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Vendor of the Week – Amanda Pattie Marriage Celebrant

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I hope wherever you are that your start to the week has been a little bit drier than last and that you are safe and secure after last week’s craziness!

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Transport, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have  Stationery and Paper Goods, we even have Venues! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

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




Ceremonies crafted with attention to detail celebrating the unique qualities of each couple are what Amanda of Amanda Pattie Marriage Celebrant prides herself in. Offering support and guidance with plenty of resources to help you personalise your ceremony, Amanda aims to give you, and your guests a friendly and professional ceremony experience ensuring lasting memories of this most important part of your wedding day.

We asked Amanda of Amanda Pattie  Marriage Celebrant five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

My favourite after 5 drink would have to be a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc however this changes a little during the hot summer months when I think there is nothing better than sharing a chilled jug of well made Sangria with friends.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I have not been away for a weekend in such a long time that I have no idea.

Favourite restaurant?

I am based in Melbourne so I have a few favourites Florentino’s for Italian, The French Brassiere and Tonka for Indian cuisine. Also the best fish and chips with an amazing view would have to be the Anchorage in Williamstown

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

I have a very sweet tooth, so on a Sunday morning you will find me toddling round to Yarraville Village to buy fresh croissants and pastries for breakfast.

Your favourite wedding story?

Probably one of the more unusual stories is from the lovely Jason and Lea who invited their friends and family to their engagement party which was in actual fact their wedding We managed to keep it a secret right up until just before Lea walked down the aisle. When I announced to their guests what was actually happening there was a lot of gasps and huge round of applause but what I felt most of all was the amount of love and happiness that filled the room. It was one of those precious priceless moments that I will never forget.


Visit Amanda Pattie  Marriage Celebrant‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Amanda Pattie  Marriage Celebrant is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Cliff Top Heights

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


James Bennett

Photos By James Bennett

Joanna and Jackey’s Ethereal Anniversary Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Joanne & Jackey

There was something about this ethereal anniversary shoot that drew me in today. Pictures & Hearts joined with Sophie Lau and florist Sarah Kelman Flowers to capture the first wedding anniversary of Joanna and Jackey who wanted to commemorate their first year with beautiful photographs.

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Joanna and Jackey tell the story of how they met. “We met at University. Although we were not studying the same Major, but we were classmates in a number of courses and we were part of a group of friends that hung out together. We were good friends for almost 4 years but we never considered each other as partner until we were working at a late night shift job together. We shared many stories and watched the sunrise in the morning at Coogee beach. That’s how we fell in love.”

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On what he loves about Joanna, Jackey remarks, “I love Joanna, she has a great personality. She is a great person to talk to, she’s a great listener and she shows interest in what I have to say.”

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On what she loves about Jackey, Joanna says, “I love the way Jackey takes care of me. He pays so much attention on what I love and he has been so patient and supporting even during the hard time. I knew he is the one from the first day he asked me to be his girl.”

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Jackey tells the proposal story. “It was the last night of our Melbourne getaway, we had nice dinner at Crown Melbourne, we took a stroll alongside the Yarra river. After this, we returned to our beautiful hotel, I surprised Joanna by proposing to her and she said yes.”

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Photographer: Pictures & Hearts / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Lau / Flowers: Sarah Kelman Flowers

Vintage Bride Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love something about the brides of yesteryear – the history, the emotion, the feelings. It’s so similar to today, yet so different and something about it enchants me. This gorgeous vintage bride inspiration shoot at Era Vintage Bride  with a team of Kalimna Mohamed, Vanessa BarneyCaitlin Quick and model Lauren Johansen-Bell set about to keep the vintage spirit alive by creating three vintage looks inspired by three completely different vintage outfits.

Of the Era Vintage Bride boutique, owner Lucy explains, “The idea behind Era Vintage Bride came from my joint love of wedding dresses, which got when I worked for a Brisbane couturier Paul Hunt, and vintage, which I first fell in love with my grandmother’s clothes that my mother had kept. Vintage dresses offer some incredible fabrics that are really well made and often unique for a bride that is thinking outside of the box. The store itself offers a range of hand picked styles from the US dating from the 30’s through to the 70’s in both wedding dresses and evening wear.

We also ofter a unique remade service whereby the dresses can be made again in new fabric to your measurements should the dress of your dreams be the wrong size, colour or length.”

Stylist Caitlin Quick leads us through each of the vintage styles “I love the idea of vintage bridal wear and each of the three looks featured in our shoot has their own unique charm. The idea that each piece has its own unknown story was what influenced me to style such individual looks. Firstly old time Hollywood glamour where the dress is a statement of pure elegance and the look is finished with a touch of pearls.”

Hair and makeup artist Vanessa Barney notes, “The first dress has a beautiful high neck line which needed to be seen, hair down would detract from the dress so the only way to go was up. To keep with the elegant Hollywood glamour I used Grace Kelly as inspiration and swept Lauren’s hair into a one sided bob with a soft lifted wave. A bride’s makeup needs to compliment her and the theme of the wedding.

With Lauren’s makeup I keep it very minimal, the skin was evened out using Makeup Forever HD foundation, a foundation which photographs perfectly, her brows were filled in where necessary and the eyes were contoured and a slightly bolder than usual, eyeliner was applied.

A peach tone was applied to the cheek to compliment her coral/peach toned lipstick in full grace style. A bridal makeup wouldn’t be complete without some false lashes, I choose individual lashes to add volume and length to the lash while maintaining a natural feel.”

Gold sparkles were up next. “Next the Chinese Bride inspired look featuring the regal gold beading of the dress with hints of traditional red in the accessories.”

For look number two hair and makeup artist, Vanessa tells, “The gold dress was a statement in itself, not needing a lot of fuss. The hairstyle needed to be predominantly up due to the incredible gold neck line. To add a bit of drama I did a soft wave into a beautiful soft curl and added a red lip, this works perfectly with red flowers and shoes.”

I love the third look for a fun pre wedding celebration. “Finally the much less traditional quirky floral pants and bodice which encapsulates how much fun a wedding day should be through all the bright colours, the amazing florals and overall playful vibe. The variation of styles in this shoot demonstrates how every vintage bridal piece can be reinvented to suit a beautiful bride on her special day, all she has to do is make it her own.”

Vanessa remarking, ” The last look was a lot of fun, bright colourful playful pants with a sheer blouse. I loved this playful fun vibe and drew inspiration from the pin up victory roll-up, I altered it slightly leaving one side out. To compliment the colours in the pants I added a pink lip to Lauren.”

Photographer: Kalimna Mohamed / Clothing & Store: Era Vintage Bride / Hair & Makeup Artist: Vanessa Barney / Stylist: Caitlin Quick / Model: Lauren Johansen-Bell @ Giant
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