The Hair & Beauty Artist

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I create and provide naturally beautiful hair and makeup for brides and their bridal party in Hampshire and surrounding areas, so they look like the very best version of themselves.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£700
Details

Products and Services

Pre-Wedding Trial
Beauty Salons
Threading
Make-Up Artists
Waxing
Tattoo Cover-Up Make-Up
Group Bookings
Mobile Services
On the Day Services
Hair Dressing
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
Look your radiant best on your wedding day with my professional and award-winning bridal hair & makeup services. Each wedding package includes a rehearsal in my romantic Edwardian-inspired beauty studio in Aldershot, Hampshire. Take a seat and relax as we agree on your bridal hair and makeup with up to three guests of your choice. You’ll enjoy a delicious cream tea as we chat through your ideas and inspiration. I’ll then take that information to create your look for your big day taking your dress, theme, head-dress and so on into account. We’ll work on your look until you’re completely satisfied. Then on the big day itself, I’ll faithfully recreate your agreed look. Every bride who books my services gets my unofficial fairy godmother service on her big day included as standard. I’ll stay with you at your home or hotel room until you’re ready to leave and everyone looks their absolute best. I’ll be there to lend a calm and experienced hand with dressing, emergency repairs and etiquette advice. I can help you fasten those fiddly wedding dress buttons and position the corsages and buttonholes that shaky fingers can’t quite manage. I even make a smashing cup of tea to help calm any nerves and last-minute jitters (normally for the father or mother of the bride!). 'More than just a makeup artist' is a quote from one bride who booked me for her wedding. Here is another, 'Ema is the calm friend you need just at the right time'.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ema Doherty
As the sole owner of my business it is extremely important for me to know that all my brides are 100% happy with the services they receive from me. I love what I do and I love helping people, so if I can impart some advice, knowledge or wisdom that helps just one bride prepare better for her wedding with a relaxed and calm state of mind then my job is complete.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1996
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
4
Reviews
(29)
Jane Simmonds
Wedding: December 2018
December 2018
Wedding
I have worked with Ema and experienced myself her fantastic make-up and hair designs. She creates the best look bespoke to her brides and even manages to keep the little ones still as they have their hair done. Highly recommend!
Elizabeth Gatherer
Wedding: December 2018
December 2018
Friendly, professional and creative
Ema is a fabulous all round beauty, hair and make up artist and is reliable and trustworthy. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my customers.
Emma
Wedding: November 2018
December 2018
Such a professional
I have had the pleasure of working with Ema on a few weddings this year and she is such a joy to be around. As a hair and make-up artist, she truly delivers the brief and her flexibility with styles is amazing. She is such a warm and calm person to be around too, often going above and beyond to fix a button hole or climb under a dress to secure the garter. Ema's time management is excellent and she can always get a trailing bridal party to where they need to be.
Elizabeth Strawn
Married in October 2018
October 2018
I got so many compliments
Hi Ema, Just wanted to say a big thank you for today. I got so many compliments and my hair still looked amazing after hours of dancing. Xxx
Amy Day
Married in October 2018
October 2018
I would not hesitate to recommend you
I just wanted to say massive thank you for the hair and make up on Saturday. Everyone looked beautiful and you had your work cut out with 5 of us!! Thanks also for your support throughout the morning, for sewing on Rachel's button when it popped off and for helping me with my hair clip and veil. You were fantastic and everyone loved you. I would not hesitate to recommend you 😊
Amy & Nick Day
Married in October 2018
November 2018
Simply Amazing
Ema was an absolute dream to work with and such a calming influence on myself, my three bridesmaids and my Mum. She arrived early to do hair and make up on all 5 of us and we were all so happy with what she did. She did beautiful make up that lasted all day and into the night and gave me big bouncy curls which is exactly what I asked for. She even helped one of my bridesmaids sew a button back on her dress when it popped off! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Location & Contact Details

Address

42 Heron Wood Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4AL, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Aldershot

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3 J4

Nearest Train Station

Aldershot

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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Press & Awards
(5)

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Association of British Wedding Businesses

Industry Awards (3)

The British Hair & Beauty Awards - Silver Winner - Best Bridal Hairstylist
The British Hair & Beauty Awards - Gold Winner - Best Makeup Artist of the Year
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

The most memorable weddings for me are the ones where we all have a good laugh on the morning of the wedding. Which is most of them I have to say. It definitely helps to calm the nerves beforehand.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Vintage, Boho, Natural, Colourful (that's more me, don't panic) Effortless

What about your business are you most proud of?

I really do love to go above and beyond for my brides to ensure their wedding morning goes smoothly. I once followed the wedding car to the church just so I could make sure the brides veil was just right for her on a windy day.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Over-estimate how long it takes to do things. Delegate as much as possible and trust people to do the job well, otherwise you feel like a planner not a bride on your wedding day.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Anything that is personal to the couple and shows of their personalities, I love.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Let's chat first over zoom or via a call, to see if we would like working with each other and discuss some initial ideas. Once the wedding day is booked, the rehearsal takes place approximately 4-8 weeks before the day. The rehearsal is an event in itself, the bride along with up to three guests come along to my Elegant Edwardian-inspired home beauty studio for a relaxing vintage cream tea experience. A schedule for the wedding day and all hair and makeup looks are agreed upon during the rehearsal so the wedding day goes off without a hitch (apart from the couple getting hitched of course) As a rough estimate each person takes an hour for their hair and makeup on the wedding day.

What do you love most about your job?

Seeing a happy, calm and glowing bride ready to walk down the aisle or get into her car.

What is your No. 1 beauty tip for a bride?

Don't forget to drink plenty of water the day before and on the morning of the wedding. You'll only forget later and dehydration makes skin look tired and dull.

How do you keep the bride feeling calm on her wedding day?

I keep the atmosphere light and fun, plus we will have prepared the mornings' schedule in advance, so we know we won't be late. Plus my Fairy Godmother services means I can solve most problems that might arise.

What advice would you give to brides to stay looking great throughout their wedding day?

If possible drink water between the glasses of fizz to stay looking and feeling fresh and energised. Be careful when hugging guests that their hats and fascinators don't snag on your hair, and air kiss if necessary to ensure no lipstick marks on your cheeks.

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