In the lead up to the wedding, there were so many things to be done - hair trials, make-up lessons, waxing appointments, nails, dress fittings, wearing in all my new heels... All of that on top of the actual organisation!
I wanted to give some much deserved credit to the people who helped me out with all of this...
For my registry office wedding, I wanted to keep my look classic and elegant. After much hunting around, I found the man for the job at Coco in Cockfosters.
If you ever need your hair putting up, the Turkish guy who doesn't speak English (can not remember his name - oops) is a genius. I have a LOT of hair, but he managed to get it all up with little fuss (though lots of back-coming) and with no pain for me - a winning combination!
The other hairdresser I must mention, for her incredible blow dry skills is Suzy at Art Hair Gallery in Finchley Central. She's a genius when it comes to breathing life in to hair! 020 8371 0300
Another research heavy job was my nails. I have not been blessed with good nails - in fact, all they ever do is chip, break or peel. No matter what I do to look after them, they just don't listen. So, I was forced to opt for nail extensions. I know, I know, they're not good for me, but in all honesty, my nails couldn't get much worse, so it was no big deal.
After much investigation, I decided to go with WAH - well known for their amazing nail art and not extortionate prices.
I chose acrylic extensions as they tend to be more hard wearing, and covered them with a gel top layer, to give a more natural finish (well, as natural as fake nails can ever look). True to my name, I went glittertastic. I think they turned out pretty well and were a great alternative to the done-to-death wedding French Manicure.
Give WAH a try yourself: http://wah-nails.com/
The less said about this the better. Let's just say that the waxing lady did not know where to stop. And I'm not even talking about there (I know what you are thinking). How about this for shocking - back and belly!!
If you too want your whole body to feel like a baby's bottom, head to Shahnaz in Finchley Central, 020 8349 9911.
You may not have noticed this yet, but I'm a bit of a control freak. So, when it came to my wedding make-up, I couldn't face letting anyone else do it for me (pun intended). Instead I headed straight to Jo Reid at Blush, for her expert instructions on how to get the perfect finish.
I then spent a fortune buying lots of new make-up.
Obviously, I had a new pair of shoes for every occasion (I'll fill you in on those in the next few days), but there are a couple of pairs of golden oldies I had to include in my wedding trousseau. Two of my beautfiul Loubys were feeling very sorry for themselves and needed some serious TLC. I headed straight to Classic Shoe Repairs in Tufnell Park, where they replace your red soles, with new ones, direct from the Louboutin factory. They're not cheap, but only the best for my Loubs will do!
Classic Shoe Repairs, 020 7485 5275
So, there we have it - my little Black Book of wedding saviours!
Love Mrs Magpie