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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
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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

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Alcorn Images  from Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

I don’t know about you, but it seems this week was the week of storms – something about Mother Nature really seemed to shake everything up! Not that I’m complaining, sometimes it’s good to be shaken up (figuratively speaking) so you can breathe again.

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more!


1. Real Wedding Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.What Would They Know? Kate Austin of In The Booth 2. Expert Wisdom OUI! Merci Bouquet Wedding Style Guide ~ Autumn 2015


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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.


1.Etsy Roundup  Gold Leaf Hair Accessories 2. Tuesday Type Tuesday Type – Nordikka 3. DIY Tutorial Vanilla and Rose Bath Salts Tutorial

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.


Peter Jackson New Autumn/Winter Collection

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Vera Wang Sydney are holding a trunk show showcasing the Spring 2015 Bridal Collections from the 28th  April – 2nd May 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. Make an appointment during the trunk show to receive a special incentive on your purchase!

By Appointment only. Inquire within and call 02 9252 6186 or email

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Crumbz Craft are hosting a special chocolate and yarn event in June! Hosted at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery  in Yarra Glen on the 19th of June and 26th of June and includes unlimited hot chocolate, plenty of chocolate treats and a class on how to knit or crochet.

 A great idea for a hens night with a difference, they’re offering Polka Dot Bride readers a $30 voucher (to spend in store, on classes or homewares) when a bride books to bring her hens along!

Visit the website to book.

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reading and loving

Getting Published: What You Don’t Know

A Timeless Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Golden Seaside Bridal Inspiration

Passion Manifested

Bridal Soiree at Duke Mansion

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For our film of the week, The Smile Factory sent over this gem from Adelaide’s Barossa Valley – the wedding of Corrie & Alexa. Could one ask for more romance?

Sparkling Silver Bridal Shower Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Pre Wedding Parties


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If silver and sparkles are your thing, then this post of sparkling silver bridal shower ideas is just for you!

Our team of Nina Angela Photography and Flowers, Begitta, Moments in Vintage, Velbella, Cake Ninja, Invite with Style, Ally Dunlop and model Ayla Adams teamed up to create a high tea with plenty of sparkling details fit for a beautiful bridal shower.

Nina of Nina Angela Photography and Flowers not only photographed the shoot, she also styled the floral arrangements! The shoot, inspired by sparkle and glamour with florals reminiscent of garden teas evoked a  palette of palette of white, soft blue, glass, silver, and mirrors.  Nina used vintage silver teapots as vases, noting, “I chose the softest blue hydrangeas with white Roses and lisianthus along with delicate trails of Ivy to finish the look.”

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Nina tells, “To complete the table styling we chose menu and place cards from the ‘Edwina’ range by Invite with Style. Elegantly finished in a white linen/lace cover, the floral rose print in powder blue tied in with the floral arrangements of blue hydrangea and white roses. Calligraphy on the place cards was written by Ally Dunlop.”

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Cake Ninja created, “Two varieties of cupcakes, firstly, white chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cupcakes were covered in white fondant and airbrushed with a white lustre dust. They were then topped with an edible crystal jewel to compliment the cake. Secondly, melt-in-the-mouth rich vegan chocolate cupcakes were donned with a luscious swirl of vegan chocolate coconut ganache.”

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Rebecca Calvert from Velbella said, ” Classic timeless beauty can only describe our gorgeous model. Soft pinks shimmer and warm hues highlighted her baby blue eyes, beneath fluttering voluminous lashes. Flushed cheeks highlighted and a kiss of pink on her lips to finish. Her stunning dark hair was styled as a creative take on a classic bun, with detailed swirls of hair encompassing her high chignon. This look will never date”.

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Nina notes, “Taking tea on the dashing ‘earl grey’ sofa from Moments in Vintage, our gorgeous bride- to -be, Ayla was dressed by Begitta . Begitta Stolk said, “For this divine bridal high tea we paired two of our most favourite pieces together! Our signature Ballerina skirt with sparkly belt, in the softest of mints and our divine Audrey Chantilly-Style Lace Bodice in a soft ivory, for a fun and oh-so-chic Bridal Shower look.”

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Janice Woolf from Cake Ninja provided an elegant cake worthy of wedding inspiration also. She described her cake, “This cake was all about elegance. Tall, perfectly proportioned and with just enough sparkle to make a statement. Delicate edible silver leaf was used to enhance the height of the middle tier whilst silver and crystal beading adorned the bases of the other two tiers. The whole look was set off by a stunning, over-sized peony with crystal button centre.”

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Photographer & Florist: Nina Angela Photography and Flowers / Bride’s Dress: Begitta / Styling & Furniture: Moments in Vintage / Hair & Makeup Artist: Velbella / Cake Designer: Cake Ninja / Invitations & Stationery: Invite with Style / Calligraphy: Ally Dunlop / Model: Ayla Adams
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