Brides guide to creating a stress-free wedding morning

Bride and her bridesmaids getting on the wedding dayYou’ve no doubt been scouring Pinterest and getting lost for hours in the images of happy carefree bridal parties in their robes. I too have been a bride and it was many (many) years before the craze of social media took hold. The things I stressed about just paled in significance to the magical day I had. Brides put so much pressure on having ‘the perfect day’ that sometimes they can forget to relax and take in the moment.

Here are my 12 top tips to help you create a calm, stress free wedding morning:

CATCH THOSE ZZZZ
Get to bed early! I know it’s tempting to stay up all night with your bridal party chatting over a few wines, but the last thing you want is to be tired or hungover. Jump into bed early with some beautiful fresh linen and a nice cup of herbal tea.

TIMING IS KEY
Ensure you have a running schedule from your hair & makeup artist and from your photographer. Your suppliers have been working weddings for many years and they always include some extra buffer time just in case a problem arises. Each and every step should be relaxed, not rushed. If you think your day is starting out a bit earlier than what you had thought, please just trust your wedding suppliers.

BOOGIE
Prepare a Spotify playlist of your favourite tunes. Music is a wonderful destressing tool. It’s also a nice way to break any silence and to get everyone in the mood for the fun day ahead.

NOURISH
It’s a good idea to have some pre-made platters and nibbles. Nothing greasy or messy. Fruit, sushi and finger sandwiches are always devoured. Also drink lots of water, hydration is key!

SPICK, SPAN AND READY TO GO…
If you’re getting ready at your home then make sure its spick and span. You’ll be surprised, but this can save time for when the artists and photographers arrive. The last thing you want to be doing is vacuuming or tidying up. Also have someone designated (Dads are always a good option) to tidying up any mess created throughout the day and preparing any bags to be taken to the ceremony/venue.

ARE WE THERE YET?
If your home is 45 minutes away or more from your venue then consider booking accommodation close by. This way you won’t be worried about being stuck in traffic and you won’t be up as early in the morning. Just be sure to write yourself a checklist of what to take with you.

IF THE DRESS FITS
Make sure everyone in the bridal party tries on their dress a few days before the big day. You don’t need any unexpected zipper malfunctions.

READ THE FINE PRINT
Please read all of the information your hair & makeup team provides on skin and hair preparation. Don’t go and have any last-minute waxing or buy some new beauty product you’ve never used. The last thing you want is a reaction!

ALLOW EXTRA TIME
Don’t wait to the last minute to get dressed. Surprisingly this can take time. Bridesmaids should all be dressed before the Bride. Also, if the brides dress has a button down back, take note of how long it takes to do this up. Some buttons can be fiddly, and can take much longer than you think.

WEATHER CHECK
Check the weather forecast, if its looking like rain, then think about purchasing a few clear umbrella’s. They’ll keep you dry and look amazing in your photos too.

DELIVERIES
Make sure important things like flowers, cakes etc. are being delivered exactly where you need them to go. Who wants to be rushing around picking up orders, or worse be the person responsible for holding the cake!

ENJOY BEING PAMPERED
Put down your phone and relax while your hair & makeup team are pampering you. Having a mobile service is a luxury, so sit back and enjoy every moment, as it doesn’t happen every day.

Your wedding morning is what you make of it. It’s a fun time, so relax, get pampered and enjoy quality time with your bridal party.

Jane xo

Avalon Castle Styled Wedding Shoot 7.12.16



When I was invited back by Wedding Services Melbourne to do hair and makeup for another styled shoot, I of course jumped at the opportunity.  I was super excited when the location was revealed.  Avalon Castle in Cockatoo, Victoria.

Who knew a Castle only an hour or so from Melbourne’s CBD even existed.

As I was driving through the beautiful hills of Emerald into Cockatoo, I knew it was going to be a great day. The sun was shining and I was working at a Castle (like who does that!!) with  other amazing wedding suppliers.

The estate Avalon Castle is situated on is just breathtaking.  It truly was a Castle, tucked away in Melbourne’s beautiful South East.  The Castle boasts medieval styled architecture, a chapel with stained glass windows, grassed tiered outdoor amphitheatre, luxurious dining area, and stunning accommodation for the bride and groom.

I worked with some familiar faces again, and also a few new ones.  Everyone on the shoot was so friendly and down to earth and having the upmost professionalism and dedication to their craft.

Location | Avalon Castle

Hair + Makeup | Ava Jane Hair & Makeup Artistry

Photography | Amanda Kilbourn Photography

Dress | Thafnis Dress Making & Alterations

Shoot Organiser | Wedding Services Melbourne

DJ | Matt Jefferies Entertainment

Jewellery | Valerene Bespoke Jewellery

Flowers | Floral by Design

Videography | Post Film Productions

Cake | Langfords Patisserie

Celebrant | Sharon Kershaw – Civil Celebrant

A few highlights on the day were seeing our stunning faux bride emerging in her handmade princess gown by Thafnis Dress Making.  Also to our event organiser Matt Jefferies of Wedding Services Melbourne who bought along a dry ice machine.  Watching the smoke pour from the machine onto the dance floor, surrounding our bride and groom was mesmerising.

For this shoot I kept the makeup natural, fresh and glowing, bringing out all of our models best features.  Our beautiful bride Nola has the most amazing skin, so why cover that up!  We used soft purple and grey tones on her eyes and a one of my favourite lip colours MAC Viva Glam V.  For Nola’s hair, I curled it all first to create body and texture. Then it was put up into an elegant chignon, allowing the backless gown to shine.  One of the products I used in Nola’s hair was Batiste Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray.  It adds volume to limp hair and creates a gritty texture on the hair shaft, allowing you to create beautiful full styles.

A huge thank you to Matt once again for organising such an amazing day, and an extra special thank you to Amanda Kilbourn Photography.  The amount of work Amanda puts into each and every photo is amazing.  It’s always exiting receiving a file filled with stunning photos.

Jane xoxo

 

Melbourne Wedding Supplier Collaboration

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Believe it or not this day actually started 11 years ago on April 1st 2015, when I married the love of my life.

Little did I know that when I booked Mustangs in Black to drive me to my ceremony, that I would reconnect with owner and driver  Jonny Mustang 11 years later.

In April 2016 I was working a wedding in Kew.  I was walking back to my car after finishing making-over a gorgeous bridal party and as I rounded the car park there were three stunning Mustangs parked in front of me.  As a long-time lover of Mustang cars I of course had to stop and drool a little.

I approached one of the guys, and realised how familiar he looked.  When I asked the company name, I soon realised this same guy I was talking too had driven me to my wedding day 11 years ago!

After a brief catch-up, a little more drooling and an exchange of business cards, I was on my merry way.

Fast forward 6 months and I was so delighted to receive a call from Matt Jeffries, owner and operator of Wedding Services Melbourne and Matt Jeffries Entertainment, asking if I would  like to join in on a wedding supplier collaboration, and that I had been recommended by the one and only Jonny from Mustangs in Black.

I was truly honoured to not only be asked, but also to be put in a league of very talented Melbourne Wedding Suppliers.

Everything was set:

Two Brookes Bar & Bistro in Seville, Yarra Valley – wedding venue set on rolling green hills and vineyards set the scene for the day

Amanda Kilbourn Photography – taking beautiful, relaxed, natural photography

Post Film Productions – telling the story of a fun filled day through videography

Matt Jeffries Entertainment – bringing fun and positive energy through great music & wedding games

A Day To Remember Event Hire – setting up our rustic inspired décor

Wedding Flowers Etc – creating stunning bouquets, table and aisle centre pieces

Thafni’s Dress Making – putting hours of fine handmade sewing into our beautiful halter neck gown

Valerene Bespoke Jewellery – providing stunning custom handcrafted jewellery pieces

Mustangs in Black – providing a 1966 GT Mustang, a stylish classic American muscle car

A Tactile Perception – beautiful original hand crafted wedding stationery, inspired by origami

Ava Jane Hair & Makeup Artistry – well that’s me.  Inspired by inner and outer beauty, my aim is to bring out my clients best features and to create flawless, natural hair and makeup.

Well like all good weddings, there’s always a slight hitch.  We had a small hurdle of finding a bride & groom after our elusive models were a no show.  After a few quick calls and messages, this professional team had the issue solved.

Our fill in bride was our amazing jewellery creator, Valerene and our groom was to be Matt (not sure he was quite ready for the role of Groom).

After many introductions we all got to work creating our piece of magic for the day.

I decided to create a textured messy bun and a simple flawless makeup for our bride, to fit in with the natural rustic theme we had for the day.

With all of my brides I like to use long lasting products, that will see you through an early morning start or even a hot humid Melbourne Day.

One of my favourite foundations for Brides is Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Liquid Foundation.  This beautiful foundation glides onto the skin, providing amazing coverage without looking thick and caked on.  As this foundation is HD (High Definition), it photographs beautifully under all light conditions and is also waterproof and sweat proof to ensure maximum lastability.

A few other favourites I used on the day were:
Inglot Toner
Embryolisse Lait Creme
Inglot & Too Faced Eyeshadows
Smashbox Waterproof Mascara
Mac Syrup Lipstick
MAC Matte Bronzer & Soft and Gentle Highlighter
Inglot Blush
Modelrock Lashes
Vanity Mark Brow Powder

Thank-you to everyone who made this day possible.  You are not only fun and easy to work with, you are all a truly talented bunch of Melbourne Wedding Suppliers.

Jane xo