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Daughters Of Simone Vintage Wedding Dresses

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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There is something innately special about vintage garments. The stories they hold, each pulled thread, each little mark- the time the dress was worn by a glamorous lady in the sixties on her wedding day, the story of the bride who was wearing their grandmother’s dress, the gown that has been passed down from generation to generation. A San Fransisco duo (who are getting more and more orders from Australians, so they’re Aussie friendly!) have taken the magic of vintage bridal gowns and turned into into their business – Daughters of Simone.

Daughters Of Simone is all about the magic of vintage. Owners Brittany and Christy have curated a beautiful collection of vintage wedding gowns and reconstructed them (a hemline shorted here, a bodice taken in there) allowing new generations to wear their treasures.

Their stunning beauties are perfect for pre wedding events, or for a bride who wants something a little different for her wedding day – something that has a story between the folds.

Gowns, accessories & garters are available to purchased through their website (they ship to Australia) and all gowns are professionally dry cleaned before they’re sent to you!

Daughters of Simone also sell gorgeous vintage wedding accessories – restored and perfect to add a vintage touch if you don’t want to go all the way with a gown.

Photos via Daughters Of Simone

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Kendra and Zan’s Elegant Coastal Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Kendra and Zan

As Summer and long days at the beach are hurtling towards us full throttle, it’s time to gear into beach weddings again. The backdrop of the rolling waves, the milky golden skies and the rugged landscapes make such a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and really, there are few places so immersed in nature!

Kendra, explains how she met her husband Zan. “I had just moved into a new home and needed a security door added to my front door.  Zan came and quoted and got the job.  3 years later the lock broke so I had to call him to come fix it.  I called him up not 100% sure that I had the correct company, I mentioned this to him and mentioned the street I lived on not expecting it to mean anything to him.  Straight away he knew who I was and even remembered my name!… I hadn’t told him who I was so I was blown away.  He said he had never forgotten me.  One year later we were engaged.

The funny thing was I ended up selling my house 2 weeks later,  we often remember this and think how lucky we were that the lock broke when it did.”

Photos today are by Adori Studios. I always love the clean, fresh captures Adori produces and the shots of Kendra and Zan’s wedding have plenty of candid laughter – my favourite kind!

Kendra wore a strapless gold coloured gown by Elizabeth De Varga. Her bouquet of blooms was styled by A Sculpted Leaf and she accessorised her wedding day look with a bracelet from Cinderella Bella. Kendra’s wedding day makeup was styled by Kim Image Specialist and her hair was styled by Erin from Vanilla Hair Salon.

The groom wore a suit from Ello Moda.

Kendra and Zan made the stationery themselves. Kendra walked down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.

Kendra and Zan were married by Desley Robinson (07 5539 1342) on the rooftop of the Plantation Resort at Rainbow and Rainbow Beach Hotel. Kendra remarks “Straight away we knew that if we got married locally we wanted to get married at Rainbow Beach, it was our first trip away and we have spent many special occasions at the Plantation Resort at Rainbow since then.”

Kendra says “We had a couple of funny moments, I was a little overeager and blurted out ‘I do’ before the celebrant had a chance to finish asking me.

Another was during the exchange of rings, my heart dropped when no matter how hard I tried I could not get Zan’s ring onto his finger. I was just starting to panic when I realised that he had given me the wrong hand!”

The couple chose to have their location photographs alone with their photographer. Kendra explains, “Bec was wonderful, from the moment we met her we knew that she was the one.  She just ‘got us‘ and that was reflected in her beautiful photos of our day. A number of friends have told us that they aren’t that happy with their wedding photos.  We love ours.. now we just have to try and narrow down our favourites. We are so glad we took the time to find an amazing photographer.”

The sweet thank you bunting and reception bunting was created by Hayley Shum of This little Heart of Mine.

Kendra recalls “We loved having our photos taken for the location shots.. it gave us an hour or so where we got to reminisce over the ceremony and enjoy some time alone together.

Zan loves the beach and the water so it was lovely that we got to include that in our shots.”

The reception continued at the Plantation Resort at Rainbow and Rainbow Beach Hotel. Kendra remarks “Nicole from the Rainbow Beach Hotel was so easy to work with and so accommodating with any of our requests. She was such a huge help on the day.. even though she was nearly 9 months pregnant and supposed to be on maternity leave!  On the night the bar and waiting staff were so happy and helpful. We spent a couple of days in Rainbow Beach after the wedding and the staff involved in our wedding paid us extra special attention whenever we dined at the restaurant.”

Kendra’s creative flair was used ion the stationery, she says “I designed, printed and made all the wedding stationery myself including invitations, save the date and place cards.” The three tier wedding cake was made by A Beautiful Cake by Mary Brown.

Kendra remarks “We loved having our family and friends there to celebrate with us, the intimacy of a small wedding was beautiful and many people commented on how lovely it was.”

Kendra and Zan danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble. Kendra recalls “We had dance lessons (at Ballroom Moves) for a month or so before the wedding, it was so nice to be able to get up in front of everyone and show them what we had learnt.  Zan often remarks how glad he was that we had those lessons and that it was one of his most memorable moments from the day.” DJ Jerry Brown kept guests celebrating on the dance floor long after the sun had set.

Congratulations Kendra and Zan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Adori Studios for sharing today’s photographs!


Lisa Ho Bridal Collection Spring Summer 2012

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Australian fashion designer Lisa Ho has always been a favourite amongst the Polka Dot Brides. With the unveiling of her Spring/Summer 2011/12 bridal and evening wear collections, it’s not hard to see why she’s dressed so many who have graced our pages. Luxurious, soft fabrics and clean, elegant designs make her gowns incredibly wearable. For the beach- they’re light and airy and can be personalised with exotic style jewels. For the urban bride, sleek, Hollywood red carpet styling- great shoes, sleek hair and smokey eyes.

Lisa’s tailoring strikes that fine balance between glamorous and relaxed, leaving the focus on the wearer and the ability to really make her gowns your own.


Images via Lisa Ho

Vendor of the Week – Bells n Whistles Events

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Happy Monday Polka Dot Bridettes!

Let’s kick off our week of inspiration with a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Week three of our brand new directory makes me incredibly happy – so many great new vendors are filling our pages and joining what we already believe is one of the best collections of wedding vendors around!

If you dream it, one of our vendors is able to create it! We’re slowly packing the directory full of bridal gown designers, stunning wedding venues, incredible stationers, talented hair & makeup artists and of course photographers!

I’m always a big advocate for handing over the running of your wedding day to a seasoned professional. Weddings are a big production with so many different elements and I think one of the last things a couple or their parents needs to be worrying about is the vendor timing, the wet weather plans, things going wrong and the general stress of the day. So with that, I introduce to you one of our Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members Bells n Whistles Events! Sydney planners, Bells n Whistles Events have a range of packages – from end to end planning, styling and the “SOS” package which involves working with you for three months prior to your wedding date to make sure the nitty gritty is taken care of. Owner Jennifer started the business in 2005, so has a wealth of experience under her belt and a cool, calm head to boot!

To learn a little more about Bells n Whistles Events we asked Jen five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

White wine. It’s not often I get to drink with two little children but when I do, nothing beats a glass of white wine (and some peace and quiet)

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weekend getaway…what’s that? I work most weekends of the year, even in off peak/winter months so I don’t get to ‘getaway’ really. But if I had to pretend, I’d say anywhere with kids club so my husband and I could relax! Sometimes I get to plan or coordinate destination weddings, mostly Hamilton Island – so we try to make a family trip out of it, which is pretty awesome.

Favourite restaurant?

Anything Italian!

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

Either banana pancakes or a big brekky of bacon, scrambled eggs, field mushrooms, baked beans and thick toast.

Your favourite wedding story?

Too many to choose from. But a recent wedding found me having to convince a guest that the Crystal Chandelier (that was the table centre piece) wasn’t hers to take home. It ended with the groom apologising to me because he thought I’d purchased them and was telling all the guests – take what you want.
It went so far as a couple of his cousins picking up each end of the hire sofas at the end of the night and wondering how they would get it home. It was a funny, but I am glad I post my staff at the doors at the end of weddings to keep certain items in the venue.
It was all good in the end and all hire items were returned 🙂 Phew!

Visit Bells n Whistles Event’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Bells n Whistles Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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