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Perfect Wedding Day Brows

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, Wisdom


Hannah Dahl of Noosa Brow Co.
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Hannah Dahl of Noosa Brow Co.

Brows have become such an important part of a woman’s beauty routine over the last few years. For the last seven years, at Noosa Brow Co., I have just solely focused on brows and lashes and have seen many of my clients going through the process of achieving perfect wedding brows. Here are my Top Five tips for having your best brows yet on your wedding day.

Tip 1. Put down those tweezers and find a professional brow artist to help you on your brow journey. My top tip when looking for a brow artist in your area is find someone who only specialises in brows!!! Unfortunately in the beauty industry some beauty salons have jumped on the ‘brow band wagon’ and like to advertise that they specialise in brows and will shape them to your face.

Sadly, in beauty school you are not taught in detail how to sculpt a brow to perfection; you learn the basics needed for a brow wax but when it comes to re shaping a brow this only comes with experience from doing brows long term on a daily basis. When I first started specialising in brows there was a good six month time period when I learned new skills and it finally all came together and I was completely confident in what I was doing.

Everyone’s brows are different and every client’s individual needs and wants are different. This is where an initial consultation is so very important. The brow artist needs to match what suits the client with what their expectations are. Then you will have that winning formula for a satisfied client with beautiful brows. Also look at any before and after pictures of their work on their social media pages and look at their reviews. If you are going to a brow specialist and they have a few artists working in the salon, ask for the most experienced staff member even if it means you might have to wait a few extra weeks to get an appointment. Trust me, it’s worth it!

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Image by Kerri Mackintosh via Suzey and Anthony’s Sparkling Black Tie Wedding

Tip 2. Start early on your brow journey, even if you only have a few months before your wedding or even a few weeks. The first few appointments you have with a brow artist will be the most important and you will see the most amount of change, particularly if there are some areas you need to “grow in”.

You will see an amazing difference within those first few brow appointments and even if you only have a few weeks, it’s better than nothing at all. You don’t need to “grow out” your brows before seeing a brow artist to see a change in your brows. If you have never seen a brow artist before, your brows 99% of the time, will not be in the right shape to start off with, so there will be hairs that can be taken out that will completely change you brows for the better. You will also have them coloured correctly which will pick up all those fine hairs in your brows, so you will see all your brows’ potential for what they really are.

Tip 3. Get the right product to fill in your brows. Many clients I see have brow products at home but never use them because they are too dark or they simply don’t know how to use them. Brow powders are great if you are comfortable using them. They can be a little bit fiddly if you’re not experienced, so it’s also a great idea to take any brow products you have with you to your appointment so you can show your brow artist and they can instruct you on how you should be using the product on your brows. They can also advise you on the best colour choice.

Another great product to use in your brows is a brow crayon rather than a brow pencil you have to sharpen. When looking for a brow crayon always test it on the back of your hand. It should easily add colour to the skin without pressing down on the skin at all. Simply hold the crayon with your thumb and index finger and lightly go back and forth. When using a brow crayon in your brows, hold it on the side so that you have more control and you can see where the product is going. This will also create softer lines when filling in the edges of the brow rather than directly applying the crayon straight. This creates more of a “drawn on” effect. Always remember to brush any product you are using through your brow as this softens any lines and blends the colour through the rest of the brow creating a much more even colour tone.

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Image by Lucas & Co via Toni & Chris’ Hinterland Country Hall Wedding

Tip 4. Take care of your skin. If you are preparing for your wedding, you will also be looking after your skin, having various facials and treatments to achieve a glowing complexion on your wedding day. Always advise your brow artist on ANY treatments or products you are putting on your skin especially those with Vitamin A. Some of these products can actually have an abrasive effect on the skin especially under the brow area towards the outer edge.  No one wants skin removed before their wedding!! It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Image by Gold Hat Photography via Anda and Dean’s Bright Sydney Wedding

Tip 5. Brow colour is such an important part of creating your best brows. And it does not always mean your brows will be darker. The most amazing thing with brow colour is that it can add volume to the more sparse areas of the brows which you probably didn’t even know you had. Clients often say that their brows never grow in particular areas and they don’t have hairs in certain spots, but an experienced brow artist can incorporate all those tiny, almost invisible hairs to create more volume which makes all the difference. I have so many clients who are surprised at how many brow hairs they actually have once their brows are sculpted correctly.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thanks Hannah for the fabulous tips and tricks on achieving the perfect arch – gorgeous wedding day brows are a must!

About Hannah from Noosa Brow Co: Hi, I’m Hannah and I am a brow aficionado!!! I relish the joy of my delighted clients who are amazed by the transformative effects a well shaped brow can make! I have lived in Noosa part time for the last ten years and just love the beach to bistro lifestyle!

Behind The Door With….Moxom and Whitney

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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Canberra’s wedding scene is certainly heating up! This week for ‘Behind The Door With….’ I visited Moxom and Whitney, Canberra’s most exciting and truly unique florist shop. I’m back in trendy Braddon, home to hipster cafes, designer stores and also All Grown Up Weddings Photography who are located just above the florist in the brand new super modern building.

Moxom and Whitney is run by Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney who have close to twenty years experience in the floral industry between them. Previously working in the Lonsdale St Traders building across the road, they jumped at the chance to take on the brand new bigger store they now lease. When I ask what they love most about the new space it’s obvious it was a good move. “The space we have now is full of light, we have street frontage, windows and a front door ( it’s the little things we didn’t have that we love the most! ) and storage, waaaaay more storage than we had before” says Lou.


The first thing I notice is the glinting gold lettering on the window, the style is whimsical and yet mysterious, a perfect example of what I find inside. There is sense of being in a rainforest,  greenery and lush plants are everywhere in the little space. One wall is completely decorated with terrariums ranging from tiny glass baubles to giant jars. These are a Moxom and Whitney specialty and are famous for the intricate and often quirky little scenes inside. There might be a tiny murder mystery or a mini romantic picnic complete with tiny people.



As with any space it has its challenges. “It’s a real challenge to keep the space warm in winter and cool in summer and for our customers it can sometimes be a challenge to find parking. Lonsdale Street is a hive of activity and there seems to be a new building going up every month….construction noise isn’t always melodic if you know what we mean?!” laugh the ladies.


As well as Belinda and Lou there are seven other florists who work in the store, creating arrangements, filling corporate orders and designing terrariums. Clearly the staff love working in the area, “The coffee, the food, the fashion, the ever-changing architecture, the people, the small independent traders….there is just such a lovely buzz about Braddon – everyone gets along, everyone respects each other and most importantly – everyone supports each other” they tell me.


The space is constantly changing depending on the flowers in season and whatever weddings or events the staff might be working on. “Everyday something happens or is said that will literally have us in fits of giggles or floods of tears.  We people watch, we hear conversations, we hold classes…we often joke that we need our own reality TV show but that’s just the world of floristry – we are there for every major event on the time line that is life and with that comes so many moments” say the staff. What fun!


Images by Amanda Thorson

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a fun, whimsical shop to visit – and such beautiful flowers. Love the terrariums too!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.

What Would They Know? Kara & Brad Melick of Way Up High

by | Cinematography Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Way Up High

As I see more wedding stories unfold on Polka Dot Bride, I am reminded time and again, that standing right next to a photographer should be the cinematographer. A cinematographer brings to your day a completely different way of seeing your wedding. Kara and Brad of Way Up High embody the spirit of this – with the team’s ability to capture in moving images the little details and emotions of the day. A film will compliment the photographer’s images, but there is nothing like bringing alive the emotion in the voice of the bride’s father, the groom pledging his love, or the shimmer of the light on the gown as the bride moves across the dancefloor. It’s these seemingly little things that you will love being reminded of, in the years to come.

What inspired you to start a cinematography career?

I have always loved film and knew from a very young age that I would be involved with it somehow. I studied film at university and worked in the industry for many years until I took some time off with my two beautiful children. Getting back into it has been wonderful!

Way Up High is a cute name for a business – why this name?

We wanted a name that was a little different and reflected the way we feel about everything we do. Way Up High refers to always striving to reach for better results for our clients and for ourselves. Oh, and we do live on a mountainJ

How long have you been a cinematographer?

I have been filming things since I first picked up a camera at Uni and my skill set since then has grown! I now wear many hats in this business, from cinematographer to sales person, editor to counselor, admin chick to wedding guru (after so many years in this industry I am an encyclopedia of wedding know how!). Way Up High has been up and running since Jan 2015 and we have been really happy to have been so well received.

What do you especially enjoy about making wedding films?

My passion is actually editing. I love being able to translate those special moments into a story, giving them meaning and knowing that this memory will be treasured forever. I also love that every wedding is so different and everyone has such a unique story to tell. This is what I love about film in general, that there are an infinite amount of stories just waiting to be told.

Does a cinematographer ‘see’ (and capture) the details of the wedding day a little differently than a photographer?

Absolutely. We are all about movement and sound. There is nothing quite like hearing the emotion in peoples voices and watching tears roll down facesJ

How do you ‘know’ what makes a great film shot? Is it instinctual?

We believe great footage comes when our couples are relaxed and natural. With this in mind, we tend to blend into the background on the day.

Do you use a ‘fly on the wall’ approach to your filming, or do you plan everything in detail?

We certainly do a lot of planning but there is also a lot of thinking on our feet to get the best light, the best sound and the best shot. In terms of our interaction with the couple on the day, we keep it to a minimum, allowing the events to unfold naturally.

Do you have two people filming on the wedding day, so that you don’t miss a thing?

Generally we do have 2 people filming on the day, but as every wedding is different, we try to accommodate.

How would you describe your film style?

Natural, relaxed and very personal.

What is the process when a bridal couple contacts you to talk about filming their wedding? How do you get to know their particular style?

I tend to ask a lot of questions about their wedding (mainly because I really love weddings!!) and I find out who their photographer is. This really helps us to understand our client’s personal style and we try to reflect that in the way we film and edit.

Do you offer packages? What is your most popular package, and what does this include?

We do offer packages as a guide because everyone’s wedding is so different! Most couples go for our “mid range’ package at $2800 which includes 8hrs of coverage, a beautiful Wedding Film and the Complete Footage from the day.

Do you travel to film weddings?

So far our weddings have been local (Southern Highlands, Sydney, South Coast) but we would love the opportunity to film in far flung places!!

Creatively, where, and doing what, makes you feel most inspired?

Beautiful design, be it in nature, architecture, fashion, graphics, photography… I love it all!! I think that may be another reason I love what I do so much – I am constantly surrounded by beautiful things. I am also very inspired by words.

In what ways do you regularly challenge yourself creatively with your film work?

I have to say, I watch A LOT of wedding films. I love seeing what others are doing in the industry, and trying new things.

You live in a stunning area of NSW. What do you like to do in your leisure time?

We feel quite blessed to live in the Highlands. We have Sydney on our doorstep if we ever need a city fix, the South Coast’s stunning beaches a short drive away and the ski fields are just that little bit closer now J Generally our weekends (if we are not working) are spent watching our kids play sports, going to the markets, bushwalking, or keeping warm in front of the fire!

A favourite place for a honeymoon or short break is…..?

We are both snow bunnies so spend as much time in the Snowy Mountains as we can over winter. Summer usually sees us squeeze in a trip to Byron Bay, as I grew up on the North Coast and have lots of friends still there. It is a truly special place J

Thank you Kara for sharing your story. To find out more about Way Up High visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Way Up High. All films from Way Up High.

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