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Amanda and Kallon’s Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Amanda and Kallon

Western Australia always produces such amazing weddings – full of style and glamour but with the essence of what I love about Australian brides. Amanda and Kallon held their reception in a Fremantle art gallery and had such a stylish day to go along with it.

Amanda explains how she met her husband. “Kallon and I grew up living near each other in Coogee. We knew of each other through their teens, went to different high schools, but Kallon would always make himself noticed after school by sticking his head out the bus window. It wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced us officially at 19 years old that the sparks began to fly!!”

Photographs are by Erica Serena who captured the joy and atmosphere with a little bit of sparkle!


Amanda wore a lace gown from Zansis Couture with shoes from Top End. She accessorised with Kallis pearls. Amanda’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Mr K from Elda’s House of Fashion (Amanda’s mother’s shop) and wore jewels from Fletcher & Grace.

A bouquet of roses and succulents was styled by Jodee Devine.

Amanda and Kallon were married at Monument Hill. “Monument Hill was our first choice for ceremony venue. Fremantle is the place where we shared our first kiss, our first date and where we have shared many special memories. Fremantle is one of our favourite places in the world!!” Amanda and her brother tied ribbons to the last row of chairs and flower cones on the aisle seats to decorate the ceremony.

Amanda walked down the aisle to ‘You are the Best Thing’ by Ray La Montagne.

Amanda and Kallon asked Amanda’s brother Gino to act as their celebrant at the wedding. “We were incredibly lucky that our legal celebrant was easy-going and loved the idea. It was so personal and an honour having Gino perform this important function on our day. Gino became our ‘wedding planner extraordinaire!’”

Amanda says “My two sisters and Kallon’s best friend and one of his brothers formed our bridal party, along with our nieces and nephews. We had all of our brothers and sisters and their partners sitting on the bridal party, as they are ‘our favourite people in the world’.”

Amanda and Kallon held their reception at Moore & Moore cafe, Fremantle. “For our reception, we wanted something different, something that resembled us as a couple – easy-going, fun and creative. When we saw Moore & Moore Cafe in the Scoop Entertainment magazine and found out they did functions…we had to go and see it. We fell in love with the place and the idea of having our wedding there as soon as we saw it and met with Manager Simon Naber. The food, the staff and the atmosphere was amazing. We were a bit nervous with how some of our guests might have felt about the reception, because it wasn’t the ‘traditional’ wedding venue, but we were blown away by the feedback we received and everyone loved it and couldn’t stop telling us how it was one of the best weddings they’ve been to. This made us deliriously happy as one of the most important things about the night for us was ensuring everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere! We have the staff at Moore & Moore to thank for that.”

Gino Premici, Amanda’s brother, created the stationery. Amanda says ” Gino made our invitations, ceremony cards, menus, place cards, props and table setting board. They were simply delightful and set the theme for our day!”

Family friend Sandra Gilmore created the three layer red velvet cake which was served with Baci chocolates. An extra special touch was added to the reception by Kallon.  “Kallon made the awesome photo booth that had a lot of attention throughout the evening. The photobooth contained photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. It was great to have photos of some our deceased grandparents on display during the wedding. The presence was sorely missed at our wedding.”

The first dance was a hit. “We had initially planned to choreograph a dance to Pulp Fictions ‘You Never Can Tell’…we chickened out on this a few days before the wedding and went with another favourite song, Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. We played ‘You Never Can Tell’ as our second song and invited everyone to the dance floor….it went off!! And was perfect!!”

Congratulations Amanda and Kallon! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Erica Serena for today’s photographs!

Photographs by Erica Serena

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Royal Wedding Fashion

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Photo by Hugo Burnand via The British Monarchy

What a wedding filled weekend it has been! From the first arrivals to the last goodbye, we were glued to the TV along with millions around the world as we watched the wedding of Catherine and William! As it’s our usual “Fashion Monday” I thought I’d take a look at the style and fashions from the wedding.

Catherine’s Gown…

As Sarah Burton was spotted entering the hotel the evening before the wedding, everyone knew the dress would have something to do with Alexander McQueen and what a beautiful, graceful gown it was! Entirely appropriate for the royal wedding day. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed Catherine’s wedding gown using lace applique made by Royal School of Needlework. The gown was made from ivory and white satin gazar along with hand cut French Chantilly and English lace and featured a 2.7 metre train with arches and pleats to add structure. Catherine wore a silk tulle veil along with a Cartier tiara owned by the Queen. Her diamond earrings were a gift from her parents.

Catherine also wore shoes made by the Alexander McQueen team featuring ivory silk and lace.

Images from Glamour, Image 5 via Sacramento Bee & Getty Images

The Evening Reception Gown..

To celebrate through the night, Catherine changed into a more relaxed evening gown with a strapless neckline, also created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The gown featured an embroidered waistband and Catherine wore a cashmere cream cardigan over the top.

Images from Glamour

The Maid Of Honour…

Stealing the show, Maid of Honour Phillipa Middleton also wore a gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Made from silk crepe, the lace detailing and buttons echoed the design of Catherine’s gown. Pippa changed to an Emerald Green floor length gown for the evening reception.

Images 1, 2 from Glamour, Image 3 from Vanity Fair

The Flower Girls & Page Boys..

Childrens wear designer Nicki Macfarlane made the gowns for the younger bridesmaids to echo Catherine’s gown. The skirts were box pleated, ballerina length with puff sleeves. Each is under-trimmed with the same lace and button detailing as Catherine’s gown and finished with a champagne gold sash tied in a bow. They wore satin Mary Jane shoes.

The page boys wore outfits reminiscent of the foot guards at the time of the regency. The red coats, detailed with gold were worn with breeches, white stockings and black buckled shoes.

Images via The British Monarchy Flickr

The Guests…

As is English traditional, hats and hair pieces filled the Abbey, from big floral fascinators, to wide brimmed straw creations. The Queen wore a primrose yellow ensemble by Angela Kelly, the Duchess of Cornwall, a champagne ensemble touched with duck egg blue designed by Anna Valentine. Carole Middleton, the mother of the bride wore a soft blue coat dress designed by Catherine Walker.

Images via NY Post


Vendor Of The Week – White Tulip Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn.. it’s a new week on Polka Dot Bride! I couldn’t let a Monday morning pass by without a nod to one of our hard working, fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Our vendors are working so hard producing amazing weddings right now and I know they’re looking forward to working with even more Polka Dot Bride readers in the upcoming months! each week! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out what our amazing vendors are up to!

We all know how much I swoon and gush over beautiful photographs, real moments and candid and this weeks Vendor of The Week White Tulip Photography is all about the “Real”. Based in Western Australia, Amanda Bowler (or Mandy as I know her!) is truly focusing on “wedding photojournalism” and when I mean truly, I think there are a lot who say it and capture a few candid moments, but some? They literally get in there and capture the rawness, the unexpected, the “ugly cry” and all the heart and soul that goes with it.  She comes up with the most beautiful images- I know you’ll agree!

To learn a little more about White Tulip Photography. we asked Mandy five questions in five minutes!

Your favourite after five drink?

Well a nice glass of Margaret River semillion sauvignon doesn’t go astray, but I discovered Long Island Iced Tea a few months ago and have been smitten ever since hehe :)

Favourite weekend getaway?

With two kids, I rarely get away just for the weekend. However, I adore traveling and when I do travel, it is for extended periods of time. My last trip was Italy in 2010 and it was the most incredible trip. Sigh…..

Your favourite restaurant?

Ooooh that’s a hard one! I just love eating out in general but don’t have one particular favourite. I’m a sucker for Thai and Italian 😉

Your typical Sunday morning breakfast?

Ah lazy Sunday mornings with my boys. I make a mean omelette :) :)  Freshly squeezed juice is lovely too – apple, pear and strawberry yummo!

Your favourite wedding story?

I get quite emotional sometimes at weddings. I have this thing of putting myself in people’s shoes and thinking about my family, especially during the ceremony and the speeches at the reception. A recent wedding was very sad and joyful at the same time. The groom’s father was very ill. So ill that they brought the wedding forward by 7 months. During the groom’s speech, he spoke about his dad (who was looking very proud and heartbroken at the same time) and said, “Dad, you will always be a champion in my eyes”. Lucky for autofocus because the tears were welling up and spilling over. The whole room was a mess.

Some people may think that professional wedding photography is expensive, or unnecessary, or overrated but your wedding photos are the one thing that you will always have. It isn’t just about the bride and the groom even, although of course they are the most important people on the day. Family and friends coming together to celebrate – it is a rare occasion these days. Think about the future. The groom will always have images of his father standing proudly in a family portrait with him; he will always have images of his father getting up to speak at the reception, to the loud chanting of the Collingwood team song; he will always have images of his father dancing with his mother.

Most importantly, they will be passed down through the generations. Memories live on.

Visit White Tulip Photography‘s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! White Tulip Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – She’s Got Her Father’s Eyes

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Tim Harris Photography

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