One week in. one year on
WELL That didn't go as planned did it!!! 2020 was set to be my busiest year to date, living in Ibiza for the summer and multiple destination weddings spanning Italy, France, Greece, The Balearics as well as Brazil for a family wedding. I can officially say I successfully accomplished none of the above.
It was a year of Pivoting (very much the red faced Ross Gellar moment, yelling "PIVOT" over and over again hoping for a different outcome). It seemed relentless and somewhat divisive in so many ways. I'm sure for most 2020 certainly won't be looked upon fondly for the hardship and pain that it created.
While the year was pretty bleak for the most part, I somehow (still to my amazement) finished the year with 10 weddings, 6 incredible styled shoots, 9 features in the likes of Festival Brides, Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress and a very proud moment with... a double feature in Grazia!!
While 2021 hasn't stepped out with it's best foot forward I have no doubt that I can achieve just as much, if not more and am so sooo excited to start working with my Brides and Grooms again. I want to share my optimism and give them the confidence boost they deserve to see in their weddings in spectacular style, regardless of the C word.
If 2020 taught us anything, however cliche it sounds; Love Always Wins.
Those 10 weddings I was a part of may not have been the 'Big fat wedding' originally planned, but they were some of the most spectacular and emotive days I have ever been a part of. Every couple agreed it was the best decision they made by taking charge of the situation, readdressing what the day was about and the meaning of their declaration to each other. It put perspective on how precious and unpredictable life is, and the thought of not marrying the love of their life wasn't a gamble they would have been willing to take/ put on hold (being married myself and having planned our wedding almost 6 years ago, I have no doubt in my mind that we too would have done exactly the same). Regardless of the countless times Boris threw a spanner in the works, my couples went ahead with their micro weddings and honestly they were so incredibly special.
I know a small wedding isn't going to be everyones cup of tea and have always stood by the ethos of your wedding day is about what you and your partner want and not feeling the pressure to please everyone else. If waiting 2 or 3 years in order to take the pressure off or to have the big party is your thing then go for it. But I just want to share my experience of these intimate weddings and elopements which I do believe will continue to grow in popularity through 2021. And let me say.... small certainly doesn't mean less luxurious!
Keep planning Ladies and Gents, we'll get there in the end. And ohhh what a day it will be when your time comes around!
If you are still looking for a hair and/ or makeup artist my diary for 2021 was (back in December) almost fully booked for weekends... however it is in a state of flux at the moment with availability popping up here and there due to postponements so please do get in touch to discuss and I'll let you know if i'm free/ how I'm dealing with waiting lists and postponements.
Email: Natalie-Danielle@hotmail.co.uk or fill out the contact form here
Read real Bride & Groom Charlotte & Jigar's experience: https://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/the-lost-orangery
Photography Jessica Lily Photography & Chloe Mary Photo | Hair & Makeup Natalie-Danielle | Bride Dress and Jumpsuit Nortier Shallow | Venue The Dreys | Stationary Peach Wolfe | florist Iris & Co | Campervan Buttercupbus | Hat Luna and Wild | Cake Sweet Olives | Backdrop The Little Weddingwarehouse
We've gone international!
I'm delighted to say I've woken up this morning to the news that my work has been featured on the stunning French fine art wedding blog- Adoré
Photography: Charlotte Wise Photography | Flowers + Styling: Blooming Haus – Floral Engineers | Planning + Styling: Rachel Dalton Weddings | Hair + Makeup Natalie Danielle | Bridal Gown: Anna Bridal | Suit: Stephen Bishop Suiting | Accessories: Donna Crain | Cake: Tiny Sarah’s Cakes | Tablescape: Duchess and Butler | Silk Ribbons: Pompom Blossom | Stationary: Lou Paper | Chair hire: Louis Chair hire | Models: Elena Castro Leon & Alfie Snowy | Venue: Hale Park
Diary of a hair & makeup artist: Messages like this remind me of the importance of my job
After a stressful day there really is nothing quite like receiving a text message like this from my Bride...
Polly was somewhat of a last minute booking which I’m so grateful to have been available for. We managed to squeeze her consultation in 4 days before the wedding (eek) and to be honest Polly had no idea what she wanted so we spent around 5 hours trying to figure out what to do all while she was having major second thoughts about her dress. Not ideal!
Being a mum, she typically didn’t have time to do her own makeup or hair day to day. Nor did she get the opportunity to play dress up, and the thought of all the fuss and expectations of the big white wedding were giving her serious anxiety & sleepless nights- she never thought she’d get married and yet there she was right in the middle of a wedding being put together in her back garden, pretty much project managing the whole thing herself.
On the wedding day I let myself in, Polly running round trying to do everything for everyone else, 5 under 5’s running loose, the rain hammering down, the bridesmaids hairstylist cancelled that morning, it was frantic and she was exhausted. She sat in my chair and sobbed.
You see the thing is with weddings no matter how hard we try as brides not to let the occasion take over (physically & emotionally) it somehow does. And that’s where I step in. To have you sitting with me, undisturbed for two hours where I pamper you and make you feel like the queen you are, taking your mind far from “are the flowers as I expected, has the set up finished, what’s the time, what hasn’t been done”. That time is priceless.
For any bride contemplating doing both their own hair and makeup I would suggest it’s a bad, BAD idea!!! You need some time doing nothing, being distracted, where there’s no pressure and you can just be.
Needless to say despite the rollercoaster of a morning, Polly (and I) were so happy with the look we put together but more importantly I managed to save my bride from a total meltdown and turned the time into a memorable morning to cherish.
Mission accomplished 🖤
#bridalhair & #bridalmakeup by me Natalie-Danielle #beaconsfieldwedding #bridesbytalie
QVC Beauty rebrand
My latest commercial is for @qvcbeauty - campaign directed by the amazingly talented Stephen Lally. The key watchwords: camp and diversity. It’s a nod to 90s glam, with a soupçon of peak Xanadu-era Olivia Newton-John thrown in for good measure! I wanted it to inclusive, diverse and joyfully camp.
"It’s a bold creative departure for QVC Beauty and a rebrand for them. @qvc is a huge American brand with a perception of being conservative, so I’m thrilled they backed a campaign that’s avowedly tongue in cheek but - most importantly - embraces body, age and racial diversity. As a gay director I was adamant that we created a beauty campaign that’s diverse, and I’m so proud to say that we feature a cast of six international and multi-racial models. It shouldn’t be something we herald and should be a given - but in this current climate it’s important to champion. One small step for beauty . . !" Stephen Lally
Motion graphics @michael_lomon Photography @piccyvicki Makeup @siena_makeup_artist, @krystalbuckley_mua, @lexiemua Represented by @makeupjunkieslondon Hairstyling by me @talie_danielle Represented by @makeupjunkieslondon Models - @luizafrujuelli at @bodylondon_, @aikomg_ at @lindenstaub, @hailey.cqy at @bodylondon_, @didi.danso at @mrsrobinsonmgt, @shareefa_j at @wilhelminamodels and @anelodendaal at @motmodels.
So if you're a reality TV addict you'll probably know there's been a few images floating around of Dan Edgar with the Housewives of Chesire and A LOT of speculation as to why, since his split with fellow TOWIE member, Amber Turner.
One month later and the cat's out the bag!
Back in February I was asked to be part of the hair and makeup team for ITVBe's new commercial with the ladies of "The Real Housewives of Cheshire" and some of your favourite TOWIE characters!
Watch it here!
Men's grooming by me for Pete Wicks & Liam "Gatsby" & Hair stylist to Tanya Bardsley, Ester Dee, Seema Malhotra & Lauren Pope.
Woodland meets industrial
I'm delighted to say I've been feature again with an amazing group of creatives again on Rock My Wedding!!!
Our Woodland Meets Industrial styled wedding collaboration was created to inspire couples who like to feel close to nature but also would like to incorporate somewhat industrial elements into their wedding day. Because Autumn and Winter weddings are still not as popular as spring or summer weddings we chose this amazing and colourful season to create something delightful to look at and inspirational to help with wedding planning. I discovered a week before our shoot that the trees outside already started their yearly transformation from lush summer green to shades of rusty red and yellow and brown and orange – which I for one always adored. Autumn has a very special place in my heart for sure.
Continue reading on Rock My Wedding www.rockmywedding.co.uk/woodland-meets-industrial/
After agreeing early on to keep the day as relaxed as possible, Fiona and Greg focused on having good food, good wine and lots of time to spend with their guests. In keeping with the minimal fuss theme, Fiona knew she was onto a winner with her wedding dress as soon as she arrived for her bridal shop appointment at Love My Dress favourite and Little Book For Brides member Minna.
Continue reading on Love my dress (link below...)
• Photographer - Matt Parry
• Venue - Islington Town Hall and The Peasant Pub
• Hair and make-up - Natalie Danielle
• Wedding Dress - Minna
• Headpiece - The Flower Appreciation Society
• Shoes - Steve Madden via Dune
• Groom - Beggars Run, Dune and Marks and Spencer
• Bridesmaids - Dorothy Perkins
• Flowergirls - Debenhams
• Florist - The Flower Appreciation Society
• Cake - Lacey Cakes
• Transport - Routemaster
• Entertainment - DJ Cat Fight
• Rings - The Workbench
• Catering - The Peasant Pub
• Stationery - Vista Print
Glitter Flip shop now
They're back!!! Head over to Ciaté London for the brand new launch of Glitter Flip liquid lipsticks. Back in December I had the pleasure of working on this campaign as Chief Hair Stylist and I can not wait for more of the images to be released... you're in for a treat!
Hair: Natalie-Danielle Makeup: Lynda Darragh Assisted by: Rebbeca Hey for Makeup Junkies Photography: Tina Eisen Video: Zsolt Sandor
"Take your lip game to dazzling new heights with another #WORLDFIRST innovation. Glitter Flip is the transforming metallic liquid lipstick with extreme glitter finish in multi-dimensional shades.
WHY WE LOVE IT Simply press lips together to magically transform metallic matte liquid lipstick into a dazzling, multi-dimensional glitter lip with none of the mess and in under half the time of a traditional glitter lip look. Longwearing and comfortable, this first to market formula will last all night with no need for retouching. Available in seven fearless shades that reveal a mix of contrasting, 3D glitter for lips that say WOW.
HOW TO USE Simply apply one even coat directly to lips, leaving to completely dry for 2 minutes. Now press your lips together and watch it transform before your eyes to a dazzling full coverage glitter lip!"
What's more Ciaté are Vegan-Friendly, Paraben-Free AND Gluten-Free.
Christmas Gift Guide
OUT NOW! Check out Poster Child Magazines Holiday gift guide for the family. Hair and makeup by me for mini models Boe and Sienna
So excited to see the new launch of Makeup- Junkies website!! If you don't know, it's the London based commercial makeup & hair agency. Providing talented Artists to the TV and Fashion industry. Go see for yourself https://www.makeup-junkies.com