Cathleen Jia “Lovestruck” Bridal Gown Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


With the beauty of London surrounding her, it seemed the most appropriate location for Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia to capture her brand new 2017 collection “Love Struck”.

Not only did the city hold a beautiful sense of charm. but with one of the founding inspirations of the collection marriage quality, it seemingly fair to shoot it in a city where quality is recognised. Cathleen noting “To me, love can strike anyone at any time, without discrimination. I really wanted to create a collection to capture freedom in love. Love Struck was inspired by liberty, individuality and ease. Brides are able to express their own style within the collection pieces, free to choose who they want to be and love who they desire. ”

Always a designer who has created for the lover of vintage styling, Cathleen’s new collection features stunning vintage-inspired separates that are designed to be layered- giving freedom, a sense of liberty to the bride to be choosing her own style for the day and evolving it throughout the day. Each piece requires minimal fittings designed instead to be as carefree as the collection itself.

“Love Struck” is available from Cathleen Jia bridal loft.

Other: Cathleen Jia / Photographer: Jason Williams / Hairstylist: Zoe Kramer / Makeup Artist: Birute Thomas / Venue: Town Hall Hotel
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Vendor of the Week – Zoe McMahon Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We are so refreshed after a lovely weekend full of food and fun that we are back in the saddle for another week of wedding inspiration!

As the chilly winds of winter start to sweep across the countryside, what better way to spend inside time, than poring over all things wedding related. Grab a hot chocolate and take a look at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory which you will find ‘choc full’ of wonderful wedding vendors. We have Bridal Gowns, we have Bridal Gown Services, we have Entertainment and Cakes – we even have Cinematography and Venues! Our wedding vendors are experts in their field and stand ready to help you achieve your wedding vision.

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

Choosing a wedding photographer is such an important wedding task to tick off your list, as the photographs will trigger your memories of the day forever after.  Zoe of Zoe McMahon Photography has a natural and feminine style with images capturing the emotions of the day. All those little moments so easily forgotten or passed over are captured in an image you’ll enjoy looking at for the days to come.

We asked Zoe of Zoe McMahon Photography five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

That’s a tough one. Either an Apperol spritz or a bellini (prosecco and peach juice)!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love getting away to our country home in central Victoria. It’s the best place to re charge the batteries and get out and about.

Favourite restaurant?

Hard to pick just one. I love a long lunch anywhere with seafood and a view!

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

At home. cooking poached eggs, mushrooms from Carriageworks markets, fresh loaf of bread and avocado with chilli and lemon. nothing better!

Your favourite wedding story?

Ugh there are too many! Dogs as ring bearers! Brides walking down the aisle with weeping fathers. Speeches that make everyone’s sides hurt from laughing. So many beautiful joyful moments merge into the one feeling of complete happiness and love.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Let’s Talk

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by Sarah Moore Photography

Alison & Jason’s Romantic At Home Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Alison & Jason

As a homebody, I love the idea of having engagement photos taken in a space you love, a space you spend a great deal of time with your beloved (and four-legged friends) and a space where the majority of your “living” occurs, so when Kate of Quince & Mulberry Studios sent this set of romantic at home engagement photos of Alison and Jason, I couldn’t wait to share it!

Alison tells the sale of how the couple came to be. “We met 6 years ago, through my older brother. Jason’s group of friends were friends with his group of friends and we were all out one night at the same bar. We spoke to each other a little bit and I remember thinking he had the most amazing blue eyes and a great sense of humour! I didn’t think I would see him again after that night but luckily one of our mutual friends tagged him in a few pictures I had taken and uploaded to Facebook. Before I knew it I had a new friend request and a cheeky message saying “sorry for being that drunk guy in your pictures” and from then the messaging didn’t stop and we started dating.”

On what they love about one another, Alison and Jason note “We love our unwavering support for one another and the way we are always open and honest with each other. Also, we always have fun together!”

Remembering one of their funnier stories of their time together, Alison tells “A few years ago we went to a music/musician dress up party. I was Beyonce from the Single Ladies film clip and he was George Michael. We thought the outfits we had put together were very obvious but hardly anyone knew who we were dressed as!! To people who didn’t know I must have looked like the crazy lady wearing the leotard in winter and him that guy wearing ladies sunglasses at night in a horrible denim jacket!”

It made sense that the couple chose their home for their engagement shoot – it was also where Jason proposed! Alison remembers “Jason turned to me one night while we were making dinner and shyly asked me to have a look at some rings with him. The next day we went to a jeweller and picked one together. That night he officially proposed to me by getting down on one knee in our living room while we were both in our PJs! He did have a plan to surprise me but like most things he wanted me involved in the process. We have never needed extravagant displays of affection to show our love for one another.”

Alison tells “The shoot  – it reflects who we are as a couple, relaxed and fun! We love our little home and have fallen in love with Toowoomba  so we wanted to feature some of our favourite places.”