Testimonials

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“Arabella was such a pleasure to have doing my hair and make-up on my wedding day. She was very professional but also had a wonderfully calm approach! She made sure that I was entirely happy with the style of my hair and make-up in the consultation but was also happy to make any adjustments on the day itself. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Jess Townsend, married at Bailiffscourt Hotel wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
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“You are a star, a legend, a great talent!! And I have so much to thank you for. Your calm professionalism, patience and creative honesty were invaluable to me at such a huge moment in my life – you made it easier to handle, even though my nerves and stress sometimes got the better of me. On the day, you kept me grounded and even helped me into my dress and lift the train of my dress before I got into the car – thank you. I received many compliments on the make-up and I could not sing your praises enough.”
Siobhan Cullen, married at Goodwood House wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
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I cannot recommend Arabella highly enough. She is not only one of the nicest people I have ever met, she is truly an amazing talent. As well as being my makeup artist, Arabella also helped me to plan my wedding; she gave me so much amazing advice and was so amazing throughout the whole process. 
If you are reading this, then I urge you to book with her. You won’t regret it as she is so talented and has great quality make up in her kit. I promise you, she is incredible.
Arabella, I am so thankful to you for everything you did for me. My make up was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of getting to know you. Thank you so much for everything!!!”
Katie Blackman, married at Southend Barns wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
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Arabella was brilliant! I would recommend her to everyone! I wasn’t a standard bride, I don’t particularly like doing make up or even know much about it at all, so the idea of finding a make up artist filled me with dread! We met Arabella at a wedding fayre after speaking to many makeup artists at many wedding fayres and straight away my partner and I knew she was going to be great! Throughout my trial Arabella put me at ease and everything was exactly how I’d envisioned at the end and despite my lack of guidance, Arabella knew exactly what to do. I was so impressed at how much Arabella wanted it to look good and correct, even asking for photos to see how the make up wore and whether my hair dropped.
On my wedding day Arabella was awesome, a nice calming presence in the room! Throughout the whole process she checked I was happy with everything and wanted to make sure it was good. As well as doing brilliant hair and make up, Arabella also talked and joked to my friends and family who were there so it was a stress free morning! I loved my hair and make up on the day and cannot thank Arabella enough, for making an something I wasn’t looking forward to, into an experience I really enjoyed with her knowledge, professionalism and lovely personality! Thank you Arabella.
Hayley Clark, married in Worthing, West Sussex.
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Arabella did the make up for my wedding in August this year for me, 7 bridesmaids and 2 other family members… she was fantastic from start to finish. We were all completed within 4 hours, she listened to exactly what we wanted and all looked fantastic. The make up that Arabella used was light and lasted ALL day and into evening, even post dance floor! She is lovely and made us all feel at ease, I would definitely use her again!
Sam Payne, married at Horsley Towers wedding venue, Surrey.
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Arabella is simply amazing. She did my hair and make for my wedding in August, as well as my mum and a bridesmaid. From the very beginning, Arabella was perfection – she discusses your ideas, products you currently use and provides advice on things that may help and worries you may have.
She then checks at each step that you are totally happy with your hair and makeup – it’s awesome to watch her at work. Her knowledge is impressive and her bubbly personality is infectious. On the morning of my wedding day, she kept me calm and helped with other things too. An absolutely gorgeous lady (both inside and out), Arabella won’t disappoint. I will definitely be using her again and have already recommended her to family and friends.
Michelle Mason, married at Milton Hill House wedding venue, Oxfordshire.
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“We had such a wonderful wedding day in August. I feel like all your help and calm support in the morning really got us into the right place to enjoy the day. My sisters looked absolutely beautiful and loved their hair, and I felt like a more glamorous version of myself. My hair and make up stayed put long into the early hours, which was incredible given that it was so humid all day long. I felt wonderful, while still looking like me :-).
I wanted to particularly thank you though for all you did to keep things calm and running to time on the morning – the wedding morning always has the potential to be high stress, but you helped guide us through everything and ensure that we enjoyed the morning. We carried that feeling of relaxation for the rest of the day, so you really set the tone for a wonderful wedding day – we had such a good time!”
Pippa Evans, married at the Olde Bell wedding venue, Hurley, Berkshire.
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I had a make-up lesson with Arabella before a family wedding. She was friendly, professional, and taught me skills that made me certain I could not only duplicate the “look” on the day, but apply them to my every-day life. She is an absolute delight and I highly recommend her not only to brides, but to any woman who wants a bit of an update or help with their make-up.
Laura Cantopher, lesson in Guildford, Surrey.
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Arabella did my makeup on my wedding day earlier this month, it lasted really well and it was exactly what I was hoping for. She was patient and professional with me both in the trial and on the morning of the wedding. I would thoroughly recommend her to other brides. Thank you Arabella!
Kathy Green, married at Swallowfield Park wedding venue, Berkshire.
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It was so great working with Arabella, first at the trial and then on the day with my two bridesmaids. She put us all at ease, listening to what my bridesmaids wanted, making sure they were happy, and working with the little tweaks that I asked to be made with my hair and make-up, nothing was a problem.
It was a very relaxed atmosphere which fortunately extended into a relaxed wedding. Lots of people commented on how radiant I looked, and my hair stayed put all day.
I would definitely recommend having Arabella do hair and make up for anyone’s wedding, she was so easy to get on with and talk through ideas with.
Charlotte Marsden, married at Littleton Park House wedding venue, London.
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I had a make up lesson with Arabella and she was simply amazing! Not only did I learn how to apply a variety of long-lasting make up looks, but she was also so knowledgeable about recommending products and colours to make the most of my features. And I can now apply false eyelashes like a pro!
Anna Hawes, lesson in Godalming, Surrey.
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Arabella did a wonderful job on our wedding make-up.  I wanted a similar style for my make-up and the bridesmaids with defined eyes and glowing skin  – Arabella created this perfectly whilst still managing to adapt the look to suit us as individuals.  Not only did she make us look fantastic but she was a pleasure to have with us during the wedding morning.  A true professional but also friendly and fun.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”
Jane Richards, married at Farbridge wedding venue in Chichester, West Sussex.
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Just want to say a very big thank you  for preparing me for Saturday’s wedding by doing my hair and make up. I felt fabulous and my family and friends all commented on how nice I looked. You were so kind to turn up early as you had anticipated better than me what the London traffic would be like on the day. So, we were in plenty of time. My hair stayed in all day too. Anyway, thanks again for such a professional job and for being so lovely and friendly. I would recommend you to all my friends and will definitely book you again.”
Catherine Dawley, event hair and make up in London.
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Arabella did a fantastic job doing the hair for my bridal party. Having Arabella as part of the preparations on the day contributed hugely in ensuring everyone was calm and relaxed. She was a pleasure to work with, super professional and was brilliant at translating everyone’s hair ideas into beautiful hair styles that stayed in all day (and still looked amazing after all the dancing).”
Annika Burkert, married at Farbridge wedding venue in Chichester, West Sussex.
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I had an excellent make up lesson with Arabella in July, I’d highly recommend her. She was brilliant, explained everything clearly and made me feel very comfortable discussing something I normally avoid! We focused on finding a simple but smart look for work and she took great care in making sure I’d be able and happy to replicate it. Since then I’m much more confident with make-up which has made a huge difference. Thank you Arabella, it was an absolutely delightful time, your charm and knowledge made it a complete pleasure.
Jo Keiller, lesson in Chichester, West Sussex.
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Arabella was an absolute pleasure to have doing my wedding make up.  Her calm and friendly nature really helped to put me at ease and nothing was too much trouble.  During the trial and on the day, she took her time and made sure that I was 100% happy.  My Mum and bridesmaids were also so happy with their make up.  When I next have a big event, I’ll definitely be contacting her!  She is a fantastic make up artist and a lovely person. ”
Louise Trump, married at Wasing Park wedding venue, Berkshire.
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“Thank you for doing my makeup for my wedding day as well as that of my friends. It was a lovely experience for us all, you fitted right into proceedings and thank you for amending things to meet my requirements.”
Kirsty Hartson, married at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel wedding venue, London.
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“Thank you so much Arabella for doing mine and mum’s make up so beautifully for my wedding. You were amazing and I cannot thank you enough.”
Megan Davis, married at Spinnaker Tower wedding venue, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
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Arabella and I did a tuition session on how to do a power make up look. It was fab! Arabella os incredibly knowledgeable and completely down to earth at the same time. The perfect combo for someone to trust doing your makeup for a special occasion or someone to learn a few tips from! I would recommend Arabella whole-heartedly.”
Louise Davidson, lesson in Oxford.
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“I asked Arabella to be the make-up artist for my wedding day in September. She applied make-up for my mother and bridesmaids as well as my own and we were all delighted with the outcome. The effect was exactly what each of us had hoped for and she was sensitive to our individual requirements. Not only was our make-up completely spot-on for the light and photographs of the day, but she was also a delight to have involved in my wedding morning; very efficient and flexible, making sure that everyone was happy and everything ran on schedule. She was even able to assist when my hair did not quite go to plan and was completely cool, calm and collected about helping out when this was above and beyond her call of duty. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.”
Leonie Grenfell, married at Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, Hampshire.

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Having known Arabella for many years, when faced with choosing a make-up artist for my wedding, there was no question. Her professionalism and knowledge of her field is outstanding and her friendly personality made me feel really comfortable. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of make-up, or at least wear it well, Arabella listened to my ideas regarding colours and styles and guided me towards what would suit and complement my complexion. She understood concerns I had and ensured these didn’t happen. She was fantastic on the wedding morning and made all of the bridal party feel at ease and beautiful. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She is an expert in her field and a wonderful person to boot.”
Kate Plunkett, married at Ede’s House wedding venue, Chichester, West Sussex.

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I just wanted to say again, thank you so much for all your hard work on Saturday and for being so cheery despite such an early start! I hope you got home okay and got plenty of sleep! It really was a great day and we were so happy with our make-up, it lasted really well all day! The day went perfectly and we had an amazing day!
Helene Wood, married in Hampstead, London.
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“I was going to do my make-up on my wedding day myself until I had a trial with Arabella. She understood exactly what I wanted and checked with me at each step of the way. On my wedding day she kept me calm and kept us all on track with our timings. It’s amazing how the day whizzes by without anyone involved noticing. My make-up was brilliant and I felt so good. It lasted all day despite all the tears and the kisses!
Arabella is totally reliable, professional and extremely friendly, I would highly recommend her.

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I’m so pleased I asked Arabella to do my make-up for my wedding day.  I don’t usually wear much make-up and was worried that I wouldn’t look myself if I got a professional make-up artist to do it but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Arabella was very friendly and helpful – my bridesmaids were grateful for the help with putting on the veil!  She made a real effort to make sure I got the look I wanted and that everything was perfect on the day.  If you’re thinking of getting someone to do your make up for any occasion I would highly recommend you ask Arabella.
Laura Forsyth, married in Chichester, West Sussex.
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“Arabella is exactly the woman you want doing your make-up on your wedding day. As well as being totally lovely, unflappable and excellent company, she got exactly what I wanted (even when my instructions were a little vague!) and made me feel amazing! Thank you!
Lucy Pavia, married in Lurgashall, West Sussex.quote
Just a little note to say the biggest thank you for doing mine and my mum’s make up on what was the most magical day on the 7th March.  It really was perfect. You were such a kind and calming influence on the day and we thank you so very much.”
Caroline Wheeler, married at Upwaltham Barns wedding venue, Chichester, West Sussex.quote
I chose to use Arabella for my wedding in February. I had asked for a natural look with darker eyes and I was delighted with the result. I am not really very knowledgeable about make-up and getting ready is normally a quick blusher and mascara effort; however having the trial session was so much fun and really helped me to think through some new make-up ideas as well as teach me about how to pick colours and use make-up more effectively. I left feeling confident in knowing how I would look on the day and that really helped with the nerves! On the day of the wedding Arabella was the epitome of professional – her approach was calm and methodical and I didn’t feel stressed or panicked at all; because we had already tried out some different looks we both knew exactly what was happening and this took away a lot of stress and meant I could just enjoy my morning being pampered. The result was completely fantastic and I looked and felt beautiful! I had lots of compliments about how natural my make-up was and I was delighted that it lasted well into the evening without looking old. Arabella’s skill and knowledge of her craft is exceptional, I believe this is what an artisan is.  When I put my wedding dress on and turned to look at myself in the mirror I saw everything I had hoped for and more. Even my happy tears didn’t smudge the craftsmanship of Arabella’s brushes. Thank you Arabella.”
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“Arabella was magnificent and left a huge impression on my wedding day. I could not have asked for a better make-up artist! From the moment I met her when she came to do a trial, right through to helping with my final preparations on the day, Arabella was nothing but professional, warm, calm, caring, well-organised and extremely talented! During my trial, Arabella not only met all of my requirements in regards to the look that I wanted to achieve, but she also gave me tips and advice on my skin care routine to ensure that my skin was flawless for the big day – I still use this advice now! Arabella had a huge range of top quality products, so I knew that she could cater for my every need. On the day, I was so impressed with Arabella’s expertise – she not only applied my make-up, but she was also able to help to adjust my hair, adjust my tiara and veil and help lace my dress! It’s clear to see that Arabella not only loves all aspects of beauty and cosmetics, she also loves being part of your day. On your wedding day, you could be immersed in complete chaos and stress and have hundreds of people flapping around you, but when you are in the company of Arabella, you can be assured that those stresses will be melted away as she pampers you and makes you look gorgeous! I had compliments on my make-up all day and it looked absolutely perfect in the photographs – I could not ask for better, as Arabella went above and beyond the call of duty. I will never forget what Arabella did, and I will always look back at the morning of my wedding with fond memories. I would not hesitate to use Arabella again in the future and I would strongly recommend her as a make-up artist. Thank you!”
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“Arabella is a master at colour theory. I felt completely comfortable having her craft the make up for my special day. She uses the highest quality products and listens to my input as well. I’m lucky to have found her.”
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“Arabella was fantastic to work with from the very first contact. I asked for an initial trial six months before the wedding because I was concerned about finding the right person for the job: I was quite particular about how I wanted to look on my wedding day – unlike a lot of brides I wanted to look ‘done up’, I wanted my skin to be super-matte despite its oily tendencies and I wanted my hair to be voluminous and curly despite being poker straight. My sister’s requirements weren’t much easier….but Arabella was up for the challenge and I can honestly say, that girl can work miracles! She’s a real professional and she knows her stuff, not only did she come up with beautiful looks for the day for us both but she recommended products for us that we still use now. I felt really relaxed with Arabella on the morning of the wedding, as we listened to cheesy music while she did our hair and make-up it felt like hanging out with a friend getting ready for a night out – it was one of my favourite bits of the day!”
Nikki Tarjanyi, married at The Walled Gardens Cowdray wedding venue in Midhurst, West Sussex.quote
“Arabella is a very talented make-up artist and also a lovely person to be around on the most stressful morning of your life! When I had my first trial I wasn’t used to wearing any make up. She took time to teach me what products would be right for me and gave me a very natural look which gave me the confidence to start wearing it daily. On the day Arabella did the make up for both bridesmaids and the Mums as well as myself. She also stayed and helped me into my dress, polished the bridesmaids jewellery and a multitude of other things that needed doing. I loved the way that Arabella made me look on the day, giving me a natural look that looked great in photos and lasted well into the early hours of the following morning! The bridesmaids and the Mums all said the same. Our make up perfectly suited the look and feel of the day. We all walked down the aisle with confidence knowing that we didn’t have to worry about our make up. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Arabella to anyone. Thank you.”
Helen George, married at Goodwood House wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.quote
“We’re just back from honeymoon and I wanted to thank you for being so wonderful on my wedding day.  You were so calm and nice in the face of ‘bridezilla’ so thank you! We had the most wonderful day, it all went by like a dream and I want to do it again!”
Jemima Johnson-Gilbert, married in West Witterings, Chichester, West Sussex.
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“Arabella was wonderfully calm, supportive and professional on the wedding day itself. After a whirlwind morning, I met her in a frazzle and emerged an hour later happy, serene and bridal!”
Emma Shipway, married in Chichester, West Sussex.quote
“Thank you Arabella for the fantastic job you did on my wedding day. You listened to what I wanted and gave helpful suggestions which made me look like the best version of myself. You were friendly, relaxed and organised – very important to help things run smoothly! My make up was flawless and stayed in place all day long. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!”
Natalie Coote, married at Southend Barns wedding venue in Chichester, West Sussex.quote
“Arabella was my wedding day make-up artist for myself, my bridesmaids and my mum. I cannot recommend her enough, not only for her flawless effect on my face (I still don’t know how she managed it!) but also for how relaxed she made us all feel.  She chose my colour palette and false eyelashes perfectly so that I looked and felt like myself but on a really great day. A relief and joy for any bride! I was over the moon with the result and I know my bridesmaids and mum were too.”
Emily Jordan, married at Ede’s House, Chichester, West Sussex.quote
As a bride getting exactly what you want out of your makeup on your wedding is so important. And having Arabella there on the day was amazing. We had met previously for a make-up trial which really put me at ease. On the wedding day she was very calming and the make up was flawless for myself, my mum and my three bridesmaids. I really did feel like the beautiful bride. Thank you Arabella, you are one talented lady!”
Charley Andrews, married at Culeaze House wedding venue in Wareham, Dorset.
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Arabella was the perfect make-up artist for my wedding. She was fun, helpful, knowledgeable and made me feel beautiful on my wedding day. We had a practice before the big day which was a great opportunity to make sure I was happy with everything. She listened to all my ideas about how I wanted to look, and knowledgeably recommended products from her extensive experience. She chose colours that really suited my complexion and I felt so happy with all her suggestions. I still wear the lipstick that she recommended, three years later. She made me look like me, only better! The make-up she applied looked beautiful, natural and lasted all day. It was really comfortable to wear and she even applied perfect, discreet false eye lashes (something I would have been far too nervous to wear before). Even after hours of chatting, eating and dancing on a hot summer’s day, my make-up still looked perfect in all the photos. As well as applying the make-up beautifully, Arabella was also a great person to have around on the morning of my wedding. She was calm, kind and helpful, chipping in when needed and working around the chaos. She was also very adept at dealing with tricky friends and relatives. All in all, she was perfect, exactly what a stressed bride needs!”
Rose Wilkinson, married at Deans Court wedding venue in Wimborne, Dorset.
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“I cannot recommend Arabella highly enough.  I was worried that, in asking someone else to do my make-up, I would look too ‘done’ and not at all myself.  However, Arabella listened to all my concerns and created the prettiest, most natural make-up that made me look the best I ever have.  My particular bugbear is my skin, and it was so soothing not to have to worry about doing it myself when I was barely calm enough to hold a champagne glass.  Not only was Arabella an incredibly calming influence, she threw herself into helping with last-minute chores that had nothing to do with my make-up – what a star!”
Julia Andrews, married in Chichester, West Sussex.quote
“Thank you so much for doing such a fantastic job on my make-up and for being such a calming influence on me that morning! Thank you also for helping with my mum’s make-up and my bridesmaid’s hair – your job seemed to be growing by the minute! You did a fantastic job and were great fun to be around.”
Victoria Swiatek, married at Upwaltham Barns wedding venue, Chichester, West Sussex.
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 “Thank you for the beautiful job you did with my make-up on my wedding day!  You were a lovely calming influence and you made my eyes look amazing, and the new foundation you used, well that worked a treat!  If I have any friends that also take the plunge into Mr and Mrs I will recommend you without hesitation. Thanks again.”
Gemma Nichols, married in Chichester, West Sussex.
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“You were amazing, I cannot thank you enough. You listened to my requirements perfectly and made me look like a better version of me. You are so much more than a make-up artist, I am very thankful to you for your help with all the little details too such as helping us into our dresses, keeping me calm and making sure I had everything I needed. You were a real star and I would recommend you to any other brides without hesitation.”
Gemma Partridge, married at Goodwood House wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.

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Arabella did my wedding hair and make-up for me and I was so happy with the result! I had lots of compliments. She remained calm and professional throughout what can be a challenging time, and was always willing to help with any questions or worries I had. She did a fantastic job and I’d recommend her to anyone – she made it very easy!”
Olivia Hewitt, married at Lains Barn wedding venue, Wantage, Oxfordhsire.
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“I expected the morning of the wedding to be very stressful, but Arabella organised an extremely relaxing session, professionally applying our make-up and calming our nerves. I would happily recommend her to anyone.”
Jo Sargent, married at Goodwood House wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
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“Thank you so much for your time and efforts (and patience!) and making me look perfect for my special day. Not only was I grateful that you were in control of my hair and make-up but it was also so appreciated to have a cool, calm and understanding head around me when things started to get a little overwhelming!!You are a star and I was so pleased to have you as part of the most amazing day of my life!”
Jo Flattery, married in Chichester, West Sussex.quote
“Arabella was incredibly friendly, professional and has a way of putting people at ease as soon as you meet her. She made my hair and make-up look amazing for my wedding and I received compliments about them all day! Nothing is too much trouble for her, she even offered to help me get into my dress as she was packing up which we really appreciated!”
Hannah Dynes, married at Ede’s House, Chichester, West Sussex.quote

 



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