As a bride, you have so many decisions to make! I have always been someone who knows exactly what I like… and what I don’t. Everyone who knows me, also knows all too well how notoriously particular I can be and what a perfectionist I am with everything. When it came to finding the wedding hair style that was juuust right, I spent countless hours browsing Pinterest but couldn’t find a photo of a bride with the exact hair I wanted for the day. Instead, I narrowed it down to three styles and found the most incredible hairdresser that was able to just get my vision and merge the elements of each that I loved to create the perfect wedding hair style for me.
I wanted to share a little more about my own bridal hair chignon, as well as the gorgeous bridesmaid hair styles my sister and best friends wore on the day… and of course our amazing hairdresser, Holly Stewart, who created them all beautifully and was an absolute delight to share the morning with.
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My Wedding Hair Style – Ideas for Brides and Bridesmaids
When choosing a bridal hair style, I had a few criteria the looks under consideration had to meet. First and foremost, it had to be a wedding hair style that could last the entire day and look as fabulous at the end as it did at the start… enduring hours of dancing, along with summer heat, humidity, a cathedral length veil and lots of guest hugs! After chatting with Holly about it, she confirmed what I had suspected… the only way to ensure this was with an up-do.
I found a few styles I liked and explained to Holly which parts I wanted to use from each to create the perfect wedding hair style for me. Some of my other specifics included a naturally finger brushed back look, sweeping one side back above my ears (to ‘lift’ my face and not drag it down) and have a effortless twist at the back, without anything too fussy or over-styled.
I also loved Morgan Stewart’s wedding hair style and used this effortlessly polished vibe for inspiration. Holly added the perfect finishing touch of bringing my chignon out to the sides so front-on in photos, you could see I still had a nice full head of hair.
I loved my bridal chignon, Holly Stewart did the most incredible job styling our hair.
When I was explaining it all (in my very specific and detail oriented way), I thought “oh gosh, no one is ever going to understand what I am envisaging”… but Holly is absolutely incredible and just ‘got it’ straight away. It was such a relief to know that on the day I didn’t have to worry… I knew I was in the best hands with Holly and could feel completely relaxed and excited.
On the day, I loved that Holly styled most of my hair early in the day so I could then relax, chat with my bridesmaids and have my makeup done. Then, when everything else was done and I was about to get dressed, Holly finished the chignon and worked in so wonderfully to help me achieve the perfect side-swept fringe, juuust the way I love it (as I said earlier, I am a notorious perfectionist! #sorrynotsorry).
My bridesmaids were also incredibly happy with their hair. I love juxtapositions, so mixing high and low elements was what I wanted for the bridesmaids to create an easy, effortless look. They wore the most gorgeous rose gold sequin dresses, so I thought loose waves and a fun, high pony tail would be just right to add an effortless elegance. I was obsessed with how their hair turned out!
Even my sister, who has short hair and always wanted to try loose waves (but never had anyone get it right) was over-the-moon with how Holly did her style. At least once a week, she will still say to me, “I wish I could get my hair how Holly did it!”. If you have bridesmaids with different length hair (or people who just feel more comfortable with it up or down), this was a great way to tailor the style individually, while still having an overall vibe for the bridesmaids that fit together.
I felt it made the biggest difference to work with a hair stylist who just ‘got it’ instantly and was so kind, patient, accommodating and supremely talented. I also remember thanking Holly for having such a beautifully calm and relaxed vibe, she is the perfect energy to have around on the morning of your wedding and made me feel so at ease.
When choosing a hair stylist for your wedding, it’s obviously essential to have someone really talented who works efficiently, but remember it’s also important to have people around who will bring a fabulous energy to the day and fit in well with your bridal party. #GoodVibesOnly! We were all absolutely thrilled with Holly Stewart for both these reasons, she’s the total hair stylist package and I feel so lucky that we were all able to have such perfect hair on my wedding day.
Our Father-Daughter dance, we did such a fun routine!
Our first dance as Husband and Wife