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Collette Dinnigan Bridal May 2011

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Ballerina Bell gown

I love getting delights like this one in my inbox- it’s the next set of gowns in Collette Dinnigan‘s 2011 bridal collection and the perfect way to start a week of inspiration don’t you think? I love these new gowns – they have such a dreamy softness to them! As per the other gowns in this year’s collection, there are plenty of fluffy ballerina skirts and Collette’s signature use of feminine detailing and fabrics is there in every gown.

I think Ballerina Bell (above) is my favourite with the soft detailing- I love the different straps, once traditional and one with a little glitter and shine. The bow around the waist and fluffy ballerina skirt is dreamy.

The shimmering silver gowns are accented by incredibly detailed bodices – a stunning alternative to the classic cream or white gown.

Diamante Flowers strapless gown

Diamante Flowers bridal gown

Ribbon embroidery strapless lace gown

Glittering stones strapless silver gown

Fantasia Gown

Photos from Collette Dinnigan

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Vendor Of The Week – Events By Heidi & Kate

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Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes! Are you welcoming in another freezing cold week or are you inching close to summer sunshine? Wherever you are, we have a week packed full of delicious Australian wedding inspiration- just for you!

First things first though, our Monday morning tradition of telling you about our fantastic vendors in Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is underway! We’re so lucky to have the support of amazing vendors who understand our vision and what we love to do- they’re all ready and waiting in the directory to help you plan the wedding that is just right for you and your partner. From florists with a sense of style, to celebrants with a sense of humor, to photographers that create art- each and every one of them is talented and lovely! months! each week! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out our members (and don’t forget to let them know you heard about them on Polka Dot Bride!)

I’m a big fan of event planners- especially when holding an event as big as a wedding (so much to do, so many finite details that have to go smoothly!) So I love this week’s vendor of the week- Sydney based event planners Events By Heidi & Kate . Heidi & Kate are not only great friends, but they have over 17 years combined experience in planning events (and Kate even has a university qualification in events management to back them up!). The girls have a wide range of planning packages, from helping out at the end of your planning and tying up loose ends, to research packages and event wedding day management.

The girl’s talents aren’t limited to weddings- they also manage corporate events, cocktail parties, galas, launches and any event your heart desires!

To learn a little more about Events By Heidi & Kate. we asked Heidi & Kate five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Kate is very partial to a margarita and Heidi loves a simple gin and tonic!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Heidi loves long drives along the coast or inland to Kangaroo Valley, whilst Kate is keen to be beachside.

Favourite restaurant?

Kate can’t go past Aria or Tetsuyas. Heidi is a passionate foodie and can’t possibly decide on one place! Favourites include Lotus in Potts Point for pre-dinner cocktails, EnoPizzeria in Neutral Bay for well, as the name says, yummy wood fired pizza, China Doll for great san choy bau, Public Dining room for harbour views, Sail’s in Noosa for lunch and Malabar for tasty Indian. We could go on…

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

It’s unanimous – we both adore corn fritters!

Your favourite wedding story?

We love that a number of our clients have also become our friends! With offers of places to stay in New York and recommendations to their friends we’ve met some wonderful brides! What a great job we have!

Visit Events By Heidi & Kate‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Events By Heidi & Kate is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – My Telephone

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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Photo by Nerida McMurray

A big happy mother’s day to all those celebrating today! Especially to my mum. My rock, my best friend and my hero – I couldn’t live this life without you and am so thankful every day that I have a woman as strong and as beautiful as you as my mother!

Karen and Phillip’s Melbourne Summer Engagement Shoot

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Karen and Phillip

There’s no doubt in my mind that I am freezing.  So offering up a little light relief from what is going to be a cold winter, i thought today was the perfect day to share this fresh, summery Melbourne engagement shoot captured by Luma Photo of Karen and Phillip.

Philip explains how he met Karen. “We met through mutual friends about 4 and a half years ago. The first time I met Karen, I’d just been for a skate with a mate, went back to his share-house, and there was Karen hanging out with some friends at the house. I was really sweaty at the time, but fortunately I guess it didn’t put her off! A week later, there was a small gathering at the same house and Karen happened to be there! I was stoked! Karen and I had a few drinks and we spent the rest of the night drawing together (we’re both passionate about drawing- she’s an interior designer, I’m a graphic designer). The following week was Karen’s birthday, so I bought her some magic markers and metallic paint as a present. She loved it! From that point on, we spent lots of time just hanging out and drawing. Several months into our relationship, we had a fight, but we managed to work it out fairly quickly. After the fight we said “I love you” to each other for the first time. It was then that we realised we could work out almost any problem as a couple and I knew that I wanted to spent the rest of my life with Karen.”

Photos by Luma Photo

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