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Vendor’s Favourites – Kit Haselden Photography

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Kit of Kit Haselden Photography
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Vendors Favourites Kit Haselden Vendors Favourites Kit Haselden Photography

1. Oscar Hunt – Custom Made Tailored Suits Melbourne – Nothing makes man look better than a custom made suit. Choose your style and colour and be unique.

2. Champagnes Moët & Chandon - A delicious drop perfect for any special occasion.

3. Louise Goodrem – Marriage and Civil Celebrant Melbourne – A fun and friendly celebrant with the ultimate personal touch. A person who really cares about you and will go that extra mile.

4. Port Phillip Estate VenueContemporary simple and elegant. Amazing customer service and speculator views.

5. Crave CateringWedding catering at its finest.

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Ms Gingham says: Any collection of favourites including bubble is a definite winner for me!

Kit Haselden Photography – Kit is well known for his ability to photograph people, product and events in a professional, dynamic and creative style. Kit’s unique skills and charismatic personality are key to getting the best results for your photography project.

What Would They Know? Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Amy Chan What Would They Know? Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

 Amy of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry brings her wealth of commercial and wedding experience in the beauty profession to your wedding day makeup. Not only does Amy do beautiful makeup and hair, she advises on beauty from within – eating the right foods, and the importance of looking after your body. Now that’s great knowledge to tap into prior to your wedding day! When you may be too busy to notice that you are neglecting yourself just a little, Amy’s wise words may be all you need to get you back on track.

You have a wealth of experience in the beauty industry. What keeps you enthusiastic about your profession?

I absolutely LOVE makeup and the confidence it gives to my clients. Knowing I have helped someone feel beautiful and be part of a big day in their lives is really special.

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Image by We Are Origami Photography

What do you love about doing wedding makeup?

I love the atmosphere, the people who genuinely are there to support and congratulate the couple and how everywhere is filled with happiness. There are hectic moments, but all are done from the heart. I love how a wedding brings a whole family together~

What sort of preparation/research do you do before making up a bride?

I always, without fail ask my brides to gather inspiration photos of hair and makeup they love. This will give me an idea on the style they like, a hint of their personality and also what the creative limits are.  I then design a style that will enhance my bride’s features, accommodate all their requirements and suggest anything I feel that will suit them.

Do you prefer to do the hair and makeup for the bride and her bridesmaids, or just concentrate on one – makeup or hair?

There’s no favorite actually! I love how doing hair gives me the freedom to explore my creative side, and how makeup will allow me to study different features, either to minimise or enhance a certain thing. Without the 2 combined I feel there is something missing.

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Image by We Are Origami Photography

Do you tend to work the makeup style in with the hairstyle, the dress or the general look of the bride?

Absolutely not! I personally think if the makeup is done properly and nicely on the bride, no matter what she wears she’ll still stand out from the crowd!

Are you able to advise a bride on a holistic approach to beauty, so that she looks and feels her very best?

I truly believe beauty is from within, hence I’m a big fan of eating the right food and have a fairly healthy lifestyle. If you look after your skin and body, it will look after you even better later down the track!

I used to have horrible skin, until I changed my diet and lifestyle completely, in a few months time my skin started glowing, and got compliments from strangers on the street for my skin. So I learnt from my own experiences and later on studied paramedical beauty to increase my knowledge.

Whatever you eat, will eventually show up on your skin, so every time I want to eat that packet of chips, I’ll think again and put it down. I try to be disciplined with my food intake, and am a big believer in Chinese herbal medicine, it’s been around for so long, it has to somehow work!

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Image by Jenny Sun Photography

If a bride/bridesmaids have skin concerns how far out from the wedding should they approach you about this?

I suggest they get in touch ASAP, as the skin needs time to heal by itself and get used to the new changes.

I educate my clients on what they should do leading up to the big day, what is good for their particular skin and what they can do to improve it.

What sorts of things can we generally do to ensure our skin, hair and our bodies function at optimal level?

Sleep early! Best time for our body to repair itself is through sleep. You’ll find the skin’s complexion will be a lot brighter as the blood circulation is better, hence less dark eye circles!

With your skin, do a lot of hydrating masks! With the Australian sun, the water in our skin somehow just gets sucked out a lot faster than those in other countries, so we must replenish it as much as we can.

And for the hair, ensure it gets treatment regularly and try to not use a straightener/curling iron on it that often. After all you’re heating up your hair with a 230C surface.

Try get a supplement that contains essential fatty acids, as it helps with skin, hair and nails! icon smile What Would They Know? Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry Don’t go for the cheap ones as the grade of active ingredients are nowhere as good as the expensive ones. They charge more for a reason~

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Image by Jenny Sun Photography

What are the five best foods to consume for optimal skin and hair health?

Berries – super antioxdant to help fight all those free radicals

Kiwi fruit – one of the fruit with the most amount of vitamin C for skin brightening, skin renewal and also help increase your collagen production

Fish – packed with fish oils and omega 3,6,9

Nuts – provides minerals, most source of vitamins  and antioxidant, great for vegans!

Tofu – fantastic source of protein as well as all 8 essential amino acids! Also loads of iron and calcium, great even for babies.

What are your favourite skin care products?

I LOVE DMK, I’ve been using their products for years, and my skin has just never felt better. Every second day I put on a hydration mask while I work on emails or watch TV, the skin feels amazing afterwards!

Do you feel the availability of ‘natural’ skin care is a sensible approach for our health, given the number of chemicals in our everyday lives?

I personally think skincare to some extent needs some kind of chemical in there, to stabilise  the actives they put in, and also keeps it from going off so quickly. Without it the actives will not be able to perform what it’s suppose to do, and our expensive creams will just go off too quickly!

Please describe a favourite makeup look for brides?

Dewy healthy glowing skin with soft smokey eyes. My approach is to make sure the bride look as natural as possible, and most importantly, like themselves, but a better version icon smile What Would They Know? Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

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What are the five makeup products we should have as a basic kit?

Translucent powder

Good waterproof eyeliner

Cream Blush (so you can use it as a lip tint and eyeshadow as well!)


Good concealer

What (or who) inspires you?

My mother! Her never give up attitude through life has taught me a lot, especially now. You have to work hard to get what you want and be thankful for what you have achieved, this is one thing I tell myself everyday I wake up.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I absolutely love being a mum and spend as much time as I can with my little girl as I don’t get to see her much with the workload I have. Other times I love to cook and clean (yes I like to clean!) – gives me a feeling of satisfaction when the house is clean and food on the table~ icon smile What Would They Know? Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

Thank you Amy for sharing your story. To find out more about Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry visit the website.

Headshot  courtesy of Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry.

Wedding Venues – Blank Canvas Venues vs Pre-Styled Spaces

by | Venue Wisdom, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

Recently I attended a launch, or rather a re-launch, of a riverside venue. I was looking forward to seeing what would be unveiled as I had been there several years ago for a cocktail-style party and clearly remembered the unique entry way, beautiful Venetian décor, and unbeatable river views. The arancini balls were out of this world, the wine was one I had previously tasted at a NZ vineyard, and the staff were pleasant and knowledgable.

Upon entering the venue however I was a little surprised as the room had been stripped of its past décor, leaving a clean white ceiling and a couple of pieces of non-offensive artwork. Granted it still had incredible views, but it did make me question if the owners were trying to appeal to a broader market or target a different audience. I couldn’t quite get to the bottom of it, but it did make me ponder the pros and cons of  blank canvas wedding venues as opposed to a pre-styled space that already held character and charm.

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Blank Canvas Wedding Venues

Pros: With a skeleton in place, you can transform the blank canvas into whatever you dream it to be. Creative types can run wild and either DIY or hire a stylist to bring their vision to reality. The added bonus is a one-off look which isn’t replicated by the next couple using the same room or venue.

Cons: Transforming a space usually costs a decent chunk of your budget. Whether you’re needing to start from scratch and hire in furniture (and the rest!) or simply bring life to a bare room through styling, be prepared to be set back both financially and also time-wise.

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Lightspace‘s converted warehouse is the perfect canvas for those after an industrial feel

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Transform The Great Room at Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort to match its spectacular views

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Moda Events Portside encourage you to “come in and make the space your own”

Pre-Styled Space

Pros: With the addition of a few tealight candles, the pre-styled space speaks for itself and not much else is required in terms of décor. This will certainly save you a pretty penny or two, and is particularly beneficial for those who are too-busy, too-disorganised, or not-too-fussed to invest hours into planning.

Cons: If the location, menu, and facilities are great, but the style of the room is not to your liking, then you may need to keep looking to find a suitable fit. Also, you’ll need to be prepared to sacrifice customised styling and surrounds for potential time and financial savings.

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Customs House needs only some fresh white linen to maintain its elegant heritage feel

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Sirromet‘s Barrel Hall exudes warmth with just a simple tablescape required

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1889 Enoteca‘s private dining room within the basement cellar is Roman-inspired enough!

Ultimately, it’s important to have a clear vision of what you do or don’t want from your reception location. This will assist you greatly in deciding whether a blank canvas venue or a pre-styled space will be suitable for you. Happy hunting!

Images supplied by Vellum Studios

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