‘Love Story’ Paul + Jessica

Once upon a time a girl named Jess met a boy named Paul….


After a long afternoon celebrating at her best friend’s hens party, Jess ran into a group of local mates and was introduced to their friend Paul - her future husband.

For the first few years these love birds spent their weekends between Sydney (where Paul worked) and The Hunter Valley. Travelling and living out of a suitcase wasn’t easy for the couple, however ‘it was all worth it.’ says Jess.

Paul was preparing to propose to his love and suggested a relaxing week away in Fiji, the perfect getaway for them both.

He had a planned a romantic dinner at the Flying Fish restaurant on the beach. ‘it was so secluded and peaceful’ Jess recalls.


It was time to start planning the wedding.

Paul and I had always enjoyed the idea of a long lunch that rolled into the night’ Jess says.

Having grown up in The Hunter Valley on her family’s vineyard Jess knew this was definitely the place they would enjoy their celebrations. She worked with The Wedding Designers Director Jessica Coleman to create a glass greenhouse which would compliment the landscape of vines and mountains. ‘The use of natural wood and green with chandelier lighting produced a truly magical vibe’ Jess reflects.

The ceremony was held at Sacred Spaces in Singleton, ‘which is an unforgettable space’ she says.

The long lunch created by Bistro Molines was an exquisite European inspired feast with the family’s own McLeish wines flowing for the afternoon/evening. With the formalities finishing around 7pm it left guests time to party along to a live band underneath the stars.

When I asked Jess what she loved about their wedding day, it was ‘getting ready in the family home where she could view the whole reception space transforming - it was pure joy’ she says.

The most unbelievable part of our day was our wedding dance. It was the song, I’m Gonna Be by The Proclaimers. All of our family and friends joined us on the dance floor and completely rocked out to the band’


Thank you for sharing your story with us Mr. and Mrs.Bilich.

Love and happiness

Lisa x x x


Photography Photography on Hermatige

Venue McLeish Estate

Designer and Florals The Wedding Designers

Catered by Bistro Molines

Hair by Lisa Fowler Hair + Makeup

Makeup by Bellus

You gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. Love like you will never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like its’s heaven on earth.
— William W. Purkey

‘Love Story’ Jye + AJ

‘Love Story’ Jye + AJ

Do you believe in fate? Jye and AJ certainly do.

When Jye popped into a work meeting, AJ was instantly attracted to his confidence and vibe. AJ was living in Sydney and Jye in Newcastle where they would meet again when a mutual friend convinced her to stay and celebrate after completing a management course…

How to Create the Perfect Party Ponytail

How to Create the Perfect Party Ponytail

The classic ponytail is our go-to hairstyle for all hair types. Be it for a daytime or night time event, our humble pony will guarantee to get all eyes on you. Be fun, keep cool and add some glam.

Here we have created a step by step method to have you styling your hair like a pro.

MAC Masterclass in New York City

In an ever-changing industry there is a major need to always keep learning.. we need to stay current and up to date with all that is happening in our hair and makeup world. I was recently in New York City and had the opportunity to learn from one of the few Mac Senior artists, Michelle Clark.

Need new styling tools - How do you choose?

Need new styling tools - How do you choose?

Who would have thought there were so many choices when it comes to purchasing your straightening and styling tools. Ceramic| Ionic| Titanium| Tourmaline....?? With so many brands offering all the latest technology and all varying in price, how do you choose the right one for you?

Humidity and Hair

Hot weather not only leaves us feeling hot and sticky it leaves us also with the dreaded humidity frizz! Here are a few tips to help tame your mane with the hot weather rapidly approaching...



TIP: Creating a frizz free mane starts at the time of shampooing..  Hair has lots of tiny strands coming off it and if you rub it dry, you ruffle the surface and that creates this frizz. Instead, squeeze out water with your towel. Blot don't rub!

 TIP: Rather than a serum, use an oil such as an Argan or Morrocan oil. Go for one with a slightly more fluid texture so it’s not too heavy, and comb it through the hair when wet. This will build up a thin resistant coating that protects hair from the effects of humidity. 

 TIP:   Once a week deep conditioning treatments help keep frizz and puffiness under control by maintaining healthy hair. Apply a moisture intensive treatment to your ends, wrap the hair up in plastic or a shower cap and wait anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.This will infuse lots of moisture to decrease frizz and protect from humidity.

TIP: Heat your hair rather than blow drying. After combing your hair  through with your product, wrap your hair into a low nape bun leave to dry naturally for as long as possible. Use your dryer on the lowest speed highest heat or attach a diffuser (used to diffuse the air and heat the hair) to finish drying/styling your hair. 

It is possible to have curl not frizz in these extreme humid months. 

This curl was created using all the tips above. 

This curl was created using all the tips above. 

If your hair is like mine, it's not straight or curly and you would like to make your smooth blow dry last on hot humid days- these tips are for you.

 TIP: Start with your shampoo and conditioner - using frizz free moisturizing products here is the key. When you dry remember again to blot not rub!

TIP: Choose an awesome smoothing balm. We like Keune Sculpting Lotion   as it has humectant repellant ingredients which provide a barrier between your hair and the moisture from the humidity. 

TIP: Make sure your hair is completely dry before straightening. Any moisture left in the hair when you leave the house will attract more moisture, so before styling your hair make sure it’s 80% dry.  Use your blow dryer with the nozzle facing down while simultaneously using your fingers as a comb. 

TIP: Sectioning is really important for keeping your hair straight. On the more humid days take your sections finer than normal.  This may take a little longer but will be worth the effort. 

TIP:   Finish with a hairspray or a anti-humidity spray. This will provide another barrier to keep the frizz at bay.  


*from frizz to straight

*from frizz to straight

Let the summer begin!!! 

Hairpieces, Padding and Hair Extensions

Do you have fine hair or feel like you might need extra volume for the hair style you want to wear on your wedding day?

Bridal hair styling can be quite confusing for you as a client - you know what you would like but is your hair long enough or thick enough? Working with an experienced hair stylist, all these questions will be answered at your trial. There are a few different options which will enhance your style. The options that I choose to use are for special occasion and can create your desired look without damage to your hair. 

Clip-in extensions have been used for this style.  

Clip-in extensions have been used for this style.  

CLIP-IN HUMAN HAIR EXTENSIONS These hair extensions are designed to be removed after your special occasion with no damage to your natural hair. Designed to provide extra volume and maybe some added length. For the best results make sure that your extensions are human hair so that they may be colour matched and heat styled. Look for key words such as, double or triple remy - meaning silky or smooth in texture. Clip in extensions can be purchased in 18", 20" or 22" lengths. 

PADDING is used to create the illusion of having lots of hair when you may have finer hair- never fear padding is here! Placement of your padding will depend on where you would like to create your fullness in your upstyle. This is easy to use and very affordable and will make all the difference with your desired look. You may have or have used a padding called a 'donut'. These paddings have become extremely popular for clients to create the timeless ballerina bun. Your hairstylist will have variations of this style of padding to create a more enhanced version of your chosen upstyle. So whether it be a classic chignon, a ballerina inspired bun or to build volume in your romantic updo, padding is an excellent styling secret.

Padding has been used here to build the volume out in this style. 

Padding has been used here to build the volume out in this style. 

HAIRPIECE similar to the clip-in extensions, a hairpiece is a human hair piece that is added as one into your upstyle. If your dream style requires extra hair your stylist will colour match a piece to 'fill out' your own hair to create your desired look. It is still very important to use a quality piece so as not to see the difference between the piece and your natural hair. 

This style has had a human hair piece added. 

This style has had a human hair piece added. 

At your trial you will be able to discuss this with your stylist to find out which of the three options will work better for you.  

Airbrush v's Traditional Makeup

 The most common question when it comes to the type of makeup to have for your wedding day is the difference between airbrush and traditional makeup? 

Every type of makeup has it’s own pros and cons. Every makeup artist will have their own opinion on what they prefer to use on their brides. Ultimately, it all depends on your personal preference. If you can’t decide between the two, do a trial with both and see what you’re most comfortable with.


AIRBRUSH MAKEUP  A light-weight makeup applied through an air gun machine that produces a thin, even layer of makeup and creates either a light, medium or full coverage. It will give you both a dewy or matte finish depending on what you like. How it’s used: A small amount of a very thin makeup designed for air brush use is put into a chamber of a gun. When the machine is turned on and the gun trigger pulled, a light spray of makeup comes out of the gun in a fine mist. The fine mist of colour covers the skin and gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. Your makeup artist will mix foundation colours for a perfect blend to match your skin tone. Since it’s such a fine mist your true skin tone shows through which makes it look more natural and not so much caked on. It will not transfer onto clothing, In professional photographs it looks amazing! Airbrush makeup is water resistant and it won’t go anywhere until you wash it off. Be sure you don’t wipe away sweat/tears and instead ‘blot’. This will help guarantee your 16 hours of wear.

TRADITIONAL MAKEUP A Liquid, cream, or pressed powder that is usually applied with a sponge, brush or finger tips. Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of any other makeup, with every shade available. It’s also the most versatile of all the makeup; it can be as basic as a sheer tint of coverage, or combined with other properties to create a makeup that targets a very specific look. How it’s used: This particular makeup is the only makeup that, given the appropriate formula is chosen, can be used in any situation at any given time. Traditional makeup works very well on more mature skin as it can target specific things like lifting and firming. It can be applied many different ways, from brush methods used with thicker foundations, to finger tips used for light and well blended applications.

For events such as weddings the durability and the flawless finish of the airbrush is my favoured method, skin texture permitting.