Saturday, 5 September 2020

Super Supplier Saturday! Ruth @ Harris Weddings

This week's Super Saturday Wedding Supplier is Ruth Harris from 'Harris Weddings' who has a passion for capturing life's special moments!
Ruth has thirteen years experience in the wedding industry, filming her first wedding in Wimbledon back in 2007.  The Harris Wedding team has now grown and includes Paul (aka Beany), Jonny, Elizabeth and Tom!
Based in Hertfordshire, Harris Weddings have filmed all across the UK and abroad from Lords and Ladies to DIY back garden weddings every wedding is unique.

Do check out some of their wonderful reviews on their website and socials (links at the bottom of this page).




HONESTLY IT'S SPECTACULAR

Thank you so much! I can assure you everyone was in tears over their lunch!! I certainly was anyway… What a beautiful video and the speeches are filmed perfectly – I’m sure you know how treasured these will be and we cannot thank Paul enough for doing such a great job at capturing everything on the day, he really was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help in being so accommodating at such a last minute request also. We really appreciate it and could not have asked for better service. Honestly it's spectacular.
— Gemma & Paul



Q&A:


What advice would you give to Couples currently searching for a videographer?

If you ask almost any couple what they remember about their special day, they will probably tell you that it all went by so fast that most of it was just one big blur. There are some things that you may miss on the big day such as the arrival of the groom or the Canapés, or perhaps you may even be wondering what your own entrance was like from everyone else’s perspective. A wedding video will capture all of the amazing moments from your wedding day and make them last a lifetime, for you to treasure forever. A professionally produced wedding film is the ultimate way of encapsulating the very essence of your very special day - a kaleidoscope of memories and sounds that you can share with family and friends, children and grandchildren for years to come.


How far in advance should a Couple book you?

It depends on your wedding date. If you are getting married on a Saturday in the Summer, then booking a year before is a good idea to secure your date. However, if you are getting married on a Tuesday in February then you could book a few weeks before!



What is your top tip for Couples?

Other than 'make sure you get your wedding filmed' - is to make sure you and your new spouse take 10 minutes out from your wedding day to soak it up - it goes by so fast!


Why do you love working in the wedding industry?

I've been fortunate enough to film and edit weddings for over 13 years. I've filmed weddings for Lords and Ladies in beautiful castles, through to DIY weddings in back gardens! I love how every wedding and every couple are so unique!   

   

Describe your style?

Natural, beautiful, documentary discreet


Why should a couple choose you?

If you want a beautiful, affordable wedding video with a professional and personal service - then please visit www.harrisweddings.co.uk @harrisweddingfilms https://www.facebook.com/HarrisWeddings/

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

COVID -19 Update!

Covid-19 Hygiene Update


The following measures are being put into place to protect clients’ health & safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Prior to a Bridal Trial Appointment: 


If you or anyone you have come into close contact with has symptoms of Covid-19 including but not limited to a sore throat, cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath then please reschedule your appointment with me.

 

If you or anyone you have come into close contact with has recently travelled abroad to any of the countries on the UK's quarantine list please allow a 14-day quarantine period before visiting me for your trial.

 

Where possible please avoid using public transport to visit me.

 

Please ensure your hair is washed within 24 hours of your appointment.

 

For the foreseeable future I will not be visiting clients homes, all trial appointments will be held at my home in Hertfordshire.

 

Please attend your trial appointment alone.  If another member of your bridal party would like a trial with me they will need to book a separate appointment.

 

Forward hair, makeup and any other relevant visuals to me ahead of your appointment via Pinterest , Whatsapp, Text message or Email and ideally leave your mobile phone in your bag upon arrival.

 

My workplace strategy for bridal trials and make-up lessons:


It is not necessary for the client to wear a mask during a makeup appointment with me.


Trials will take place either in my garden weather permitting or in a well-ventilated room.

 

If possible minimise what you bring along with you i.e, jewellery, scarves, handbags.  Please leave any necessary jackets, bags and shoes inside the door and proceed to wash your hands. Paper towel and a bin will be provided to dry your hands and dispose of the paper, remember to use the paper towel to turn off the taps.

 

Hand sanitizer will also be available to you throughout the trial and you are encouraged to use it.

 

During your appointment if you really need to sneeze or cough please do this into a tissue provided and bin the tissue immediately after use, then thoroughly wash your hands.

 

I will be wearing a full face visor, mask and gloves when applying makeup  as well as washing my hands during the appointment.  I will also not be wearing any jewellery as this could harbour bacteria.  If you wear a nose piercing please remove this prior to your visit and ideally any other jewellery.

 

Surfaces, tools and makeup will all be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned using Barbicide, Dettol, Isopropyl alcohol and The Pro Hygiene Collection products thoroughly before, during and after your appointment. Disposable applicators will be used to apply lip colours and mascara as well as other disposables where possible.

 

Should you wish me to use any of your own makeup or tools these will also be sanitised before and after use.

 

Unfortunately hot drinks will not be provided for the foreseeable future. I will provide you with a bottle of water, please take this away with you.


If you need to use the toilet during your appointment with me please wash your hands before and after use and use paper towels and the bin provided


Covid-19 Hygiene Update for Weddings/Events/Occasions:


Please be aware 10-15 minutes additional time will now be required before and after every client to thoroughly disinfect, clean and sanitise work surfaces, tools and makeup.  Wedding Day schedules I send out to Brides going forward will reflect these changes.

 

Please wash your hair within 24 hours of the appointment with me.

 

Please prepare a well-ventilated room for me to work in with only one client at a time in the room with me.  I will only work in a separate room from other suppliers and a two metre minimum distance must be kept at all times apart from the client I am working with.

 

As with trials I will be wearing a visor and a mask and gloves for makeup application.  My hands will be washed before and after each client and I will be wearing no jewellery.  I will also have hand sanitizer available and disposable tissues available.

 

Please kindly wash your hands before your appointment with me.

 

If you wear a nose piercing please remove this prior to make up application.

 

During your appointment if you really need to sneeze or cough please do this into a tissue provided and bin the tissue immediately after use. Please wash your hands.

 

I will carry a disposable rubbish bag with me on the day.

 

I will not be carrying my makeup chair to homes and venues for the foreseeable future.

 

If you or anyone you have been in contact with has COVID-19 symptoms please respectfully cancel your appointment with me before or on the day.


Please be aware I am at a slightly higher risk as I have Asthma and therefore I am being extra cautious.

 

 




 

Friday, 28 August 2020

August Update!

August 15th a date I personally will remember for a long time to come.... the date close contact face-to-face beauty services could finally resume working in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been a very busy couple of weeks back at work on shoots, weddings, lessons and bridal trials. I feel very grateful to have work, as a freelancer it can be difficult at times and to have such lovely clients.  I have managed to retain some weddings this year which I know many other wedding industry suppliers and venues have not been as fortunate.  I have also been lucky enough to pick up some last minute wedding bookings for September. 

Before I was back physically working I occupied myself with painting everyday which was therapeutic and enjoyable for me.   There is a theme here you may be able to tell I am a little obsessed with Lips!





I have worked on some fabulous styled wedding shoots recently, here is a few of my behind the scenes shots taken on my I-phone but I am excited to see the final images!



I managed to jump in on a cheeky behind the scenes group shot!


Some hair and makeup styling for weddings, trials and shoots.








All Editorial and Branding shoot enquires via www.nikimakeup.com

Bridal/Event and Make-up Lessons via www.nikimakeup.co.uk


Saturday, 1 August 2020

Super Supplier Saturday! Victoria @ Berkeley Bridal

This month's Super Saturday Wedding Supplier is Victoria from Berkeley Bridal who stocks a variety of dreamy wedding dresses for your special day.

Berkeley Bridal is an independent family run business set within the grounds of the stunning Luton Hoo Estate in  Hertfordshire.

They are the Official Premium dealer of beautiful Pronovias dresses in Hertfordshire and can ensure you will have the very best selection of dresses at their boutique.

Visit www.berkeleybridal.com to make your appointment.


Esmé Robinson Q&A:

What advice would you give to Brides currently searching for a wedding dress?

Choose the dress that makes you feel incredible, the one you love, the one you don’t want to take off, don’t worry if it wasn’t what you came into the shop thinking you would want. 


How far in advance should a Bride choose a dress?

Its best to start as soon as possible, but I would say a minimum of 7 months is preferred to have enough time to make the dress and have time for alterations. However, most of our dresses, we can also sell to you today, as we are happy to sell our samples to brides. 


What is your top tip for Brides?

Enjoy the experience, hopefully you will only do this once, so enjoy every moment, try and relax and find happiness in it all. 


Why do you love working in the wedding industry?

 Meeting lots of happy, excited friendly people everyday and being able to make brides dreams come true



Describe your style?

 Our boutique covers a range of styles, modern, traditional, boho and romantic. 


Why should a Bride choose you?

Because we genuinely care! We give each bride the whole boutique to themselves (with bubbles!) to make sure they have our full attention to make it a very special exclusive experience. 





Visit www.berkeleybridal.com to make your appointment.

https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybridallondon/

@berkeleybridal

Thursday, 30 July 2020

July Update!

July has been quite busy considering I am not actually back out physically doing my job yet.  I have been busy working with brides to reschedule, book and postpone weddings.  I still have surprisingly quite a number of weddings going ahead this year although not as many as I should have for obvious reasons!  Next year is crazy busy with wedding bookings so I really hope we are in a better place by then, fingers crossed.  Any Brides thinking of booking don't delay secure your date with me now as I already have very limited availability for 2021. See my Bridal website https://www.nikimakeup.co.uk

I have been lucky enough to be invited to work on a couple of styled shoots recently, one at Huntsmill Farm https://huntsmillweddings.co.uk where I am lucky enough to be a Recommended Supplier.  The other was at  https://www.thebarnatbrookendgreenfarm.co.uk organised by @misscarlysleandco_events.

These images were taken by me behind the scenes at The Barn at Brooke End Green Farm.






The below shots were taken behind the scenes at Huntsmill farm by me, I had so much fun styling this pretty pink wig for the shoot from https://www.starstylewigs.co.uk









I have also been working behind the scenes on training, preparing new hygeine measures when working in light of COVID_19 and getting used to wearing a visor and mask when working.  I now have a whole bag of cleaning equipment and PPE to take on every job as if I didn't have enough to carry!



Photo taken at my last wedding in March just days before lockdown for Beautiful Rachel's wedding.
Photo credits for x2 below images https://www.beckyharleyphotography.co.uk





Please follow my Instagram @nikimakeup for regular COVID-19 and work updates.

I have also made time to do what I love and have been doing lots of drawing and painting from pebbles to flowerpots to prints, many new additions have been added to my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Nikicreates and I still have a huge amount of work to go through and select additional pieces to add.











My Nikicreates website for my art works is coming soon! http://www.nikicreates.co.uk

Friday, 24 July 2020

FRIDAY FAVE! Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Ballet Pink

This is such a great nude pale pink that suits so many people! I literally use this all the time in my kit it is one of my go-to lip liners.  If you are looking for a perfect natural pink liner this will likely be it!

It also comes with a sharpener which is an added bonus, I don't know many beauty brands that do this!  The velvety formula smoothly glides on and gives long-lasting definition and these pencils really do stay on well! I often wear it alone applied all over the lip with a little lip balm on top.  Alternatively you can outline lips before or after applying lip colour whichever suits your preference.






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RRP. £19.00
https://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2343/32757/makeup/lips/lip-liner/lip-pencil#/shade/Ballet_Pink

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Tuesday Tip! Exfoliate your way to gorgeous lips!


Exfoliating is important even more so if you have dry, flaky chapped lips.



Keep your lips conditioned by exfoliating the lips no more than once a week.

Exfoliating regularly will remove dry dead skin to achieve smooth soft lips.

You should prep' the lips in this way before you add colour.  Lip colour on chapped lips does not look good!

My favourite way to exfoliate lips is to apply some Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream or you can use vaseline. Then rub gently with a cotton bud all over the lips to lift off the dry skin.

You can also use a soft toothbrush gently in circular motions.

Alternatively use a lip exfoliator or sugar scrub and gently rub off with a warm flannel.

Make your own scrub easily by using one teaspoon of honey mixed with two teaspoons of sugar.

Now you know how and why you need to exfoliate the lips give it a try!

Makeup Lessons, Occasion & Bridal Enquiries via www.nikimakeup.co.uk


Friday, 10 July 2020

FRIDAY FAVE! LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE SOFTENING FOAMING GEL

I love a gel facial wash and this one from LA ROCHE-POSAY is my new favourite!
I have been using it for around six months now, I love the feel of it on my skin it actually feels soft as you apply it to your skin.
I take a large pea sized amount into the palm of my hand lather it up with warm water and apply to my face in gentle circular movements rinsing off well.  It removes all traces of makeup leaving skin feeling refreshed and gently cleansed.
This is great for anyone who has sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic, suitable for normal/combination intolerant and sensitive skin and is ph 5.5.




Interesting facts!

*Toleriane is the first skincare range to be given the Seal of Approval by Allegy UK

*9/10 Dermatologists would recommend La Roche-Posay for sensitive skin


RRP £12.50 150ml

www.laroche-posay.co.uk
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