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

Cruelty-Free editorial hair and makeup artist Vincentia South Coast Jervis Bay Milton Canberra Sydney

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.




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

Fashion Commercial hair and makeup artist Southern Highlands Sydney Canberra Wollongong

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 🙂



Gorgeous Maddie and Sean’s Bendooley Estate Wedding

Everyone’s taste in wedding dresses, makeup, flowers, and venue varies – thank goodness, otherwise, we would all look the same!

So every now and again – a bride chooses a style of wedding which I can truly relate to from her makeup look, and choice of hair and dress, to the flowers and the venue.

Maddie chose a natural makeup look with a pop of pink lip, hair 1/2 up 1/2 down and the simplest of amazing silk dresses which just enhanced her natural beauty. Her bridesmaid’s hair was simple as were their tasteful flattering dresses.

Her flowers from Form over Function were stunning, and the styling they did at Maddie’s parent’s home where Maddie and Sean were married just stunning!

Photography was by the fantastic Hannah Blackmore Photography and the reception later was at amazing Bendooley Estate.

Add to that – what a good looking group of girls and guys! Stunning!

Just perfect!




Verna and Matt’s private ceremony

Beautiful Verna and delightful Matt decided to have a private ceremony before the day and it was beautifully captured by Dan Cartwright at the Bodycott’s Studio property situated in Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands of NSW 20 minutes south of Bowral on a very cold winter’s day.

Their photos were so beautiful, it was blogged by Love Find Co!

Dress: Nyla by ONE DAY BRIDAL available at Love Marie Bridal Boutique  |  Flowers: The Lillipilian  |

Hair and makeup by me!



Beautiful bridal toes

One of the joys of getting married is the whole process of getting yourself looking your very best, literally from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!

Whilst we often spend great amounts of time and money getting our hair looking perfect, facial skin looking great and our bodies slim and toned, our feet are forgotten as they are going to be hidden under a long dress so who really cares?

Those feet – well at least those toes will pop out every now and again especially when you get lovely shots of your maids helping you put your gorgeous shoes on.

Still not sold? Remember that they will keep you dancing all night even jammed into uncomfortable shoes – so they really deserve a little bit of love and pampering before the day!

So read the following to find out how you can get your feet looking and feeling as gorgeous as the rest of you 🙂

How to get your feet looking great! 





Asian beauties

Asian girls with their gorgeous almond eyes, need a different approach to their makeup than their Caucasian counterparts. When makeup is applied correctly, their eyes look big, chocolatey and bright!

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