Make-up for an elegant wedding at Hever Castle

Make-up for an elegant wedding at Hever Castle

“My wedding make-up was perfect. Catherine listened to our own suggestions and helped to make the day super special from the start.  I would, and have already, have recommended Catherine!”Hannah Davis  

I love this photo of beautiful bride Hannah arriving with her dad at her wedding at Hever Castle on a glorious late September day: captured brilliantly by Andrew Moore Photography:

Hever Castle is a romantic double-moated castle that dates back more than 700 years, and was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. It was later owned by the Astor family from 1903 to 1983, and they were responsible for most of what you see today. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, and an important collection of Tudor paintings, and outside are magnificent gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds, featuring mazes, statues and a beautiful lake.

There are two rooms within Hever Castle itself that can be hired for a wedding: The Inner Hall, which can accommodate up to 50 seated guests, and can be booked for a ceremony on days when the castle is closed to the public, or for an evening ceremony after 6.30pm. The Dining Hall can accommodate up to 40 guests for a castle wedding breakfast, seated on impressive long banqueting tables, and is also available during the day when the castle is closed to the public or evenings after 6.30pm. An evening reception for dancing can then be held in The Moat Restaurant, which accommodates up to 120 guests until midnight, and there are 19 luxury bedrooms located in The Astor Wing, where you can also get married.

Alternatively, Hever Castle also offers the beautiful lakeside Italian Garden and the Winter Garden Lawn, a private lawn located on the moat side with spectacular views overlooking the castle, where you can have a marquee wedding for many more guests, followed by fireworks!

After hydrating Hannah’s combination skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer, I tapped on Becca Ever Matte primer where needed, to prevent any shine on these areas.  I then buffed in Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in shade no. 2 to even out her skin tone.

I set her base using setting powder and a light matte bronzing powder, before dusting a delicate pink blusher on the apples of her cheeks – I used the shade ‘Discretion’ by Chanel. I then applied a light pearly highlighter all over, and a cool taupe contour shade to bring out her cheekbones.

Hannah wanted a very natural make-up look overall, so I used a light iridescent pink eyeshadow on her lids, with just a line of dark eyeshadow along her lashline (and plenty of mascara) to give some extra emphasis to her eyes. I then filled in any gaps in her brows with a taupe brow powder from Anastasia Beverley Hills, before setting them with a clear brow gel.

For the lips I used Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in a mix of the shades ‘Valentine’ (pale pink) and ‘Kim KW’ (light peachy nude).

Hannah’s classic glam up do was created by my colleague Lucy at Hair That Turns Heads

And her elegant ivory dress was designed by Stella York: