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Mira Mandic 2015 Couture Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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It’s so wonderful to see the Mira Mandic 2015 Couture Collection. The Mira Mandic brand has been around for as long as I can remember. I still recall scanning photos of the sleek, bias cut gowns into my inspiration files and pouring over them, gowns like that were new to the market and the sleek, Hollywood glamour style was still fresh.

With a heavy French influence (true to the Mira Mandic brand) the 2015 couture collection is inspired by the beauty of the Australian coast line. Bold shapes and lines combine with the femininity of sheer lace details. Cut out backs with chain embellishments, sheer lace bodices with elegant forms. Each gown chic, simple and utterly beautiful. Lead designer Morgan noting, “The philosophy is simple – each gown must be the embodiment of a woman’s dreams whilst still reflecting her own personal style and enhancing her beauty.”

Mira Mandic gowns are available through the flagship boutique in Double Bay, Sydney or one of their stockists.

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Photographer: Jeremy Blincoe
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Vendor of the Week – The Gathering Florist

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I am loving Winter as always, can you be a smug winter lover? I love the fluffy jumpers, the hot coffee in the morning and the soft boots all day. Oh and the hats, give me a snuggly hat and I am a happy (and warm!) girl. Anyone else like me out there or are you all Summer lovers?

Another Monday and another chance to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Transport, we have Styling and Hire, we have Hair and Beauty, we even have Photography! We have gathered vendors who are passionate about what they do, and await the chance to help you – no question will be too big or too small!

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

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Photo one by Simon L King Photo two by Beck Rocchi Photo three by Pierre Curry

Capturing the romance of the day in flowers is what The Gathering Florist excels in. Based in Melbourne, Victoria also runs flower workshops perfect for hens parties (flower crowns anyone?) and a special experience for your nearest and dearest. From trailing bouquets with beautiful olive leaves to more traditional rose bouquets – whatever your wish, Victoria can come up with something amazing!

We asked Victoria of The Gathering Florist five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Champagne Darling!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Back to my home town to visit my family and friends in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

Favourite restaurant?

Living in Melbourne I’m spoiled for choice so it changes every week. At the moment it would have to be Kong in Richmond.

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

I could say a green vegetable smoothie and organic bircher muesli but I would be lying! It’s usually the big breakfast at my local cafe!

Your favourite wedding story?

I absolutely love every wedding I work on. I feel so lucky working behind the scenes for the most important day for two people declaring their love for each other. I seriously could not choose a favourite wedding story.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Footsteps

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



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Kiara & Taner’s Romantic Dandenong Ranges Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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I fall in love again with weddings each and every time we feature an engagement session and this one? Kiara & Taner’s Romantic Dandenong Ranges Engagement Photos has a lot of my favourite things. A love story of course, but with the backdrop of Autumn in the mountains and it’s fiery, rich colours. A table laden with flowers that looks so beautiful you could think it was a painting, calligraphy that acts as a finishing touch. Each and every piece of this engagement shoot has been styled beautifully to encapsulate the bride’s dream of “Enchanted beginnings”.

Qlix Photography teamed up with stylist and planner Miss Mooi at the beautiful Duneira to shoot the engagement photos of Kiara and Tanner. Stylist Stacey noting “Kiara being the hopeless romantic that she is totally believes in her happy ever after and has fortunately found that fairy tale kind of love with Taner. Kiara wanted to celebrate the magic of their love in a dreamy location similar to what you might find in your favourite fairy tale. It definitely called for an enchanting garden, a gorgeous royal tablescape and an abundance of pretty flowers with dreamy candles.

Kiara and Taner’s love blossomed on their many dates in the beautiful and picturesque gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, strolling the winding pathways leisurely while on romantic picnics. It was important that the location of the shoot capture the essence of their blossoming love story. Duneira was truly a perfect choice to capture the magic of their love and the beginning of their happily ever after.”

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Kiara wore a stunning gold dress from The Bridal Atelier, her hair and makeup styled by Ally Jenkins Makeup.

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Of how they met, Kiara tells, “We met at work during our university internship three and a half years ago where we became friends. Taner proposed on our two year anniversary under the starry night sky.”

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On what she loves about Taner, Kiara tells, “I love his charisma, charm, confidence and caring nature.”

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Poppy Culture created the floral arrangements for the day. Greenery was accentuated with blooms in Autumn hues of peaches, apricots and coral reds.

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A finishing touch of gold cutlery from Gold Wedding Hire sat beside sweet treats created by Treats for Evie.

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On what he loves about Kiara, Taner remarks, “I love her comfort, her warmth, her smile and her eyes.”

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Script Merchant Calligraphy cast magic script talent to create a backdrop filled with romance.

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Photographer: Qlix Photography / Stylist & Planner: Miss Mooi / Floral Designer: Poppy Culture / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ally Jenkins Makeup / Gold Cutlery Hire: Gold Wedding Hire / Sweets & Cakes: Treats for Evie / Hand Lettering: Script Merchant Calligraphy / Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Atelier / Venue: Duneira
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