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Underneath it all

HerCanberra Team

Why should the gown get all the attention on your wedding day?

From silky separates to intricate bodysuits, we explore the best in big day lingerie.

Wink Bodysuit in Black by Miss Winks X Lazygirl Lingerie ($99) from


Ava Bodysuit in White ($99.95) from


Lustre Bralette in White Satin ($49) from Tutu, stylist’s own.


Maverick Underwire in White ($49) and Knox Shorties in Blush ($85), both from


Edie Bralette ($89) and Bottoms ($69), both in Forrest from


Ava Bodysuit in White ($99.95) from Gown, stylist’s own.


Wink Bodysuit in Black by Miss Winks X Lazygirl Lingerie ($99) from


Obsession Bralette ($54.99) and Knickers ($39.99), both in White from


Flirty Crossover Bralette ($49.99) and G-string ($34.99), both Lace, stylist’s own.


Frankie Romper in Ivory ($169) from


Lemonade Bralette ($59) and Virtue Undies in White ($19), both


CONCEPT Amanda Whitley


STYLIST Annie Brown – Miss Winks


HAIR + MAKEUP Chenoa Fleet

MODEL Gem Chua – Devojka Models


FLOWERS Moxom and Whitney

GOWNS Stylist’s own

Behind The Scenes


Owner of “lingerie heaven” Miss Winks, Annie Brown, believes in the transformative power of putting on a beautiful set of lingerie.

“It’s empowering and uplifting. I really believe that what you have on underneath your clothes can give you confidence and not only that, it can really create a beautiful canvas for your clothes.”

And what better time to feel your best than on your wedding day (or night).

An online lingerie boutique, Miss Winks stocks a curated range of Australian labels that are ethical, beautifully-made and designed with love. The aesthetic is feminine and sensual with a side of sass.

There’s no doubt that the dress is the focus for many brides, but what’s underneath it all plays a crucial role.

“it is so important to be comfortable in your bridal lingerie, if you are wearing it under your wedding dress,” says Annie.

“Aesthetics are important, of course, but your lingerie needs to serve a purpose—after all you will be dancing, standing, sitting and throwing bouquets!

It also needs to sit seamlessly under your gown or outfit, giving support in the right places and not poking out where it shouldn’t be.

“I would suggest having some gorgeous yet practical lingerie on for the main event and then choose something for your wedding night simply because it’s beautiful and it makes you feel good.”

Considering a last-minute splurge? Annie doesn’t advise it.

“Make sure you buy your lingerie well in advance so you can try it on throughout your fittings and make any changes if needs be.”


She began as “just a wedding photographer” but Amanda Thorson now loves photographing all stages of people’s lives, and that takes her to all sorts of interesting places—including the bedroom.

A growing part of Amanda’s business is Boudoir photography—but leave behind any misconceptions of big hair and fluffy peignoirs—these are beautiful, raw images that celebrate women. And their origin is very personal.

“My husband wanted some nice photos of me—we started to look at what was available and I was disappointed. People were taking beautiful photos, but they weren’t me.”

“They were all lace, stockings, belts and sexy posing and I’m very much a Bonds kind of girl. You know the girls in magazines who are just looking beautiful sitting around in their underwear? I wanted to look like that. But I’m realistic, I’d had two kids and I was no model.”

She wasn’t alone. Amanda has since photographed a lot of different women of all shapes and sizes, and she says the one thing they all have in common is that they look gorgeous. And the response has been astounding.

“I was hoping that they would feel amazing about themselves but I was blown away by their messages,” says Amanda. “One of my clients, Lulu, said “It really has had an incredibly positive impact on how I see myself. It made me realise I was far too critical and the parts of me I was critical about I now see in a different light.”

Amanda’s Boudoir packages are all about making women feel comfortable in their own skin, and are shot in the subject’s home. Professional hair and makeup is also available on request for a small extra charge.

“We’re told by the media, by other women and sometimes even by our own families that our bodies aren’t good enough. These are lies. Whether you’re a size 6 or a size 26 your body is excellent.”

What a beautiful way to celebrate it.

This article originally appeared as part of UNVEILED Print Preview #4 in Magazine: Summer for Summer 2017/18, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here


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