Whimsical Floral Bridal Editorial Shoot

I had the opportunity to do a beautiful, whimsical,  editorial bridal shoot with Gathered Floral, Pearl Button Bridal, The Secret Garden and  Panoramic Photography.

One of the best parts about doing bridal editorial shoots is that every supplier is able to bring their own creative ideas to the shoot, there is no set stylist or bride telling you what they ultimately want, usually just a bunch of creatives with an idea and a passion to make it all work for everyone.

I love what we all created that day, and am blown away by how beautifully Panoramic Photography captured it all.

Pearl Button’s beautiful vintage lace top, looked so gorgeous on our model Albertina.


Pearl Button is an accredited ethical fashion business which I find very exciting as I am proud of the fact that I only use ethical makeup and hair products, I adore that she is as passionate as I am about living ethically and sustainably.

I am a great fan of Gathered Floral’s flowers – I love how they look as if they were collected from the garden and put together, that the bunches are not structured and polished, that they just seem to explode in sheer loveliness.


The Secret Garden is a beautiful romantic garden – the perfect place for a garden wedding set in the romantic Southern Highlands of NSW.

I adore soft pinky peach makeup colours for bridal makeup, and love the undone loose boho hairstyles brides are choosing today – so was particularly delighted to be able to bring both of my loves together in this shoot!


To see more of my bridal hair and makeup work, have a look in my Bridal Gallery

To contact me – go to my contact me page! I would love to hear from you! x




Carly and Martin’s amazing The Woodsfarm Wedding

There is no greater honor as a hair and makeup artist than being asked to do the hair and makeup for the owner of a wedding venue, especially if it is a beautiful venue such as The Woodsfarm 

Carly, the most bubbly super achiever woman I have ever met, managed to get her wedding venue ready just on time for her’s and Martin’s wedding day.

She looked so amazing!

Unfortunately, it rained – but this did not dampen the joy they both shared  – they even had photos on the beach!

Carly chose the best hairstyle for a wet day – which looked amazing with her dress as well – it was a boho, messy bun. Her makeup was natural and golden, with just enough definition to make her eyes pop, not that this beautiful girl needed any help making her gorgeous big eyes stand out more!

Beautiful photos were taken by Blumenthal Photography.



Laura’s elegant classic stylish wedding

I love a stylish timeless wedding.

There is nothing more beautiful than an elegant classic timeless dress which does not date, finished off with a beautiful polished but not stiff hairdo, and timeless elegant makeup which the brides great grandchildren will look at and say “wow” she was so beautiful” instead of – ” oh my! Look at her makeup! was that really fashionable then?”

Too many girls choose to have their makeup looking ‘right now’, with too much colour on the eyes, or too dark, too pale a lip, and too much foundation which the makeup artist says is ‘a natural’ look.

Luminizer should not send satellites off course  – it should be subtle and luminous. Contouring should not be that of a drag queen’s – it should be subtle and undetectable.

Anyway – after my rant – here are some beautiful shots of Laura taken by the talented Zoe Morely Photographer, at Stunning Jasper’s Berry.

Hair by Ameina, Makeup by me.

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Just love a boho vintage braid hairdo

I have a love/hate relationship with braids – I love the way they look, but hate the headache they often give me when I try to create that perfect boho vintage braid hairdo!

Trying to get the braid wide enough or big enough without compromising the rest of the hairdo often drives me nuts – especially when you are under the gun time-wise at a wedding – but once I get it right – I love the way it looks!

This is one of my most favorite bridal braid hairstyles – the wider braid with the twisted messy bun – this hairstyle looks divine on blonds. It actually only works really well on blond hair –  you need the hair to be a little tackier and drier due to it being bleached – it does not work as well on natural soft hair because natural virgin hair tends not to hold. Nor does dark coloured hair as it is so soft.cropped-wedding_0851.jpg

This vintage style braid and hairdo, although very similar, is just a bit smoother and softer to match the elegant bridal gown.photo

When working with soft healthy natural thick hair – sometimes a more classic braid which becomes a braided bun works better and looks so much prettier than a classic messy bun braid.catherineadamsmall-181


This bun is a messy braid – an alternative to the vintage boho braid – it became a boho braided bun with the most divine flower placement!IMG_1064

This braid is gorgeous – the ultimate in simple boho bridal updo. My bride had fine hair – and all that she wanted was a braid and anything else I could do with it! So we braided both sides and turned the leftover braid into a bun!Magnus Agren Photography - Ethix-4

This bride wanted her hair to look as if she had just thrown it together – the braid was an afterthought – so I was a bit worried that it would not work – but she loved it! And I love the vintage thrown together boho bridal hair look we achieved!11232893_834448886630544_2879552315376588699_n



60’s inspired bridal editorial photo shoot

As a hair and makeup artist, I love doing something every now and again which is just a little different like a vintage 60s inspired bridal editorial shoot, down on the South Coast of NSW at The Woods Farm Jervis Bay.

The beautiful shoot is featured in The Wedding Playbook!

I loved doing this makeup look as it was still somewhat bridal, but with a touch of a 60’s inspired eye – but not too much so.

All of the divine shots were taken by Sydney Across the Forest a very talented husband and wife team who also designed the beautiful stationary.

I love vintage fashion – love vintage fabrics and lace – love vintage wedding gowns and because of that I really love the beautiful gowns Dinah from Milton of Pearl Button Bridal designs.

The flowers were just gorgeous and done by Sydney Florist Gathered Floral and the styling was done by the amazing Sydney based My Little Peony

The stunning model was a Sydney Model –  Albertina Burney – a very talented beautiful woman.




8 Tips on How to Lose the Last Few Kilos Before your Wedding Day

There are few things harder to understand than rocket science, how to lose those last pesky kilograms before your wedding day is one of them. We’re sure that for centuries scientists have been baffled by this mysterious task. Forget the study of time and space; Einstein should have been figuring out how to tone the bottom and trim the tummy. But when it comes to the big wedding day, feeling your best and glowing like a goddess, we ladies have to stick together. Let’s launch into some helpful tips to kiss those extra kilos goodbye.

  1. Be kind and be realistic

One of the biggest pitfalls that can happen even before you’ve begun is setting the bar too high. You are only human, so give yourself some grace, time and patience and go from there. Take a moment to think about your favourite cardio activity. Running isn’t for everybody, would you prefer cycling around your neighbourhood or heading to the local park? Did you love rollerblading as a kid? Why not give it another try? Getting active and sweating it out doesn’t have to be a chore, it works better if you’re having fun.

  1. Consistency

Losing weight isn’t so much about explosive episodes of exercise but a regular and frequent routine of healthy living. Exercising daily and in moderation should be your new motto. Daily walks, runs or even rollerblading is what ignites your body into fit mode.

  1. Plan accordingly and let it be organic

Few things make grown women cry. When Sephora is out of your specific shade of concealer, that’s one and oh, planning a wedding is another. So much is on your plate as it is; it’s not going to work if the exercise is entirely out of your norm. Are you an early riser? Get walking at that time. Do you hate the mornings? Plan to go for a cycle at dusk. Plan around your natural habits, don’t try and fit exercise in by breaking your usual routine. Work with it.

  1. Be in partnership and grab a friend

It’s vital to be in partnership when setting out to achieve a goal. Ask a family member or friend to go on your daily walks together. Rope a mate in to be your gym buddy. Exercise can become an opportunity for social catch-ups, which can help the dopamine (happy hormones) in your body to rise quickly.

Joining a social sporting group is a great way to be held accountable for showing up and being active, as well as having fun and forgetting you’re exercising in the first place. There are hundreds of social teams around Australia in need of individual players to make up the team. Grab your sis and head out to netball on Tuesday and Thursday nights. You’ll relive the glory days and throw those calories out of the park.

  1. Eating and drinking and everything in between

An easy hack is cutting out processed food. A good rule is to ask yourself about the ingredients in something you’re buying, do you know what they are? If you don’t, it’s a good idea to steer clear. Instead of snacking on chips, cut up carrots and cucumber and dip them in hummus.

Your biggest meal should be in the morning and then get progressively smaller. Modern society has been doing meals the wrong way around, you need most of your energy at the start of the day, not the end, so dinner should be the smallest affair. It’s also a good idea to cut down on alcohol and drink only once or twice a week. Beer contains a huge amount of carbs and these easily translate into calories.

  1. Plan

Do your research and plan your meals in advance. This way you can limit the temptation to cave and have something unhealthy because of fatigue and stress. It’s a good idea to plan and prepare your meals in week blocks; this allows you to try and change the meals to taste and frees up time to hit the sidewalk for a jog or to dance like nobody’s watching.

  1. Allow yourself a small fling with sugar

Many weight goals fail when we are too brutal on the rules. We all know that vegetables, lean meat, fruit, and legumes are the dominant foods we should be eating, but cakes and pastries just seem to worm their way in and break our spirits. Allow yourself a treat once or twice a week to keep you going. Pick fruit based or low-fat desserts. A good idea, however, is to avoid take-out food altogether because it’s likely you don’t know what’s gone into it and many are high in fats and carbs.

  1. Know your body and reward it

When trying to look your best, it’s always helpful to know your body. While the mainstream media might celebrate a particular body shape, we all have beautiful bodies with our own nuances and curves. It can be very helpful to learn more about your body shape and target your exercise activities to specific areas.

Once you’ve put in the work with our simple tips, you’ll be looking fabulous in time for your wedding day. But, why not treat yourself with a new look that you can enjoy as part of the wedding festivities – for your rehearsal dinner or even your honeymoon. According to Cindy Newstead, Director of Style With Cindy, “Hiring a personal stylist to create a new look for you can be a great reward to acknowledge the hard work you’ve put in, and encourage you to keep it up.”

And remember, at every hill and bead of sweat that gets in your eye, you go gurl.

Author bio

Maya White is an Australian freelance writer and Melbourne-based university student. As a fashion student, she is passionate about textile design and specializes in fashion-related topics. When Maya isn’t creating beautiful textile designs or writing, you’ll find her exploring her other passion – fitness. If you would like to get in touch with Maya to discuss her stories, you can reach her at http://fashionstyleddiary.blogspot.com.au/ or malayawhite1009@gmail.com.

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Kangaroo Valley Bush Wedding

I love non-traditional weddings as much as I love a traditional bride – so Billie’s DIY  wedding with the simplest of wedding dresses at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat although as all DIY weddings go – a touch chaotic, was lovely, and I loved her bridal makeup and hair brief and the fact that she trusted me to make her look beautiful without a trial!

I had a lovely day with her and her maids- and from her thank you message – she also enjoyed having me on board!

“Dear Yvette and Jess

Thank you for being so wonderful, calming, organised and professional on my wedding day! You were so wonderfully easy to deal with, and so flexible and relaxed both in the lead-up and on the day. It was really lovely to have you as part of the day, helping everything flow so smoothly.

The makeup and hair was also just perfect. I was so worried to get my makeup done as I’ve never been happy with being made up before, but your technique is so natural (yet very enhancing) and products feel great on your skin. Everyone felt so comfortable and special in their makeup, it was actually quite amazing.

I would recommend you a thousand times over and can’t thank you enough.

All the best


The beautiful photos were taken by James from Rose Photos


Vibrant Vintage Photoshoot with Talented Fine Art Photographer

I love fashion photoshoots and adore vintage fashion. Add an editorial fine art photographer to the mix – and you have something really special!

I come from a fashion and editorial makeup background, so going back to my Sydney makeup roots is always something special to me.

Gillian Herne, owner of Twisting Vintage in Mittagong wanted to use size 10 models for this fashion shoot as the vintage gowns she chose were size 10, so finding a great model was a serious challenge as most models are size 6 and 8.

She was so lucky to find two gorgeous girls, and I was delighted that we were able to use Bodycott Studio’s amazing gardens in Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands to do the editorial photo shoot in.

The light was gorgeous as it was early spring in the Southern Highlands, so the photos have a softness about them.

Oscar Coleman from Oscar Coleman Portrait Studio Sydney was the photographer – I love the photos!











Glamorous old world wedding

I love glamour and simple lines on a  wedding dress.

I know I must have been born at the wrong time, as I just love everything old world!

Alyce chose to get ready at The Robertson Hotel, in Robertson in the stunning Southern Highlands of NSW a beautiful old building which feels like time has forgotten it. Her wedding dress was simple and made out of the most beautiful material – it flattered her so beautifully!

I really loved spending the morning with Alyce’s family as I had been lucky enough to do her sister Stacey’s wedding a few years back – elegance runs in this family – Stacey’s wedding was perfectly stylish as well and was in Bowral at the stunning  Hopewood House

I enjoyed doing just bridal makeup for this wedding, with Ameina doing everyone’s bridal hair.

The fabulous photos were all taken by Thomas Stewart Photography.




Some girls just want to have fun on their Wedding day!

Some days I have to get up at silly early hours just to get to a wedding on time. Sometimes I find it easy though, as I know I will have a great day as the bride is just lovely, as are her maids, so I cannot wait to join them for their big day!

I was excited to be doing Teagan’s wedding in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW – even if I had a 6 am start which meant leaving my house at 5am!

Teagan was so gorgeous when she came for her hair and makeup trial in my Studio with her lovely sister and bridesmaid – so although I knew I had a massive bridal party to prep with Ameina, I knew the day would be great!

Teagan was married at beautiful Terrara House Estate – and the fabulous photos were taken by Thomas Stewart Photography



A Rustic Romantic Wedding

I love my beautiful brides and am often blown away by how beautiful they look in their bridal gowns!

One bride who just looked too amazing was the very athletic beautiful Ashley, whose divine figure and strong body looked so fantastic in her wedding dress!

I loved all of the choices she made with her wedding – everything was perfect to the final flower.

Her wedding was held at the gorgeous Terrara House Estate, which has closed its doors as of January – I am sad to say goodbye to this beautiful venue in Nowra.

Evoke Photography  as always took some amazing shots, of this stunning bride and groom!

The photos were so beautiful, that Modern Wedding Magazine posted the beautiful wedding up online.

Read about it here!

Some of my favorite shots from the day!




Polka Dot Bride Feature

I love working with top suppliers on collaborations to help them promote themselves as well as myself!

Hilary Cam Photography and I decided to help Angela Osagie Bridal launch her new range of bridal gowns.

With the help from Decorations by Jelena and bridal crowns by Maria Elena Headpieces, we put together a gorgeous shoot at Stanhope House Bowral.

It is very exciting that Polka Dot Bride loved the shoot as much as we did and posted a blog post on it! Read it here.

Below are some of my favourite makeup pics 🙂