• Make up By Joanna Daines

The County Brides Cover shoot

I have been meaning to write about this day since it happened and now six months on, after a busy wedding season I have finally gotten around to it!


I was beyond thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the shoot and had spent the weekend with a mixture of nervous and excited anticipation. A quick shopping trip as also needed to stock up on some of my must haves in my kit and I also wanted to make sure I was prepared for any look.


Monday arrived and it was a day of many firsts for me starting with the location of the shoot which was at the stunning Crewe Hall Hotel, one of Cheshire's finest wedding venues. The hotel looked beyond breathtaking on what was a glorious day, warm, sunny.. everything you could want for the time of year! For anyone yet to visit Crewe Hall, the drive up to the hotel is one of great magnitude. I was certainly excited to get inside if the exterior was anything to go by. WOW the interior is truly remarkable, the chapel and the mix of modern meets oldy worldy decor vibe was just perfect, the venue is a brides dream!


Upon my arrival and after a few introductions I got to work. The first look created was a statement lip and stunning natural curls, working alongside the guys at Fox Hair was an absolute pleasure and boy are they talented. Our Model India looked phenomenal.


Henry D Johnstone provided some exquisite jewellery to compliment an array of dresses from Maria Mode Bridal in Macclesfield. Two equally beautiful bouquets were also featured and had been made by the talented jacquioflorals.


The first set of photos were to revolve around the bright yellow vintage mustang. It was so hot outside that the car actually over heated at one point. India took it all in her stride and the very talented Mark from Envision Photography managed to get some wonderful shots.


For the next look we went for a more romantic, classic style. India's hair was taken back and I went with a dewy skin, soft pink lip and smokey eye, in particular because the royal wedding had been the weekend prior to the shoot and Meghan Markle had set a trend of natural radiance, which I wanted to emulate in my work. This was my favourite look of the two, it was actually the first look that made the cover but for me I love love love all of the photos from the softer, romantic styling as they are a true reflection on what I strive to achieve with my brides.


The next phase of the shoot took place in the gardens of Crewe Hall, I can only imagine how spectacular a wedding outside of their must be on a summers day. It had all the trappings of an american movie wedding day.


Emma from Maria Mode bridal in Macclesfield had left the most beautiful dress by Ian Stewart until last and India looked truly breath taking in it. I loved the secret skirt that came off to reveal a glitzy more fitted lower half to the dress that would be amazing to take a day time look to more of an evening party number.


I thoroughly enjoyed watching the photographer Mark in action, I am often in awe of photographers at weddings and how they have a vision for a shot that many of us would never see. It was great to watch all of the elements brought together from my fellow Cheshire wedding suppliers come alive and I wasn't dissapointed when I saw the finished result in the photographs a couple of months later.


Literally as the final photos were taken, the heavens opened and it was a quick dash back inside to round off a wonderful day with a little toast of fizz before heading home.


I would like to thank County Brides for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful day and also thank all of the other suppliers who made the day such a lovely one too! I hope to be a part of the next one and can't wait to get to work on other supplier shoots in the near future.


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