The Shepherds Purse

“So proud that this welcoming accommodation is located in and has it's family roots in my hometown of Whitby. I recommend you take a look at their beautiful silk flower crowns and make up service too.”

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Inspired by the extraordinary surroundings we grew up in we wanted to create a special space, somewhere far from the everyday. A place where deep green valley meets wild north sea, where echoes of mermaid crested waves and a touch of the faerie folk are woven into something quite magical. A nest of richness, of warm welcoming Accommodation, a trove of finest crafted Floral Wedding crowns and elegant bespoke Floral Workshops, timeless, imaginative, exceptional. We invite you to walk through a doorway into another world and discover something truly captivating and unique.

Situated in the heart of the old town, the Shepherd’s Purse provides a perfect base from which to explore the ancient seaport of Whitby. Our well appointed, and comfortable accommodation is behind busy Church Street in a choice of galleried rooms over looking the courtyard. The rooms are en-suite and have four-poster or brass bedsteads and country furniture, either with a bath or a shower. The perfect romantic hideaway.

Ethical Bridal Makeup Studio

Together with our in house Bridal Makeup artist Michelle McHugh, Voted North Yorkshire Makeup Artist of the Year 2018 an alumni of esteemed makeup artist Sara Hill’s Academy of Makeup, Michelle draws inspiration from nature, fashion, folklore and the beauty of the breathtaking Yorkshire landscape in her work.

Her philosophy is simple – to enhance your natural beauty by designing a look which fits you from the inside out. A flawless base of expert skincare provides the foundation for her timeless looks, which are lovingly created from a 100% cruelty free kit of dewy bases and romantic pastel shades.

The Flourish experience is a bespoke one.  Michelle works collaboratively with her clients to create a personal vision.  Radiating confidence on your wedding day is the key to looking and feeling your absolute best. Working with brides to achieve the best version of themselves for their wedding day includes a comprehensive consultation and a dedication to each individual’s taste and style.

The Flourish makeup kit is fully cruelty free. None of our products are tested on animals and we choose not use brands that sell to China due to their animal testing laws. Testing on animals is unnecessary in our modern world, so we support brands with an ethical conscious who have decided to take another direction. A large selection of our makeup kit is natural. organic, non toxic and ethical. We only use organic skincare choosing ethical brands, such as Neal’s Yard Organics, Tropic skincare and locally made skincare brand Totally Natural Skincare.

In 2020 we plant a tree for every bride to help offset our carbon footprint. 

Vegan makeup kit is available on request.

Bespoke Floral millinery for your special occasion

We began hand crafting our delicate fabric flower millinery from our Church Street dress shop, where they became a favourite of visiting brides to be and festival faeries alike. Since moving our business completely to The Old Workshops, we have created an opulent haberdashery brimming with silk ribbons and velvet millinery flowers in our guest house office, where we create our famous flower crowns.

Choose from a selection of beautiful designs in an array of soft colours on our Etsy shop, or work with us to create something quite unique for your special occasion.

Our sumptuous and bohemian floral hair accessories have been popular with brides since the very beginning, and we regularly take commissions for bespoke crowns.

Join our Shepherds Purse brides and choose a free spirited accessory for your special day, designed with your personal vision in mind.

All our bespoke flower crowns and hair accessories are handmade in our courtyard at The Shepherd’s Purse.  Custom designed for brides, or for any other special occasion, we have a beautiful selection of flowers and a wide rage of vintage style beaded trims and hand dyed ribbons with which to create your design.

Our team will collaborate with you using experience and knowledge to bring your vision to life. We consider our clients our friends, and our attention to detail shows just how much we care.

Flower School and Alternative hen parties

We host a selection of bespoke floral workshops, from winter wreath making to fresh flower crowns. Workshops run throughout the year, for small groups to ensure that each participant gets plenty of individual attention. These are suitable for both beginners and experienced florists looking for inspiration.

We provide an abundance of hand-selected seasonal blooms from fragrant flower markets, along with colourful gems picked at the peak of perfection from our local growers here in North Yorkshire. All combined with an array of stylish dried flowers from the Netherlands, and seasonal foliage collected from along the hedgerows, moor tops and morning walks through the woods.

To book a fresh flower crown hen party please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Why not stay over in our unique accommodation and make your mesmerising floral experience last longer.

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Michelle did my bridal make up for me and my bridesmaids as well as making our flower crowns. I can’t recommend her enough, highly professional, friendly and very talented! All flower crowns were made to an extremely high quality. Thank you for being part of our day.

Ann Marie View online

I wore a beautiful velvet half flower crown made by my very talented cousin Michelle McHugh Budd of The Shepherd’s Purse. I loved wearing it, it was the perfect accessory for my hair. It arrived so beautifully packaged with ribbons, petals and a tiny pot of glitter – simply beautiful.

Amy View online

My floral crown was one of my favourite accessories from the day – the beauty of it is that it wasn’t made from fresh flowers, so I can keep it forever. I hope I have a little girl someday to pass it on to.

Heidi View online

I really wanted to have a flower crown, but I wanted it to last. I found The Shepherds Purse on Etsy who made me a stunning silk flower crown in creams, greens and dusky pinks. It was exquisite, and I didn’t take it off the whole day!

Anna View online

Michelle is brilliant, I recommend her makeup services to all my brides. (I am a wedding photographer) and have worked alongside Michelle lots of times now. She always goes above and beyond and has such a caring gentle nature. She is extremely knowledgeable and knows all the best cruelty-free products.
If you are looking for natural, ethical and beautiful makeup for your special occasion she is your lady.

Georina View online

As a mature lady myself I can thoroughly recommend Michelle. I had a wonderful morning with her. She was such a relaxing presence, and my skin felt so lovely afterwards. I had asked her to ‘make me look like me, but better’ and she certainly did that. A brilliant experience from start to finish.

Heather View online

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