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Tulle Bridesmaid Gowns From Twobirds Bridesmaid

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


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It’s no secret our readers love Twobirds Bridesmaid gowns. With so many different shaped bridesmaids it makes sense to choose a gown that can be worn in so many different ways to suit so many different body shapes.

The premise behind Twobirds Bridesmaid is simple. One gown, able to be tied fifteen different ways and now they’re adding to the options with the release of the “Tulle” collection.  While the original jersey fabric was always a popular choice, the addition of a tulle layer adds something different. Something romantic, something fluid, something dreamier.

As with the original Twobirds collection Tulle comes in a multitude of colours- from classic black and cream to soft pastel shades of lilac, petal, seafoam and darker tones like midnight, plum and dove.  As with the classic collection. Tulle gowns can be ordered in knee length or full length gowns and two size ranges of 6 – 14 and sizes 16 – 24. To add to the collection flowergirl dresses, matching groomsmen and page boy accessories are all available (and all made in Australia!).

Twobirds Bridesmaid can be ordered via the website or by making an appointment at the Surry Hills studio.

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If you need some inspiration, here are some of my favourite classic Twobirds looks we’ve featured over the years.

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Photo by Stephen Henry via Domonique and Nick

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Photo by Luke Going Photography via Fi and Pat’s Relaxed Beach Country Wedding

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Photo by Woodnote Photography via Liz and Tim’s Classic Australian Wedding

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Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw via Edward and Emma’s Vintage Chic Inspired Hinterland Queensland Wedding

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Photo by David Henry via Jessica and James’ Waterside Relaxed Sydney Wedding

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Photo by Bradley Patrick for SugarLove Pictures via  Daniella & Vlado’s Raspberry Red Dual City Wedding

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Tara and Denis’ Summer Yacht Club Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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 Tara & Denis

Tara and Denis chose a Summer Yacht Club wedding to celebrate their nuptials. It was so hot on Tara and Denis’ wedding day that their beach ceremony had to be moved inside and yet, as with most love stories – it was still the most beautiful celebration of their relationship.  Tara and Denis chose Christian Marc Photography to capture their day.

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The groom and groomsmen wore Oxford pants and shirts from Rhodes & Beckett and suspenders from Sweet N Swag.

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Tara chose an embellished gown from Anna Campbell her bridesmaids in soft apricot dresses from Bariano.

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Tara and Denis chose a first look before the ceremony, noting, “As we were seeing each other before the wedding ceremony, it was suggested to us that we should do a ‘first look’. This was by far the most memorable part of the day. Both of us well up when we see the photos of that moment as it brought back such wonderful memories.”

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Of their photographers, Tara tells, “Our photographer Christian Marc and his wife Shani were definite standouts. They made us feel comfortable on the day and also prior to the wedding day on the pre-wedding shoot. They treated us with respect and were able to joke around with us so that we would relax. His casual approach was that of a friend rather than a stranger taking our photos. We appreciated that. The coverage Christian and Shani provided on the day was exceptional and they certainly went above and beyond what we expected.”

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Tara and Denis were married at Sandringham Yacht Club, Tara explaining, “We started off with a choice of two themes for our wedding. Initially, we wanted to have a marquee wedding in a winery and so we drove around (what felt like) Victoria looking for the perfect location/winery. Unfortunately, due to the number of guests we were anticipating our budget did not allow for that. We then decided to have a beach themed wedding and we came across the Sandringham Yacht Club. It was perfect. It had beautiful floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of Port Philip Bay. We were very excited to have our wedding there and after a lot driving around, searching for the right venue, we knew that this was the place for us to celebrate our wedding day.”

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The day was so hot, the ceremony had to be moved indoors.

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Vindya Cakes created the soft apricot coloured wedding cake. “Our wedding cake was delicious! We chose a raspberry and white chocolate cake that was to die for. It was not too sweet, it looked how we wanted it to look and it was a hit with everyone at the party. Tara notes “We made our own invitations, our own seating plan and our own welcome table. We had a vision regarding our invitations and we made it come to life. It was very rewarding too because everyone thought our invitations were cute and creative.”

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One Wedding Wish styled the wedding, the bride noting, “They were very patient with us as we tried to explain what we wanted for our wedding styling theme. They were also very flexible with our changing minds and they were very nice people to work with. ” Circle of Love Weddings  coordinated the celebrations.

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Congratulations Tara and Denis! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Christian Marc Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Christian Marc Photography / Cinematographer: Wheel House Studios / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Circle of Love Weddings / Wedding Stylist: One Wedding Wish / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Boyles / Bride’s Jewelry: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: Oxford (Pants) / Groom’s Attire: Rhodes & Beckett (Shirt) / Groom's Suspenders: Sweet N Swag / Groom's Shoes: Windsor Smith / Groomsmen Attire: As per groom / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Hairstylist: Felicia Sarwono / Makeup Artist: Felicia Sarwono / Flowers: Felicia Sarwono / Venue: Sandringham Yacht Club / Ceremony Officiant: Danielle Binaisse / DJ: DJ Masters / Catering: Silks Catering / Cake Baker: Vindya Cakes / Transport: Always Classic Cars

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

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

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