About

Congratulations!

You’re getting married

I can’t wait to collaborate with you to make your special day picture perfect. Together we will achieve the pefect wedding look for you.

Hi, I’m Melinda

But please, call me Mel, and I’m the Founder and Director of Mels Brides. 

Myself and my expert team want to help make your wedding day perfect and get your bridal hair and makeup sorted. 

I don’t want to feel like a stranger, which is why I want to introduce myself and start an open and honest collaboration so that I can give you exactly what you want, even if you don’t know what that is yet!

I actually started my career in the world of fashion, having studied and then pursued a career in this area, I blame Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington who were my icons growing up! I worked as a Stylist Assistant alongside the former Fashion Director at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Tatler. I got to work on magazine shoots for the likes of GQ, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan and also worked in Fashion Show Production for London Fashion Week.

Bridal Makeup Artist applying makeup on a bride

I’ve worked with some of the biggest brands, models, and fashion houses, but was missing an element of creativity. And that’s when I decided to set up my own small business and retrain in makeup and beauty. For the last five years, I’ve lived and breathed makeup and love the freedom that allows, and the personal relationships I’ve been able to build. 

Since moving to makeup I’ve worked at over 60 London Fashion Week Shows and been part of the makeup team for Photoshoots for the likes of ELLE UK and Vogue Paris, I’ve even worked at the BAFTAs!

My work started to be featured in more and more bridal press including Love My Dress, Festival Brides, and Your Kent Wedding, and I realised I should start giving real brides the natural editorial look that I was known for, Mels Brides was born!

I work with brides in the South East, particularly Kent and London, who want to achieve a natural hair and makeup look on their wedding day. Together we create a mood board of ideas, we chat things through and create a vision for you and your bridal party. Working with me is very much a collaboration, I want to keep you relaxed and make sure you look like you on your wedding day.

Having worked in fashion for over a decade, I know how to keep calm and collected to tight deadlines and hope that my calming influence will make your wedding preparation relaxed and easy. There won’t be any late brides on my watch!

I want to make you feel relaxed and pampered which is why I use luxury products suited to each bride. Products I use include Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, and MAC, Lancôme, YSL and Marc Jacobs, and I can also provide natural, vegan, and cruelty-free products. 

For larger weddings, I come with a team of South East based bridal hair and makeup experts who have all come from similar backgrounds with editorial and fashion week experience. 

There is no such thing as a silly question! You don’t need to be a makeup expert, that’s what I’m here for. We can trawl through Pinterest and Instagram inspiration together, we can go back and forth with cutouts from bridal magazines – we absolutely will be working together on this. 

You’ll see some of my featured bridal work below including some of the magazines I’ve worked with and my Instagram feed. Absolutely all of the images on this site are my own previous work so hopefully if you’ve got this far you’ll have an idea of my range and the looks I can help you achieve. When we chat I can also share some images of other work if what’s below doesn’t fit in with your specific vision, I’ve got a very broad portfolio!

It would be such an absolute pleasure to work with you, so please do get in touch so we can start creating your perfect bridal look.

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