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Lush Winter Wedding Inspiration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Inspiration,


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The vibrant colours, stunning styling and perfect light in this lush winter wedding inspiration shoot from Figtree Wedding Photography, shot at Camellia Weddings and styled by Little Gray Station, almost has me running off to renew my vows and calling this amazing team of vendors to create it in this exact image. With a rich palette of marsala and indigo, and opulent floral installations by Alstonville Florist, this exquisite shoot is the perfect antidote for my rainy afternoon right now.

The talented team of vendors for this beautiful shoot include coordination by The Events Lounge, hire items from Hampton Event Hire, ice-cream cart worthy of any whimsical event by Wheel & Spoon and decadent cakes from Rebellyous Cake Co. Striking makeup by The Luxe Beauty Co and hair by The Beauty Lineup, completed by an ethereal lace gown by Karen Willis Holmes, and dapper groom attire from Made With Class, with Amalthea Diamonds rings. Seriously gorgeous stationery by Cleverhand Studio, lighting by AVIDEAS and content editing by Casuarina Weddings.

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With such lush and vibrant greenery as a backdrop, the team wanted to use bold and rich colours that would complement the surroundings. They were inspired by the cooler climate, which was reflected in the colour palette of marsala, indigo and berry tones, and in the details like the faux sheepskin rug and warm lighting – it came to be a very luxe, winter inspired shoot.

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The table scape was created to be loose and organic, with a trailing off-centre floral arrangement and scattered tapered candles in tones of marsala. All of the details together created a striking and dramatic effect. The new purpose-built shed has an almost industrial feeling with concrete floors and steel beams, so they showcased this with black wire furniture, hairpin leg tables, gold cutlery, charcoal plate ware, raw timber bench seating and drop down, “Edison” bulb lighting.

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The setting created at Camellia was vibrant and bold, with a rich, moody colour palette contrasted with soft textures and unstructured florals. Bright tones of marsala and indigo were carried throughout all elements of the shoot, adding a burst of colour amongst the organic elements of timber and greenery.

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Thank you to Figtree Wedding Photography, and to all the incredible vendors for sharing this amazing shoot with us today!

Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography / Videographer: Figtree Wedding Photography / Styling: Little Gray Station / Venue: Camellia Weddings / Coordination: The Events Lounge / Content Editor: Casuarina Weddings / Event Hire: Hampton Event Hire / Florist: Alstonville Florist / Cake Baker: Rebellyous Cake Co / Gown: Karen Willis Holmes / Suit: Made With Class / Hairstylist: The Beauty Lineup / Makeup Artist: The Luxe Beauty Co / Invitations & Stationery: Cleverhand Studio / Lighting: AVIDEAS Wedding Lighting / Rings: Amalthea Diamonds / Ice-cream Cart: Wheel & Spoon
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Natural Smokey Eye Wedding Makeup Tutorial

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty, Tutorials


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Today we’re back again with the makeup looks from our Beachside Valentines Day Inspiration shoot (catch the first one Relaxed Romantic Wedding Makeup Tutorial). Today we’re sharing a chic natural smokey eye wedding makeup tutorial fit for a bride who wants something a little more than the classic bridal makeup style. I love this look for a more formal, grand wedding or for a night out where you want a little more definition on the eye.

Real bride Kathleen (who along with her fiance Nick were our models for the day) allowed our team to work their magic on this look with hair & makeup artist Tia from Artistry Co teaming up with stylist Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) for Polka Dot Bride and photographer Welsch Photography at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. A grand picnic was set on the beach (see more of that on our Valentines Day post) and Kathleen wore a shimmering sequin gown by Adrianna Papell from Bridesmaids Only with jewels from  Glamadonna and Roman and French

Tia from Artistry Co joins us again to share  step by step instructions (including our beauty toolbox with each product we used on the day) to help you recreate this look for yourself!

Step One

We started with the same base as our Relaxed Romantic Wedding Makeup Tutorial.

We wanted a light and natural look with some extra coverage over areas that needed it. So we chose the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream (Available at Sephora) and buffed it into the skin with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (Available at Priceline). For areas that needed something a little heavier, we worked Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Cream Foundation in Vanilla Shell 02 into the skin.

Step Two

To assist in concealing dark circles, blemishes and lifting the under eye are we chose the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Light #10 (Available at Priceline). The doe foot applicator works well for precise concealing but also allows plenty of room to blend – this is best when using the warmth of your skin to work it into those areas with your finger.

To cover dark circles, imperfections and lift the under eye area, we used the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Light #10 (Available at Priceline). The doe foot applicator allows for pin point concealing but also makes it easier to cover larger areas such as under the eye. Work it into the skin using the warmth of your finger.

Step Three

To remove shine and ensure the base lasted all day we used L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Powder Foundation in Warm Vanilla 123  (Available at Priceline) to set Kathleen’s makeup.

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Step Four

The rosy shade of Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush gave Kathleen a natural blush tone while adding a little colour, We blended the blush into the cheeks, following up with the Ellie Makeup Pressed Blush Bronzer Duo Glow in Dusk for a little more colour depth.

Step Five

For this smokey eye look, we chose the gorgeous IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 2 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (Available at Sephora). Choosing the pinky brown shades of Adore and Romance, buff these softly over the lids.

Step six

To define the crease, use a soft fluffy brush and the darker brown shade Embrace and blend this into the crease of the eye socket. Add the rich chocolate shade Fate to the outer corners of the eye.

Step Steven

To give this look added smokiness, we also took the chocolate shade of Fate and worked it into Kathleen’s lower lashline.

Step Eight

To line Kathleen’s eye, we chose the Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Cosmic Brown to the lower lashline and softly buffed it out.


A key component of the smokey eye look is plenty of mascara, so we started off priming our model’s eyes with IT Cosmetics Tightline® Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Available at Sephora) and then finished off with plenty of coats of IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes® 5-IN-1 Mascara (Available at Sephora).

Step Eleven

A beautiful pink gives this look the wedding seal of approval, so we chose to line Kathleen’s lips with the  Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Natural #06, then colour with Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Brazen Beige (Available at Priceline)

Step Ten

To finish the look and add colour to the face, we added a little depth  by softly dusting bronzer around cheeks and blending with Ellie Makeup Pressed Blush Bronzer Duo Glow in Dusk.


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Natural Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial Product List

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream (Available at Sephora) Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Cream Foundation in Vanilla Shell 02 , Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush, Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Light #10 (Available at Priceline), L’oreal Paris Infallible 24H Powder Foundation (Available at Priceline), Ellie Makeup Pressed Blush Bronzer Duo Glow in Dusk, Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner in COsmic Brown,  IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (Available at Sephora), IT Cosmetics Tightline® Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer (Available at Sephora), IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes® 5-IN-1 Mascara (Available at Sephora), Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner in Natural #06, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Lipstick in Brazen Beige (Available at Priceline)

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Photographer: Welsch Photography / Styling: Katherine Eleyce (Ms Filigree) for Polka Dot Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Tia from Artistry Co / Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell from Bridesmaids Only / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Bride’s Jewelry: Glamadonna / Bride’s Jewelry: Roman & French / Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Cakes: The Grounds of Alexandria / Flowers & Props: Oak & Linden / Flowers (Outdoor Picnic): Heiress Flowers / Flowers (In Gold Vase At Outdoor Picnic): Oak & Linden / Model: Kathleen / Model: Nick

Lisa & Andres’ Colourful Shelly Beach Boathouse Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I love it when couples make their wedding so very uniquely them, and what they envisage for their day, whether it be sticking to timeless traditions or including moments that make their day special to them. Lisa and Andres decided to include their gorgeous son, Nicholas, by holding a surprise baptism to tie in with their wedding ceremony. Their colourful Shelly Beach Boathouse wedding was decadently planned and styled by Alicia from Form Over Function, and captured by Clarzzique Photograhpy.

Of how they met, Lisa remembers, “Hmmm…. 3am at Ivy in the city. Not the most romantic of encounters! We were both in the queue for a cab and we got talking. We ended up sharing one, and the rest is history!”

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Lisa chose a Pronovias gown from Marry Me Bridal, as she wanted an old Hollywood style with lace. “I simply loved my dress. I was so happy with it, and the veil. It was all perfect!” the bride gushes. “Marry Me Bridal made the whole experience fantastic. The girls there were fabulous!”

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Andres and his groomsmen wore charcoal suits from Peppers Formal Wear. Andres wore a white vest and tie, and the groomsmen wore charcoal vests and navy blue ties. The page boys wore charcoal pants, white vests and white ties.

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As Lisa walked down the aisle, The Dolce Trio played a strings version of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”.

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Lisa talks about their ceremony, “The ceremony had to be negotiated between us over a couple of long chats, as Andres and his family are Catholic, but I am not. It was something that really mattered to him and I was happy for him to have the blessing of the Church and his family on the day, and we worked together to ensure vows, prayers and readings were something that meant something to both of us. Our son, Nicholas, was 10 months old at the time we married, so we decided to also have him baptised, which was a surprise addition to the ceremony for our guests. It was so special to us to make it a family affair, and we had little blue baptism ribbons handed out at the beginning of the ceremony to celebrate Nicholas.”

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Lisa and Andres chose St Marys Immaculate Church for their ceremony venue because they wanted it to feel warm and as intimate as possible. Lisa says, “I had Alicia add hot pink ties to the pews and beautiful marshmallow arum lilies. It was just gorgeous!”

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Of their photographer, Lisa says, “Clarissa from Clarzzique Photography was fantastic! I was put in touch with Clarissa through Alicia from Form Over Function. I could not have been happier with the photos from our special day. Since then she’s also taken family portraits for us. That’s how much we love what she does!”

Clarzzique Photography

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Lisa and Andres held their reception at Le Kiosk (now the Boathouse Shelly Beach), and the bride notes that it had always been a favourite of theirs, explaining that it sits right by the sand, and the sea is so close you can almost touch it. “Andres had coincidentally proposed to me on Shelley Beach the year before, which made it just that more special to us both.”

Lisa’s vision for their wedding reception was to include colour, candles, flowers and romance, and Alicia from Form Over Function created the perfect combination of casual elegance for their celebration! Lisa says, “The hundreds of candles Alicia styled the space with, and the sea breeze created a romantic feel I will never forget. I wanted the colour coral to be the focus without being garish. There had to be colour. We wanted it to be happy and bright. Alicia nailed the brief on what I wanted and she made it seem like fun along the way. We had the best chats, and I just knew I didn’t have to worry about a thing on the day. Everything was just stunning!”

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“Alicia made it magical. Hanging from the ceiling where delicate branches with hanging glass baubles and tea lights, the tables all had collections of gorgeous grey vases filled with flowers. The menus carried through the stationery she’d designed – all hand-written by a calligrapher before it was printed. ”

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Lisa undertook a little bit of DIY for their wedding, explaining that she and Alicia created the wedding favours together. “I wanted something small, and something that represented Andres’ Peruvian heritage. I found a website that sold handmade Peruvian worry dolls on pins. They were gorgeous. Alicia came up with the idea of attaching calligraphy name tags to the gift boxes so they also acted like place cards.”

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Faye Cahill Cake

“The cake by Faye Cahill Cake Design was so incredible!”, says Lisa. “I could not tell if the sugar flowers were real or icing. It was all just amazing!”

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Lisa and Andres danced to an “At Last” cover by Beyonce. “I love the original by Etta James, but Andres and I have always loved a bit of Beyonce, so it was a perfect fit! I had always wanted Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin playing throughout the evening to give that old Hollywood feel, and I remember walking outside in the courtyard and looking into the reception where everyone was sitting at the tables eating, drinking, talking and laughing, and thinking that this is exactly what I had wanted and pictured in my mind’s eye: the room looked and sounded perfect.”

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Congratulations Lisa and Andres! Thank you to the couple, and to Alicia from Form Over Function and Clarzzique Photography for sharing this stunning wedding with us!

Photographer: Clarzzique Photography & Video / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Form Over Function / Bridal Salon: Marry Me Bridal / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Robertson Kirdwood / Makeup Artist: Jazz Diaz Makeup Artist / Flowers & Decor: Form Over Function / Invitations & Stationery: Form Over Function / Ceremony Venue: St Mary Immaculate, Manly / Reception Venue: The Boathouse Shelly Beach / Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Trio / Reception Music: Impressions DJs / Favors: Form Over Function and Bride / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill Cake Design / Transport: Diamond Wedding Cars / Registry: David Jones Registry / Rings: Affinity Diamonds

Candice Lee “Lovestate” Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It’s always a good day when we get to share an Australian designers brand new collection and today Candice Lee, of the Central Coast is unveiling her “Lovestate” bridal collection, twelve new pieces to complement her already beautiful bridal designs.

Silk faille, silk organza and silk georgette just some of the fabrics Candice has used to create a bohemian, ethereal style to her pieces. Her separates team seamlessly with each other – chic tops paired with floaty, romantic skirts. Lace detailing making soft gentle trains shine. Candice’s desire to pare back bridal styling in this collection resulted in simple shapes, beautiful silhouettes and elegant detailing for the bride who wants something understated, yet carefully considered.

Candice Lee pieces are available to purchase via the website or by appointment at Candice’s Central Coast studio.

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Gowns: Candice Lee / Photographer: Julia Trotti / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Megan / Model: Alexandra Wallace
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