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Fanhams hall wedding venue

About me

I'm Holly

wedding hair and makeup artist hertfordshire

Hi again! It makes sense you'd want to know some more about me, you don't want to book a complete stranger! So here's a bit more fluff about me. I’m really proud to offer award-winning hair and makeup services, and being based in Bishops Stortford I am lucky to be local to many beautiful wedding venues in Hertfordshire, such as Fanhams Hall, Hanbury Manor, Milling Barn, Sandon Manor, Gaynes Park, Blake Hall, Parklands, Leez Priory and South Farm to name a few!


I have over 15 years experience in the wedding industry but have been full time weddings for the last 4, to see what I got up to before that, read on! I bet you can't guess. I've always been a true lover of romance and I love anything rom-com related (even though they're really predictable, there's a comfort in the fact it all works out!) so the wedding industry is the perfect place for me! 

I’ve always been a bit of a wafter, and by that I mean my attention span is fairly pathetic, yet give me a creative task and I’m hooked for hours, lost in the moment of creating something beautiful. I guess that’s what lead me into Hair and Makeup.​


I started off, like many makeup artists, focusing on a specific interest and for me it was special effects (bit different to weddings!) My Dad is a local GP and my Mum was an A&E nurse when I was younger, so maybe that naturally lodged itself in my brain as a mixture of being creative and medical, without the real life nasty stuff as I’m actually quite squeamish! 

​Fast forward to being qualified and testing out the different aspects of the industry such as fashion, film and TV work, I came across weddings by helping a friend of a friend. I loved it! Having always been a true romance fanatic I love nothing more than watching a girly chick flick or reading a romance novel as I feel it's a bit of an escape! I’m a big fan of valentine's day (even though my husband thinks it's a load of rubbish!)  So anywhere I can get my romance kicks works for me! Enter weddings! Alongside my hair and makeup jobs, I worked part time in an office up until a few years ago, and I genuinely feel this has helped me stay organised throughout my business, as there is A LOT of admin to deal with behind the scenes! 


My true drive and passion within the wedding industry is to make you feel like you belong, and this is so important to me, because growing up that's the opposite of how I felt. That I could never really express the true me. That's why after years of tweaking here and there, I think the best way to describe my hair and makeup style is alternative elegance. This is a mixture between romantic traditional bridal styles and quirky alternative styles. Who says you can't wear a black wedding dress or have pink streaks in your hair on your wedding day? Certainly not me! The way I feel I marry (excuse the pun) of elegance and alternative styles is a lot of the time you only get one or the other, well not with me! If you have that inner side you want to get out, but in a more subtle way, I want to help do that!  


When it comes to the physical side of hair and makeup, to make sure I stay up to date with current trends and styles, I enjoy regularly topping up my skills and have done so many times over the years. By doing this I am always able to create fresh, timeless and classic looks with a modern twist. I use top quality products tried and tested by other artists so I get the best, honest reviews knowing that what I use really works and lasts.

As well as hair and makeup, I'm also qualified in aromatherapy massage, facials and reflexology and these additional skills means I can tap in to my love of alternative therapies to truly make you feel relaxed and cared for!

For a bit of fun, and to get to know each other that little bit more, I’ve listed my 5 loves and hates. I can’t wait to hear yours!

5 Things I love

  • Dancing 

  • Cocktails

  • The Lake District

  • Christmas 

  • Thunderstorms

5 Things I hate

  • Being told what to do (maybe why I'm self employed haha)

  • Mushrooms

  • Stick insects 

  • Coriander

  • Parking

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Client Love

"Holly did my wedding hair and make up for my special day along with all my bridesmaids and my mother! She was truly a joy to have around and is beyond talented. She made me feel so relaxed and calm on the morning knowing exactly how I wanted to look and once I was ready, I felt like a Princess! I would never recommend anyone else but her, she is truly one of a kind! I will forever be grateful for all her hard work and how special she made me feel on the happiest day of my life and I’m so glad she was a part of it!"

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