You will know by now that we are ALL about the statement jewellery…..especially a “look at me!” type headpiece. And if you can’t wear something uber pretty on your bonce for W-day then when the hell can you?

The aisle is your catwalk lovelies the ailse is your CATWALK (and if there is ever a wave of doubt that comes over you because you believe the unique headgear you’ve set your heart on might be a bit…”much” then repeat that mantra after me ok?)

A shining (literally) example of the kind of adornments we are lusting over right now is the new 2014 Collection from Polly Edwards….We like it. A LOT.

We also like the flawless make-up and hair styling (especially the really BIG do that looks like a very beautiful lions mane….) all captured to perfection by Juliet McKee.

And the catwalk of choice? Why, the uber luxe Botleys Mansion of course…where else would one strike such a magazine-cover-worthy pose on the chaise long?


Polly Edwards 2014 Collection as ever, is a design led fusion of contemporary styling with a classic edge. Beautiful beading mixed with pearl, flowers, ruffles and flashes of bold crystal. And my are we loving a ruffle right now.


Creating The Look

Juliet McKee: The creative process behind this shoot began with Polly Edwards sharing her ideas with me in the form of fabulous Vogue cover shots that captured the essence of what she wanted to achieve. From there I headed straight to Pinterest to gather an array of images, which I felt best encapsulated the feel and look Polly was after. I thought in terms of soft, ethereal, and a look that many brides would love.

When seeking out a venue for the shoot I knew it had to be pretty special, and I wanted high ceilings, large windows, and beautiful light. We were delighted when Bijou Venue’s offered us the magnificent Botleys Mansion. The 18th century Palladian mansion was perfect with its numerous large sash windows and bright spacious rooms. The mansion has a fabulous stone floor in the entrance hall and Polly suggested we take some shots of Jade lying down there. A quick scout around also revealed a salon with a large antique red sofa, perfect for some rather cheeky shots of Jade reclining.


With the keyword ‘ethereal’ in mind, I felt the makeup had to be fresh and terribly pretty with perhaps a soft coral colour palette. I shared my ideas with ace make up artist Carolanne Armstrong, who brought these ideas to life so brilliantly with the lovely Jade.

Carolanne’s tool kit for the day included;

Skin Prep: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Base: illamasqua Skin Base
Blush and Glow: Benefit ‘Coralista’ and Nars ‘Orgasm’
Brows: HD Brow palette
Lashes: Lancôme Doll Eyes Mascara plus individual lash inserts.
Lips: Carmex for moisture plus Jelly Ping Pong Cheek Stain for soft coral colour.
Skin: Illamasqua Illumine Oil


For Jade’s hair we brought in the exceptionally talented Sharon Roberts to create a series of diverse bridal looks.

Sharon Roberts: “Polly’s brief was a relaxed soft natural ‘down ‘ style which could be swept to the side as an alternative look, an up do cascading down at the side and a wilder look to finish.

I had to plan the order of hairstyles as Jade has very fine hair and too much playing around and lots of product in the hair for the first look would make it unworkable.

I pre-curled and pinned the curl whilst make up was done and then left it tumbling loose as I released each curl. Macadamia oil (the light version) was used to create shine. This style was loosely pinned to the side to allow for the large crystal comb to be placed.

I lightly backcombed each curl , pinned to top of crown and swept the hair round to the side, shaping the curls to fit around each other. The front section of hair was swept to the opposite side to give balance. Several different headpieces were placed.

Polly wanted a wild look for the final look and so lots of back combing, hairspray and a hair piece was used to give extra volume. I just happened to have exact colour in my kit!”


Polly Edwards: Despite the thunderous weather Botleys Mansion appeared beautiful and relaxing with a feeling of space and charm that comes from being a truly unspoilt building.  It feels like a house, not somewhere you have been allowed to enter.

A wonderful relaxed atmosphere pervaded through the day as Carolanne, Sharon and I prepared Jade our model to be photographed by Juliet.  Sharon completely understood my requirements for the hairstyles and was matched by immaculate makeup from Carolanne. 
Juliet McKee proceeded to exceed all expectations of the look of the shoot, giving me superb results with some fantastic shots. 


Venue: Botleys Mansion
Collection – Polly Edwards
Photography – Juliet McKee
Make-Up – Carolanne Armstrong
Hair – Sharon Roberts
Gown – Sassi Holford
Model – Jade

Those last images? THAT is the barnet I want.

And did you take a peek at the products Carolanne used to make model Jade so incredibly ethereal? Will Jelly Ping Pong give me a pout like that? I’m going to invest and hope for the best lovelies.

This is an exclusive preview of the 2014 collection which will be unveiled at the White Gallery on the 19th May, for enquiries please contact Polly Edwards.

Let us know which piece was your favourite in the comments box below you gorgeous lot you.

Big Heavenly Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

14 thoughts on “Heavenly.

  1. Hi Kate, the name of the first ‘crystal’ headdress is ‘Vivi’. Gorgeous isn’t it?!

    Thank you Charlotte for featuring our shoot today, we are over the moon! xxxx

  2. Wow! They’re all stunning but that last headpiece is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Gutted it’s not released until later in the year 🙁 sob!
    Gorgeous make up and that back-combing is awesome!!

  3. SO much amazing make-up inspiration in here – love it!

    Phwoar, you guys should see my statement headwear, it’s a real stunner and a bespoke design from the very lovely Debbie from DC Bouquets. Not saying anything more than that, you’ll have to wait for the wedding snaps to see it!


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