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Alexandra Grecco Bridal Gowns

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I remember the first time I came across the gorgeous creations of New York designer Alexandra Grecco. My friend had just returned from a trip to New York with the most stunning of tutus (or if we’re being grown up, tulle skirt!) I kept the tab open in my browser for weeks, trying to justify the purchase but I never quite got there. So when Alexandra Grecco‘s name popped up as a designer of wedding gowns, you can bet I was all over it and even more excited to see her name in my inbox last week!

Seeking a wedding gown for her own 2013, designer Alexandra set about creating a bridal line combining her love of the 1930′s, combining high quality, beautiful fabrics such as Italian nylon tulle and silk chiffon with intricate embroidery.  The collection showcasing soft shades of dove grey, pistachio, apricot and of course, ivory. While the collection focuses on floor length gowns, Alexandra has also added separates to the mix – the Lya tulle skirt is made from 2 layers of lightweight Italian nylon tulle and 1 layer of silk lining and can kept simple with the Esra silk cami or made more formal with the Cordelia blouse adorned with silver and white beading.

The gowns are made to order in New York City and all able to be shipped to Australia. A portion of the proceeds from each gown will be donated to a New York City-based charitable organization focused on assisting low-income women.

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Gowns: Alexandra Grecco / Photographer: Anges Thor / Flowers: Ariel Dearie / Model: Karley Parker / Hair & Makeup Artist: Brittany Romney / Jewels: Odette, Noriko & Akiko / Venue: Alder Manor
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Vendor of the Week – Lord Coconut Mens Jeweller

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Happy Monday Dotties! I may be secretly hoping for snow this week (and I know Ms Gingham is, with a trip to the New Zealand snowfields next week!) Meanwhile, I’m just scooping up as many warm things as I can find- coffee, candle, snoods!

We kick off every Monday by showing off the amazing vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Growing every day we have so many vendors that I adore! From Wedding Planners to Cinematography to Hair & Beauty and even Gift Registries! We work hard to make sure we add vendors from all kinds of prices points and styles so there is something for everyone! Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory!  to find the wedding vendor you dreamed of!

lord coconut mens accessories Vendor of the Week Lord Coconut Mens JewellerWhen it comes to unique accessories for men, stylish options that have a high sense of design can be hard to find. But that’s not the case with mens’ jeweller Lord Coconut! Specialising in wedding rings, Lord Coconut showcases the work of over 40 Australian independent jewellers who produce high quality, original pieces. From traditional, simple bands to ones engraved with fingerprints, wood grain, string style texture – even teeny tiny sprockets! Each piece is an individual as its wearer!

But of course wedding rings aren’t all that they sell – carefully designed cufflinks (including quirky ones like teeth, perfect for the dentist groom perhaps?), bracelets, cuffs, earrings and even tie pins are all on offer!

Lord Coconut has a Melbourne store but also ships Australia wide!

We asked Mark from Lord Coconut five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?
Sailor Gerry Rum and Ginger Beer………………….takes me back to 50′s, tiki bars and women wearing coconuts as bra’s!

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Visiting our ‘fine dining’ friends out at Warburton. You never know what you’ll get for dinner but guaranteed that it will be at least 4 courses, all amazingly cooked with some of the best wine I’ve ever had. They really do spoil their guests.

Favourite restaurant?
Gami Chicken & Beer – Korean Fried Chicken and their house brand beer………………..yummmmmmmm

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Three weetbix, skim milk and a glass of apple juice at home reading the home delivered paper. Never have quite worked out why you’d spend $15 to $30 for breakfast.

Your favourite wedding story?
That would be my own when two winter babies decided to get married outside in the middle of January. What were we thinking! A dry 45 degrees during the day and still 30 degrees plus at 10pm with no breeze. The wedding video is a bit of a laugh and there is little continuity when it came to the wearing of jackets……jackets off, jackets on, jackets off and jackets on again. I would have put that damn sweat machine on and off at least a dozen times……………………at least I didn’t faint in the heat……………..unlike the bride!

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

Snapshot Sunday – Bouquet Swap

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Dani and Tim’s Beach Engagement Photos

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Engagements

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There is something raw and authentic about the seaside, and this engagement shoot is from Love, Katie & Sarah. Dani and Tim’s beach engagement photos focus on the beauty of their surroundings, reflecting I suppose their own story and relationship together. It’s the bare, wave crushed sand, the beaten rocks, the reflections in the water that let you lose yourself. The beach in Torquay also happens to be special to these two for one important reason – it’s where they will pledge their marriage vows in November!

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Their story goes a little like this. “It was a typical summer romance that has continued to grow and become stronger for the last 11 years.”

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On what she loves about Tim, Dani notes, “I love Tim’s laugh, it is so genuine and full of life, you can’t help feeling happy yourself. You realise you have a smile on your face without meaning too.”

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On what he loves about Dani, Tim says, “I love Dani’s unwavering enthusiasm, supportiveness and uncanny (if not a little disturbing) ability to recite John Williamson.”

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“Something which always cracks us up is that when one of us does something really nice for the other, we pretty much always end up singing the ‘Family Ties’ theme song together…Sha la la laaaaa.”

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The romantic proposal as told by Tim involves snuggly tracksuit pants, Tim telling, “I (Tim) had a ring on lay-by for about 12 months which I had been secretly paying off. Finally I made the last payment on a Friday, picked it up and set about making a dinner at home. All was going great, Dani had no idea, so much so, she had changed into her daggy trackies for a relaxing Friday night after a long day at work. I bought over some dessert and then got down on one knee and asked Dani if she would marry me. The rest is history.”

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Of their engagement shoot, Dani and Tim remark, “We really just went along with artistic genius of Katie from Love Katie & Sarah on the day. We knew we wanted them to take photos for our wedding from day one. We also knew that we were going to need some help in front of the camera, hence the engagement shoot. On the day we never stopped laughing and had such a great time. The styling and the photos that Love Katie & Sarah take are so amazing!!! Very natural, super artistic and full of love, but also sometimes a little cheeky…exactly what we wanted.”

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Photographer: Love, Katie & Sarah
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