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  • Mar 11

Lydia & Stuart…

We arrived at Goldsborough Hall one very pretty morning in November, …

As always, Goldsborough Hall did not disappoint with it’s breathtaking views and 17th century architecture (not to mention the sunken bath overlooking the grounds-swoon), the hall is most definitely one of our favourite Yorkshire wedding venues.

Lydia’s hair and make-up design consisted of romantic curls and braids alongside very glamorous smokey eyes and a plum lip. For the bridesmaids, we maintained Lydia’s theme, incorporating braids into each of the girls’ individual styles.

As always, when designing hair, Catherine always recommends that our brides find their dress first, meaning she can design the hair not only according to our lovely brides’ hopes, but also to the style of dress. Lydia went for a breathtaking Ian Stewart gown, which literally took all of our breaths away…

But enough from us and as always, we shall let these stunning images from Alex Abbott Photography do the talking for us…

Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth (Catherine, Emma & Kellie)
Photography – Alex Abbott Photography
Videography – First Sight Videos
Wedding Gown – Ian Stuart
Floristry – Leafy Couture
Wedding Venue – Goldsborough Hall

  • Sep 14

Lucinda & Adam…

On a glorious day in June we had the pleasure of sharing the morning of Lucinda’s wedding day along with her beautiful bridesmaids and of course, not forgetting, the gorgeous little Betty and her expert heel wearing skills..(psst).

Lucinda had the bridesmaid dresses handmade, therefore catering to each of the girls’ unique styles, which translated so nicely into the girls’ hair and makeup choices. Lucinda was very relaxed about the the hair and make-up for her girls, her main concern being only that they were all happy. It made for a very fun morning for the team, creating a diverse range of looks for each bridesmaid.

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The girls went for relaxed curls with part or all the hair down, differing from waterfall braids to victory rolls. The hair was teamed alongside natural smokey eyes, differing in liner from natural lash lines to bold flicks.

All in all, it was a lovely morning spent with lovely people and we were so overwhelmed when Lucinda was kind enough to share some images with us from the very talented Georgina Piper, that we felt a blog post was most definitely in order. Congratulations again Lucinda and Adam, we hope you all had a wonderful day (from the looks of all those smiles you certainly did!).

So enough from us and we’ll let the photos do the talking…


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The Catherine Elizabeth Team x


Hair & Make-Up – Catherine Elizabeth

Photography – Georgina Piper

Dress –  Wilden Bride London

Wedding Venue – The Merchant Taylors York

Reception Venue – Skipbridge Country Farms

Teepee – Papakata

  • Jul 22

The Wedding and Hay Fever Correlation…


     After meeting with a bride recently at the Catherine Elizabeth studio, we got onto the topic of hay fever, as she was suffering from symptoms after forgetting to take her daily antihistamine. After reeling off a few of the ‘Old Wives Tales’ given to us by the good old Mums and Grandmas over the years, it lead us to think about what other home remedies may be out there. Here’s what we found…

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       As the wedding season approaches, so does the inevitable pollen count. With around 30 different types of pollen released throughout the year, reaching highs between Spring and Autumn, a variety of symptoms such as runny noses and itchy, weeping eyes make their appearance amongst around 95% of the UK’s population.

The Science Behind The Sniffles…

    For those of us who suffer with pollen allergies, pollen can cause inflammation of the nasal passages when tiny particles of pollen, carried in the air, are inhaled; the pollen triggers an antibody Immunoglobulin E in allergy sufferers, which is the cause of mucus build up and congestion.

Where as, hay fever, most commonly induced by grass pollens, reacts with the immune system to create natural histamines and therefore triggering symptoms.

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With the Yorkshire regions showing consistently high pollen counts it’s unsurprising that we see so many people suffering with their allergies.

The Remedies…


honey-1460406_960_720 Not just any honey, but delve into your local Farmers’ Markets, Farm    Shops and Delis to find a locally made honey. The pollen collected by these bees will be native to your home region and therefore will be contained in the honey and should help boost your immunity to the pollens when they become airborne.  Take note though, it’s not an overnight remedy and will take time to take effect.








Orange Juice (Not from concentrate)

fruit-665607_960_720Another one from the family, orange juice is an ingredient Emma from team Catherine Elizabeth has every day in her smoothies. Whether it is a coincidence or a real help, the fact remains that her hay fever flare-ups have lessened immeasurably in the last 6 months that it has become part of her daily diet. Supposedly, the Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids found in Orange juice act as a natural antihistamine and decongestant, thus helping to alleviate the most common symptoms. Try the ‘Orange Smoothie’ from Jamie Oliver.


carrots-1112020_960_720Carotenoids are a naturally occurring pigment in vegetables such as, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and spinach. Research suggests that they act as an antioxidant that works well as an anti-inflammatory, helping the irritation and inflammation of the nasal passages.





Chilli Peppers

chilli-1446963_960_720We found significant support for this little spicy vegetable amongst forums and research, claiming that the capsaicin found in chillies acts as a decongestant, opening up the airways.



    Granted, a diet made up of orange vegetables, honey and chillies does not exactly fill us with motivation! But added in here and there amongst an average diet seems a pretty easy (and natural) way to help alleviate the common symptoms that have plagued so many for so long. We for one feel happier treating hay fever with diet as opposed to having to rely on daily medication. If honey on toast for breakfast, or some carrots with our tea give us a head start, then we’re in!






Met Office. (2014). Pollen Allergies. Available: Last accessed July 2016.

The Allergy UK Forum. (2009-2016). Hay Fever Help. Available: Last accessed July 2016.





  • Jan 7

Top Tips To Finding A Makeup/Hair Artist

Choosing A Hair & Makeup Artist

Getting married is one of the biggest events in your life and looking great on your special day means being radiant, relaxed, and ready to start a new adventure with the person you love.

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My passion is creating hair and makeup that enhances your inner fabulousness, that lasts from morning until night, making you feel like yourself, only prettier, sexier and as gorgeous as possible.

I get really excited when creating hair and makeup for brides to be, as there are so many trends to choose from, whether it be soft waves, a romantic up do or stepping back in time with a 1920’s or 30’s inspired look, there is a style for everyone.

Being a bride is like being a model for the day, you want to look amazing on your wedding day so choosing the right hair and makeup artist is so important, so checking they knows about lighting, so they can create a look that will look amazing in and out doors.

You want to feel completely confident and relaxed while they create their magic to create your dream look, so you look fabulous when you walk down the aisle.

  • A good makeup/hair artist wants to work with you to create your vision for your big day and will experiment with different looks and styles until you are totally happy. This will mean not changing your individual style, but allowing your natural beauty to shine through.
  • You should always have an open and honest relationship with your makeup artist, so don’t be shy about your opinions.
  • Some hair stylists can offer you options of using hair pieces, extensions or padding, so you they can create your dream hairstyle.


  • If you know someone who looked fabulous on their wedding day – ask them who their makeup/hair artist was! Personal recommendations are always the best. Very often your wedding venue will have a list of makeup/hair artist’s that they recommend or you can search online. If you love natural pretty make-up, avoid a makeup/hair artist’s that has a portfolio full of dark smokey eyes and bright lips. If you find someone who is available, arrange a trial and make sure you take lots of images of looks that you love from magazines or pinterest  is amazing for sharing ideas with you makeup artist.
  • Make sure you makeup artist is used to working with lighting, as you want to make sure you makeup looks fantastic in and out doors.
  • A good makeup/hair artist wants to work with you to create your vision for your big day and will experiment with different looks and styles until you are totally happy. This will mean not changing your individual style and allowing your natural beauty to shine through. You should always have an open and honest relationship with your makeup artist, so don’t be shy about your opinions.
  • Once you find someone you like and who is available, arrange a trial and make sure you take lots of images of looks that you love from magazines or pinterest is amazing for sharing ideas with you makeup/hair artist.
  • Your makeup/hair artist will supply a timetable for you and your bridal party so that everyone involved will know what is happening on the morning of the wedding. This will ensure things run smoothly on the day.

Your Makeup Look

  • If your wedding dress is soft, romantic and pretty, a heavy smoky sexy make-up is not going to compliment your dress. Even if you LOVE this style of make-up, you will need to soften it slightly so that it works with the gown.
  • Looking towards the main source of light in whatever environment you’re in – whether indoors by a window, or outdoors in the sun is the best way to flatter your complexion in photos and will give you a flawless glow.

Hair Design

  • If you want that extra polished or intricate look for your wedding day then make sure your hairstylist has lots of bridal hair experience. Bridal hair styling is very creative, so it’s important to find somebody who has the right abilities and passion to style your hair in the way you want.
  • Be open to wear a hairpiece or clip in hair extensions to create the extra volume needed even if you are going to wear your hair up. Your hairdresser will be able to recommend a good brand or have pieces to hire

Allow plenty of time before your wedding to select a stylist, ideally six months to a year. If there’s someone you must have, book them as soon as you know your wedding date.

Catherine Elizabeth wants you to feel fabulous on your wedding day.  So hope you find our guide to finding your perfect makeup/hair artist for their wedding day a little easier.


You want to feel like yourself, only prettier, sexier and radiant.

“People will stop and star so make it worth their while”







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