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Perth’s Wildest Weddings

by | Showcase, Wisdom


Taylor Bartels

A team of 6 inspired Perth artists have come together to create one of the most customer-friendly wedding companies I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing, Wildest Weddings.

As I chatted over coffee with the company’s photographer Rhianna Nelson, I realised that I had stumbled upon a company that genuinely adored weddings as much as we do here at Polka Dot Bride, which is no mean feat!

Wildest Weddings is a wedding planning and package service, that began as an opportunity for Ms Nelson and her two brothers to collaborate their talents as both photographer and musicians, but quickly spiralled into something much more ambitious. As their exposure to weddings grew, they realised the struggles that modern couples currently face with the grandeur and often the cost of contemporary weddings.

Nelson revealed that a couple close to her heart believed that if they had known prior to their engagement how much their wedding would have cost, then they would not have even gotten engaged at the time!

This idea led to the expansion of Wildest Weddings and as such, they enlisted the help of a florist, a patissier, and a stylist to create affordable and complete wedding packages for the couples of Perth, often charging less for an entire package than single photographers rates.

Wildest Weddings also offer affordable pop-up weddings on select dates across the wedding season, as a local and stylish alternative to eloping overseas! Everything is previously designed and organised, and couples just book in and show up on the day for a beautiful but stress-free wedding day.

Not only are Wildest Weddings fully functioning in the warmer marital season but they are also available for Wildest Wedding Workshops across winter, which are an excellent option for a bridal shower or hens function. These workshops cover all manner of things from DIY decorations and photo booths, to advice on creating your own Instagram hashtags for wedding pictures.

So if you’re looking for a stress-free wedding with a dash of the wilderness, then Wildest Weddings are definitely worth a visit!

For more information visit Wildest Wedding on Facebook.

Photos by Rhianna May Photography

What Would They Know? Joanne Burkandt of Silk & Style Bridal

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


Polka Dot Bride

No matter how humble or how flamboyant your wedding gown is, it tells the story of you and your wedding day. Joanne of Silk & Style Bridal understands how deeply this is part of a bride’s psyche and so aims to provide an experience that is both uplifting and personal for the bride and her attendants. How gorgeous to have the boutique to yourself and really be able to find the perfect gown, without the distractions of other people commanding attention – bliss!

What is the story behind Silk & Style Bridal?

After organising my own fabulous wedding and my new husband refusing my proposal to do it all again, the next day, I knew what I wanted to do.

Based on my own experience and that of many brides I spoke with I was very particular in the service and product I wanted to provide. Choosing a gown, the centerpiece of the wedding as I like to call it, is a huge decision. It is a highly emotional and a costly purchase, whatever your budget is. For this I think a bride deserves the experience to be fun, supporting and consultative and most importantly about them and the desire they have for how the gown will compliment them and their day.

Where are your gowns designed?

In the USA. Our gowns are from Saison Blanche and have been a long standing bridal fashion label for around 20 years. Taking inspiration for their designs from the cutting edge fashion capital of New York, the gowns are known for being contemporary with a vintage edge.

How do you make the bride’s experience ‘fabulous’ when they come into your boutique to try on gowns?

When a bride visits Silk and Style Bridal boutique it is all about them. They will have the whole boutique for themselves and whoever they choose to bring with them for this fabulous and exciting time. There is no sharing of change rooms or consultants, the attention is all on their wedding and their style and matching one of our beautiful gowns to their personality.

How do you help a bride find a style of gown that matches her personality and dream?

Being able to focus wholly on the bride we’re able to consult with her about the venue and setting of the day, what her personal dress style is and what kind of statement she wants to make with her gown. The gown is the centerpiece of the wedding day and we have many different design styles, fabric and detail. We have had some bridal parties take up the opportunity of having the whole boutique to themselves and bring along a bottle of bubbles whilst the bride tries on her gown making it a special and memorable occasion.

Are you able to advise about the styles that would best suit the body shape of the bride to be when they are trying on dresses at your boutique?

Absolutely, there are some styles that are better suited to particular body shapes. We are all very so unique in our shape, personal style and personality that all these elements come into the choosing of a gown.

Can you advise on the accessories and veils that would look best with the gowns?

Our gowns are contemporary with a vintage edge. Most of our gowns are ivory in colour and can beautifully be matched with a pearl jewel or some sparkle to match the Swarovski crystal in some of our gowns. Some of our lace or silk organza gowns can be matched with a Swarovski crystal sash to pop the gown and cap it off with some lovely crystal earrings and neck piece. It really depends on the person and the gown they choose to wear. Some girls are complimented with a little neck piece and some look stunning with the subtleness of a bare neckline.

Veils can be a beautiful soft finish to a gown but don’t overdo the detail on veil. You don’t want to hide the beauty in the back of your gown.

You mention ‘style and quality’. What does this mean in terms of a bridal gown?

Saison Blanche gowns are current with the New York designs bringing new and unique styles to the Australian bride only through us. I am passionate about providing my brides with quality fabrics, hand sewn detail and beautiful crafting of the gown ensemble. Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, you must feel beautiful from design, fit and feel.

Can you help the bride make minor alterations to the gown (e.g. adding straps, or sleeves, or adding more beading) to make her gown more individual?

We certainly can. Our expert seamstress has been making and altering wedding gowns for many, many years. Her work is superior and can accommodate small touches like adding a cap sleeve or providing that little extra cover over the shoulders if wanted.

The gowns are made-to-order and we can have them made with more or less detail, a variation of ivory or white and other small changes to the design to match your desire.

How often do your collections change?

Our collections change with the season. Actually we have just got a new range of gowns in only last week. A beautiful collection including lace and tea length gowns fresh for this season.

What is it about brides in particular, that you enjoy providing a bridal service to?

I love being a part of learning about their wedding style and how they are putting their personal event together. Every bride is so unique and it’s such an exciting and happy time for them. Being a part of their planning and seeing the tear in mum or bridesmaid’s eye when they put on ‘The’ gown is a special moment.

Any advice to brides you could tell us?

Be open to trying on gowns other than what you have always thought you would wear. If you absolutely love the first gown you put on, don’t be pressured into thinking you have to try on a hundred dresses.

You would give the gift of…… travel and reflection. Everyone deserves to have a fabulous honeymoon following on from organizing the biggest and best event of their lives.

Your favourite cocktail or meal after a busy week?

I love a martini, either an espresso if I need a little pick me up after a busy week. Or, the olives are divine when soaked in a Grey Goose vodka martini.

Thank you Joanne for sharing your story with us. To find out more about Melbourne boutique  Silk & Style Bridal visit the website.

Images courtesy of Silk & Style Bridal.

Lovelocked: Lit Up at Lightspace

by | Event Reviews, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

There was no doubt about it – walking into the Lovelocked wedding fair this year was all about love, design, and inspiration! The set up was incredible, matching that of the industrial venue Lightspace (a firm favourite of mine in Brisbane).

Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video. Ceremony styled by Styled Events.

Shaun & T-J from Lemon Tree Film House said “we wanted to be a part of Lovelocked because we love what it stands for… originality… this is exactly what we strive for with our work. Every single vendor is CRAZY passionate about what they do. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

If you’re not familiar with Lovelocked, then let me tell you that it is a fresh new bridal fair alternative. Lovelocked holds a ceremony on the day (this time with real-life couple Steph and Pasha) and has talented vendors that participate in every stage and detail.

Image by Mr Chevron

Of the ceremony, Callie Marshall from Florido Weddings said “my favourite part of the day was getting to know Steph and Pasha. I met them before the Lovelocked event and it was like watching one of my couples walk down the aisle, including all the excitement and (a little bit of) nerves.”

Image by Florido Weddings

Image by Florido Weddings

Zen Catering was Lovelocked’s exclusive caterer and I couldn’t have heard better reviews about their impeccable food! I spoke with Monica who said “our favourite moment of the day was the groom’s face when his gorgeous bride, Steph, walked down the aisle. Most people look at the bride, but to see the love in Pasha’s eyes after already being married for nine years was truly beautiful”.

Image by Florido Weddings

Lauren Veling from Velbella was particularly excited about doing the hair and makeup for the ceremony as well as the hair for the fashion parade. After chatting with Lauren, I found out that Velbella also offer hen’s night packages which can include hair and airbrush makeup tutorials, makeovers, and pamper sessions.

Image by Florido Weddings

Our own Ms Polka had a tablescape styled after her “Industrial Botanical Bash” inspiration board. Nicole from Beautiful Weddings said “we teamed our timber trestle table with green industrial style chairs. Tall dark timber candle holders graced the table with beautiful coloured floral arrangements from Brisbane Market Flowers. Gold tea light holders ran the length of the table surrounded by moss. We also supplied a seating chart frame and the talented Laura at Cartamodello Papeterie supplied the timber seating plan and menus”.

Table styled by Beautiful Weddings / Brisbane Market Flowers \ Cartamodello Papeterie
Image by Nicole Barralet Photography

Nicole let me know that Beautiful Weddings have a unique offering for couples – “the chance to go into our styling studio and have a hands on experience by doing table mock ups with us until they are completely satisfied with the overall look, style and feel”.

Table styled by Beautiful Weddings / Brisbane Market Flowers \ Cartamodello Papeterie
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I was certainly blown away by the gorgeous tablescapes as was Ellen Powell from Blushing Confetti. “My favourite part of the day was after everyone had set up, sitting back, sipping champagne (of course) and looking around in awe at all the amazing setups. Blushing Confetti creates simple designs with a statement element to make an impact on your guests.”

Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems  | Image by Mr Chevron

Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Specialising in destination weddings across Australia and overseas, Anthea & Lyndon from Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video, offer couples both photography and videography in one place. “We specialise in full day coverage because we like to tell a story from the beginning to the end.”

Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

When asked about her favourite part of Lovelocked, Debbie Thomas from Vellum Studios said she particularly enjoys “talking to fab couples who are planning their big day”. Vellum Studios have bountiful experience as photographers (over 10 years and 350 weddings to date), and they truly believe “when it’s a once in a lifetime event, experience really counts.”

Table styled by Styled Events / Butterfly Lounge / Urban Weddings / Cake Chic | Image by Mr Chevron

Table styled by Styled Events / Butterfly Lounge / Urban Weddings / Cake Chic
Images by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Sarra Tyler from Keep Me Scented gifted each couple with a soy tealight candle in their Lovelocked gift bags. Not only do they smell amazing, but their soy candles are available to purchase online (in a selection of scents and sizes), and they ship anywhere in Australia!

Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I also caught up with familiar face, Greg Fields from AVIdeas. Greg recently contributed to our post on wedding lighting, and his display of gorgeous geometric hanging lights caught my eye. “Our all time favourite is to work in partnership with other vendors to see a wedding or event such as Lovelocked come to life.”

Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I bumped into Lachlan Huddy from Surrealtime Media when he was looking for someone to twirl a ribbon. I obliged and found out that Surrealtime Media offer slow-motion photo booths. In his words, “we set up [everything] and get you and your guests to cut loose while we capture the action in super slow-motion video.”

Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Overall I think the success of Lovelocked certainly lies within its quality vendors and unique experience – something every couple wants to have part of their own big day! Congrats to Tessa and the team who put together Lovelocked.

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