Mr & Mrs Montgomery

 This one in particular is really special to me because Rebecca was a Bride the same year as me! Mr & Mrs Montgomery were married a month after us and in the build-up to the weddings Rebecca and I were going through the exact same wedding planning motions at the same time! I bought my dress at a Bridal shop in Cheshire and brought it back to Kendal to be altered at the Tailor's Workshop where Rebecca was a seamstress. There were SO many similarities between our weddings that happened completely by coincidence, it was funny and lovely at the same time. We both had a church ceremony followed by a barn reception; Our Bridesmaids had metallic dresses and there were gold elements running through both of our colour stories. We had the same veil and we both had a sweetheart neckline strapless gown -not that unusual of course, but we both had a two-in-one style dress, where the lace overlay was taken off later on in the day to make it a completely different dress! So not that common. Not over three years ago anyway.

All these things make me smile. The fittings after hours at the Tailor's Workshop were probably my favourite part of the run-up to my wedding and looking through Rebecca and Lyndon's wedding photo's brings all that back. We've both since had a baby so the days of comparing notes on gold frames for centrepieces and sourcing tealight holders were soon replaced with chat about night feeds and sleeping grobags : ) But anyway. Back to the days when we were slightly more tanned, toned and more rested than we are now. *sob*

Rebecca had a record number of Bridesmaids (8!) So some did their own make-up. I did make-up for The Bride, Bride's Sister Lucy, Mum Val, Step-Daughter Ellie and Bridesmaid Lynette. The hair was by the team at Daniel Gray in Kendal and because we had an early ceremony time and a LOT of faces/heads of hair to get through it was like a military operation with the first make-up's being done at the house, then everybody piling into cars to go to the salon where I took a set bag and did Lynette's full face and Rebecca's eye make-up whilst hair was being done for the rest of the Bridesmaids and then back to the house to finish! It was a rush, it was slightly chaotic in parts and totally hilarious in others but the team at Daniel Gray were so accomodating and we more than managed! The logistics of a wedding morning with lots of people to fit in can be tricky but the plus-side is it's a brilliant atmosphere when you've got all of your best girls together getting ready and there's no time for nerves!

Ian Wood captured the morning's proceedings, tailing us to the salon and back, getting some fab group shots and even managed to get Lucy phoning in secret from the laundry room to request a song on our local radio station, which was brilliant!

Katie Robinson of Made in Flowers brought stunning bouquets in classic white and dressed out the barn at Askham Hall, which I wish I'd been able to see in the flesh because she always does a beautiful job there!

The Bridesmaids' make-ups were all slightly different but followed the same theme of neutral colours on the eyes and a natural/nude lip. Lucy wears very little make-up and wanted natural glowy skin and a soft smokey eye; Ellie was only a teen so we kept it light and simple with a soft pinky-brown eyeshadow, coat of mascara and minimal skin coverage. Lynette has a rich darker skintone and dark brows and lashes so she can get away with more and had a darker bronze smokey eye and a full set of individual lashes. Mum Val wanted enough coverage to even out the tone of her skin but still look fresh and not caked.

And for Rebecca, who has perfect skin and a face full of beautiful freckles, she could have got away with a tinted moisturiser! But we always want what we haven't got don't we? So she wouldn't let me keep the freckles. (Although a few may have shown through where I could get away with it...) A darker chocolate smokey eye with a wash of metallic gold on the centre of the lid and the lower lashline and a full set of individual lashes to finish. Then a light contour and highlight, MAC Melba blush on the apples of the cheeks, some definiton on the brows with Dipbrow in 'chocolate' by Anastasia Beverley Hills and a slick of pink gloss from Diego Dalla Palma. It was a really nice glam twist on what was otherwise a very classic Bridal style and she looked stunning.


I broke protocol by having a proper cheek-to-cheek squeeze which Ian captured so beautifully and it's one of my favourite ever wedding morning pictures! 

The dress fit like a glove thanks to Auntie Diane and her unreal sewing skills!

Thanks to Rebecca and the girls (and her Dapper Dad, seen above escorting his girl to the church!) For such a lovely wedding morning, and to one of my all-time favourites Ian Wood for these gorgeous reminders. 

 Mrs Montgomery and her Handsome Groom! And some very smiley faces in the congregation.

What a line-up! And what a pair...

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