• Lauren Jackson

Lockdown Weddings

Well, what a year we have found ourselves in, from a personal and professional perspective it's been extremely difficult and none more so than witnessing the disruption to so many wedding plans and special days. Most of my bookings postponed to 2021 or even 2022 in some cases, however one bride, just couldn't leave 2020 behind without saying her vows.

December came, and in the wedding industry everyone was hopeful to see the end of a year of uncertainty, postponements and most importantly, heartbroken brides all over the country. With the restrictions in place since March that year, either cancelling weddings entirely or limiting numbers significantly, it would always have been a very difficult decision for any bride and groom. The question had been for many months "to postpone or not to postpone?".

One of my 2020 brides Samantha, found herself right in the middle of that very scenario. Having changed once already during the year her and her husband to be Tom, decided that the most important factor of the day was to simply achieve the goal of saying "I do", so, a date was set, 22nd December 2020 and the paired down wedding was to take place.

"We finally managed to have our very ‘touch and go’ day on December 22nd at Holdsworth House, Halifax, where I found Bespoke Bridal Beauty as a recommended hair and make-up artist on the venues wedding site. Any bride’s big day, although magical, is extremely stressful and this was multiplied by the unfortunate circumstances of the current pandemic."

Holdsworth House, a venue I work with regularly, were as usual, extremely helpful and understanding of Sam and Tom's situation and never failed to make them still feel every bit special on their day.

11am on the 22nd came around, kit bag, uniform, mask, visor and copious amounts of brush cleaner, sanitiser and disposables packed and it was time for my last wedding of 2020 and of course Sam's special day.

As always with all my weddings I arrived early and assisted Holdsworth House in their COVID temperature checks and track and trace details, being given a room for me to help Sam prepare for her day was lovely, as with the restrictions, this was in question.

Having trialed Sam's chosen look some months previous in line with the original wedding date but unable to re-trial due to lockdown, it was wonderful to see Sam again, all be it, in slightly different circumstances, Sam was so excited and actually was embracing the limited guest numbers and how intimate and special the ceremony was going to be with her daughter by her side.

"When the day finally came, given that I could not have my bridal party there, Lauren was the one who stepped in to do all the essential things that a life, long best friend would do, and she did it with great kindness, showing genuine care for myself and the success of our special day."

As a bridal makeup artist, my preference is to always ensure the bride feels exceptionally comfortable in her own skin before we attempt any makeup look. Your skin is your canvas and without hydration and great skincare, makeup can quite often not have the same great qualities that brides look for, the dewy, glowing skin, and to achieve that, hydration is key. With Sam, we took the time before the wedding to use the wonders of technology and have a video call to discuss her skincare, looking at what Sam wanted to achieve and how we would get to that.

"From the perspective of someone who has not had their make-up done professionally often, I was contented with how she priorities the care of my skin to get the finished ‘glowing bridal’ look, rather than just plastering my face with lots of make-up. My skin did look radiant on the day and even more so on the photographs. I was initially worried, given that I do not wear large amounts of make-up, that I may look ‘over-done’ on the day and not myself but my concerns were not required at all."

Sam's chosen look was fresh skin with the emphasis on a bold matte red lip, with the help of Charlotte Tilbury, Smashbox, Tropic Skincare and the infamous MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, it was a stunning look to pair with an equally stunning gown by Sottero & Midgley. Accessorised with gypsophila crown and cathedral veil it was a timeless bridal look yet still allowing Sam's own style to shine.

It was a lovely morning, relaxed and still special for Sam and I wish her and Tom many years of happiness, along with the excitement of sharing their wedding celebrations this coming year with friends and family at their wedding reception.

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