Finger Curls and Flowers in her Hair ~ Glamorous Styling Inspiration for Brides and Bridesmaids…

I think when the creative team behind this photoshoot were working their magic,  I swear I must have been feeling the love through telepathic signals or something.  This shoot epitomises the very essence of Love My Dress; beautiful makeup, marcel waves and 'real flowers in her hair' styling, bridal wear to make you weak at the knees and a bridesmaids dress that twirls so pretty. 

The backdrop for this gorgeous inspiration shoot for brides was the stunning Fetcham Park, a wedding venue in Surrey built in 1705 by one of the leading architects of the time, and which boasts the most breathtaking interior.  The shoot itself was the brainchild of Makeup Artist Carolanne Armstrong, who was inspired by one thing.  A face.  A pretty gorgeous face I hasten to add, for it belongs to Photographer and all-round charming and delightful individual, Lucy Stendall.

Here, Carolanne explains more about how these inspirational images came about…

"This photoshoot with Eliza Claire was inspired initially by Photographer Lucy Stendall's face.

When I met Lucy for the first time (whilst she was busy being a photographer), I told her there and then she had the most splendid face and I wanted to paint it. Luckily she saw the potential for something fun and didn't run a mile.  When I saw that face, this is how I wanted to make her up – and it's amazingly satisfying for me to see that become a reality.

Amy Plank, styling guru at Miss Bush Bridal brought all my thoughts together with some brilliant styling touches, and perhaps the most fun part of the day was the dawn raid on 'Miss Bush', handpicking dresses, shoes and accessories like children in a sweet shop…" 

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Eliza Claire

Lucy Stendall, photographer AND model. Oh yes. finger curl, marcel wave, modelled by Photographer Lucy Stendall

"I contacted Eliza for the photography because I had so admired her work for a while and imagined she might enjoy photographing the looks we wanted to create.

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"Lucy's first look with her hair in finger waves, big dark powdery eyes, top and bottom lashes, dark berry lips and a porcelain complexion was accompanied by a purple twobirds dress and head piece by 'Halo & co' from Miss Bush Bridal.

Lucy carried with her a handcrafted boa of bleached skeleton leaves with gold tips…"

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finger curl, marcel wave, purple bridesmaids dress

"Parallel Venues very kindly gave us use of Fetcham Park House for the day. We were able to make ourselves right at home and made use of many an exquisite backdrop, including the beautiful gardens and fountains – see further down the page…"

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"Lucy's second look used the same make up but we styled her a little more Liza Minnelli in 'Cabaret'. The floral feature in these shots was a collar and cuffs decorated by Bloomingayles with white Astrantia, Majolica spray roses and white spray carnations…"

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Inspired by Liza Minnelli in 'Cabaret'

Inspired by Liza Minnelli in 'Cabaret'

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"Lucy's third look was based on our mutual love of Rosa Clara's 'Antifaz' (at Miss Bush Bridal). The brocade fabric with accompanying short sleeved jacket would look fabulous with our next floral feature: thinking of those old school swimming hats which were covered in flowers, Lucy's hair was teased into something of a beehive and individual blue anemones wired and placed into the hair. The make up was toned down to allow for the statement floral feature to take centre stage. The eyes were darkened slightly more and the lips turned nude.

I wanted to create a classic, dramatic, and quite dark look for Lucy (quite the opposite of her natural, english rose prettiness) and was keen to incorporate striking but simple floral touches. I turned to my go-to floral designer, Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles to bring my little doodles to life. I wanted one obvious floral feature (not a bouquet) to accompany each face/look. The hairstyles were crafted by my own clever wedding hair stylist, Christina Jessel…"

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Purple flowers in her hair... Purple flowers in her hair...

Purple flowers in her hair...

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Swit-swoooooo Lucy Stendall, you look utterly gorgeous! Now I know that's largly down to your very pretty and inspirational face,but the creative team have worked magic here resulting in a look to die for.  I adore it and I love you and the whole team involved for sharing these images with my readers.

What simply exquisite wedding day styling inspiration.

Huge thanks to the creative team you see listed in the credits beneath. Please take a moment to check their websites – these people represent some of the most talented, knowledgeable, experienced and passionate people working in the wedding industry today.

I'm adoring the floral headpiece look in this shoot.  Would you wear flowers in your hair like Lucy?

What about that gorgeous purple twobirds dress – an amazing bridesmaid dress or 'change into for the evening' option, no?

You can see more from Miss Bush Bridal, Fetcham Park, and twobirds Bridesmaids here on Love My Dress.

Much love all,



Photography – Eliza Claire
Make up and design – Carolanne Armstrong
Styling & Wardrobe – Miss Bush Bridal
Floral Design – Bloomingayles
Hair – Christina Jessel
Venue - Fetcham Park
Model – Lucy Stendall
Bridal – Rosa Clara via miss Miss Bush Bridal
Purple dress – twobirds Bridesmaid via Miss Bush Bridal
Additional clothing shoes and accessories – Stylist's own


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.