The Best of Bridal Hair for all Hair Types

It's the same old saying, you always want what you can't have. If you've got blue eyes, you want brown, if you've got a big bust, you want a smaller bust, if you got short hair, you want long hair. Some things we can change but some things we can't and we just have to work with what we've got. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, we just need to know how. 

We've asked some of the best in business to give us their tips, advice and secrets on creating the perfect bridal hair. No matter what you've got to work with. 

Short Hair

Brides with short hair have many options of how to wear their hair on the big day. 

Firstly make sure you have a plan with your hairdresser. Whether its growing your style out a few centimeters or enhacing the colour to add textures and shine. Work on this to get your hair in tip top shape and stye proof. Don't follow the trend of not having a haircut from the moment the wedding date is set. Healthy looked after hair means a shiny workable style.

So here are my top tips for brides working with short hair. 

  • If your hair is around ear length you could add loose braids to take it off your face or soft twists to add texture.
  • If your hair is above your ears then finger waves are classic and glamourous or try brushed out loose curls to add volume. Straight on any length always looks beautiful and edgy. The best style for you is what makes you feel most comfortable and what suits you and the theme of your day.
  • Don't be afraid to talk about hair extensions either! There are many pros that use them to help curls last or to add length or colour.
  • Accessories are a brides best friend. Stunning clips and brooches to me are the cherry on top. If you decide to wear your hair more simple and elegant then this is the perfect way to add statement and dress your hair. You should always bring your veil to the trial to make sure it pins in easily and you feel comfortable on your wedding day. The more decisions you make beforehand will create a smooth, calm and stress free day so you can enjoy it! 

Elly Hanson


The "Down Do"

Your wedding look should emphasise your natural beauty. Call me old fashion but to me a bride to be symbolises purity and virginity. 

Your wedding is not the best time to experiment with looks. You want to feel comfortable and beautiful. In saying this I highly advise for trial to eliminate any posible surprises on such an emotional day. It help the artist understand how you see colours and what the style of your wedding is going to be. Remember the wedding day is about you not about embracing the ideas of your makeup or hair artist. 

Popular trends I've noticed this season are boho braids, beach or classical waves to soft romantic buns. There's something for everyone. 

Here are my tips for brides wanting their hair down on their wedding day.

  • It is always better in photos to have at least one side of your hair secured so it doesn't fall over your face too much when you're moving or eating. 
  • If you decide on waves remember the longer the hair is set in the pin curl the better it lasts so allow enough time for preparation. 
  • Colour and shape (cut) is everything. If your hair healthy and looked after your stylist will have the perfect canvas to create the lush cascading hair you desire. 

Petr Vacker


The Braid

  • Braiding can used to add detailing to the back or the front of hair. Especially crown braiding which are a great visual for the front of the hair. 
  • Only use braiding if it suits your dress or style of wedding. You don't want to have a princess dress with braids as they are clashing styles.
  • Using hair extensions or hair pieces are great for fine hair or not a lot of hair. It can help to add volume and thickness to a braid.
  • Great way to give a modern bohemian look for half up half down.
  • Always have a trial to test out what suits you as not all braids suit everyone. 
  • Always ask the advice of your stylist what style would suit them best for the day.
  • Modern waterfall braids combined with a normal braid or fish braid is a great look that creates detail but still letting the hair fall for a half up down style.

Sarah Johnson


The Up Do

  • Chose a wedding hair style that is timeless, nothing harsh or dated.
  • A textured updo can look great with a flowing gown or a structured dress…it will soften your completed wedding style which is what you want on your wedding day.
  • If you always wear your hair down and decide you want to wear it up for your wedding day then a few weeks or even months leading up to the wedding begin to wear your hair up so you aren’t totally shocked with a hair up experience on a day when looking and feeling like your beautiful self is of the upmost importance.
  • Get yourself an AMAZING hair stylist. 
  • With that stylist you should defniatley have a bridal hair consultation/trail in preparation for the big day.
  • A great hair stylist will prep your hair for the big day. If your desired style includes short wispy layers around the face, a hair cut will be needed if your hair is all the one length.
  • They will also advise you on the the correct products so your hair is at its all time peak of health to look sensational for the big day.
  • When going to a trail bring a “back up style” in case the one you desire happens to not suit you.
  • Bring photos of people who have similar hair to yourself e.g. cut, colour and style, to the trail.

Casey Gore

Thank you to Elly, Petr, Sarah and Casey for giving our brides some incredible tips and advice on how to prepare and wear their hair on the big day. 

The One Collection

‘The One’ Collection embodies that single moment before the bride takes her first step down the aisle. A moment that only a bride knows all too well. Holding a very special place in Moira's heart

The One Collection is the first collection designed since Moira's own wedding in April 2017. The rush of excitement, the tingling feeling of anticipation and the breathtaking amount of love inspired the look and feel of The One Collection. 

Moved by the experience of her own wedding Moira explains ‘The overwhelming mix of emotions you feel walking down the aisle are gone in a moment but stay with you forever.'

The collection embodies what it means to be a woman and highlights her femininity with soft silhouettes, translucent blush tones and fallen straps. Female icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly have inspired Moira to include 60s style necklines, shimmering lace, fitted skirts and bold, ornate lace details. 

The collection has been designed with movement in mind. Hidden details that are revealed as the bride walks or turns and using layers and texture to bring the gowns to life. The contrast of feminine shapes with bold lace, strong features and modern classics make for an empowering array of dresses. 

Getting married is such a defining moment in a woman's life. It makes you look to the past and appreciate what led to this moment and at the same time turning to the future with excitement for what is to come.

This collection uniquely combines the timeless, classic feel of a wedding gown with the modern, individual touches defining of a Moira Hughes design.

It is the small and carefully thought out details that elevate it to one of Moira's most bold and elegant collections. Including the use of exclusive laces and tulle from Paris and Italy and selecting only the finest beads and pearls from Europe.

Each gown is made individually for each bride showing off everything that makes her unique, feminine and ready to shine in her own moment.

Thank you so much to the amazing team that helped us to capture The One Collection. 

Photo: Alli Oughtred
Model: Monika Clarke
Make Up: Sonia Allen
Hair: Petr Vacker
Shoes: The White Collection
Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Rings: Grew & Co
Styling: Love Find Co
Flowers: Jardine Botanic
Venue: Sydney Living Museum

Real Brides: Emily and Mark's Army Send Off

Emily and Mark's wedding paid homage to Mark's time serving for his country. Wearing his army uniform he complimented Emily's classic and romantic gown. Her couture, custom Hazel gown was a perfect match for Emily highlighting her beautiful décolletage. The long lace sleeves made with French lace and detailed with tiny individual pearls added to the elegance. Flawless make up by Sonia and shoes by The White Collection finished of her looked. 

A stunning church ceremony was followed by dinner and cake (cut by a sword none the less) at Rose Bay's Catalina which was decorated with romantic florals by Susan Avery.

Their wedding symbolised tradition and togetherness and both Emily and Mark looked sensational. We were thrilled to create a gown for such a unique and special wedding.

Dress: Moira Hughes

Shoes: The White Collection available at Moira Hughes

Make Up: Sonia Allen

Photographer: Weddings by Tim

Reception: Catalina

Flowers: Susan Avery