Elle Au Naturel was established in 1998 by professional hair and makeup artist Antonia Krieger and is one of the leading bridal hair and makeup companies in the South East. Having trained at The London College of Fashion, Antonia started her career in the theatre as a wig dresser. She then spent three years in Manchester at Granada Television working on Coronation Street, other dramas and light entertainment before she headed back south to pursue a freelance career.
It was at this time she set up Elle Au Naturel.The name Elle Au Naturel came from one of Antonia’s first brides who was a French teacher. She knew Antonia wanted to portray a business that would appeal to everyday women who just want to look like themselves on their special day, but the best possible version. And so Antonia’s client and her students came up with the name and over one thousand brides later the business is still going strong.
Antonia and her team have a wealth of experience between them, treating each client as an individual and working closely with them to create a look that they are comfortable with and that represents their own personality.
As professional makeup artists we have substantial kits using products from Charlotte Tilbury, Morphe, Nars, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and Mii Cosmetics. We are regularly updating and adding to our kits to keep them fresh and appealing to our younger brides. Our website has hundreds of images for our clients to look through and it is updated every year. Many of our brides find our videos useful as they can see how Antonia interacts with her clients and conducts her trials. These normally last for around three hours giving each bride enough time to go through every detail so that she is happy with her final look.
Experience is absolutely key in this industry as you can only provide a high end service when you have knowledge and expertise in all areas of hair and makeup. This takes years of training. Timing on the wedding day itself is crucial and only artists with this sort of experience and training will be able to maintain a calm and relaxed morning that runs to time. It is part of our job to ensure that all our clients have an enjoyable and fun morning, this starts their day off in the best possible way, giving them the confidence to shine in their photos.