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Daughters Of Simone 2015 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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I love seeing a gorgeous new collection from a designer and Daughters Of Simone is one of those designers I have loved to follow. What a long way they have come since our first post on the brand’s launch in 2011 (Daughters Of Simone Vintage Wedding Dresses).

The 2015 collection is titled “The Mad Ones” inspiring brides to be themselves, be unique, be well, mad. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” Jack Kerouac

The collection is full of the bohemian, vintage style Daughters Of Simone does so well. Crochet midriff baring two piece ensembles, seventies inspired short mini dresses, gowns with waist baring cut outs, lace gowns that sit off the shoulder and dreamy low backs.

Daughters Of Simone gowns are available via their website and ship worldwide.

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Model: Delilah Parillo / Photographer: Annie Edmonds / Hair & Makeup Artist: Risa Rodriguez
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Vendor of the Week – Homegrown & Handmade

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It’s that weird time of year for us in Australia where Autumn is just about over (farewell fire trees!) and the cold of Winter is ready to hit with full force. I’m excited though, Winter and Autumn are my favourite seasons!

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 Favors and Decor Accessories, we have Flowers, we have Catering, we even have Bridesmaids Gowns! 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!

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Looking for perfect handmade wedding favors to give to your loved ones? Look no further than Homegrown & Handmade a gorgeous farm based business based in WA, where home grown and hand made is the order of the day. With an ethos of organic and biodynamic produce, Kallista values high nutrient products, produced with an eye to the health of the natural environment. With gold flecked olive oil, cookie ingredients in packets, sauces and honey, Kallista is fastidious in ensuring that the product is of a consistently high standard before she releases it. Shipping is free Australia wide.

We asked Kallista of Homegrown & Handmade five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Mineral water with a slice of lemon.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

None, staying home here at our farm with no commitments is my idea of heaven. Gardening and horse riding with my kids and hub all weekend is total perfection.

Favourite restaurant?

Samudra – Dunsborough, raw / wholefood specialists.

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

Two fried eggs on a bed of baby spinach with avocado & feta & balsamic.

Your favourite wedding story?

2013, watching my wedding guests rebuild our reception zone after high winds blew down our 4 minni marquees (surrounding our main tent) here at the farm as I left with my bridesmaid to get hair done. It was either a cry or laugh moment. I was able to stay calm when I saw it was actually an awesome “bonding” experience for all my closest friends and the event is etched into our friendship memories as just one of those great disastrous milestones we triumphed over!

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

Snapshot Sunday – Join The Chorus

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by CloudFace Photography

Jaella & Jarrad’s Sweet Family Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Jaella & Jarrad

Nothing makes me happier than  sweet family engagement photos. Jaella and Jarrad included little Amelia in their engagement shoot making it a truly family affair. Christine Lim captured the session in the hills close to the Swan Valley. The sun dried grass adding the most beautiful golden touch to the already golden sunset.

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On what he loves about Jaella, Jarrad tells, “I love how big Jaella’s heart is, she is always thinking about other people before herself. She is also the best mum to our daughter Amelia, it hurts my heart seeing the love those to have for each other.”

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Jaella loves that when Jarrad walks into a room he immediately brightens her day. “He’ll make some silly dad joke and I can’t help but crack up laughing. Not to mention the relationship that he and Amelia have together. They are the funniest pair! But there are so many things that I love about Jarrad that I would be here all day trying to write them all down. He is always striving to better me and himself and I am so thankful that I have him to hold my hand as we take this journey through life together.”

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Jaella tells the story of how they met. “We were at Jarrad’s cousin’s 21st birthday and Jaella caught his eye.” Jarred adding, “I tried to win her over with my yacht that was parked out the front, but that didn’t seem to do the trick.” It took two years of chasing before we finally went on our first date! And boy was it the best decision we ever made!”

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Jaella remembers, “Before Amelia arrived we used to go out quite a bit, dancing. We would come home and Jarrad would suggest a dance off on the Wii Just Dance…even though he is all arms and legs he would always win! And still does!”

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Jarrad adds, “When Jaella was pregnant with Amelia we went camping for New Years. I am pretty sure Jaella rolled out of the car, put her butt in a camp chair and then didn’t move while I set up the whole tent and camping equipment. Did I mention she was only 8 weeks pregnant!! I earned myself the title of camping Ken that day!”

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The proposal was a complete surprise to Jaella who remembers, “Amelia was about 8 months old and fast asleep, we had had a big day at footy. As per usual Jarrad was hungry and declared he was going out to get more food. No problem!

I then get a call an hour or so later from Jarrad who said,  ‘Babe come down to the river it’s so beautiful!’ Me: ‘Are you fishing?’ Jarrad replied, ‘No just get Amelia and come down the river!’

So I woke Amelia and headed down to the river. When I arrived Jarrad had a rug and picnic set up for the three of us! CUTE I thought, what a nice Sunday afternoon! Well 20 minutes later Jarrad whips out the most amazing ring, said all these mushy things that I can’t quite remember because I was so shocked and excited and asked me to marry him. Would be one of the many highlights of our relationship. ”

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“We both grew up in the hills close to the Swan Valley and knew how beautiful the area was. There is something so calming about the open space, fresh air and that beautiful dry grass. It also helped that there were a heap of planes flying over to keep Amelia occupied. She had to say ‘bye’ to every plane that flew over! It was so cute.”

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Photographer: Christine Lim
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