Behind the Brush: Top Tips for Bridal Beauty on Your Big Day

 Guest written by Amy Pike – MUA

Oh my goodness. It’s actually happening, isn’t it?

You’ve booked the venue, found the dress of dreams and you’ve scoured high and low and found the most incredible photographer to capture the whole shindig. It’s all coming together. But now there’s that task of finding the man or woman who will turn you into a vision of bridal finesse.

‘’How will I ever find them? How do I begin?! ’’ I hear you cry!

Have no fear, hundreds of brides-to-be are in the same boat.

Wedding planning can be stressful. A time when all your organisational skills come together for what is likely to be the most important day of your life. Naturally, looking and feeling good on said day is bound to be a priority. Heaven only knows, it will be a priority for my own wedding later this year!

I hope that these thoughts will be helpful to you and that you might ask yourself some of these questions as you start your own wedding makeover process, and begin to navigate the sometimes confusing but always wonderful world of bridal beauty.

Shop Around

Go on the hunt. It’s the only way that you’ll find the Makeup Artist of your dreams. Use social media as a way of reaching your potential artist – Facebook and Instagram are great places to start. Even a simple Google search of the area can be useful. Don’t be afraid to reach out for information and always look at photos of their work. And don’t ever feel obligated to book (even if you’ve asked for a quote!) until you’re 100% set on your artist.

Once you have decided though, be sure to pay your deposit and secure your date. This way, no matter what happens, you’re covered. The artist is obligated to honour the agreement so long as a contract is signed. It goes without saying that you should always read the small print on any contracts or paperwork that you sign, even that of those working in the wedding industry.

It is also usually worth asking your artist if they offer any additional services, like eyebrow shaping or nails, as you can end up saving some decent money this way.


It can seem like an unnecessary extra to pay out on having your own Makeup Artist. Why pay someone else to do your makeup when you do it yourself every single morning? Unfortunately, many brides who opt to do it themselves not only regret it from a skill perspective (you simply don’t get the same finish, that gorgeous bridal glow) but because of the extra stress and pressure of making themselves up on the most important day of their lives. It’s a big deal.

However, if you are taking the plunge and planning to do it yourself, research and research again. Try every technique and product beforehand at least twice and always make the skin your focus. You can’t be too prepared!

Your Day, Your Way

Reference photos are a great way of getting your vibe across. Bring photos and magazine clippings to the trial, send the artist your wedding Pinterest board – get them as involved in your expectations of the makeup as possible and be clear on what you want. If you’re not sure what it is that you’re after, you can, of course, ask your MUA for advice!

When you’re thinking about having your makeup done, or even if you’re doing it yourself, it’s important to be realistic with your expectations. Going into the process thinking that you’re going to end up looking like Kim K might be a bit of a stretch, by any Makeup Artist’s skillset (unless you are Kim K, then you should expect that).

Think about the kind of makeup you wear daily. How much more are you willing to wear? Are you going to be comfortable in your wedding makeup on the day? In photos? In front of close family and friends? All things to be considered.

Take It Easy

As daunting as it can seem, working out the logistics of beautification on your wedding day need not be hard labour. There’s no shame in reaching out for a hand to hold during the process.

Take your time, consider your (many) options and soak up all of the free advice and information on offer. Once you’ve booked in with your Makeup Artist, Hairstylist and/or salon, you can recline in repose, and rest assured that they’ve got your back.

It’s the most memorable day of your life.

Why not do it in style?

The Best Things about Working in Bridal


I have been working in bridal for many years as one of the longest standing boutiques in the county and I’ve seen many new boutiques come (and many go) in the past decade.  I often get asked by brides, mothers of the brides and those looking to set up in the industry what it’s like working in the bridal industry and I have to admit, it’s not all glitz and glamour.

Continue reading “The Best Things about Working in Bridal”

Christmas opening hours

We are now closed until the 30th December when we will be open by appointment only. We are currently refurbishing a beautiful new room at Princes House ready for our 2016 brides! We will be reading emails over the Christmas period and listening to our voicemail between Christmas and New Year. We will re open on the 4th January. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Promotional photoshoot

Since moving to Princes House I have been busting to promote our new boutique space using a ‘real bride’ to promote in the next issue of Wed magazine, after all it’s brides who will be enjoying our wonderful new space! With an abundance of talented people here it seemed the natural thing to do to pool the talent and get on it! Our aim was to capture that moment a bride finds her perfect gown and all the emotions that go with it from excitement to silent contemplation when the gown is chosen. Little did I know the perfect girl to model was just opposite me and happened to be Bethany Jelbert who works here as an admin assistant for Exposure Photography and Simon Burt Photography.

Bethany is young fresh beauty and I knew her transformation would be amazing as by her own admission she ‘rarely wears make up’ or ‘dresses up’. In fact whilst Simon was working his magic he couldn’t quite grasp how different she looked! With very long thick hair Jo from Goldbird Hair design swiftly styled her hair into a beautiful plaited bun finishing it with one of our gorgeous vintage style clips. Jo specialises in wedding hair and interpreted perfectly what look I wanted to go with the chosen dress. Make up was by Lindsay Adams of La make up Cornwall specialising in bridal and photographic makeup.  Both girls are available for weddings, special occasion make-up and photo shoots. It was a pleasure to work with them both, they gave some amazing beauty tips and told us to go to for the best beauty treatment ever.

And last but not least the man to capture the moment! Simon Burt is  an International Aperture Award winning wedding photographer providing top quality contemporary wedding photography who use 1 of the 9 Of The Best DSLR Stabilizers & Gimbals In 2017 and with a first class personal service with a calm, informal yet professional approach, to fit around you and your wedding guests

Here are a few snaps of the day with the finished advert to appear in the next issue of Wed Magazine

Elaine x

Photographer Cornwall | Wedding photographer | Portrait & commercial

Gold bird Hair Design 07881 022762




London Bridal Fashion Week

This Sunday I’m jetting off to the big smoke to London Bridal Fashion Week bringing us the very best in bridal wear.  World-class collections and accessories from our top designers for 2016 will grace the setting at the old famous Billingsgate market now a large events space. The show allows us to get a sneaky first peak at next years latest national and global fashion trends, some of which will be in store by this September! I predict we will still see a lot of lace still dominating collections, leaning towards low backs and long sleeves with a splash of colour in those lace overlays, but I’m sure new designs will also still include traditional strapless gowns in A line and fishtail shapes.

My main objective will be to take in all the gorgeousness strutting up and down the catwalks, but more importantly to bring back what Cornish brides are looking for in the perfect gown. Oh and I may partake in the odd glass of bubbles looking over tower bridge… be rude not to! Will be sure to bring regular updates and pics x

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New Home!

New home!

We have exciting times ahead here at County Cream we are moving to a new home.From the 2nd May we will be moving to Princes House in Truro situated opposite the Aga shop just around the corner from the bus station. We will be on the second floor of this beautiful composite decking building and will operate by appointment. All our contact details will remain the same. Look out for changes to the website to reflect our beautiful new surroundings. We will therefore be closed from Monday 27th April to make our move. We will pick up calls and emails throughout this period so please leave us a message and we will get back to you.

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Designer days 2015

Are you looking for the perfect dress for your 2015 wedding? We have a host of designer days to kick off  2015. Each designer will send us a wide range of their new collections which are not normally available in store. We also offer a 10% discount on any orders placed on any of these days! Appointments will be essential for each designer day so get booking! The dates for each designer event are as follows;


Saturday 31st January  Romantica of Devon

Saturday 21st February Ellis Bridals



Boconnoc Photo Shoot


At the beginning of October  on a beautiful mild day Boconnoc House was our chosen location to promote our gorgeous new Callista range for the curvier bride   I was lucky enough to work with some gorgeous girls and a talented team headed up by Emma Griffin of Griffin Photography. Emma is a professional fashion and portrait photographer based in Cornwall and really tells a story through her work. Her husband Steve also made the perfect butler! Make up was by  Natasha Flower and hair by Holly Luisa. Holly and Natasha work  throughout Cornwall beautifying the girls of  bridal party. They often work together and their collaboration ensures the bride has just the look they envisaged for their special day.

Styling and props were provided by Elle at Inspire Hire, Flowers by Loulabel Floral Design and gorgeous cakes by Emily Hankins. Her pretty hand painted creations are a work of art and brought that vintage feel to the day not to mention being extremely scrummy too! Good old mum kept us going with traditional Cornish fayre of pasties and a cream tea! We also used a beautiful 20’s inspired lace veil from Holly Young Head wear which beautifully framed the face and really captured the essence of what we wanted to create and to give the shoot that Downton Abbey feel. When you want a great model body, you might want to consider using top legal steroids for sale.

Once the girls were preened and in their gowns they were able to arrive down the long gravelled drive to the house in a stunning 1930‘s Beauford Open Top Tourer trimmed in Navy and Ivory from Treverbyn cars. Steve also doubled as a great chauffeur too! With the scene set we went on to produce what I’m sure you will agree are a stunning set of images to show off  the curvy bride who are often not represented in main stream bridal publications. We  hope you will be inspired by what we created….

Hair design by Holly Luisa

Elaine x

Heartlands Wedding Fayre

On the 19th of October we attended the ‘Get hitched in Cornwall’ wedding fayre at the Cornish heritage site Heartlands and show cased our 2015 collections. As well as exhibiting, my lovely models strutted the catwalk to show off some of the new gowns.

They all looked stunning with hair by Holly Louisa Hair and make up by Lisa Poole who also kindly modeled .The models did  also enjoy some  fun and games in the photo booth courtesy of and got some really fun shots! We also took some striking shots in and around heartlands which really showed off the gowns and show cased what County Cream has to offer next year to all you new brides in Cornwall. Below are just a few pictures of our day…


Autumn news

After a fantastic and what has felt like a long summer those of you getting hitched next year seem to now be turning their attention to the dress having I think enjoyed the sun in September! Any new orders are now looking at the end of February for delivery so it’s really not to early to start your search for the perfect dress! We have received lots of new gowns for 2015 including our new Callista range of dresses designed for the curvier bride. Starting at a size 18 and going up to a 32 these gorgeous dresses have great structure and style for all our Cornish brides. We recently completed a fantastic Photo shoot with Emma from Griffin Photography at Boconnoc House using the Callista range and can’t wait to release all the pictures to you! See our sneak peak video at the end of the blog.

We are also getting out and about attending wedding fayres over the next three weeks. This week we will be at Heartlands exhibiting and strutting the catwalk, followed by the Pavilion at Royal Cornwall show ground on the 26th and then our last fayre will be at Kingsley Village on the 2nd November. We have had a small re vamp in the boutique and with our new styles we are well and truly ready for you!



Elaine x

New dresses and trends for 2015!

We have just returned from one of the biggest events in the bridal boutiques calendar The British Bridal Exhibition held every year in Harrogate. I really think we should get a wooden spoon for longest travelled though to get there from down here in Cornwall with an 8 hour journey! But it’s worth it! Viewing the latest trends for 2015 and trying to pick which gorgeous gowns to order in for you the bride to have the pick of was not easy! With regards to trends fitted lace is still very much the dress of choice, but it was also refreshing to see the fairytale princess dress making a return in soft organza skirts and embellished beaded tops, to a soft flowing tulle plainer dress for those wanting an elegant understated look.

Colour is another big trend. Powdery pastels of taupe, blush pink, golds and mochas are out there for those who wish to break from the traditional Ivory gown adding a vintage feel. Perhaps one of the biggest trends is in the attention the designers are now paying to the back of gowns. Sexy plunging backs to a little more covered keyhole detailing are the big carry through style from last season. In fact there is even more emphasis on the backs this year with jewels and intricate bead work gently cascading down the rest of the dress are creating the wow factor. I’m certainly confident we will have something for every bride!

Some stockists were ahead of the game and launched their collections in March in London one of which was Ellis Bridals and today two rather large boxes were delivered the contents of which are now gracing our rails and ready for you to try!

Wedding Fayres

As the first of our 2015 collections are due any day we are going to be showcasing our new styles at the following events with the Cornish Wedding Collective and Cornish Brides;


The Cliffhead Hotel Sunday 21st September 11 -4pm

The Pavillion Royal Cornwall Showground Sunday 26th October  11-4

Kingsley Village Sunday 2nd November 11-4


See you there!


Scorrier House

At the beginning of the summer we took to Scorrier House to create a lace and love style shoot in this gorgeous country setting. We had the dream team in place gorgeous models, with hair and make up by Number 8 hairdressing in Truro, Natasha Flower make up artist,  photography by Ben’s photography, styling by Elle Inspire Hire and a lovely country bouquet by Anna from wedding flowers in Cornwall. Mr and Mrs Williams at Scorrier are the perfect hosts and gave us a free run of this beautiful country house and gardens showing off the best of what the Cornish bridal industry can provide here are the results x

Pretty Maids

We have just taken delivery of some lovely new Ebony Rose designs bridesmaid dresses in gorgeous chiffons and lace available in hundreds of colours check them out for your bridal party x

Opening hours

New opening hours

We are loving the sun at the moment! So we are not all work and no play we will be following the tradition of most bridal shops and will now be closed for the summer on a Monday from the 30th June.

new dresses and lots of news!

It’s been a busy few months again for us here at County Cream hence the poor show on the amount of blogs! Just back from the London Bridal Show we have come back with lots if inspiration and some beautiful new gowns for next season. Lace and accents of colour are still prominent in bridal style and we have also come back with a new collection by Callista bride.

We will be Cornwall’s only stockist of this gorgeous range designed especially for the curvier bride. Starting at a size 16 to 30 these wonderful gowns provide all the support a curvy girl needs whilst not compromising on style trend or design.  These dresses should be with us by the end of the Summer and to celebrate we will be holding a designer day on the 16th August and be offering 10% off any order on the day call us now for more details on 01872 262271.

We have several other  designer days planned throughout the coming months so keep an eye on our website and our facebook page. 4234_AD2

January news

Well it’s been a great start to 2014 and we have seen lots of brides getting married this summer coming into the boutique.  We have many new gowns in the shop to choose from, gorgeous laces, new bridesmaid gowns, a new flower girl range catering for little ones from 12 months to ten years plus a new shoe range, which makes us confident we have something for every bride in Cornwall!  The next few months are going to be pretty crazy.

Kicking off the year on Saturday 25th January we have our first designer day for Ellis bridals. We love the  Ellis collection and hopefully all the brides who are coming along will love them too! We will then hold our second designer day for Diane Harbridge and her new collection on the 22nd February.

2014 sees us venturing into new things and this year we will be taking part in our first catwalk show at the Hall for Cornwall on the 23rd March and we are determined to put on a great show! With the boutique only being 5 minutes away we will be open for the day too so you can come and browse.

April sees a trip to The London Bridal show which I’m sure will tempt me into more lovely dresses! A summer wedding seems a long way off, especially whilst sitting here on a cold wet January day, but if you have a summer wedding, dress orders at the moment are now May delivery so don’t delay! As this is a busy time of year we would prefer you to make appointments to try on but feel free to browse anytime. Here’s to 2014 x

It’s Chrrriiisstmaaaasss!!

This will probably be the last blog possibly for the year although I may get one more in before 2014! We have had a great year in what some have considered ‘unlucky 2013.’  Not one for superstition we are now looking towards next year and feel confident we have plenty to offer every bride! We have re invested in our dresses more than ever before to bring you some of the finest gowns for 2014 from the best designers in the industry. If you do not feel confident, you could always do gastric sleeve surgery. Just Kidding. Happy Holidays!

This year  saw us invest in three new labels Opulence, White by Kelsey Rose and Miquel Suay.  Opulence are the sister company to Romantica and White are sister to Ellis Bridals,  we love both bridal houses and so it was a natural step to take on another label under the same brand. Miquel Suay is new to the UK market, already big in Spain these dresses are different from any other styles we have. Floaty tulles and exquisite lace feature in their designs and we look forward to seeing brides in them next year. We are also in the throws of building a new private changing room in order to maximise the  time and space we give to our lovely brides, it should hopefully be ready by mid January. And so to the following week. It is our last day this Saturday 21st and we will re open on the 28th. If you are visiting family and friends over Christmas and marrying here next year please come and see us. All that is left to say is have a wonderful Christmas to all our brides past and present and everyone involved with making County Cream a success.

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It’s the last month of the year and it’s been a great one for us at County Cream and it’s gone so quickly! Some felt 2013 was a superstitious year to get married but I can’t say we have felt that here. Weddings in Cornwall have been as popular as ever. However if there is any truth in it and judging by our enquiries for next year, 2014 is set to be a good one! With that in mind we have been expanding and we are turning our back room into a lovely private new changing room. A girl always needs her Dad and thanks to mine our new room will be ready for 0ur 2014 brides. Thanks dad!!

Before we turn our attentions to next year we are extending our 10% off offer on any gowns ordered over £500 so if you wish to beat the rush and get a bargain come and see us this month!

New stock has also started to arrive and is already gracing our rails including our new collection by Spanish designer Miquel Suay. This gorgeous collection offers the bride a floaty bohemian feel and a real designer look. We love these new additions and can’t wait to see our new brides in them. Although it doesn’t feel like it yet we normally start to wind down in December and look forward to re charging our batteries before we hit busy January seeing all those lovely summer brides. Our opening hours over Christmas will therefore be;

Closed from December 21st re open 28th

Closed December 29th re open 4th January

(Open Friday the 3rd January appointment only)We are taking booking now for January and will will be answering calls and emails over the festive period should you want to make an appointment or have any general enquiries. From all the County Cream team we wish you all Happy Christmas xx


County Cream news

sweetpea webI can’t believe where the year has gone and that it is nearly December! Here in the boutique we are already turning our attentions to 2014 and the new best scar cream that we will have for you to choose from. I can honestly say that many of our designers have come up with some of the best gowns we have seen and we are confident that  many of you will become County Cream brides next year. Lace is still dominant but we have been careful not to fix on one style and shape, making sure that we have plenty of variety and choice for every bride in Cornwall! Soft tulles, chiffons, satin and lace all feature in our new collections, lace fishtails, princess gowns and dresses for a destination ceremony. We have something for everyone.

Focusing back on what’s left of this year don’t forget we are offering 10% off any gown over £500 until Christmas. Our gift to you! With regards to our Christmas opening hours we are still debating our exact plans but our last day will be the 21st December and will be by appointment only. We will then re open on the 28th December  to catch those keen 2014 girls!

I will be answering calls and emails all over the festive period so feel free to contact us. Although I suspect you may not get a very quick reply if its during the Downton Abbey special!! Now we need to start to feel festive and think about the December window.

Elaine x

Shoe Sale!

We have just unpacked some gorgeous new shoes for our all you lovely brides out there. Rainbow have pulled out the stops for their new collection the traditional satins are still there but they have introduced some wonderful new shimmers and sandals to the range. As a result of these arriving we now need to make some room! We are therefore selling off some of our stock shoes from £40! They will disappear quickly so grab a pair while you can!

Elaine xnigella

November blog


Well the clocks have changed and the nights are drawing in but here in the boutique the winter skies always make the dresses sparkle that little bit more! Although most of us are thinking about Christmas if you have a spring or early summer wedding time is upon you to order that dress! Most deliveries are now end of February/March so its  not too soon to place that order and to help you we have a fantastic offer this month. Order any new gown over £500 and we will give you a 10% discount, plus if you have four or more bridesmaids we will give you 10% off those too! We always have a sale rail too so come and see what we have to offer.

Elaine xbari_0