taste) of Shelley’s Cakes as much as we do at My Wedding Professionals you can get in touch with her here.

Meet Angela from RKW Hair

Next up from our “meet the team” feature is Angela from RKW Hair.
I’m Angela from RKW Hair, and I’ve been in hairdressing 20 Year’s this July. It was a childhood dream to become a hairdresser so I left school at age 15 and within two weeks was working full time in a salon working towards my apprenticeship.
After completing my apprenticeship I decided to work my way up within education and enjoyed managing a hairdressing academy with a team of instructors and mentoring new assessors.
Then once I’d achieved and accomplished all I could within the company I was with, the time came to venture into something new, taking me into the world of weddings!
Which I love!
My new venture came at the same time as starting a family, which is where the name RKW Hair came from, using my daughters initials.
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RKW Hair travels to the bridal party’s to assist in the wedding morning preparations, bringing the style to you.
On your wedding day your hair is on show all day long and so it’s important that you look just perfect, from the start of the ceremony to the end of the night, high standards and client satisfaction are my top priorities.

Working with My Wedding Professionals has been inspirational and motivating, opening up opportunities that has lead RKW Hair to be a Kent Wedding Award finalise and Kent Woman In Business awards winner!

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Contact Angela here to talk about your wedding day hair.

Meet Elizabeth Joseph Love

Our second “meet the team” of 2018 is from Elizabeth Joseph Love Make-up Artist

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I am a professional makeup artist who serves Kent and the surrounding areas. I Specialise in bridal/special occasion makeup, makeup lessons for brides marrying abroad, editorials and styled shoots.

I am absolutely convinced I have the loveliest job on the planet…

Originally trained in commercial and theatrical make up, I have had the privilege to work in London’s West End theatre, including on the musical Cats. My studies include the theory and practice of colour matching, contouring, highlighting, correcting, plus makeup for portrait photography.

Recently, I completed a one to one masterclass with the wedding industries national award winner and judge Kristina Gasperas. This mix of training has given me a range of skills for any style or occasion.

I have extensive knowledge on what works for different skin types, tones & textures and pride myself on my high standard of service and flawless makeup creations. The art of applying beautiful makeup is to use expert application techniques in addition to the very best, long lasting products; after all, on your wedding day your makeup should last as long as you do.

I believe makeup has the power to enhance natural beauty and inspire confidence, so that when you walk down the aisle, you are the very best version of yourself.

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I was delighted to have been chosen as a finalist, in the beauty category, for the 2017/2018 Kent Wedding Awards. This year, I look forward to meeting all my beautiful brides and together creating their picture perfect look.

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Contact Elizabeth here to talk about your wedding day make-up.