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Mara Hoffman Devotional Collection Wedding Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Free spirited brides rejoice, the second part of designer’s Mara Hoffman bridal collection “Devotional” has been released and is inspired by goddesses from different times and cultures all embodying the magic of these stories into beautiful bridal gowns.

Each of the nine gowns in this collection is named after a goddess – from Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom and domestic crafts to Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the Gods, each gown paying home to its own cultural influence.

The goddess vibe is certainly evident in this collection – the gowns of softly draping silk georgette and chiffons. Details that echo gowns of goddesses past featured braided embroidery, cut outs, fringe bodice detailing, and hand beaded embellishments bringing the barefoot goddess luxe feel to life.

Mara Hoffman gowns are available via the website and ship worldwide.

Gowns: Mara Hoffman / Photographer: Olivia Malone / Creative Direction/Styling: Richard Ruiz / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ashlee Rose Clay / Flowers: Wild Vase / Model: Natalie Hockey for Next Model Management
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Vendor of the Week – Melissa Cornwall – Marriage Celebrant

by | Blog News, Bride


As the summer’s end draws closer, we look forward to the crisp days of Autumn just around the corner. But with a gradual cooling down of the weather, we can hope for rain in those areas with devastating drought, and some more sunshine so that we can still dip our toes into the waves of our magnificent beaches. Thunderstorms and rain can deliver some stunning wedding images, and rain is meant to be good luck on your wedding day. So be prepared with Plan B if you’re having an outdoor celebration – it will give you peace of mind!!

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.  We have Bridesmaid Gowns, we have Photographers, we have  Bridal Gowns, we even have Flowers! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are lovely – they’re excited to share a cup of tea and help you plan  the best wedding day possible!

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

 Next to the groom (well…yes…) a marriage celebrant is arguably the most important member of the wedding. Melissa of Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant loves being a celebrant and can assist with the writing of your vows, making the process easier in the lead up to the wedding – and can’t we all do with more of that!  Melissa who has a background as a broadcast journalist is able to guide the ceremony with calmness and professionalism, easing the nerves while focusing on you as a couple. And as Melissa says, ‘I regard what I do as such a privilege and I’m told I always conduct ceremonies in a happy, relaxed and engaging manner.’

We asked Melissa of Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

I’ll never say no to a glass of bubbly! And just lately I’ve become quite fond of an Aperol spritz – so refreshing.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

While living in Canberra my husband and I fell in love with the south coast of NSW. And while it’s a fair drive from Melbourne, we still have a soft spot for the coastal town of Mollymook.

Favourite restaurant?

The European, Spring Street, Melbourne. Or if we’ve dining closer to home, CRU, Glenferrie Road, Kew.

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

I love Sunday mornings because they always mean breakfast in bed. I’m pretty simple – coffee and toast with my husband and daughter.

Your favourite wedding story?

Brendan and Clancy’s recent winter wedding comes to mind. They first got together when they were 19 and then went their separate ways. Four years ago they reunited and in July, they became husband and wife. I just loved their story! They were so happy and so in love on their wedding day and couldn’t wait to be declared married so they could kiss. In fact they didn’t wait! They kissed as soon as they saw each other and they kept asking me when they could kiss again! They were such a lovely, relaxed couple – it was a joy to be a part of their day.

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

Snapshot Sunday – High Five

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Photo by She Takes Pictures He Makes Films

Kat and Tim’s Intimate Industrial Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Kat & Tim

Sydney’s Cockatoo Island provides the most incredible industrial backdrop for photos and Kat and Tim’s photos turned out to be a beautiful mix of intimate industrial engagement photos that Lina Hayes of Wild At Heart Weddings shared with us today. She remembers, “I met up with Kat and Tim on a sunny Sunday afternoon to catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island and celebrate their engagement. Highlights included invading the territory of a nesting bird … and then the territory of hundreds of nesting birds + photo-bombing a tourists’ group photo + being able to get a glimpse of the amazing love these two beautiful people share.”

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Kat tells the story of how they met. “We met at church. I was 17 and Tim was 20. I liked Tim for about a year before he returned the same feelings. He found out I liked him shortly after we met but said that he was sorry and just wanted to be friends. So for a year we were just friends all the while I was hoping he would change his mind and eventually he did! I was so so shocked and happy when he asked me out on our first date.”

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On what he loves about Kat, Tim says, “She’s incredible. She’s the most caring and compassionate person I’ve ever met with so much love and dedication to those she cares about.”

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“When we met and I was teenage girl with a crush on an older boy, he first realised I liked him during a game that we were playing at our Church’s youth group on a Friday night. The aim of the game was that there was a large room set up like a maze using couches and chairs with all the lights turned out. You had to try and crawl from one end of the room to the other without being spotted by people with torches. I kept following Tim through the maze because I was trying to subtly be close to him without him realising why. Much to my embarrassment he did realise why and only told me this after we had been dating for a few months.”

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On what she loves about Tim, Kat says, “I love everything about him! Even the things that annoy me because all of those things make him who he is. I love how passionate he is about helping other people to be the best they can be and how he has helped me to truly value and love myself. I love how no matter what he is always there for me and how we always fun when we are together.”

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Kat tells the story of how Tim proposed. “It was our 5 year anniversary and Tim took the whole day off to plan a surprise day of activities. I was so nervous thinking that he might propose but I wasn’t sure. The first place we went to was Rose Bay via a sea plane flight. It was so beautiful with amazing views of Sydney Harbour. We then got back from the flight and we were taken by boat to Shark Island where we had a picnic. We set up our picnic with a great view of the bridge and Opera House. We were the only people on the whole island. After having some food and drink I was excited to open presents and anxious he might propose through a gift. Tim told me he had three presents for me and the first was a song. He brought his guitar along and sang me a song he had written himself. As he sang the song I thought he might propose through the lyrics but the song finished and he hadn’t proposed so I relaxed again.

We continued to enjoy our picnic but I couldn’t wait long till I asked for the second present. The second present was a scrapbook he made of our relationship. He had included photos and written things like what he loved about me, special memories and what he enjoyed doing together. I read through the book as quickly as I could because I though he might propose in writing on the last page, but I got to the last page and there was no proposal. I relaxed again.

Then finally I asked for the third gift as the tension in me was rising. For the third gift he told me he had a special Pandora charm (I collect them) to celebrate our 5 years. As he went to grab the charm box I thought he might turn a round with the ring instead but no he turned around with a Pandora box complete with the in-store gift wrapping so I knew it couldn’t possibly be the ring. I unwrapped the paper and opened the box and the engagement ring WAS inside! I was so surprised I kept thinking he was going to propose but then he totally surprised me when I didn’t think it was going to happen. He told me to stand up and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so excited I was literally jumping up and down for joy. Turns out he had carefully unwrapped the Pandora box took out the charm, replaced it with the ring and then wrapped it up again!”

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Photographer: Lina Hayes
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