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Enchanting Vintage Gown Inspiration

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,



Vintage, boho, recycled, rural. That is how the super talented Catherine Forge, who photographed this gown in all its glory, describes this enchanting vintage gown inspiration shoot that we have fallen in love with at Polka Dot Bride! Catherine was going for an ethereal aura for the shoot that would show off this stunning vintage gown in a relaxed country setting, at a private property in Gembrook, Victoria. The exquisite beading, the shimmer within the fabric and overall glamour of the gown in the afternoon sunlight makes for a breathtaking inspiration shoot indeed.

Catherine delves into the inspiration behind the shoot! “It was actually the dress that inspired the shoot! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this vintage dress in my local op shop, the Salvos store in Collingwood. It was in immaculate condition, and had original beading and hand stitching, as well as a stunning trail at the back. It also had a dry cleaning tag attached that looked like it came from sometime around the 1970s, so I think the dress could possibly date back to the 1960s, however I’m no dress expert so it’s anyone’s guess! I loved the idea of bringing the dress back to life, and giving it a modern bridal twist. I teamed up with a dream team duo, sisters Jennifer and Suzie Elphinstone. The stunning Jennifer to model the dress and talented makeup artist Suzie did hair and makeup. The flowers were from my favourite local florist, Fowlers Flowers. I asked for a bouquet that would pick up on the gold colours in the dress, and the team there put together a beautiful arrangement of stunning seasonal flowers and greenery.”








“With this styled shoot I wanted to give a bit of inspiration and “food-for-thought” to brides out there seeking something a bit different. As a wedding photographer I get the pleasure of seeing a lot of different kinds of beautiful wedding dresses, however it’s less often that a bride decides to buck the tradition and wear a non-white dress. When I got married myself in 2013 I tried on some white dresses, but they didn’t feel right on me and I ended up going with a tea-length 1950s style dress with a coloured floral pattern. I loved having the freedom to wear what I wanted and to not feel constricted by tradition.”















The lovely Catherine was inspired by the history of wedding gowns in her previous role as a historian. “I worked as a historian before becoming a wedding photographer, and find it fascinating to reflect on the evolution of the wedding dress over time. In Western culture wedding dresses weren’t always white – it wasn’t until the late 1800s that white became a popular option following the royal wedding of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840. The Queen’s white dress featured stunning and expensive satin and lace, and in the following decades wearing a white wedding dress became synonymous with social standing and wealth, as white fabrics were more expensive and difficult to attain. White continues to be the most popular option today, but it’s great to know that there are options out there for brides who want to experiment with different colours, textures and designs, or even to recycle a beautiful vintage dress!”







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Kellsey & Joel’s Glam Country Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Kellsey & Joel

With a black tie dress code, a stunning marquee, a decadent wedding gown and a country setting – this glam country wedding ticks all the boxes for something truly special. The memories of rain, of dancing and of a beautiful ceremony captured by gm photographics  are of course what makes it so truly perfect.

On how they met, Kellsey tells, “We met when Joel moved from Sydney to Wellington to buy a business. We also used to see each other at the local gym.”





Kellsey worked with Steven Khalil to create her dream gown. “The dress was custom made by Steven Khalil. Looking to compliment my curves we chose a figure hugging shape, complete with delicate french beaded lace.”




Kellsey walked down the aisle to John Legend’s “All of Me” remembering, “I loved seeing Joel’s face when I walked in, bringing our family and friends together, seeing my father and brother so emotional, spending the time with my mother planning, Joel’s vows he wrote, I’ll cherish.”



Kellsey and Joel chose Putta Bucca House for their wedding, the bride remarking, “Putta Bucca House has amazing manicured gardens, with hedges, grand arches and secret spots to share special moments.”


Andrew Ryan officiated the ceremony, Kellsey telling, “It was an extremely emotional ceremony, complete with a reading from my parent’s wedding (read by my godfather), personalised vows, and a candle lighting ceremony to remember my beloved grandfather.”


“We wanted to write our own vows, so we can reflect on the thought and emotions in years to come.”






Of their photographer, the bride notes, “gm photographics were AMAZING – not only photographers but helpers, coordinators, directors, supporters and by the end of the day friends!”




Kellsey describes the day as “Country classic with a touch of glamour. The day was shared with friends and family, full of laughter and love not to mention a spot of rain.”






“The day’s plans went astray due to some big gusts of wind and rain straight after the ceremony, but the guests have all commented about rain and how beautiful it was in the clear marquee – always a silver lining!”









Of the first dance, the bride remembers, “We chose John Legend and Megan Trainor’s “Like I’m going to lose you’. Despite taking lessons the dress train was too long for our move, a nice slow dance followed.”


Adam Katz & Co  provided all the ambience for the day with their live music. “Adam Katz entertainment team were wonderful, easy to work with, energetic and everything has asked me for his card!”

Kellsey and Joel chose Soda Films to capture their day. The film so beautifully weaving the couple’s love story throughout thier wedding

Congratulations on your marriage Kellsey and Joel! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: gm photographics / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Bride’s Dress: Steven Khalil / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewellery: Kings Hall Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groom’s Shoes: Windsor Smith / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Shoes: Windsor Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Elle Zeitoune / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: AKS Hair / Hairstylist: Little Hair Boutique / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Anastasia / Flowers: Flowers Here Wellington / Invitations & Stationery: Lauren Skorsis Design Studio / Venue: Putta Bucca House / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Ryan / Ceremony Musicians: Adam Katz & Co / Band: Adam Katz & Co / Cake: Bride's Aunt / Wedding Rings: Diamond Emporium

Georgia Young “Gravity” Spring Summer 2016 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



The classic, modern elegance of Australian bridal designer Georgia Young has come to life with her newest collection “Gravity” released for Spring Summer 2016.

Designed and handmade in Melbourne, the collection is based on the concept of the things we don’t notice, often have the greatest effect. That is certainly true of each of the designs – the beautifully cut silhouettes, simple to the eye shapes worked through so much more behind the scenes.

Each detail carefully considered, each stitch carefully sewn – the pieces coming to life via a beautifully  curated, contemporary collection.










Gowns: Georgia Young Couture / Photographer: Jessica Pap Photography / Styling: Creating Beautiful / Floral: Creating Beautiful / Hairstylist: Mae Taylor / Makeup Artist: Mae Taylor / Model: Shannikah Doherty / Model Agency: Dallys Models

Vendor of the Week – Funkified Entertainment

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It is so strange to have a short week where we are this week, but it also means we’re looking forward to getting an action packed week into just four days! Sunshine planned, we hope!

If you are planning a Spring wedding for 2017, why not consider spring blossoms as part of your wedding decor. I was out today noticing all the different pinks of the blossom trees in full bloom along the sides of the road. Big containers of these would look spectacular (crab apple, plum or apple blossom, cherry blossom) – even if they are so delicate they will start to drop their petals almost as you touch them. Use things at your wedding that mean something to you, take your breath away or you have as a special memory. And search our Directory for vendors who want to help you bring your vision to life. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect vendors for your needs in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory . We have Transport, we have Hair & Beauty, we have Styling and Hire and Venues – we even have Cakes and Celebrants! Our vendors are committed to helping you achieve the wedding of your dreams.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Funkified Entertainment

Funkified Entertainment Evoke_Photography


Photo two by Evoke Photography, Photo three by Scott Surplice

Sydney’s leading boutique entertainment agency Funkified Entertainment represents exclusively a number of talented musicians – from DJ’s to jazz bands, an elegant string quartet, or funky dancefloor music. Gus and his team at Funkified Entertainment ensure all your entertainment needs are covered. Have a one on one consultation and choose your entertainment, and your package will come with a qualified sound and lighting engineer, state of the art PA system, and onsite liaison manager to ensure everything runs smoothly. Tick one more item off your list – and leave your entertainment in their very capable and professional hands.

We asked Gus of Funkified Entertainment five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after 5 drink?

At the moment, my favourite is a Poor Toms Gin and Tonic.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

The Blue Mountains. My wife, Caitlin, is from the Mountains, so we’ve spent a lot of time there over the years. So much so that we got married on her family property in Kanimbla in 2013!

Favourite restaurant?

SixPenny in Stanmore. Exceptional food, great service and an amazing atmosphere.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Without fail, it will be Eggs Benedict with a Cappuccino.

Favourite wedding story?

We had the pleasure of working with Matthew and Ed on their wedding in late 2015. The guys were united by Clover Moore in a beautiful Commitment Ceremony in Sydney CBD, then danced the night away at Simmer on the Bay to a 6-piece band and DJ. Two of our favourite clients, and one of the most love-filled occasions we’ve been part of – we can only hope the current Australian marriage laws progress into the 21st Century sooner rather than later, so same-sex couples can be afforded the legal respect they deserve.

Visit Funkified Entertainment’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Funkified Entertainment is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

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