Joanne and Matt tied the knot on 27th July 2014 at The Cruin, Loch Lomond. With the help of Laura Gray, it was a magical day.
I was woken up at 6.30am on the morning of the wedding my by 3 year old niece with the words ‘Auntie Jo, today are we going to the wedding?’ and the biggest smile you have ever seen!
Laura (Laura Gray Hair. Beauty. Bridal) had told us to wash our hair the day/night before so all I had to do was shower before she arrived. Laura brought two of the Pro Bridal Team with her and just as they arrived I received an early morning surprise from hubby to be – a picture book of our life together so far. We were all glad that it had arrived before Laura had started on my make-up!
All the girls were smiley and friendly and fitted right in with me, my bridesmaids and my mum. I literally did not have to worry about a thing as Laura had it all planned out and we each had our turn at hair prep and make-up.
I had created a playlist for the morning of the wedding and we all sang along and shared stories; there were cupcakes and champagne and a really girly/chilled atmosphere. Despite feeling really calm, I woke up on the morning of the wedding with a rash on my face! Normally I do not have any skin problems so I put this down to nerves or excitement. Once Laura had finished doing my makeup, my skin looked flawless and there were no imperfections to be seen.
Laura was there as a hair and make-up artist but she was so much more than that; more of a co-ordinator for the whole morning. She told the bridesmaids and my mum when it was a good time for them to go and get dressed and she was my personal stylist too.
I asked Laura to help me in to my dress and she had me in it in minutes (including all the tiny crystal buttons up the back). I know this would have taken my mum or sister ages but Laura was a total professional. She was meticulous about making sure I was happy and that I looked perfect and was completely aisle ready.
It rained the whole morning of the wedding which meant that my plan of walking round the corner to the venue backfired. I hadn't devised a back-up plan but yet again Laura went above and beyond. She escorted my mum and I out to her car under umbrellas and delivered us to the door of the venue. I don’t know what we would have done without her.
To keep my make-up flawless we kept repeating ‘get down the aisle with a smile’ – I didn’t quite manage that but I did smile all the way through my vows and I've not stopped smiling since!
Hair and make up by Laura Gray Hair. Beauty. Bridal. at www.lauragray.co.uk
Photography by Chantal Lachance-Gibson at www.photographychantal.co.uk
Venue - The Cruin at www.thecruin.com