Spring has Sprung! Kelly and Dean's Big Day.

Spring is just around the corner. I can almost feel it. Which brings me very neatly on to Kelly and Dean's stunning wedding at The Plough, Lupton! The most perfectly colour-coordinated day, from the hessian-wrapped jars of sunshine yellow ranunculus to the sweet treat pastel mini-eggs against a backdrop of pale yellow and dove grey tissue paper pom-poms. Step into Springtime and swoon over this sunshine extravaganza with me...



I have to point out that this trio of images with cutesy little font is not my own doing, it's Tiree's. But it sets the tone perfectly so I've pinched it ; )

Spring is such a beautiful season for a wedding. Obviously the weather is completely unpredictable in this country at any time of year but if you time it just right and luck is on your side, what a perfect time of year to start married life. Lush green fields with frolicking lambs, blossom in the churchyards, blue skys and a cool crisp air filled with the anticipation of new life and new starts. Kelly and Dean had all of this on their big day!

I hadn't had a wedding at The Plough before but it is such a gorgeous venue. Small enough that you can take over the whole place and make it your own, but decorated in such a modern and tasteful way that it doesn't have that 'small dated Country Inn' feel that so many of the more modest venues can have. The Bridal suite is a make-up artist and photographer's dream! Just completely flooded with natural light from the huge windows and sooo much space. Not something that many Brides would (or should) consider but it made for some absolutely dreamy 'getting ready' shots and the whole morning was a joy. I can't wait to return.

Tiree Dawson's photography style was perfectly matched to this wedding, which was so beautifully coordinated that it looks like something from a styled shoot. The detail shots alone are the kind of images you want to have blown up and displayed around your home (especially if you're a ranunculus fan like me. Oh I could gaze at those petals all day.) But anyway, pretending I write a lifestyle blog again. Back to the make-up.

Kelly wanted a fairly minimal make-up look and we opted for a matte neutral eye with a warm light brown blended into the crease to add definition but buffed out for softness. I highlighted the inner corners and browbone with a subtle shimmer to pick up the light and then a clean black gel liner along the lashline and flicked up ever-so-slightly at the outer corner, along with some individual lashes for a winged effect. Almost a modern 50's look which tied in beautifully with the dress and the hair but didn't look like a vintage tribute. A light contour, peachy cheeks and a pink/nude lip that was more sheen than gloss kept it fresh and modern.

At this point I should apologise for my scruffy hair. I know you've noticed it. I do brush it, honestly. But I've said it before and I'll say it again- If only one of us can look good and it's your Big Day, I'm willing to make the sacrifice ; )

Kelly's Sister Lindsey and Best Friend Steph were her Bridesmaids. Steph had just returned from Australia and had the prettiest freckles which I was desperate to keep so we used a really sheer base with a natural pink glow on the cheeks. Lindsey had originally opted for a red lip in her pre-wedding consultation which was gorgeous against her pale skin but she felt that it was too much and she had a tan between the pre-wed and wedding day so her look evolved with a bronzed glow and a more pinky/natural lip. This is the beauty of a pre-wed/trial for Bridesmaids and Mums as well as Brides. It's not always necessary for the bridal party to have a trial but it does give them a chance to try out a look and if it doesn't work it can be changed completely.


Both bridesmaids had a version the same natural smokey eye with pale pinks and cool-toned browns. Simple and pretty.

Kelly's Mum is Actress Emma Thompson's long-lost twin sister.

She's not really but my goodness does she look like her! So if I ever get the call from Emma Thompson to do her make-up I'll be well prepared, thanks Sue ; )

We went for a fairly natural eye based around MAC Satin Taupe which is a beautiful eyeshadow that's quite multi-faceted. It looks heathery-mauve in some lights and picks up a cool grey undertone in others so it was perfect for Sue's outfit. I used a light bronze and a warm pink rich textured blush on the cheeks so the whole thing didn't look too steely and cool.


I absolutely love the point when everyone gets dressed and sees their hair, make-up and outfit all together for the first time. It's probably the best part of the day for me. When it all comes together and you get to see someone standing there as a Bride or a Mother of the Bride for the first time. It's emotional to know you've been a part of that transition.


Kelly's moment was no exception. She looked so incredibly beautiful. She's as tall and slender as a catwalk model and her dress was so elegant and so regal. I think up until she was dressed she still hadn't decided whether or not to wear the veil, but when she tried it on I did an actual squeal!

Look at her. LOOK. At. Her. Lifted from the pages of a Bridal magazine. I really am the luckiest.


Shelley Gibson was responsible for Kelly's stunning intricate beehive and the girls' low loose up-dos. She can be found at www.facebook.com/shelleygibsonhairdressing

A huge thank you to Tiree for capturing this day in a way that makes me so inspired and excited when I look at it again nearly a year later. If you would like to see more of her work or get in touch to have her capture your own wedding you can find her at www.tireedawson.co.uk

Thank you to Kelly and Dean for letting me feature your perfect day, and to Kelly's Mum and 'Maids for being so lovely and making the morning such a joy x


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