What’s your choice? Doing your own bridal make-up or hiring a professional make-up artist?

Hello everyone!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited to a bridal makeup masterclass by Tori Harris at The Bingham Hotel, which I felt I needed a lot! So, I thought, it would be great idea to talk about bridal make up and share my experience with you.

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and, in most cases, would hire a professional to apply her make-up. Professionals will make sure you look stunning from every angle the camera captures and make your make-up last all day so you won’t have any reason to be stressed.

bridal make-up

Photographers courtesy of Tony Pick, Caroline Hancox and Matthew Bishop

However, some wedding budgets won’t stretch enough to afford a professional artist, perhaps, for all your bridesmaid’s. And some brides would simply prefer to apply their make-up themselves. In this case I would highly recommend you have an application lesson well before the wedding day.

You can attend the lesson on your own or ask all your bridesmaids to come and have fun creating hen party.

So, to cut a long story short, I wanted to tell you about my lovely day out with Tori Harris:

As soon as I stepped off the train in Richmond, the sunshine lightened the street and I knew it’s going to be an amazing day for all of us who decided to spend Sunday at the bridal make up lesson organised by Propose PR and Sweetpea PR.

Before our master class started, we had a light breakfast provided by The Bingham.


While enjoying my fruit salad and drinking green tea I was chatting with the girls: Natasha Colyer and Zoe Liddiard from Seen in the City, Alexandra Merri from Bijous Bride, Sara at Darling Lovely Life blog, Grace from Chartwell Magazine, Patricia from ELLE Magazine, Louise Beukes from Bloved and Yasmine from 5 Star Weddings.

Once everyone arrived and got to know each other, we relocated downstairs to a beautiful room, which was filled with fragrance. There were lovely small arrangements full of pink David Austin roses, soft pink and pastel roses, sweet peas and amazing green hydrangeas. The David Austin roses reminded me about my very special bride whose wedding was organised by Stylish Events this summer.

make up lesson, green hydrangeas


The beauty masterclass set up was spotless. Each of us got a mirror and useful information sheet. Then Tori (make-up artist and our teacher) asked us to remove our make-up to prepare our faces for application but I thought I would need to introduce myself to every one again as I felt naked with no make-up on…

make-up aplication

Then Tori explained step by step how to apply make-up. The session lasted four hours. Tori was extremely inspirational and totally dedicated at her job. All of us girls had a wonderful experience. Tori is an exceptional make-up artist who also pays much attention to detail from the shapes of our faces to our skin tones.

bridal make-up lessonOn the day we were treated with a Wedding Tapas Taster Lunch which I really loved, thank you The Bingham for the vegetarian options for me.

wedding topas lunch

After an amazing lunch, we were escorted to the bridal suite which was really nice with grand views of the estate.

bridal room

 Picture courtesy of The Bingham

garden Richmond

We also were treated to a little photo shoot on the terrace of The Bingham by the lovely photographer Gary Nunn


In short my day was exceptional and I want to give a special thanks to Tori Harris, make-up and hair artist, Nicola at Propose PR, Gabi at SweetpeaPR, the team at The Bingham Hotel and Nicolas de Chiara, Relationship Manager of The Bingham.

Thank you for reading our blog,



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