Kirtlington Park Shoot

Kirtlington Park Wedding Styled Photoshoot

A collaborative shoot to bring to life Poppy Carter's vision of a luxe romantic wedding at Kirtlington Park. The dresses, flowers, tableware, hair and makeup all based around soft and elegant tones of blush pink and white whilst throwing in a splash of summer with coral hues. Kirtlington Park based in Oxfordshire, is a breathtaking palladian mansion set among stunning gardens and acres of parkland. The spacious elegant staterooms offer a luxurious wedding experience.

The Team

We are pleased to say we made the front cover of 'Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Magazine' !

Photography: Poppy Carter Portraits

Venue: Kirtlington Park

Flowers: Forever Blossom By Vasti

Hair: Hair by Holly

Makeup: Laura Carroll Makeup Artistry

Dresses: The Bride, St Albans

Hair Accessories: Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories

Tux: Henry's of Banbury

Children's Wear: Sue Hill Clothing

Cake: The Pretty Cake Company, Oxfordshire

Stationary: Merrie & Bright

Table (Glass, cutlery & chargers): Duchess & Butler

Centre pieces, Vases & Candle holders: Wedding Day Hire

Models: Shannon Walters & Nicholas Woodford

Bridal Prep

I will remain forever grateful that I get to collaborate with the most incredible suppliers and create something beautiful! On this particular shoot at Kirtlington Park I did the makeup alongside the incredible hair stylist who goes by 'Hair by Holly'. Our brief was romantic and luxurious, the perfect combination to match the venue! As you can see Holly created a gorgeous elegant up-do. To enhance the hairstyle more Holly used the beautiful hair accessories supplied and created by Miss Clemmie - if you are bride to be and looking for the perfect accessories for your big day look no further!

When deciding what makeup to apply I knew immediately soft blushes would fit the theme and also suit our gorgeous model Shannon! I used the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk collection, this consists of pink blush, soft pearl shimmers and rose gold sparkles. Every product applied was blended seamlessly so you could not see where any part started or ended to create flawless bridal makeup.

Throughout the photoshoot I intensified the makeup slightly to compliment the coral hues thrown in to add a splash of summer. A slightly stronger lip went harmoniously with the bright flower arrangements used later on in the shoot. Shannon was a dream to work on and she stole the show when fully dressed in beautiful gowns from The Bride. If you're looking for a show stopper bridal gown look no further! They are based in St Albans, Buckinghamshire.



What to expect at your wedding makeup trial

Wedding Makeup Trial

Before setting a trial date please ensure these elements of your wedding day have been chosen:

  1. Wedding date: I only offer trials to brides who have already secured me for their date. The time of year you decide to get married in plays a huge role! For example if its a summer wedding there is much more natural light so even light makeup can feel and look more that usual. In the winter however you may need deeper tones for it to stand out where the natural light isn't around for long.
  2. Venue: Maybe you have booked a barn, a manor house or perhaps your getting married outside! The venue will give me a indication of the style of your wedding, and of course we want the makeup to run harmoniously with your vision coming to life!
  3. Your wedding dress: What style did you go for? Will you be changing in the evening? The detail or simplicity within your dress is considered when creating your makeup look to ensure there is balance and it compliments well. For example, a simple and minimalistic dress style would suit a polished and sleek makeup look!
  4. Your colour scheme: Here I mean the colours in your flowers, general decor and what colours you put your beautiful bridesmaids in! For example if you were to choose a deep red we would need a makeup look that wouldn't get lost in the rich colour. If you have chosen soft, muted colours the makeup style could still be soft but also soft shimmers could lift the whole look.

Once these factors are decided it allows me to envision your special day and create a makeup look not only to suit you but to work harmoniously with your entire day. You may wish to have your trial done sooner and before some of the finer details have been chosen to double check I am the right makeup artist for you- and that is completely fine! Once details are finalised we can always arrange another trial to tie everything in together to create your final look.

When should I book my trial?

I recommend your trial to be done no later than 3 months before your wedding date. Some brides like to have their trial done 1 year in advance so it is done in the same month. Having your trial done in the same month will allow me to see what products work best alongside the average temperature. For example in the peak of summer oil free and sweat proof products must be trialed.

Where will it be held?

All trials are held at my spacious studio, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The studio has been designed to enable the best natural light to ensure a spot on skin match. All products are available to create any look. Here I will provide top service with beverages for you and any guests you wish to bring, a comfortable seating area for them to watch and see the makeup magic unfold!

What do I need to bring/ wear ?

  • I always recommend the bride wears a similar colour top to their dress (white/ off white/ blush/ champagne). This plays a huge part in seeing how the makeup sit against a lighter colour.
  • If you are planning on having a tan of any sort on your wedding day please ensure this is done for the trial. If you are having your trial in the winter months for your summer wedding try a soft tan moisturiser to give you that summer glow. The makeup style can look SO different on different skin tones.
  • Have photo's on your phone of makeup inspiration, images of my work are preferable but please have at least 3 images we can discuss within your consultation.
  • Make a note of which foundation you use (if any), and any favoured lip colours.
  • Arrive with no makeup on, if you are a makeup wearer please have a photo of yourself with every day makeup on and an image of what you would do for a special  occasion.

Skin preparation

Prepping your skin correctly can dramatically change the results of the makeup, both at the trial and on the big day! Smooth, clean, well taken care of skin will aid the result of flawless makeup!

I have found an amazing book I highly recommend that will change your skincare routine for the better! Caroline Hirons is a skincare guru and has written a book about all things skin care. She speaks about every skin type, condition – you name it! I do have this book for us to look at during your trial but if its something you might want to have at home here is the link!