Do you want to be on time or a little late, relaxed or stressed?

An interesting question.

Most Brides I’ve worked with want to be a little late and as relaxed as possible.

So I had this very valid question the other day of ‘do you work alone or have another stylist with you, as at my sister’s wedding we were really late due to the hairstylist?’ The hard one for me was communicating that lateness isn’t part of how I operate for a wedding day as I mostly don’t work with another hairstylist.

For a long time now I work together with the other professionals involved in your wedding day to get you to the alter in a timely manner. I also like to get you there as relaxed as possible but we’ll talk about that later. As a group MUAs, hairstylists and photographers we are working with you on the day. We have hopefully chatted about what time your ceremony is being held, then we like to have you ready for that photographer an hour beforehand. This gives you time to get dressed, eat and have some family or group photos. By giving you this time it removes some of the time pressure helping relax you more.

I also like to chat with the MUA on or before the day about your run order. I like to work it so you as the Bride are my second to last person, handing you over the the MUA when I’ve completed your look. You may or may not be her second to last as well. I’ve found if you’re the very last being worked with it increases your anxiety levels, not helping to keep you relaxed.

It’s perfectly normal for the day to be one of ‘high emotion'(aka high octane, aka unstable behaviour). I expect tears, laughter, nervousness, general crazy behaviour to all present themselves during our prep time. It’s such a huge day and it’s had many hours of preparation in its lead up, so it’s to be expected. As part of my job I like to help smooth that underlying craziness. That might be small talk, connecting with all within your wedding party, chatting about silly stuff or just letting you all know you are normal. While I might add keeping the whole day rolling with styling everyone’s hair.

I love it to be really honest. I find it so satisfying when I leave knowing that my Bridal parties have felt not only pampered, cared for, with a few good laughs along the way but also loving what I’ve created for them.

On time…check

Relaxed(sort of)…Check

Job done

L 🙂

P.s What the images below of Angela & Derrick’s wedding don’t show you is that they had 8 Attendants each as well as numerous others who needed styling. For this wedding we had two Makeup Artists and two Hairdressers to get this group completed on time. It’s about using extra stylists when you need them, something that is worked out on a case by case situation. 🙂

relaxing with the girls

relaxing with the girls

 

veil in

veil in next

 

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

Good to go

Good to go

Bridal Hair Workshops

Education

Yes, it’s a new direction to go in and I’m really excited to add this to my repertoire.

Recently a group of us did a photoshoot so I could capture a few looks from the current season. These have just been published in Images Magazine with a write up about my Wedding

/Bridal hair Workshops.

Head on over to my Education Page to have a look at what I’m offering.

Check out some of my looks.

Location: The Duke of Marlborough. Photographer: Alice Photography.

Makeup: Lynnette Watson. Flowers: Paradise Florist.

Hair & Styling: Me – Laurel Stratford Hair.

Models: Gabrielle Alexander, Phoebe Slater, Sophie Slater.

L 🙂

Sophie in her gown

Sophie in her gown

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Sophie

Gabby

Gabby

Back view of Gabby

Back view of Gabby’s style

Phoebe

Phoebe

Back view of Phoebe

Back view of Phoebe’s style

Second Look for Gabby

Second Look for Gabby

 

 

Ella Feb 2 2018

Ella,

a beautiful fine haired brunette.

Like most with fine hair she was after a lovely look of volume in her style.

Also one which was elegant.

We had a trial a few months earlier and I thought the addition of some hair extensions to bulk out her hair in the nape area would complete her look.

Her style was a textured low chignon with a twisted and draped section to finish it.

Lastly was the addition of a few cream roses. Her final look was stunning.

Make up, Annalise Bergman

Hair, myself

Location, The Duke of Marlborough

Flowers, Paradise Florist

Images, Chasse and Wild

enjoy

L 🙂

Ella

The stunning Ella

The stunning Ella

 

The Bride and Groom

The Bride and Groom

Kylie & Bryn 31/12/17

Kylie & Bryn presently live in Darwin where they are seriously involved in making a difference in the community.

On New Years Eve it was their time to shine here amongst their friends and families.

Make up artist Samantha Buhl & I headed to Mangonui bright and early to get Kylie’s wedding party ready. With seven to get ready for ‘first look’ photos it was pretty busy.

Here’s some of what was captured by Avodah photo & cinema

Enjoy

L 🙂

The Bride & Groom

The Bride & Groom

First look

First look

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Kylie

Kylie

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The Groom

The Groom

Emily November 25 2017

Emily came all the way from Adelaide to marry her fiancé in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

We got her wedding party ready at ‘The Boathouse’ in Opua. With its great views of the ferry and right up the habour to Pahia.

Make Up Artist Annalise Bergman joined me for their prep.

Flowers: ‘Mint Floral’ Whangarei.

They were married at Waitangi by Celebrant Ida Birch.

Gown: Karen Willis Holmes

Photography by Nami & Pascale

enjoy

L 🙂

hidden in the trees

those intimate moments

Those intimate moments

 

Friends & family, the best of times

Friends & family, the best of times

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The Bride & Groom

The Bride & Groom

The wedding party

The wedding party

Getting dressed

Getting dressed