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Windswept Beach Bride Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


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There is something magical about the beach in Winter and this windswept beach bride inspiration shoot is the epitome of why I adore it so much. The golden rays of sunrise make the perfect addition to the rolling gray waves, speckled sand and glimmering rockpools.

Photographer Alana Taylor teamed up with makeup artist and model Jaimee Crofts from WINK Models and florist Aisle of Eden. Alana tells, “The style of the shoot was vintage, elegant and relaxed. We wanted to create something simple, inspired by elopements, and the pure beauty that can surround you on your special day. We met up on a cold morning and shot a sunrise, meaning we got a myriad of colours and tones.”

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The team drew their inspiration from the vintage wedding gown they found, Alana noting, “The inspiration for the shoot came solely from the dress. It is a handmade, vintage gown with delicate beading. The pure detail put into the dress, was enough to make me swoon.”

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Alana Taylor also captured this dreamy film of the morning.


Photographer: Alana Taylor / Cinematographer: Alana Taylor / Model: Jaimee Crofts from WINK Models / Makeup Artist: Jaimee Crofts from WINK Models / Dress: Vintage / Floral: Aisle of Eden
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Vendor of the Week – 2celebrants

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! We’ve been bundling up this week and loving it!

Even though it’s winter time, life still goes on – with all its busy-ness – work and play – and then you’re fitting in some wedding planning as well – no wonder you’re feeling a little frazzled! Plan some time out of your day to relax and take a peek at Polka Dot Bride where we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Catering, we have Bridal Gowns, we have Entertainment and Photography – we even have Stationery & Paper Goods and Wedding Planners! Our Directory is full of lovely vendors who are committed to giving you the best possible service for your wedding day.

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




Summa and Nandy of 2celebrants are a mother and daughter team whose “desire is to create with you an amazing ceremony that will continue to bring smiles to your faces long after your wedding day.” Working closely together to bounce ideas off each other, Summa and Nandy are nevertheless different creatively and each brings their own style to your wedding ceremony. You are able to choose either Nandy or Summa to conduct your ceremony – and with either you are assured of a warm and heartfelt ceremony to start your married life together.

We asked Summa and Nandy of 2celebrants five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

We love to share a G&T together and often don’t wait until after 5!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Nandy – Daylesford, Summa – Lorne, always Lorne!

Favourite restaurant?

Too spoilt for choice in Melbourne! Nandy can’t go past Vue-de-Monde. Summa, having three little children doesn’t get out too much but loves T’Gallant on the peninsula.

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

Nandy- home made granola! Summa- pancakes lovingly made by my hubby and kids.

Your favourite wedding story?

We have been lucky enough to attend many weddings together. Three of them where Nandy was the celebrant and Summa was the Maid-of-honour! We used to joke we could form a little team and hire ourselves out… and then Summa became a celebrant, too. One wedding that stood out was when the crowd decided to do a flash mob at the end of a ceremony, singing the Bride’s favourite song from the musical, Rent. Nandy was the celebrant and helped to co-ordinate it all. It was absolutely magical!

Visit 2celebrants’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. 2celebrants is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.

Snapshot Sunday – Camel Train

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photography by Emma Pointon

Image by Photography by Emma Pointon

Stephanie & Todd’s Spicers Hidden Vale Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


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I love when a family love shines through in photographs and in this gorgeous Spicers Hidden Vale engagement captured by Quince and Mulberry Studios, the love of these newly engaged love birds and their little family of four, makes such a warm and happy sense of joy.

Stephanie tells the story of how they came to be. “I was living in London at the time and had come home for a 3 week visit. I didn’t tell anyone I was coming home. After having surprised my family I then surprised my friends which turned into an impromptu night out. I met Todd at a bar that night. We hit it off so easily and over the next few weeks we saw a lot of each other, we were practically inseparable. Needless to say I ended up staying in Australia. I forfeited my return flight back to London, quit my job and had all my belongings sent back over.”

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Stephanie remembers, “Being together is just easy. We’re both very good communicators and are honest with each other. We’re always laughing and mucking around. Todd is such a genuine guy who would do anything for our little family. We’ve been through a tough time when our son Boyd was born at 28 weeks. During that time Todd and I became even stronger and more in love (which I didn’t think was even possible). We both love our son more than anything (and our giant dog Hank too)!”

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Stephanie tells, “Being in the industry as a marriage celebrant, I’m often surrounded by everything wedding related. I’ve seen so many amazing photos but I find the ones I connect with the most are the simple and laid back shoots. I wanted Todd and I to be in a comfortable setting and able to be just be ourselves, to have fun with each other and just enjoy spending time as a family.”

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“Looking at Todd you wouldn’t guess that he’s easily scared. He’s very jumpy and I take great pleasure in being the cause of his fright (luckily he can laugh at himself). One day I waited for what seemed like ages in a cupboard for the perfect opportunity to jump out at him. Finally it came and I gave him the fright of his life. Unfortunately for me there was a broom nearby which Todd quickly snatched up, pushed the cupboard doors closed and slotted the broom through the cupboard handles. There I was trapped in side. It took A LOT of begging and sweet talking to her him to release me.”

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