Bridal hair & make-up for a wedding at Cowdray House in Sussex

Bridal hair & make-up for a wedding at Cowdray House in Sussex

“Catherine was brilliant, and I loved my hair and make-up. She was so calm and chilled in the morning which created such a good atmosphere before the wedding. Thanks so much for everything!”Rachel Patton 

Beautiful bride Rachel got married at Cowdray House in Sussex:

Cowdray House is a beautiful historic country residence, situated at the heart of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate, which provides the bridal party with total privacy. Extensive landscaped grounds with a far-reaching view of the South Downs make a superb setting to hold a drinks reception, as well as a wonderful backdrop for wedding photographs.

You can hire Buck Hall, which is a stunning space with a vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows, and which has a dining capacity of 150, or the grand wood paneled Dining Room, which seats up to 110 guests.  There’s also a gorgeous suite called The Diamond Room for the bride to get ready in, which is a glamorous bedroom with magnificent views and an incredible bathroom.

Rachel’s wedding day was captured by top Sussex wedding photographer Annamarie Stepney:

For Rachel’s make-up. I began by applying Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in shade no. 3 with a foundation brush, before warming up Rachel’s face with Benefit Hoola Lite bronzing powder and a tawny-nude blusher on her cheeks.

I created a soft bronzey-gold eye for Rachel using the shades ‘Hazelnut’, ‘Creme Brulee’ and ‘Marzipan’ from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, followed by a fine flick of black liquid liner. I then fixed her brows in place using Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter.

To compliment the vibrant red of the poppies in Rachel’s stunning bouquet (which was made by Karen at This Floral Life who is the resident florist at Cowdray House), I applied the bride’s own Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Colour in ‘Red Carpet’, which is a vibrant orange-based red with a matte finish.

I curled Rachel’s hair on a medium sized wand and pinned it to cool while I did her bridesmaids’ make-up. I then brushed it out gently with a paddle brush, and Dutch braided the side sections back for an effortless-looking half up do.

I was very kindly assisted at this wedding by the brilliant Lucy at Hair That Turns Heads who did the hair styling for five of Rachel’s bridesmaids.

Rachel’s pretty wedding dress was ‘Virgo’ by Willowby: