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Go Big or Go Bow: Anne Barge’s Fall 2018 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Hundreds of new wedding dresses made their debut on the 2018 New York Bridal Fashion Week runways a couple of weeks ago in the Big Apple, and we were lucky enough to catch most of the looks fresh-on-the-runways. However, out of all of the gowns I laid eyes on, there was one dress in particular that I can’t get out of my head: Designer Anne Barge’s blush pink ‘Abigail’ gown, all wrapped up with a bow in the back (pictured above and below for a good close-up goosey).

Overall, I was head-over-heels for Barge’s whimsical new collection inspired by nature’s midnight garden… From dreamy layers of floral lace through to the delicate tracery of ribbons and bows, let’s escape into Anne Barge’s “fanciful garden” together, as we swoon over her latest feminine frocks.

Barge’s bows

Whether it’s a dramatic satin bow in the lower back, a subtle tulle bow that drapes to the floor or a slim ribbon to tie the look together, a playful bow adds a feminine accent to a wedding dress. Anne Barge is the authority on this bow-tiful bridal trend.

Trend alert: Bows in your hair. Hair and makeup were kept sleek and simple during the Anne Barge show in New York, with smooth, swept back ponytails held by a ribbon. What do you think? To bow or not to bow?

Off-the-shoulder necklines

Many of us don’t often wear strapless dresses, so it can feel foreign and maybe intimidating to wear one on one of the biggest days of your life. Cue in the these gorgeous off-the-shoulder Anne Barge gowns. Equal parts flirty and feminine, they create a flattering look for any bride’s shape.


The grand ball gowns

There were no leg-baring sheer or short wedding dresses gracing Barge’s Fall 2018 runway in New York; rather the majority of the frocks were floor-sweeping grand gowns, that were detailed with ethereal materials like embroidered lace and glitter tulle. ‘Go big’ or ‘go bow’ seems to be Anne’s philosophy with this latest collection. Here are the princess gowns that caught our eye on the runway.

Drum roll…the showstopper!

While the blush pink Abigail gown was my personal obsession, it was the finale ‘Opal’ gown that was the crowd-pleasing strapless showstopper. Vogue’s Laird Borrelli-Persson says it best, “It was an extravagance of tulle and organza topped by a form-fitting bodice from which meringued a two-tiered ball skirt covered in hundreds of delicate petals that quivered—much like a bride’s full heart—as the model walked.”

All images by Dan Lecca

About Anne Barge: Founded in 1999, the Anne Barge Bridal collection is renowned for timeless gowns with a contemporary twist. Inspired by vintage couture, the Anne Barge collection combines the best of classic design and modern trends, using the finest fabrics, embellishments, and embroidery sourced throughout the world. Anne Barge offers an abundance of elegant options for the discerning bride in two collections, Anne Barge Couture and Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge. With profound expertise in creating special occasion gowns, Anne Barge Eveningwear is made with the brand’s trademark attention to detail, from fabric to fit.

Anne Barge is stocked in Perfect Day Bridal in Willoughby, Sydney.

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Vendor of the Week – White Lily Couture

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We are ticking off our to-do lists this week as some of us begin the trek halfway around the world for team lunches and catchups. We have so much to plan before we see out the year, that we’re making lists, checking them twice (and planning many cocktails within them!)

How do you remain calm during your wedding planning? To alleviate as much stress as possible we suggest you sit down together with your fiancé before you even think of planning and work out what is important to each of you and the items you won’t compromise on. As long as you’re both on the same page, then when you do have to compromise on other things it won’t seem nearly as difficult. We suggest you also take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for vendors who are keen to help you with your vision for your wedding day. We have Celebrants, we have Hair & Beauty, we have Jewellery and Mobile Bars & Drinks Catering – we even have Catering and Venues! Our vendors are committed to helping you make the most beautiful of wedding days.

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

Photo one & two by Twig and Fawn Photography Photo three by Susie Yang Photography Photo four & five by  Casey Jane Photography

We often hear at Polka Dot Bride that the experience of choosing your gown is as important as finding the perfect gown itself. At White Lily Couture Alera and her trained staff pride themselves on excellent service providing a dedicated Style Consultant and your own bridal lounge to make the process the wonderful experience, it should be. With gowns from Australian and overseas designers, Alera has stores in Rockhampton and Brisbane providing the superior White Lily Couture gown experience.

We asked Alera of White Lily Couture five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

Sitting on our deck with a gin & tonic listening to some tunes.

Favourite weekend getaway?

A city escape to Melbourne full of food and shopping!

What is your most prized possession?

My wedding and engagement rings.

Favourite restaurant?

Bucci on James Street, the yummiest Italian in a relaxed setting.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

Changing the “norm” and helping to create new traditions for the modern age.

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


Snapshot Sunday – Tulle Flowers

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by iZO Photography

Kahlia & Elliott’s Relaxed Matilda Bay Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Kahlia & Elliott

Relaxed engagement photos make me so happy and when coupled with a beautiful setting, like Western Australia’s Matilda Bay I am even happier. Captured by Louise Fowler-Tutt, Kahlia & Elliott hate having their photos taken and just wanted a day together to relax and enjoy. I think they did it rather marvellously don’t you?

Kahlia tells the tale of how the couple met. “We met in January of 2012 before the Australia Day celebrations in Perth City. We exchanged numbers and after this Elliott sent me some flowers for Valentine’s day and we caught up for a bite to eat .. the rest is history!”

Kahlia tells “I love that Elliot has the ability to take a photo pulling faces that only a mother should love, but, oddly enough these are my favourite photos of him (I have an album of them all stored on my phone!). When he knows I am cranky at him, he knows that all he needs to do is send me some twisted face shot and the mood is instantly lifted.”

On what he loves about his future wife, Elliott remarks “One of my favourite things about Kahlia …Kahlia has a unique ability to make things happen in all aspects of lives, which allows us to enjoy many adventurers and our busy lifestyle. She is my calming influence.”

The groom to be devised his proposal plan while Kahlia was travelling, she explains. “I was away for a Europe / USA holiday with one of my long-time girlfriends when Elliott decided he would pop the question. It wasn’t the best-kept secret because he kept asking what type of diamond cuts I liked while I was travelling. When I returned, he had booked a weekend getaway together, which I later found out was the weekend he intended to pop the question. Elliott evidently couldn’t wait that long and asked me the weekend before our trip in the kitchen. This was definitely a blessing because Elliott’s not so short “shortcut” to our getaway made for some tension on the first night!”

Kahlia tells “In six years together, our lives definitely haven’t been short of funny stories. With everything from one day receiving a call along the lines of “umm, your dog is on my roof” to … being stuck in a walk in robe for 3 hours until Elliott was forced to punch a hole in the roof and climb through the darkness looking for the manhole… we never have a dull day!”

Photographer: Louise Fowler-Tutt