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Anna Campbell Gossamer Collection Launch

by | Event Reviews, Industry Celebrations, Wisdom

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One of the perks of being part of the patterned team is that, although I’m not a bride-to-be anymore, we get to attend launches of new collections from some amazing designers. Anna Campbell‘s Gossamer collection launch was a real treat, not just for the champagne, sweet treats, and mega gift bag for every guest, but for her breath-taking dresses with beading detail to die for. Romance is back ladies, and Anna’s designs capture it beautifully!

Hanging out at the front of the store awaiting the opening of the doors (prompt as always), there was anticipation in the frosty air, with ladies arriving and greeting each other.I could see that inside they were adding the final touches to the set-up, with gorgeous birdcages and flowers adding to the romance theme.

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As the doors opened and we entered, glasses of champagne were handed out, and we were advised of the dedicated areas of the store for complimentary makeup and hair trials, accessories to try on and dresses to swoon over.

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There was an air of excitement as models started making their way through the crowd, wearing pieces from the new Gossamer collection. These women were absolutely gorgeous, and suited the gowns perfectly.

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Accessories by Samantha Wills complimented the beading and glamour of the gowns.

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Ms Herringbone does some schmoozing… (I’m on the right!)

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Thanks so much to the gorgeous Anna Campbell and her lovely team. The launch ran like a well-oiled production, with smiles all round. A delight to have been privileged to attend.

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If you would like to try on the dresses from the new Anna Campbell Gossamer Collection, contact the stores to make your private appointment. These gowns need to be seen to be believed!

Images by 35mm Photography

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What Would They Know? Clare of Providence Gully

by | Venue Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom

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 Clare of Providence Gully What Would They Know? Clare of Providence Gully

Imagine waking up to the call of birds,  the air clear and pure as you breathe in the cold as you walk on crunchy frost. Or seeing the orchards in bloom ahead of another perfect Spring day. Well, that is the joy that Providence Gully holds for Clare and her family who own this very special property in the heart of the Goldfields in Central Victoria. Set on 40 acres bordered by bushland, with carefully tended orchards, vegetable gardens and olive grove,  this charming property could be just right for your wedding, or special gathering.

Where is Providence Gully situated?
We are in the heart of the ‘Goldfields ‘ in Central Victoria – close towns are Newstead, Daylesford, Hepburn, Maldon and Castlemaine.

How did Providence Gully as a wedding venue come about?
After holding a few family functions and then our oldest daughter & her partner’s wedding on the property, the comment was made by quite a few friends and guests that this would be an ideal place to host other couples’ weddings where they would truly have the freedom to have the event of their choice – The Barn venue was born!

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How would you describe Providence Gully?
Relaxed and informal, but to quote an iconic Australian Movie – “Feel the Serenity”.

What is your favourite area of the property?
Tough question. Bit like asking do you have a favourite child. Every season brings a shine to different areas. Spring is very showy with the fruit tress in blossom, Summer and the vegetable gardens are in full production, Autumn with the rich coloured foliage and relief from the heat of summer and then winter with naked trees with forgotton birds nests and crisp frosty mornings with kangaroos grazing.

Please describe the various options for wedding ceremonies and receptions you have available to brides and grooms…
Whilst the Barn is the focal area for the receptions here, there is no set area for a ceremony. I love the fact that couples can look around and decide for themselves which area suits/reflects their special place to exchange vows. There are so many things dictated to us these days, so I love to give couples the freedom to choose and am always amazed at the many different settings they choose.

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How many guests does The Barn hold?
For a sit down function at Providence Gully 60-70 is ideal and 80 cocktail style. Although the property can handle far more if the weather is perfect , we have no control of this, so to make guest comfort and overall experience a priority, we limit to 80 guests. The Settlers cottage is not part of the venue hire but ideal for a photo opportunity.

Do you offer full or partial wedding planning and can couples bring in their own planner and vendors?
As we are not a mainstream type of venue we do not offer ‘packages’, instead we work with you and your chosen vendors ( caterers, florist, entertainment, hire company, etc) to achieve a day that is unique and personal . Of course if couples wish, all the leg work can be done for them – its all about choices. Having hosted many weddings here, I am a wealth of information concerning all things and love being hands on throughout the planning, preparation and on the day in the background making sure everything runs smoothly.

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Where can guests find accommodation?
Within our area there are many and varied accommodation options. From country camping to opulent hotels & BBs., everyone is catered for. My suggestion is to get onto the Visitor Info Web Sites of the above mentioned towns and this way you have the most up to date accommodation at your finger tips. But remember to book early as there are lots of festivals and celebration weekends in these towns.

What styles of wedding have been held at Providence Gully?  What other celebrations could your property accommodate?
We offer an alternative to the very formal standard wedding venue . Country/vintage style weddings are very popular but we have had many different events from rockabilly, modern, hippy, celebrity & various European styles. I think STAs (second time arounds) would work well here in our very relaxed venue.

Do you have any favourite wedding ideas that have worked well at Providence Gully?
I guess we are always looking for something new and different to wow our guests and stand out from the norm. I feel a couple that is looking to ‘be different’, could consider a morning wedding . It opens up fresh inspiration and ideas and takes everyone out of their comfort zone. Everything from exchanging vows under blossoming apple trees, with birds singing a morning welcome, to a new take on the menu, drink and music. Whilst afternoon celebrations are convenient to most people, I think especially in our area with such beautiful fresh mornings, why not take the advantage.

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What is the piece of advice you could give to bridal couples?
Enjoy & Surprise. After 30 years of marriage I still smile when I remember my wedding day and the fact that my groom/husband could organise a surprise for me with a truly memorable moment, that to this day has not been upstaged.

My recommendation for a mini moon or short break is……

Step outside your comfort zone together. Camp under the stars on a chilly winter’s night or spend a night in a swanky hotel – Live, Laugh and Love Together!

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Thank you so much Clare for sharing the story of Providence Gully with us. To find out more about Providence Gully contact Clare via the website or give her a call on 0412 300 789.

Headshot image courtesy of Clare from Providence Gully You can also find Providence Gully in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Tips On Choosing A Wedding Dress Part 2

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom

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Hi Girls

As a fashion designer (now focusing primarily on bridal gowns), I see many good-looking girls who come to see me for their dream wedding dress. I have been noticing brides are actually having a hard time finding their dream dress. They gradually get very confused, which makes shopping harder for them. One minute they like soft and flowing and the other minute they like structure and volume.

I would suggest going through the websites of 5 or 6 designers before you visit the boutiques. This way, you get a feel of their quality and style. If the designer’s style suites you, make an appointment and go to see the gowns, feel the fabrics, and the quality and ask questions.

Decide if you want to purchase a gown off the rack or have it designed. There are pros and cons to both. Here are my tips on choosing a wedding dress.

Buying off the rack – what you see is what you get. It typically involves alteration and this is the hidden cost for you. Bear this is mind if you have a budget for your gown. Also off the rack is a more commercial look as you can find it in different shops and web sites, but if you love what you see then it’s easier for you to pick the gown and much quicker.

Couture designer gown – this is when the gown is designed just for you. You can have any colour, shape and detailing and there are no hidden alteration costs. It can however be more expensive than buying off the rack but it is a one off and more personalised gown for you to match to your wedding. It uses higher quality fabrics and looks more high end. I would suggest you see the reviews of the designer who will make your gown to ensure this extra investment is well spent as when you start the process it is too late to back out halfway. As your designer will work with you it is much easier to create that “dream dress” using their experience and your vision.

So after you find what sort of look and style you are after, try some gowns on in each shop to see which suits your look. I would suggest you do not try on too many dresses in each shop, just try to narrow it down a couple of dresses. Make sure you write the names or style number of each dress, then after you check all the shops you have visited pick 4 or 5 gowns in your list.

In a couple of weeks when you have had time to reflect, schedule another appointment in each store all in one day to go and try on all the gowns. If this does not help and again you are stuck as you love them all, JUST LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND YOUR FEELINGS. Which one makes you feel the BEST about yourself, which one is more YOU, which one brings out more your PERSONALITY, which one is more COMFORTABLE, which one is gives you an amazing feeling…

You are the only one who knows what you feel when you put each gown on.

On a last note, you may have read our earlier post on the dangers of listening to too many people during this choice. We still advise you pick one or two close advisors that can help shortlist, or it will get more confusing.
I hope I have helped you on the path to finding your dream gown.

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Ms Gingham says: More great advice from the professional!

About Fara Almasi – Fara Couture Wedding Dresses Perth: Fara Almasi is a couture Perth bridal gown designer with over 20 years experience. Not only does she design and alter wedding gowns she also creates stunning bridesmaids, mother of the bride and evening gowns.

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