I only take on a certain number of wedding hair and makeup bookings a year so these spaces get booked up very quickly. My advice would be to enquire as soon as you know your wedding date so that I can check my availability for you and secure your wedding date in my diary. A trial run can then be arranged nearer the time of your wedding.
Yes. A deposit of £50 is required to hold the date of your wedding in my diary up until your trial run. This amount is then taken off the cost of your trial and is non-refundable in case of cancellation.
I usually allow a couple of hours for the bride's hair and makeup, and an hour to an hour and a half for others in the bridal party. However it all depends on the required styles. Timings can be discussed at your trial run when we will decide on your chosen styles. We'll make a more concrete plan for the timings on the day together at that point.
I'm based in Pinner, Middlesex but there's no real limit to how far I would travel for a wedding. If you like my work and would like to book me for your wedding day I'm more than happy to come to you wherever you are, whether in or outside of London (travel costs may apply).
There are no travel costs for areas within approximately half an hour's drive from where I live (HA5 3AR). Travel costs may apply for areas further afield. Please include the location of your wedding in your email when contacting me so I can get back to you with an accurate quote.
I usually ask my brides to wash their hair the night before the trial as hair can sometimes be easier to work with when washed in advance. However, if you have an oily scalp and tend to wash your hair every day then this is also fine as long as your hair is washed and blow-dried at least a couple of hours before your appointment.
Please come to your appointment make-up free, having cleansed and moisturised your face and neck about an hour before the trial run.
I would advise you to wear a top or dress in a similar colour to your wedding outfit. It will help you to see how the makeup reflects the light and how it looks against the colour palette you’ve chosen for your wedding.
Finally, if possible, please bring along your veil or any other jewellery or hair accessories that you plan to wear on the day. If you’ve not made a final decision on these yet, that’s not a problem, but the more accurate a reconstruction of your wedding style we can do at the trial, the more confident you’ll feel about your look being right for you. If there are several options you’re considering, bring along pictures of them and we can discuss the pros and cons of each together to help you make a decision.
It is not essential for everyone in the booking to have a trial run beforehand but if your mum or any of the bridesmaids would like one I’m very happy to accommodate this. I would ask however that bridal trial run is booked on the same day as that of the bridal party if possible.
I am lucky to have a trusted pro team who accompany me to larger bookings so we can work alongside each other and achieve high standards of finish in good time (and have fun while we're doing it!). Please mention the numbers when contacting me so that I can check availabilities before getting back to you.
Yes of course. Some brides like to book multiple trials with various artists to help make their decision and I don't mind that at all. Your date will remain secure for 7 days after your trial run, so I ask that you make your final decision within that time. Without a booking confirmation within these 7 days, my availability cannot be guaranteed due to other enquiries.
I usually recommend doing the trial 3-4 months in advance of your wedding day. This way there’s time for your skin to get a bit of extra pampering if it needs it (intensive moisturising, or a facial to deal with any pesky breakouts), and time for your hair to grow a little if the style requires it.
The trial is intended to be a dry run of your wedding morning, so we’ll do one look for hair and one for makeup. Before your trial appointment with me we will have had exchanged emails, photos, ideas and discussed options to pin down a style. The trial run is the opportunity to refine and perfect that style until you’re 100% happy with it. If you would like more than one look to be created at the trial appointment I'm more than happy to accomodate this but additional charges may apply.
I have a wide range of products in my makeup bag, and am very practised at dealing with sensitive skin, so please don’t worry. The trial run is a perfect way of checking that the foundation, concealer and other products I’ll use are a suitable match for your skin type. If you are concerned about this, I am also very happy to use your own products. Please bring these along to your trial and we can have a chat about how best to approach it.
Yes. All Hair & Makeup by Gabrielle services are available as lovely gift vouchers to give as a presents to a friend or loved one.
I’ve been passionate about hair and makeup and how it can transform your look for as long as I can remember. I trained in a top salon in West London, but started my own business – Hair and Makeup By Gabrielle – in 2009. I’m so happy that I took the plunge and made this my full-time career; I love it!
We have an initial email exchange to discuss the date and location of the wedding, the number of people needing my services and other important details. A deposit is paid to secure the date in my diary. We’ll then book in a trial, and I encourage my brides to send over images and ideas showing their vision for the big day – including styles of hair and makeup that they like, but also their colour schemes and the style of their wedding gown and jewellery. We’ll meet on the agreed date for the trial run for an in-depth consultation to design and finalise the hairstyle and makeup look. I’ll style the bride’s hair and do her make-up exactly as it will be on the day to give her as clear an idea as possible how everything will look. If the trial is a success, then final details are confirmed. On the wedding day I’ll arrive promptly with a big smile, offering a calming, happy presence to help get everyone ready in good time. We’ll recreate the lovely hairstyle and make-up from the trial and I’ll be on hand to help with securing the veil and generally helping out so the bride feels totally supported and happy.
I love to help women feel good about themselves. Seeing them smile at their reflection and stand tall with confidence after a session with me feels so good, and I love to capture these moments on camera, too. No two days are the same in my job – the variety that this work gives me is amazing and it keeps me feeling creative and inspired. Being able to be a part of someone’s wedding is a very special thing, and I love getting to see the incredible venues and gorgeous dresses and accessories that my brides have chosen.