A Spring Fresh Fairytale at The Forest Side Hotel

Okay so bear with me because for this blog post it may well feel like I'm taking you back to Spring, but if you're planning ahead for your 2018 Wedding then this could be the inspiration you need! And actually, this feel and colour palette works well for any season so it's not completely irrelevent in this 'not quite summer' that we're experiencing up North!

I'm always ready for crisp, clean, fresh and minimalist. This styled shoot as part of a collaboration for the Forest Side Hotel was a breath of fresh air!

The hotel and it's grounds are magical. The staff and restaurant team are so very passionate about what they do it's hard not to feel inspired. I was lucky enough to spend a day here doing some make-up and grooming for the team when the commercial work for the brochure and website was being undertaken and the Hotel had only just opened. The sheer volume of work that has gone into every element of refurbishing this beautiful venue is hard to convey. From the management and maintenance of the stunning grounds, the careful planting and tending of the kitchen gardens which provide a huge proportion of the fresh produce served up in the Michelin Starred kitchen with it's exclusive menu- This is not your run-of-the-mill-conveyor-belt wedding venue!

 Nothing is an accident in this hotel, the attention to detail is inspirational and the empahasis is on 'supporting local.'

I've written before about using downtime between wedding seasons to collaborate on styled shoot days. It's lovely to be without the pressures and time-constraints of real weddings and get back to sharing a passion with like-minded suppliers! I got together with a bunch of lovely creatives for a styled shoot at this incredible venue, headed up by photographer Tiree Dawson who just does clean, airy and fresh soooooo well.

I've included full supplier details and links below because this was a huge team effort but I've only showcased the make-up side of it. Please do check the others out if you still have any of these things to tick off your wedding planning 'To Do' list. They're all fab!

(If you got this far thanks for indulging me with my rabbiting on but I just feel so inspired and passionate when I look at the images. Hopefully you will too!)

Bambi-eyed Emma looking stunning in amongst the greenery! Perfect skin and a softened winged liner with the addition of some individual lashes. I kept the lower lashline fairly clean to emphasise that 'lifted' doe-eyed effect. Diffused blush on the apples of the cheeks and just enough structure through the brows to lift and define the eyes.

Gorgeous Karen with a really similar palette of warm neutrals. A slightly smokier feel for the eyes with the darkest brown kohl smudged along the lashline top and bottom and really natural 'barely there' lashes. It was all about 'pretty' and wearable.



We all said there was something very 'Belle' from Beauty and the Beast about this gorgeous Alan Hannah gown and the remake of the Disney film has since been released, it made me think about it again! Off the shoulder, swathes of thick satin and a huge bow at the waist. Emma looked like a real life Disney Princess by the candlelight in the restaurant! Dress supplied and styled by Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms.




A quick change for Karen into a stunning number by Caroline Castigliano, supplied and styled by Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. After a couple of shots outside in the drizzle, stylists from Daniel Gray Hair pinned her loose waves into a pretty and effortless updo and added a classic veil and jewelled hair piece (just seen, also from a selection at Julia Tasker Bridal Couture) for the formal dining room setting. We had beautiful tablescape styling and stationery to complement the culinary delights. If you're a foodie then the award-winning Michelin Star Restaurant should be on your list of places to visit!





We went from classic inside, to bohemian out in the gardens with this gorgeous lighting installation from Typical Type! Imagine your guests using this as a backdrop for their pictures- beautful ivy entwined geometric lanterns lit with edison bulbs of all different shapes and sizes! The most gorgeous photobooth of them all? Kevin at Brackens of Bowness created Emma's wildflower and foliage hairpiece for a minimalist take on the usual flower crown.

I love it that this scene wouldn't look out of place at a festival inspired wedding, an outdoor blessing in the rolling countryside or a small marquee in the grounds of a parents garden but you can just make out the stunning hotel in the background which is very 'Quintessential English Country Pile' and it works completely! If you have a vision you just need the right suppliers. Links below!


Thank you so much for reading. If you want any of these details for your own Big Day get in touch with the suppliers below!


Models: Emma and Karen
Florist: Brackens of Bowness
Dresses: Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms and Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
Make up: Me!
Hair: Daniel Gray Hairdressers
Lighting: Typical Type
Table Linen and Styling Assistant: Clarabelle Interiors
Stationery: facebook.com/neatcreative
Cake: The Bakery at No.4
Art Props: The Heaton Cooper Studio
Food: Kevin Tickle at The Forest Side


 For more from this shoot, including so many details that I've missed out, see Tiree's own round-up of the day.



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