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New York Bridal Week Spring 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride



I have spent the week watching the gorgeous new photos unfold of the new season of bridal gowns in New York. Although they won’t be available for many months (and some not in Australia) I thought it would be nice to have a sneak peek at what will be walking down the aisles across the world soon and some of the trends that might be reflected in our own designer’s styles. Here is a sneak peek of my favourites, but for more, visit Brides.

Trends I saw and loved from this week’s bridal week are

– Different necklines! Classic strapless is never going away, but I loved seeing more V necklines, more straps and even off the shoulder beauties.

– Sleeves- From elegant illusion necklines at Marchesa to full length lace sleeves at Romona Keveza, this season is all about elegance

– Voluminous detail – I loved the almost architectural style detailing some of the designers used on bodices

– Royal Style – Kate and William’s wedding is going to have a big impact on weddings and it started with bridal week. Long sleeved gowns, high necklines, tiaras – interesting and beautiful interpretations of what the future Princess may wear down the aisle

– Blushing Pink – Spring bridal week always brings out a lot of colour, but this year it seemed that blush pink was in favour! From the blush pink sash to Vera’s charcoal gown, to Monique’s pink, ruffly ball gown and Badgley Mischka’s taupey pink textured looks.

– Subtle prints and embroidery – Spring is definitely in the air with spring patterns and blooms adorning skirts and ballgowns touched with springs of nature inspired details.

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Reem Acra, Reem Acra

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Remta

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Oscar De La Renta, Romona Keveza

Marchesa, Reem Acra

Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang

Monique L’huillier, Oscar De La Renta

Simone Carvalli, Pronovias

Caroline Herrera, Oscar De La Renta

Christos, Ines De Santo

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Amsale, Carol Hannah

Caroline Herrera, Kenneth Pool

Romona Keveza, Vera Wang

Carol Hannah, Vera Wang

Ines De Santo, Monique L’huillier

Amsale, Alfred Angelo

Reem Acra, Romona Keveza

Photos from Brides John Aquino for Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carol Hannah and Vera Wang, Steve Eichner for Monique L’huillier, Thomas Iannoccone for Carolina Herrera and Amsale, George Chinsee for Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo, and Oscar De La Renta, Robert Mitra for Alfred Angelo

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Vendor Of The Week – My Sweethearts Bakery

by | Blog News, Bride


Hello Monday! Are you ready for a week of wedding-y goodness? Are you ready to kick it off?

Let’s start off with something sweet – Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! We’ve added a bunch of fantastic new vendors of the past few weeks and I’m excited as always to spotlight them this Monday morning! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory to find incredibly talented wedding vendors who take pride in their work, are good at what they do (no actually they’re great) and want to work with the special brides and grooms that are Polka Dot Bride readers!

When I said sweet I meant it! This week’s randomly chosen Vendor Of The Week is Sydney cake artist, My Sweethearts Bakery. Lilia’s been creating sweet treats since she was young and her venture into cake artistry (because really, these cakes are like art!) is the fulfillment of a dream for her. Not only does Lilia create beautiful cakes – but she makes them in beautiful flavours too (cake tastings? they’re complimentary for wedding clients!) like Carrotman and Orangelady, Banana Split, Spring Tea Hummingbird, Strawberries & Chocolate Delight and Chocolate Mud Fudge.

Lilia even makes cupcakes and cookies- so if you can’t decide….. perhaps a table of sweet delicacies is in order?

To learn a little more about My Sweethearts Bakery we asked Lilia five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Honey and vanilla tea

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Hawkerbury Valley – There’s a great spa (Sebel Spa) next to the Sebel Resort and great for a weekend of relaxation.

Favourite restaurant?

Tea Room @ Gunner’s Barrack. They have the best view and lovely teas!

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

Poached eggs with vanilla and camomile tea

Your favourite wedding story?

A story from one of my clients.

She nearly ate her whole 1.5 carat diamond ring because her fiance accidentally left it one of his dishes while preparing a romantic proposal meal for her :)

Visit My Sweethearts Bakerys page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! My Sweethearts Bakery is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Belly Laughs

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Nikole Ramsey

Gee and Matt’s Fun Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Gee and Matt

I love a good engagement session- props don’t worry me, I never get bored of them  because each couple uses them differently and in a fun way. I do however love it best when the photos capture emotion – a silent gaze, a big enveloping hug or in the case of Gee and Matt- incredible happiness!

Matt explains a little background behind their love and how they chose to have it captured. “We met in high school (year 11) and started dating at the end of year 12. Gee’s family is from India and her father is Hindu, so the Hindu ceremony was very traditional (we had a priest, fire, traditional costumes and the ceremony was done according to Hindu customs). It was a lot of fun, we did this the day before our “actual” wedding (which was done at a Polish church and according to Catholic tradition).

We wanted to do both as Gee and I are both from different backgrounds that are still similar. We both migrated with our parents to Australia at around the age of 4, and we’ve experienced each others cultures by traveling to both Poland and India, it just made sense to incorporate both backgrounds into our wedding.

We’ve been together since 2001, so this year will be our 10 year anniversary, and we married in 2007. Although we got some great photos from our wedding, the experience was very formal and ‘posed’, and 3 years on are becoming somewhat dated. As an anniversary gift to each other we decided to get new photos done. Gee found you guys somehow and we both agreed that this was the kind of shoot we were after. We wanted photos that were professional and elegant but remained candid, fun, and real.

The idea of doing the photoshoot out in the field actually came to us after Love Katie & Sarah sent through links to some other photo shoots that inspired them. We had a look through and both brainstormed some ideas that were “us”. Like most couples, we love to just hang out at home together on the couch, watch a good movie or TV show, talk and have a laugh together. We really liked the style of shoots that Love Katie & Sarah had that were outdoors and had that dreamy picnic feel so it was a natural progression to move the living room to the outdoors. To us it means the photos have a very personal element, and feel like ‘home’ but still transport us away to somewhere else, to a dream. ”

Today’s shoot is by Love, Katie & Sarah Photographers who are so wonderful at capturing the essence of a couple! Have a lovely weekend!

Photos by Love, Katie & Sarah Photographers

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