Gwendolynne Spring/ Summer 2013

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The vintage inspired creations from Melbourne designer Gwendolynne have long been a favourite of mine and I’m delighted to be able to share straight off the runway shots of her Spring Summer 2013 collection.

Gwendolynne trained at RMIT and officially launched herself as a couture designer in 1998. Her gowns have continually wowed the fashion industry with the designer placing as a finalist in the new designer awards in four consecutive years.  Her gowns are available exclusively at the Gwendolynne Melbourne boutique where she works with a small but talented team creating incredible gowns.

I’m always looking at Gwendolynne’s designs as a kind of understated vintage elegance. The designs are so beautifully reminiscent of yesteryear, but there’s a quiet sophistication to them. The gowns are made with such beauty and care that they suit a bride who is happy to go barefoot, or one who wants to wear sky high heels and plenty of jewels.



Photos from Gwendolynne

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Vendor of the Week – Stellar Visions

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! I am so excited about a proper working week, I have a lot to catch up on! How about you? What are your plans for the week?

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, a big spotlight on the amazing vendors who support us and you, the readers, by filing the pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome Directory members. We have fabulous Photographers, Cakes, Catering and even Wedding Planners. Each and every vendor in our Directory has a passion for what they do and that’s what I love the most. Passion does amazing things and the vendors in our Directory can take their passion and turn it into creating something unique and personal to you for your wedding day.

Our vendor of the week this week is a Perth based photography and cinematography company Stellar Visions. Stellar Visions love what they do and make sure to provide the full service to their couples- from the moment the bride takes her dress off the hanger to the last dance of the night.

We asked Hugh from Stellar Visions five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Red wine: specifically “Parliament of Owls”.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love Rottnest Island, and wish I could get there more often.

Favourite restaurant?

Italian restaurant in Dianella.

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

Piemontese-style Cafe Latte.

Your favourite wedding story?

We filmed a wedding where anything that could go wrong, did. The jewellery was stolen; the bridesmaids had a car accident; the groomsmen’s limo broke down; very few saw the horse & carriage arrival because it was pouring with rain; the entire ceremony soldiered on through the downpour; the weather was so bad that the reception venue (a launch) threatened to stay moored, and wouldn’t collect the bridal party waiting on the other side of the Swan river; the Champagne had flecks of gold within, which the bride discovered she was allergic to. Many brides would have had a meltdown, but this bride was amazing. She was getting married to the love of her life, and that’s all that mattered to her. Although the weather gave us so many challenges, I was very proud of the team, having turned out some excellent photography and cinematography that day. When I recall that wedding, I always remember where our in-house motto originated: Pressure Makes Diamonds.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Sunset Spin

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by At Dusk Photography

Rachael and Michael’s Adelaide Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Rachael & Michael

This sweet as can be engagement shoot by photographer Carla Micucci took place in Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. I do love the festive, sweet details that add a sense of fun and occasion to the wintery, beautiful backdrop.

Carla says “Rachael and Michael are due to wed in March 2013. When I first met them, I just knew I had to be their wedding photographer. They are both such kind hearted and warm people who just happen to be insanely cute and have so much love for each other. High school sweethearts, these two have been together for 12 years and share an amazing bond.”

“For their engagement session we ventured to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens in the middle of winter to produce a beautiful and romantic setting to capture this special time in their lives.”

“Sam from Fabulous Functions made up a stunning vibrant bouquet of blooms to bring out the warmth of the gorgeous vintage meets modern setting that Kirstin from The Bowerbird Room produced. Nell from Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry perfected Rachael’s look by giving her a natural yet classic look. ”

Photographer: Carla Micucci / Flowers: Fabulous Functions / Styling: The Bowerbird Room / Makeup Artist: Bella by Nella Makeup Artistry