Louise so beautiful
Dec 4 2008 by Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Louise Hartley and her fiancé Chris Allen wanted to get married in the great outdoors and chose a venue in the Canadian Rockies. Unfortunately, after all the deposits had been paid and flights booked, the airline company went out of business – leaving the couple out of pocket and without a wedding. That’s when close friend Lorraine Bamforth saw our Beautiful Brides competition and wrote a winning letter. HILARIE STELFOX reports
BRIDE-TO-BE Louise Hartley, a primary school teacher, dreamed of getting married on the romantic shore of Emerald Lake in the Canadian Rockies.
Fiancé Chris Allen shared her dream and so the couple saved up to book their wedding and secure flights from Manchester to Calgary next Easter. Friends and family were told of their plans and 13 decided that they’d be able to join them.
“This emphasises how well thought-of Louise and Chris are,” said Matron-of-Honour Lorraine Bamforth, who nominated her friend and colleague (they both teach at Cross Lane Primary School in Elland) for our Beautiful Bride prize package.
Unfortunately, plans for the perfect wedding fell apart when Zoom airlines went out of business in August and the couple’s travel company was unable to find replacement flights at the original cost or for the original dates..
Wedding deposits were lost and Louise and Chris, who live in Marsh, were forced to have a re-think.
When Lorraine saw the bridal competition, offering a dress up to the value of £1,000 from the new bridal shop La Fleur, and a package including hair, make-up, a tiara, wedding photography and a two-day stay at the Ragdale Hall spa, she wrote: “I have known and worked with Louise for nearly five years now and since I moved to the area (I am originally from Teesside) she has shown me such warmth, friendship and loyalty, I would love to be able to repay her and go some way to making her special day even more special.”
Louise was thrilled, particularly when we told her that she’d get a chance to ‘practise’ for her big day with a make-over.
First stop was Rubens hair salon in Westgate, where stylists Emma Lendon and Aisha Lawrence gave Louise a glamorous ‘put-up’ by straightening her normally curly hair and pinning it into a smooth, chic style.
“We do a lot of put-ups for weddings and for people who are just having a night out. You can work with quite short hair or we can add hair pieces,” said Emma.
“Louise has quite curly hair and an alternative would be to leave it curly and pin it up,” she added.
Make-up artist and beauty therapist Lydia Slumbers from the Pamper Rooms, Chapel Hill, Linthwaite, arrived to give Louise a radiant bridal make-up.
Using Colour Motion cosmetics, a professional brand, Lydia went for a natural look, focussing on a clear complexion, with neutral eye colours and just a lick of pink lip colour.
“It’s always best to keep bridal make-up as natural as possible, particularly for someone who doesn’t normally wear a lot of make-up,” she said.
Then it was off to the Bridal Room at La Fleur, the new bridal and floral shop in Northumberland Street, where owner Alisa Devlin was ready with a selection of gowns for Louise to try on and wedding photographer Melody Youle (soon to be Thornton, as she is getting married herself) was waiting with her camera.
We persuaded Lorraine to try on a chic black dress from Alisa’s collection of evening gowns and photographed her with Louise.
“I feel fantastic,” said Louise. “I always wanted a proper wedding with the dress and everything.”
Of course, we couldn’t ask Louise to model the gown she has chosen for her wedding but she was more than delighted to show us the runners-up.
And she had some good news. “We’ve booked a wedding in Dumfries in Scotland, about 20 minutes from Gretna, where you can get married out of doors. And because it’s much cheaper to go there around 50 of our friends and family are now coming.
“We didn’t want a big wedding originally. In fact, we were just going to disappear off to Canada by ourselves. But now we’re glad that we’ll have everyone with us,” said Louise.
However, the couple won’t be having a honeymoon until the summer. And their wedding photographs will be taken by Helen and Melody at a special ‘second’ wedding back in Huddersfield.
“I’ll get to wear my dress twice,’’ said Louise.
Before the big day Louise and Lorraine will be visiting Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire for a relaxing two-day Pamper Break, with treatments and a chance to use the new thermal spa – one of her prizes.