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.

Victoria’s Bridal Boutique – Meet the team

This year we are going to introduce you to all the amazing people that make up
My Wedding professionals.
Starting with the lovely ladies from
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2017 was an amazing for Victoria’s Bridal Boutique with business booming and more brides than ever wanting to come in, we even changed our hours to accommodate everyone. We are always open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm with extra evenings being offered and Sunday appointments available at least once a month.
Our team has grown in so many ways, we have taken on a beautiful new range called Rebecca Ingram they are the newest addition to the Maggie Sottero Designs collection. They offer timeless elegance and wonderful quality that is know by brides all around the world.
The Olivia and Juniper collections feature flattering silhouettes, understated embellishments and the most stunning illusions details. All of which come in an array of soft champagnes, blush pinks and antique ivory’s.
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Meet the team

There are now four lovely ladies working along side me (Vicky) to help our brides find their perfect dress, my wonderful mummy Tina has always been a big part of VBB  and is now working on a Tuesday to help me prepare all the dresses for the coming weekend.
Charlotte and Claire both got their dresses from VBB last year and once they were married just didn’t want to say goodbye to coming in to the shop fast forward 6 months and I couldn’t be prouder of how much they love running appointments and the joy they bring to our brides when they find THE DRESS!
And finally Tessa, she came to us with a dream of joining a team where she was valued and could grow, and she has done exactly that. She adores the job and would go above and beyond for any of our customers which is so very important to me and Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.
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Winning the Brides Choice Award at the Kent Wedding Awards has been the highlight of my career, for 15 years I have always said I will do everything in my power to make my brides dreams come true. That could be simply getting a special sample in, to customising her dress or going to dress her and the bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding.
To be voted for by our brides has made my day, actually no it’s made my year!!
I can not wait to see what the next 12 months hold for us all and look forward to welcoming more brides to VBB!
Vicky xx
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To make an appointment to visit Vicky and her team, contact them here!

Having a ball

 

How to turn your wedding into a magical celebration, as featured in London Bride Magazine.

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Inspiration

Our inspiration was drawn from the allure and intrigue of a sophisticated Venetian Ball. We worked this in with elegant bridal wear and show stopping make-up to culminate into a glamorous and contemporary masquerade styled shoot.

The styling used the classic simplicity of white, complimented by the Tiffany Blue to give a slight winter feel to the shoot.

The Venue

Port Lympne Hotel, provided the perfect backdrop for this glamorous shoot.  With it’s Grade 2 listed mansion and landscaped gardens it gave us a stunning setting to work in.

The Look

The first make-up phase included a bold eye and nude lips which was then enhanced with iridescent jewels on the inner and outer eye. This complimented our first dress, the stunning “Benton Marie” has an amazing Keela Mikado bodice and tulle ballgown skirt with lace motifs, to make a bride feel like a princess. Featuring a sweetheart neckline and basque waist it is finished with crystal buttons, it also features Maggie Sottero’s special shape wear lining to give a figure flattering fit.

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The second make-up phase was completed by a lace design, air brushed directly onto our brides face and a Tiffany blue tear drop. This worked so well with the beautiful Stella York Anika (6404) dress, which is a modern brides dream. It’s high neck and graphic lace highlight the collarbone and traces down through the hips, creating a silhouette that hits in all the right places. A gorgeous illusion back is accentuated by fabric covered buttons which trial down to a sweeping crepe train.

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One aspect that made the shoot unique was the intricate, white Henna lace design wrapped around the hand and forearm, which was then embellished with a painted shimmer of silver. This combined with the use of a stunning range of masks really gave the shoot a wonderful mix of bridal and masquerade.

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The Styling

The flowers were soft and elegant, with trailing orchids. The detailed gold stationery gave the feel of sophistication and warmth was added by the scented candles.

Our cake combined the elegant flowers with the gold and blue tones to pull the whole look together.

 

No masquerade ball is complete without a signature cocktail and this is our nod to the modern trend and the signage is a real focal point.

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The team
Photography – Jeff Oliver Photography www.jeffoliver.co.uk
Dresses – Victoria’s Bridal Boutique www.victoriasbridalboutique.co.uk
Hair – RKW Hair www.rkwhair.co.uk
Make up – Elizabeth Joseph Love www.elizabethjosephlove.co.uk
Cake – Shelley’s Cakes www.shelleyscakes.com
Stationery – By Blossom www.byblossomweddingstationery.co.uk
Flowers – Wild Ideas www.wildideasflowers.com
Candles – Crystal Cole Candles www.crystalcole.co.uk
Chair covers – Bows www.bowschaircovers.co.uk
Models, Bride – Hilary, Groom – Rob

Kent Wedding Award Winners

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My Wedding Professionals are extremely proud to announce that 3 of our members are Kent Wedding Award winners!

Massive congratulations go to

By Blossom Stationery who won the Wedding Stationery Award

Shelley’s Cakes who won Wedding Cake Designer of the Year

Victoria’s Bridal Boutique who won The Brides Choice – Great Service Award

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Most Requested Bridal Makeup

Elizabeth Joseph Love MUA shares with us her most requested bridal makeup looks.

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. Choosing the perfect makeup can be a bit daunting. Here are my most requested bridal makeup looks to help you decide.

Naturally Flawless

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Without a doubt, the most requested bridal look is naturally flawless. This look will enhance your own beauty, without giving you the “overdone” look. After all, you want to be the most beautiful version of yourself and be recognisable to your husband to be. Ideal if you don’t usually wear much makeup. This look is especially good for outdoor weddings. With a focus on flawless skin and subtle eyeshadow, any bride will feel calm & confident on their big day.

Dramatic Eye & Nude Lip (or as I like to call it the “Kim Kardashian”)

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Ideal for any season. I love the drama of this look, which includes a fuller brow, a variety of eyeshadow shades from light to dark, a perfectly contoured face, statement eyeliner, luscious lashes and a nude lip. This look requires lots of layering, and blending to give a perfectly polished appearance.

Sexy, Sultry Smokey Eye

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Add a touch of sophisticated drama to your look by creating a smouldering smokey eye. From deep greys to lighter neutrals, the smokey eye is a classic look for your wedding day that will stand the test of time. Apply a medium shade over your entire eyelid and blend into the crease so there are no harsh lines. Eye Liner and false lashes can be added for extra effect. A subtle smokey eye using neutral tones looks fabulous on a mother of the bride/groom.

Going for Glow

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Most brides desire a dewy, fresh complexion that not only catches the light but the groom’s attention. Glowing from within skin starts weeks before the wedding day and takes time and dedication. (See my blog Top Ten Pre-Wedding Bridal Beauty Tips) http://elizabethjosephlove.co.uk/blog.php For a radiant makeup apply moisturiser so that the skin is hydrated and use a primer before foundation. After foundation, lightly dust a setting powder before adding contour & blush.

Highlighters come in powder, cream or liquid form and can brighten the entire face. Using a soft, fluffy brush, apply highlighter carefully on the bridge & tip of the nose, the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, the brow bone, the cupid’s bow and at the centre of the forehead.

Create a lasting luminosity by setting the makeup with a finishing spray.

‘The Only way is Glam’

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Thank goodness celebrities have ditched the orange face, harsh contour & boxed brows and opted for a more flawless skin, blended contour and graduated sculpted eyebrows. Glamorise the eyes by adding a shimmer shadow to the eyelids and a cat eyed, winged out eyeliner to the upper lash line. Fluttery false eyelashes will open up the eyes. Chose a lip liner that is a similar shade or a tiny bit darker than your chosen lip colour, then apply a slightly lighter lip colour on the center of the bottom lip for an ombre effect. Blend in for a flawless fade.

Mesmerising Metallics

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When makeup artist Pat McGrath teased us on the Versace & Margiela spring 2017 runway with her opulent Metalmorphosis eyeshadows, bridal beauty gurus around the world sat up and took notice. Consider adding gorgeous glitter or sparkly eyeshadows to the center of the eyelid and a liquid metal highlighter to the top of the cheek bones. This on trend bridal makeup will certainly dazzle and create dimension to the face.

A Vintage Classic

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Think 1950’s Hollywood legends like Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. An age of glamour and timeless beauty. This classic look transcends time and is especially striking for a winter wedding. Use a translucent setting powder to mattify the skin and apply a light wash of taupe brown eyeshadow into the crease of the eye. Apply eyeliner and extend it into a kitten flick. A red lipstick is applied and this elegant look is red carpet ready.

Boho Bride

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Romantic, feminine and dreamy. This laid back look is perfect for an outdoor, summer, woodland wedding. Soft and natural, this look can be customized to harmonise with the chosen colour theme. Incorporate diffused highlighter, subtle smoked out eyeliner, pretty blush and a natural toned lip for an effortless, chic and enchanting bridal makeup look.

Bronzed Bombshell (Blush & Gold)

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When I think “bronzed bombshell,” I think of JLO’s iconic, signature look at the Golden Globes. A look that will forever be in style. Perfect for a summer ceremony, this sun kissed look will sizzle at any wedding.

Use rose golds, browns and copper shades on the eyes and bronzer to contour and define the face, Add either a dusky rose colour or a coppery brown shade on the lip to complete this monochromatic bridal makeup.

Picture perfect

 What makes the perfect wedding photos

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We’ve all seen amazing photos gracing the pages of magazines and of course that is what we all want. So here are some tips from Jeff Oliver Photography on how you can achieve the perfect wedding photos.

The Prep

Choosing a great photographer is an obvious start. It’s important to really like their work, but also to like the photographer too as they will be with you all day on your wedding day!

It can be a good idea to have a pre-wedding shoot, this will really help you get used to being in front of the camera and therefore you will be much more relaxed in your photos. It’s great to practice poses and see what works for you and just as important, what doesn’t work.

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The perfect picture

Now that everything has come together, you have a stunning venue, a great photographer and have practiced your posing, its time for the perfect picture.

What makes amazing photos is great light. Photographers call the hour before sunset the golden hour, it’s when the light is softer and more flattering. So leave some time on your wedding day for photos later in the day to make the most of the best light.

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And don’t worry about bad weather; a good photographer will create their own light!

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When it comes to posing there are a few little rules that can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo.  We say “If it bends, then bend it,” all that means is bend your leg instead of standing up straight, bend your elbow to create a bit of space between your body and arm. Bend your head slight to one side. All of this makes for a more dynamic pose (just like the models in the magazines).

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Then all you have to do is enjoy yourself with the person you have just married. Capturing the chemistry between you is what will make the prefect picture.

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If your looking for a wedding photographer or would like to try a pre-wedding photoshoot get in touch with Jeff Oliver, he would be happy to help!

http://www.jeffoliver.co.uk

Beautiful Blossom and Japanese Styling

In the heart of Kent at the stunning Hever Castle we recreated a small piece of Japan, with the spring blossom in full bloom and Japanese styling, you could be forgiven for thinking you were visiting Kyoto.

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The Japanese Tea house tucked away on the lake edge at Hever Castle was where we created our Japanese inspired bridal shoot. With the spring light filtering through the walls and the surrounding trees heavy with blossom this was the perfect blend of orient and romance.

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Styling

Our choice of styling was to use soft pastels that complimented the natural blossom and to keep the table settings simple.

We used an understated grey vase filled with perfect pink blossom on a bamboo runner with plates and bowls in soft pink and grey tones. Decorative chopsticks, oriental fans, blossom themed stationery and an incredible show stopping origami crane chandelier completed this romantic and beautiful Japanese theme.

Stationery

By Blossom created the amazing stationery inspired by Japanese illustrations and spring-like birds and blossoms.

That paired with stylish textured papers and origami paper folding techniques they created these beautifully simple invitations with matching table stationery.

Our Bride

Our bride was dressed in Maggie Sottero and Stella York from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.

Maggie Sottero’s “Kent” is lace appliquès embellished with pearls and beading, adding a dreamy shimmer to this tulle sheath. With an illusion neckline and button back detail the look was stunning.

The Stella York “6405” worked beautiful with this shoot with its lace and tulle ruffles skirt over organza, creating soft textures that play off of the lace bodice. The asymmetrical layers have a wave effect that adds to the drama whilst flattering and highlighting curves.

Make-up

Make-up was expertly applied by Make-up artist Elizabeth Joseph Love.

Delicate cherry blossom pinks, a modern flick and flawless skin was perfectly balanced and blended to compliment the elegant Japanese styling.

Hair

Angela from RKW Hair was inspired by softness of the blossom, so wanted to ensure our brides hair was soft, free flowing and free to move with her.

This modern look combined with delicate flowers really compliment the colours used in the make up and surrounding styling.

Flowers

Nature had gift Sarah at Wild Idea’s with gorgeous spring blossom in all shades of pink, so she teamed this with white orchids to add a more Japanese element.

To work with the shape and style of the beautiful wedding gown and hair she added simple blossom heads too.

Sweets and Wine

Our wine provided by Bottle Bazaar had labels designed by By Blossom and matched the stationery. The sparkling rosé was a perfect match to the pretty pinks on the table.

Our sweet treats were put together by Flutterbee Me, this was also tied into the blossom theme with little sugar paper flowers and Japanese pocky choccy.

Photography

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We always try to capture the essence of the seasons in our photos, and loved the way we could tie together the blossom on the tree together with the gorgeous blossom table centrepiece, all the way through to the blossom stationery.

The Japanese Tea House was a stunning backdrop for our beautiful bride, complete with reflection too.

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My Wedding Professional’s would like to thank our model Kanae and A Kentish Ceremony Magazine for the feature in the Summer 2017 issue.

To get in touch with My Wedding Professionals contact us here.

Welcome to our new members

My Wedding Professionals are extremely happy and proud to welcome two new members to our group. Shelley’s Cakes and Nova Wedding Planning are at the top of their profession offering a first class service to their brides and grooms.

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Shelley is an award-winning Cake Designer and is very passionate about creating works of art. Her cakes are finished to the highest standard and not only do they look amazing, but that taste delicious too!

Stress Free Wedding Planning

Nova Wedding Planning know how special your wedding is and offer a truly personal service to each and every bride and groom. Whether you need on-the-day co-ordination, help finding your perfect venue or the right suppliers, Nova can help make your wedding dream a reality.

Three ways to choose a style for your wedding stationery 

This month we have the experts on Wedding Stationery ByBlossom sharing their top tips on choosing your stationery.

We’ve always said; book your venue, book your photographer, then get those save-the-date cards out!

It’s so important to make sure that the people you want to share your day with are able to come, so give them as much notice as you can. This is especially true if you’re wedding falls in the school holidays.

So with time being of the essence, my advice for save-the-date cards is this: choose something simple, something you love… but don’t get too bogged down with colour schemes or themes at this stage. Most brides send their save-the-date cards out before they get down to researching and planning the look of their day and further down the line when the time comes to send out invitations, they often bear little or no resemblance to their save-the-dates.

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But next on the stationery to-do list is of course the all-important invitations themselves, along with RSVP cards, direction/accommodation cards and any other information you want to give your guests in advance. These set the tone for your wedding and will offer your guests that first glimpse of your wedding styling. As you’ll probably be posting these 3-6 months before your wedding day you’ll have plenty of time to do your research and find stationery to match your vision.

But what if you’ve seen so many things, you just can’t choose?

1. Let your venue guide you.

On the day itself other stationery items come into play – table plans, order of service, menus and more and it’s great to have these matching the style of your invitations. However, for maximum impact they should also complement their surroundings, particularly if your venue has a very strong style of it’s own. Such a venue is Eltham Palace, an English Heritage property built in the 1930s in Art Deco style. This stunning venue is perfect for strong graphic styles, in particular Art Deco styles but also bold contemporary designs. Gold and silver metallics suit this venue well, and heritage colours such as grape, navy and berry shades.

Another is Leeds Castle in Kent, famous not only for the fabulous castle, but also for it’s swans. Swans could be incorporated into a design in any number of ways… watercolour illustrations, or as part of a motif or monogram.

Or for a festival wedding, go for something fun and playful that makes sure you’re guests know to bring their wellies!

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For those of you getting married abroad, there is so much inspiration! From ticket or passport style designs with tear off RSVP cards, to beach themed styles with beautiful shells, or footprints in the sand, there is so much that your location has to offer the design of your stationery. For stylish city weddings, skylines create iconic imagery and can be very simple, but very cool – think New York or, closer to home, London skylines in metallic foil on beautiful bright white card.

2. Your heritage

Weddings are a time for reflection and a time for family. A stationery design incorporating elements of your family history are wonderfully personal and are always appreciated by close family members. Think national flowers, or emblems comprising of national symbols that represent you and your partner. These examples show a cheetah and kangaroo representing the nationalities of the bride and groom and a beautiful laser cut design… can you see the elephant subtly incorporated into the design, to reflect the brides Indonesian heritage?

3. The season

Weddings are certainly not just reserved for the summer months any more but if your wedding is at this amazing time of year, your wedding stationery style can be inspired by a wonderful palette of bright colour, flowers, lanterns, and so much more.

But winter weddings also offer all sorts of design inspiration. Stunning outdoor landscapes… delicate frosty mornings, the sun glinting through the trees and shimmering snow drifts. Monotone images of snowy vistas or graphic patterns made from winter icons such as snowflakes and deer work so well – use black and white for truly striking invitations with understated luxury, or for a splash of colour think frosty blues and bright purples. Print on iridescent white paper for the ultimate touch of winter wonder. Winter is also the season of sparkle, glitter and gold! Think luxury, glamour and extravagance – the black tie ball – for the ultimate in stationery sophistication.

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Spring is the season of new beginnings; green shoots, gardening, fresh air and sunny days. Spring flowers make for beautiful stationery designs but for a modern twist take inspiration from your own garden – exquisite foliage, from tiny delicate stems to big bold leaves, all with an array of amazing colours. Think greens, grape and ivory paired with silver foils. We also love blossom which is really on trend… delicate Japanese inspired cherry blossoms are super-stylish and work so well with blush and hot pinks, pale greens and greys.

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And lets not forget Autumn… the tail end of summer evokes images of fairly light and balmy romantic evenings, or further into the season then the wonderful colours of autumn leaves work so well on stationery items.

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So many ways to choose a style for your day… your guests will love whatever style you go for, simply because it reflects your choices and you as a couple.

Happy stationery planning!