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Moira Hughes “Look Of Love” Bridal Collection

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With dreamy lace, billowing skirts and raw silks comes the 2017 Moira Hughes “Look Of Love” bridal collection. With a new experience of planning her own wedding, Moira’s sense of what a bride wants and what she wants to create for her clients has evolved.

The new collection is all about the feminine figure. The gowns are form fitting, whether in bodice, skirt, or the full design, but that isn’t to say they aren’t delicate – The Charlotte for instance features an almost silver lace delicately placed on the wearer’s back,  The Harlow shows off the wearer’s decolletage while  giving a more traditional, dramatic feel with a skirt comprised of layers of vintage tulle. The raw silk of Hazel is finished with a beautiful bow and the dreamy Eva is romantic in tones of peach with a billowing silk skirt.

The “Look of Love” Collection is available at the designer’s Paddington Boutique.

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Gowns: Moira Hughes / Photographer: Cassandra Ladru / Styling & Creative Direction: Love Find Co / Makeup Artist: Sonia Allen Makeup / Hairstylist: Elly Hanson / Flowers: Francis Floristy / Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Model: Cassie Matthews
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Vendor of the Week – Daniel Brannan

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Happy Monday Dotties! I love the season of May and this week is going to be a full one, and I can’t wait to get started!

You will most likely be planning your wedding for a 2017 date. How are your plans going? Have you chosen all your vendors yet? Are you choosing a winter wedding or the delights of a warm summer celebration? Take a good look at our Directory for your vendors where we highlight and show off the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory.  We have Entertainment, we have Cakes, we have Styling and Hire and Stationery and Paper Goods – we even have Flowers and Gift Registries! Please explore our Directory – we have such a varied and talented bunch of vendors just waiting to help you.

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

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Dan of Daniel Brannan is a wedding photographer who loves telling a story with his photographs – ‘it’s the best kind of story telling’, he says. Dan has a real sense of family and love, and the seemingly unimportant moments become moments that resonate with you as you see the interaction between your people. They say pictures are worth a thousand words and you can certainly lose yourself for hours, as you pore over his images. And you’ve gotta love someone who thinks pancakes with bacon and maple syrup are delicious – so do we!

We asked Dan of Daniel Brannan five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

I start with an old fashioned and pretend I’m Don Draper from Mad Men until the whiskey kicks in, then I’ll switch to a Mornington Pale Ale.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I’m lucky enough to live here – the (highly aesthetically pleasing) Mornington Peninsula so at weekends I’ll take my little boy for a swim in the ocean and swing by Red Hill Baker for some croissants after.

Favourite restaurant?

Red Hill Epicurean – a converted shed that makes best damn woodfire Pizza you’ll ever eat – great wedding venue too.

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

Canadian pancakes with bacon & maple syrup – I didn’t try this combo until a couple of years ago so I feel like I have to make up for lost time!

Your favourite wedding story?

I shot a wedding on New Year’s eve in Melbourne and my couple had their two beautiful children with them on stage. It was 40 degrees and everybody was in 1920’s dress up – it was the best atmosphere I had experienced and I remember Matt was holding his little boy and was completely overcome with emotion when he saw Sophie coming down the aisle. There was something magic about a couple who had been together for so many years with two beautiful children to express their love so openly – I felt very privileged to be there documenting such a moment. A bit soppy but this one stuck with me 🙂

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

Snapshot Sunday – Just Us and The Sky

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Louisa & Dean’s Romantic Cedar Creek Falls Engagement

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Engagements,

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Waterfalls are clearly becoming a favourite around these parts when it comes to engagements. Something about the ever changing landscape always makes me fall just a little more in love with Mother Nature. Louisa and Dean chose Daisy & the Duke and spent a day amongst the rapids, capturing their newly engaged excitement.

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Louisa and Dean share the tale of how they came to be. “On the 16th of October 2010, Dean and Louisa first laid eyes on each other in the late hours of the evening on a nightclub dance floor (romantic right?!). Dean’s dance moves and great charisma on the dance floor won Louisa’s attention immediately. However, he had just turned 18 and he knew this might get in the way of attaining this older girl’s phone number.

Thus, the freshly turned 18 year old was suddenly 20 to permit the exchanging of phone numbers. A casual walk along South Bank Parklands with fish and chips in hand, made for a perfect first date. Dean eventually had to come clean about his faux age as his stories didn’t seem to add up. After some time, Louisa decided to give him a second chance and they have been inseparable ever since.”

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On what he loves about his future wife, Dean notes, “I love how enthusiastic Louisa is about the big and little things in life and always has a smile on her face, even when times are tough. I love the way she doesn’t care what anyone thinks and just goes with the flow. And her singing is pretty great too!”

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Louisa remarks, when asked what she loves about Dean, “I love how much fun I have with Dean. There is never a dull moment when I am with him. He is a natural leader, fair and just. He brings out the best in people, and I love him for it!”

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The proposal took place in beautiful Whistler (Canada), Louisa and Dean remembering, “In true Dean style, he pulled off a pretty great proposal five years later. Whilst holidaying in Canada, Dean planned to propose to Louisa while on a horse sled ride at Lake Louise. Unfortunately, the day he chose was the same day Mother Nature decided to have a -22 snowstorm.

With the ring in his pocket, the freezing sled ride happened, but the proposal did not. On to Plan B, a dog sled ride at the next stop, Whistler! It was the perfect scene; blue skies, snow, forest, a comfortable 2 degrees Celsius and 8 awesome sled dogs. When they reached the lookout, Dean nervously got down on one knee and asked Louisa to marry him. Of course she said, ‘YES’!”

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Photographer: Daisy & the Duke
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