Real Brides

Take inspiration and see what these gorgeous real brides have to say about their big day!


Hair + Makeup by Michelle  | Gavin Cato Photography  | Montrose Berry Farm  | Botanica Style  Co. 

Hi Michelle,

Michael and I have been meaning to thank you for weeks now and are finally able to get some time to do so. Thank you! I loved working with you on my wedding day. From the natural look of my makeup to the gorgeous braids in the girls hair, your work was flawless. You made my wedding day enjoyable and fun. Thank you for giggling at my family talking over one another. Thank you for giving me time outside when I needed some air. Thank you for sympathising with my MOH over the woes of DIY wedding hair and makeup. Thank you for fixing Nanna’s hair and doubling as a photographer at the wedding. You captured some amazing shots of Dad walking me down the aisle. I can’t wait to recommend you to friends when their big day comes along.  Thank you for being the fabulous professional artist that you are. 
Sincerely,  Jess x 
Ps, Michael said you worked miracles cuz I certainly didn’t look that good the day before 🤔 haha 



Hair + Makeup By Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography  | Dry Ridge Estate 

“Michelle is a true magician! She did hair and makeup for me, my 3 bridesmaids and the 3 mothers on our wedding day! From the moment of engaging her to well after the wedding she has been nothing but helpful and has gone above and beyond, making it so easy to communicate and to ensure we both understand what we each needed. She is clearly a leader in the industry which is evident by how equally quick and meticulous she is in her work! She has such a lovely calming presence which was perfect for the morning getting ready. Michelle is super friendly and made me feel like id known her for years. She was amazing at making all of us look and feel beautiful. Thank you so much Michelle! I still cant believe that even after a 36 degree day with a full face of makeup, an outdoor wedding, running through fields and dancing up a storm, that when i washed my face that night, my skin had never felt better! You are amazing!” – Michelle 


Makeup by Michelle   | Hair by Holly Gould   | Pure Breeze Pixels   | Merribee House | Fashions by Farina | Heart & Soul Flowers 

“Michelle is a wonderful person with amazing skills. The whole experience was amazing! Love Michelle!! “


Hair + Makeup by Michelle    |   Red Berry Photography    |   My Little Peony    |   Spring Grove Dairy, Kangaroo Valley

“Thank you so much, Michelle, for being apart of my wedding day! You made both my beautiful bridesmaids, my mother and I feel so special and beautiful! I loved your presence in the morning of, you were cool, calm and collected and just such a beautiful person! Michelle, thank you seriously so much from the bottom of my heart for your hard work”- Alana



Hair + Makeup by Michelle     |    The Evoke Company    |    Little Bird Bloom   | Peppers Manor, Sutton Forrest

“I just wanted to properly say thank you. You made me, Lauren and mum feel a million dollars on the wedding day. Not only that  but you brought with you a fantastic attitude, a sense of calm, great advice and best of all loads of fun and laughs. Anyone that needs a true professional to look after them on their big day should look no further and I’m happy to tell anyone that who will listen. No many how many times I cried or danced like a crazy person my hair and makeup stayed flawless (as you said it would :)) so thanks a million times over Michelle you really helped make my day”- Kim



Hair + Makeup by Michelle   |   Holly Prins  |   Botannica Style & Co    |   Mali Brae Farm, Moss Vale

“I was so blessed to have Michelle be a part of our special day. From the moment I first contacted her, she made me feel completely comfortable, and was clearly someone who loved her job. She is incredibly knowledgeable, and offered great advice, whilst staying true to my envisaged style. On the day, she was an incredibly calming presence, who made my very nervous mum, who doesn’t like anyone doing her hair or makeup, look and feel incredibly beautiful! And calmed down a nervous bride, who did not even realise she was stressing! Our makeup was perfect until the very end of the night, and my new husband thought I looked like the most beautiful version of myself, which is the most important thing. I could not recommend Michelle enough to anyone who is considering her for their hair and makeup!”- Simonne



Bridal makeup, bridesmaid hair and makeup by Michelle    |   John Benavente   |  Unbridalded By Dan Jones  |  Centennial Parklands, Bowral

“Can I just say again how amazing you are – the makeup quite obviously looks great (flawless!) in these photos, Julia & Bec’s hair just gorgeous… but best of all your presence on the morning of the wedding was a true blessing. You made sure my face was perfect, even if I have terrible timing & cried after you had done my eyeliner – you calmed me down & helped us out … you are the best. I think this is reflected in the photos & the fact you feature in a few! The Green’s love you Michelle! Thank you again”- Sarah



Makeup by Michelle       |     Gavin Cato Photography     |    Moby Dicks, Whale Beach

“We got married in Sept 2017, it was a 2 year engagement. From the minute I contacted Michelle about my makeup, she was professional, fun and made me feel confident in the person I had chosen. At times throughout the 2 years I would contact her for ideas or advice, and she always had the time to help. Her knowledge on different skin types, products to use and the right regimen for my skin leading up to the big day was a true testament to her passion for what she does.  I can’t thank Michelle enough for how calm she was on the day, helping to calm my nerves, and cracking jokes when I needed a good laugh.She is a wonderful soul, a true delight to have with you on your day and a real professional in all aspects of her job!” – Kate




Hair + Makeup by Michelle   | Gavin Cato Photography  |  Flowers a Bunch   | Briars , Bowral

“I have nothing but the highest of high praise for Michelle and if I could give her more than 5 stars I would in an absolute heartbeat! Michelle completely understood the vision I had of how I wanted to look for my wedding day and delivered above and beyond my wildest dreams! She made my mother, my two bridesmaids, my 4 year old flower girl ( who might I add she knew exactly how to handle with- Elsa sparkles!) and myself feel like absolute princesses on my wedding day and all hair and makeup lasted the whole day an absolute treat! But beyond that and what I didn’t expect and really appreciated was the way she helped to keep me calm on the day by just taking a second to tell me to take a deep breathe or smell some lavender essential oils when she could see I was starting to get overwhelmed and that made all the difference! Michelle you are an absolute legend and I will recommend both you and Gavin to anyone who asks and everyone who doesn’t as I can’t stop talking about the amazing job you both did- you guys are the wedding dream team!!”- Theresa



Hair & Makeup By Michelle  | Strawberry Fields Photography  | Grace Loves Lace  | Libs Little Studio   |  Driftwood Shed 

“Michelle is absolutely amazing! My hair and makeup were so beautiful and so much better than I had ever imagined. Michelle is very professional but was also laidback and added a lot of fun to the morning of my wedding when we were all getting ready. She is just amazing and I highly recommend her to make you into a stunning bride!”- Laura


Hair + Makeup by Michelle    |   Gavin Cato Photography    |   Little Bird Bloom      |   The Loch, Berrima

“My wedding day morning was really special, thank you for making us all look and feel fabulous! I couldn’t have been more pleased with my hair and make-up!”- Elise



Makeup By Michelle     |     Gavin Cato Photography     |   Centennial Vineyards, Bowral


Hair + Makeup by Michelle   |    Gavin Cato Photography    | Louise Alvarez Couture  |  Gibralter Hotel, Bowral


Makeup By Michelle | Natasa Manojlovic  Hair | Gavin Cato Photography | Viktoria Novak | Wildflower


Hair & Makeup by Michelle |   Gavin Cato Photography  | Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains


Makeup by Michelle  | Shelley Graham Hair  | Gavin Cato PhotographyBotannica Style & CoBendooley Estate, Berrima


Makeup By Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography |   Affair With George  | Bendooley Estate, Berrima| Sarah Joseph Couture  | Real Wedding Feature in Brides Diary


Makeup By Michelle | Hair by Jaala  | Gavin Cato Photography | Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

“I would just like to say a big thank you for your time on Friday!! You did an amazing job! The girls looked stunning and so did pat and my mum!! Thank you for helping me with my nerves too- I was very grateful for your calming advice! You did such a beautiful job and I’m so thankful you were part of the day! Thank you again Michelle”-  Erin