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Lea telling her tale of her bride in Wanaka

I know that some of you may have thought I have disappeared off the planet but this isn't the case, I have just been filling in huge hours ( like 16-17 hours per day filming) but finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I will be back blogging really soon.  In the mean time one of our team, the lovely Lea, flew to Wanaka to do a fabulous wedding and has been kind enough to tell us the story. Enjoy!

Lea's bride Dina in Wanaka

I flew into beautiful Queenstown, then we drove the stunning drive to
Wanaka. I was lucky enough to have my husband along for the weekend at the Wanaka Wyndham vaction resort.

I met my lovely bride Dina and her family on the Friday where we
had a trial. This is when we try out a few different looks for the
wedding day.
This is always an important step to establish the "perfect" look for each

As Dina normally wears very minimal makeup (mascara and gloss), it gave
both of us (bride and artist) a feel for

the look and vibe of the day.

Saturday came, the day of the wedding, and it was an early morning start of
7.15am to prepare this gorgeous family for the day ahead.

It was such a relaxed and fun-filled environment. Dina's family had
rented an amazing
house to hang out in. It was a jaw dropping huge villa with lake views, a
tennis court, spa and pool.Wow!

My day started with hair and makeup for the two sisters, MOB (mother
of the bride) and Bride.
While Dina (bride) had her heated rollers in I raced downstairs to
where the groom (Phil) was hanging with his mates (sharing a few laughs
a couple of beers) Nice!

I styled Phil's hair to look like a classic 1940's gangster dude.
He looked very slick and polished and his "look" was complimented his
fabulous suit.

Back upstairs, I ran, to finish the brides hair and onto the sister
in-laws makeup.

Next all of the bridal party got dressed in their beautiful clothes. The
look was "European Elegance" and they certainly achieved this ....they
were stunning!

The photographer arrived just in time to get a few traditional "getting
shots. He was very happy, but who wouldn't be with such a stunning bridal
party, great light, Lake Wanaka and amazing mountains as a backdrop.

On with Dina's veil and final checks of shimmer powder ( to give

everybody's skin a lovely glow) and a lick of gloss for all.

I wished them all well around 3pm and took myself off to the hotel for
a well earned ice cold beer and a swim in the pool.
Such a wonderful location to get married in.

All of the preparations went as well as expectedm, due to the "Hil Cook
bridal formula" that we all

adhere too. This is simply to gather as much information about the
bridal party and wedding as possible, listen to our clients
expectations and performing our work to the highest standards in our

Truly, I feel blessed to have been apart of Dina and Phil's amazing day
and a
huge bonus to be in such a spectacular part of New Zealand as well.

Cheers, Lea :) xx

Our Lovely Lea

P.S - They all loved the "Solution Buds" and are taking them to Canada
and Melbourne where they call home.

P.P.S - Sorry about the photos, they were taken on my Iphone and it
has to be said I might just be the worst photographer ever!!
Hopefully we can grab some professional pics soon.

PPPS... Lea has just been asked to do Brooke Frazor's hair for her latest  international music video so we are very very proud of her :) Hils x