Q & A with the lovely Gillian from The Little Cupcakery!

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Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.

I am Gillian, a wife, a mum, a teacher and a wedding cake designer.…life is busy!! I started my business in the summer of 2012 when my friend Lucy persuaded me to make her wedding cupcakes! At first I made mini cupcakes but everyone kept asking if I would make them a cake and so eventually after a lot of practise and eating a lot of sample cake recipes, I launched my celebration and wedding cake collections.

What do you love most about your job?

All of it…apart from the washing up! I love the creative process. I love meeting brides and discussing their wedding and bringing it all together in cake form. I adore designing and baking wedding cakes and creating each and every little sugar flower that adorns the final display.

Is there a popular cake or does each bride want something different?

Generally brides want a cake that is going to appeal to all their guests. I offer a different flavour/tier and so often they get 3/4 choices of cake. My most popular would definitely be the Strawberry & Champagne-light and fresh and perfect after a wedding meal.

Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?

There is a wealth of information in magazine form, blogs and online. Pinterest is a great starting point to get ideas of the kind of design that you might like…and even the kind you don’t! But don’t worry if you cant decide-if you bring a few ideas to your consultation a good designer will be able to look and listen to your thoughts and suggest some ideas for you. Try starting here https://uk.pinterest.com/tlcni/

Have you any advice for brides on choosing their cake?

Choose something that you will enjoy and love to eat. It is your day and it is important that you love your cake! Don’t order a sugarpaste cake if you are one of those people who pick off the icing and leave it on the plate! There are other options such as chocolate ganache, a naked cake or buttercream. The choice is yours.

What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?

Definitely having all the people that we loved the most in the one room altogether! Waltzing with my Grandpa would have to be up there too-a memory that I will treasure forever.

How early should I book my cake?

You can never be too early-especially if you are having a summer wedding or a Saturday. Good cake designers will be booked up more than a year in advance. If there is someone in particular that you would like to design your cake get in touch and see if they are free. I take names and then a small deposit nearer the time to secure your date. Then we meet and chat over coffee and cake


How can brides get in touch?

Best way is via email at hello@thelittlecupcakeryni.com or via message on
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thelittlecupcakeryni/?fref=ts

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Photography credited to Paula O’Hara and Jonathan Ryder.

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A little Q&A with the lovely Lynette Murray!

Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.

Hi, I’m Lynette and run my own freelance hair business, Lynette Murray Hair. I’ve always loved hair, ever since I was a little girl and went with my Granny Lily to her hairdressers every week. I just loved seeing people be transformed. It always looked like the best job. When I left school, my parents encouraged me to get my education first, so I did my GCSE’s, A Levels and an HND in Marketing. I had many jobs but nothing fulfilled me. I was always wanting more and decided at 21 to give up a well paid job to become a trainee and be the best goddamn hairdresser I could be. Thankfully Patrick Mulholland in Holywood took the risk on me and took me on and trained me up and after 11 years under his wing, I took flight and went to work for David Smyth of Blue Hairdressing. Here I got to fulfil my creative passions and got to work on photo shoots, magazines and even the Rihanna music video and MTV awards. It really was a dream come true. I’ve always loved styling hair and creating soft natural upstyles. After a few weddings for clients and friends I really found my passion for making my brides feel themselves. It’s a true priviledge to be asked to create someones wedding look. With Davids help I was able to fulfil my dream of becoming self employed. It was scary to start, but I am so Happy I did. I work from Blue part time and have my wedding business also. It really is a great partnership I have with my salon life and freelance life. I am so lucky to have had such a good start in life that I can now honestly say, I have the best job in the world. I feel bad calling it a job. I get to travel all over the North and South of Ireland meeting wonderful people and creating hair. I love what I do. My moto in life is – LoveHair-LoveLife – This is so me xo

What do you love most about your job?

Everything!! Hehe, I get to meet amazing people, travel and come across some stunning venues and places. I’m a proper hair geek. I just love it all.

Is there a popular style or does each bride want something different?

Most brides have their own style and vision of how they want to be on their big day. With my style being more natural and soft, I tend to attract the really relaxed bride. I’m definitely seeing a trend of hair down which I love. Some go for half up, half down with natural flowers or if they opt for an upstyle, It’s always pinned up very soft so they don’t feel too exposed. Especially if brides aren’t used to having their hair up. It can be a shock to suddenly have it all away from their face.

How do you determine what hair style a bride should choose?

Personally, I love meeting up with my brides and talking all things wedding with them. We will sit over a coffee or green tea for me. Get a feel of the dress, the venue, the bride herself. It is so important to see the dress and get a really good vibe about what it is your bride wants. It’s my job to make her look and feel as close to her vision as possible. This is why we have trials. You can think you will want one look but as soon as you try it, you could hate it. I would never get offended if someone didn’t like what I was doing. That is what the trial is for. It is there to give my brides peace of mind. Sometimes we get it right first time, others it takes longer. My job as your bridal hairstylist is to make you feel a million dollars and I won’t stop until I do, hehe.

Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?

Of course, blogs like this are great for inspiration, as are wedding websites. Inspire wedding magazine is one of my favourites and it has everything you would need to plan your perfect day. JuneBug weddings and OneFabDay are great online blogs with amazing real life weddings to, to ogle over 

Is there a beauty/hair regime brides can follow on the lead up to their wedding?

YES, YES, YES. It is so important to keep your hair and skin healthy anyways but if you are planning your wedding at least a year in advance, that gives you plenty of time to get your hair fabulous. Conditioning treatments to repair any damage or just to keep it shiny and healthy, are always great. Get your hairdresser to recommend a good home care system also. Too much heat or chemical treatments on your hair will damage it over a period of time. You want to restore your natural elasticity and promote healthy hair. The same with your skin, a wee facial every now and then does your skin the world of good. Although, I wouldn’t recommend going just before your wedding day (especially if you havent in a long time), as facials can bring out wee pimples etc that may have been hiding under the skin.
Your diet and lifetsyle really effect your hair and skin. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthier will really help with your complexion and the condition of your hair. Happy body + Happy mind = Happy hair and skin

Have you come across any beautiful hair accessories?

All the time, from floral crowns to delicate handmade pieces. I see some of the most beautiful hair accessories. Sandra from Blue Meadow Bridal and Megan from Couture Bridal Accessories make stunning head pieces and veils. I love both their styles.

Do brides need their accessories before their trial?

Not necessarily. Sometimes a bride won’t be too sure of how they want their hair and if you go ahead and purchase a head piece, it may not fit in with the end hair style or it may be too heavy for your hair type. It is always better to discuss with your bridal hairstylist ideas of what will go with your dress etc or the style of hair and hair type.

Have you any advice for brides on the morning of their wedding?

Try to stay calm. Remember you’re marrying the love of your life and your best friend. If you can have your bridal team come to you, I would highly recommend that. Running around from salon to beauticans and worrying about traffic and keeping everyone on schedule is way too stressful. Stay in one place and have us run around after you. It’s your special day and you should be able to either sit in your PJ’s in the comfort of your own home or hotel. Feet up and be pampered. It’s your wedding day and deserve to feel special.


What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?

Walking up the aisle and seeing Neal’s face. He just looked so handsome and I couldn’t wait to call him my husband.
The whole day was magicial and I would do it again in a heart beat, to Neal of course ;)

How can brides get in touch?

LynetteMurrayHair
LoveHair-LoveLife

http://www.lynettemurrayhair.tumblr.com

http://www.instagram.com/lynettemurrayhair

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynette-Murray-Hair/1911975705694561

E: lynettemurrayhair@icloud.com
M: 07974642514
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