Claire Hartley Stylist

Luxury Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist

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Award winning Kent based published hair & make up artist experienced in bridal, occasion and editorial. 

About Me

A bit about me and what I do

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“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.”


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Your wedding day is one of the very rare times in your life when you get the opportunity to create your very own fairytale. Couples have their dream partner and now to celebrate they will go through months of researching and planning, picking out their favourite suppliers in order to create their perfect wedding day, their very own personal fairytale.


That is why I find it a huge honour to be chosen as a brides hair stylist and feel strongly that it is my duty to make them look and feel their best both in person and on camera. 


As a bridal stylist I offer a multitude of services for weddings. From detailed and complex up-styles and structured blow dry’s to simple braids and undone, textured curls. I can create beautiful natural styles for brides wanting an effortless look but am also able to cater for those brides looking for an edgier style.

Given my experience working in a high end barbers in Brisbane, Australia I can also offer the groomsmen a sharpen up and style! What groom does not want to look his best for his soon to be wife?


I have been in the hair industry for over 15 years. My extensive experience allows me to deliver a top quality service and cater to each persons personal requirements. Not everyone’s vision of a fairytale is the same and I am a true believer that diversity is the key to be able to make each brides dream style a reality.


Being a freelance hair stylist I am mobile so I will travel to the brides chosen venue. All of my services are available to other members of the bridal party inclusive of bridesmaids, flower-girls, mother of the bride/groom and as stated earlier even the groomsmen. I always ensure I give myself enough time to complete all services with time allocated at the end for the bride to get into her dress and have a glass of bubbles before she leaves. My brides receive a timeline before of how I hope the morning will run. It is always a good idea to have a rough guide of who needs to be where and at what time ensuring a smooth running, relaxed morning.


Having studied Fashion Styling and Photography at the London College of Fashion, I am a keen photographer and practised at knowing what works in front of the camera. I have worked photographing weddings on my own and as a second photographer to an established professional photographer.. 


My final year at college was spent specialising in Styling. This has given me a good eye at knowing what works visually and what doesn’t. This is essential when combining the many different elements involved with the brides overall look. I work with my brides offering them an in depth consultation where my focus is to listen to what their vision is. We will look through their inspirations, photos, dress style, accessories etc and talk about any concerns they have with their hair. If a bride is undecided on a hairstyle and is after guidance then I can offer trained advice and recommendations not only based on what will work with their hair but also what could work with their whole look and wedding theme. We will then discuss our plan of action and how we will go about creating their perfect style.


Prior to the big day I invite my brides for a trial, this is time dedicated to practising what was discussed in our consultation. I usually recommend that they have someone with them, whether it be a bridesmaid or Mother of the Bride, a second opinion is always helpful. Concerns can be voiced and changes can be made eliminating any stress from their morning. A wedding morning should be an exciting time enjoying being pampered and brides should feel confident in the decisions that we have come to on our journey to their day. I am committed to not only providing a quality service but also making their morning a memorable and special experience.


When it comes to the day itself I will arrive and put all that we have worked on and discussed into practise. My brides can relax knowing what to expect and I can provide the exact service they are wanting. Each curl where it should be and any hair accessories or flowers positioned perfectly. The styles I create will last all day and long into the night giving them the perfect happy ending to their fairytale and the best beginning to their happily ever after.

Video

A Boho Woodland Wedding Photoshoot

SUPPLIERS // #BohoWoodlandWedding
Venue: @longtonwood
Styling & Vision: @pbm_weddings & @bayweddingprops 

Photographer: @pbm_weddings
Videographer: @rkn_aerial_imaging
Prop Hire: @bayweddingprops
Florist: @thistleandsproutflowers
Cake & Cake Pops: @cakeydoodle_cakes
Stationery: @heathercorthinedesign
MUA: @glamparsons
MUA: @occasionalhairandmakeup
Hair: @clairehartleystylist
Rugs: @locatetocreate
Car: @retrorides4brides
Bridal Gowns & Bridesmaid Dresses: @victoriagracebridal
Suit: @tupperstux
Brides Boots: @bootsbydukes
Hair Accessories: @alexandra_bespoke
Rings & Jewellery: @lawley_design
Teepee Tents: @slumberteepees
Bar: @pr0secc0palace
Bride Model: @heidiburgess_
Bride Model: @pariscollard_
Bridesmaids: @coco_jens @melonierogers @samanthasaggers 

Flower Girls via their Mums: @pbm_weddings & @bayweddingprops



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