Polka Dot Bride http://www.polkadotbride.com Inspiring Weddings - Most Loved Australian Wedding Blog Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:35:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Galia Lahav – Les Reves Bohemian Collectionhttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/galia-lahav-les-reves-bohemian-collection/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/galia-lahav-les-reves-bohemian-collection/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:00:17 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=388777 “It’s a mystical collection, as daring and adventurous as the heroes of the tales it draws its inspiration from, with phenomenal corsetry, intricate lace details and enchanted tulle skirts. It’s both romantic and classic combined, but most of all it’s something new for the eye.” Set against the ornate background of the Langham Sydney, Galia […]

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“It’s a mystical collection, as daring and adventurous as the heroes of the tales it draws its inspiration from, with phenomenal corsetry, intricate lace details and enchanted tulle skirts. It’s both romantic and classic combined, but most of all it’s something new for the eye.”

Set against the ornate background of the Langham Sydney, Galia Lahav through exclusive Australian supplier Eternal Bridal, sent me and other invited guests through the Narnia closet and welcomed us into an exquisite world of mystique, beauty and artful detailing.

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With over 30 years experience in the haute couture industry, the Galia Lahav brand has grown to become one of the most sought after and desirable bridal couture labels in the world. Synonymous with luxury, signature design elements such as cascading silk tulle skirts and Italian ivory lace are intricately sculpted and manipulated to create the brand’s iconic luxurious gowns.

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Combining a love of art and fashion, the 2016 ‘Les Reves Bohemian Collection’ is a magical showcase of romantic and dramatic gowns featuring exquisite detailing and embellishments. As the lights dimmed and the doors to the catwalk opened, a stillness blanketed the audience as we sat mesmerized by the breathtaking Jewel Gown worn by model and Galiah Lahav Brand Ambassador, Katharina Linke. As the models glided down the runway in one masterpiece gown after the next, the whole collection was nothing but pure decadence and luxury.

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With designs in A-Line, fish tale and fitted silhouettes, there was an exquisite detail to each gown including lace, beading and layered silk tulle. Completing each look was a luxurious gold leaf crown headpiece by Viktoria Novak and for the perfect photo op, a romantic flower wall by Fleur Events was positioned at the end of the catwalk – the ultimate in romantic luxury!

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Showcasing this collection in Australia for the first time, we were also treated to a video walk through of the Galia Lahav design house in Israel, as well as a special Q&A session with the designer. This sneak peek into the workings behind each gown and life in the Galia Lahav studio showcased the refined techniques that create each gown. Individually crafted by hand, each gown is a product of the finest workmanship and truly is an exquisite work of art.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully luxurious collection; the embellishments and detailing are exquisite!

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Dreamy Daylesford Honeymoonhttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/daylesford-honeymoon/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/daylesford-honeymoon/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=395518   The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region makes a great honeymoon destination. Rich with heritage, exquisite local produce, amazing day spas, restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets, it is the perfect place to get lost and re-energise after all the months of wedding planning! To calm things down and just relax, there is a […]

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The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region makes a great honeymoon destination. Rich with heritage, exquisite local produce, amazing day spas, restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets, it is the perfect place to get lost and re-energise after all the months of wedding planning!

To calm things down and just relax, there is a wide choice of accommodation options – from hotels to bed and breakfasts and wineries!

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Where time just seems to slow down naturally, imagine waking up to crisp country freshness followed by a sumptuous breakfast each morning. Spend your days, just reading a good book or take a stroll through the surrounding country side.

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You can also explore one of the many cycling/bush walking tracks that the area offers or visit one of the awarded vineyards to sample their latest releases!

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After a few relaxing days, you could take the country route to some lovely quaint towns such as Woodend and Kyneton. Fill your baskets along the way with lovely local produce from the markets and boutique shops as special thank you gifts to your loved ones back home.

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Dining in Daylesford includes relaxed, cafe style fare through to five-star fine dining; local and seasonal produce is always on the menu and the service is friendly and attentive.

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To soothe those tired muscles and stresses from the wedding prep, book in a massage or a spa – or take a soak in one of the nearby bathhouses. Immerse yourselves in all that the region has to offer, find your balance naturally and let your romantic journey together start here.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Head to toe pampering, five-star accommodation and fine dining; a honeymoon really can’t get much better!

About Grange Cleveland Winery: We provide a picture perfect backdrop for celebrating your wedding in beautiful Lancefield, located in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. With your very own dedicated wedding planner to ensure your special day is unforgettable, Grange Cleveland Winery provides both outdoor and indoor options for both large and intimate weddings for up to 130 guests.

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Cocktail Friday – Grain Bar’s Walk Of Famehttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/cocktail-friday-grain-bar-walk-of-fame/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/cocktail-friday-grain-bar-walk-of-fame/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=362384 This Cocktail Friday, perhaps it’s the Grain Bar’s combination of the Hennessy VS with the strawberry liquer and mint that I find so tempting – or perhaps it’s because it looks like an irresistibly refreshing granita; either way, imagine serving it on a tray at your reception as an “aperitif”; very glamorous – just like […]

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This Cocktail Friday, perhaps it’s the Grain Bar’s combination of the Hennessy VS with the strawberry liquer and mint that I find so tempting – or perhaps it’s because it looks like an irresistibly refreshing granita; either way, imagine serving it on a tray at your reception as an “aperitif”; very glamorous – just like a Walk of Fame!

Ingredients:
50ml Hennessy VS
30ml strawberry puree
10ml Fraise de Bois

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Combine all ingredients and served with churned crushed ice in a julep mug. Garnish with mint.

 

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Friday Rounduphttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/friday-roundup-238/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/friday-roundup-238/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:00:00 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=400107 Photo by Koren Harvey from Koh Phangan Island Luxury We always, always adore real honeymoon stories and we always love when Koren Harvey takes a trip, because we feel like we’re almost right there in her stories. Which with a busy week almost over, seems like just the place to go. But this weekend? it’s […]

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Photo by Koren Harvey from Koh Phangan Island Luxury

We always, always adore real honeymoon stories and we always love when Koren Harvey takes a trip, because we feel like we’re almost right there in her stories. Which with a busy week almost over, seems like just the place to go. But this weekend? it’s a busy one! it is after all Fathers Day and I know a lot of wonderful dads who deserve a bit of love. What are you planning this weekend?

 

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So what exactly do you need to figure out when hiring a marquee for a wedding? We chat to the experts to find out.

Join us for a wedding reminisce and a A Glass Of Bubbles With… Nikki from Styling You

Plenty of dapper groom style in the new Godwin Charli Spring Summer 2015/2016 Collection

Rounding up our favourite Bridal Capes

Love vintage cars? Let’s go Behind the Door With…. Triple R Luxury Car Hire

Orchid lover? You’ll love Carly and Andy’s Fairytale Forest Wedding

Love this old fashioned, handwritten style font – Lamar Pen

How does a photographer find inspiration? Magnolia Photography shares their inspiration!

Looking forward to trying Grain Bar’s Walk Of Fame for tonight’s Cocktail Friday!

Take a piece of this Koh Phangan Island Luxury

How to make the most of flowers at your wedding with A Floral Affair

Escape away for a Dreamy Daylesford Honeymoon

Meeting the talent behind dreamcatchers Gypsy Luxe Huntress

The beauty of the Galia Lahav – Les Reves Bohemian Collection

News Roundup 4th September 2015

Want to hire your wedding decor? My Wedding Decor, have a huge range of centrepieces, lanterns and lighting, signs, and table numbers in their brand new hire store! Hire items for three to seven days and get creative!

Savvy Brides will be hosting an Erin Clare Couture trunk show in Sydney on the 19th and 20th of September. The trunk show celebrates Erin Clare’s brand new collection! Book your tickets here!

Linda Gorringe Couture has a brand new name! Meet Wishbone & Ivy! After 23 years in the block arcade, Wishbone & Ivy will be moving to a brand new store at 148 Greville St, Prahran. Along with the new name comes a brand new look and new collection. We can’t wait to see!

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Farmers Market Wedding Inspiration

Elizabeth Gilbert on showing up and it’s secret to success

Six ways to make your wedding charitable

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An Enchanting Elopement in Venice from Archetype Photography

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Our gorgeous wedding film of the week comes to us from Bright Day Films. It seems there’s rain in the family for these two – not only did the groom’s parents have a rainy wedding day, but so did his brother! But it was there and it was torrential, and then the sun came out. Proof, I suppose that rain on your wedding day is only good luck!

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Warehouse Wedding Venues In Melbournehttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/warehouse-wedding-venues-in-melbourne/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/warehouse-wedding-venues-in-melbourne/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:01:46 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=392606 It’s been a few years since I created a list of Industrial Style Melbourne Wedding Venues and there have been so many amazing spaces come and go over the past few years, I knew it was time for an update. This time though, it’s more of a list of warehouse wedding venues in Melbourne. I […]

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It’s been a few years since I created a list of Industrial Style Melbourne Wedding Venues and there have been so many amazing spaces come and go over the past few years, I knew it was time for an update. This time though, it’s more of a list of warehouse wedding venues in Melbourne.

I love spaces like this – they have such an amazing blank canvas feeling about them. Fill them with colourful blooms, plentiful decor, or not much at all (actually imagine them filled with masses of candlelight? How beautiful would that look?). Most of all, I love that these spaces can be whatever you want them to be.

Did I leave off a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

L1 Studios

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Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD,  L1 Studios comprises two photography studios with beautiful wooden floors and white walls. Complete with a private rooftop area, L1 Studios has that perfect inner city blank canvas vibe that can be transformed to any style.

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Two Ton Max is fast getting a name for being a fantastic option for an industrial, warehouse style wedding and it isn’t hard to see why. Those tall walls, industrial style beams, polished cement floors and a brilliant configuration for a wedding! It’s North Melbourne position is a handy one and if you get creative, the venue can serve as both a ceremony and reception space for 200 seated guest or up to 350 for cocktails.

Laurens Hall

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If white walls, 20 foot high ceilings, cement floors and exposed beams don’t tick the warehouse wedding venue boxes, I don’t know what will! Laurens Hall, originally an old printing works, now houses a furniture warehouse and makes for a beautiful industrial style wedding space. The main space has a good capacity, but added spaces like a dance floor and bridal suite can be accommodated.

Showtime Event Centre

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Now let’s talk real warehouses, because Showtime Event Centre meets that criteria! Located on South Wharf this large-scale warehouse is an old converted cargo shed. It holds anywhere form 250 to 500 guests and has a high pitched roof with black exposed steel beams, wooden and tile floors and plenty of flexibility to light, decorate and design the wedding you want.

Fortyfive Downstairs

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I have always loved the feeling of Fortyfive Downstairs. A working arts space, which holds everything from theatre performances to exhibitions year round, it also happens to be a space for the most beautiful weddings. The New York loft style windows are one of my favourite features, combined with well loved wooden floors and high exposed beams. The biggest room – the theatre can hold up to 150 guests while the upstairs gallery can look gorgeous for wedding ceremonies.

The Substation

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An oldie, but a goodie! The Substation is the ultimate in industrial, warehouse style wedding venues. From it’s enormous arch windows, polished wooden floors and exposed brick – the 14 different spaces (the most popular being the main performance hall) allow for guests to move seamlessly from ceremony to reception, cocktails to dancing, lunch to after party! The performance hall can hold 80- 200 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 300 for a cocktail function.

524 Flinders

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If you want a warehouse, industrial style wedding with a modern feel, then 524 Flinders is the space for you. That pure white ceiling, exposed beams and walls set the scene, together with 330 square metres of polished concrete floors. Perfect for cocktail style functions, the inner city site gives  it an ultra cool vibe.

Higher Ground

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This venue on our list isn’t quite open yet (but a sneaky peek at our friend’s Ed Dixon Food Designs website shows they’re taking bookings) but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Higher Ground which will be launching as a café in October 2015, ticks all the warehouse style boxes, but with a touch of intimacy. Pitched ceilings, cement floors and supporting beams and brick walls bring to life this multi-level space in the heart of the city on the corner of Little Collins St and Spencer St.

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One of Melbourne’s newer warehouse spaces, Studio 109 is 600sqm with a mezzanine level. Polished concrete floors, exposed beams and brick give the industrial, warehouse feel of the building life while an on-deck team who can help with everything from setup to lighting, can bring your warehouse wedding to life.  The venue can accommodate 200 guests for dinner or 400 for a cocktail style function.

Studio Raw Materials

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Footscray based Studio Raw Materials is all about the warehouse feel with cement floors, exposed ceilings and brick walls. This space not only holds cooking schools and photography sessions, but also weddings! With a capacity of 120 guests, the onsite caterers are well renowned for amazing food too, so you can tick that box!

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Look this space is so cool you might have trouble finding it, down its hidden alleyway. Krimper is a warehouse come restaurant and café which features high ceilings, concrete floors, exposed beams and the most beautiful heavy wooden doors. It’s like a little hidden secret complete with capacity for 200 guests cocktail style or 100 for a sit down celebration.

Thousand Pound Bend

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Wanting an inner city space with a warehouse vibe? Meet Thousand Pound Bend. Right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the gallery space has beaten cement walls, a cement floor and exposed beams. The capacity of this space is fabulous too- able to hold 450 guests for a cocktail function or 250 for a sit down celebration.

For those wanting a ceremony space, The Church Of Bang Bang Boogaloo is right next door in all its industrial glory!

Scienceworks Pumping Station Boiler House

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For a venue that will take your breath away, you need to visit Scienceworks Pumping Station Boiler House. Not only is it a working science museum (pre dinner drinks among the exhibits anyone?) but the pumping station itself is an amazing space for an industrial style occasion. Think exposed brick walls, cement floors and the focal feature of two fully restored boilers. The space, which is right near the Scienceworks courtyard (perfect for a wedding ceremony) can hold 220 banquet style or 450 cocktail. Also on site is The Engine Room, which houses four original steam pumps. This space  can hold 100 guests for sit down or 200 guests for cocktail occasions.

Smart Artz Gallery

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If you love the warehouse style venue, but want something with a twist, how about combining it with an art gallery? That’s exactly what Smart Artz Gallery is all about! An art gallery in a warehouse style space, it’s just the ticket for a warehouse style wedding with a little something extra. The space can hold 180 guests and has their own in house catering (plus fun added extras like a grand piano!)

Hobba

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What if your favourite cafe had just the feel you wanted for your wedding? Meet Hobba, not only can you get a fine cup of coffee there, but you can also hold your wedding there! Brick walls, sleek floors and exposed ceilings lend to the warehouse feel while the cafe’s renowned delicious food will keep your guests talking. The venue specialises in cocktail events (with a capacity of 120) an has a flexibility throughout the space to create a space for the event you want.

Alto Event Space

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If you want to combine a rooftop with a warehouse style space, then the very modern and recently refurbished Alto Event Space is definitely leaning towards the modern edge of industrial. The space has a capacity of 400 and is located right on top of GPO. With the rooftop style deck (perfect for ceremonies or pre dinner drinks), it adds a city slicker feel to the otherwise industrial space- complete with floor to ceiling windows, polished concrete floors and steel beams.

Mountain Goat Brewery 

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Mountain Goat Brewery does what it says on the tin – they brew delicious beer! What they also do is hold amazing weddings in their warehouse (right next to the beer boxes!). The space is as warehouse as it can get. Cement floors, sky high ceilings and exposed steel all make this space perfectly suited to warehouse style weddings. You can enjoy their in-house beer and pizza for your function or use one of their suggested caterers.

Ellis Street Studio

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Ellis Street Studio is a chic modern, warehouse style venue. White walls, gleaming white floors and an exposed beam pitched black roof make this venue, just off Chapel Street one to be remembered. This blank canvas style space can hold 150 guests for a cocktail style function or 100 guests for a sit down celebration.

Trunk

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Trunk has an interesting warehouse feel. It’s been many things in it’s history but today serves as a restaurant and cafe. The venue has retained many of it’s historic elements and creates the space around them – exposed pipes and ceilings are painted in green, the polished cement floor serves as a feature of the heritage building. Located right in the CBD, the space can hold 115 guests seated or 200 for a cocktail function.

Melbourne’s Living Museum Of The West

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Melbourne’s Living Museum Of The West is a historic blue stone building with a warehouse style feel. Polished concrete floors, white walls and exposed ceilings lend themselves to a blank canvas style wedding with enough tables and seating for 100 guests included in the hire price.

Rokeby Studios

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Photography studio Rokeby Studios is located in Collingwood and is the most beautiful, modern, warehouse style space for a wedding. Beautiful wooden beams, brick walls, cement floors and of course, being a photography studio- amazing light! The blank canvas spaces can set you up to create whatever you like – however you like – all while retaining that gorgeous warehouse feel.

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