Real Brides

There is nothing better than knowing you’re in great hands on your wedding day! Take inspiration and see what these gorgeous real brides have to say about their big day!


Bridal Hair and Makeup by Michelle | Bridesmaids Makeup by Michelle

Bridesmaid Hair By Hair Elegance By Kim |Red Berry Photography

Merribee | Styling and Flowers Bohemiam Blooms | Grace Loves Lace

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“Michelle, wow where do I start!? Not only are you so lovely, caring and professional, but you are so attentive and amazing at the small details of both hair and make up. You nailed the entire look of myself, the bridesmaid and also my mum! Your make up felt so perfect all day, and my hair didn’t budge just like you said it wouldn’t. My mum who never gets her make up done felt so amazing and comfortable all day and everyone commented on how beautiful our hair and make up was!

You made each of us girls feel comfortable, confident and ourselves which I feel is the biggest thing when getting your make up done a lot of women don’t look like themselves, you brought each of our features to life and made me feel so beautiful as a bride so thank you!

All my love, Josie xx”


Hair & Makeup by Michelle  | Gavin Cato Photography | Wildwood Kangaroo Valley | Flowers Mable & Elsi

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“Michelle you were so amazing! My curls are still lasting strongly ( the next day!) I could not have asked for anyone more incredible and thoughtful and above and beyond on my day. Thank you !!!!!”


Hair and Makeup by Michelle | Jaspers, Berry | Better Together Photography | Flowers Shady Fig

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“Absolutely LOVED my hair! It stayed PERFECTLY all day I have never gotten so many complements in my life! I am so grateful for your help in getting ready for such a special day. You are a pleasure to work with! And my makeup was such a dream and it basically looked the same at 11pm as when you put it on my face in the morning! And I cried A LOT through the day! <3 ”


Hair & Makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography |

Pepes Garden | Sublime Point 

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“Michelle makes dreams come true! She has a wealth of experience and talent and her work is flawless. She’s so professional and reliable and very organised. The best part about Michelle though is her personality. She’s so warm and fun and the type of person any girl wants around on her wedding day!”


Hair and Makeup by Michelle | Ela Studios | Ravensthorpe | Leah Mitchell Floral

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“Thank you thank you! The make up stayed on for about 2.5 days btw HAHAH Popping in another email to stay thank you very much for the day! You were super welcoming and calming.Good luck to you and wishing you and your family happiness and good health!”


Hair & Makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography | Waldara Farm | Grace Loves Lace | My Little Peony

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“Michelle went above and beyond of what Dan and I hired her to do. She kept saying she was just doing her job but I truly felt genuinely taken care of. She was by my side the whole day, from 7am-9pm. The passion for what she does was coming through everything. When I went for trial I asked for her opinion cause I knew she knows best. She does her job with high professionalism and love. I received unending compliments on my make up and hair. In the evening I had to changed to a Masquerade Ball make up which we did gold leafing mask and this is exactly what I wanted from the very beginning. Beautiful, comfortable and unique. Michelle did exactly that! Thank you! Everything was just AMAZING. I am so glad Michelle was there the whole day! I felt very spoiled! Dan was stunned by the job Michelle did”.

For more of this gorgeous unique wedding, see the full wedding blog Here 


Hair & Makeup by Michelle  | Gavin Cato Photography | Mali Brae Farm | Perfect Day Bridal | You Me & Flori

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“Hi Gav & Michelle, Just a note to say thank you so so much for all your efforts on Saturday. It was truly a beautiful day and we thank you for all your efforts in making it so perfect!  Our friends and family can not stop talking about the two of you! (Think you might get a few more weddings coming you way!) Thanks again for everything – what a beautiful couple you are and a dream team to work with! 

Michelle’s hair and make up skills were everything a bride could ever dream of of their wedding day. She arrived on time and wants to works with you to create something wonderful. She brings fantastic vibes on the day and her hair and make up skills are truly amazing. My styles photographed perfectly and stayed on for the whole night (even after the dance floor!). Things could not have gone any better!
Thanks, Ellyn & Charlie “

For more of this gorgeous wedding, see the full wedding blog Here 


Hair & Makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography | Gostwyck Chapel

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For more of this wedding, see the full blog here 


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

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“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 

To see more of Michelle’s beautiful country wedding, check out the blog post here


Bridal Makeup by Michelle | Hair by Shelley Graham | Gavin Cato Photography | Bendooley Estate

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Hair by Michelle Cato | Gavin Cato Photography | Wildwood Kangaroo Valley | Makeup by Sarah Mead | Made With Love Bridal | Botanic Art 

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“I can’t thank you and Gav enough! We loved having you two apart of our day! You guys are practically celebs with our bridal party and guests”!


Hair and makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography | Sylvan Glen

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“Dear Michelle & Gavin, First of all a big thank you for everything that you both did to make our wedding day a smashing success! From making us look and feel so beautiful ( I hear you also helped fix Andrews hair!) to taking the most stunning photographs! Our friends and family were blown away with how amazing your photos were and of course, the quick turnaround. We are so so so happy to have had you both on our special day and we really hope we get to cross paths again 🙂 Much Love, Alison And Andrew”


Hair & Makeup by Michelle  | Gavin Cato Photography | Bendooley Estate | Sierra Blooms | Marry Me Bridal

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“Michelle, your work is honestly amazing. The bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning and so did my mum! For her to be that happy with her hair and make-up is a testament to your work, she can be very particular so well done!! Haha. So glad that you were there with us. You made it so fun, easy and relaxed, along with Shelley who did a beautiful job with the hair.Also thank you so much for going along with all my nit picky things haha! You did an amazing job ❤ very happy bride! Xx”

For more of this gorgeous wedding, see the full wedding Here 


Hair & Makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography | Sylvan Glen , Southern Highlands | Perfect Day Bridal

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“Hi Michelle! I just want to say a massive THANK YOU for your hard work at my wedding. Although your hair and makeup skills are off the charts, it was your beaming personality and the energy you brought that really meant a lot. I wish I could get married again just so I can have you there again!”


Makeup by Michelle   | Hair by Mae You Be  | Gavin Cato Photography | Flowers by Aleksandra | Marry Me Bridal 

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“Michelle- you are definitely the BEST makeup artist all five of us have ever experienced. I am beyond appreciate that you went out of your way to buy a special foundation for me. Thank you so much for contributing so importantly to our wedding day. Love Sarah”

To see the beautiful Sarah’s wedding see the full blog here 


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

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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 


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

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


Hair and makeup by Michelle | Gavin Cato Photography | Silvergum Stables , Helensburgh

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“Highly recommend Michelle!! She did my Bridesmaids & My hair & makeup for my wedding over the weekend & she was fabulous !! 
Lovely lady, lots of fun & laughs and made us all feel pretty relaxed the morning of .Everyone looked stunning and our hair and makeup lasted all night , Thankyou so much for being a part of our special day xxx”


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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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 

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“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

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“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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