What a week!!
I have literally just fallen back down to earth after having the most amazing experience at The North West Wedding Awards 2018.
To have the honour to be nominated for an award recognised across the wedding industry in itself is a huge achievement. I got the email to say I had become a finalist and instantly couldn’t wait to to see how the event would unfold. I, not in a million years thought that, I, ME, NIKKI from Blackburn who would be up against cities like Manchester, Cheshire and Stockport would even be a finalist let alone WIN!!
The whole event organised by County Brides was unbelievable! The venue, The Monastery was spectacular! Arron and I scrubbed up well for the event to mix with the industries finest. Everyone had earned their place most definitely!! Everyone was a winner on the night, each company had clearly gone above any beyond to make the finals. I still don’t remember my name being called out in my category, I continued to clap and not hear Arron and my friend Lee saying I’d won!! It all became a daze. Thank goodness I didn’t have to make a speech, I can only imagine how hilarious that would have been. I cannot wait to see the official film for the night, my friend caught some on camera and the words ‘oh my god’ rhymed of my tongue for a good 20 minutes. The night saw a great amount of money raised for Charity and a party that ran in to the early hours. What a great night!!
I could not have imagined I would be where I am today! I see all too often so many negatives in an industry but in reality its only what you make of it. You can make a difference. I have been very lucky to work with so many amazing people and more importantly the Brides who pick me to share their morning and be apart of their big day. From the very first enquiry to the moment they set off to walk down the isle, theres nothing that makes me more prouder of seeing it all come together. Like a proud Mama. My career is my baby. It literally gets my undivided attention, the long hours, early mornings, late nights, the extra social media content, even the over spending on things I neeeeeed!!! All jokes aside even my mum rings to see how work is most evenings!! I could not be more excited about watching my baby grow!
Heres to the rest of 2018 and many more years of weddings to come, Thankyou to all my Brides for voting and to me new Brides…CONGRATULATIONS, You booked an award winning Makeup Artist xxxxxx
Every once in a while, you find someone who loves something as much as you… Recently, I came together with some amazing local talent to create a Wedding Shoot made of couples dreams and it was fair to say, WE ALL LOVE OUR JOBS!!
It’s no secret that I love a good wedding morning with my beautiful brides but that is all it is, the morning. I have to watch out their day via images a few days later, I know right…I should totally be able to stay for the whole day, not even as a guest, imagine the strange girl in the corner, in awe of all the amazing talent coming together. Jokes aside, I totally love the Photographers Sneak Peaks, I could burst inside!!
On this occasion, a small team came together to create images to tell a tale. The stunning Shireburn Arms opened their doors with a gorgeous wedding set up for us to create a wedding shoot. Every detail was perfectly planned. The Wedding Workshop added the most beautiful wedding stationary and welcoming sign of the newly weds, obvs they weren’t really a couple, but the pictures tell the story we want them to. The couple…just perfect!! The bride wore a stunning fitted gown from Orchid Design and the Grooms tailored suit by Attire of Clitheroe. We made plenty of use of the grounds, the stunning terrace and outdoor area were breathtaking. Set in the gorgeous countryside of the Ribble Valley, we captured the moments you would cherish. The cake….Ooohh who doesn’t love cake!! A Cake Occasion made a masterpiece. A semi naked, fresh flowers to decorate CAKE!! It looked effortlessly perfect. Perfect is definitely what I should have named this blog post. The Perfect Shoot by the Perfect Team. PERFECT!! There was no ends to out talents, even becoming Shepherds, to guide a little lost lamb out of a pen…I’m sure he just wanted to be on the pictures! The bouquet and flowers for the cake came from Victoria & Natalie flowers…my obsession with the flowers are as fixated as ever!! All colours, all types of flowers, the arrangements and the smell!!! All of this would not have been captured so beautifully if it wasn’t for Jane! Daisychain photography has the eye… THE EYE!! She had every angle covered, got in to bushes, climbed in to awkward positions for that perfect shot! Its amazing to see everything come together and then whats left…those pictures! Those PERFECT pictures!! It was lovely to be there thought the ‘wedding day’. I know it was a shoot but I’m claiming the memories for real!!
The model Bride, Hannah was effortlessly beautiful. For a Bride on her wedding day, my strongest advice is to look the best version of yourself. I mean, we all want our husband to be stood at the front of the alter in buckets of tears! Regardless of the six hours it took to actually get ready. You want to glide down that aisle like an angel, like you woke up like this, like you never had a bad hair day, ever!! This is the start of a new chapter. For Hannah, flawless skin and peached cheeks, not too much makeup! more of a no-makup makeup look, I know its doesn’t make sense to some but it does. Its still seeing those natural features, letting your skin be the off set of the rest of the makeup, if your skin is happy, your happy in your skin!! My go to on the eyes are mostly warm neutral colours, bronze, browns and golds. These compliment all eyes, enhancing the eye colour and can be used as a soft smoke or extra colour added for more glam. Hannah’s blue eyes looked a dream with a soft smoke and lashes. I blotted a pink Clinique gloss on the lips, for colour and to attract the natural glow from the outdoors to make the lips look pruned and kissable. Hannah has gorgeous blonde hair, to show the dress in its simplicity we had an up do. This was a style lots of my future brides have sent me for their trials. I love an up do. Its great for a sunny or rainy day, its shows of all the features of your face, shoulders and chest and gives the dress its glory! Fresh flowers enhances an up-style and creates a little more of an individual look. Gypsyphilia is the go to, its just looks effortless, (obvs there are other flowers on the market, I’m not sponsored by the gypsyphilia plant). All this came together to create the look I desired for my perfect bride. The images captured the look amazingly.
That was a rap…The shoot went like a dream!! A great Team and a great way to meet local suppliers. I love to support local businesses and recommend those I have had the pleasure of working with. I am so lucky, I get to meet all these people and call it WORK!! Without a doubt these Ladies will go the extra mile to help your wedding become the dream you have. We did nickname ourselves TeamAwesome for a reason!! (ohh and by team awesome, i had to cut the F part to keep it friendly).
Its always so long between my blog posts, I’m terrible at keeping up with everything!! I definitely think the time has come for a PA or at least an admin day, every week I think I’ll BLOG this week and keep you in the knowledge of what I’ve been doing, but there is definitely not enough time in the week nor enough post-it notes to keep adding in to my list of things to do!! Thankfully everything is a little more in hand now and its only February!! YAY GO ME!!!
So this is one for my Brides…
For several months I have been adding a little something extra for my bridal parties. AIRBRUSH MAKEUP!!! Airbrush Makeup I hear you ask?? An amazing formula teamed with a particular technique helps to create a flawless finish. The Airbrush machine adds coverage whilst staying weightless, is water resistant and reduces shine. Say goodbye to those problem blemishes, pores and discolouration. Fine lines are not a problem either. All of this from my added secret weapon, no need for piles of applications and products and as an added bonus, the makeup photos perfectly!! This makeup is perfect for all skin types, all ages and for anyone looking for that long lasting makeup. this definitely is not going anywhere for at least 24 hours, no complaints here girls!
Yes, you read it correct, the most amazing addition to my makeup kit and just so you don’t feel left out, if you have a special occasion and want to try this little beauty out, you can!! Obviously I add to my Kit ALLLLLLL the time but I like to make sure its tried and tested. My Brides and I have loved it!
Spread the word girls…its all about airbrush for your big events!
I will be back sooner than ever before, I have made it my late, I know but again, New Years Resolution. I get questioned so much on what I’ve been doing and love sharing everything I do on my Social Media so I am investing more time with you lovelies.
Happy Thursday xxxx