Annie – Magdalene College Cambridge

Cambridge Bridal Hair & Makeup.

By Tori.

Annie was another bride who booked Louise Perry to plan her wedding who in turn recommend The Tori Harris Pro Team for hair and makeup.  I absolutely love working on weddings with Louise and her team, not just because Louise and Natalie are so lovely but because they’re exceptionally well organised too!

Annie’s wedding was at Magdalene College in Cambridge, I love travelling up to Cambridge for weddings – it’s where I grew up so I know the city well and love having an excuse to go back!  Not only that but it is absolutely beautiful in the summer when the river is packed full of punters and the river banks laden with picnic-ers!

I met Annie when she was here for a planning trip – based in the US she had limited time so we slotted her trial into this week.  At the trial we Annie went for a half up half down style however we felt like her hair needed a bit of extra volume.  When creating a half up half down style this can often be the case as you take so much of the hair in the half up section the part left down can feel thin and a bit “meh”!

Prior to the wedding day Annie paid a visit to my favourite extensions specialist Fox & Vamp who filled her hair with some natural looking and perfectly blended tape extensions.  Tapes are great for hair up as they lay flat to the head and so we can hide them perfectly.  For Annie’s bridal hair we plaited the half up style and then filled it with fresh flowers by from the wonderful Blue Sky Flowers. (Who more memorably for me helped my get my car out of the worlds tightest spot between a brick wall and sheer drop into the river – thank you Liz, you dream! Your driving skills are far superior to mine!!)

Annie’s makeup was natural as she doesn’t wear much and wanted to fill comfortable on the day.  As it was hot I used a slightly thicker foundation so that it would last and not just slide off! I also used a waterproof powder to ensure she stayed looking fresh!  I skipped all highlighter as I knew Annie would get a natural shine in the heat anyway and the highlighter would just look far too much in the photos in the harsh sun.

Annie left us this lovely feedback: “Tori was brilliant, doing exactly the natural looking hair and make up right from the outset, and giving me advice on how to get the look I wanted (eg hair extensions). She gave me a few looks before so I knew exactly what I wanted on the day. On the day she was super punctual, had us all ready in time and was a lovely presence to have in the room with us.”

Photographs by Justin Bailey

Hengrave Hall – Suffolk/Cambridgeshire Hair and Makeup

Hengrave Hall - Suffolk/Cambridgeshire

Hair & Makeup by Tori

We absolutely love getting pictures from our real brides - when we leave you on the wedding day all the excitement is still to come! We're like proud mums waving our children off at university not knowing what they're going to get up too!  So it's always amazing to see a little snippet of your day afterwards. Also as we're all mad perfectionists at The Tori Harris Pro Team we want to know your hair and makeup stood up to the test and lasted all day long! (we know it will but it's great to see the evidence!) 

This stunning bride is Lisa one of our September brides this year who got married at the stunning Hengrave Hall in Suffolk.  Not far from Cambridgeshire this venue is one of our favourites - it was also where Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan got married if you love a bit of celebrity wedding trivia! We were recommended to Lisa by her wonderful wedding planner Liesl at Lamare London .  

Images are by Jon Mold

For more information on hair and makeup for Cambridgeshire weddings see here.  Or for more of Tori's work see here.

For Lisa's hair we went for a low messy bun with lots of height on top - to ensure we could get plenty of volume we didn't have a parting in Lisa's hair instead sweeping it all back and off of her face.  Her makeup was smokey eyes for that late summer, almost autumn light.  The skies were moody but the weather still dry and beautiful so the makeup suited it all perfectly!

Odette’s Cambridge Wedding

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Cambridge

April was the month for Odette's Cambridge wedding planned by wedding planner extraordinaire Katrina Otter.  I arrived early in the morning to find an energetic Odette up and raring to go!  All morning the house was full of energy as various friends and family popped by for hair and makeup or to say hi to the bride!  Odette had chosen a more smokey eye and understated look at her trial but when I arrived on the day she was armed with a picture of a lighter, shimmery eyeshadow and defined liner - I loved the change of look it suited her beautifully!! 

These amazing snaps of Odette were taken by Lucy Davenport 

Cambridgeshire Wedding at The Granary Barns

In June Aria was at The Granary Barns in Cambridgeshire for Anisha’s wedding.


Anisha sent this lovely email to Aria:


Hope you’re well! I’m so sorry I haven’t got in touch sooner – the last week and a half have just whizzed by!

I just wanted to say a big thank you for your amazing work on Saturday. My sister and mum loved their hair and make up and everyone loved my up do!

Sorry for the last min chaos as we left (I’m sure you’re used to it!) and sorry I didn’t get to say bye to you!”

Photography by Oliver Sealey