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Daughters Of Simone “Under Your Spell” 2016 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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Soo exciting to see the fourth collection from vintage loving bridal label Daughters Of Simone today!

Taking inspiration from the Bob Dylan song “Under Your Spell” the 2016 collection is full of the vintage, bohemian inspired gowns that the brand is known for. Off the shoulder necklines, cut outs, seventies style tassel details, fun high necked playsuits, wide bell sleeves and midriff baring bodices.

Designers Ashely & Brit have made sure to include the “Brit” a spin off design inspired by Brit’s own wedding gown that she wore down the aisle in the Summer of 2015 – the design with long sleeves and cut outs is the epitome of what Daughters Of Simone is all about, “Uniquely themselves, and unafraid to challenge the status quo to create the life they want.”

Daughters Of Simone gowns are available via their website or Australian stockist Love Marie.

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Photographer: Matt Castanos / Dresses: Daughters Of Simone / Model: Sofie Rovenstine / Hair & Makeup Artist: Tina Davis
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Vendor of the Week – Grange Cleveland Winery

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! Are you ready for a brand new week full of wedding inspiration?

It’s the start of a brand new week of wedding goodness, so take some time out while we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Styling and Hire, we have Bridal Gowns, we have Transport, we even have Stationery and Paper Goods! We have so many different categories of Directory members, that you’ll be sure to find the perfect vendor who fits with your vision of your wedding day.

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



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A winery is always a lovely and popular place for a wedding. Grange Cleveland Winery is situated in Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges and along with guest suites, offers a magnificent 1890’s homestead. With stunning views across the vines to the rolling hills beyond, and a picturesque lake, the winery offers a blank canvas for you to style the wedding of your dreams. Enjoy some time being pampered, or for the guys playing golf, and make a wedding weekend of it, offering your guests a break away from the city.

We asked Tania of Grange Cleveland Winery five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

The delicious Apple Mojito’s made with fresh lime, apple and mint, served by one of our friendly bar staff at either Cleveland Winery or Bellinzona.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I have 2 – if I need a bit of pampering, I am definitely off to Bellinzona in Daylesford/Hepburn Springs for a little bit of spoiling. I would start with a pre booked in-house massage, followed by a relaxing soak in their private guest only spa. After that I usually have dinner in their lovey grand Edwardian styled Dining hall and then relax with a drink from the bar by the open fires in the private guest lounges. The next day, after a scrumptious hot breakfast I usually like to check out the local shops which offer a variety of experiences. If I’m not in such a rush, I may walk down to Hepburn Bathhouse for a soak in the mineral pools and tasting of the mineral spring waters.

However if I have had a stressful week and am after some peace and quite – I would go to nearby Cleveland Winery, which is just under an hour from home. A place I can I like to relax, read my book and just chill. They usually have a wine tasting session on weekends, which I enjoy. Sometimes I take a stroll through the vineyard, feed the farm animals including the alpacas, sheep cattle and goats. Even just sitting by the lake and watching the ducks swimming is blissful. Time just slows down perfectly at Cleveland Winery. My husband and I , sometimes go for a bike ride or bushwalk in nearby Macedon Ranges.

Favourite restaurant?

For a more romantic fine dining experience you can’t go past Bellinzona Heritage Restaurant. Plus they run high tea on Saturday afternoons.

If I am after something relaxing – Cleveland Winery wood fire pizzas and grazing menu , on weekends can’t be missed.

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

Pancakes! Our whole family loves pancakes on Sunday mornings. That is why we love going to Cleveland Winery. Accompanying their extensive brunch experience, they really do make yummy, fluffy pancakes..

Your favourite wedding story?

I guess I can’t go past Michelle and Joel’s wedding. It really was a perfect afternoon ceremony at Cleveland Winery. Then all the guests moved to the Great Room for the reception. What they didn’t know was what was to come. Towards the end of the evening to all the guests’ surprise the MC announced for everyone to gather downstairs or on the balcony for a spectacular fireworks display.

At Bellinzona, my favourite wedding story would have to be the recent one of Skye and Ross, who tied the knot in June 2015. Not wanting to have a large affair or any guests, Skye and Ross decided it would be just the two of them on their special day. The elopement package suited them perfectly.. Before the ceremony Ross was understandably nervous but once Skye walked through the door Ross couldn’t hold in his emotion anymore. Skye looked absolutely stunning and the photos shot by Hayley from Creative Vue Imagery were amazing. My favourite part was acting as a witness during the ceremony and having the honour of signing the marriage certificate. It was a special day with a special couple.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Petal Toss

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by Photography With Cassie

Rachel & Paul’s Adelaide Hills Orchard Engagement

by | Australia - South Australia, Bride, Engagements,


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I love everything about Autumn – from the colours, to the cold, and the weather! So this gorgeous Adelaide Hills orchard engagement from photographer Kylie South Photography is right up my Autumn loving alley.

Rachel and Paul tell. “This is our story… Sometimes two people can meet and the timing isn’t right. Sometimes those two same people can cross paths again and everything aligns. This was certainly the case for us. We actually went to the same school, had our lockers only metres apart, a yet this was not the time that sparks flew.

A decade on, after journeying through life separately, our worlds collided at exactly the right moment. Paul literally walked back into my life unexpectedly, one morning when I was at church. Conversation was effortless and laughter became our trade mark. It did not take us long to see that what we had was worth holding on to.”

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Rachel tells the story of the proposal. “After two years of adventures, trials and stupid dancing, Paul decided it was time to ask me to be his wife. He proposed on the block of land we had purchased to build a home upon.

He had been secretly landscaping a private court yard, full of flowers and fairy lights-two of my favourite things. We arrived there in darkness and the pretty lights sparkled in the distance, I knew what was coming and my heart was beaming.

When Paul was down on one knee, all I could utter through my tears was, yes, yes, yes. Our families then came and surrounded us with love and excited words, embracing us both as we embraced each other.”

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“The idea of an engagement shoot really resonated with us both. We wanted a set of photos that captured our relationship prior to being married. For us, the Adelaide Hills is a special place- we both grew up there and it’s where we met. We wanted to honour this connection with the photo venue being in a beautiful hills orchard. Now, we have an incredible set of images that encapsulates our hearts, our laughter and mostly importantly our love for each other.”

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