"Firstly, just let me say: you are so very, very good at your job. You not only know what will work seemingly just by looking at someone but you're sensitive to those peculiarities that we all have and put me at ease right away when I met you for my trial. You listened and calmly explained why you thought something may work better for me, you patiently let me change any little aspects of the colouring or shaping until I was happy, and you were clearly right about my colouring after all, despite me having clung to bright pink blusher my whole life!!
On the day of the wedding I was really looking forward to seeing you as I knew that your sunny personality would bring a sense of excitement and I felt very comfortable that I could trust you completely. You had ensured a follow up email after the trial to finalise any small details and recommend a beauty treatment which turned out to be such a good idea so I was feeling my best as you arrived, knowing that everything would be taken care of. You took the time to make each of us feel special and beautiful and have a real gift of complimenting in a way which feels genuine. I felt my most beautiful all evening and am so thankful to you for taking care of us all so well, even down to holding my dress up out of the rain - a true hero!”
Rachael Spurling, married at Wisley Gardens wedding venue in Surrey.
“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.
“Arabella was, in a word, amazing. During the trial and on the day she really listened to what I wanted and adapted my ideal style to what would suit me and my needs. My make-up weathered perfectly and only needed a single, slight top-up between dinner and dancing. My hair looked relaxed and felt comfortable, but it didn't move a millimetre all day and was as perfect at the end as it was when I walked down the aisle. She also styled each of my bridesmaids on the day without any previous preparation, and they all looked beautiful. I wouldn't have anyone else, she felt like another member of the family.”
Emily Grenfell, married at a London wedding venue.
“Choosing a makeup artist for my wedding was one of my biggest decisions; I wanted to look myself, but on my absolute best day. What attracted me to Arabella's work was how naturally gorgeous she makes her clients look - they each look they beautiful individuals, and not a 'copy and paste' of any popular Instagram look. The trial was both essential and hugely enjoyable - Arabella's home studio is lovely, and as a bit of a makeup geek I loved chatting with her, deciding on a look together, and getting plenty of hints, tips and product recommendations. But it's on the day itself that Arabella's professionalism and good humour was most invaluable. It's likely that your wedding day is the first - and, with a bit of luck, only - day like it that you'll ever experience, so as a bride you're full of neves and excitement. Arabella, on the other hand, has seen it all before: not only will she make you look gorgeous, she'll distract you with great conversation, and provide you with plenty of reassurance. My bridesmaids were so, so happy with their makeup, too - their makeup was not only flawless but suited them to a T. My makeup perfectly completed my dress, hair and overall vibe of the wedding, and kept me looking picture perfect until bedtime. I couldn't recommend Arabella highly enough.”
Cathryn Newberry, married at Cain Manor, wedding venue in Surrey.
“I cannot thank you enough for the absolutely amazing makeup you did for my wedding. You made me feel like a super star and somehow magically made my spots disappear. There's not a trace of them in the photos! Incredible! I've never looked so good! (What was I worrying about hey?!) As you''ll see from the photos everyone looked so wonderful and all my bridesmaids and my mum commented how your makeup was the most beautiful and natural thing they've ever had done. You really are so super talented. But not only was your makeup perfect, you went above and beyond the call of duty and were this fabulous orchestrator and calming presence during the morning of the wedding. Making sure we kept to time, I ate some food and ultimately kicking us into gear and ensuring I wasn't late to the church! You are such a lovely, warm person, incredibly easy to talk to and made me feel so relaxed. I really can't thank you enough for everything. Sending lots of love, gratitude and many many thanks for everything. You're the best!”
Charlotte Phillips, married at a church and marquee in Plaxtol, Kent.
“I absolutely loved both the wedding hair and make-up Arabella did for me! I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted make-up wise to start with but Arabella was able to create a look that was perfect for me. Arabella was highly professional throughout, whilst also being really friendly and great to chat to! She was very organised and clear about what to expect on the morning of the wedding, helping me to create a timeline for the morning. Arabella's calm and kind approach was exactly what I needed on my wedding day. I felt confident that I was in very capable hands which meant I could relax. Thank you Arabella for making hair and make-up a great experience!”
Tania Westrop, married at Leatheread registry Office wedding venue in Surrey.
“Thank you so much for making me feel like the best version of me. You absolutely smashed my very ambiguous brief. I loved it all. And Pete recognised me too, which is exactly what I wanted. The girls all looked incredible too and it was such a treat to have someone with us that morning who just fitted right in/we all felt so comfortable with. You are so talented and I look forward to recommending you to anyone I know getting married.”
Sophie Thompson, married at Southend Barns wedding venue in West Sussex.
“Arabella did my bridal hair and makeup as well as my mother’s, bridesmaid’s and mother-in-law’s makeup for my wedding and I cannot recommend her enough! When I met Arabella at our first hair and makeup trial she was absolutely amazing. I was a little nervous, as this was all new to me but she was so friendly which put me at ease immediately. I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup so I wanted it to look natural but still enhance the right features which Arabella listened to. She is extremely knowledgeable and talented so I felt very confident from the off that she would make me look my best self on the most special day of my life. Due to recent events, we sadly had to postpone our wedding until we could finally go ahead this summer. This was such a difficult time for both of us but Arabella was so supportive throughout and I cannot thank her enough for that. At my final trial, there were quite a few logistics to work out with everyone involved and Arabella took care of it all.
As soon as I saw Arabella on the morning of my wedding, I felt calm and relaxed. I knew everything was in hand. She even helped me with my dress and didn’t let me leave the room until everything was perfect! I can’t say thank you enough for everything you did for me, my mum, sister, mother and sister in law on the day. It was all perfect and we were all so happy with our hair and make-up!”
Emma Smith, married at The Kennels, Goodwood wedding venue in West Sussex.
“The moment I met Arabella, I felt like she was an old school friend who I hadn’t seen in years yet instantly felt at ease in her company. She is warm, friendly and a gorgeous soul both inside and out. Having her with me on both my wedding mornings was an absolute pleasure. She made me feel a million dollars. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her or perhaps hire her on a daily basis to ensure my hair and make-up always look on point. Thank you so much for playing such a huge part of our marriage and wedding days.”
Sophie West, married at The Glasshouse, wedding venue in Chiddingfold, Surrey.
“Arabella did the hair and makeup for me, and my two bridesmaids on my wedding day. She was brilliant! I am not a big 'makeup person' and in my makeup and hair trial she took what I wanted into consideration, and explained everything she was doing along the way. The makeup was natural, and didn't feel too like too much. She took my feedback from my makeup trial on board for my wedding day. On my wedding morning we had a great morning. It was like having one of our close friends with us. Arabella was funny, friendly, calming, and incredibly talented. The bridesmaids looked lovely, and I loved how my hair and makeup looked too. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.”
Sam Druckman, married at Busbridge Lakes, wedding venue in Godalming, Surrey.
“I was recommended Arabella by a friend who had been a bridesmaid at a wedding she had done previously and I couldn’t be happier that I chose her to do my hair and make up for my wedding. Due to COVID there were many so changes to dates and plans for our wedding and Arabella was so flexible and understanding. She listened to what I was looking for and provided helpful suggestions based on what she knew of our plans. I felt so comfortable in her safe hands and I LOVED my hair and make up and had so many nice comments from friends and family. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Arabella for your special occasion”
Hayley Javeleau, married at Guildford Registry Office wedding venue in Surrey.
“Thank you so much for everything you did to make for a truly wonderful wedding day! I am so glad we managed to do it. We all looked AMAZING and I just could not imagine it all coming together without all of your excellent suggestions and hard work. We made memories we can treasure forever.”
Francesca Hewitt, married at St George's church and then marquee, wedding venue in Chichester, West Sussex.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much again for Friday - it was like having a member of the family getting me ready and you made me feel so at ease! I had so many compliments on my hair and make up and I felt like a million dollars Thank you again for making me feel like a princess!”
Georgia Wellburn, married at a church wedding venue inJacob's Well, Guildford Surrey.
“I just wanted to say the most enormous thank you for all of the make up, hair, dress help and general advice from our wedding day! It was absolutely lovely to have you there- you made the day run smoother than I'd imagined, and kept both the mums very happy - an impressive feat! I also felt absolutely spoilt, you did a brilliant job with both my hair and makeup and I couldn't be happier!
I can't recommend Arabella enough - her expertise, kindness and experience only helped to make our big day even more special. Arabella helped me to feel calm and well prepared, and of course looking my best. My mother and mother in law were delighted as well, a great achievement!”
Rachel Parker, married at The Dixon Hotel, wedding venue in London.
“I cannot speak highly enough of Arabella. She created the perfect wedding hairstyle I was hoping for, and had such a calming and friendly presence on my big day. From the trial, to the wedding and everything in between, her advice was priceless and I would recommend her in a heart beat to other brides.”
Rosie Hancock, married at a London wedding venue.
“Arabella is the most incredible make up artist and such a lovely person! At my trial, she instantly made me feel at ease with her knowledge and kindness. Her advice throughout my wedding journey was invaluable. The morning ran so smoothly and this was entirely down to her calmness and the timetable she had created. My make up was perfect and lasted all day - even in the wind and rain! She made me feel like the best version of me and I will be forever grateful for this. Arabella did the make up for my four bridesmaids and my mum. I was so impressed with how she tailored it to their individual styles but also made sure it looked right together. They all looked stunning. I cannot recommend Arabella highly enough!”
Steph Young, married at a Farbridde wedding venue, near Chichester West Sussex.
Being a Bride is such an overwhelming, stressful and exhausting experience. I wanted to look like the best version of me on our wedding day and didn't really know where to start (other than the dress)!
You provided a calm, measured and honest approach to my hair and makeup ideas and were honest with me about what we could and couldn't achieve because of my type of hair and an amazingly stunning but massively long and heavy veil!
I felt I could call you, email or message anytime and you helped reassure me not only about hair & makeup but the whole process.
We created, and I say 'we' because you were so committed to making the trial process collaborative; such a fantastic look.
On the wedding day you were simply amazing! Together with your team, the morning ran like clockwork, no stress just laughter, singing and happiness. You jumped in to help everyone who was getting ready and went above and beyond. I felt like I had another friend with me getting ready for the most important day of my life. I will cherish the memories of my wedding morning and you were such an integral part of that. For that I am truly grateful.
My hair & makeup was simply perfect. It stayed put all day, looked great all day and didn't fade, wear or tire. I would not hesitate to recommend you in an instant. You are simply fab as a hair and make-up artist!!!
All my love, Jenny x”
Jenny Dodds, married at Great Fosters wedding venue near Egham, Surrey.
“I knew that I'd get on well with Arabella as soon as I met her. She has a lovely, friendly demeanour. I got to know her a bit better during the trial and knew I'd made exactly the right choice. She's very funny, a little bit sassy and very bubbly which is just what is needed on a wedding day full of emotions from various people. Arabella was realistic and honest about ideas and what would/wouldn't work, which was very helpful. On the day, she was calm, organised, punctual and just brilliant. The time flew and we chatted away with her putting me at ease. Arabella even dealt with the fresh petals for the flower girls just before the ceremony! I should also mention that my hair and make-up was fantastic and what we discussed and planned in the trial. It lasted all day and I received lots of compliments. Arabella was such a lovely person to have around on the day and her work was great. I would definitely recommend her!”
Charlotte Sleven, married at Southend Barns wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
“I found Arabella's details through my wedding venue and after finding myself obsessing over her Instagram feed, I decided to book a trial with her and I am so happy I did! Throughout this whole experience, Arabella has been so helpful, thoughtful and kind. In the trial, I felt like she really took her time to understand what kind of look I wanted to go for, what I was comfortable and uncomfortable with and was patient and gave me gentle encouragement when I voiced my fears. She also gave me fantastic advice regarding makeup to buy for the wedding day and how the morning of the wedding should run, all the way down to advising when the bridal party should eat!
On my wedding morning, I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Arabella. She was calm, considerate and was flexible with timings (she even kindly fixed my makeup twice after me bursting into tears when my flowers arrived). Arabella even came to the venue with me for last-minute hair and makeup touch-ups before I walked down the aisle.
Working with Arabella was an absolute joy! She felt like my personal wedding fairy godmother, guiding me through the experience with lots of laughs and kindness. I can't recommend her enough, she is a total pro!”
Abigail Hargrove, married at Tithe Barn wedding venue near Petersfield, Hampshire.
“My sister and I were so lucky to have Arabella create our hair and makeup on my wedding day. Arabella is confident yet caring in her knowledge and expertise and I found that empowering to follow my vision for the overall look I hoped to achieve. Arabella perfectly understood my brief and created soft glowing all natural bridal hair makeup that lasted all day and night. I cannot recommend Arabella highly enough - she was an absolute pleasure to have as company on the morning of my wedding whilst working her magic!”
Hannah Hartog, married at Walled Gardens at Cowdray wedding venue Midhurst, West Sussex.
“THANK YOU for everything you did for me (and my family) in the lead up to the wedding in August and on the day itself! I so enjoyed our trials together, working out my overall look for the day and the result was everything I’d hoped for! I really loved getting to know you in the trials and was so thankful to be able to be so open with you. I felt so wonderful, which did so much for my confidence on the day. I felt and looked like the best version of myself that day and your ethos of keeping things natural and accentuating natural beauty was exactly what was called for.
Your advice and guidance in planning the morning’s schedule was so valuable, we’d discussed pretty much every eventuality so on the day we were prepared for everything! Your bubbly and kind personality was so lovely to have around us as we all got ready and you really thought of everything.
What you do is so so special, how you interpreted my ideas and managed my expectations was invaluable. Thank you!
Lots of love,
Rachael Cox, married at Pangdean Old Barn wedding venue Brighton, East Sussex.
“Thank you so much for doing my bridal hair and make up, as well as the rest of the bridal party. From the trial to the actual day, your advice and experience were invaluable. Everyone looked amazing and you made the preparations on the days so relaxed and fun! My hair and make up was absolutely perfect and everything I had hoped for and Chris thought I looked beautiful! We had an amazing day and were so pleased you were part of it.”
Jenny Prior, married at Stanstead House wedding venue Rowland's Castle, Hampshire.
"Arabella I can’t thank you enough, you were a total star from my trial through to the day itself and a pleasure to have doing our make-up on my wedding day. You totally took control, creating a schedule for the morning so that I, my bridesmaids, mum and nana all had the right amount of time to get our hair and make-up done without any stress. Everyone’s make-up looked absolutely stunning, even though you’d only had the chance to practice on me! My make-up lasted beautifully and only my lipstick needed a quick touch up after dinner. I can’t recommend you highly enough!"
Victoria Tomlin, married at Farbridge wedding venue near Chichester, West Sussex.
“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.
“Arabella did my make-up for my wedding on Sunday and from the moment I met her on my make-up trial she put me at ease with her lovely demeanour. Arabella is so friendly, talented, calming and organised and was such a treasure on my wedding morning, going above and beyond by helping me into my dress and my shoes. My make-up stayed put all day and looked perfect. I genuinely could not recommend Arabella more - book her - you certainly won't regret it"
Lara Prior, married at Warbrook House wedding venue Eversley, Hampshire.
I cannot thank you enough for creating the PERFECT bridal look for me on my Wedding Day! As well as being a super talented make up artist, you are such a lovely, fun, relaxed person and were a great presence to be around on the morning of the big day! I LOVE your impeccable organisation skills and attention to detail – this was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders on the day, and so I was able to just sit back, relax and take everything in!
My Mum and Bridesmaids also loved you and their make up was simply stunning Thank you for all those little make up hints and tips you gave me, and for somehow knowing exactly what I wanted even when I didn’t really know how to describe it! I will be forever trying to re-create the eye make up you did for me that day… perhaps I will have to come and book another private lesson! I cannot recommend you highly enough – any bride would be incredibly lucky to have you as their make up artist! xxx”
Esme Banting, married at Wotton House wedding venue Dorking, Surrey.
“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.
“Arabella was friendly, warm and such a wonderful presence on the wedding morning. She did a fantastic job, making my make-up look natural – a (much) better version of my normal self and I loved my hair too. I could not recommend her services more highly.”
Kate Burge, married at Chichester Hall wedding venue near Witley, Surrey.
“Hope you are well. Just wanted to send you a massive thank you to you for all your hard work on our wedding morning. I was so pleased with my hair and makeup, it was exactly what I was hoping for and I know the bridesmaids were really pleased with their hair too. Also a big thank you for keeping us all calm and on track with getting ready on time, we couldn't have done it without you! We had a perfect wedding day and a fabulous honeymoon. Thanks again.”
Sam Croucher, married at Lythe Hill Hotel wedding venue near Haselmere, Surrey.
“I have been meaning to write this since the wedding but it’s all been so hectic. I wanted to say the biggest of thank you to you for all your hard work on the wedding day. You were amazing at keeping me calm when I got jittery. The girls all loved you, obviously. The bridesmaid’s hair-dos looked amazing. Gemma still raves about what you did to her hair that is notoriously difficult to manage. You and your assistants were such a great team. You all helped the morning feel more like a great girly party with excitement and energy but not chaotic. Most of all you, Arabella, made me feel beautiful. I truly felt like a princess that day and got so many compliments on my hair and make up. Words can’t express my gratitude. I’m going to be recommending you to everyone!”
Amy Dawson, married at Clock Barn wedding venue near Whitchurch, Hampshire.
“Arabella, thank you, thank you for a lovely day.
As you probably gathered we were both a bit clueless/stuck in the dark ages (as was most of our make-up bag contents!) and greatly appreciated your advice, demonstration and guidance. I think you definitely got us and what we wanted, making us better versions of ourselves but still us.
“I cannot thank you enough, as due to you we all looked gorgeous! From start to finish it was amazing working with you, and there’s no way the experience would have been so calm and relaxed or I would have looked so good with anyone else!”
Gillian Carnegie, married at Caledonian Club wedding venue, London.
“I just wanted to say the biggest thank you for all your help on the 7th! I felt a million dollars! Thank you for making my woodland fairy, elf pixie dream a reality. You were an absolute hero all morning and so much more than my hair and make up artist! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Flora Mckechnie, married at Southend Barns wedding venue, near Chichester, West Sussex.
“Arabella did my hair and make-up for my wedding a few weeks ago and she was absolutely wonderful! Right from the start she was really helpful, gave brilliant advice and put a lot of time and effort into the trial to make sure I was really happy - she is also great company and my bridesmaids and I really enjoyed her being there on the day! I absolutely loved how she did my hair and make up and she was very organised and made sure we were all ready in plenty of time so the morning was enjoyable and as calm as can be! I highly recommend Arabella for hair and make up."
Gemma Swain, married at Littlefield Manor wedding venue Guildford, Surrey.
“I had spent some time researching make-up artists in the run up to our wedding, and thank God I found you! From the first day that I met you at Southend Barns wedding fare, I knew you were definitely my kind of person. I had been so scared about how I was going to look on my wedding day. When my bridesmaids and I came over to meet you for our trials, I was quite terrified that with two beautiful bridesmaids, I was going to disappear into the background. Not only did you make the girls look incredible, but you made me feel incredible too. Something that I honestly never thought I would feel.
Fast forward 6 weeks to the wedding day, (on a day that I thought my anxiety would really get the better of me) but you made it so much fun, I genuinely felt like my friend had come around to look after me – I only wish that you had come to the wedding too.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for me. You are an extraordinary person, you are fabulous, never change! Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times.”
Lucy Coles, married at Goodwood Hotel wedding venue, Chichester, West Sussex.
“I found Arabella from a general Google search, I've always been lucky enough to have my make-up done by friends for big events so this was the first time (for my wedding) that I had had to find someone external! All of her reviews were positive, she seemed trustworthy and took a professional approach to the contract and payment which filled me with assurance.
I first met Arabella for my hair and make-up trial about 6 weeks before my wedding. She was prompt and we talked through the importance of me being honest with how she was doing my hair and make-up. We had a lovely time that afternoon, but before she left, Arabella said - 'give your hair and make-up a big test tonight. See how it lasts because the wedding day was going to be at least 11 hours long'. Using that approach we were able to make some changes so that the hair would last longer on the wedding day - ideas like real hair extensions, LVL for my eyelashes etc. My belief that I had picked the right woman was cemented and I could not have been happier to have her and Holly (her assistant) with me on the 25th of November.
On the big day she was right on time, she looked after my mum's make-up first and with me she was calm, funny, relaxing, confident and most of all - when we had just a little drama around the bouquet - she genuinely helped to sort out the problem (waaaaay out of her jurisdiction), but it really felt as if she cared that I was at my best ready to get married. And I can't thank and recommend her enough for that. She is a star, you will be lucky to have her do your hair and make-up! Book her now! 🙂 x"
Louisa Worladge, married at Ramster Hall wedding venue, Chiddingfold, Surrey.
“I was really thrilled with my final hair and make up for my wedding. At the start I had so many ideas but really wasn’t sure what would suit me; so much so that I ended up having two trials with Arabella! She was, of course, great throughout, we looked through images, tried out different styles and talked about the general feel of the wedding. The final outcome was perfect and I never thought I could ever look like that. The make-up she used was lovely, it looked flawless without being heavy and lasted all day and night. Despite the wind on the day even my hair just about stayed put! Arabella is a perfect mix of being a professional make-up artist and just one of your girlfriends, which just puts you at ease on what can be quite a nerve racking morning!”
Heather Bullimore, married at Tithe Barn wedding venue Petersfield, Hampshire.
“Arabella was an absolute star all through my wedding journey - from my hair and makeup trial to my wedding morning, she was a total joy to work with.
She was in touch before the trial with some really good advice to ensure I got the most out of the experience. I was actually quite nervous, as I know so little about hair and makeup - but she made it really easy to understand and put me totally at ease.
She was highly knowledgeable about all of the different options for hair and make up looks, and was incredibly skilled when it came to working with my skin tone and hair type. She’s also just an absolutely lovely person. Really easy to talk to - and she made me laugh! Her greatest strength though, is her ability to really listen, to understand what I was saying (and sometimes what I was trying to say...!) She asked all the right questions to ensure I got what I wanted.
On the morning of my wedding she was a total super hero. It’s such an important day - and emotions can run pretty high, but Arabella was such a fantastic and calming presence. She got me and my maid of honour ready, and kept my nerves completely at bay in a lovely relaxing way. She was a perfect addition to the day. ”
Hannah Brimelow, married at The Crooked Well wedding venue London.
“ I wanted to say a massive thank you to you for doing my beautiful stunning wedding make-up. You listened to what I wanted and gave some wonderful advice, both in the trial and on the day. I so appreciated having you by my side that morning - you fitted right in and were so calm! A true professional.
Thanks also for stepping up and doing my mum's hair - I know she really appreciated all your help.
The day went to plan and it was totally amazing - I want to do it again! Thank you once again."
Rebecca McMurray, married at Denbies Wine Estate wedding venue Dorking, Surrey.
“ Arabella was absolutely incredible when doing my makeup and the bridal party. Not only was the makeup amazing and lasted all day in the rain, she kept me calm and made sure the whole morning ran smoothly. I am extremely grateful. Much love x"
Louisa Hasslum, married at Woodlands Park Hotel wedding venue Cobham, Surrey.
“ 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.
“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!”
Michelle De Court, married at Godalming, Surrey.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“I cannot thank you enough for everything; your hard work, dedication, beauty advice and support! You delivered beyond my expectations and the fact that you stayed at the venue until our ceremony began was both unexpected and very much appreciated. And - you were right! - my hair didn't budge an inch! So many of our guests also commented on how natural and beautiful my make-up was. Thank you so much! I am so grateful. I will never forget the part you played in our memorable day.”
Louisa Andersen, married at Upwaltham Barns wedding venue, Petworth, West Sussex.
“ We are just getting back to reality after the honeymoon so I wanted to drop you a note to say a big thank you!
I honestly don't know what you did to stop my giant pores sucking in all my foundation but it worked a treat!! I had so many compliments on my skin throughout the day and I didn't need to even apply the blotting powder to soak up the shine. That is a first! What did you use?? I loved my hair and I know my bridesmaids were really happy with theirs too. Thanks again.”
Catherine Matthews, married at Upwaltham Barns wedding venue, Petworth, West Sussex.
“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.
“I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a beautiful job on our make-up yesterday and my hair. Everyone was so happy with it and your were right it didn't budge an inch despite lots of happy tears! It was lovely meeting you and if I ever need a make-up artist again I will be sure to get in touch. I had loads of compliments on my hair as well and so loved my make-up! Great getting to know you :)”
Naomi Barker, married at Stationer's Hall wedding venue, London.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Just want to say a very big thank you for preparing me for 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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Arabella and I did a tuition session on how to do a power make up look. It was fab! Arabella is 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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
“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.”
Beani Langly-Smith, married in Chichester, West Sussex.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Philippa Christian, married in Winchester, Hampshire.
“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!”
Jen Shore, married in Worthing, West Sussex.
"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."
Allison Davis, married at Kew Gardens wedding venue, London.
"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.
“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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
"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.
“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.
“Thank you for doing an amazing job of my wedding day hair and make-up. It was lovely to meet you and you were such a nice person to share my wedding morning with. Thanks also for the mammoth task of styling the huge amounts of hair that me and my sisters have! Lots of love, Charlotte”
Charlotte Owen, married at Itchenor Sailing Club wedding venue, Chichester, West Sussex.
“Arabella did the hair and make-up for me and my bridesmaids 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, Oxfordshire.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 souch 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.