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SPRING EDITION 21 SEPTEMBER 2019

MARANOA

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PLAN YOUR SPECIAL DAY

WEDDING AND FORMAL EDITION


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MAKE UP Top tips for spring

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ART local women join together to create something special

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CATERING Tips to make your wedding menu memorable.

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THE BAUERS Scott and Samantha share their special day

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FORMAL FEVER Formal Photos from the past year

Cover: The Stunning photo on the front cover of this edition of Maranoa Style was taken by Alexis Cherry. Scott and Samantha Bauer were married on their property “Miawood”, Euthulla.

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the new. If there are vintage elements you wish to keep, combining them with more contemporary additions can bring your home’s design into the 21st century. A good tip for successfully marrying features from different eras is to reference the older style in your new inclusions. New additions should work in harmony with any permanent existing features that you’re keeping. In the Queenslander home

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VINTAGE BLENDS WITH MODERN featured, Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors recognised the age of the house and, out of respect for its history, worked to blend in the extensions with the original look of the building. To achieve this, Lauren carried over the traditional visual elements of the building on the exterior of the extension. The interiors, on the other hand, were designed to be more suited to modern living. Contemporary lifestyles in Australia ask for plenty of space for the family to congregate or entertain. For more inspiration about what to do with your interiors, visit your Andersens Roma showroom.

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SHORT HAIR? HELL YEAH! F

or anyone who has recently had the chop, you will understand the incredibly free feeling once you rid yourself of your long, time-consuming locks. Bobs and other statement short haircuts are back in a big way however, you may at first find yourself a little lost in this new territory. Learning to style any new haircut can be challenging, but without the ease of a ponytail or topknot on hand, a shorter cut adds an extra element of difficulty. And while it may take some time to get the hang of it, once you nail a few versatile looks you’ll be head over heels with your fierce, short style and not missing your long locks for a second. Below we have listed our top ways to style short hair and kick your look into overdrive. PLAIT-TASTIC Plaits may be one thing you thought you had to kiss goodbye when you opted for the chop however, that is certainly not the case. Petite french braids are fabulous for short hair and can be pinned at the bottom for a clean finish. Part your hair down the centre and ensure you are completing a tight braid close to the scalp for a prim and properly styled look. Continue the braid

through to the nape of your neck and repeat on the opposite side. Pin at the bottom and feel free to pin elsewhere to keep tidy if need be. BED HAIR This look is perfect if you’ve curled your hair but it isn’t sitting quite how you’d like or it’s day two and they are starting to drop. Feel free to get a little creative pulling pieces here and there as the appeal of this style is its “bed hair look”. Straighteners are great for adding a flick or a curl where needed for extra wow-factor. SLICK BOB If you are looking for a highly glamorous way to style your bob, slicking it back is simple yet makes a dramatic statement in the style stakes. Wet your hair and once damp, apply a generous amount of gel spray and sweep the hair back. Use a wide-toothed comb for the best result and be sure to slick it all back so there’s no part in sight. HALF UP Half-up half-down has been a much-loved look for as long as anyone can remember and with shorter hair, this is not something you have to give up. Adding body at the crown and pulling a few strands of hair loose helps to set this style off.

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MAKE A SPRING STATEMENT Breathe new life into your look with the change to a warmer season

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ith spring in full swing, it is time to stow away the dark make-up pallets of the winter season and breathe new life into your look. The spring make-up trends for 2019 are all about the natural look with a pop of colour. Last year spring was very much focused on the nude lip, bare faced combo however, things are ramping up a little this coming season, with peach cheeks, pop-of-colour lips and full eyebrows the make-up of choice. When it comes to the blush, bronzer has been a go-to for many a season in place of blush however, the peach and pink tones of old are making a comeback in a big way and we here at Downs Style HQ are very excited about it. Another tone expected to make an appearance is the new hue of rose gold blush, which has burst on to the scene, leaving many a happy make-up artist in its wake. For the lips, a pop of colour to add wow-factor is nothing new however, the colour in which we will see it this season certainly is. Coral will be a key colour choice of lipstick for the upcoming season and with a rose-gold cheek and fierce brows – this combination screams spring chic. And speaking of brows, keep up the maintenance on them ladies because the full brow trend is going nowhere. This season however, the look is a little more groomed than we’ve come to know, but the fullness is still well and truly there. Lastly, for nights out on the town, the silver or white inner-eye highlighter addition is a must. Not only does this make-up addition work to add contrast to your look, it gives the appearance of wider eyes and works wonders to draw attention to them. With all bases covered for the ultimate spring make-up look, get set for a fun few months of playing around with the new season’s look and turning heads wherever you go.

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FACE THE FACTS Skincare means common sense, not falling for product tricks

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hen it comes to our skincare, we all want to ensure we are being as vigilant as possible. However, it is important to keep in the back of your mind the truth that just like any other business, growth and profitability are front of mind for any enterprise, skincare focused or otherwise. And while this mindset helps to keep businesses sustainable and afloat, as a consumer, having your wits about you and not falling for every trick in the book is an important element. To help wade through the confusion, we have outlined some common misconceptions or false promises when it comes to skincare to ensure you are receiving the right information and in turn, giving your skin the best care possible. YOU CAN SHRINK PORES Shrinking your pores would have to be one of the most common misconceptions in the world of skincare. You cannot shrink your pores, no matter what the person selling you the product promises you. You can, however, make them look smaller. Using an exfoliating product to slough off dead skin cells that have built up on the pore will give them a reduced appearance. Be warned that picking and squeezing your pores can also stretch and scar them. So, if you are prone to clogged pores, use a salicylic acid-based product to keep them clean on the surface instead. YOU CAN GET RID OF CELLULITE When it comes to using a cream, gel or spray to eliminate cellulite, the hard truth is that this is simply not possible. Cellulite is the combination of normal fat deposition and fibrous bands that connect deeper structures to the skin. When the amount of fat increases the fat bulges between the fibrous bands resulting in the dimpling of the skin that is referred to as cellulite. Of course, it is possible to minimise cellulite through improved muscular definition in specific areas and by working to get rid of trapped fat naturally through dry-skin brushing pre-shower, which helps improve circulation.

SKIN CAN NEVER BE TOO CLEAN Don’t take the war on grime too seriously or chances are you’ll be removing the natural skin oils. This will leave your skin dry, irritable, itchy and even prone to dermatitis. Cleansing gently once to twice a day is more than enough. And, while we’re at it – that black “dirt” that you get on the cotton wool ball is more likely to be a mixture of dirt and exfoliated skin cells rather than pure filth. So relax. IF IT SAYS ‘NATURAL’, IT ONLY CONTAINS NATURAL, PURE INGREDIENTS Read the label carefully. Many products that claim to be natural are actually full of ingredients like preservatives that aren’t natural and you may wish to avoid. STRETCH MARKS ARE 100 PER CENT AVOIDABLE While this may come as a surprise to learn, scientific studies have shown that some individuals are more susceptible to stretch marks than others due to their genetic background. Being genetically prone to stretch marks means that the chances of developing them are higher than in someone who does not have that predisposition. Creams that contain a retinoid often work well to help fade your stretch marks. DRY SKIN CAUSES WRINKLES Dry skin just accentuates them. The facts are, most wrinkles you see in the mirror are caused by the sun. The other 20 per cent are the result of facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. If you smoke, the appearance of these wrinkles is accelerated. Wearing a suncream with a protection factor of at least SPF15 is the best way you can prevent ageing. Choose one based on titanium dioxide or zinc, not chemicals.

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CELERY JUICE OR ‘MIRACLE DRINK’? There is a new health and weight loss trend that has garnered immense attention worldwide and has everyday people through to celebrities touting its effectiveness

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nd while you could be forgiven for thinking it must be some wildly expensive new-age creation, this new health trend is as unassuming as it is popular. Celery juice has burst on to the scene in a big way and while there is some speculation over its classification as a “superfood”, experts do all at least agree that it is highly nutritious and beneficial for people’s health. Celery juice first came to mass attention through Anthony William, also known as The Medical Medium, a New York Times best-selling author and so-called “Originator of The Global Celery Juice Movement”. Mr William has dubbed celery juice “a miracle drink,” claiming it can heal eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It also theoretically reduces bloating, fights autoimmune disease, tackles acid reflux, and eradicates bacteria and viruses. Other proponents have declared it contains “detoxifying properties that cleanse the body of all germs and toxins”. Since then, celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell have credited the juice with being a huge game changer in relation to their skin, digestion, hydration, and inflammation issues. Anthony William’s mantra is quite simple, start every day by drinking 16 ounces (or about 470ml) of pure celery juice on an empty stomach and wait 15 to 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. And while you could be forgiven for thinking it all sounds a little too good to be true, we thought we would delve a little into the science of the juice and determine its many benefits to help you decide whether this is a health trend that just may be the perfect fit for you.

Celery contains high levels of vitamin K and good amounts of vitamin A, vitamins B-2 and B-6, and vitamin C. Celery is also a good source of the following nutrients: ● Folate ● Potassium ● Manganese ● Pantothenic acid ● Dietary fibre. Celery also contains health-boosting flavonoids and other phytochemicals. From a weight loss perspective, the fibre present in celery really is key as it works to help you feel fuller, balance your blood sugar levels, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, feed the good bacteria in your gut, boost your immune system and help reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So, with all health benefits considered, it seems while the jury may still be out on the “superfood” status of celery, jumping on board this latest trend is sure to garner some health benefits and whether it proves to be a “miracle juice” or not, I dare say you would be hard-pressed to find a nutritionist who would advocate against anyone upping their vegetable intake.

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ESCAPE THE DROUGHT Creative sides come out as women ditch farm life for workshops

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ne hundred and twenty women took a break from drought duties, like feeding stock, to indulge their artistic side at Injune’s Creative Odyssey at the weekend. The event, a series of 21 creative workshops, was sponsored through Maranoa Regional Council’s new small community grants category, funded equally by local natural gas producer Senex. Some travelled from as far as St George, Charleville, Emerald, Taroom and Chinchilla for the workshop series, which celebrated its fifth year. The workshops covered a broad range of arts, from basket weaving using vines you could find in the paddock to barbed wire art to painting and paper craft. Sue Pukallus is Injune’s Creative Odyssey co-ordinator and one of four Injune Arts committee members who host the weekend. She said the event not only allows women to explore a new

hobby but gives them a much-needed break from the harsh reality of drought and all the extra work it brings with it. “In one of the workshops, we asked who would be going home to feed cattle and every single hand went up,” Mrs Pukallus said. “Odyssey is as much about acknowledging that it’s okay to get off the farm and have a day off to recharge your batteries as it is about learning a new skill. “One woman said that being creative and using my hands and my mind and loving the atmosphere was the best therapy I've had all year.” Ninety per cent of the workshops sold out in the first 24 hours after tickets went on sale. Senex Energy community relations manager Trevor Robertson said Odyssey provided a much needed break during the drought. Applications for the small-grants program are open until September 30.

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SURVIVE CAMPING TRIPS Follow these tips to take care of yourself while enjoying the great outdoors

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s it warms up, many will take the opportunity to go camping across the Downs. For some women, however, it can set back skincare regimes for the length of the trip. Going camping in a tent can make caring for your skin difficult – so it is best to have a plan in place before you pack the tent and hit the road. CHECK AHEAD Before leaving on your trip, do your research into the location where you will be camping. Find out what amenities are available as this will directly affect what you pack. STAY CLEAN When showers aren’t available in the bush, settle for face and body wipes. They are an easy way to stay clean. There are many different types, including tea tree oil and eucalyptus. These are natural products that refresh the skin. They are also the best way to wipe off excess oil if there is no access to a shower. Look for biodegradable wipes to stay environmentally friendly. HAIR CARE Camp sites often have limited shower access, so you are going to have to find a way to keep your hair clean. Dry shampoo is the best solution to this common problem. Dry shampoo is a spray product that is applied to the hair roots. After the shampoo is applied and absorbs the oil in your hair, comb your hair to spread it evenly and absorb any excess powder. Dry shampoo will prevent your hair from looking greasy and unclean. SKIN CARE When out in the sun for an extended period of time, it is important to keep your skin healthy. Opt for a sunscreen that comes with built-in moisturiser and tackle two essential beauty tasks at once. If you have powder foundation, mix a little into the sunscreen for both sun protection and colour correction before you hit the hiking trail. Also keep a standard moisturiser on hand

for the trip and apply it before going to bed. KEEP YOUR LIPS HEALTHY If you want to prevent your lips from drying out on those long hikes through the Bunya Mountains or similar surrounds, it is best to keep a lip balm handy. For those spending extended periods of time in the sun and wanting extra protection on the lips, select a product containing sunscreen. REPEL MOZZIES As anyone going camping knows, it is best to prepare for mosquitoes. If you want to keep your skin looking its best throughout the trip, you are going to want to avoid being covered in bites. The most commonly used repellent is DEET, a yellow oil developed by the US Army. DEET can be found in many brand name repellents. For those looking to go down a more natural route to fend off mozzies, there are insect repellents made with essential oils. Citronella oil and eucalyptus oil are two examples of plant-based products used in repellents. If you keep these tips in mind on your camping trip, your skin and hair will thank you.

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A CATERED AFFAIR Tips to make your wedding menu memorable

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he catering for a wedding reception is generally the most costly item in the budget. The biggest decision is often how you will feed your guests. This is an important decision. You will need to consider whether to hold your wedding at a venue that is fully catered, organise outside catering to be delivered at a privately hired wedding venue, or cater yourself. Most venues offer a set menu for functions, often what is called an alternate drop is the preferred option for fully seated functions. An alternate drop gives you a choice of two dishes per course that are placed in front of guests alternatively, guests can swap dishes between themselves if they like. There is, of course, the option of cocktail-style catering as well. Reception venues usually quote catering prices on a per-head (or per-person) basis, so the number of wedding guests invited is really the key to managing your costs. The price you are quoted is usually only held for a short period of time (generally 30 days), largely due to seasonal availability of produce affecting the

pricing of menu items. Ensure you know exactly what is covered in the quote so you can make fair comparisons between venues. TIPS ● Think about the foods that will be in season. A good idea is to select a menu that will complement the season. ● If you are planning a theme to your wedding, why not carry it through with the catering? ● Caterers can offer great flexibility in both budget and style of food, so ask them for their ideas. ● Always ask to sample dishes before booking a caterer or venue as you want to be sure the chef is consistent through the courses. ● Make sure your wedding menu is well chosen and suitable for all your guests’ dietary requirements. ● Most caterers require a deposit to secure your booking, which should be deducted from the final bill. ● The best weddings generally have delicious things not only to eat but also to drink, so ask your caterer about their drinks menu and food and wine pairing.

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LIFE IS COMPLETE Scott Bauer and Samantha Muir Bride’s name: Samantha Muir Bride, are you taking your husband’s surname? Yes, still waiting on our official Marriage Certificate and for me to get used to writing my new surname. Groom’s name: Scott Bauer Wedding date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 Wedding venue: Samantha: We held our wedding at home, we picked a beautiful spot in the paddock, under a big gum tree. Reception venue: Samantha: Our house yard as my very clever husband built a massive reception table out of pine and a beautiful feature fence just for our special day. Number of years together: Samantha: Nearly five years. How and where did you meet? Samantha: We met in my hometown Blackall, Queensland, over a beer in the back yard, he was moving in next door. When did you know it was love? Samantha: Before we became a couple, we lived 300+ kms apart from each other and we would talk all night, every night. I couldn’t imagine a day without hearing his voice. Bride, please describe your new husband: Samantha: He is my soul mate, I have never met a person that even comes close to his beautiful heart. My husband is quick-witted, the perfect gentlemen, wonderful father and his cheeky humour makes the whole family laugh. Life is complete with him. Groom, please describe your new wife: Scotty: Most 14 Style |

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beautiful woman who walked the earth and the piece of my puzzle that completes me. She is my best friend. Describe the wedding proposal: Samantha : In 2016, our first Christmas together travelling away to Rockhampton with all the kids. We were loaded up with 5 kids, 2 dogs and 2 guinea pigs. We survived that trip without a hiccup… so you know you are good together. On Boxing Day, we took the kids to the Botanical Gardens, after a picnic lunch, Scott got down on one knee. He was holding this gorgeous sparkling, halo diamond, ring and asked me to marry him. It was the most perfect surprise… and he had even called my parents that morning to ask for their permission first. What was the wedding day like? Samantha and Scotty: The best day of our lives, couldn’t have been more perfect. How many guests? Samantha and Scotty: 40, we wanted a small wedding with our closest loved ones. What was the overall theme of the wedding? Samantha and Scotty: Rustic and romantic. Who was in the bridal and grooms party and what relation are they to you? Samantha: The bridal party was our five children. I have two daughters aged 10 and 6 and Scott has two sons and one daughter who are 12, 10 and 9 years old. What song did you walk down the aisle to? Samantha: Lead Me by Kip Moore. Did you have live music or a sound-system? We used a www.westernstarnews.com.au


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setting was, marrying my best friend on the property, under a gum tree with all our loved ones there. Was there anything usual about your vows and did you write them yourselves? Samantha: We kept it traditional and added a few more promises which lead to more happy tears. Highlight of the reception? Samantha and Scotty: Sitting with our family and friends around our handmade table and eating good camp oven cooking by candlelight. Did anyone make a memorable speech? Samantha: Yes, my husband, my father and my husband’s closest friend. Anything you would specifically like mentioned about the wedding? Samantha: The hard work and dedication my husband and his mother did for the wedding. Where will you honeymoon? Samantha: We took a trip to Mt Tambourine, and indulged in cottage life. Sitting by the fire place, 18yr old whiskey and long spa baths. Plans for the future eg: children, travel, home renovation? Samantha : We just want to keep improving our home and run a small heard of braham cows of our own. Definitely, no more kids! How old are your children and what are their names? Jack 12, Finn 10, Hayley 10, Imogen 9 years and Brydee 6 years.

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1: Ben and Megan Nielsen married at Surat on October 6, 2018. 2: Tyson and Teresa White from “Riverview�, Surat, married April 4, 2019, at the Brisbane Registry Office. 3: Warren and Amanda Morriss were mairried at Shadys Lagoon on November 17, 2018. 4: Lucy Buhr and Graham Morrison married on June 29, 2019, at Nightcliff Foreshore, Darwin. Lucy is from Roma. Photos: Just One Moment and contributed

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SETTING A BUDGET Getting a little creative could end up saving you a pretty bundle

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n average wedding costs about $30,000. If you’d rather put some of that towards your honeymoon or first home then read on. STEP ONE Set a budget and stick to it. By being clever and creative you can still have a beautiful wedding that is perfect for you. You don’t have to lash out on every aspect of your wedding. Sit down with your partner and decide which areas are really important to you and which you could do differently. INVITATIONS With a little design know-how, you can design and print your own invitations. You can also buy basic wedding stationery at department stores. Registry office – it’s not nearly as romantic but a marriage in a registry office can be followed with a fabulous party. THE DRESS Look on the internet and shop around for a dress that will make you feel beautiful on the day. A second-hand dress can be

up-cycled to create a really unique look, and the same goes for the bridesmaids. THE VENUE You don’t have to book a big fancy venue. You can have your reception at home and spend a bit on sprucing up the garden. You can also get married in a park, public garden or on a beach. THE FOOD A three-course sit down dinner is going to cost big dollars. Look at other options such as a champagne breakfast, high tea, buffet or cocktail party. THE GUEST LIST Keep it small and exclusive. If you absolutely cannot leave anyone out then maybe opt for a wedding breakfast rather than a sit-down dinner. ASK AROUND Do you have family or friends with vintage cars, who can arrange flowers, take photos, do make-up, make a cake, help modify dresses? Many people are honoured to be asked to help and be part of your big day.

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STICKING WITH TRADITION Something borrowed, something blue might be for you

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o matter what culture or faith you observe, you will find some fascinating traditions to include in your big day. If you identify with a particular country or belief system, you might want to explore a few traditions to include in your ceremony or on the day. It will be meaningful to you and a source of interest for your guests. SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, AND A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE Possibly one of the most well-known traditions, this one has several meanings. The “something old” symbolises the continuity between the family of the bride and the past. The “something new” represents the bride’s new life, while “something borrowed” stands for borrowed happiness from friends. “Something blue” symbolises purity, love and modesty, which were traditional virtues of a bride. Finally, the sixpence is placed in the bride’s shoe for wealth

and prosperity. THE BRIDE WORE WHITE This is a Western custom to symbolise purity, not virginity, in the Victorian era. However, a white dress and veil was not considered appropriate in the second or subsequent wedding. VEILING The veiling of the bride has its origins in the belief that a woman is vulnerable and must be hidden from evil spirits. In arranged marriages, veiling was more used so the groom couldn’t back out when he saw the bride for the first time. To this day, however, in many religions the veil is a sign of humility and respect before God during a religious ceremony. CELTIC HANDFASTING Handfasting is a wedding ritual in which the bride’s and groom’s hands are tied together. It is said to be based on an ancient Celtic tradition and to have inspired the phrase “tying the knot”. BLENDING OF THE SANDS In this ceremony, the bride and groom each have a container of

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sand which they pour into one, which is then sealed. Some use plain white sand and others choose coloured sands. THE BRIDE’S BOUQUET There are many traditions around the bridal bouquet. In Ancient Rome, brides carried flowers as symbols of new beginnings, fidelity and hope for fertility. In medieval times, the bouquet was necessary to hide the bad

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odours of most villages. In modern times, there is a belief that the bride should throw her bouquet to her bridesmaids and whoever catches it will be the next one to marry. CONFETTI Guests would throw rice — thought to bring luck and fertility — at the bride and groom as they departed the marriage ceremony. Nowadays, with wildlife and environmental concerns, rice is usually replaced with colourful confetti, flower petals or bubbles. THE WEDDING CAKE In some parts of England, the wedding cake was made from community-stored dried fruit and shared with the entire village as a treat. Later when “stacked” or tiered cakes became fashionable, couples traditionally saved the top tier of their wedding cake for the christening of their first child. Today, couples may not have babies within a year or choose not to christen them, and so save the top tier for their first wedding anniversary instead. BRIDE TO THE LEFT This tradition harks back to a very different time, when the groom needed the space to brandish a sword to protect his bride. While certainly not the case in present days, this tradition still stands in most ceremonies. THE UNITY CANDLE The lighting of the unity candle is a relatively recent tradition. The ceremony involves two tapered candles and a large pillar candle. Usually the mothers of the couple join to light the big candle with the tapered ones to represent the joining of two families. After the vows, the bride and groom may also choose to light the candle together.

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reak with tradition and celebrate your nuptials the modern way. BRING A LITTLE COLOUR TO IT Break with the traditional white gown and add your own personal style to your wedding dress with unique colours and designs. Surprise your guests in gold sequins or vibrant reds for a more glamorous wedding vibe, or choose floaty pastels and florals to complement a garden setting. Not only will you turn heads in something a little off-beat, you could essentially save a lot of money. DO A ‘FIRST LOOK’ If you’re not superstitious, getting your photos taken together before you walk down the aisle will ensure you’re both perfectly preened for your dream shoot. It may even ease pre-wedding jitters. This option frees up time after the ceremony to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy a champagne with friends and family. START THE CELEBRATIONS EARLY A breakfast or brunch wedding may suit if you’re an early riser or bacon enthusiast. Think custom pancake stations, made-to-order

omelettes and free-flowing coffee and mimosas during the reception. You will be able to skip the DJ, opting for a more relaxed atmosphere, not to mention save plenty of money. MIX UP VENUES Choose a public garden, art gallery, rustic barn or your grandmother’s back yard for a wedding venue with a difference. Dropping the usual three-course meal for a more casual reception of finger food, noodle boxes or gourmet pizzas can also be a fun and more frugal break from a traditional sit-down affair.

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YOUR BIG DAY PLANNER Plan ahead so you have all your bases covered TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE ● Announce your engagement ● Make sure your families have met ● Determine the wedding budget ● Choose your bridal party ● Book ceremony/reception venues ● Hire a wedding planner (if desired) ● Book a celebrant/officiants ● Make bridal boutique appointments NINE MONTHS BEFORE ● Organise your wedding dress ● Organise your accessories ● Finalise the guest list ● Book a caterer ● Book hair and make-up artists ● Order the bridesmaid dresses ● Order/book the guys’ suits ● Organise an MC for the reception ● Order invitations and stationery ● Start sorting decorations ● If needed, book hire equipment ● Help out-of-town guests organise their accommodation SIX MONTHS BEFORE ● Book a photographer/videographer ● Book florist ● Buy the wedding rings ● Book honeymoon and wedding night accommodation ● Book music for the ceremony THREE MONTHS BEFORE ● Discuss details of the service with the ceremony officiant ● Select wedding day underwear www.westernstarnews.com.au

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dramatic look, with no fear of smudging. If possible try them a month before to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions. WAXING Plan your waxing around your other appointments. It is ideal to do all hair removal one to two days before having your tan, this allows your skin to settle and gives you an even, streak-free tan. Even if you opt not to tan, it’s still a great idea to have your waxing done a couple days before your event. TANNING Fake it don’t bake it, all the colour without the sun damage. Consider having a trial so you can see the colour and know you will be happy on the day. Our professional airbrush tan is enriched with moisturising properties to promote longevity and hydration, it dries instantly and develops in two hours. We suggest having your tan one to two days before the event so it’s at optimum colour and settled on your skin. BEAUTY SLEEP Sounds simple but really works. Try to have a few early nights in the lead-up, this will prevent dark circles, tired, dehydrated skin and avoid any red eyes. You will look and feel fresh. So now all that’s left is to practise your pose to be paparazzi ready.

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H o r o s c o p e s

STARS VIRGO

Aug 24th – Sept 24th

Virgos will be kicking up their heels as a new job opportunity may beckon. If you are brave enough to take the plunge it could be worth your while. Family life is simply rolling along nicely — with your organisational skills it should be. Time spent with good friends in spring will give you much joy. Don’t overindulge: recovering from too much food and drink is taking a little longer.

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ARIES

Mar 21st – Apr 20th

Crazy is one way to describe your current lifestyle. Running from one job to another is getting to be addictive. Your life is full of wonder and laughter which is fantastic for everyone in your inner circle of friends. It seems that you live a dream existence at present with satisfaction high on your bucket list. No one really can keep up with a Libran at full throttle.

Oh my, where have you been? It has been a long time since you were up and about. If health issues are the problem then perhaps it is time to address any issues. Winter can get the best of anyone and those chilly days make for snuggling up with someone special who will take the time to feed you chicken soup to help with that yucky feeling. If stuck in a dreary job, then change it. Life is yours for the taking so take flight.

Oct 24th – Nov 22nd

Apr 21st – May 21st

Sept 24th – Oct 23rd

SCORPIO

Might be time to work out where you are headed. Life is positively so busy at present and juggling family and work used to be easier, however it is getting a little harder. Don’t sacrifice your own time to solve everyone’s problems — it is not up to you to keep everyone happy. So, take a deep breath in, put the feet up and grab a glass of wine, you have earned this baby.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23rd – Dec 21st

Sagittarius, get ready for the best season ever. It is time to enjoy the fruits of your labour and finally able to see where you are heading, and it is in the right direction. Work is settling down as you are now part of a fantastic crew that will have your back even when times get tough. You will work harder and make more money.

CAPRICORN

Dec 22nd – Jan 20th

Don’t let it get you down. Work is frustrating at present with nothing seeming to go right. It will take more than careful footing to keep you on the straight and narrow. Relax, it will be time to focus on money this month how to make more, how to spend more and saving for a rainy day. There is nothing better than the feeling of cold hard cash burning a hole in your pocket.

AQUARIUS

Jan 21st – Feb 19th

Looking so fine, Aquarians, this spring as you trip the light fantastic, you will be the talk of the town as being seen in all the best restaurants, events and meeting important people will give you a boost on the career ladder. Not that you need that boost when your ladder is made of solid gold it will be a brave person who tries to make you fall. Never going to happen.

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Feb 20th – Mar 20th

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When Pisces decides to make changes in her life it seems that everyone is included right down to the family pet. If you are deciding to relocate then think peace, tranquillity and somewhere to lose yourself. Perhaps you need to attend a retreat to recharge your batteries. Whichever way you decide it will be just the boost needed to get back on track. Live life to the fullest. Spending time with family is important.

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TAURUS

Taurus, it is time to think big when it comes to family. There could be a move on the cards, whether through employment or perhaps just for a sea-change. Taurus is not a sign that gets pushed around and if someone has rubbed you the wrong way, oh boy will they know all about it. Take stock of your life and go where you feel will give your future a solid foundation.

GEMINI

May 22nd – June 22nd

When time tells you that a holiday is needed then listen and make plans. Go and explore. Overseas adventures will fill you with a sense of wonder. Make sure that your passport is in order — You don’t want those awkward border security problems. Think fun times and perhaps a dash of romance will come direct to your door. I mean who doesn’t like a tall handsome stranger especially if they have a sexy accent to boot.

CANCER

June 23rd – July 23rd

Fitness in the lead up to spring, even though in the past it might seem you tend to stay indoors and hide. Now it seems that you are eagerly waiting at the gym. Let’s face it: You have caught the adrenalin bug. Take care that you don’t overdo it as no one wants to see you pull a muscle. Catching up with friends is high on the agenda which may include booking a long overdue holiday and plane tickets.

LEO

July 24th – Aug 23rd

Time to get out and party. You have celebrated your birthday month (boy has this year flown) so you need to take time out of this busy schedule to get your health back on track. I suppose it is simply a case of too much fun, not enough sleep. I see that you will be able to perhaps pay off any outstanding credit card bills. We all know you love to shop you are generous to a fault. www.westernstarnews.com.au


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