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One-off designer pink gowns go on auction – for charity.

14 Nov

A little while ago, we began a project with the National Breast Caner Foundation to dedicate an entire edition of Modern Wedding to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. David Jones jumped on board and offered their top designers an opportunity to design a statement gown with a touch of pink. We were tickled… err… pink when big name designers decided to drop everything and get to work on their creations.

Pink David Jones Gowns for Breast Cancer research

Left to right top to bottom: Trelise Cooper, Easton Pearson, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Akira, Kirrily Johnston, Lisa Ho.

These gorgeous gowns have been on display in David Jones, Sydney throughout October.
The design and style of the gowns means that they are not only perfect for a one-off unique bridal gown, but also great for a special evening dress for an extra special occasion.

The beautiful gowns will go on Auction at 1pm tomorrow through Ebay, so keep an eye out and help the cause by making a bid. I certainly will be!

Check out the stunning designs in this shoot, that our talented team and the fabulous Justin Aveling and Daniel Grey put together. And for a more detailed look at the gowns check out Modern Wedding website.

One in nine Aussie women will be told they have breast cancer! That is a jaw-dropping statistic, and research programs funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation are key to a future without any breast cancer.

The campaign has gone so well so far, but there is still a little way to go. We are hoping that all our brides join us in the fight against breast cancer and bid for one these amazing gowns.

I’d love to know which is your favourite?

Kate xx

Please leave a comment for us below or pop on our Facebook Page or Twitter and tell us if you are thinking about bidding?


National Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Fashion Shoot

30 Jun

We have had an absolutely incredible week! Yesterday we were shooting couture pink gowns, created by some of Australia’s top fashion designers. What a treat! And it was all for an amazing cause: they’ll be auctioned off in September to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Imagine winning the auction… you get a gorgeous gown and you know that your money is going towards research and the prevention of breast cancer. What a beautiful gift – both to yourself and to the world. So here’s a sneaky little peak behind-the-scenes…

Paula Hibbard from The Art of Hair perfects soft bombshell hair, while Julie Elton Makeup Artist creates dewy skin and lush lashes

We added blonde sew-in extensions to model Annie's hair for long, flowing curls

Model Annie McGinty, from Vivien's Model Management was our perfect glamazon for the day

Stylist Kimberlee Kessler and Julie Elton review the stunning jewellery from Swarovski and Autore

Makeup Artist Julie Elton created full thick luscious lashes using mascara and individual false lashes

Finding the perfect pink lipstick was a bit of a challenge, but we nailed it

Annie is resplendent in a custom made gown by Kirrily Johnston

Lisa Ho's poppy pink creation is flowing and feminine

Testing the light to get it perfect for Carla Zampatti's gorgeous oyster pink gown

A little peek at Trelise Cooper's incredible blush pink beaded fishtail gown

We review the day's shots so far with Photographer Justin Aveling

Happy and hard working Stylists (right) Kimberlee Kessler and (left) Rosemary Slade (yours truly!)

Annie, in a Trelise Cooper headpiece, is our perfect bride for the day

Special thanks to Libby Hayes and her team at the National Breast Cancer Foundation for being a constant inspiration.

And of course, our deepest gratitude to Eleanor Marr and the amazing team at David Jones for all their help in making this shoot possible, and to all the wonderful designers who created these pink masterpieces – Akira, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Kirrily Johnston, Lisa Ho and Trelise Cooper.

We had dreamt and hoped, but this shoot exceeded even our most magical musings, and we must thank all the incredibly talented people who so generously donated their valuable time for a great cause:
Photographer: Justin Aveling www.innocenteyesphotography.com
Hair: Paula Hibbard for The Art of Hair www.theartofhair.com.au
Makeup: Julie Elton with MAC www.julieelton.com.au

Shot at Sun Studios, Alexandria www.sunstudiosaustralia.com (whom we thank for discounting the studio fees for this special shoot)
Model: Annie McGinty, Vivien’s Model Management

Our soundtrack for the day included: The Beatles Here Comes The Sun, Madonna Vogue, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool The Key, Destiny’s Child Jumpin Jumpin, Massive Attack Teardrop and Lady Gaga Poker Face.

We can’t wait to share the full shoot with you.
Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek,

Rosemary xox

Heavenly hair

10 Jun

Hair – A woman’s crowning glory and certainly a bride’s best accessory. I know that deciding on the perfect hairstyle that is both flattering AND comfortable is easier said than done. So, all you Modern Wedding Bride’s out there I’m going to let you in on a wedding look that I’m absolutely loooooving (because I know we can never get enough of beauty tips) … braids! I’m OBSESSED with braids at the moment. I recently went to a wedding myself where I was tossing up whether to wear my hair up, as I have quite long hair I usually wear it out. I made the decision, however to go with an up-do with braids both in the front pulling my hair away from my face and in the back, which added some detail. (I loved it so much I couldn’t bear to take it out; I wore it that way for days afterwards).
This look just oozes bridal elegance; a classic up-do with braids either in the front or the back, or weaved all the way through. That’s the great thing; you can wear this look so many different ways. Add a bright red lip for some drama and I’m swooning! You’ll feel like a modern day pin-up. Just remember to ask your make-up artist to help you find the right shade of red for your skin tone. So sit back and get inspired with some of these luxurious styles.

Braided hair for wedding or going out

Photography by Justin Aveling, Hair & Makeup by Bobby Bujisic of Vivien's Creative.

Braided Hair style

Photography by Andrew O’Toole, Make up by Aleesa Hall using MAC.

Hair braid by the art of hair

Photography by Ian Golding, Hair by The Art of Hair, Makeup by Garry Siutz of multimediamakeup.

Braided hair style

KR Hair and Makeup


Are you loving the return to classic up-dos? How are you planning to have your hair and make up done? Let us know! Leave your comments in the section below, stop by Facebook or Tweet Us @ModernWeddingOz.

Xx A.

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