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Paolo Sebastian The Nightingale Spring Summer 2015/16 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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“The Nightingale sings a song so sweet and true, pale moonlight draped upon her shoulders.”

Inspired by the enchanting nightingale, comes the Spring Summer 2015/16 collection from Australian designer Paolo Sebastian. The vintage charm of the collection holds true with the modern, dramatic fusion the designer is known for.

Shades of pewter, peony and copper enhance gowns with sheer detailing, layers of tulle, ornate embroideries, ombre and fringe detail and dramatic, regal capes. The gowns are whimsical. feminine and unique in their splendor. Designer Paul Vasileff hand sketched each of the embroideries himself, pushing himself to create a collection that showed fine craftsmanship and the most beautiful of couture elements. The designer inspired by “Folktales of the graceful nightingale whose song enchants all that hear it”.

Paolo Sebastian gowns are available from their Adelaide studio or stockists in New York and Singapore.

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Vendor of the Week – Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a nice weekend? We spent it quietly. A busy week last week meant there was nothing I needed more than to be at home and collecting my thoughts. What did you get up to?

Time for a coffee on this cold Monday morning and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Transport, we have Styling and Hire, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Flowers! Our vendors would love to listen to your plans and help you make your dream wedding day come true.

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

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We’re so thrilled to introduce you to our vendor of the week Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry! A good hair and makeup artist is a gem to find so when you do, it’s worth storing their name away in your brain’s address book. Amy has trained for more than fifteen years in the industry to get where she is today, even being named Australia’s first Asian Ambassador for a global cosmetic and skin care company, DMK.

She does it all- hair and makeup for brides and wedding parties, working with each bride to create a look that suits not only the formality and look of the wedding, but their own personal style.

We asked Amy of Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’m a bit of a health freak when it comes to drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, so I substitute it with a mocktail of beetroot, lemon juice, cucumber, green apple, celery and carrot. It’s really yummy, and amazing for the skin too!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Queenstown in NZ! I just love the quietness and natural scenery it has to offer (plus the natural hot pools). And being only a few hours flight from Sydney, I’m always so tempted to go for the weekend to get away from all the noise and chaos.

Favourite restaurant?

Jugemu & Shimbashi, it’s a little boutique Japanese restaurant in Neutral Bay, that makes the best handmade soba noodles and special sushi rolls. I’ve been addicted to these special sushi rolls since the high school days.

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

Waffles with peanut butter, condense milk, butter and sprinkle with sugar! It’s bad I know, so I try to make myself feel a bit healthier by stuffing my face with lots of fresh berries and kiwi fruit afterwards

Your favourite wedding story?

Has to be my grandparents’ story! Grandpa didn’t have much money back then, and had a bad appendix, he thought he would not live too long so have never thought of marrying someone in case he can’t be there for her if anything happens. That was until he saw my grandma, love at first sight, he decided to get his problem sorted (well, getting the appendix out HIMSELF with no anesthetic! Mind you that was almost 70 years ago) and ask her to marry him.
All went well, they were very poor but happy with their life together. Grandma would knit jumpers and sell at markets, while Grandpa walked 1/2 day to town to delivery chickens and eggs to sell. With only little money for his work he wouldn’t want to use it to get a bus home, instead he would walk so he can buy Grandma something that he thought she would like while he was in town and save the rest of the money for a house they wanted to buy.
Almost 70 years on, gone through the madness of World War 2 together, they have their own home, been around most parts of the world, kids, grandchildren and a great grandchild running around the house. Still extremely in love, making fun of each other as always, but most importantly still there to hold each others’ hands!

Visit Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Blow A Kiss

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Oli Sansom

Melissa & Chantra Winter Forest Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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I love the beauty of a forest and anyone who knows me, knows I love Winter, so when I spied today’s shoot which joined the two into a Winter forest engagement shoot, I knew I wanted to share it with you! Photographer Sonya Chindamo from Laugh Out Loud Photograhy scouted this woodland site for Melissa and Chantra’s engagement photos which has a strange sense of synchronicity for the couple – Chantra had chosen a forest to propose to Melissa.

And that, is why I love the forest. The sense that the trees which have seen so much, that dwarf those below, hold so many stories and create such a sense of intimacy and peace. Perfectly suited for a shoot that captures your own quiet moments together.

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The stunning forest scene was a surprise for the couple, who remark, “Chantra and I love the outdoors. Many important memories we share involve being outside, exploring and enjoying our surroundings. This shoot is not only a perfect depiction of the type of places we like to go, but it is also a beautiful representation of where Chantra proposed. Sonya scouted the site and said it match us perfectly as a couple. While we knew we want to be rugged up and embrace the Winter elements in our photos, we never imagined Sonya would find somewhere as incredible as that forest! ”

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Melissa tells the story of how they came to be. “Chantra and I met on and off in passing through friends until we met properly on New Years Eve of 2011. Our mutual friend had made it clear that Chantra was interested in me and didn’t hesitate to make it as awkward as possible for us. This resulted in Chantra being quite hesitant to talk to me. After I initiated a conversation, the rest of the night seemed to fly as we talked the night away. We watched the fireworks together at 12, and he wished me a Happy New Year with a shy smile. He always tells me he wanted to give me a New Years kiss, and is kicking himself that he didn’t!”

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On what they love about one another, Melissa muses, “We love that we both have a desire to experience new things. When we are together there is never a dull moment as we always try to find new things to do and see. Still to this day we have an endless list of ‘firsts’ that we want to experience together.”

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The proposal was an epic surprise for Melissa who remembers, “We had decided to celebrate the anniversary of our first date, which was 2 years earlier by spending the day in Lorne. Still to this day I have never been to Lorne, because instead we ended up at Melbourne Airport with two tickets to Tasmania in our hands. Tasmania was the first place Chantra and I travelled to together and we fell in love with its natural beauty, slow paced lifestyle and specifically the Huon Valley.

Upon arrival in Tasmania, we picked up our rental car and headed to a little lunch spot Chantra had found. It was a quaint, little, permanently docked boat restaurant where we had the best fish and chips we have ever had. Afterwards, Chantra handed me a map, showed me where we were and told me we could do and see whatever I wished. He knew me well, and knew I would choose to the Tahune Airwalk. The Tahune Airwalk is within a Heritage listed Forest and is absolutely stunning.

We made our way through the forest and up the steps that led us to the air walk in the canopy of the trees. We then reached the look out which is suspended 48 meters above a river with the most incredible views. I don’t know how he did it but we happened to have the lookout all to ourselves! It was in that moment when we were silently enjoying this spot that we now call ours, that he calmly and modestly asked me to marry him.”

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