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Snow White Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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This beautiful inspiration shoot inspired by Snow White is truly like something out of a fairy tale. The crisp red apples, the deep dark woods and the incredible floral arrangements bring this shoot to life with an elegant, mystical take on Snow White (oh and that display of cakes? Let’s just say, it’s making me drool ever so slightly!)

Photographer Neiyo Sun joined with a group of Melbourne wedding professionals, including art director Fiona Brown and stylists Little Sooti and Leo & Bella to pull the shoot together.

Neiyo explains, “The theme Snow-White has been playing on my mind for a while and then the two Snow White movies came out this year which gave me even more inspiration for the shoot. When I think of Snow White I think of innocence, beauty, sweetness, apples, red, white, dark hair, softness, woods, forests, lanterns, mirrors and thus these became the essence and elements of this shoot.”

Model Jess Powrie wore a gown designed by Anna Campbell with makeup by Miss Aimmey.

Neiyo explains, “After watching Snow White and the huntsman, it gave me a clearer idea of the kind of shoot I was looking for with the messy tangled hair in the woods, yet keeping in balance with Snow White’s beauty, sweetness and innocence. Red and white and mocca are the main colours of the shoot so all the details and settings were bases on this colour scheme such as the cakes were white and we added red details such as red macaroons, red apples and DIY apple candles. I even dyed the model’s hair myself and turned her from a blonde to a brunette with a red tinge. ”

Ham & Pea created the storybook stationery.

Cake Face created a table full of incredible multi tiered cakes.

Neiyo explains, “Id like to describe my photographic style as natural, simple, beautiful and unique. I use nature as much as possible, working mainly outdoors with the simplicity of natural light. This shoot was done at the golden hour just before sunset time to give the images are warm glow. The forest, woods add the rusty, wilderness feel to this shoot. I love capturing real emotions such as joy by getting that beautiful smile/laugh of my subject which my sweet model made very easy. I did minimal retouching to keep the style natural. My specialty are close ups since I believe every bride is beautiful and so I always include some soft close ups. Finally I love the pretty details of the wedding day so I included food , stationery, accessories to bring the shoot alive. ”

Photographer: Neiyo Sun / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Makeup Artist: Miss Aimmey / Art Director: Fiona Brown / Stylists: Little Sooti / Stylists: Leo & Bella / Flowers: Flower Jar / Cakes: Cake Face / Invitations & Stationery: Ham & Pea / Model: Jess Powrie / Assistant: Jeff Chen
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Karen Willis Holmes 2013 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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Karen Willis Holmes never fails to delight with her incredible photo shoots and when she sent over her 2012 collection I was delighted with how beautiful each and every shot was. The latest collection sees the introduction of lace illusion style necklines, sleeves, lace edged ballgowns and softly draped ruffles. The picture above (Rachel) is my favourite, with it’s delicacy and elegant lace back.

Karen never strays from classic elegance with her designs and each gown is as beautiful as the next. The detailing, cut and fabric is never over the top, it’s just elegantly beautiful.

This photo shoot also shows a sneak peek into the new Bride by Karen Willis Holmes collection, which will be available at Karen Willis Holmes boutiques, through their website and selected boutiques around the world. The demi couture collection is in stores now, while Bride By Karen Willis Holmes will be available from January 2013.

Demi Couture Collection –  Rachel

Demi Couture Collection – Matilda

Demi Couture Collection – Illusion

Demi Couture Collection – Jillian

Bride By Karen Willis Holmes – Ella

A very exciting development for the Karen Willis Holmes brand is this new collection –  Bride By Karen Willis Holmes. Floaty, soft and utterly feminine, but with the same classic edge that Karen is known for,  these gowns show off the body but with an understated elegance.

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Jasmine

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Adrianne

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Anastasia

Images via Karen Willis Holmes

Vendor of the Week – Red Telegram

by | Blog News, Bride

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Good morning Dotties! What a week we have ahead of us, beautiful weddings and plenty of beautiful moments to share! What do we have in store for your week?

As we do every Monday, a spotlight on the fantastic members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is quickly filling with every kind of wedding vendor under the sun! We have Specialised Services with speech writers! Cinematography, Bridal Gowns, Hair & Beauty, Favors & Decor Accessories and so much more. Do check it out if you’re looking for a fantastic wedding vendor to help create your vision and pull it together. We’re committed to filling our wedding directory with vendors who are passionate about what they do and love weddings as much as we do!

Let me introduce you to the dynamic duo Sarah Black and Kim Selby. Individually they’re talented photographers, together they’re Red Telegram, this week’s vendor of the week and a wedding photography studio who create fun, beautiful wedding images. Based in Melbourne, Red Telegram only books a limited number of weddings each year, so they’re committed to creating the best images possible for their clients- filled with real moments, real laughter, real tears and plenty of lovable joy!

We asked Sarah and Kim from Red Telegram five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?
Kim: Pimms and Lemonade (with mint and strawberries!)
Sarah: Good Aussie bubbles.

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Kim: Being a country girl I enjoy a good escape to the city!
Sarah: We have a little old beach house in Sorrento, Victoria, and besides spending the summer holidays there that’s where we head on weekends whenever we have the opportunity. In fact, I love to book Mornington Peninsula weddings, as then I have to stay down there for the weekend! We all especially love it in the quieter months, in winter we have a little Coonara than hums away all day, and I usually get the slow cooker going while we all rug up for a walk on the beach.

Favourite restaurant?
Kim: The Lakehouse, as Daylesford is not far at all from Woodend. Can’t believe we still haven’t photographed a wedding there!
Sarah: Really, just one? In Melbourne, it’s Movida, it really makes me feel like I have gone to Spain for the night. But I have to also mention that for my 40th birthday we went to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and both my husband and I adored it. Would love to photograph a wedding there too!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Kim: Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon with my three boys!
Sarah: I am asleep on Sunday mornings for as long as possible. Next I look for a good strong coffee. Food is a distant third on Sunday mornings (surprising for someone usually obsessed by mealtimes). My 4 kids love blueberry pancakes on the weekends though, so eventually they come and jump on me to get me out of bed to start flipping. Note to self: need to teach my hubby how to make pancakes.

Your favourite wedding story?
Kim: Sometimes, despite all their intentions, brides can get a little stressed about rain on their big day. And their main concern is usuallly how to stay out of the wet as much as possible. The day of Sonia and Brett’s wedding it poured all day long, the sort of rain that requires you to put your windscreen wipers on ‘fast’. With an outdoor ceremony in the stunning Cloudehill gardens in the Dandenong Ranges, Sonia eschewed an umbrella to walk through the rain to her waiting fiancee. It was such a delicate but meaningful gesture, so beautiful, both Sarah and I were a little teary (well, that often happens actually)!
Sarah: We really do love every single marriage story for its own personality, but we are always a little extra smitten when a couple have taken the time to make/source/design their own elements. I still have soft spot for one of the first weddings we photographed, the wedding of Chris and Bron at Howard’s Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. This gorgeous happy couple sourced EVERYthing themselves, including all the vintage furniture, and they sacked their initial caterer because so many of their friends are firefighters, and they were concerned about everyone having plenty to eat. In the end, all the food was made by loved ones. There was even a children’s table with toys and crafts. Chris and Bron just thought about the needs of everyone, and wanted to make all their guests as happy and as comfortable as possible; they put countless hours into making that wish come true. That was so special.
Visit Red Telegram’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week.  Red Telegram is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Success!

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays

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Photo by Tealily Photography