This bride kept it traditional and we love it!

This couple celebrated their eternal love at a rooftop ceremony and it was all captured by Melbourne photographer Andrew Maccoll Couple: Alistair and Katrina Location: Rooftop of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda Alistair and Katrina had been work colleagues since 2007, and it wasn’t until late 2009 on a Friday night that they realised their feelings for each other. From then on, their romance blossomed. “I guess we knew each other quite well, so we didn’t have the real getting-to-know-you stage,” says the bride. Alistair surprised her by proposing at the Hilton Hotel on October two years later, with the beautiful backdrop of the city and the glow of lighted candles complementing the beautiful moment. Designed by Shane McConnell Couture, the bride’s stunning dress featured an oystercoloured lining with an amazing Ivory Chantilly lace and luxurious pearl beading on the bodice. Her bridesmaids wore black chiffon one-shoulder dresses by Langhem, the superb black and white contrast encapsulating the simple and elegant style of the wedding. Photographed by Andrew Maccoll, the couple opted for an effortless reception, wishing to celebrate their special day with 88 of their closest families and friends. With fine food including wild prawns and velvet smoked eggplant, Alistair and Katrina wanted their guests to share the same feelings of love, joy and happiness that they share for each other. Their first dance was to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E”. “Just enjoy every minute of the planning and preparations and the day will be spectacular.”

4 Dramatic Makeup Looks

Some of the Hunter Valleys best wedding supplier's came together at the gorgeous Leogate Estate Winery in Pokolbin to create Winter themed Wedding Magic. The results were nothing short of stunning and I was extraordinarily proud to be the major coordinator of this beautiful project as well as Makeup Artist on the day. Photography: Candice Campbell Photography Venue: Leogate Estate Wines Couture Bridal Wear: Gracelynn Couture Makeup: Stacey Hipwell Makeup Artist Hair: Katrina's Creations Wedding Cakes: Michelle the Cake Chef Florist: Wow Flowers Jewellery: Exquisite Jewels for Hire Dessert Bar: Wild Rose Sweets and Styling Models: Vivienne Barclay, Tanika Riordan, Caitlyn Ryan and Caitlin Hipwell

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Beauty Secrets For Brides

Makeup artist and hair stylist June-Rose reveals her tips for uncovering your most beautiful “you” on your wedding day June-Rose has worked with brides for more than 20 years, so she knows a thing or two about what characterises really stunning bridal makeup. Interestingly, it’s what’s underneath that counts the most. “The most important step is to set the base,” she says. “That’s the canvas. If you get the base right, the makeup will retain its radiance throughout the day.” Her next top tip is to keep it light. With high-definition photography and videography showing up every detail, heavy makeup is no longer desirable. “Ninety-nine per cent of brides come to me because they want that natural look,” says June-Rose. The makeup and hair stylist will approach every bride with the aim of bringing out her best features and tailoring colour, contouring and coverage to her individual skin type, personality and desires. While June-Rose’s trials take place in Sydney, she often travels to locations in the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands, or the South Coast for weddings of Sydney-based clients. “Brides marrying outside the Sydney area often worry about sourcing the ideal hair stylist and makeup artist," says June-Rose, “but with me, they’re receiving top professional, high quality work from a person who specialises totally in wedding makeup and hair.” Her combined hair and makeup offering means brides can receive two services at once, cutting down on travel costs for separate stylists. There’s also another advantage: “This way they get to know one person, and have equal confidence in the hair and makeup,” says June-Rose. JUNE-ROSE’S TOP TIPS FOR… Hair Colour highlights add texture as well as definition to the style for both brunettes and blondes. Adding jewels and flowers to the hair can also bring attention to the design. Don’t wear your hair down on a hot, humid, or windy day. It’s hard to control hair if it’s windy. You can apply all the product you want but you’re going to lose a bit of the style. Make-up Underdo it rather than overdo it because you can always add more. Powder If you’ve got lines around the eyes, don’t overdo the powder. Eyes The aim is to accentuate the colour of the eye; you don’t want the eye makeup colouring to be the thing people look at. Primers Primers can make a big difference. If you’re using a primer with oily skin, it seals the pores and gives that lovely even look. Lips Lip gloss does not look as good as lipstick in photographs. Eyelashes Brides love a delicate, natural eyelash. I use individual lashes, which define the eye while still looking natural. Makeup Artists Be advised by a professional; they’re not only looking at your face on the day, they’re there to advise what will look good in a photograph.

For all of you beautiful brides to be out there, it's without a doubt that you'll be having your bridal beauty regime on that list that is now becoming endless. Bridal beauty isn't just a case of booking two or three hair appointments in advance of the big day. Bridal beauty is about the whole package, from the very top, right down to those perfectly manicured toes!

It's those minor details, those finer points that we should be thinking about (as if there isn't enough to consider). Yet it's your big day... meaning that bridal beauty is vital, and bridal beauty plans needs to be on time and right on the ball. But what exactly do you need on that bridal beauty list? Read on to find out how to achieve that stunning and immaculate bridal beauty perfection.

The Bridal Beauty Checklist And Countdown

6 Months In Advance
Book your hairdresser and makeup artist for the day of your wedding. Make at least two hair appointments for yourself and one for your bridesmaids to “practice” hairstyles. Make further appointment a week in advance for trims and tidy ups. The bridal beauty preparation has begun!

3 Months In Advance
Begin exfoliating your skin from top to toe. It's the beginning of your bridal beauty regime! If you start to do this twice a week, you'll be amazed how glowing and soft your skin will be for your big day. Another vital part of bridal beauty preparation will be fake tan! There's nothing wrong with fake tan but there's a lot wrong with an orange hue! If you want to be a bronzed bridal beauty whilst saying “I do”, make sure you test run!

1 Months In Advance
Avoid hitting the beach and sunburn, exfoiliate, enjoy “practice runs” at the hairdressers, book the following bridal beauty appointments :

  • Facial
  • Waxing
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Eyebrows
  • Spa Day
  • Verify the hair and makeup appointments

The Week Before The Big Day

  1. This is the perfect day for eyebrows. Any Bridal Beauty Expert is going to know that eyebrows need to settle themselves down before that big day!
  2. Enjoy a day at the spa... no bridal beauty preparation is complete without it!
  3. This is the perfect day for a facial. Your bridal beauty regime is running splendidly, relax and enjoy!
  4. Have a day off from your bridal beauty preparations... or maybe just go and buy yourselves a bottle of your favorite perfume!
  5. Defuzzing is always best when it's a couple of days in advance! It's on the bridal beauty prep list and today's the day... nearly there.
  6. No bridal beauty regime is complete without manicures and pedicures and the day before is the perfect time for it!
  7. Do we really need to remind you? Bridal beauty hair, makeup, dress... I DO!