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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!

just picked wedding bouquet

gum leaf wedding bouquet

olive leaf wedding bouquet

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Footsteps

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



Photo by Artography

Kiara & Taner’s Romantic Dandenong Ranges Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


melbourne engagement photos

Kiara & Taner

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.”

autumn roadplatinum princess engagement ring

groom in polka dot bow tie

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

happy engagement photosgold textured gown

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.”

bright winter wedding bouquetautumn in the dandenongs

glam engagement shoot

autumn styled engagementbride with gold dress

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

floral chair garlandautumn leaves on path

miss mooi event styling

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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dahlia floral arrangementautumn toned wedding flowers

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coloured macaronsgold cutlery

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

greenery and dahlias weddinggroom in navy suit

swing decorated with flowers

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bride in gold on swing

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

flower swingautumn in the dandenons

hand lettered wedding banner

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

hand lettered wedding backdroppeach and red floral arrangement

twist up hairstyle

mountain engagementpink sugar flower cupcake

navy polkadot bowtieprincess cut engagement ring

bride and groom in autumn

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

Ashleigh & Saurav’s Elegant Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emma Holcroft for Giddy Up Camera Club

Ashleigh & Saurav

Oh the romance is palpable in the elegant country wedding of Ashleigh and Saurav. Choosing a country venue that they loved, the couple went forth with planning making sure to include elements from both of their respective cultures (Indian and American). They chose to infuse a sense of the rustic into their desire for a modern wedding style. Emma Holcroft from The Giddy Up Camera Club (along with second shooter Meg) were there to capture the beautiful day.

On how they met, the newlyweds tell. “We met when we were at Uni. I (Ashleigh) use to work in a blockbuster video where Saurav use to get his DVDs from. We were both attracted to each other but it took Saurav a while to ask me out for a date and here we are 9 years later happily married and starting a new chapter of our life together.”

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groom with father

bride having hair styled

getting ready for wedding

bride in wendy makin dress

Of her Wendy Makin wedding gown, Ashleigh tells, “It was a beautiful Wendy Makin gown, chosen for its simple yet elegant and timeless look. All of my bridesmaids and Mother visited a number of bridal stores with me before we found the right dress. We had such wonderful service at Wendy Makin from the first visit until the last fitting.”

wedding ceremony setup at yandina station

The couple settled on country venue Yandina Statio for their wedding, remembering, “We visited a number of venues before selecting Yandina Station. After taking a tour of the property we knew that we wanted to be married under the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It had character, was open and natural and didn’t feel staged.”

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bride walking down aisle yandina station

Ashleigh walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”.

groom laughing as he sees his bride

yandina station summer wedding

jay flood marriage celebrant

Jay Flood of Noosa Style Ceremonies officiated the ceremony, Ashleigh remembering, “Our ceremony took place in the afternoon and we wanted it to be light, fun and relaxed. The most important thing to us was that we were surrounded by our family and friends sharing one of the most important moments of our lives.”

wedding ceremony under tree

ceremony at yandina

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newlyweds at yandina station

Emma Holcroft for Giddy Up Camera Club bride photo

yandina station

outdoor wedding at yandina station

Giddy Up Camera Club wedding photo

BHLDN Annabella Dress

Ashleigh’s bridesmaids wore purple gowns from BHLDN while the groom and groomsmen had their suits tailor made in India.

yandina station bridal party

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bride with crystal birdcage veil

bride with modern birdcage veil

Of their photographers, Ashleigh remembers, “Emma and Meg were amazing. They captured our day and so many candid moments without us even noticing.”

Giddy Up Camera Club

Emma Holcroft for Giddy Up Camera Club wedding phot

Emma Holcroft for Giddy Up Camera Club black and white

Emma Holcroft wedding photographer

sunset photo at yandina station

outdoor at yandina station

country wedding flowers

favor bags with purple buttons

white wedding cake with pink flowerswedding pie

cake buffet

Brisbane Market Flowers created bright and bold floral arrangements for the wedding, Ashleigh telling, “It was important to bring aspects of both cultures together. We had an assortment of vibrant floral arrangements for the tables to incorporate the lively colours of Indian culture. The dessert table was filled with an assortment of pies and baked goods to bring in the American feel to our wedding.”

yandina station wedding

colourful flowers at yandina station

paper bag wedding favors

The wedding favors doubled as place cards and were made by family, and placed into paper bags with coloured buttons.

reception at yandina station

queensland wedding venue

handmade dessert at weddingbarn wedding with fairy lights

“The food and level of service of staff that Yandina Station provided was absolutely superb. We had so many compliments from our guests.”

queensland wedding speech

wedding speech

wedding after dark yandina station

first dance australian barn wedding

Of their first dance, Ashleigh remembers, “We danced to Ben Folds Five ‘The Luckiest’.”

country wedding first dance

wedding dance floor

“The dance floor was pumping with a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood music which we all enjoyed.”

dancing photo from wedding

yandina station at night

bride and groom under tree at night

bride and groom with sparklers

Congratulations on your marriage Ashleigh & Saurav ! Thank you so much for sharing your stories and a big thank you to The Giddy Up Camera Club for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Emma Holcroft from Giddy Up Camera Club / Photographer: Meg from Giddy Up Camera Club / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN / Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski / Groom’s Attire: Hand stitched / Groomsmen Attire: Hand stitched / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Burnie from Aussie Hair Guru / Makeup Artist: K J Artistry / Flowers: Brisbane Market Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Hand-made paper from India / Venue: Yandina Station / Ceremony Officiant: Jay Flood of Noosa Style Ceremonies / Musicians: Arif Khan (Family) / Cake Baker: Exquisite Wedding Cakes, Louise & Tony Thorpe / Photobooth: In The Booth / Wedding Rings: Mr Vo, Brisbane
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