Danielle & Rob

Wedding days are often months & years in the planning. When we get finally get to day for the Bride it’s an early rise n shine with the day all about getting ready.

Sounds a bit crazy I know. Though I bet you’ve heard it often muttered the question of ‘how can it take so long’ by Fathers and Grooms alike.

Those of you who are already married will know hair & make up for weddings are not the normal ‘five minutes wonder’ we produce on any given day.

So with that MUA Samantha Nicholls & myself arrived in Paihia at 6am to start getting Danielle and her five Bridesmaids ready for her wedding.

A fabulous group of girls who knew each other from University days.

Images from Nardia Buist Photography


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Make up with Samantha Nichols

Make up with Samantha Nichols


Getting dressed

Getting dressed


Gorgeous Bridesmaids

Gorgeous Bridesmaids


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The Bride Danielle


The wedding party

The wedding party


The Bride and Groom

The Bride and Groom


Inga came to me through Anita Murray owner of Seronera Gardens in Kerikeri. (www.countrygardernweddings.nz)

Inga & her man were travelling NZ and decided to get married here before heading back to Slavakia.

A very intimate wedding with themselves and their witnesses who they had met during their travels

Here are a couple of their images.


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Yondette & June

What can I say, these two were just lovely to meet and work with.

I met both Yondette & June in March 2016 when they were doing a ‘meet & greet’ for their big day January 2017. They were over from Melbourne to get their wedding plans underway.

The next time we were meeting was late on a Friday night in November 2016 for Yondette’s wedding hair trial. She had seen a couple of images that looked okay but really had few ideas of what would be her best option. She had super fine hair and wanted something with volume. So I got to work prepping h

er hair and did a quick clipping scenario to see if we liked one option. Then onto the bigger job of option two.

Option two it was to be.

January rolled around with speed and it was at last their day. Samantha Nicholls – make up artist & I joined the day bright and early at The Duke of Marlborough. We were met by Yondette & photographers ‘Daisy & the Duke’, as well as ‘Twelve08studios’ videographers both Β from Brisbane.

Ida Birch was celebrant. Yondette’s Mum did flowers. They married on the family property & had a huge few days of celebrations.

I just loved it seeing their joy.

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Bride having hair put up by Laurel stratford wedding hairstylist

Yondette’s turn


The bride getting her dress done up. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hair

Getting dressed



Mother of the Bride holding mirror for the bride. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hairstylist

The two Yondettes


Bridesmaids & bride toasting the day and ready to meet the groom. Hair laurel stratford hairstylist

Bridal party ready to go


The Bride on her way to meet the groom going down the stairs of the duke of Marlborough. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hairstylist

Yondette on her way


Bridal wedding party in Russell NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hair

Gorgeous girls


The Bride in Russell. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hairstylist

The Bride, So Pretty in Russell.



The Bride & Broom at sea in the Bay of Islands NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford wedding hairstylist

Yondette & June


Fireworks with the bride & groom. Hair Laurel Stratford bridal hair

Fireworks to end the day




Valeria & Neil

I really enjoyed working with this lovely couple Valeria & Neil.

Most of the time I never meet the Groom as my work is primarily with the Bride. But when make up artist Samantha Nicholls and I arrived at Paroa Bay Winery we met Neil. He was so happy to engage with us and was clearly enjoying the beginning of his wedding day.

Valeria, a gorgeous Russian had been living in NZ for almost seven years and today was the day she married her Kiwi love.

With a lot of preparation still going on we got our Bride to settle down and get ready.

Most of the time we have met and done a trial as we had here but there was still uncertainty about the finished look. With a bit of chatting and thinking things through I came up with Valeria’s look and we had a very happy bride.

I’m adding in my photo off my phone as it shows Valeria’s hair.

The best images of course are from Dreamlife Photos & Video Auckland.

Celebrant Ida Birch.

Catering Ake Ake.


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Back veiw of bridal hairstyle, hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

My phone image


The bride and groom dancing

The Bride & Groom