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Bridal Inspiration At Glasshaus Nursery

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


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There is something so elegant and beautiful about this bridal inspiration at Glasshaus Nursery shoot from Free the Bird Photography. Inspired to create something classic, the shoot centred around a beautiful vintage restored gown, the stunning nursery backdrop with dramatic and beautiful plants and rough, industrial style walls and floors (makes a perfect venue doesn’t it? Luckily it’s just opened up for wedding celebrations!).

Teaming up with vintage wedding lovers Maggie May Bridal, Glasshaus Nursery (who also styled the bouquet) model Ellen Louise Ryan, Jai of Free the Bird Photography wanted to experiment and try something completely new. Shooting on film (which was later processed by Richard Photo Lab) Jai notes, “Film has a special romance with how you create each image. It has a different quality and the shooting and developing process is completely different to shooting digital. The result of film is far less photos but more whimsical, romantic and timeless. Every image is unique and it feels special shooting with a camera that is 70 years old. The defects, the colours and tones that can’t be reproduced by modern technology. And why would you want to recreate something when you can still use this medium today?”

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Photographer: Free the Bird Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie May Bridal / Venue: Glasshaus / Flowers: Glasshaus / Model: Ellen Louise Ryan / Hair & Makeup: Ellen Louise Ryan / Film Development & Processing: Richard Photo Lab
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Emma & Samuel’s Waterside Black Tie Wedding

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


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Emma & Samuel

There is always a lot to love about a wedding with classic touches and Emma and Samuel’s waterside black tie wedding is not only a classic celebration, but it’s full of special, sentimental moments and stunning waterside views. Emma and Samuel chose GM Photographics for their wedding.

Emma and Samuel met at Cargo Bar, Kings Street Wharf – on the dance floor!

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Emma wore a Pallas Couture  gown, noting, “The dress was from the Pallas Couture collection La Promesse. It had French lace detail and beading with sheer panels at the back covered by French Spider Lace. The veil I wore was my eldest sister’s, also from Pallas Couture. I knew it was the dress for me as soon as I tried it on. The experience was exciting and nerve racking at the same time as I wanted to make sure I picked the best dress for me.”

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Blessed Sacrament Clifton Gardens hosted the ceremony, the bride and groom noting, “Our service was held in our local Catholic Church – Blessed Sacrament, Clifton Gardens. It is a beautiful, traditional church with large stained glass windows.”

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Emma remembers, “My mum walked me down the aisle to Allegro – Handel, played on the church organ.”

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Emma and Sam tell “Both of our mothers lit our family candles as a part of the ceremony.”

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The newlyweds recall, “Our ceremony was very traditional, just as we wanted. We had two readings and four prayers of the faithful. The readings were read by the bride’s brother in law, the groom’s sister and the prayers of the faithful read by two very close friends who also drove the bride and bridesmaids to the church. We had traditional hymns, played on the organ and accompanied by an amazing singer. We left the church to, I vow to thee, “thaxted” – Gustav Holst the original version of the Rugby World Cup Anthem.”

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Of their photographers, Emma and Sam note, “Graham, Adam and Tim were all amazing. Graham went to the boys in the morning, and was great at calming all their nerves, and got some fantastic shots at the hotel and around Circular Quay. He made their morning fun and relaxed. Adam and Tim came to the bride’s Mother’s house, and were also great. They captured every detail of the day (including a book I had given my mum years ago) and made everyone calm and relaxed. All the photos taken on the day were amazing and it was hard to find one we didn’t love. The locations selected for after the ceremony photos were breathtaking and something we will never forget.”

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Emma and Sam chose Zest @ The Spit for their wedding, noting, “The reception was held at Zest at the Spit, which was perfect due to Sam’s (groom) connection to water and boating. The venue was modern and simple and the view spectacular. The food was also amazing and a talking point for many of our guests.” Samuel’s mother made the elegant wedding cake.

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Of their first dance, Emma and Sam remember, “For our first dance we both were very nervous so decided to do some dance lessons, which turned out to be a lot of fun leading up to the wedding. Our song we choose was, ‘You’re my best friend’, by Queen. It was performed live at the wedding by our band.”

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Peppermint Jam kicked the dance floor off, the bride remembering, “The photographers, Zest and Peppermint Jam were all amazing and made our day perfect.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Samuel! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to GM Photographics for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: GM Photographics / Bride’s Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Charlotte Olympia / Bride’s Jewelry: Personal (Nana’s engagement ring) / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Hire / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilla and Marc / Hairstylist: Emma Dean Salon / Makeup Artist: Rozlyne Vidal / Flowers (Bridal Party & Church): Bonfleur / Flowers (Reception): Maggie May Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Blue Duck Design / Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Clifton Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Phillip Linder / Ceremony Musicians: Anne Hayson (Organ) Henry Wright (Singer) / Reception Venue: Zest @ The Spit / Band: Peppermint Jam / Cake Baker: Grooms Mother / Wedding Rings: Fedeli Jewellers / Transport: Grooms Father’s Car / Wedding Registry: David Jones

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

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

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