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Vielle Branche wedding shoot featured on White Magazine blog

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It is a great honour to be featured on White Magazine’s blog with this shoot, which I was thrilled to be invited to be a part of. Vielle Branche has to be one of my very favourite new-old wedding venues. It is tucked away like a little treasure in Brisbane, housing antiquities and great lighting.

Hannah was an absolutely stunning model, and a true delight to work with. I gave her some romantic waves and swept some tresses back into twisted braids, and pinned in some sweet little flowers and leaves.

For her makeup, I wanted to allow Hannah’s natural beauty shine with a classic look. The deep red lip suited her complexion perfectly.

I must send out a huge thanks to photographer Deb Boots Love Stories for inviting me to be part of this shoot. I knew on the day it was going to be something really special, but the photos have exceeded the very high expectations I had. I just love it with all my little heart.

And thank you to the whole team, who made me feel very welcome and did such an incredible job pulling this shoot together.

Photography: Deb Boots Love Stories // Venue + furniture + props: Vielle Branche // Stylist: Ali Holgar // Florals: Wild At Heart // Bridal gown: Rue De Seine from The Babushka Ballerina // Cake: Gillian Bell Cake // Hair + makeup: Sally Townsend // Stationery: Jennifer Hillhouse Design // Catering: Capelli Foods // Models: Hannah + Bryn

My New Profile Pics

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The lovely Miss Terri Hanlon recently popped into my place to snap a few pics of me working at home for my website, and also my new Editor’s pic for The Bride’s Tree Magazine.

It’s always a disconcerting experience being on the other side of the lens, as opposed to behind-the-scenes wielding a pressed powder and mean brush belt fussing over models in my role as a makeup artist. This time all the nerves were forgotten when the calming presence of Terri appeared. It was all so easy peasy, because Terri makes it impossible not to be at home as her camera’s subject.

Of course my constant companion and creative director, Mr Darcy the Lhasa-poo, was on hand to give some much-needed posing advice and plenty of cuddles. I was happy with this arrangement at the time, but now I’ve seen the images, it’s clear I’ve been upstaged. Hmph. Sally Townsend MUA _ Terri Hanlon Photography

Oh Mr Darcy, you are a dark and handsome (not so tall…) dashing prince! This smoochy pooch is never far, choosing to spend his days happily sprawled under my desk, or cuddled up on the couch or in my bed with me – wherever my home office happens to be on any given day.

Terri Hanlon PhotographyThis is my official Editor’s Letter pic, which will now appear in each issue of The Bride’s Tree free online bridal magazine.

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Terri Hanlon PhotographyFor my closeup, I chose to wear a fairly natural makeup with a hint of glam. I’m sporting my absolute favourite lipstick by MAC Cosmetics – a lustre shade called Syrup. And of course perfectly defined eyebrows.

When styling my hair, I employed my signature style – messy. My hair is naturally wavy, so I tend to achieve “the messy look” quite easily by blowdrying my hair upside down for volume, then when it’s almost dry, I tie it in a bun for 10 minutes or so. Imperfect, yet effective! Terri Hanlon Photography

There’s that pretty pup again, offering his congratulations on my latest blog article. Why thank you, Mr Darcy!Terri Hanlon Photography

Wedding Celebration by the Seaside

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I absolutely love it when I get the chance to break all the rules and be creative as a wedding makeup artist. When I was asked to be part of a fun wedding inspiration shoot in seaside Caloundra with a celebratory feel, I couldn’t resist. The lovely couple were real-life husband and wife, Tegan and Tariq.

Since “fun” was the order of the day, and I had the prettiest of flowers – not to mention, the prettiest of brides – to work with, a bright pink lip it was! Perfect for Sunshine Coast wedding makeup. And for something a little different, I went with some grey-brown toned depth for definition, and pink-gold shimmer to bring out the eyes. In a twist on the glam eyeliner flick, I used a gorgeous metallic golden brown to soften the striking look.

The team was a good’un. I absolutely adore working with Nicole from Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair, not only because she does beautiful hair stylin’, but the lady herself is stylin’ too, and she has an awesome personality to boot. For this shoot, Nicole went for a soft relaxed style wispy curls and interesting details. I love the little braid snuck into the back.

I’ve been very very fortunate to work with Lauren from Magnolia Grove Flowers a few times now. This flower crown was so sweet, it almost gave me a toothache. Wouldn’t you agree!

The one wedding pro I hadn’t yet worked with was Stacey Schramm Photography. Stacey organised this whole affair, and I’m so pleased she found me to be part of it. What a delightful person, and fantastic photographer.

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Photography / Stacey Schramm Photography

Hair / Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair

Makeup / Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry

Flowers / Magnolia Grove

Models / Tegan + Tariq Al Said