Sheffield mum 'living in a dream' with singer Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli performing at Sheffield Arena, United Kingdom on September 13, 2016.
Andrea Bocelli performing at Sheffield Arena, United Kingdom on September 13, 2016.
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A Sheffield makeup artist felt like she was 'living in a dream' after landing the role of pampering one of the world’s great voices, Andrea Bocelli.

Jenn Edwards, aged 35, got the prestigious job days before Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli performed at Sheffield arena on Friday.

Jenn Edwards, Natty Manlove and team member Amy Wells, who stayed with the wedding party as they dashed to Glasgow.

Jenn Edwards, Natty Manlove and team member Amy Wells, who stayed with the wedding party as they dashed to Glasgow.

But the opportunity of a lifetime did not come easy - starting a sleepless whirlwind weekend for hairstylist Jenn and her partner makeup artist Natty Manlove.

Mum-of-two Jenn said: “When the production team asked if I was free to do Andrea Bocelli, my heart started racing.

“I’ve been a fan of his music for years so couldn’t quite believe what I was being asked.”

Jenn and Natty went to the arena well ahead of the show and collected their 'access all area' passes.

Bride Esther James

Bride Esther James

After listening to the soundcheck and exploring backstage, they completed hair and makeup for special guests including Elisa Balbo before star of the show Andrea Bocelli arrived in the final hour.

Jenn said: “We were ushered into Andrea’s dressing room and were asked to wait whilst he finished his vocal warm up. I had to fight back the tears, it was so beautiful - I felt like would wake up any moment, it was like living in a dream.

“Because it was so close to the start of the show we were allocated only ten minutes with him. To be honest, his styling requirements were minimal anyway.”

After the show, the production team were so impressed with Jenn and Natty that they wanted them to continue onto the Glasgow show with them the following morning with their tour bus leaving at 8am.

Jenn Edwards and Natty Manlove pose for a photograph with Elisa Balbo.

Jenn Edwards and Natty Manlove pose for a photograph with Elisa Balbo.

“We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to do it all again,” said Jenn. “But we already had a huge commitment having a wedding booking the following morning for a bride whom had booked our services well in advance. The wedding of our bride Esther James was one we were really excited about.

"Having explored the possibilities we took the decision to attend both and aimed for an afternoon flight from East Midlands, meaning we needed to start our brides bridal preps 90 minutes earlier.

"We arrived without warning leaving bride Esther James, a doctor from Sheffield, a little alarmed and puzzled. When we explained the situation her response was so much better that we were expecting.

"She was really lovely about it and quickly set about making a start. Our other makeup artist, Amy Wells, whom was not originally booked on this wedding, came to our rescue and was able to assist us and stay with our bride after we’d left and she had a wonderful morning so the stars really did align in our favour.

Jenn Edwards and Natty Manlove backstage with the Bocelli 2016 production crew.

Jenn Edwards and Natty Manlove backstage with the Bocelli 2016 production crew.

"Our bride was incredibly lovely about the whole situation and we can’t thank her enough.

“It was touch and go, if there was the slightest amount of traffic on our way to the airport we’d have missed that flight.

"My Mum was waiting at East Midlands airport to collect our car. We jumped out and ran the check in desk dragging our kit behind us."

Upon arriving in Glasgow, there were no hotels available. But thanks to the AAA passes, the artists managed to blag a room.

Jenn said: “It’s really overwhelming how well we were received and how much our skill and efforts were appreciated.

"The production team are keeping in touch and have offered to put more opportunities our way which is most exciting. We definitely won’t be giving up our wedding and editorial work though, our brides will always be our priority."

Jenn Edwards, left, and Natty Manlove with their 'access all areas' passes ahead of doing hair and makeup for classical singing legend Andrea Bocelli.

Jenn Edwards, left, and Natty Manlove with their 'access all areas' passes ahead of doing hair and makeup for classical singing legend Andrea Bocelli.

To find out more visit: jennedwards.com

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