Laura Mayers and the bridal makeup team have always enjoyed being
at the forefront of the bridal beauty industry for many years. This innovative team
has worked with many amazing same sex couples on their civil ceremonies. This is an exciting and ever-growing market
and as such Laura and a collection of talented wedding professionals recently
collaborated their expertise to produce an incredibly beautiful set of images.
As there are two brides to consider for a same-sex marriage,
hair and make-up designs that compliment both individual personalities can have
- Some will want to be very natural and not like
too much ‘fuss’ whilst others will want the whole glamourous hair and make-up
- Sometimes brides will want to complement each
other whilst other couples may want to enhance their differences.
- Couples may prefer to choose their ‘wedding
looks’ together or decide to surprise each other.
Laura already has lots of experience advising and guiding
same sex brides through this tricky part of their wedding preparations and she
loves the opportunity to meet and get to know both halves of the happy couple.
For these images, Laura has created a rustic yet elegant
hairstyle for the lovely Jade, with a soft pink blush and natural rose lips to
compliment the neutral pink tones in the fabulous natural floral hair piece
created by Paragon Flowers and for our other gorgeous bride Rebecca, a heavier,
smokier eye based on rich golds and browns with lashings of mascara (and a few
false lashes) which was more complimentary to her darker hair and skin tones.
Laura used a very soft, neutral lip gloss for a slight retro feel in keeping
with the classic and sophisticated modern take on the Audrey Hepburn beehive.
The stunning collection of gowns were provided by Glamour
Bridal of Bolton. Owner Debbie Buck takes up the story: For the photoshoot we
brought along gowns from our brand new 2016 collections showcasing some of our
world class designers including Sincerity, MGNY and Enzoani Blue. And as you
can see, gowns with colour feature heavily in next year’s bridal trends
including gold, pewter and blush.
2016 also sees the introduction of satin back into the
collections of many of the bridal designers, giving a truly classical feel and
a departure from the all lace trend of the last 5 years. We visit all our
designers personally to select what we feel is our very best collection to date
offering exceptional beauty and value for money. We are proud to be Bolton’s
premier bridal boutique and with 25 years combined experience in the customer
services and 9 years in bridal retail, we have the expertise and knowledge to
offer all our brides the very best experience there is when choosing a wedding
Paragon Floral provided the incredible flowers. Kate and
Lisa told us: This shoot allowed us to be inventive; as both women were wearing
beautiful dresses we were able to explore in designing two bouquets which were
complimentary but different. This symbolises both the unity of two people being
joined together and the differences in personality. It always important to us
to design our flowers around an individual’s personality and for us being part
of a photoshoot is always a great opportunity to show off our more elaborate
ideas and push the boundaries with the materials we use. It’s part of the ethos
of our company to be all inclusive regardless of religion or sexual orientation
so we jumped at the chance to do this shoot. Within these bouquets we explored
a range of ideas. With the Amaranths bouquets we used internal structures and
collars. The wire pink bouquets were an adaption of an earlier idea and we
wanted to explore different ways to hold bouquets. This also came through on
our ‘Muff and Cuff’ designs in the outside shots and the floral clutch bag. The
Bouquets which were shot on the stairs were an exploration into a different way
to design a trailing bouquet.
We aim to show people the difference and uniqueness you can
get from your wedding flowers which can make all the difference to your big
The location of the photo shoot was Bolton School – by day,
a private school – an impressive and stunning wedding venue delivering an
exclusive setting and a real sense of grandeur.
The photographer for the photo shoot was Mick Cookson whose
modern and natural photographic style has brought together an inspiring
collection of images.
Laura Mayers and the bridal makeup team
Professional Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist for Weddings.
12 -14 Bank Street, Bolton BL1 1TS
Paragon Floral Design
Mick Cookson Photography
Bolton School Weddings & Events
Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4PA