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Wiccan Wedding with Autumnal Makeup

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Wiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal Touches

Our talented makeup artist Lisa had the joy of working on the wonderful Joanna the day of her very special Autumn Wiccan Handfasting wedding. The makeup that Lisa did for this blushing bride was a natural look, and with Lisa on hand for her makeup Joanna was not going to be left disappointed!

Wiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal Touches

Looking absolutely stunning and glowing inside and out and  with friends and family not only attending the wedding but also taking part in it. Friends of the lovely couple performed the Wiccan Hanfasting ceremony as high Priestess and Priest for Jon and Joanna. With ever so delicate statement decoration at the wedding crafted and created by Joanna’s lovely mother, the couples theme was taken to the next level in such a gorgeously romantic way.

Wiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal Touches

Moving from one ceremony to another the couple’s second ceremony took place in  Zion Church, Rathgar, also decorated beautifully. Keeping in mind all loved ones and not wanting anyone to miss out on the ceremony Joanna made sure that nothing started until everybody was in attendance. Which to me just keeps the entire theme of the wedding going as family and friends played very important roles throughout.

Wiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal TouchesWiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal Touches

With such a lovely day had by all, we here at the EFC Studios would like to congratulate the lovely couple on such a spectacular day!

Wiccan Handfasting Wedding With Autumnal Touches



Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony: Brides parent’s back garden and Zion Church, Rathgar.

Reception: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Wedding dress & shoes: Anne Gregory Design, Newtownmountkennedy.

Jewellery: Carol Shaw Bridal Jewellery, Rathfarnham.

Hair: Kuts n’ Kurls, Rathmines.

Makeup: Lisa Redmond from Emma Farrell Makeup.

Bouquets & Buttonholes.: Blooming Amazing Florists, Ranelagh.

Groomswear: Suitable Company, Duke St.

Cake: Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli, Banbridge.

DJ: Digital DJs.



Buff Bridal Makeup Tutorial

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Bridal Makeup Tutorial Video

Pebbles Eyeshadow Eyeshadow as a base. Urban Eyeshadow all over the lid. Clubbing Eyeshadow for a pop of sparkle on the centre of the eyelid. Hefner Eyeshadow for extra definition. Use perfection eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye and underneath the brow bone.
Use the gel Black Eyeliner along the lashline, flicking your line upwards and outwards to lift and elongate the eye. To make your eyes appear nice and large I recommend using the White Eyeliner Pencil on the waterline to open them up.
Apply a gorgeous set of natural yet fluffy false eyelashes to really set off the look. I recommend putting Mascara on over the lashes as it helps to bind the natural lash to the artificial one and gives a much cleaner and more natural look to the lashes.

Once you have finished the eyes clean up underneath the eyes to remove any fall out from the eyeshadow. This is my top tip for wedding make-up as the camera picks up everything!
Use the Buff Camera Ready Primer to smooth out the skin and prepare it for the base. Apply the HD Foundation in light motions with a brush. If you buff this into the skin well it gives the appearance of an airbrush finish.
Once you have applied the foundation conceal underneath the eyes and any blemishes.
To set your flawless face, a light dusting of the Buff Mineralise Powder is recommended.

Contour the cheeks, jaw and nose for a slimming look. The flash from the camera can leave your face looking very flat, so this step is not to be skipped for Bridal Make-up! Highlight above the cheek bones with the Mineral Icing Sugar, this gives a gorgeous dewy glow. Don’t forget your Melba blusher for a fresh hint of colour.

Finish the look off with a gorgeous natural pink lip look. I pencilled in the outline and centre of the lips with lipliner than applied Nibble Lipgloss which is perfect on most skintones.

Buff Makeup by Paula Callan

Below is the video itself, let me know what you think. If you are getting married soon and would rather not do your own makeup, why not book me for your wedding day. Email me 🙂

Lots of love,


Wedding Tips: Weightloss Part 1

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Measuring tape around a wedding dress

As I am working with so many brides I realise what a big issue this is. We all want to look good on our wedding day and one of the major things brides struggle with is losing weight to fit into their dress perfectly. I just wanted to go through some of the treatments and options out there that either myself or my brides have tried. As I was writing this blog post I realised that it was very long! So I have broken it into smaller posts which I will release every week.

Nupo Ireland Diet

First up is Meal Replacement namely The Nup0 Diet.

If you are really close to your wedding date and just need to get rid of some of those final pounds then Nupo is for you. I tried the Nupo Diet Programme for 2 weeks before a friend’s wedding and was delighted with the results.

There are two options when embarking on the Nupo Diet, one of which is called the VLCD which stands for Very Low Calorie Diet. This consists of 6 Nupo Meals (A Shake, Soup or Bar, which you can only have one of)  per day. If you follow this strict diet you will be consuming only 700 calories!! However you will be getting 100% of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs, whilst keeping your blood sugar stable.

While I was on the programme, I tried most of the products except for the Chicken as I am a vegetarian. I loved the shakes and bars the most, the vegetable soup on the other hand was disgusting! Couldn’t even bring myself to finish the first one. There is such a variety of flavours in the shakes though, which meant I never got bored with the selection. I had the Blueberry Shake for Breakfast, Strawberry for snack time, Cafe Latte for Lunch, a snack bar for dinner (Hazlenut, Chocolate or Coconut) and the Chocolate Shake before going to bed. I thought  would be starving, but I actually found them quite filling. I guess there is alot of protein in them, so it does keep you full. One thing I did notice is that my breath did get a bit smelly and I was very thirsty all the time. It does recommend you have at least 2 litres of water a day which I was doing and more! I have never been great at drinking water, but my skin really thanked me for it.

Nupo Strawberry Shake

Initially the weight fell off me I was so delighted, nearly half a stone in a week! I was hoping that the same would happen in the second week, but unfortunately the weightloss slowed down. I lost a bit more weight, but then I put it back on again, so I levelled off at losing about 5 pounds which have stayed off. This probably doesn’t seem like alot to most people, but for the months prior to the Nupo Very Low Calorie Diet I had been trying to lose weight without any success, the only direction the scales moved was up!


Where I really noticed the difference was in my clothes, suddenly the jeans I had been avoiding were comfy again. I also felt that I didn’t have to hold my stomach in which was a great feeling when wearing a figure skimming dress at the wedding.  Here I am pictured below on the left with my friends, looking and feeling happy! What I really noticed was that it gave me my will power back again and really boosted my morale getting me back into a healthy eating frame of mind.

Emma and Friends

I think that it is a fantastic regime to use if your wedding is nearly here and you just want to give your last weightloss efforts an extra boost. I also found the shakes and bars really handy, I could have my meals on the go without too much thought. This is excellent for busy brides who have so much to do in the final weeks of the wedding they don’t have as much time to prepare healthy meals.

Have you tried the Nupo Diet? What did you think?

Lots of love,


Wedding Tips: Fake Tan

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Bad Fake Tan on a Bride

Photo courtesy of http://thechive.com

This is coming to you a bit late, but as part of my weekly wedding series, I am now including some wedding tips for all my brides out there. I have been working in the wedding industry for the last 7 years. I would like to think I know a thing or two about weddings having made many brides look beautiful on their wedding day.

The one thing that can be very troublesome is tanning. Most brides decide to do something, be it sun beds, false tan or gradual tanners. I have encountered many mishaps through the years and here is a few of my recommendations to get yourself looking gorgeous and glowing on your wedding day.

Sun Angel Sunbed


We all know that sunbeds are really bad for us and so is smoking, but people continue to do both. I know that I shouldn’t even talk about sun beds, but  there are people out there who are going to do it anyway, so I want to give a bit of advice to those who are going to go there. The reason for this is that a had a bridesmaid come in one day burnt to a crisp. I assumed that she had been away on holidays, but when we chatted, I discovered that she had been overdoing it on the sunbeds. She was beetroot red and peeling, which was really unfortunate for the day that was in it. We had to try and re-hydrate her skin as when you apply foundation over burnt skin, it just absorbs it. So I had to cover her in Paw Paw Ointment and let that soak in while I did everyone elses make-up. When I came back to her, we had re-hydrated the skin enough to cover it in foundation and hide the burn, so you wouldn’t know. A whole lot of effort and stress that you don’t need!

So what can you do to be safe, if you do decide to go the sunbed route:
– Do not exceed 3 sessions per week
– Always wear the goggles provided
– Cover any large, raised or discoloured moles
– Always leave at least one full day between sessions
– Less is more, don’t over do it, build up your minutes slowly over weeks, don’t do too  much in one go
– Turn off the lamp on your face to prevent aging

False Tan

A much safer option than a real tan or a sunbed is to go the false tan route. I have also seen alot of fake tan disasters through the years. One particular bride I remember had a disastrous tan, it was patchy and in parts it hadn’t taken to her skin, so she had really dark areas and really light areas of skin. We ended up having to cover her whole body in foundation and seal that with a waterproof translucent powder that I keep in my kit for tatoo cover. Thankfully I had that or she would have gotten make-up all over her dress when she put it on.

It is for this reason that I highly recommend you do a trial run of your tan. Make sure that it works with your skin tone, that you like the way that it fades etc. Afterall most brides go away on honeymoon afterwards so you don’t want to have a tan that is all patchy a couple of days later.

Cocoa Brown Tan

I never wear tan anymore, but recently was given a sample of Marissa Carter’s Cocoa Brown to try. I can wholeheartedly say that this is the most hassle free tan I have ever tried. A beautifully scented tan, it glides onto the skin with ease and dries so fast! Initially I was concerned as I felt that it dried before I had time to rub it in properly, I shouldn’t have worried, when the tan developed it was perfect. I kept it on for 3 hours and I did start to get that quirky smell that you get when tan is developing, but once I showered it disappeared. My skin felt soft and looked great, a really natural tan.  So I really recommend Cocoa Brown for any bride considering going for the golden glow.
St.Tropez Gradual Tan

Gradual Tan

I think gradual tan is a safe option for weddings, especially for my fair-skinned brides. You get rid of the blueness, where you can see your veins, but you don’t look uncharacteristically dark. I love the St.Tropez everyday tan, it has a very real tone, so looks very close to my skin when I have been away. Also easy to apply, it keeps your skin beautifully moisturised and an even golden glow colour.

So what do you think you will go for your wedding? Are you an au natural girl or will you be faking the bake?

Lots of love,