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Vendor of the Week – Miss Ladybird Cakes

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Oh September, your on again off again Spring weather is driving me a little crazy! Mr Polka and I have been busy shopping up a storm for a few upcoming weddings we’re off to soon. It’s wedding year for us with plenty of our loved ones tying the knot (which makes for a very happy Ms Polka!)

Before we kick off our own week of happy wedding inspiration it’s time to highlight, spotlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are.  We have Venues, we have Bridal Gowns, we have Celebrants, we even have Transport! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – the kind who get excited about your plans and share a glass of champagne  (or cider) with you while poring over them all!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

melbourne wedding cakes Vendor of the Week Miss Ladybird Cakes

I freaking love cake but I was never a big wedding cake person until I started getting birthday cakes made for Polka Dot Bride. This year, we were lucky enough to taste the work of Miss Ladybird Cakes! You can check out our amazing birthday cake here! It was vanilla sponge with raspberry and white chocolate filling and oh my gosh as someone still eating it (we froze a few pieces) I am wedding cake convert!

So I’m a bit tickled pink that Miss Ladybird Cakes is our vendor of the week! Not only does she has the sweetest shopfront where you can have tea and cake and even celebrate with an afternoon with your favourite people but she is an amazing and imaginative wedding cake creator! From the tasting (with bubbles or tea) to designing the cake of your dreams with a delicious flavour to boot, to making it look amazing, and delivering it. Every step is fun, delicious and buttercreamy good!

We asked Gina of Miss Ladybird Cakes five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I love a nice cold beer, doesn’t sound so fancy! But a beautiful Czech pilsener is one of my favourite things!

Your favourite weekend getaway? 

My husband took me to Healesville for our 1 year anniversary and it was beautiful. Local wineries to visit, beautiful restaurants, some of the best food I have eaten. The trees lining the roads were red and orange and it reminded me a lot of my country life back in New Zealand.

Favourite restaurant?

Movida Next Door. There is always something new to try, and I love the act of sharing food. Its dark, cosy, noisy and delicious!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

Vegemite toast.

Your favourite wedding story?

When I was about 18, 2 elderly family friends of ours Anne and Alan, both who had been married and their partners had passed away. They were such good friends, and so got married at the age of 70 to look after each other. Anne took care of Alan through to his last days. She is the funniest most hilarious person with so much attitude its incredible. A true inspiration.

Visit Miss Ladybird Cakes’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Miss ladybird Cakes is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Enveloped In Blue

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Beata and Rowan’s Half Moon Bay Beloved Photos

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Beata & Rowan

What a stunning engagement shoot I have for you today from Oy Photography. Beata and Rowan headed to Half Moon Bay for their beloved photos.

They tell their story. “Rowan and Beata first met while doing a dance routine together, although they were both seeing other people at the time. They didn’t see much of each other again until a few years later, when they were randomly paired up together for a different routine. They started training together as regular partners, and the rest is history!”

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Beata and Rowan note, “The shoot was at Black Rock, and it was a scorching hot day. The styling was quite casual, summery and simple. The beach was very crowded, but we managed to find some rocks to shoot on which were a little more quiet!”

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“We love that Oy brought a teepee – that was a cute touch and made it the shoot little more special!”

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“It was quite an easy and relaxing shoot, although the weather was so hot. Playing in the water at the end of the shoot was a pleasant relief!”

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Photographer: Oy Photography

Rustic Winter Orchard Wedding Inspiration

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Winter is one of my favourite times of the year and this beautiful rustic Winter orchard wedding inspiration shoot from Alanna Garner at Earthbound Images certainly got me excited for next Winter and we’ve only just entered Spring!

Alanna teamed up with stylists Turtle and The Pelican , florist Floral Army and hair and makeup artist  Glammazon Hair & Makeup at the gorgeous apple orchard Core Cider House to create an Australian rustic glam shoot. Alanna noting, “I was inspired to put together my first styled shoot when I met Emma from Turtle & the Pelican when we worked on a wedding together in March. We clicked instantly and I knew I wanted to collaborate with her in some way again. I was in awe of all the beautiful pieces she has in her hire collection, a styled shoot seemed to be the perfect fit and a good excuse to work together again.”

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“Emma at  Turtle and The Pelican started off our rustic Australian concept with wooden textures and feature pieces including timber bistro chairs, raw wooden stumps and the striking timber arbor, which is made from a fallen Western Australian Wheatbelt Gimlet tree. She added a kick of glam with a super sparkly signing table and gold vases.”

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” The vintage white peacock chair was easily our model’s favourite piece and I felt so lucky to be able to shoot with the chair as it is a beautiful new addition to  Turtle and The Pelican‘s hire collection.”

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Alanna and team chose a working orchard for their shoot, noting, “Core Cider House in Pickering Book offered the perfect location for our styled shoot, with amazing views of their orchard – it made us all want to stay there forever, not to mention their cider tastes pretty good too. Sally Apple Schnauzers normal job at the Core is to greet visitors and keep children entertained but today she enjoyed her day off by running around the orchard lapping up the warm winter sun and joining us for a photo or two.”

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The ceremony set up was designed with raw timber chairs and logs from Turtle and The Pelican together with bunches of Australian natives styled by Floral Army. Alanna remarks “We used lots of raw timber pieces the gave us that rustic and natural look that I am in love with and with lots of splashes of gold and an amazing lace gown to give it the glam edge. Our outdoor winter orchard location gave us a rustic setting amongst the lush green grass and pops of yellow and red in the leaves of the fruit trees.”

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“The lace dress was provided by Raffinato Bridal a relatively new bridal shop in Leederville, Western Australia. This ‘Sancia’ lace dress in ivory is part of their new 2014 collection and it fitted our model perfectly.”

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“The girls at Floral Army came in and worked their floristry magic. With lots of native Australian blooms and stacks of greenery to boot they transformed our ceremony set up in the rustic wonderland that you see now.”

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” These cute wooden earrings and cufflinks were by local artist One Happy Leaf, I’m obsessed with wooden jewelry right now and I really want to buy every single item this awesome lady creates.”

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Glammazon Hair & Makeup created a beautiful soft curled hairstyle to accommodate the greenery and flowers for the models hair, and did a flawless job on her makeup, the vibrant red lipstick really popped with the red in the flowers.”

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The “bride” kept warm with a feather jacket from Mode & Affaire. Alanna noting, ” When the sun went behind the hills and the cold started the creep in out came a beautiful white feather jacket provided by Mode & Affaire, the perfect winter bridal accessory.”

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Photographer: Alanna Garner at Earthbound Images / Styling & Hire: Turtle and The Pelican / Flowers: Floral Army / Venue: Core Cider House / Hair & Makeup Artist: Glammazon Hair & Makeup / Earrings & Cufflinks: One Happy Leaf / Feather Jacket: Mode & Affaire / Bride’s Dress: Raffinato Bridal
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