Jess & Sam

Jess and Sam came all the way from Melbourne to marry on their family’s historic property at the back of Russell,Bay of Islands, NZ.

The property was beach front so the aim was for them to have their wedding ceremony at full tide. Full tide was 1.30pm.

We had a very large wedding party of three bridesmaids and two Grooms women as well as Mother of the Bride and a little flower girl.

MUA Samantha Nicholls and I headed out the night before as we had a 5am start and car ferry timetable limitations to deal with.

These ladies were great to be and we had some fun getting them ready with a varity of hairstyles to do.

Images Two Little Starfish, Flowers Putts Green.

thanks Ladies

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The Bride having her dress checked by bridesmaid before her wedding, location private beach back of Russell, Bay of Islands NZ

Jessica and her maid


Back view of bridal hairstyle as veil being added

Putting in Jess’s Veil


Bridesmaid adjusting bridal gown while bride looks in mirror, hair LaurelStratford hairstylist

Bridesmaid adjusting the Bride’s gown


Bride and groom seated in the tree for creative shoot,russell NZS, wedding hair Laurel Stratford

Creative shoot in the tree


Bride and groom in small boat in river for creative shoot,russell NZ,wedding hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

Creative shoot in the boat with the Bride and Groom


Bride and groom on beach with groom lifting bride,Russell ,NZ, wedding hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

Low tide with the Bride and Groom


Wedding party sitting in tree,Russell NZ, Wedding hair, Laurel Stratford hairstylist

The wedding party



A moment for the bride’s sister during the wedding ceremony

How long does wedding hair take to do?

Curls clipped up in preparation for wedding,bridal & editorial hairstyles

Have you always wondered how it can take so long to get ready for your wedding day?

Well as you know part of the day is getting hair and makeup done. Most of us do this on a daily basis, chances are it won’t take us two hours though. How come is does for our Wedding?

Above is often part of how you may find yourself looking before your Bridal hairstyle is finished.

You see hair preparation is part of making your wedding hair last for the 12 hours or so of your wedding.

Your hair Prep will go something like this… You arrive with clean dry hair, I add into it the appropriate hair product to smooth or boost hair volume. Then it’s usually curls of different types, put up or left to set like above and taken out just in time for your wedding ceremony.

I like to call this look ‘Nana to glamour’ and in all truth its the bit fun needed to get through this often hectic day ๐Ÿ˜‰

These images of my dark hair Model Sammy are from part of a Editorial Photoshoot a group of us did a few months ago. My model has straight very long hair.

MUA: Lynnette Watson, Image: Two Little Starfish, Silver Rings: handmade by Marlene Strode, Hair: Laurel Stratford


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Lynette – an early morning in Paihia

I had an early morning start with Make Up Artist Annalise Bergman at the Blue Pacific Appartments a couple of weeks ago getting Lynette and her family ready for her wedding.

She had an early ceremony at Alongside35.

This was a wedding that was planned in under 6 months, so it planned for a Friday.

Gorgeous flowers from Paradise Florist in Paihia & Ida Birch was their Celebrant.

Nicole Jecentho was their Photographer, loving these images.

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Bride and groom in the woods by the sea Paihia Bay of Islands NZ, hair Laurel Stratford

The Bride & Groom in the woods



Love this image of Lynette



So beautiful

Sherilee & Aaron, Kerikeri

Sherilee & Aaron were married at Liddington Garderns in Kerikeri April of this year.

The weather didn’t quite play ball but to be honest it didn’t really matter.

Rachel Jordan of Two Little Starfish captured their moments.

Annalise Bergman was Sherilee’s make up artist.

I was doing her hair.

Loving these images.


Bride and groom sitting in gardens under umbrella. Hair Laurel Stratford, bay of Islands NZ

Under the umbrella


Bride & Groom in the car, in rain, Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford

In the car


Bride and Groon standing in the water,showing the bride

Together in the water


Bride and groom at Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford Hairstylist

The Bride & Groom at Rainbow Falls


Head and shoulders of the bride and groom wrapped with the veil, Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

So in love


Bride and Groon in front of stone cliffs of Rainbow Falls track, Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

On Rainbow Falls track


Bride lying in the autumn leave, Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford Hairstylist

The bride in the leaves


Bride and groom in the Garderns, Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford hairstylist

In the Garderns


Bride and groom in the leaves,Kerikeri, NZ. Hair Laurel Stratford Hairstylist

In the leaves


Lucy’s Tuesday wedding

It’s always fun to be out of the salon on a weekday doing a wedding.

So it was with Lucy.

We got her ready at her parents house on Tuesday morning in March.In beautiful vintage surroundings in the countryside surrounding Kerikeri, I did hair for Lucy, her bridesmaid and Mum for her wedding out at Kingfisher lodge.

This was the last wedding at the Lodge unfortunately. Such a lovely spot.

These are some of the images from Rachel Jordan of Two Little Starfish.

MUA Annalise Bergman did beautiful make up for the girls.

Myself doing hair.

Putts Green fantastic bouquets



Putting flowers into brides hair,hair laurel Stratford

The finishing touches for Lucy


Putting flowers into the bride

In go the flowers