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Vendor of the Week – Gwendolynne

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? Mr Polka and I had a quiet one and spent some time nesting, which is what we like to do best. Did you do anything fun?

Monday morning comes around quickly and so it’s time to highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Cakes, we have Photobooth Hire, we have Favors and Decor Accessories, we even have Menswear! We work hard to attract the best vendors who love to discuss your wedding plans with you and provide the best possible service for your wedding day.

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




Luxurious fabrics, exquisite beading, drawing on eras past for inspiration – this is what a dream wedding dress is made of. Gwendolynne of Gwendolynne brings to her designs an intuition, borne of years of experience to create elegant, sensuous and truly innovative gowns. Each collection references the past with elegant fluid designs and exquisite attention to detail – and best of all, they are made in Melbourne.

We asked Gwendolynne of Gwendolynne five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

Espresso martini!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Anything! I don’t get away much as I’m busy working with clients on Saturdays but absolutely love anywhere lush like Olinda or anywhere in the Dandenong’s.

Favourite restaurant?

As I work late I don’t head out much but I often find my own Kitchen is my favourite place to eat.

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

Relaxing, eating breakfast in bed or in the sun on my patio looking at my plants.

Your favourite wedding story?

A story I do love is the lovely gentleman who owns Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy proposed to his partner outside our Fitzroy salon. So romantic that our store was the perfect backdrop for such a wonderful moment between two people.

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

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Snapshot Sunday – Golden Glow

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



Photo by Aparat Photography

Brooke and Dave’s Relaxed Winter Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


 Brooke & Dave

It’s no secret that Winter is my favourite time of year, but what is more of an unknown is the reason why. So much about Brooke and Dave’s relaxed winter engagement shoot knocks it on the head. Cosy cups of hot tea and coffee, snuggly jumpers, long walks in the cold crisp air. There are so many beautiful parts to this season. Lara & Susie Photography joined Brooke & Dave one Winter’s day to celebrate their engagement.

The couple headed to a local cafe for a hot coffee, before returning home for a walk with their littlest family members.

Brooke remembers, “Our engagement story probably sticks out as one of the funnier moments in our relationship. He bought the ring about a month before dropping the question and apparently showed our dog, Teddy, before hiding it in the spare bedroom. For about 2 or 3 weeks before it happened Teddy would go into the room, sit on the floor and bark which is so unlike him. I kept going in there trying to figure out what was making him bark which made Dave a bit nervous. Teddy was trying to tell him to just hurry up and do it I think. Around the same time I also had stumbled across search history about “best vantage points Kangaroo Point Cliffs” on the Ipad which had me thinking he was up to something but popping the question was seriously the last thing I thought he would do! I think at the time I was terrified he had organised a rock climbing day.”

Relaxed winter engagement0011

“We went out for a nice romantic dinner on Valentines Day, He had planned to pop the question at Kangaroo Point cliffs after dinner but didn’t, we just sat there looking at the city lights and I remember feeling a nervous vibe off him, I also still hadn’t put all the clues together! It happened at home later on, which was perfect.”

On what she loves about Dave, Brooke tells, ” I love that Dave is supportive of my creative endeavours and business pursuits and has helped me realise some dreams in that area of my life. I think we make a really good team. I love that he has fit into my crazy family clan so effortlessly. I love his optimism in life he never seems to worry about anything which is a good balance for me.”

For their engagement photos, Brooke remembers, “We wanted our dog Teddy involved in some way so we initially thought of a park setting but the photographers suggested a bar or café for something a bit different. I knew of a cute place just down the road from our house with lots of handmade timber furniture and mismatched chairs so we were able to get some great photos there. The rustic setting at the café suited us really well as we like that style. Then we all went back to our house to get some with Teddy and our newly adopted dog Bubbles. We have an overgrown secret garden at the back of our property which worked really well too.”

On what he loves about Brooke, Dave tells, “She makes me feel comfortable and safe. She keeps me in line because I tend to be impulsive and go off and a tangent, for example I’ll go to the shop for milk and come home with $100 of junk… and no milk. After a long day’s work she will get me a beer and help me relax.

Her cooking is amazing, she should be on Masterchef I think. And then there is Teddy, well I’m a dog person and he’s my best mate now. Brooke’s family is very similar to my own and they are both nuts! So I fit right in.”

Sousan and Harvey’s Elegant Sydney Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Newlyweds in Sydney

Sousan & Harvey

Sometimes all you need is simplicity and elegance and this elegant Sydney wedding has all that and more! Sousan and Harvey chose a popular Sydney venue for their wedding – marrying in the courtyard before celebrating with their guests at a sit down reception and of course, the best part – dancing the night away! gm photographics were there to capture it all.

Marianna Grillo

Marianna Grillo styled the bride’s hair and makeup.

Bride in Amanda GarrettReal bride in Amanda Garrett

The bride wore an elegant gown by Amanda Garrett. Her bouquet of roses and blushing brides was created by Maria Lush.

Bride with bridesmaids in blush pinkRose and Blushing Bride Bouquet

Full length photo of bride in Amanda Garrett

Sousan remembers, “There was a huge storm / mini cyclone from 3.30-4.15pm which we could see from our hotel as we were getting ready for the ceremony. The skies opened up and the sun shone just in time for the 5.30pm service!”

Bride walking down the aisle

Sousan walked down the aisle to Vivaldi.

Gunners Barracks Wedding CeremonyBride walking down aisle at Gunners Barracks

Sousan and Harvey held their wedding at Gunners Barracks. They both wanted a relaxed ceremony surrounded by family and friends, so chose the venue’s courtyard for the ceremony proceedings. Sousan remarks, “Many attending the wedding were from overseas and interstate so the Gunners Barracks was the perfect Sydney venue – a venue so unique!”

Bride meeting groom

Ceremony at Gunners Barracks

Wedding ceremony at Gunners Barracks

Courtyard wedding at Gunners Barracks

Kissing at Gunners Barracks

Courtyard at Gunners Barracks

Post wedding at Gunners Barracks

Congratulations at Gunners Barracks

gm photographics

Sydney newlyweds

Sousan describes the day as “Simple, elegant and relaxed in all regards.”

Gunners Barracks wedding photography

Sydney wedding photos

Sydney wedding photoMature nelyweds in Sydney

Sydney wedding photographer

Bride on clifftop in Sydney

Syney black and white wedding photoOverlooking SYdney Jarbour

Black and white wedding photo in sydney

Silhouetee bride and groom

Sydney wedding photo by gm photographics

Silver framed seating chartGunners Barracks Reception

Celebrations continued inside at Gunners Barracks, the entire event planned by Events by Nightingales who worked with Maria Lush to create a beautiful feeling to the space. Sousan remarks, “All of our chosen vendors were outstanding, but the florist drew the most comments from the guests. The wonderful organisation of Nightingales and the venue allowed us to relax and enjoy the day.”

Wedding menu with cream ribbonRose and candle wedding centrepiece

Gold mirror wedding decor

Pink rose wedding centrepieceThree tier white wedding cake with sugar flowers

Gunners Barracks Reception Entrance

Wedding reception at Gunners Barracks

Toast at Gunners Barracks

Reception at Gunners Barracks

Laughing groom

Laughing bride

Musician at Gunners Barracks

The couple chose Lets Groove Tonight for all their dance floor action.

Wedding dance floor at Gunners Barracks

For their first dance, Sousan and Harvey chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Wedding dance at Gunners Barracks

Dancing at Gunners Barracks

Bride and groom dancing at Gunners Barracks

Dance fllor at Gunners Barracks

Wedding exit at Gunners Barracks

Congratulations Sousan and Harvey on your marriage. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to gm photographics for sharing the images of the day.

Photographer: gm photographics / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Events by Nightingales / Bride’s Dress: Amanda Garrett / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Groom's Shoes: Bally / Groomsmen Attire: Harrolds / Hairstylist: Marianna Grillo / Makeup Artist: Marianna Grillo / Flowers: Maria Lush / Invitations & Stationery: Natalie by Design / Venue: Gunners Barracks / Ceremony Musicians: Vov Dylan - String Quartet / Cake Baker: Something Blue Cakes / Band: Lets Groove Tonight
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