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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: February 2024

Hair and Makeup / Nails / Spray Tan / Skincare

Lara Stokes is a wedding hair stylist and beauty specialist based out of Cheltenham, England and serving celebrations throughout the Cotswolds. She has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and offers a professional and bespoke service. She started her career managing a Toni & Guy salon in London before discovering her passion for wedding hair and all to do with beauty. She then trained with the world-renowned Kasia Fortuna and now offers all aspects of beauty, including, wedding / occasion hair, makeup, nails, spray tan and skincare.

Services Offered

Lara Stokes takes a relaxed and friendly approach, which allows her to ensure your wedding day is calm and stress-free. If you don't know what hairstyle you'd like, she will help you plan and prepare the look of your dreams. She will also take your dress and ceremony theme into consideration as she crafts your unique aesthetic. Lara can offer a strong creative team for all your beauty needs. Your booking, from skincare to tanning, to hair and makeup and then finally your nails, will be managed for you making sure all is easy and stress-free. We are happy to travel to your destinationn of choice on the lead up to your special day! We very much, look forward to hearing from you!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Hairdressing
Makeup
Aesthetic - manicure, pedicure, waxing etc...
Beauty treatments

What is included in the wedding package?

Bridal Hair, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Flower Girls and any other members of the wedding party. We offer Hair, Makeup, Nails, Spray tan and Skincare

How far in advance should I contact you?

As soon as you know your date and venue. I have enquires up to 3 years in advance

Do you work at homes?

Yes

What is the charge for travelling?

Nothing within 30 miles and 0.65p per mile thereafter

What is your main business area?

Make up

Could you stay with the bride until the photo shoot?

Yes

How many people can you beautify for one wedding?

6 if solo and many more with my team on board too

Can you provide your beauty services for pre-wedding and post-wedding photography?

Yes

What are the forms of payment?

Bank transfer. PayPal. Stripe

Served in

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire

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Reviews for Lara Stokes

4.7 out of 5 rating
4.7 out of 5 rating
18 reviews
95% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.6 out of 5 rating
Sally
Sally G. Sent on 09/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Lara is the best!

From first enquiring with Lara, to the lovely morning we spent together for my trial, all the way up to the wedding day, she has been an absolute dream! So professional and responsive and just so incredibly lovely.

I felt like she understood me and my vision for my hair straight away, I barely needed to change anything after the trial. Lara also worked really closely with my makeup artist Phoebe, they are an amazing team!

On the morning of my wedding Lara really helped to keep me calm! I absolutely loved my hair and I felt like me, but just the best version of me. My bridesmaids also absolutely loved their hair and felt really listened to by Lara.

I really can't thank Lara enough and all I can say is if you're thinking of booking her, do it!
Holly
Holly I. Sent on 25/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Boho Bride Perfection with Lara Stokes

I always knew I didn’t want the traditional bridal hair look for my wedding day, but something more relaxed, more boho, more fun. When I found Lara I absolutely knew she was the perfect person to create my dream vision for my hair…. And boy did she do just that! For me and my bridal part - my sister’s relaxed hollywood waves were incredible!

I really couldn’t have asked for anything better. Not just in terms of how my hair looked but with regards to the way Lara was with me and my bridal party - kind, funny, full of advice and so many helpful wedding tips!

She fills you with so much warmth and love and truly is such a wonderful human… she really felt part of our bride tribe!

I feel blessed that Lara and my make up artist Phoebe (May Williams) were my glam squad for the day, what wonder women they are 🙌❤️😘

Here’s a few preview pics from our day at Cripps Barn- can’t wait to see more which showcase the full glamming experience!
Mayura
Mayura Sent on 08/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding hairstyles

There's something truly transformative about the perfect hairstyle on one's wedding day. Lara, our exceptional hairstylist, has the midas touch, turning our hair dreams into reality.

From the moment Lara arrived, she exuded professionalism, punctuality, and organization - an absolute must for a stress-free wedding morning. She masterfully navigated the bustle and excitement, making each lady in the room feel comfortable and cared for.

For all the ladies who had their hair styled by Lara, their delight was palpable - each hairstyle was beautifully crafted, reflecting their individual style while maintaining an elegant cohesion.

As the bride, I was particularly taken by Lara's exceptional talent. She took the time to understand my vision, providing her own valuable input to create a final look that was nothing short of stunning. It was an absolute work of art that remained intact throughout the day's celebrations.

Lara's skill, patience, and warm personality added a layer of calm to the busy wedding preparations. She brought an artistic flair to our day, creating beautiful hairstyles that will forever be immortalized in our wedding photos.

If you're in search of a hairstylist who can make your wedding hair dreams come true, look no further than Lara. We highly recommend her services to anyone who wants to feel and look their best on their special day.
Rachel
Rachel S. Sent on 16/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best decision

Lara is the kindest and most talented hair stylist ever, she made the whole process such a dream and made me feel validated and safe. From the start communication was excellent and the trial experience was so exciting! The morning of the wedding she makes you feel so calm yet so excited and really does the most beautiful hair styling. I would never have thought my hair would look so good in a Hollywood wave but I’m so in love with it and got so many compliments that now I want it all the time! Thank you so much Lara for everything, highly highly recommend.
Jodie
Jodie W. Sent on 06/05/2023
2 out of 5 rating

Not in Cheltenham

Friendly and very responsive however it was only after paying the deposit to secure my booking that I was given a contract and told I needed to pay >£60 mileage fee for my stylist despite living in Cheltenham. I was not told about this fee before booking. My deposit was refunded with no hassle but I am very disappointed. This location is advertised incorrectly and mileage costs should have been disclosed during the initial discussions.
Amy
Amy Sent on 27/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Hairstylist

Lara did my wedding hair and she was an absolute dream from start to finish. At the trial, I really appreciated her creative and professional input whilst still being incredibly mindful of my vision/what I wanted for my hair. Lara is someone who knows hair inside out!
On the day, I was so delighted with my hair. It is exactly what I hoped for and the end result was so pretty whilst still being super comfortable to wear (no heavy hair / hairspray crunch here!). And the staying power was incredible - my hair is very straight and notoriously impossible to hold a curl and yet somehow Lara's waves lasted all evening. See below for a photo of me at 7/8pm-ish so around 7 hours after styling - with my hair still looking fantastic and having waves in. Especially impressive as I did no touch ups and wasn't particularly precious with it.
Lara, you are magic and I can't thank you enough.
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Daire H. Sent on 12/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Flawless experience

Lara and her team were amazing. So pleased with how my hair turned out, exactly as I wanted. Helped make the morning super fun and calm too. Thanks so much again!
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Hannah F. Sent on 22/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing from start to finish!!

Cannot recommend highly enough. Not only is Lara amazing at creating the most amazing hair, she is also so lovely and makes you feel at ease. I am so pleased she was part of my wedding. All my bridesmaids loved what she did. Lara was amazing from the initial communication, so responsive and informative, and was incredibly lovely on the morning of my wedding. Thanks for being so amazing!!
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Hannah H. Sent on 07/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Honestly couldn't have wished for better!

Lara was consistently professional, kind, knowledgeable and an absolute delight to work with. She made the morning of my wedding so special, was imminently flexible and professional and I honestly could not recommend her enough. My hair stayed in (despite some very questionable dancing!) and I absolutely loved it. Her online portal is super easy to use and means that you can log in and check on trial dates without any issue. She is also very responsive, with any queries or questions dealt with super quickly. What I really liked was that she provided the perfect balance of advice whilst also allowing me to work out what I wanted myself. She's an absolute star!
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Megan L. Sent on 03/10/2023
3.6 out of 5 rating

Disappointed with hair

Lara was very professional and was very responsive to book with. Unfortunately my hair on the day wasn't as agreed with a lot of hair spray used and we all felt the stylist rushed off a little prematurely leaving my bridesmaids to make final touches. For such a professional setup with were disappointed with the service on the day.
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Emily W. Sent on 20/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wonderful team!

After a few unfortunate circumstances which resulted in my hair stylist for my wedding day being changed twice, I can’t fault Lara. From first enquiring, to even after my wedding she has been professional and super responsive! Also sending out helpful tips on the lead up to the wedding and the client portal made the whole process super easy!

I had my trial with the lovely Jodie, who understood exactly what I wanted and made my vision come to life (actually even better than what I could have imagined!)

Jodie styled my hair on my wedding day, alongside my four bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the groom she was amazing. Jodie was so lovely and made us all feel comfortable in the morning, it was just like having another friend getting ready with you. We all absolutely loved our hair and received lots of compliments!

A big thank you to Jodie, I’m so happy she was part of our day!
J
Joanna C. Sent on 03/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Talented, professional and wonderful hair stylist - perfect for your wedding!

Highly recommend! I booked Lara to style my hair on my wedding day (and bridesmaids, Mother of Bride and Mother of Groom) - one of the best choices! Throughout the booking process, the hair trial to the day itself - everything was brilliant. Lara was fantastic to have around on the morning - calm, friendly, professional - and such a lovely person, too! My hair was fabulous, the perfect, modern yet classic style and lasted all day. I felt amazing. Thank you!
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Farrah G. Sent on 17/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant hair styles by Lara

Lara was amazing at my daughter’s wedding
Our hair looked so good - all day and night
She made such a difference to the whole wedding experience- we highly recommend her !
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Fiona E. Sent on 19/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best stylist

I needed someone to style my hair for my stepdaughter’s wedding on Easter Sunday.
I was so glad I found Lara - from the initial contact to the trial at her home - she was so welcoming and really listened to what I wanted.
On the day she was fab, so lovely and professional and made me feel amazing with the way she styled my hair.
Would definitely recommend Lara, you won’t be disappointed.
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Rachel S. Sent on 29/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Bridal Hair Stylist! Highly recommend!

Lara is an incredibly talented bridal hair stylist and did an amazing job on my hair, my bridesmaid’s hair, and my mum’s hair. We all have different types of hair (straight, wavy, curly, long & short) and we all wanted a different style. Lara was confident working with each of our hair types, and we all loved how our hair turned out! I received so many compliments for my hair and it stayed in place the entire day.

Not only is Lara really talented at what she does, she is also the perfect person to have around on the morning of your wedding- she is kind, encouraging, and such a lovely calming influence! I highly, highly recommend booking Lara for your big day!

Thank you for everything Lara, it was such a blessing having you around for my big day! Xxx
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