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by Melanie Szeto

It's your wedding day ... soon. You need to find that dress. Someone to do your hair and make-up. And it all has to be princess-perfect. That's why so many brides have turned to Ervan Woo, a Sydney-based bridal designer, hair stylist and make-up artist. Having done it for 20 years, Ervan really knows how to make a bride look their best. "I don't try to change the way you look, but rather, enhance and express your own beauty," he says.

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Bridal design

After completing fashion training at East Sydney College of Fashion and the Whitehouse School of Fashion, Ervan launched his formal-wear collection in 1986. Seduced by the exquisite design and detail of haute couture, he soon focused his talents on his own exclusive bridal label (many of his gorgeous gowns have featured in magazines like Vogue Brides, Studio Brides and Complete Wedding Guide).

Inspired by the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Ervan says, "I like to create simple, classic and timeless wedding gowns with a contemporary touch. And I won't compromise on quality." His bridal gowns are made with the highest-quality silk fabrics, European laces, brocades and tulles. Each bridal gown design being hand cut, hand stitched and hand-crafted by Ervan himself.

Visit Ervan's studio on Sydney's north shore for a consultation and you'll not only find a designer who can create your one-of-a-kind dress wedding dress, but someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. "First, we'll talk about your whole wedding day — from designing your gown, accessories, hair and make-up to styling the entire event," he explains. Ervan can advise on your bridal party, from bridesmaids to flower girls and mother of the bride. He can even coordinate and manage all additional bridal services like a floral designer, cake designer, marriage celebrant and wedding photographer.

Once he begins working on your bridal gown, he will see to every detail himself from the first stitch to the last. After measuring up and several fittings, you can be confident Ervan will have everything organised and done on time — with care.

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Hair & Make-up

Having trained with Lizzie Liros, Sharon Blaine (The Art of Hair), MAC Cosmetics, the Australian College of Makeup and Special Effects and Napoleon Perdis Ervan has gained the experience required to produce flawless hair and make-up. He's fine-tuned his expertise during special events, working as the key make-up artist for the Sydney Bridal Expo 2005, 2006 and 2011, as well as with MAC Cosmetics for the opening of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 2006. Ervan has previously joined the hair and makeup team at Network Ten Productions, and his work also features in Australia's leading Fashion and Bridal magazines. After 25 years in the bridal industry designing wedding gowns, hair and makeup and many years of research into the highest quality products and manufacturers, Ervan has since launched his own cosmetic range. This bio-organic, hypoallergenic, oil free, mineral based Ervan Woo makeup range feels amazing and so natural on the skin.

Throughout the partnership in designing your one-of-a-kind bridal gown, Ervan will work with you to trial and design the perfect hair and make-up to suit your entire look for your special day. Ervan will always ensure your hair complements your dress, while your make-up is flattering yet long-lasting – and, of course, looks great in photos. "At your wedding, I’ll be there with my team to create the total look for your special day."

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