STYLED TO SUCCEED

Rebeccah Vivian and Kate Priddle of Blondie have certainly made an impact with their salon statement feature wall and bespoke furniture. Photography: Hails & Shine

When it comes to making a statement, the new Blondie is the fairest of them all, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

AS businesswomen Rebeccah Vivian and Kate Priddle put it, their hair and beauty success story, Blondie, has grown up a bit on its move from East Geelong to the centre of town.
“She’s put on a bit of lippy and got herself a YSL, you can’t miss our pink neon sign as you drive down Ryrie Street.”
You certainly cannot miss the pink shopfront, with the interior bursting with pattern, texture and colour.
It’s an evolution, stemming from Rebeccah’s obsession with hair from a young age.
“I have been ‘styling’ hair for as long as I can remember. If you came to visit our house, you got your hair done – no if, buts or maybes,” the Newtown woman laughs.
“My speciality was utilising every scrunchie, comb and clip in my possession in the one hairstyle – I have since learnt to pare it back.”
Rebeccah, 37, has turned this obsession into a successful business, working with some of Australia’s biggest names including Carrie Bickmore, Sophie Monk, Jennifer Hawkins, Sam Frost, Dave Hughes, Yumi Stynes, Ruby Rose, Matt Preston, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.
The first Blondie salon opened on Ormond Road in East Geelong in 2011, after Rebeccah spent years freelancing in television and fashion work.
“I made the decision to concentrate on the niche hair and make-up market, at the time there was nothing else here like it,” she explains.
“I had always maintained a following in Geelong and luckily Blondie was a success from day one.”
Blondie stylists divide their time between salon work, editorial, weddings, events, fashion campaigns, awards nights and fashion weeks.
“Our success is due to our team, a carefully curated group of the region’s top colourists, hairstylists and make-up artists each bringing something unique to the brand,” Rebeccah explains.
“We have garnered the attention of many social media influencers that call Blondie their go-to for all things beauty.”
Kate came on board as Rebeccah’s business partner in January last year and Blondie continued to grow.
“We had initially discussed staying on at our Ormond Road store for longer, with plans to find a bigger space in the future.
“But one day Josh, my partner, and I were walking past the empty old Provincial Living after a movie date night and I immediately fell in love with the large warehouse-type space, as did Kate when we went back the next day,” Rebeccah remembers.
“It really was a no-brainer as we were busting at the seams in East Geelong and really could not grow the business anymore without more space.”
The Ryrie Street salon, which officially opened on February 22, commands attention.
Interior stylist and Blondie customer Julia Green worked with Rebeccah and Kate to develop the salon’s design.
“She helped us to get a clear view of what we actually wanted to achieve, and the results are simply stunning, there really is not anything else like it,” Rebeccah says.
“As soon as Julia saw the site her first comment was ‘you have to paint the front pink don’t you?’”
Blondie is somewhere you walk into with pure awe for its style.
From a velvet couch designed by Adam Lynch made from old fabric Rebeccah had on hand, to the ply and leather furniture in the make-up area, to the Italian blush chairs, to the stunning Crown of Kahlo artwork spanning the entire wall behind the desk by Prudence Caroline, this space encapsulates the first words Kate and Rebeccah uttered to Julia about how they wanted the space to look and feel: feminine, unique, luxurious, soft and with wow factor.
“We never wanted to be just another white sterile salon,” Rebeccah says.
“We wanted our new space to portray a similar femininity to our old space but on steroids.”
With the move came more space for other extensions of the business – one of the beauty rooms is being used for Rebeccah’s eyebrow feathering business Brow Societe and Illume Body will also be doing spray tanning in another purpose-built room.
The salon also has a selection of drinks to sip on while you are having your beauty moment.
Rebeccah explains the business aim is to give people easy access to feeling beautiful.
“Our motivation has – and always will be – to help our clients look and feel like a more polished version of themselves,” she says.
“We just love beautiful glowing skin and healthy beautiful hair that is more undone than done.
“It gives us so much joy to help people feel beautiful inside and out – we cannot imagine doing anything else.
“We want our customers to be able to totally relax and enjoy having their hair done and, as such, we wanted a full experience service, as well as a feast for the eyes.
“We have hand-picked and designed our drinks menu to cater to every taste.
“It’s the little details that make clients feel at home and enjoy themselves, instead of feeling that it’s a chore to have their hair done.
“We want it to be accessible to everyone.
“Gone are the days were people felt indulgent having their hair and make-up done, it takes the stress out of doing it yourself.
“Our staff are approachable and our space is open to everyone, we even cut men’s hair – hence the three selections of beer.”
Like many woman, Rebeccah juggles work and family, with two sons, Frankie, 4, and Eddie, 1.
“I’d be lying if I said I wear all of my hats with ease,” she admits.
“I’m sure every businesswoman with children would agree, it is a constant juggle, the majority of the time I’m riddled with ‘mum guilt’.
“Pre-kids I thought I was busy, now it’s next level; sleep-ins are a thing of the past.
“My key to achieving some sort of balance is to be organised, having a supportive partner and starting the day early with some exercise, it helps me to clear my head and get the day off to a good start.”
The reception to the new store has been overwhelming, even before the opening, Rebeccah recalls seeing people trying to peek through the windows to get a glimpse of the beautiful space coming to life inside.
“Our move into the city is a positive one. With the inner city having a major resurgence, local creatives are bringing life back to the streets,” Rebeccah says.
“We are excited to be a part of this movement and excitedly await what is yet to come.”
Blondie is at 178 Ryrie Street, Geelong. Call 5222 1125 to make a booking. Follow Blondie on Instagram @blondie.salon and use the hashtag #blondiebabe

 

Rebeccah and Kate have created a stunning new space for their successful Blondie hair and beauty services. Interior stylist Julia Green collaborated with the pair to develop the statement salon. Photography: Hails & Shine

World’s most breathtaking wedding photos

GRAND WINNER: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada

THE most breathtaking wedding photos from around the world have been recognised, with the winning snaps showing unbelievable backdrops, exposing close-ups and magical dance floor moments.
Winners were selected among eight categories as part of the prestigious International Wedding Photographer of the Year competition for 2017, which celebrates incredible imagery from professionals across the globe.
The big winner overall was shot by Canadian wedding photographer Erika Mann, who captured a stunning still of a bride in the distance walking under a double rainbow, toward a rocky peak, along a creek in Canada.
“Paige and Daniel had a super low key wedding, with the reception taking place in their parent’s backyard,” Erika says.
“After a short and unpredictable storm we were treated to the most amazing double rainbow.
“(We) got low into the creek bed so we could remove houses and simplify the frame to the rainbow, mountain and Paige, with her dress billowing in the wind.”

OVERALL RUNNER UP & WINNER OF SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Paul Woo of United States

Australian photographer Adam Browne was listed in the top 10 single capture category for his photo of newlyweds popping champagne on a boat.

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Adam Browne of Australia

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Benjamin Wheeler of the United Kingdom

The winner of the dance floor category also proved a crowd pleaser, showing a couple dancing in a field beneath lightly snowed mountains, surrounded by family and friends clapping and taking photos.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

 

 

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Paul Santos, United Kingdom

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

FROM ABOVE WINNER: Photographer Adrian O’Neill of Ireland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Krzysztof Krawczyk of Poland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Ye Htut Lwin of Myanmar

Other favourites among the categories, which included black and white, photo journalism and epic destination, was a stylish shot taken by Irish photographer Adrian O’Neill, who snapped a picture from above of a newly married couple kissing as they drove down a dead end road.

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Lanny Mann of Canada

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Gustavo Franco of France

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Ho Yee Ching of Malaysia

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Sara Rogers of Canada

The touching moment a little boy bursts into tears when he sees his mum walking down the aisle tugged on the heart strings of judges, and the bridal party category was taken out by a group staring blankly at the camera as thick fog and snow builds around them.

Competition director Luke Simon said of the winners: “we live in an exciting time with technology that is allowing photographers of all genres greater scope, flexibility and expression of concepts and emotions, and none more so than wedding photography.”

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

BLACK AND WHITE WINNER: Photographer Bruno Sauma of United States

For the full gallery visit iwpoty.com 

DREAMY GEMS

Get your sparkle on and express your personality
with an engagement stunner

1. 18ct gold Three Cosmos ring, $4865 from Kataoka; 2. Winter pearl ring, $5035 from
Kataoka; 3. 14ct yellow gold brick multi-waif ring, $4074 from Jacquie Aiche

4. 14k white gold Beloved solitaire, $6400 from Maniamania; 5. 18ct pink Morganite and diamond
Rochester ring, $4850 from Jan Logan; 6. Marquise Bea ring with platinum and white
diamond, from $14,250 from Anna Sheffield

7. 14ct Maya ring with champagne and quartz and white diamonds, $1690 from Natalie Marie Jewellery; 8. 18ct yellow gold One-of-a-Kind Keshi pearl ring, $2550 from Satomi Kawakita; 9. 18ct gold Vena Amoris nesting ring, $3898 from Blanca Monros Gomez

10. Lorelei handmade platinum and rose gold Peonia diamond ring, $POA from Charles Rose Jewellers; 11. 9ct rose gold ring featuring a cushion cut Morganite and round brilliant cut diamonds, $1999 from Duffs Jewellers; 12. 18ct white gold Truly Zac Posen emerald cut diamond ring, $3999 from Bevilles Jewellers

 

REAL WEDDING

EMILIE + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Ocean Grove couple Emilie Biggar and Daniel Crook were showered with gum leaves as confetti after they said ‘I do’ at Oakdene Vineyards. Their union was held against the backdrop of a homemade macramé by Emilie, who also made her own flower crowns and wildflower bouquets. The newlyweds, their two children and their 90 guests covered their cheeks in glitter and danced barefoot under the stars for their celebration.
“Our life path was spontaneous and never planned; full of luck and surprises, just the way life should be,” says Emilie.




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REAL WEDDING

GEORGIA + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Georgia Torney wore a Raffaele Ciuca gown with a lace cape draped around her shoulders. “As soon as I put it on, I got that feeling,” she says of her dream dress. The pair was married in front of 75 guests on Georgia’s family’s Jan Juc property. “Standing next to my brother and looking out at the ceremony crowd of our closest family and friends as Georgia walked down the aisle is something I will never forget,” says Daniel.


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LOOK TO THE STARS

Never before has there been so much celebrity inspiration as bridal trends translate to the red carpet. Fashion stylist Renée Enright talks us through some of her standouts from red carpet events

 

SARAH MURDOCH
Former model and host of Australia’s Next Top Model, Sarah cuts a striking
figure in this white textured Alex Perry creation, a modern take on the classic ball
gown with pockets and high neck line. The perfect full skirt for any bride wanting
to be the belle of her own ball.

KARLIE KLOSS
Sleek, sophisticated and daring to be different, KK shows us exactly
how to wear a cape. Understated and edgy is Stella McCartney’s vibe, and I’m diggin’
it. Perfect for the fashion-loving bride who wants a little more impact and drama
to her wedding day look.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON–WHITELEY
Sexy, sultry and super sophisticated. RHW just slaying in
Glavan silk. The perfect proof a simple silhouette, a beautiful fabric and great craftsmanship
can be the answer – can be everything! Be prepared to turn heads as you slip on down
the aisle, less is more for this bridal attire and confidence is everything.

EMMA STONE
When gold is more your thing and you want a little bling bling, look no
further than Emma Stone. The epitome of old Hollywood glamour and looking every part
the leading lady in this intricate Givenchy Haute Couture masterpiece. WOW. Now that’s
a dress.

HAILEE STEINFELD
This 20-year-old actress was an absolute vision turning heads in
a metallic floral Ralph & Russo gown, proving that ruffles and floral appliqués are
very much a sheer delight for any bride-to-be.

MARGOT ROBBIE
Aussie actress and The Legend Of Tarzan star Margot is a long way from
the jungle showing us how to do white right in a deep V sleek Calvin Klein masterpiece.
Minimalism at its best, showing that the sleeve is totally sexy and perfect for the
modern day bride who’s oh-so on-trend.

KRISTEN WIIG
There’s nothing funny about comedian/actress Kristen in this stunning
Reem Acra lace dress, perfect for the barefoot boho or beach bride wanting something
a little more casual and a little less structured.

DREW BARRYMORE
Bohemian babe Drew is no stranger to a red carpet, and staying true
to her unique style she turned heads in this metallic cold shouldered Monique Lhullier
frock that is one part boho, one part disco and it’s all parts amazing. Perfect for
the Art Deco loving bride who likes a little bit of vintage glam with a twist.

BASK IN THE HONEYMOON GLOW

We all know the go-to destinations for newlyweds but there are many swoon-worthy destinations you may not given the consideration they deserve. Every couple is different, meaning no two honeymoons are ever the same, you and your loved one need to consider if you want to start your newlywed chapter with a relaxing romantic beach holiday, action-packed adventure, history-rich learning experience or gastronomical enterprise.

The Greek Islands, Bali, Bora Bora, Phi Phi Island and the Italian Riviera are all top-rated honeymoon hotspots, often meaning they attract those honeymoon prices. There are a number of destinations emerging in the couples-paradise market you may not have considered.

 

Orosi Gulf Sardinia
Some of Italy’s most beautiful and secluded beaches are waiting to be discovered and, in fact, aren’t on mainland Italy at all. The island of Sardinia, west of Naples, leaves plenty to be desired and is one of the country’s best kept secrets and is largely unvisited by English-speaking tourists, creating an authentic Italian experience. Many of the top beaches on the east coast of Sardinia are not accessible by car or foot, instead you must go by boat from Cala Gonone. Must-stops include Cala Goloritze, Spiaggia di Cala dei Gabbiani, Cala Mariolu and Cala Luna. These white sand and pebble beaches are heavily featured atop of the world’s best beaches lists and it’s easy to see why. Getting up to 40 degrees in the peak of summer, there is nothing more soothing than the gentle feeling of the calm waters. One of the most comforting things about these spots is the lack of commercialisation, being so secluded means there are no businesses, no rubbish and everything is pristine and tranquil.

Southern Croatia
Strike it rich in colour, culture and celebrity, while basking in brilliant sunshine, exploring historic townships and indulging in the finest gelato. There is a paradise for all tastes and budgets in southern Croatia. Get lost among Dubrovnik’s spectacular city walls and forts. There is a reason why famed HBO program Game of Thrones opts to film scenes in this historic city, it is just magical. Hvar Town is a playground for the rich and famous and is predominately known as a party town with its marble pedestrian streets filled with restaurants and bars, with something
to suit all tastes and budgets. Hire a boat and explore by dinghy and cruise around the natural grotto of the Green Caves and Blue Caves, they are illuminated in the purest of tones, where lighting is experienced at its best between noon to 2pm. Tours to the caves can also be arranged from Hvar and Split. In major port, Split ancient history meets modern culture. Take a stroll back in time through Diocletian’s Palace and take a break by Bacvice Beach.

Tasmania
A hop, skip and a jump across Bass Straight, Tassie offers a plethora of romantic experiences to be had. Wineglass Bay is every inch as stunning as it sounds. Located on the mid-east coast of Tasmania, both walking tracks are brisk, but provide a picture-perfect view. You can also visit the Wineglass Bay beach where you can enjoy the crystal blue waters and white sand while snorkelling, mountain bike riding or sea kayaking. For the more adventurous the Overland Track more of a challenge – it requires a booking and has a few shorter walks as well as a six-day hike between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain – which could be the perfect newlywed test for some. Food and wine options leave little to be desired. Hobart’s MONA gallery requires at
least a full day in itself to properly explore the exhibitions and displays, while it’s fine dining restaurant, The Source, is a must-visit.

Iceland
Dramatic scenery, northern lights sightings, wilderness lodges, mountains and glaciers, it’s hard not to feel passionately romantic on an Icelandic getaway. Enjoy excellent cuisine and the vibrant night-life in Reykjavík, where modern culture meets rich history. Honeymoons can be as relaxing or adventurous as you desire, from self-driving experiences to explore the country at leisure, to stays in remote luxury hotels with private hot tubs and amazing wilderness sights to enjoy.

Sri Lanka
Friendly and fascinating, Sri Lanka is a honeymoon destination that’s both unique and affordable. At the very south of the island, on the fringes of the Yala jungle, Tangalle is uniquely positioned, offering plenty for lovebirds. On the west of Tangalle are exotic hotels and villas, tucked away in idyllic coves and bays. On the east, there are beautiful mangrove lined lagoons and smooth sandy beaches where the blue of the sea is sure to ignite romantic feelings. Witness the magic of the giant turtles coming ashore at night on the beaches of Rekawa and Kahandamodara to lay eggs and explore the wonder of the national parks close by.

Western Australia
Get your glamp on at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, where the outback meets the ocean. Feel secluded with your significant other, at approximately 1200 kilometres north of Perth. The coastal reef and inshore waters provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone backdrop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. Each stay is an immersive wilderness experience which offers the chance to reconnect with nature. The reef is acknowledged as the best place in the world to swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, gentle giants who migrate through each year. Indulge in the best of Australian bush cuisine and fine Western Australian wines, all while abiding to strict environmental credentials which ensure a minimal footprint in the pristine environment.

Ha Long Bay
Cruise along the waters of northeast Vietnam. Ha Long Bay is renowned for its stunning emerald waters, sprinkled with of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Whether it’s a tall sailboat float, luxury cruise ship tour, small junk-boat adventure or sea kayak expedition, sights are truly best seen from the water. The region is a heaven for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park. See the islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets.

Belize
Hide away on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. While it is a cliché to say that good things come in small packages, in the case of 290 kilometre-long by 110 kilometre-wide, English-speaking nation Belize, it is spot on. Explore all that is offshore with the extensive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands which host rich marine life. Go wild in Belize’s jungle areas which are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid, lagoon-side Lamanai and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.

REAL WEDDING

BROOKE + JOSH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Brooke Baxter and Josh Walker, who describe themselves as very shy, decided to meet before the ceremony to share that ‘first look’ moment privately. “It took the nerves away,” says Brooke. “It was very personal and intimate.” The bride stunned with a beautifully structured Toni Maticevski gown. The newlyweds’ ceremony and reception that followed was full of fun and laughter, surrounded by 160 family and friends.


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SWEET CELEBRATION

Photography: Jenna Fahey White

A GIRLY GET-TOGETHER AMONG THE VINES
A beautiful set up of glasses of rosé garnished with flowers, sweet treats and fresh
table florals make this hen’s day one of pure celebration. Set at Moorabool Valley
winery Austins & Co., ladies wine and dine as the sun shines down on them in a natural
setting with greenery and white roses adorning the lunch table. This daytime kitchen
tea style set up is a fresh approach to a bride-to-be’s pre-wedding celebration, styled
by Geelong wedding stylist Laura Harvey of Weddings of Desire. “It’s more of a girly
type of celebrating,” says Laura.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Location: Austins & Co. winery
Wine: 6ft6
Flowers: Botanical Muse
Stationery: Sketch & Etch Creative
Cake: Alice BroadwayCake Design
Cheese platters: Bear & Bean
Desserts: Cakesmith
Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Outfits: Purple Cow Clothing
Glassware, cutlery, crockery, place settings and linen: Table Art

 

REAL WEDDING

TESNI + JOSHUA

LOVE STORY
Tesni Rowlands and Joshua Vrbovski love so many of the same things, and the pair admit, they are the right balance for each other. “We make each other laugh – we are both big kids,” says Tesni. “We are best friends.” Tesni made sure their wedding and reception were full of personal touches.
The bride trawled second hand stores for the two years she was engaged finding her centrepieces. The pair made their exit for the celebrations showered in light and love as their friends and family held sparklers in a guard of honour to send them off.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
St Steven’s Anglican Church
Reception: Truffleduck
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Love You Sweetheart
Transport: Triple R Wedding Car Hire
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band
Stationery: Rhian Cantone
Minister: Timothy Smith
Honeymoon destination: Bali

LOOK BOOK:
Gown:
Rue de Seine
Shoes: Kate Spade New York
Hair: Ashlea Dyson
Makeup: Tobi Em Makeup Artist
Cake: In house- Truffleduck
Flowers: Georgie Stanton Flowers
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Custom made
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Australian Diamond Company and Lord Coconut