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20+ Of The Best Valentine’s Day Beauty Treats

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


Valentines Day Treats Makeup Roundup

I do adore Valentine’s Day. I love that there is a day where you can be as mushy as you like, embrace the pink sprinkled cupcakes, the bright red lipstick, the heart printed dresses and share your love not only for your partner but for your friends and family.

So with the Valentines Day spirit in full force, I decided to roundup my favourite Valentines Day makeup treats. Whether you are looking for a gorgeous pink lipstick to wear on the day, a beautiful bath oil to spoil yourself, or a sweet perfume to gift somebody you love, let’s dive into 20+ of the best Valentines Day beauty treats!

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Kate & Nath’s Sweet Yarramalong Valley Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Kate & Nath

I love the country afternoon celebration that Kate and Nath held for their sweet Yarramalong Valley wedding. It’s exactly what they wanted- a relaxed day with family and friends that celebrated everyone they love. They chose Jackielyn Powell to capture their day.

Kate tells us the story of they they came to be. “We first met through my sister Clair when we were much, much younger! (I had a crush on him when I was sixteen!). When we were older, we met again through mutual friends, I’d had a string of disastrous relationships and he’d been traveling for a long time so when we met again the time was right for us.”

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Kate wore the Rue De Seine “Violet” gown from The Babushka Ballerina, telling, “Last year I went to New Zealand with one of my best girlfriends for her to look at dresses – she’d seen a few from this designer but at the time they didn’t stock in Australia. I’d only just recently become engaged so when we were there my friends encouraged me to try a few. I tried the Eve gown and loved it (The Violet gown was on the shortlist of my friend so I didn’t try it at the time).

Months later I was in Sydney with my Mum and I knew the Babushka Ballerina in Paddington had started stocking Rue De Seine so I called and asked if I could come by and try the Eve for my Mum to see. Thankfully, they were able to juggle some appointments to squeeze us in. I went in thinking that the Eve gown would be what I bought but when I tried it on and showed my Mum, neither of us loved it. My friend didn’t end up going with the Violet and I had loved it in NZ so I tried it and it was perfect. I loved the simple cut and silhouette of it and also the beautiful lace!”

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Kate and Nath chose Yarramalong Valley Farmstay  for their wedding ceremony, explaining, “Some friends had styled a TV show at the farmstay and they’d recommended I check it out. Nathan and I had wanted somewhere open with nothing around – just land. It wasn’t quite that but we found a spot at the bottom of the property that was still close enough for guests to walk to from the house but far enough that you couldn’t really see anything else around.”

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“I walked with my sisters, close girlfriends and nieces leading the way. Our little boy Marlow walked with me and the song we had was Sea of Love by Cat Power.”

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Standing wedding ceremony

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Of their ceremony, performed by Sarah Tolmie, Kate remembers, “We wanted it to be very personal (of course) and quite casual. We stood side by side with our arms around each other and our little boy Marlow sat at our feet. Our families and friends stood in front of us (everyone stood except for our grandparents)…we wanted everyone to feel like they were part of the ceremony…which they were!

We had decided we wouldn’t be doing formal speeches at the reception so we wanted to ceremony to cover off a lot of things that usually would be talked about in the speeches – how we met, our lives together, how we got to where we are, funny stories and anecdotes about our relationship etc.

We had the most incredible celebrant – Sarah Tolmie who delivered a beautiful ceremony that was everything (and more!) we hoped it would be! There was one reading which I had found a long time ago which always stuck with me which she ended the “formalities” with: I choose you In a hundred lifetimes In a hundred worlds In any version of reality I’d find you and I’d choose you.”

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Of their photographer, Kate notes, “Jacki is a friend and I have followed her on instagram for a long time. I really loved her style and have always thought she had a great ability to capture a moment or feeling in a really implicit way. Although I hadn’t seen any wedding shoots from her, I asked if she would be interested in shooting our day. We had wanted to have someone that would capture all the special moments and the mood of the day but without all the posed shots. (We had a handful of posed shots with our families but that was it!). She did such an incredible job!”

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Reception celebrations continued at Wyong Creek Hall, Kate noting, “The Wyong Creek Hall was directly opposite the farm stay and although we would have liked to have the reception on the property as well we were a bit worried about the weather so that was a great option. It was a great blank canvas!”

Outdoor wedding reception decor

Kate tells, “We DIY’d nearly everything! All styling and decorating was done by us (we sourced a lot of the “Middle Eastern” decorations from Lakemba) and also raided family and friends houses for anything that would fit the theme like cushions, rugs, vases and candle holders.” The couple also hired furniture from Vintage Patina.

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In honour of the groom’s Lebanese heritage, Food Stuff Catering served up a Lebanese style banquet.

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“We didn’t have a first dance but we did hit the dance floor pretty early on and danced the night away to a very eclectic mix (we have opposite tastes in music!) – everything from Paul Simon to the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, The Doors, Joy Division and Afro Beats!! (and everything in between!).”

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Congratulations Kate and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jackielyn Powell for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Jackielyn Powell / Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine "Violet" gown / Bridal Salon: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Grey Suede / Bride's Dancing Shoes: Vintage Robert Clergerie / Bride’s Jewelry: Mania Mania Phantom Quartz Idol Earrings / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groom’s Shoes: Doc Martins / Hairstylist: Rachel Nau / Makeup Artist: Tira Jaye / Flowers: Wild Ivy Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Yarramalong Valley Farmstay / Ceremony Officiant: Sarah Tolmie / Reception Venue: Wyong Creek Hall / Reception Hire Items: Vintage Patina / Catering: Food Stuff Catering / Wedding Ring (Bride): Antique / Wedding Ring (Groom): Accent Antiques / Transport: Friend

Georgia Young Salt AW 2016 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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When Australian designer Georgia Young dropped her latest collection “Salt” quietly this month, I knew it would be something special.

Inspired by the rugged beauty of the seaside, Georgia created a collection that captures the “unyielding yet tranquil” moodiness of the ocean.

Tones of pale pinks, oysters and whites reflect the spectacular sunsets, while the draping of laces and free-flowing silks embody the tantalizing drama of the water and the moodiness of the surroundings. Fabric is twisted and turned, draped and caught like waves in the wind, silhouettes flow and billow, lines are dramatic and then turn to softly emphasizing the wearers figure.

Each gown, crafted in Georgia’s Fitzroy showroom, is crafted to the finest couture techniques. The craft of couture considered just as important as the beautiful design.

The “Salt” Autumn Winter 2016 Collection is available by appointment only from the  Georgia Young Fitzroy boutique.

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Gowns: Georgia Young Couture / Photographer: Mel Carrero / Hair & Makeup Artist: Luciana Rose / Model: Shannikah Doherty

Vendor of the Week – The Modern Celebrants

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! It’s a big week ahead of us, Valentines Day week and we have plenty of romantic inspiration in store for you!

As the summer days stretch before us during our hottest month of the year, take a break from all that frolicking in the sun to relax while we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Catering, we have Entertainment, we have Jewellery, we even have Photography and Menswear! Our Directory is filled with vendors who would be delighted to meet you and plan your day with you.

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




The Modern Celebrants are a collaboration of five fun loving, young and caring celebrants. Based in Melbourne, Erin, Danielle, Julie, Bianca and Tracey form a professional supportive network for each other, having performed over 800 ceremonies between them. With a professional approach, they aim to create a ceremony that is as individual as you are, and the added bonus is that there is always a back up celebrant available to perform your wedding ceremony. Meet The Modern Celebrants….

We asked Erin, Danielle, Julie, Bianca and Tracey of The Modern Celebrants five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Julie: When driving back from a wedding on a Friday or Saturday in the summer months, I dream of a crisp cold Pinot Grigio!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Danielle: One of my favourite weekend getaway locations is Sorrento! There are so many things to love about this place – you can enjoy lazing on the beach and having a swim during Summer, or rugging up and getting some fresh air as you stroll along the sand in the cooler months, all the while enjoying the amazing views, so don’t forget to take your camera! There are lots of great shops for some retail therapy, plenty of fabulous eateries (keep a lookout for the best vanilla slices in Australia) and don’t forget to treat yourself to a pamper session at one of the wonderful Day Spas! The most important thing though, is that you get to share your weekend away with those you love!

Favourite restaurant?

Erin: We are spoilt for choice in fabulous restaurants in Melbourne as it is so multicultural! One of my favourite restaurants to dine in would be Red Spice Road in the McKillop Street CDB. The delicious gourmet, modern Asian inspired food is divine with lots of variety from succulent meats, seafood, desserts to vegetarian and gluten free options. The massive David Bromley paintings that are displayed on the back walls and the shared bench seats create a trendy and chic vibe. The Premier banquet menu is a MUST! I’m salivating just thinking about it.

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

Bianca: Breakfast of a Sunday morning at our house is always pancakes with honey, lemon, sugar and syrup (but not all together!). We usually walk off the pancakes after breakfast before I start preparing for an afternoon ceremony.

Your favourite wedding story?

Tracey: My favourite wedding story would have to when a bride and groom met at the end of the aisle and turned to face each other, they both broke down in tears – such a beautiful and sincere moment. I felt that I was there not only for their emotional state as well as being there to guide them through their ceremony. Everyone could just see the genuine and warmth of emotion and I understood that they were so perfectly right for each other.

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

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