Going for a pamper the day before my wedding was an absolute blessing and something that I'd recommend all brides do. A chaotic day of rushing about like an idiot picking up cakes and suits, checking into various hotels and having last minute meetings with the venue made me feel exhausted before I'd even got up. Escaping for a few hours was the perfect excuse to shut off for a little while, leaving everything in the capable hands of the Groom.
I decided to go for three beauty treatments to get me ready for my wedding and House of Savannah in Newcastle was the only place I wanted to go. Their home on Old Eldon Square is stunning and walking up the steps and into their reception always reminds me a little of sneaking inside a beautiful old doll's house.
There are so many treatments available for brides at House of Savannah and they really do offer anything you could possibly want - from hair styling to massages, waxing to pedicures. As tempting as a massage was I decided to go the day before my wedding for beauty treatments to make me look extra special on my big day.
Greeted with friendly smiles I was shown up to the waiting area where I sat bare faced helping myself to loads of glasses of ice-cold water and lemon. For some reason I was so dehydrated the day before my wedding so I really appreciated the chance to guzzle down some water and take some time out to relax at House of Savannah.
Argh! I look like one tired bride to be! Pampering was definitely needed!
My first treatment was an eyelash extension with Rosie. We discussed in detail the kind of look I was going for and what would best suit me and then I lay back on the bed for a good hour or so of shut eye - just what I needed after a day of rushing about. Having just got engaged herself, I had a lovely chat with Rosie about my obsession with North East wedding venues which made the time fly by. The treatment wasn't uncomfortable at all although keeping my eyes shut for an hour did prove a little tricky at times and all of that water I'd been drinking suddenly hit my bladder at the most inconvenient time.
When it was time to open my eyes I couldn't believe how beautiful my lashes looked - full and fluttery without looking overly done. Suddenly I looked far more put together even though I didn't have a scrap of makeup on my face. It's amazing how a full set of lashes can transform your face.
The lashes finished a little earlier than expected but Clare was ready for me to head straight for my luxury manicure and pedicure - something I really appreciated as a bride's time is precious!
She made me a lovely cup of tea (complete with chocolate!) to enjoy whilst having a look at all of the nail polish colours on offer. House of Savannah use one of my favourite brands, Essie, for their treatments which is great as there are so many beautiful colours on offer. It did make the decision making process pretty tricky though. Luckily Clare let me take my time choosing and was happy for me to paint each nail on my hand a different colour while I decided.
It took me forever to pick and for a while I considered the options of a classic bridal pink, a slightly more daring purple (to match the bridesmaid dresses) or a nod to "something blue". I knew I wanted a colour that was a bit brighter than the normal safe bridal options so in the end went for "Splash of Grenadine" - a beautiful pink .
We began with my pedicure which involved a lovely soak in some warm soapy water followed by a general tidy up of my feet. I highly recommend booking yourself a pedicure at House of Savannah, it felt so good to get some attention paid to my tootsies and they've honestly never looked or felt better. Feet are not the most attractive part of anyones body and giving them some love is a great idea, I'm quite tempted to book myself in every few months to keep them looking lovely.
As I was having my manicure Clare and I had a lovely long chat and it was so nice that she was so genuinely interested in my wedding plans and was so helpful when I needed to text the Groom or a bridesmaid every now and again mid treatment.
So what were the results? Here's a sneaky selfie I took on my big day!
My lashes were amazing - no mascara required and they still looked beautiful weeks later. My beautiful manicure got a lot of compliments on the day with everyone saying how much they loved the colour.
My time at House of Savannah was the perfect pre-wedding treat to calm my nerves and I wouldn't hesitate their treatments to other brides in Newcastle. I've definitely got the bug and am planning on booking myself for a massage soon!
Keep your eye out for Wedding Week coming to New Girl in Toon early January - I'll be sharing some of my official photographs taken by the amazing Katie Bryam and will be telling you all about the details of my beautiful Northumberland wedding!