A Winter Wedding

On December the 12th 2015 I finally bit the bullet after 10 years with my long-term boyfriend and got married. It was no secret that a big wedding was not something I was set on (it made me very nervous quite honestly), but it was something that Antonio, my fiancé had always dreamed of. We had just under a year to plan, and we decided to say our vows in my local church in Nottingham where I grew up, and hold the reception at Swancarr Country Farm House close by. We originally visited the venue in November when it was decorated with Christmas decorations, and it inspired us to have a festive winter wedding.

I found my dress at a Charlie Brear sample sale in London months before the big day,  and it was my one and only shopping trip. When you know it’s right, you definitely know. I think it helped that I didn’t have a set idea of what I wanted before I started looking – I just knew I didn’t want anything run-of-the mill and slightly bespoke if I could find it within my budget. My bridal outfit was created for me by one of Charlie Brear’s amazing sale’s assistants, and I was so grateful as I would never have thought to combine the look that I finally ended up with: a champagne satin gown on the base, white lace petticoat over the top and two sets of detachable sleeves – I wore long sleeves for the church service and swapped for cap sleeves in the evening.

I love the romance of that classic Dolce & Gabanna look and, as I was marrying into a big Italian family, it seemed only fitting that I had wore my wedding day hair styled in a low chignon and decorated with lush red roses and carnations – classic Dolce Vita style. My bridemaids wore cream dresses with lace sleeves, and had white gypsohilia woven within their twisted buns.

Fab created the makeup looks for not only myself but all of my beautiful bridesmaids, too and we couldn’t have been happier. The girls were all given free reign (within reason) but they all opted for fairly natural but polished looks in pinks, browns and gold shades with gorgeous red lips setting the whole look off. I went for a similar palette, with rose-pink lips for the service and lots of individual lashes on my eyes which really made them the focus. Fab was a guest at the wedding, so she was on-hand throughout the day for touch-ups, and she even created a slightly more dramatic look for the evening. She made my eyes bolder and smokier and painted my lips a deep berry which I absolutely loved – I felt refreshed and ready for the dancing to start.

It really was the most wonderful of days and I was so glad that I could have my friend and co-blogger there with me to make me look my very best. I hope you enjoy my photos and please get in touch if you’d like to enquire about Fab creating a bespoke wedding makeup look for you and your bridemaids too. She is available for hire!

All photos were taken and edited by our friends at Preston Perfect Photography.

Cat x




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Cat is the beauty-obsessed founder of the London Beauty Insider. She is a London=based writer and editor and also regularly contributes to the Telegraph, Metro, L'oreal, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Arabia.

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