Wendy Makin Couture Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


With over 20 years designing wedding gowns, Brisbane designer Wendy Makin is one of the stalwarts of the wedding industry. Her work over 30 years continuing to evolve, to create and simply to work with her own personal mission of creating stunning wedding gowns that are simple and elegant.

The couture collection lives and breathes off the fabric – raw pieces of lace, tulles and silk all draped and positioned to inspired brand new classic pieces. Each gown in the collection showing off the beauty of the female form and celebrating the classic silhouette with modern design.

As an Australian brand, Wendy and her team hand make each gown in their design studio in Brisbane – never straying from their philosophy of creating high quality, beautifully made gowns on Australian shores.

The Wendy Makin couture collection is available at her stores and stockists around Australia and the world.

Other: Wendy Makin / Photographer: Milque Photography / Hairstylist: Lily Fontana Hair and Make-up / Makeup Artist: Lily Fontana Hair and Make-up
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Vendor of the Week – Sara Hannagan Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! it was a little bit of a crazy week last week with mid-week public holidays, more behind the scenes pre for big projects oh and a fun and incredible trip to Barcelona for Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week! We can’t wait to share it all with you soon!

If your wedding is in 2018, or even drawing closer in 2017, now is the time to really get into the hard work of choosing your final vendors. Take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find just right vendor to help you with your wedding ideas. We have Hair & Beauty, we have Mobile Bars & Drinks catering, we have Entertainment and Jewellery – we even have Bridesmaid Gowns and Master of Ceremonies! We have so many wonderful vendors who will help make your dreams a reality.

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

Sara of Sara Hannagan Photography is based in Perth WA and her photography is evocative with the emotions of the wedding day captured in moments in time, the golden sunsets of WA and the beaches and city skyline that are so much a part of the WA landscape. Sara is honoured to photograph your wedding and as she says “My images capture the beauty, love and excitement of your wedding day but most importantly they remind you of how you felt.”

We asked Sara from Sara Hannagan Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

A good craft beer like a James Squire Golden Ale.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Camping! I love getting away from the city every now and then. Being in the bush surrounded by nature with no phone reception and a campfire is the perfect weekend escape for me.

Favourite restaurant?

I often go to a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in Fremantle called Ipho. The food is so fresh and delicious.

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

Bacon and eggs plus several cappuccinos.

Your favourite wedding story?

Every wedding is unique and every couple has their own fantastic story so it’s tricky to just pick one. One of my favourite recent weddings is Gareth and Juliana’s Matilda Bay wedding. Gareth is from Albany, Western Australia and Juliana grew up in Brazil. They met while studying to be chemical engineers at university in Perth. Their ceremony took place at the stunning Matilda Bay foreshore followed by the reception at Matilda Bay Restaurant. Their wedding day was fun and relaxed just like them. The love and support their families had for each other was moving. Many of their family and friends had travelled from near and far to be at the wedding. They are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and the whole wedding day really was perfect.

Visit Sara Hannagan Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Sara Hannagan Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – Under the Boughs

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by Merge Photography

Fiona & Russell’s Trigg Beach Sunset Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements,


Fiona & Russell

I think the beach on colder, stormy days is quite possibly one of my favourite dramatic backdrops. Seas in all different shades of green blue and grey, skies of gold and orange and sands that glisten and gleam. Fiona and Russell chose this very backdrop for their engagement shoot with Tyler Brown. The beautiful Western Australian Trigg Beach setting the scene.

Fiona tells “We met through a mutual friend. Russell moved down to the country where I lived and moved in with his cousin who was my best friend. Russell then came down to visit his friend and met me and that was it!”

Fiona tells the story of how her husband to be popped the question. “After 11 years of dating Russell finally decided to make the move! He arranged a surprise ‘birthday’ trip for me to Portugal (we live in London at the moment) and arranged for us to stay in a palace with beautiful gardens. He waited until the day we were leaving as it was pouring with rain to take me out into the gardens and get down on one knee to propose. I promptly pulled him up worrying about his knee getting wet!”

“I love the beach and living in London we don’t get to see much of it and our wedding was on a farm so we thought it would be great to get some beach shots too and they worked out amazingly.”

“Tyler was the most incredible photographer, he made us feel comfortable, happy and made it all very easy. Everyone at our wedding commented on how great he was. It was even sad to see him go at the end of the night at the wedding as he was so easy and fun to get on with.

Not only this his photos are incredible, so many people have commented on them and so far I have only had a sample of a few! People have said that they look like they have come from a magazine.”

Photographer: Tyler Brown