bridal make up and hair

the wedding industry awards

bridal hair and makeupThis year I decided to apply to The Wedding Industry Awards. For those of you who aren’t familiar with TWIA, it is a national competition where your brides (and grooms) from the previous year vote for you.

So I paid my entry fee, filled in the application form (which was oddly surreal because it’s like filling in a job application form but for the job you already have) and then asked all my brides from October 2015-October 2016 to vote for me.

Each time I got an email notifying me that another gorgeous bride had taken the time to vote my heart sang. I was so touched that they had bothered to take the time to vote. Below is the feedback I received and my scores – I had to share them. This feedback made me feel like I was #winning and I just want to say THANK YOU so much to all my glorious brides for taking the time and energy to vote for me. It is appreciated more than you know!

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General comments (in random order)

“Arabella was amazing from the word go. During our make up trial prior to the wedding I knew she was the one to for my big day – I had my 18 month old son with me who proceeded to investigate every corner of her apartment and manage to do a dirty nappy – she took it all in her stride and still managed to make me look amazing. And on the big day she was fantastic. She listened to what we wanted and did it all in good time. She put everyone at ease, and took in people’s usual regimes.”

Mrs Sam Hughes (Payne)Ali bridal make up and hair Godalming wedding venue, Surrey

“Arabella did a beautiful job on my make-up, three bridesmaids and my Mum. Arabella is more than a talented make-up artist though. She was responsive, organised and professional at all times but fun and relaxing to be around. Really helpful in terms of helping me plan the morning getting ready and how to touch-up my make-up during the day. She even introduced me to a new lip colour which is now my all time favourite.”

Mrs Jane Nash (Richards)

Bridal make up and hair, Southend Barns, Chichester, West Sussex

“Arabella communicated clearly and with understanding, letting me know what to expect when – e.g how to prepare for the trial session. On the day she kept us all calm and readily shared her experience to give us an idea of how things would run, including who would normally enter the ceremony first. She did my 2 bridesmaids’ hair and my hair and make up, and timed it perfectly so there was no rush. We looked and felt amazing, and still did by the end of a very warm and sweaty day! She was amazing.”

Mrs Philippa Thorogood (Evans)Emma 1

“Arabella is not only a very talented make up artist, she is a joy to be around. She did the make-up and hair for my bridesmaids and they all looked wonderful. Her make up skills are fantastic – everyone looked perfected and incredibly glamorous but without a trace of heaviness. Her hair skills are great too. She is also a really lovely woman. She really made the wedding prep a really fun experience and calmed my nerves. It was just great to be in her company.”

Mrs Patricia Ward (Reece)

Emily Bridal make up and hair, Ede's House, Chichester, West Sussex“Arabella was fantastic, I don’t know about make up or why I wanted so found the whole process a bit daunting. Arabella was just brilliant she understood what I wanted and it was so relaxed, she gave me the Advice in a way I would understand and to make me feel confident on the day. The whole process was relaxing and professional. I couldn’t recommended her enough.”

Miss Hayley Gardner-ClarkNatalie Bridal make up and hair, Southend Barns, Chichester, West Sussex

“Arabella was everything you want in a make up artist. She listened, gave great advice and took on board all the feedback I gave her after our trial. On the day she was wonderfully calm, patient and supportive and could completely read me when others were oblivious to how I really felt about how arrangements were going. She took the time to make sure that my hair and make up were just right and I received so many compliments and looked great in the photos. Just wonderful!”

Mrs Michelle De Cort

Victoria Bridal Make Up and Hair Upwaltham Barns, West Sussex
“Arabella was so personable and we got on really well and she made me feel atease from the start. On the morning of my wedding she arrived on time and she was so upbeat, even at such an early hour! My two adult bridesmaids got on really well with her and she made sure that they were truly happy with their finished looks. Such a relaxed start to my wedding day helped me feel relaxed for the whole day, I would recommend Arabella to anyone for their wedding hair and make up.”

Mrs Charlotte Mullan

bridal make up and hair, Hampton, London

“Arabella was flawless in every aspect. She was calm and confident on my wedding morning; going above and beyond to make everything perfect. She even helped my hairdresser, who was struggling. She applied perfect makeup for my mum, two bridesmaids and myself, adapting seamlessly to everyone’s requirements and finishing ahead of schedule.”

Dr Leonie Price 
 Jess Bridal Make Up and Hair Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Climping, West Sussex


“Arabella was very professional yet friendly and approachable. I felt that she really listened to me – after we did the trial I decided I wanted my make up to be more natural and Arabella completely took this on board and everyone at the wedding commented on how natural my make up was – perfect! Arabella was really helpful on the morning itself, very calm and friendly. She stuck around for a while and even took over (helpfully!) when my bridesmaids were struggling with my veil.”

Mrs Laura Watkinson (Forsyth)

Kirsty bridal make up and hair, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

“Arabella was all that I wanted from a hair & makeup artist and more. From the brilliant in depth consultation to the fantastic advice on products you can purchase or ideas to try for anything your worried about or would like to address. Arabella truly listened to my vision & made my dreams come true. She offered amazing advice. On the day, she felt like a friend in my room…keeping me calm, helping out and just being lovely.I will be using her again & recommending her to everyone.”

Mrs Michelle Green (Mason) 

Michelle bridal make up and hair, Milton Hill House, Oxfordshire


Why They Booked (in random order)

“Personable when we met her, so friendly, and not fazed by us being a same sex couple. Showed a portfolio of her work and was willing to talk even though I didn’t really know what I wanted.”

Miss Hayley Gardner-Clark

“I liked her website gallery and testimonials, and she was responsive and enthusiastic when I contacted her.”

Mrs Michelle De Cort

“After seeing her previous work and reading about her qualifications/ experience.”

Mrs Michelle Green (Mason)

“Recommended and went for a trial where it was obvious she understood what I wanted and would be totally reliable.”

Mrs Jane Nash (Richards)

“I booked Arabella as a second artist after a recommendation from Melissa Clare, who was the other make up artist on my wedding day.”

Mrs Patricia Ward (Reece)

“She was recommended by a friend of a friend.”

Mrs Laura Watkinson (Forsyth)

“The photographs of Arabella’s work showcased her abilities so well, the looks she had created were soft and natural and just how I wanted to look on my wedding day. After my trial I was confident in her ability to create the perfect look for me on my big day.”

Mrs Charlotte Mullan

“From the moment I met Arabella, I had complete confidence that she would achieve exactly what I wanted for my wedding. I was not disappointed.”

Dr Leonie Price

“She is professional, efficient and nothing fazes her…this is what you need for your big day. Very personable and approachable, and my make up looked fantastic and lasted all day after the trial I had! Simply put, I loved her!”

Mrs Sam Hughes (Payne)

“Arabella was incredibly friendly and proactive in contacting me, even though our first contact was in the week before her own wedding. She was very clear about her services and what I could expect when, and lived up to those expectations.”

Mrs Philippa Thorogood (Evans)

bridal make up and hair, Chichester, West Sussex

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this excellent feedback. It was an absolute pleasure working with you on your wedding days. Here’s to next year’s brides!!

Cheerio chums,

Arabella x

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