The hopeless bride has an offer for you

To celebrate Easter, my blog turning a year old and anything else you can think of, I have an amazing offer to share with you.

My friend and Colleague Lee Charlton, has just launched his new freelance photography business and is giving you the opportunity to grab a bargain.

As some of you know I work in the travel industry and Lee is the photographer for our business, taking some incredible shots shown in the slideshow below. Recently Lee has decided to also branch out into the freelance world doing wedding photography, engagement shoots, family portraits, new-born shoots – you name it, he can do it!

To celebrate his new website and photo packages ( ) Lee is offering you lucky lot an incredible 35% discount off of his normal prices when you quote ‘thehopelessbride’

I can totally vouch for Lee as being a great photographer and someone capable of capturing the best images possible. He is really flexible and as you can see from his images, happy to travel. So if you’re getting married, would like some family photos or have an event coming up that could use a photographer, check out Lee’s site and make the most of this introductory offer.

P.S As usual I’m not being paid/sponsored to say this, I just like to support small businesses where I can and this is genuinely a great discount (who doesn’t love a bargain?)

P.P.S If Lee had started his freelance work when I was looking at photographers, he would be doing my wedding as well.

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The hopeless bride gets a makeover part 2

I’ve already talked on the blog about finding the perfect person to do my makeup for the big day, (you can read it here) and last weekend myself and three of the bridesmaids had our wedding makeup trial.

As I said before, I barely know anything about makeup and had prepared Alex to not expect much direction from me, she pretty much had free reign to do what she thought best. I have had my makeup done before for a prom, a grad ball and a wedding with mixed success, so when she arrived last Saturday morning I was nervous to say the least.

Alex and her enormous magical wheelie bag of makeup soon put us all at ease. By matching all of the makeup to the individual person, everyone felt as though they had something that suited them and that was different from each other.

  • Lily who never normally wears much makeup had a gorgeous pink colour on her eyes that I would never have thought would work, but it did.
  • Kirsty who likes bright colours had a pale pink/peach lipstick that I wasn’t sure would suit her but, it looked great.
  • Emma had gold/brown colours and brows that totally changed her look.
  • I had a bright pink lipstick with a purple hue, that would definitely never normally be something I’d try but I loved it and I think it will go brilliantly with the colours of the day.

Alex had so many different techniques and tricks to hide whatever we didn’t like or highlight something in particular. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what she did as I honestly don’t know, all I do know is that contouring would undoubtedly leave me looking a disaster if I ever tried it!

What I enjoyed the most was that Alex asked my opinion on elements of my makeup and when I didn’t know what I’d prefer, she’d try her suggestion on half of my face so I could see the difference. This really helped me as when faced with ‘do I want my brows to be darker?’ or ‘should I have more brown in my eyeshadow?’ I had no clue what would look best. Alex did my makeup way better than I could have imagined and I really felt part of the process which was great.

I’d really recommend finding someone who you feel comfortable with as I knew that if I didn’t like something I could tell Alex and she would not be at all offended as she just wanted everything to be perfect. For me personally with no makeup knowledge, it was quite an intimidating stage of the planning and I could quite easily have been too shy to give my opinion for fear of being wrong/looking an idiot. Having the right makeup artist prevented that and avoided me just going along with something and walking down the aisle looking like coco the clown just to keep the makeup artist happy.

Us girls had a great morning and now we can’t wait for the big day as it’s one thing I know I don’t have to worry about! Below are some before and after photos, I haven’t put my before because I look like a gremlin! and yes that is a bit unfair on the bridesmaids but I’m the bride so tough luck, they can post no makeup photos of me when I’m their bridesmaid (hint, hint 😉 )

You can find out more about Alex and her business at

P.S I’m not being paid/sponsored to say this I just like to promote small businesses where I can and give advice based on my experiences 🙂

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