Polka Dot Bride http://www.polkadotbride.com Inspiring Weddings - Most Loved Australian Wedding Blog Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:39:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Mira Mandic 2015 Collectionhttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/mira-mandic-2015-collection/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/mira-mandic-2015-collection/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 05:00:00 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=402877 Oh France, you do hold the romance card close to your chest don’t you? The chosen place for the Mira Mandic 2015 Collection shoot seems only so very appropriate for a beautiful array of gowns that embody the beauty of love, femininity and of course – all things romantic. The Mira Mandic brand has always […]

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Oh France, you do hold the romance card close to your chest don’t you? The chosen place for the Mira Mandic 2015 Collection shoot seems only so very appropriate for a beautiful array of gowns that embody the beauty of love, femininity and of course – all things romantic.

The Mira Mandic brand has always been infused with French passion, and the beauty of French couture techniques, and along with the inspiration of the most romantic city in the world, the collection is all about sophisticated lines, feminine detailing and the most beautiful of fabrics. The gowns each subtle enough to allow the wearer to shine, and not overpower her own sense of style and personality.

The Mira Mandic 2015 collection is available now.

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Oscar Hunt – Made to Measure for the Discerning Groomhttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/oscar-hunt-made-to-measure/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/oscar-hunt-made-to-measure/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 03:00:38 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=393865 There was a time when the groom was a mere spectator during the preparations for the big day. Dragged along, huffing and puffing on an emotional rollercoaster that could last months or even years. Thankfully those days are long past and we men now take a much more active role in planning the most important […]

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There was a time when the groom was a mere spectator during the preparations for the big day. Dragged along, huffing and puffing on an emotional rollercoaster that could last months or even years. Thankfully those days are long past and we men now take a much more active role in planning the most important event of our lives. And while we would never for a moment suggest that you should steal the limelight from the love of your life, there’s no harm in looking good, is there?

Rental suits are great for some but if your wedding budget can accommodate it, you should take a leaf out of your significant other’s book by having your wedding regalia made-to-measure. And at Oscar Hunt, we’re here to tell you why choosing this path ranks up there with picking the Melbourne Cup winner at 100/1 as one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

1. Your suit will fit

Crazy as it might sound, you wouldn’t believe how many men look back at their wedding photos and realize that the suit just didn’t look right. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of cake tasting, venue hopping, and invitation picking and lose sight of some of the more important aspects of the day such as having your measurements taken before booking that suit rental.

By having your suit made-to-measure, you’re pretty much guaranteed to look back in ten years time and still think you were quite the dapper gent. That is assuming that your suit wasn’t some sort of sequined novelty-esque disaster!

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2. You will feel more comfortable

There’s no doubting the fact that the clothing choice we make each morning has a profound bearing on how our day might pan out. And on what could prove to be the most nerve-racking of days, it makes sense to dress comfortably and you know what the most comfortable clothes are, right?

3. You’ll have an individual look

There’s nothing wrong with a morning suit or a dinner jacket but wouldn’t you rather inject a little flair into the proceedings? Having your suit made-to-measure gives you the opportunity to be adventurous with both colours and textures and to try something that might not be possible if buying off the rack.

A good tailor worth his salt will make sure that your suit has enough individual touches to set you apart from the regular and almost uniformed look of most wedding day attire. You don’t want to steal the show from your bride to be but you should definitely aim to be the best dressed man at your own wedding which leads us to our next point.

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4. You will look good

There are some extremely high quality off the rack suits out on the market today but unless your body fits perfectly into a certain size category, there will always be something a little off about your suit. One sleeve is a little too long, the shoulders are a little tight, or any one of a myriad of minor defects.

The made-to-measure suit completely does away with any of these issues by fitting you perfectly. Now we might be laboring the first point of this post here a tad, but the truth is that a suit can only look good on you if it fits. Regardless of whether you’re carrying a little extra baggage from those Friday night pizzas you love so much, having a suit made to fit you means that no-one will notice your love handles.

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5. You will feel special

Okay, okay, just hear us out on this one. Your wedding day is a pretty big occasion but there is a tendency for all and sundry to completely forget the groom’s feelings on this momentous occasion. Apart from a few half-hearted ‘there’s no going back now’ comments, the attention is primarily on that lady in white at your side. And in a way it’s only fair, after all this is her one day to feel like a true princess.

But we men aren’t made of stone. We too like our memorable occasions and if no-one else is going to spoil you on your big day then why not go right ahead and do it yourself. You’ve saved for years, driven your fiancé halfway across the country for just the right pair of shoes, and now you have the chance to do a little something for yourself. The experience of having to visit the tailor a number of times and placing your own attention firmly on yourself is exactly what every bedraggled husband to be needs.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some fabulous advice on why a made to measure suit is a must for the discerning groom! Don’t forget the Instagram pic!

About Oscar Hunt: From formal to casual, and everything in between, our fitters and consultants are highly experienced in assisting grooms to find their ideal look.  Whether it’s a classically-styled dinner suit for a traditionally-themed wedding, or a light-weight linen jacket and trouser for an overseas beach wedding, our wide range of fabrics and design options are sure to provide exactly what you are looking for.

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Inspired Words – Ameliahttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/inspired-words-amelia/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/inspired-words-amelia/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:00:11 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=400317 Involving her fiance with the planning and having fun along the way made Amelia’s Eclectic Maleny Wedding to Jon even more special; remember, don’t sweat the small stuff! “Make sure you enjoy the ride and have fun! It will bring you closer to your partner and be willing to listen to his opinions. Some of […]

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Involving her fiance with the planning and having fun along the way made Amelia’s Eclectic Maleny Wedding to Jon even more special; remember, don’t sweat the small stuff!

“Make sure you enjoy the ride and have fun! It will bring you closer to your partner and be willing to listen to his opinions. Some of best parts of the day were some of Jon’s suggestions and it made it unreal.”

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Etsy Roundup – Pale Pink Flowergirl Dresseshttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/etsy-roundup-pale-pink-flowergirl-dresses/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/etsy-roundup-pale-pink-flowergirl-dresses/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:17 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=392615 1. Pastel flowergirl tutus from Sweet Heart Tutus 2. Lace, silk tulle and chiffon dress from Bubal’e 3. Chiffon flower covered dress from Little Elite Boutique 4. Linen and lace dress from Petit de Lin 5. Dress with sequinned top from Bubal’e 6. Lace bodice and tulle skirt with back bows from Simply Chic Couture […]

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1. Pastel flowergirl tutus from Sweet Heart Tutus 2. Lace, silk tulle and chiffon dress from Bubal’e 3. Chiffon flower covered dress from Little Elite Boutique 4. Linen and lace dress from Petit de Lin 5. Dress with sequinned top from Bubal’e 6. Lace bodice and tulle skirt with back bows from Simply Chic Couture

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What Would They Know? Melonie Santos of Melonie Santos Makeup Artisthttp://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/what-would-they-know-melonie-santos-of-melonie-santos-makeup-artist/ http://www.polkadotbride.com/2015/09/what-would-they-know-melonie-santos-of-melonie-santos-makeup-artist/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:02 +0000 http://www.polkadotbride.com/?p=403713 “A bride should look beautiful and feel confident on her special day. It’s also essential she should look like herself – only better. I believe the best way to do this is by applying makeup to enhance natural beauty rather than using it to create a new face.” These are the words of Melonie Santos […]

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“A bride should look beautiful and feel confident on her special day. It’s also essential she should look like herself – only better. I believe the best way to do this is by applying makeup to enhance natural beauty rather than using it to create a new face.”

These are the words of Melonie Santos whose heart and passion lies in helping brides on their wedding day. With her collaborative approach, Melonie is able to guide you through a makeup trial, encouraging you to ask lots of questions, onto a finished look that will dazzle you. On the wedding day, Melonie is there to calm your nerves as she skilfully applies makeup to your face, using it as a blank canvas as an artist would. Such understanding is borne of years of experience and a love of her craft. In such good hands you can’t help but feel like a princess on your wedding day!

What was the light bulb moment when you decided you wanted to be a makeup artist? 

I have always been creative and decided to do a short course in basic makeup for myself in 2003. My teacher remarked at the time that I have an exceptional eye for detail and, feeling encouraged, I followed this up with a second short course specializing in Bridal Makeup. I loved doing the course and given the strong positive feedback I decided to take the plunge in 2005 and quit my job to put myself through a full time Diploma of Entertainment makeup at Victoria University. I have never looked back.

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  What experiences have shaped the way you approach your job?

I was fortunate enough to assist some leading makeup artists at the start of my career and feel that this helped immensely in crafting my own distinctive style.

Working on advertising campaigns, fashion shoots and particularly television (which can be unforgiving in this high definition age) has helped me to develop a very subtle and nuanced approach to applying makeup.

Where does your work take you?

All over Melbourne, typically anywhere between the Yarra Valley, to the Mornington Peninsular to the Macedon Ranges. I have also been fortunate enough to travel interstate with my work.

What should brides look for in a makeup artist?

  • It’s essential you select a makeup artist capable of making you look true to yourself (only better;-) by enhancing rather than attempting to create a new face.
  • The makeup artist needs to cater to your individual style and personality in preference to celebrities you may admire. For example, if you don’t wear a lot of makeup then don’t request a Kim Kardashian ‘Smokey Eyes’ look.
  • Your makeup should look flawless, projecting a ‘prettier you’, and natural in person while standing out for the camera.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be rushed. Your makeup artist is there to help you and help make your day as stress-free and smooth as possible.

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How important is a makeup trial for the bride?

I think it is very important to avoid any disappointment or stress. Ideally book a makeup trial so you know exactly what you are getting on the day. The process of developing a look you love builds trust and confidence in your makeup artist. If you are unhappy with the results be sure to speak up before concluding the trial. Book early enough so that if the makeup artist doesn’t quite ‘get it’, you have time to find one who does.

What questions should a bride ask during the trial?

Enquire as to their years of experience and extra services such as provision of a wedding schedule (to ensure you don’t run behind on the day) and a face chart (so you have a record of the products and correct colours for future reference).

Look for a makeup artist who is a perfectionist and has an immaculately clean kit. Ask how often they clean their brushes and whether they use disposable ones (e.g. mascara wands). Also check to see that they use good quality brands so that your makeup will last all day and night.

What influences the makeup look for the wedding day?

Many things come into consideration when it comes to makeup on your wedding day. E.g. How much makeup does the Bride tend to wear on an everyday basis? What kind of theme are you going for on the Big Day? What style dress is the bride/bridesmaids going to wear? Even hairstyles and flowers can influence the creation of a flawless look.

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How do you achieve a flawless look for skin, with makeup? And what products do you recommend to achieve this?

  • It’s vital that the face is clean and devoid of any makeup.
  • Applying a primer.
  • Blending, blending, blending.
  • Concealing areas that need to be concealed without caking on foundation.
  • Using illuminisers (strobing).
  • Having a touch up Blot Powder and lipgloss/lipstick is essential.

Do you have some tips for applying false eyelashes so that they look more natural?

To create a more natural look I tend to use individual false lashes.

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If a bride is set on a certain celebrity look, how do you translate this into makeup that will be wedding day perfect?

Celebrity looks can be helpful in working towards an ideal, however, generally I also tend to offer a professional’s view to help tailor expectations given the many factors which can influence the final look. By working together as a team during the trial we aim to create the perfect wedding makeup.

Having been involved in many ‘getting ready hours’ with brides, their bridesmaids and mums, can you offer us some tips for a calm and stress free time?

I know first-hand that weddings can be very stressful and having a wedding schedule on the day which allows for the right amount of time without rushing is crucial to promote a stress free and calm atmosphere. Clear communication with the photographer and hair stylist is essential.

What is in your makeup and skincare kit?

I am very natural and very selective of my product range – I swear by Bio Oil and Clarins Beauty Flash, MAC Face & Body foundation, Bobbi Brown concealer and corrector, Stilla convertible lip and cheek colour, Bobbi Brown Bronzer, Maybelline mascara and eyebrow shadow to fill in my eyebrows. The two makeup brushes I use most in my personal kit are an angle brush and bronzer brush.

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I wouldn’t leave the house without…..

My eyebrows filled in (unfortunately when I was younger I over plucked) and my mobile phone… (damn Instagram;-)

My favourite activity in my free time is…..

Spending time with my husband and three kids at the beach. Walking, cooking and eating out.

Thank you Melonie for sharing your story. To find out more about Melonie’s services visit the website.

All makeup in these images by Melonie Santos Makeup Artist

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