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Craven College students came together recently to help transform Progression Support Assistant, Laura Whiteley into a blushing bride.

Laura Clarke-Whiteley, nee Whiteley, worked with students from Fashion & Textiles, Hairdressing and Media Make-up to create her perfect bridal look, working on her hair, make-up, headdress and wedding dress, in preparation for her big day. The college connection to Laura’s wedding didn’t stop there as the professional photos on the day were taken by a past student of photography at Craven College.  

The bride-to-be worked with a team of Fashion and Textile students on ideas and designs, as part of their Botticelli-inspired project. They then met weekly for discussion and fittings and the students went on to create an exceptionally beautiful and unique wedding dress.

Due to illness, the students working on Laura’s hair and make-up didn’t have the opportunity to have a practice run leading up to the wedding, yet all did a fantastic job, despite the pressure on the actual big day.

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The Dressmakers: Joan Murray, Jade Vellacott, Mia-Helen Elson, Kacy Elliker
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Makeup by L3 Media Makeup student – Jess Liddle
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Hair by Amanda Parker (Hair and Beauty)
Crown hand made by: Jade Vellacott.

Laura’s wedding dress was created by the talented team:

  • Holly Carney
  • Kacy Elliker
  • Mia-Helen Elson
  • Faith Frances
  • Angela Parkinson
  • Gabe Turner
  • Jade Vellacott
  • Izzy Wilson
  • River Megli

(led by Joan Murray and supported by Progression Support Assistant – Angela Davies)

Laura’s beautiful headdress/crown was created by:

  • Jade Vellacott

Laura’s hair was styled by:

  • Amanda Parker

Laura’s make-up was done by:

  • Jessica Liddle

Laura’s nails were done by:

  • Ella-Mae Hanson

Laura and James’ wedding photographs were taken by:

  • Rayane Sutcliffe

A huge congratulation to Laura and James Clarke-Whiteley and the talented team of students who helped create Laura’s dream day.

If you are considering studying subjects such as Fashion, Hair or Beauty Therapy then we are still accepting applications for this September. For more information click here

Art & Design (Foundation Studies)Level 3, Level 4
BarberingLevel 2, Level 3
Fashion & Textiles (Pathway)Level 3
Hairdressing (Colouring, Cutting)Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
Media Make-upLevel 3
Nail ServicesLevel 2, Level 3
Photography (Pathway)Level 3
Advanced & Creative Hair Professional ApprenticeshipLevel 3
Barbering Professional ApprenticeshipLevel 2
Hair Professional ApprenticeshipLevel 2
Digital Photography – BeginnersTue 9 April 2024
Photoshop - IntroductionTue 16 January 2024
Craft & Design - Textiles & Fashion Maker T Level New CourseLevel 3
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