Photography | The Paper Fox
Florals | Aisle of Eden
Gowns | The Barefaced Bride
Bling | Elizabeth Bower Bridal + Forever Soles
Makeup | Sian Howard
Hair | Vanessa Hardiman
Models | Ruth Lee, Rochelle Lee, Grant Oldroyd, Audrey + Frank
Vintage Chev | Ben Livingstone
I’ve loved watching my friend Nicole Small and her business partner Lauren Jiminez bring their unique floral visions to life through their business Aisle of Eden. So I jumped at the chance to pay my hometown a visit and design the makeup for a creative collaboration with the fabulous Kristen from The Paper Fox. Don’t they say never work with children or animals?? Well we had both, plus an antique Chevrolet, and it was still such a light-hearted afternoon surrounded by talented people!
Rachel from The Barefaced Bride provided the exquisite gowns, all from Australian designer Amanda Garrett. Rachel specialises in hand-picking vintage designer gowns to stock in her private Sydney studio. Looking through the killer accessories on set, I got a lovely surprise seeing the sensational “Dew” drop earrings supplied by another friend Elizabeth, who is now based in the US with her luxe accessories business Elizabeth Bower Bridal.
Hair stylist Vanessa and I teamed up for the first time but had a clear shared vision on the looks we were creating for each gown. My preference is always to use “real” women in shoots, so I was thrilled to see songstress Ruth, along with mother-of-four Rochelle, would be our models.
Ruth’s long thick blonde mane was curled and tousled, creating a perfect base to hold the rich floral crown featuring burgundy, crimson and deep pink blooms with a smattering of berries.
I applied a rich cherry lip to contrast with Ruth’s porcelain skin, paired with winged liner and Helen Dowsley Lashes to create a classic look. The romantic vibe matched the French lace “Isis” sheath, for her walk down the aisle with Frank and his floral-festooned collar.
Model Rochelle’s sunkissed brunette locks looked beautiful in a twisted and braided upstyle to help support a large white and wispy floral crown. Rochelle’s look was minimalist and sophisticated in the luxurious silk satin “Allegra” gown, so I amped up the glamour with a contemporary chocolate smokey eye and nude lip.
The simplicity of the gown was offset by an immense bouquet, mixing wildflowers, native foliage and vintage roses in pastels and white. The same floral insignia decorated a vintage ladder on the quaint bridge for a whimsical take on the traditional arch or arbour. Rochelle’s feet were adorned with embellished barefoot jewellery from Forever Soles to bring some sparkle to the woodland scene.
Our male model Grant took a break from his landscaping company to scrub up and enjoy some time relaxing with the blooms and the ladies in front of the camera. I kept Grant’s grooming to a minimum, applying only some Nucerity Rejuvenating Barrier to prime and protect his skin (it has the added benefit of softening hair growth) and translucent powder to keep shine under control.