MODERN ROMANTIC COMES TO LIFE

BLAKE DRESS from AUD $2,999 (Non-Embellished). From AUD $ 3,499 (Embellished)

Against the backdrop of a wakening Manhattan, a new bridal silhouette for modern romantics comes to life with Anna Campbell’s new release.
Fitted lace and silk crepe dresses are embellished with shimmering hand-beading, while plunging low-backs and embroidered lace trains combine inner-city chic with classic romantic details.
Released at New York Bridal Fashion Week earlier this month, the Blake, Kira, Harlow and Saasha are four new Anna Campbell dresses, perfect for brides who love the idea of a little Anna Campbell sparkle or unique lace detailing, with a sleek, slimline silhouette.

HARLOW DRESS from AUD $2,599

Designer Anna Campbell says she is introducing a mid-weight silk crepe fabric to her designs, in her Blake gown.“For so long we have been looking for the perfect, luxurious silk crepe, with just a little bit of stretch,” she says.
“The Blake – which is available in a plain ivory, or with an additional beautiful embellished back detail – is our unique take on the iconic Caroline Bessett-Kennedy wedding gown.
“I adore the shimmering ivory hand beaded detail that peaks across the shoulders, then journeys down the low back dramatically.

SAASHA DRESS from AUD $3,599

“We can’t wait to see our first Blake brides walk down the aisle next year.” The Blake, Kira, Harlow and Saasha will be available to try at all Anna Campbell stockists from December 2017.​

KIRA DRESS from AUD $2,999

BLAKE DRESS from AUD $2,999 (Non-Embellished). from AUD $ 3,499 (Embellished)

SPRING MAKEUP TRENDS

You have your dress, your shoes and your jewellery, now, to focus on the finer details, your perfect makeup look.
Incorporating some spring makeup trends will ensure your look is fresh.
Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says maintaining the condition of your skin is essential before considering any makeup.
“The weather during spring and summer can really play havoc on the skin, it can become dry and dehydrated from sun exposure to shiny and oily from the dry hot weather,” he says.
“The skin needs extra TLC so my must-haves would be a balm cleanser to keep the skin hydrated and soft all day.”
He says, once you have hydrated skin, and have primed appropriately, it’s time to try something a little bold.
“Electric blue is huge this season,” he says.
“The easiest way to inject some colour into your look is by using a blue mascara, teamed with a bright pop of colour on the lips to add a fun youthful look perfect.”


Jacob Stanley, MECCA Head of Education, says it’s time to leave the dark tones of winter behind, recommending coral, peach and apricot tones for lips.
“Casual summertime glamour is the goal,” he says.
For your eyelids, Jacob recommends metallic and shimmer, especially rich and warm metallic including copper.
Eyebrows, which have been having such a moment, should be looking natural.
“Brows are definitely ‘calming down’ – we’re definitely seeing a preference for less intense, less ‘done’ brows,” says Jacob.
“They should look like human eyebrows.
“Fill, define, and enhance, but don’t try to make your brows the most noticeable thing about your face.”


Dewy complexions are making a return after a few years of matte-madness.
“But when it comes to lashes and lips, bigger-than-big is better – everyone wants longer, larger, louder when it comes to those features,” says Jacob.
It is also important to remember makeup maintenance throughout the day.
“Don’t neglect the touch up,” Napoleon says.
“Packing essential touch ups is a must; non-negotiables are powder, eyeliner and lipstick.”
However, while doing your makeup, it is important to wear what you love.
“My best tip? You do you. Wear whatever makes you feel great,” Jacob says.

1. Cover FX matte setting powder, $51 from Sephora;
2. Total Bae Own It! Electric mascara, $29 from Napoleon Perdis;
3. Stila matte n’ metal eyeshadow palette, $71 from Mecca;
4. Too Faced sweet peach creamy peach oil lip gloss in peach tease, $27 from Mecca;
5. Eyestudio colortattoo metal 24hr cream gel eye shadow, $9.99 from Chemist Warehouse;
6. Take The Day Off cleansing balm, $55 from Clinique;
7. Urban Decay de-slick oil control makeup setting spray, $49 from Mecca;
8. Crème sheen glass in Cha-Cha-Cha, $43 from MAC;
9. ARDELL fashion lashes 105 black, $10.99 from Priceline;
10. Foolproof brow powder, $42 from Benefit

 

COLLECTION TO CHERISH FOR EVER AFTER

Bridie Embellished Cape

Forever New has officially expanded into the bridal and occasion wear market, launching its Ever After collection.
Ever After is a 20-piece capsule of bridal and formalwear, which includes dresses suitable for brides, bridesmaids, debutantes and guests of special events.
The premium collection features pieces made with 100 per cent silk, Chantilly-inspired lace, delicate hand beading and exquisite embroidery.
Fronting the campaign is Australia’s Next Top Model 2016 winner Aleyna Fitzgerald.
Forever New Ever After is priced between $149.99–$299.99 and is available in-store and online at forevernew.com.au


Kristy Embroidered Dress: Embrace fairy tale feminine vibes in this embroidered
tulle prom style dress, a stunning option for the modern bride.

Jane Strapless Tulle Maxi Dress: This porcelain strapless tulle maxi dress is fit for the most fabulous of brides, with a stunning flowing skirt and hand-embellished bodice.

Marielle Embellished Dress: Accentuate your figure in this show-stopping bridal gown,
a one-of-a-kind design featuring all-over hand embellishment and sheer sleeve detail.

Seraphina Embellished Gown

Juliet Lace Spliced Midi Dress: This stunning lace spliced midi dress is perfect for your
special day, featuring sheer silk organza detail and an embellished satin belt. 

Shanae Lace Top Maxi Dress: This nude lace top maxi dress is the epitome of elegance,
a winning option for any stylish bridal party or modern bride to be.  

Andrea Embellished Maxi Dress: This stunning blush embellished maxi dress is soft and feminine, featuring a hand-embellished bodice adorned with beads, pearls and floral applique.  

Lou Prom Dress: Bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and wedding guests alike will look
and feel the part in this classic prom dress style.

Kiki Bead Bodice Dress

Cleo Tulle Prom Dress: Make a stunning entrance in our sky blue tulle prom dress,
a flattering silhouette for any formal event. 

Rosalinda Twist Maxi

Shanae Lace Top Maxi Dress: This navy lace top maxi dress is the epitome
of elegance, a winning option for any stylish bridal party. 

Luna Strapless Printed Dress: With its stunning pink floral design, flattering length and classic silhouette, this strapless printed dress is ideal for any special occasion. 

ANNA CAMPBELL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

Photography: Jessica Apap. Hair and Makeup: Melonie Santos. Flowers: Flos Botanical Studio

Anna Campbell has launched its vintage-inspired, 10-year anniversary collection, Eternal Heart.
The Australian bridal label is best known for its vintage-inspired hand-beading, relaxed designs and signature silk bows.
The special new collection of wedding dresses marks the beginning of the brand’s 10-year anniversary celebrations.
The Eternal Heart collection is an unapologetic celebration of all things sparkly, romantic and feminine, and pays tribute to some of Anna’s signature past styles that have continued to be loved and sought after by brides all around the world.

 

Each style in the 10-piece collection has customizable skirt options, including a form-fitting ivory guipure vintage lace, flowing and romantic silk tulle, and entirely hand-embellished sequined laces, each creating high-impact bridal sparkle.
Designer Anna Campbell says the flexibility of the Eternal Heart dresses means that every bride can feel beautiful and unique, as well as comfortable, on her wedding day.
She says the 10-year anniversary of the business also marked a natural point to stop and reflect on the success of Anna Campbell as a brand.
“Reaching the 10-year mark with Anna Campbell feels like such an incredible achievement,” she says.


“It has been a roller-coaster of highs and lows along the way, but the name of this collection – Eternal Heart – reflects the passion, hard work and love for Anna Campbell that continues to be felt not only by myself, but also by our entire studio team here in Melbourne, as well as our global network of Anna Campbell stockists and our brides themselves.”
The Eternal Heart collection is priced between $2699 and $7999 and is available through all Anna Campbell stockists and online at annacampbell.com.au

Photography: Jessica Apap
Hair and Makeup: Melonie Santo
Flowers: Flos Botanical Studio

 

 

 

FORWARD PLANNING

Photo: Stefani Driscoll

Photo: Stefani Driscoll

A successful wedding planner is now taking on the corporate world, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

THERE is no doubt social media is a dominating force, especially when businesses are trying to promote themselves.
Geelong stylist Laura Harvey says it is this reliance on quality social media that has driven her newest venture.
Laura, an established wedding planner and stylist, the woman behind Weddings of Desire, has expanded to corporate and marketing work.
The mother of two launched the new branch of her business, By Desire Styling, late last year.
Laura, 31, says she decided to try wedding planning and styling after her own experiences.
She started a blog in 2010, Weddings of Desire, and also contributed to former fashion publication Madison Magazine and David Jones’ online wedding blog.
“I got approached by a photographer for a styled shoot and that lead to real weddings,” she says.
“It was just word of mouth and the business grew.”
Laura, who takes on about 15 to 20 weddings each year, is already booked out for next season.
“When I started there weren’t many planners around,” she says.
“Now the suppliers are so good, we have everything down here that we need – the wedding community is so great now, it is continuously growing.


“I try to support local when I can.
“You can really go all out now, and do what you want.”
Laura works to different brides’ budgets to create their perfect wedding style or even co-ordinate their entire perfect wedding day.
“Each of my clients have different styles, designs and colour palates,” she says.
“I pair people with vendors that suit their style.
“I love going into a space and working outwards.”
Laura has worked on a number of high profile weddings, including that of Emma and Tom Hawkins and Kim and Tom Longergan.
She also has an exclusive venue to offer for clients, Mount Mitchell Homestead.
She says over the years she has seen wedding styles change, with one notable shift from rustic looks to modern.
“Every year it changes,” she says.


“One style that has stayed is the classic, elegant, relaxed vibe.”
She says metallics, acrylics and vinyl have popped up as modern features this season.
“All of my clients are so unique, I get attached to their designs and pick out which elements I love,” she says.
“I look back now to when I first started and my style has changed as the years have gone on.
“But I’m still about the soft, romantic look, different textures, linen, cutlery and signage, just classically beautiful.
“My style has developed into a classic design that is timeless as well.”
Weddings of Desire also has recently added its own dedicated floral service, run by florist, Georgia Kotschet, a trusted florist Laura has worked with in the industry for many years.
Laura says as well as co-ordinating style, it is important to make a deeper connection to her brides-to-be for the partnership to work.
“It’s all about the connection, we have to have a good relationship,” she says.
“With the weddings you get so involved and emotionally attached to clients.
“They need to trust me to spend all this money on one day.
“I love my weddings and I’ll always have them.”


The strength of social media has brought on new opportunities for Laura, manifesting in By Desire Styling.
Laura says although she never anticipated she’d work in the corporate sphere, it happened quite organically.
“I kept getting asked to do additional things, 21sts, 30ths, window installations, marketing campaigns,” she says.
“The By Desire side has grown due to the social media expansion and demand for professional images, styled shoots for professional business, activations for products and corporate events and companies taking styling to the next level.”
So Laura dipped her toes into the world of social media, marketing and web imagery, a focus on image content rather than events.
Laura has worked with a number of Geelong region companies, including Annie’s Kitchen and Austins & Co.
“Your social media page is where people first look – and people are now investing time and money in that,” she says.
“In marketing content creating, people are realising they have to invest in professionals to style and photograph their content.
“It’s really opened up in the past year or so, everyone is really visual.”


She says after years of working on weddings, she liked the idea of a different challenge.
“The corporate and marketing side of things are shorter campaigns, the direction is really clear and there are a lot of new challenges that I enjoy,” she says.
“Thinking outside the box and having to learn.
“It’s challenging and growing the business into a different avenue.”
Laura admits her flourishing businesses are hard work to say the least.
“It consumes me a lot, but I’m just very passionate about what I do,” she says.
“I want to make sure the client gets 100 per cent out of me.
“If I was ever to feel like I wasn’t interested anymore I would have to stop doing it.
“You can’t do it without loving the industry.
“It’s weekends, it’s late nights, after hours, there are huge hours involved.
“It’s not ultra glamourous.
“You’re working all weekend and then on Monday your inbox is full of emails.
“You have got to check out and make time for yourself.”


Laura, mother of Ethan, 7, and Milla, 4, says making time for being a mother, doing school pick-up and drop-off and just spending time with her children is very important to her.
She says she also endeavours to make time for travel, which she loves, and exercise.
“It’s okay to have a day off,” she says.
Laura’s partner Dave, who owns Mr B Coffee, is one of her big supports.
“I couldn’t do this without him,” she says.
“His support during the long weeks, he builds things for weddings, it’s nice to have someone who is in the industry.
“We can really relate to each other.”
Laura says the way her business has progressed is about being open to anything.
“If someone offers me something I take it on and see if I enjoy it,” she says.
“I always want to improve.
“I view it as always learning.”

Follow @weddingsofdesire and @bydesire on Instagram. 

CROWNING GLORY

Hair: Tracey Clarke. Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Hair: Tracey Clarke. Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Styling your locks into the perfect ‘do will not only complete your look, but complement your dream dress. Here are some things to consider when choosing a style

The first thing for a bride to tick off the wedding to-do-list – aside from the groom – is often the dress. Next would be hair.
The options are virtually endless when it comes to styling and it is important element in completing the entire look. Most brides will have one or multiple hair and makeup trials before the big day and it is crucial to communicate as much as possible to the stylist.
Tracey Clarke from Pash says she always likes to sit down with her brides in the months leading up to the wedding.

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“The bride’s theme or personality often will dictate the hairstyling for the day,” Tracy explains.
“If the gown is floaty, formal, lacey, a colour, bohemian or classically elegant, or if there are headpieces or veils, I will guide the bride to complement the look with the perfect hairstyling, which will be the all-important finishing touch.”
Owner of Salon Eve, Barbara Ferantte, has noticed a number of trends which have stuck around for a few seasons now.
“We have noticed that brides want effortless soft looks, lots want half-up half-down waves and plenty are still using flowers as hair pieces,” she says.
There are three vital things to take into consideration when planning your hairstyle, according to Barb. They are weather, dress neck line and face shape.
“The weather and the time of year would often determine if hair is up or down, it has a big impact of how the longevity of the style,” she explains.
“The neck line of the dress is important because hair styles need to emphasise the dress, not cover it.

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“And the shape of the bride’s face must be contemplated because you don’t want to provide a style that makes the bride look bigger – most brides want to look beautiful thin and photogenic.”
She has noticed that veils are going smaller rather than long-trailing pieces, otherwise it’s a plain fascinator with a bird cage veil.
In terms of colour, Barb says the babylights foiling technique is trending both in Hollywood and in weddings. The technique – seen on stars like Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba – is a natural-looking colour with very fine, subtle highlights that are meant to look like the natural hair colour of a child, where colour is brighter at the crown and the bottom of the hair.
“Babylights are a great way to make a bridal style stand out,” Barb says.
“A tip from us make sure your hair colour is freshly done so that it really makes an impact.”

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EPICUREAN ELEGANCE

Photography: Stefani Driscoll

Photography: Stefani Driscoll

POST-WEDDING FEAST
A dinner party at dusk full of laughter and storytelling is the dream setting for a wedding feast, according to Belinda Austin of Moorabool Valley wine producer Austins & Co.
“The perfect wedding indulgence is good food, wine and cocktails,” she says. “Besides the overall atmosphere on the day, the food and wine is usually what people talk about afterwards.”
Belinda explores the idea of pre-wedding celebrations, overnight glamping and casual post-occasion recovery banquets in this styled shoot on her rural property.
“I love the warm sunlight that shines through the trees at dusk,” she says. “It is all about elegance and indulgence within a rustic bush setting and enjoying great food and wine with friends.”

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Venue, wine: Austins & Co.
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Catering: Annie’s Kitchen
Stationery: Colour & Skulls
Tent: Twilight Glamping
Roses: Soho Rose Farm
Place settings: Provincial Home Living
Photography: Stefani Driscoll
Furniture hire: Pepper Sprout Hire

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GREEN LIGHT TO HAPPINESS

Working with plants and the people you love makes it easy to help others, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

SISTER-IN-LAWS Katie Heane and Katy Bartlett say they are in the business of making people happy. The pair, who are the women behind greenery hire business Olive Green Plant and Prop, say they are having just as much fun themselves. Katie launched the business in 2014.
“My whole family are keen gardeners – my mum especially,” Katie says. “I’ve been collecting plants forever.”
The plant collection became so big that Katie had the idea to turn her passion into a business.
She says it was her mother who fostered her love for indoor plants, which is evident in the Olive Green collection.
The mother of two’s love of growing even transcended to her family, as she named her little girl Olive, now three, after her favourite type of tree. The business was subsequently named after her daughter.
Katy, who has a background in visual merchandising and interior design, joined the business about eight months ago. She was a perfect fit.
“Sometimes I feel like saying to the client, ‘isn’t she good?’ ” Katie laughs.


The business hires styled greenery out to weddings, but also supplies to corporate clients, including display homes, offices and libraries. The duo spend their time consulting with clients, making up proposals, doing fit-outs and fortnightly maintenance on plants with their long-term clients.
As well as providing a visual experience for clients, the women at Olive Green Plant and Prop aim to use their plant and design knowledge to enhance spaces in other ways. They have put together “power pots”, a pot including a mixture of up to five different plants that have strong air purifying qualities. The duo works to ensure that installations not only work for the client visually, but also for the plants.
“It’s about working with the environment, looking at the lighting and what the plant needs,” Katy says.
On the weekends, especially during weddings season, the pair is constantly on the go.
“Greenery is starting to be a bit more included in a bride’s budget,” Katie says.
“It’s more environmentally friendly,” Katy adds. “Flowers don’t last.
“Plants last a lifetime.”


The duo says their business is a labour of love and one that extends to their family.
“Every single member of our family helps in some way,” says Katie.
Even Olive likes to potter around the garden, watering plants.
“We’re fortunate to have such supportive families – and retired dads,” Katy laughs.
The pair, who are both in their 30s, love working so closely together.
“All we do is laugh,” Katy says. “It’s so much fun, and we balance each other out.
“We’ve turned into crazy plant ladies!”
A beautiful array of plants sit in and around the Barwon Heads potting shed. Picture Jay Town.
The pair work from their potting shed, a quaint little white shed built at the back of Katie’s Barwon Heads home.
It is full to the brim. Hanging from the ceiling, lining the walls, packing out shelves, there is greenery of all kinds everywhere. The business partners admit the shelves should have been built bigger.
This is where the magic happens, where the plants are planted and nurtured and where the women put together their custom designs for clients.
“We’re in the business of making people happy,” Katie says.

Email Olive Green Plant and Prop on hello@olive-green.net for more information.

TAKE ME THERE

Photography: Free The Bird

Photography: Free The Bird

Making an entrance doesn’t just have to be about what you are wearing. Cruise your way through the occasion by hiring a standout set of wheels

From a sleek sports car to a retro kombi, a horse-drawn carriage to a vintage classic, every couple wants to make an impressive entrance on their wedding day.
The bride stepping out of the bridal vehicle is one of the most memorable moments of any wedding. It’s when guests – and the groom – catch their first glimpse of the bride, making it one of the most visually important aspects of the day.
So when it comes to choosing your wedding transport, there are several important aesthetic and practical factors to consider.
It’s one part of the wedding planning process that the bride and groom can decide on together and Deb Grant, who runs Greater City Classics, says couples should opt for a vehicle which reflects their personalities.

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

“It’s going to be a memory that lasts a lifetime,” she says.
“So the choice of car has to be something they’re going to truly love.”
The choice of wedding vehicle should also tie in with the tone and formality of the rest of the day. A traditional white wedding is well suited to a classic car, while more relaxed affairs can be reflected in the use of a more contemporary vehicle.
Before you decide on a particular car, couples should also consider the size of their bridal party.
“It depends whether they want the whole wedding party to travel in the car, or whether the bride and groom want to arrive separately,” Deb explains.
“They need to be able to fit everybody in and they also have to be comfortable.”
Reliability is paramount so couples should do their research. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and take into account customer reviews.

Photography: Patrick Britt Photography

Photography: Patrick Britt Photography

Communication is also important. Couples should discuss all aspects of their wedding car requirements prior to booking. Details such as duration and distance should be decided upon in advance, and communication should stay open right up until the big day.
“Building a rapport with the clients is what I really like,” Deb says.
“I will send an email a day or two before the wedding just to confirm all the details and on the wedding day I’ll text when the car has left, to let them know it’s on its way.
“It makes clients feel comfortable which is so important.”
Some wedding car companies also provide additional extras, so find out what is included in your package.
“We try to make sure our clients don’t have to worry about a thing,” Deb says.
“We have little sprayers to keep flowers fresh on a hot day and a bridal SOS kit. We always have bottled water, as well as other complimentary drinks.
“It’s a special day and it should be enjoyed with nothing to worry about.”

Photography: Lauren Alyce Photography

Photography: Lauren Alyce Photography

INSPIRATION FROM CENTRE STAGE

Photography: Sara Taylor Photography

Photography: Sara Taylor Photography

Ballerinas in bridalwear pirouette across polished floorboards in the natural light-flooded rooms of a grand Geelong property. The beautiful concept of flowing gowns and dancing silhouettes is the vision of photographer Sara Taylor, who encourages couples to personalise their wedding photos. “It is amazing to walk away with images that mean the world to you,” she explains. The models wore Pearls & Roses dresses and were guided by Geelong Ballet Centre director Natalie Horman. Fittingly, the restored property’s name Narbethong is the Indigenous word for “happy place”.

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Photography: Sara Taylor Photography
Gowns: Pearls & Roses
Hair and make-up: Salon Eve
Florals: Lilacs for Lucy
Models: Karen, Leanna and Eugenie
Photo Assistant: Lauren Cormack
Ballet director: Natalie Horman
Location: Narbethong, Geelong with thanks to Release Property Management

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