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Behind The Scenes – London Bride & Otaduy Special Bridal Showcase


Photography by Cinzia Bruschini

A behind the scenes look at the London Bride & Otaduy Bridal special bridal showcase last month. We were thrilled to invite readers and brides to this intimate event to try on dresses and chat and be inspired by some of our wedding industry friends! 

Otaduy Bridal and London Bride Event

Part of why I love working in this industry is getting the chance to work and collaborate with like-minded, creative and modern thinking wedding colleagues. It pushes the industry in the right direction and just bouncing ideas, inspiration and swopping stories is really refreshing.

Having been a fan of Barcelona bridal designers, Otaduy and their gorgeous London showroom, we decided to collaborate and hold an intimate bridal event to showcase their new collection, meet with brides (and readers of London Bride!) and also to introduce them to some fabulous wedding brands, suppliers, designers and makers. It was so much fun to see bride’s try on potential contender dresses, with their friends and family with the added fun of trying on veils, shoes, holding a beautiful bouquet as well as be made-up all whilst in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere with delicious and cute mini bottles of sparkling wine courtesy of Cordoniu and refreshing and stylish hydration from Solan de Cabras. Definitely the way dress shopping should be!

As a wedding planner and blogger, it’s also really lovely for me to connect with bride-to-be’s to hear about their days and their styles and wedding inspiration and of course talking all about dresses!

Otaduy showcased their new ‘I Do’ collection, which you can see more of here but is inspired by the glamorous days of disco, and free-spirited style… Otaduy has a lovely balance of feminine dresses and cool separates (plus jackets!) that are for a modern boho bride and are perfect for both a city wedding or something a little more rural. We had a lovely mix of brides at the event who were getting married in the city, the countryside and a few destination weddings too (lucky them!).

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London Bride Favourite Bridal Beauty Resources


Favourite Beauty Resources - Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

Beauty School Dropout

Whilst I’d always had some interest in make-up and beauty products, I think due to lack of knowledge, before a year or so ago, I stuck to a very basic (read: boring) make-up and skincare routine using pretty much the same five products over the years at a very minimal level without having a clue about what my skin really needed or what suited me. However it all changed when through the wedding world, I discovered world-renowned make-up artist Lisa Eldridge and her amazing video tutorials. As I watched her transform her own brave (yet annoyingly still very gorgeous) make-up free face to a beautifully simple and elegant look I was hooked. She made it look effortless and of course in order to re-create the look I HAD to have whatever she was using. Cue make-up shopping habit.

But there was one particularly poignant video, which was a tutorial for women with acne and bad skin, which having suffered from acne since a teenager, and after years of antibiotics and potion after potion with little advice from my GP, it literally turned my view on make-up and skincare upside down. I realised where I’d been going wrong with my make-up application and that there were better products suited for my skin and without sounding dramatic, it changed my life as I was able to finally feel like I could help myself in some way and it gave me direction to do so.

Beauty Bloggers World

Since discovering Lisa, it opened the flood-gate to the world of the Beauty Blog and of course the Youtube bloggers and tutorials. I now watch them daily (whilst in the bath, it’s perfect!) and have learnt so much in the last year about my skin type (sensitive, dehydrated, blemish prone – I thought because I had acne I must have oily skin, who knew!), what suits me, and to try new things and it’s been really great for my confidence and for my skin. Perhaps not so much for the bank balance but you win some, you lose some.

So just in case there were ladies out there, who like me, who may have little interest in skincare or make-up and don’t know where to start, or who have yet to discover the world of beauty blogs, I thought I’d list a few of my favourite resources, as I think it would be especially useful for brides to be to learn about their skin, what products are best suited for their skin type and to practice some new make-up looks ahead of the day so here are some of my favourite bridal beauty resources…

Favourite Beauty ResourcesMy go-to make-up bag, I do have more ‘drugstore’ products but hey, they don’t photograph so well.

Favourite Resources

Sali Hughes Beauty & Recently Released Book – Pretty Honest

I was already a follower of Sali Hughes and her no-nonsense beauty column in The Guardian and was often found on her website, so when one of my recent lovely brides, Katy, mentioned that her friend ‘Sali Hughes’ was going to be doing her make-up for her wedding I was mightily impressed, and knew she would be in very good hands. On the day, Katy looked incredible  with utterly flawless skin (although to be fair, she had a pretty good canvas to begin with!) and the most perfect red pout that Sali ensured look picture perfect throughout the day. Quite soon after the wedding Sali launched her new book ‘Pretty Honest’ so I snapped one up as soon as it came out and I read it in near enough one sitting (which is a rare thing with me).

I wanted to mention the book as it’s great for women of all ages, whether you know a lot or very little about beauty and it covers pretty much everything you could ever and should ever need to know (from determining your skin type, to waxing to make up and motherhood to perfumes) though I particularly liked the chapter on Bridal Make-Up, or as Sali calls it, simply ‘Special Occasion’ make-up. Sali’s advice is unbiased, witty and down to earth and I personally think all brides should read this chapter!

Here’s one of my favourite snippets from the book that I couldn’t have put more perfectly: “A bride should look like herself on the best day ever. Her usual skin tone should be at its most flawless, her go-to hairstyle at its most immaculate. A man or woman is marrying you, so it has never been more appropriate and, frankly, polite that you try to look like you, the person they fell in love with.”

Favourite Beauty Resources - Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

A Model Recommends

Ruth is of course, exceptionally beautiful given she is a model, but she is hilarious! Really down to earth, you feel like your best friend is telling you about what she’s been trying out and never comes across as ‘sell sell sell’. I really like her honesty, and whilst she does recommend a lot of high end products (who can blame her, she is a model after all) her tutorials show just why they are so good and in fact she is just as likely to tell you about the £7.99 eyeshadow palette from L’oreal that is an absolute handbag staple (this one, by the way in case you were wondering it’s fab even for those with no previous eyeshadow experience!). I like a bit of wit with my beauty and Ruth brings it in spades.

Caroline Hirons

I first attempted the world of Youtube beauty bloggers with, dare I say it – Zoella. I switched off in about 10 seconds as I promptly realised whilst watching her squeak in her onesie with a high ponytail swinging, that someone over the age of 25 is most definitely not her target audience (kudos to her though, brilliant resource for tweens I know I would have loved her). So it was with huge relief that I discovered Caroline Hirons blog and videos, who like Ruth, doesn’t take things too seriously yet feels like the wiser woman as she really does know her shi* as she is a qualified beauty therapist. You’ll suddenly know why hyaluronic acid isn’t something to be freaked out by if it’s on the ingredient list of your creams (quite the opposite in fact) and for skincare, I feel Caroline could well have me looking 5 years younger if I follow her advice (and rules, she’s strict, but fair!).


If you’re looking for tutorials, then (along with the aforementioned Lisa Eldridge) the Pixwoo team are your ladies. Two make-up artist sisters, Sam and Nic take you through step by step tutorials to create many (many) different make-up looks, whether it’s a celebrity ‘get the look’ or to help you try something new such as how to wear a ‘smoky eye’ or ‘blue eyeliner’ then you’ll find it here. A video that I think every girl will need to bookmark is their ‘Perfect Eyeliner for Everyone’ video.

Vivianna Does Make-up & Lily Pebbles

I feel I may perhaps be a few  years older than the average audience for both Anna and Lily’s lovely channels and blogs, but I’m rather fond of their ‘girl next door’ style – and they can pretty much sell me anything. I particularly love their weekly vlogs though they do leave me a little envious that my wedding blogger life is nowhere near as glam or exciting as a beauty blogger (so many press trips!) but Anna’s round up posts such as ‘Talking all things foundation’ and ‘Top five eyeshadow palettes‘ are mighty useful for when you next fancy a bit of a make-up spree (I loathe to use the word ‘haul’ like they do, sorry!) and Lily’s monthly favourite videos are always insightful (and have me rushing out to buy whatever she’s included). Also helps they are just nice gal’s who aren’t afraid of going bare-faced in front of the camera either which is also reassuring and refreshing.

Charlotte Tilbury

I’ve been aware of her brand for a while but it’s only really been in the last year or so that I’ve become quite the fan. Perhaps the rose gold packaging has something to do with it (come on, we ALL know packaging can be just as important as product!) but truly her website is great as she provides tutorials of how to use her products or how to create looks, which for a novice and beauty virgin like myself is very much welcomed. I got brave and purchased one of her AMAZING colour chameleon eye pencils after learning about it on her site. I also am on my way to perfecting the holy grail of make-up techniques which is the feline eye flick thanks to this video. If anyone who knows me is reading this and struggling with upcoming Christmas presents, just head here. I want it all!

Favourite Beauty ResourcesMy perfume stash, admittedly the Tom Ford belongs to the MR, but I do ‘borrow’. And yes, that is Tommy Girl (good times, good times).


If you have an interest in perfumes (aka an obsession, like myself), or want to perhaps consider a new fragrance for your wedding day then a couple of great resources are ‘Perfumes – The A-Z Guide’ by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. I’ve had this book for years and often refer back to it. It’s a great read and the reviews are honest and very emotive and no snobbery here, it’s guaranteed to make perfume more alluring (ha). I’ve also recently followed The Perfume Society who have a great blog which is all about discovering new scents and they have a handy fragrance finder (FR.eD!) which is great if you are looking to research some new scents based on your tastes. Another blog is Basenotes who also list interesting scent events if you fancy some real-life olfactory experiences!

Would love to know if there are any other useful resources out there that you like or swear by? I’m still *fairly* new to this beauty world so now the floodgates have opened I’m sure in time I’ll discover more!

Products in my make-up bag in case you were wondering are: Mac 217 Brush (eyes) / Dior Powder Brush (part of set) / Dior Rosy Glow Blush / Soleil Tan De Chanel / Dior Show Waterproof Mascara / Nars Sheer Glow Foundation / By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eye Shadow (in Bronze Moon) / Mac Patisserie 

All images: London Bride

Fresh Dewy Bridal Make Up by Bobbi Brown


Bobbi Brown Bridal

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the press launch of one of my favourite make up brands, Bobbi Brown and their new and limited edition ‘Luxe’ Collection which is oh-so-perfect for brides to be to create the picture perfect pretty look for the big day, and beyond.

Whilst I know a lot of brides do prefer to enlist the professional services of a make-up artist, for those that are on a budget so hoping to do their own make-up or perhaps just want to have some nice products to change their look in the evening to something a little more sexy/smokey treating yourself to this set is a great purchase and will last you for months to come too. I do also want to point out that if you are looking for tips and advice on how to apply your make-up or create the look you are after, Bobbi Brown do in fact offer FREE consultations at any of their stores so highly worth doing this so you don’t just have all the gear and no idea!

“On your wedding day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful” – Bobbi Brown

Well you can’t argue with that quote and I’m sure it’s one that most make-up artists would definitely agree with when undertaking a trial with a bride to be. I saw top global Bobbi Brown make-up artist Lori Gatto apply a beautiful fresh, dewy look to a model during the press launch and I have to say it looked amazing, even under artificial hotel lighting! The perfect achievement of a beautiful, rosy fresh faced bride – not over the top at all but certainly pretty and illuminating.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Wedding CollectionBobbi Brown Luxe Eye Palette

So here is the Luxe Eye Palette [£49.50*] is beautifully packaged in a simple, chic mirrored casing [total sucker for pretty packaging!] and features six mix-and-match eye shadow shades in varying finishes such as Sparkle, Metallic & Shimmer as well as the must have cream-coloured base shade and the Espresso shade which handily doubles up as an eyeliner too! Whilst I’m not a huge eyeshadow wearer personally, I do have one or two palettes as they are perfect to take away when travelling [as they have mini brushes too] or in your handbag for after work and this is one I’m looking forward to trying out.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Bridal Eye Palette

As for bridal make-up, this palette has everything for that dewy, pretty and natural look but it’s something that will take you beyond the wedding too as the shades are so wearable and classic, here are the shades…

Cream [creamy beige, natural] / Pink Pearl Metallic [light pink/purple] / Pink Opal Shimmer Wash [pearly pale ivory pink] / Pink Lilac Sparkle [silvery pink/purple] / Oyster Grey Metallic [silvery grey] / Espresso [very dark brown].

A must of course for bridal make-up or even guests and bridesmaids is a long-wearing waterproof mascara and the Bobbi Brown ‘No Smudge’ Mascara [£18] is the perfect combination of defining, lengthening and curling for the pretties eyes, despite a few tears! A good tip from Lori was to always wear the blackest black mascara you can and apply a couple of coats, really wiggling up the length of the lashes to ensure each one is coated properly. Careful not to apply too much to your bottom lashes if they are really long as you do get the whole ‘bambi’ look though!

There is also the Luxe Sparkle Powder [£32.40* – hurry not many left!] which is as alluring as it looks! It’s an ultra sheer skin enhancer which brightens up the complexion with a barely-there sparkle. Basically this is how to get that ‘glow’ without going too over the top, yes please!

Bobbi Brown Luxe Sparkle PowderPhotography: London Bride

I wanted to photograph the products first before trying them out and I’m not quite brave enough to show you the results of my own ahem ‘artistry’ but you can see the finished look on the model over on my Instagram feed and thanks to Sophie and the team at Bobbi Brown for the kind invitation along to the launch and tea and of course the products to try! They will be kept in my emergency kit on hand for all my brides, just in case….lucky brides!

You can see more from the Bobbi Brown collections here [I want it ALL!] and do let me know if you are a bride considering doing your own make up, would love to hear your thoughts!

*price when going to press

Bridal Prep – Eyelash Extentions & Shellac


I do like to indulge in a little beauty treat every now and then, nothing wrong with a little self pampering, but especially good for prepping for the wedding day (do check the end of post for discounts!). I also very much enjoy easy beauty prep and this my friends is certainly that. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the charismatic Beth at The London Dolls for a courtesy Shellac nail treatment. Having vaguely heard of this ‘long lasting’ technique I was excited to be testing it out, especially as someone who’s polish chips after a single day (clearly going wrong with my application somewhere!).

A definite bonus of The London Dolls was that it takes place at Beth’s house near Stoke Newington in East London – as a local Hackney girl it’s a rare treat to have something like this on your doorstep but she’s a stones-throw from the overground so easy enough to get to if you aren’t so local.

I’m not going to be too technical as I’m no beauty expert, but Shellac (CND Shellac is the renowned brand) is a polish application which has a base coat a colour coat and then a top coat like any other manicure. The difference is, your nails are exposed (in a dinky little lamp machine) to a UV light which sets the gel to create a much longer lasting nail colour.

London Bride on Instagram

It’s not a lengthy appointment, and you choose from a great range of colours – I chose an orangey pink coral (Tropix) as that’s my go-to colour of choice (although the pics don’t do the colour justice, it was much punchier than this!) The treatment is meant to last 14 days (that’s a two week honeymoon totally sorted) and I have to say mine went beyond that to about 20 days of perfection I think – which is rather remarkable for someone who puts their hands through their paces!

Honestly, it is such a treat to look down at your nails and for them to be strong, shiny and perfectly manicured, I felt presentable at all times! The other benefit is I had mine done back in chilly March, and it’s dry as soon as you leave, so no having to wear flip-flops after a winter pedicure, hoorah!

Now the removal worried me a bit, but in fact after 20 days wear, some bits started to peel off naturally so I kind of (and naughtily) picked most of it off but really all you need to do is purchase some acetone remover (the stuff that removes fake nails) to soak off easily.

Whilst I was there I also had Beth to apply some individual eyelash extensions (a birthday treat to myself!) which you can also see in the Instagram pics above. Something I had done last year and forgotten just how amazing they are, Beth did a great job, and I cannot tell you how many comments I have when I get them done. Clearly I look awful without them!

The London Dolls are kindly offering London Bride readers some fabulous-would-be-a-shame-not-to-treat-yourself discounts on lash extensions and Shellac so whether you’re a bride to be or going on a hen party, mini-moon or perhaps even on bridesmaid duty why not give it a go…

– Full set of lashes for £50 (£10 saving)

– Shellac manicure & pedicure for £45 (£7 saving)

– Full set of lashes + Shellac manicure & pedicure for £85 (Saving £26)

Please contact Beth – or visit for more info or to book (be sure to mention London Bride!).