The bridal mindset

I would love to introduce you to ‘The bridal mindset’ charlotte is one of my brides and she has set up a wonderful social account to help brides deal with the stress of all things weddings and to guide you through your journey smoothly. Please check her account out @thebridalmindset 

I dropped Charlotte an email to ask her a few questions, sp please get yourself a brew and enjoy the read.

How are you feeling today regarding your wedding plans? 

We’re feeling really excited! Less than 4 weeks to go and honestly, the wedding giddiness has finally kicked in! At the moment we are still unsure as to whether we will be allowed a small reception after our ceremony, but I think we’ve come to terms with the fact that we either will or won’t have one and have made peace with that. We’ve got our plan A (ceremony and micro-reception) and plan B (ceremony only) and we’re ready to action whichever one following the Welsh review. 

how did you feel six months ago regarding your wedding day? 

Back in September 2020, I think we were still feeling positive about being able to have the day that we’d planned; 70 day guests and 100 evening guests, however there were a lot of nerves underneath the optimism. We actually weren’t doing any planning at the time and I think this was due to the unknown and not wanting to allow ourselves to get 100% excited whilst things were still up in the air. It really feels like we’ve been on a wedding journey and have felt all the ups and downs along the way. If you’d have said to us 6 months ago that 4 weeks before our wedding we still wouldn’t know if we could have a reception, we would have panicked! It’s hard to imagine how you’ll handle things but when you’re in that situation, all your strengths and resilience come to the surface and somehow, you get through.

How do you think you’ll feel on your actual wedding day? 

Relieved!! Relieved that it will finally be our wedding day and that we made it! But I can imagine just feeling so happy. When I think of the morning of our wedding now, I feel so excited and I really can’t wait! I’m quite an emotional person (I’m the person who will cry at adverts!) so it could go either way on the day but I hope I don’t ruin my make-up!! I really want to make sure that I embrace every moment and take it all in because everyone says how fast it goes. 

What positives can you take from postponing your wedding? 

That we’ve had more time to plan our day and had the opportunity to focus on important details. Things like, tablescapes and decor details, which of course we’d considered generally, but I feel that this is one area that we’ve put extra design thought to.  I feel that with postponing our wedding, we’ve become more aware and confident in what we want for our day. I feel that if our wedding had gone ahead in August, yes it would have been absolutely amazing, but there may have been a few decisions that we made because that’s what we thought we needed to do. I don’t particularly think this would have been a bad thing but to be able to have the extra time to understand what reflects us as a couple and what’s important to us on our day, it feels even more special and meaningful.

We also feel that we’ve built really good relationships with our suppliers! I feel that we’ve all been on a journey together and I’ve really valued the extra time to get to know them even though it’s been under really difficult circumstances. I think that as we’ve become more confident in our ideas, we’ve been able to communicate this with our suppliers and it feels like we’re one big team, which I don’t think we would have been lucky enough to experience had we not had to postpone. 

How many times have you postponed your wedding? 

We postponed our wedding from Saturday 8th August 2020 to Saturday 3rd April 2021. We then made the decision in February 2021 to postpone our main reception to April 2022 (on what will be our first anniversary), but to still get married this year. This was absolutely the right thing for us as we feel SO ready to get married and feel really excited at the prospect of having TWO days to celebrate. 

when you were postponing your wedding what were the main factors that were on your priority list, was it the date, the day you wanted , which suppliers you want to take with you? 

For us, it was to be able to have the day that we originally wanted, with the amazing suppliers we had booked. We were also  restricted to certain days due to my partner, Tom, being a teacher so that did put a little less wiggle room on things. We decided to postpone our wedding from August to April as at the time, it meant that we weren’t having to wait too much longer and when our venue said that they had Easter Saturday available, we knew that it was meant to be. Both my Grandparents and Step Grandparents got married on Easter Saturday and so it felt really special to be able to marry on this day. We were extremely lucky that all our suppliers, apart from our wedding cars, were available on this date and so we made the decision to postpone. 

For the postponement of our reception, this felt a little more difficult as we were contending with uncertainty of restrictions but also the limited availability of suppliers. We started discussions with our venue and we decided to postpone by a year so that we could have a celebration on our first anniversary. For us, this was the important factor as, although nothing wrong with it, personally we didn’t want to have our reception on a random date in the year but for it to be meaningful to us. 

How has your husband to be dealt with postponing the wedding?

Tom is so laid back that he is practically lying down but he’s definitely found certain points of the postponement difficult. Originally (around April/May 2020), Tom was totally against postponing, however when it became apparent that we wouldn’t be able to go ahead, we were both in agreement that it was the best decision for us. It was around late December time when we started to feel that all so familiar rise in uncertainty again and I think this is when Tom found it most difficult as shared that he really didn’t want to postpone again. I think that was an eye opener for me of how much a wedding means to the groom as well. I think there’s so much focus on the bride and how they’re coping, but we don’t always consider that the groom is riding the same rollercoaster. Now that we’ve got our plan(s) in place, Tom’s really excited and I cannot wait to marry him! 

with more time on your hands did you change your mind on your dress or your whole wedding vibe? 

Yes! Well, with my dress, no. I haven’t seen my dress since January 2020 (!!) but I absolutely love it and have no doubt in my mind that it’s the one.  But in regards to our wedding vibe, yes. I feel like I’ve become a bit bolder with ideas and am pulling ideas together that reflect us as a couple rather than what people traditionally expect for a wedding. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not going completely out there with ideas but things like bridal styling, florals and tablescapes have definitely become a little more “modern” than traditional. I think planning a micro-wedding has also made us reconsider what we want from our day and the ‘feel’ we’re aiming for. If someone had said back in 2019 when we got engaged that we would be having a wedding of 20 guests, I would have laughed and said ‘no thanks’. But now, it feels like the best, most special thing in the world. We’ve really reevaluated what our wedding day means to us, and even though we’re still having a bigger reception next year, the thought of our intimate ceremony makes me feel full of love, excitement and happiness and I honestly cannot wait!!

I hope you enjoyed this blog, speak soon love Rebecca x x 

Meet my assistant…

Allow me to introduce myself…
Hello! I’m India, an assistant makeup artist to Rebecca. 

Growing up, makeup was always something that intrigued me. I remember being little and sitting on my
mam’s bed, watching her as she got ready for the day ahead and being fascinated with her little tub of
Avon bronzing pearls and the bright coral lipstick she still wears to this day.
Although I had always enjoyed taking the time to perfect my own makeup, I never truly believed it to be
something I could be good at, until a trip to NYC when a very polite shop girl in mac (5 th avenue, might I
add) complimented my makeup and started asking me questions about the products I had used. It
wasn’t long until I enrolled at The Makeup Artist Studio, Liverpool where I would begin my training. 

Having being tasked with finding my very own sister her wedding makeup artist, I found Rebecca. With a
gorgeous Instagram feed showcasing her talents, I knew that not only did she HAVE to do my sister’s
bridal makeup, but also that if I was going to become a full-time makeup artist, I wanted to have skills as
great as hers. What better way to gain those skills than to learn from the master herself!
After a quick coffee at Starbucks and good old natter, I was hired as Rebecca’s assistant and I can
honestly say that 4am wake up calls to get to the job have never been easier!
Meeting each and every blushing bride on their big day and helping them to feel their best selves
provides such a rewarding feeling. Because what I didn’t mention earlier, and much to my boyfriend’s
dismay, I am also as obsessed with weddings as I am with makeup and originally trained in Event’s
management with the hopes of becoming a wedding planner.
So now that you’ve had the whole back story, why not take a look at some of my favourite things…

My Go to Look…Dewy skin with a subtle winged liner and a pop of blush. 

Products in my makeup bag right now…  

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight 

Victoria Beckham Beauty Smokey Eye Brick in Tuxedo  

Becca Cosmetics Be a light Pallet 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara 

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet 

Charlotte Tilbury Luscious Lipstick in Super You 

Makeup Artists I am loving at the moment  @Nikki_Makeup  @Hungvanngo  @Namvo My 

Favourite Bridal Brands;

Bon Bon Bride 

Mama Inc. Studio 

Alon Livne White

I hope to see you soon on a job with Rebecca, Thanks for reading. India x x 

wedding day skin

It must be on every bride’s mind… how to get perfect skin for your wedding day?

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself, 

Do you invest in your skin?

Do you know what skin type you have?

How many steps are in your skin care routine? 

Do you make as much effort in the morning as you do at night?

Are you aware of what ingredients you need to use to see results? 

One thing you have to ditch our face wipes these are no good neither is micellar water you need to use a cleanser that suits your skin type and cleanse morning and night (religiously) and double cleanse at night if you wear makeup and spf. NEVER SLEEP WITH IT ON!

Cleanser options

Oily skin - gel cleanser or a powder cleanser ( you mix it with water )

Normal, dry / dehydrated skin - oil balm or cream 

Sensitive skin -  milk cleanser or none scented products

Wash off with a muslin cloth to help get everything off ! replace you muslin with a clean one every other day!

Now i would then say to use a glow tonic or a acid toner to help exfoliate your skin and clean deeper into your pores. Acids are the modern day exfoliating products. sensitive skin may be best without acids and a gentle classic exfoliator. 

Twice a wk i would pop a mask on at this stage , I think it’s good use a couple of different masks to target different skin needs. I would go for a hydration mask on a morning at the weekend when you might have more time and a weekday evening mask to maybe target any imperfections or one for a lift and tighten. 

Next up you want to use a serum both am + pm this step in important and again have a couple of serums that do different thing and mix it up through the week as your skin desires. Vit c is great for the AM routine to help protect your skin through the day. This can be in your serum or in the next step. 

AM - next step is a moisturiser and then a spf!!!!!!!! factor 50 please!!!!!! 

PM - You could use a oil after your serum and then send yourself to sleep with a mini face massage or you could use a retinol ageing cream, finished off with a eye cream and some lip balm. 

And don’t forget to scrub your lips as required, my assistant india will on the wedding morning that’s for sure. 

All of this information is your standard day to day!! I would say to invest in a facial at a skin specialist every 4-6 weeks and plan to do these 6 months before the wedding now i know salons are not open atm (LOCKDOWN 0.3 ) and you may want to start if you are getting married in the summer so hopefully you could get a few in before the big day or you may not be getting married until 2022 so you should be fine. When finding a salon make sure they specialise in skin and your not just getting a relaxing facial you want to go and correct any issues or imperfections. I love luna at gresford, kirsty is amazing and my skin always feels good after a bespoke facial at Luna. Hydra facials are good for a deep clean i visit sara at pure perfection if i feel i need that type of treatment, you should see the junk that comes out of your skin!

If you wanted to invest in a home machine that would help with a lift and tone i would opt for nu face, It’s on my wish list! If you would rather go somewhere for a treatment I’ve always wanted to try face gym it looks amazing and it has a wedding package for a bride to be. it’s like taking your face for a work out, hell ya! 

When i first left school i trained in hair and beauty so my roots are skin care but make up was calling me in my early 20’s so i left beauty behind and took off with my hair and makeup career which i absolutely love and i can’t actually call it work. 20 years later i am still doing what i left school dreaming to do.

If you would like any help on purchasing a skin care routine or a serum to help target any issues i sell tropic products and i can highly recommend their whole range and advice you on what to use. Drop me an email and we can get going on clear bright skin for your wedding day. Or you can shop here  and feel free to ask me any advice. 

 A couple of last tips… 

Take a shot of apple cider vinegar everyday it helps with your gut and a healthy gut = good skin make sure it’s got extra mother in that’s the good stuff!!! I also recommend drinking a shot of collagen 10,000 mg minimum per shot. Not forgetting a good diet and exercise will also give you a healthy glow and no smoking!!!!

I hope you become one of my brides and we meet soon ! Thank you for taking the time to read this and please share with anyone wanting to invest in their skin. Have a great day. 

Love Rebecca x x 

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