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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Launch Brunch

by | Event Reviews, Industry Celebrations, Industry News, Wisdom

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Autumn cold didn’t keep the wedding industry away from the launch of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel new wedding and event spaces! (check out our post on the new spaces here)

Joining with designer Collette Dinnigan guests enjoyed a salon style presentation of twelve brand new bridal looks in the hotel’s Sunset Room.

Guests kicked of the celebrations by sipping on sipped on Pommery champagne and bellinis and enjoying brunch from Pete Evans, judge of My Kitchen Rules and renowned chef is leading the way with the new events menu at the hotel .

The launch comes ahead of this weekend’s bridal showcase (see the full details on our events calender) on the 25th & 26th of of May which will allow couples to view a wide range of luxury wedding products and services from partners including Collette Dinnigan bridal, Confection Pantry, Blumenthal Photography, Ladurée Sydney, Kavelle Flowers, Décor of Distinction, Ion Events, Kombi Celebrations, Willowlane Stationery, The Britstop, Silver Lining, Sydney Wedding DJs, Harp Music & Latitude Charters.

Pete Evans will be on hand during the weekend for menu consultations and guests will enjoy cake tastings, champagne, canapés while enjoying the brand new spaces.

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Emily Boughton

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Collette Dinnigan

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Collette Dinnigan with models

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Jane Frosh & Lucy Weight

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Alison Parr

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Fraser & Ally Short

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Dean Bentick, Wendy El-Koury, Rachael Bentick

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Ally Short & Mandy Ronald, Bianca Cheah

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Bree Taylor, Rebecca Lau

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Melissa Hoyer, Tanya G & Collette Dinnigan

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Fraser Short with models

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Georgie Jurcevic  & Brittany Robinson

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Kelly Hume

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Fraser Short

Vendor’s Favourites – Diamond Love Collections

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom

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Diamond Love Collections
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory | www.diamondlovecollections.com
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1. A truly wonderful place to spend your Honeymoon, it’s the St Regis Hotel in Florence Italy and it simply drips Chic and elegance. Imagine soaking in the atmosphere here.

2. Diamonds. One of the greatest joys for us is when we pick diamonds for our engagement and wedding rings. There’s something about sorting through them to hand pick one for a ring. it never fails to amaze us how heavy a diamond is considering it’s size, it makes you realise how dense they are and did you know that light passing through a diamond is slowed down by 50%.

3. A Rolls Royce car. Wouldn’t you love to be driven to your wedding in that, it’s got to be an Uber luxury not to miss out on if you get the chance.

4. One for the guys is shoes. There’s nothing better than wearing a pair of well made or even hand made shoes the pair in this shot are by John Lobb in England and are the De Rigueur of style for the guys on there wedding day. Plus they’ll last for ever.

5. Our final image to share is of a Vincent van Gogh wedding cake that I saw on Pinterest. It’s so ‘not traditional’ yet is a very Boho thing to do, I love it! Cake by megpi via Neatorama

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 Ms Gingham says: Florence, great shoes and a Rolls Royce…. what’s not to love?

Diamond Love Collections: The Founder and designer of DiamondLove Assuntina (Tina) Oliva is an internationally recognized jewellery designer with many years experience of creating beautiful jewellery and has worked with some of the major high street retailers around the world. It has always been a dream of Tina’s to have her own brand that she could pour her prodigious talents into and at last that dream has come true with DiamondLove.

What Would They Know? Katie Colgan of Loui Col Designs

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

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Katie Colgan What Would They Know? Katie Colgan of Loui Col Designs

 Designing truly beautiful bridal gowns that reflect the personality of the bride is a gift that only a lucky few of us possess. Our guest today is Katie from Loui Col Designs a bridal gown designer based in Perth, Western Australia. Katie loves adventure (she has just walked the Kokoda track) and this comes across in her designs with their beading and lace and gorgeous embellishments – all a little different and all so feminine. How lucky Western Australian brides are to have her right in their midst! So let’s dream of sugar and spice and all things wedding gowns with Katie!

When did your dream of creating beautiful wedding gowns start?

My journey began almost 20 years ago! I was always interested in fashion design and dress making and completed 2 weeks work experience at Silk’n’Satin bridal shop in Subiaco. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the amazing designer Marie Perry-Watson. Her back ground was in the theater, ballet and made to measure. She took me under her wing and I have never looked back. 

Where did you do your training?

Along with working full time with Marie I went to College and completed my Diploma in Commercial Dressmaking and Pattern cutting, here in Perth.

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You spent some time in Florence, Italy honing your skills. What is it about the Italian way of designing that inspires you?

I love the feel of European design, Valentino at the time was one particular designer that stood out for me. Gorgeous, classic and elegant lines.

Around 2004 I had itchy feet and a desire to explore design and a different day to day lifestyle! So I planned, packed and move to Florence for 12months.

Getting into the bridal and fashion scene in Florence was a little more difficult than I had thought! (Surprise, Surprise) So instead I enjoyed soaking up all aspects to ‘living’ the Italian dream, until my creative fingers needed to do something..

With Florence famous for its leather work I decided to try my hand and started a course at the Scuola del Cuoio (Leather School). I ended up working with them making hand crafted leather goods under some wonderful ‘old’ school artisans.  This was an extraordinary career experience and a year I will never forget.

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When designing a gown for a bride, what inspires you towards a particular design?

My inspiration is driven by the person wearing the gown, their personality, style and how they aspire to look and feel both inside and out, on their special day. I’m also entranced and enchanted by the vast array of stunning materials available both nationally and internationally. Quite often I will start with a design and get excited about all the options that present as the dress comes to life.

I love reflecting on the history of design as it unveils the secrets of bygone eras, when women dressed beautifully from head to toe.

Your gowns all seem to have a standout feature – whether it is the fabric, beading or lace you’ve used. Is this a ‘signature’ of your design style?

I really love the unique creative process with each client, so I am not sure that I have ‘signature’ style. I love good quality! I endeavor to make gowns that evoke ‘a feel’ to them, rather than just a look. I am not as interested in following trends, I believe a classic look with highlight features for the individual is the key to a beautiful gown.

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Your designs are all made on your premises in Perth. What are the advantages of this?

Having a bespoke gown made is a special treat, for a special day. I want my girls to enjoy the whole experience from start to finish. I aim to understand each bride individually and support a creative environment where we can explore beautiful designs, laces and materials, which involves the client through the whole process. My brides look forward to their visits as each new fitting brings their dress to life. Our studio is a wonderful space for the bride to either come by herself for her own personal experience or to share it with mums and friends. The time and space is all theirs.

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 Do you design accessories to accompany your dresses?

We do, as we get half way through our dress fittings we start looking at bridal accessories that include jewellery, veiling, headpieces and even the boys ties as our finishing touches.

We make all our veils and we hand create our lace headpieces to match our brides gown. Our beautiful silk flowers are made locally as is the elegant jewellery. I am very much about supporting the local talent we have in Perth.

There’s something about Perth……I love…..

I love the ease of living, I have lived in Perth city for about 12 years and I love being central with all my local connections.

Perth! Fabulous weather, great coffee, inspiring opportunities and most importantly my FAMILY & FRIENDS!

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A great honeymoon (or mini moon) location in WA is….

Our beaches are pretty sensational, you can’t go wrong anywhere along our coastline. The south west region also offers many popular and enjoyable wineries. Always a winner when honeymooning J

Thank you Katie for sharing your story with us today. To find out more about Loui Col Designs visit the website

Image of Katie courtesy of Katie Colgan

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