Bryony & Tom

REAL WEDDINGS

BRYONY + TOM

REAL WEDDINGS

BRYONY + TOM

Today, I’m throwing it back to another of my all time favourite weddings – the wedding of Bryony and Tom on 29th June 2019. This fabulous duo were married at one of the most incredible wedding venues I’ve ever been to, Gisburne Park Estate. When I arrived on the morning of their wedding, I was led through lush woodland down into a literal valley, over a quaint little bridge and up to an amazing riverside house. From the house, I could see their beautiful marquee set up just across the river in the middle of their very own private valley for the evening. My words could never do the place justice – I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like it.

Bryony was another bride to have been pointed in my direction by photographer Sarah Longworth – isn’t she amazing – and as a result, I knew we were going to be on the same wavelength from the get go. I had the pleasure of meeting both Bryony and Tom prior to their wedding, as we held the hair and makeup trial on location on the same day as their pre-wedding shoot with Sarah.

Since their wedding day, Bryony and I have certainly remained in contact and she has been another real cheerleader for me and my business. I’m so grateful to have been a part of their special day and had no doubt that I wanted to feature them in my new ‘Real Weddings’ blog series. I wish I could say that Bryony and I sat down together in real interview style, but hey Covid-19 and all…

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL WEDDING STYLE?

“I wanted something quite neutral and fresh so that we didn’t get tied down to a particular colour palette or theme, in case I changed my mind during the 18 months we took to plan the wedding. In the end I went for green and white, quite simple but super easy colours to work with! Other than that we didn’t really have a style, we just found things we liked and made them work together.”

WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A HAIR/MAKEUP ARTIST?

“As someone who spends zero time on her hair, and whose make-up consists of some mascara and eyeliner, I wanted to make sure my HMUA made me look like the best version of myself rather than some super glam lady far removed from me and my personality. So the first thing I looked for was an artist who did pared back beauty or showcased a range of looks on their website and social media. The second thing I looked for was a gauge on personality. I was super nervous about walking down the aisle, so was keen to try and find someone who was calm and unflappable.”

HOW DID YOU FIND MUBYLEIGH - HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST?

“I can’t remember exactly now, but I think it was a combination of online research and recommendations. One of the other big draws to MUBYLEIGH – Hair & Makeup Artist (on top of her rave reviews and gorgeous portfolio) was that she was skilled in both hair and makeup. It doesn’t sound much but one less supplier to manage and organise on your wedding day makes such a big difference!

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BOOK?

“In the end it was a really easy decision. Leigh was so likeable and personable. I knew we understand each other, her reputation preceded her and she had glowing recommendations (plus amazing online reviews). Her portfolio showed a range of work and our initial conversations made me feel very at ease about the looks she could create for me, so I knew I didn’t need to be worried about being an uber-glam bride far removed from the real me. Finally, her pricing was very fair. Her quotes were easy to understand, there were no hidden charges or late addings, and the payment structure was clear and simple.

WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP?

“Everything! Leigh was fab from start to finish! She was so clam on the day, which kept me calm, and she made me, my 4 bridesmaids and my mum look and feel our most beautiful. She also made sure none of us were late, something I was sure I didn’t want to be! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, THANK YOU LEIGH, you were everything I could have asked for in a hair and makeup artist on my wedding day!

Here is Bryony’s wonderful review, posted following her wedding day:
“Leigh was absolutely amazing at my wedding day – she is not only incredibly talented and skilled at both hair and make-up, but also so kind and such a calming influence! She made me, my mum and bridesmaids look and feel so beautiful. This was my first time getting my hair and make-up done professionally, and she listened and understood what I wanted despite my complete lack of knowledge in the area, and her professionalism continued even when I did a complete u-turn on the look 2 weeks before the wedding. I cannot recommend her enough – thank you Leigh!” 

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE FUTURE BRIDES-TO-BE?

“Don’t stress it! Enjoy it! Always try and remember you are planning your wedding day, so it should be fun and full of love. You should try and enjoy the process as much as possible. When planning our wedding, Tom and I had one rule. When we stopped enjoying the process, were getting stressed, or couldn’t make a decision, we’d stop and take a time out from ‘wedmin’ for a day,  a week, a month, as long as it took for us to look forward to planning again!

Did I find myself having a meltdown because the ‘wrong’ chairs were ordered? Yes. Would any of the guests have noticed or cared that they were sitting on ladder back chairs instead of cross back chairs? Nope, absolutely not. Did I just need to get some perspective and take a break so that I could laugh at how ridiculous I was? Yes!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

“Each of our suppliers were 5* and we would highly recommend them all!

Venue: Gisburne Park Estate | Photographer: Sarah Longworth Photography | Wedding dress: Jesus Peiro via Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique | Groom & Groomsmen suits: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sezane | Flowers: The Flower Shop (Clitheroe) | Marquee; lighting; stage; dance floor; tables; chairs; crockery; and probably much more: Blue Sky Event Solutions | Catering: Bears Pantry Catering | Band/Musicians: Marc & Abi via Johnny Ross Music

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my second Real Weddings blog post with words of wisdom from the wonderful Bryony. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Until next time, Leigh x

MUBYLEIGH – Hair & Makeup Artist specialises in bridal beauty and beautifies brides and their bridal parties across Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. If you’re planning your own weddinglet’s chat – I would love to be a part of your special day!

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Sam + Chris

Bride laughs, showing glowing wedding makeup and bohemian half up half down hairstyle.

REAL WEDDINGS

SAMANTHA + CHRIS

REAL WEDDINGS

SAMANTHA + CHRIS

Welcome to the first chapter in my ‘Real Weddings’ blog series and to the very special wedding day of Sam & Chris. This lush couple were married at Ashton Memorial on 24th March 2019, a day which will no doubt be one of my favourites for many years to come. When considering starting this series, Sam was one of the first brides who popped into my mind and I was thrilled that she was happy to join in.

I was recommend to Sam by their photographer Sarah Longworth, who I’d had the pleasure of working alongside before and many times since. From the moment Sam got in touch, I knew that I wanted to be a part of her day and that we were going to get along perfectly.

When discussing booking in her hair and makeup trial, Sam mentioned that they were planning a pre-wedding shoot in an amazing location. So, we decided it would be awesome to hold her trial on the same day as the shoot. That way, Sam could make the most out of having her and hair and makeup done (and bonus – I got some pretty great shots of my work too)! It was also a lovely opportunity to meet Chris, as I don’t often get the chance to meet the groom – the entire morning was a complete barrel of laughs.

Since their wedding day, Sam and I have regularly kept in touch, she’s left amazing feedback (which you can read in my Real Brides Gallery) and continues to support me and my little business. I hope you enjoy reading her answers from our interview as much as I did.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL WEDDING STYLE?

“I would describe our wedding style as whimsical and modern. We wanted the vibe to be relaxed and fun for our guests. We did not have one strong overarching theme throughout; my dress was whimsical and romantic with hair and makeup to match, the bridesmaids dresses were maroon, mink and pink, we entered in a black and maroon carriage (from the set of Peaky Blinders) drawn by two stunning Friesian horses. The cake was a bit boho, the venue was a white ballroom with a vintage lift and a golden chandelier.”

WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A HAIR/MAKEUP ARTIST?

“For a makeup artist, I wanted someone who used top of the line products and was willing to listen to my vision, use their artistic talent and make a complete hair and makeup look to match. I was looking for someone that had a bit of a modern spunky edge. When Leigh pulled out her Charlotte Tilbury foundation and Kylie Lip kit I knew I was in safe hands. I also wanted someone that was honest and upfront about cost and quick to respond. Leigh was all of these things!”

HOW DID YOU FIND MUBYLEIGH - HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST?

“My photographer Sara Longworth reccomended Leigh as she had worked with her in the past. I checked out Leigh’s portfolio on her website and was really floored. Leigh’s makeup looked natural yet unique and her hairstyles equally intriguing. I reached out to Leigh via email and she got back to me that same day! “

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BOOK?

“Leigh was extremely easy to speak to about pricing and style and was willing to accommodate travel. Leigh was also very flexible and accommodating with everything from the location of the wedding, to the number of people she would be styling. I did not feel any pressure either, Leigh was amazing from the start and took everything in stride.

WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP?

“I loved that my wedding hair and makeup stayed on all night, looked fabulous in photos and matched the rest of my body perfectly as I was wearing a strapless dress!

Leigh really showcased her talent on our wedding day and made everyone of all ages look and feel beautiful. She did hair and makeup for myself, my bridesmaid and my mum and grandma. We all looked and felt beautiful and pampered after Leigh’s hair and makeup.”

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE FUTURE BRIDES-TO-BE?

“Do what makes you happy, if you like something but it doesn’t go with your theme… go with it anyway. Also, surround yourself with suppliers that have a similar vision and outlook to yourself. This will help keep your stress levels in check. There are suppliers for everyone’s style and budget, stay true to yourself and don’t feel like you need to act like someone else to impress.

If possible, have a hair and makeup trial before the big day. It will make you so much more confident on the morning of!”

ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

“I am so glad I had a wedding hair and makeup trial! It let Leigh and I get to know each other, and it also let me experiment a little with ideas I had for the wedding. For the trial we went with an edgier hair and makeup look and captured the look for our engagement shoot in the Lake District. 

Leigh was able to advise me on different options I had for hair and makeup on the day and we experimented with eye and lip colours and hair shape and texture. She also gave me some very useful tips on eyelash extensions, clip in hair extensions and how to make my makeup last all day and keep my lipstick fresh for the pictures. I am sure she will share her wisdom with you as well!

I left the session feeling pampered, relaxed and overwhelmingly confident and happy that I had Leigh for my big day.
On the morning of the wedding, because of the trial it felt like Leigh was an old friend and it wasn’t our first rodeo!”

Venue: Ashton Memorial | Photographer: Sarah Longworth Photography | Dress: Foxglove Brides | Florist: Sass Flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first Real Weddings blog post with the amazing Samantha. Let me know what you think in the comments section below! What have we learnt: Obviously to book with MUBYLEIGH – Hair & Makeup Artist (haha); to stay true to yourself; AND if you’re having a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer, we should 100% arrange your trial on the same day. You’ll be beaming with confidence, with your hair and makeup looking all beautiful, and ready to get in front of the camera!

Until next time, Leigh x

MUBYLEIGH – Hair & Makeup Artist specialises in bridal beauty and beautifies brides and their bridal parties across Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. If you’re planning your own weddinglet’s chat – I would love to be a part of your special day!

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