Akira Isogawa 2011 Bridal Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Australian designer Akira Isogawa has always captivated me with gowns that are so much like art they almost take my breath away.

Heavily influenced by his Eastern background, Akira’s creations are modern, structured pieces with softness in fabric details, gauzy overlays and incredible embroidery. His Japanese background filters through with Akira being inspired by different styles of Kimonos in each of his pieces. They make beautiful choices for a bride who appreciates the thought and art that belies a gown like this.

Photos from Akira Isogawa

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Vendor of the Week – Mine Forever

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? I have a full week ahead (including lots of catch up with friends, I call that Awesome Sauce don’t you agree?)

Time to kick off our week with a spotlight on the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is filling fast with fantastic wedding vendors from Jewellery to Cakes to Styling & Hire to Specialised Services to Wedding Planners and so much more! Visit it today and have a look for the wedding vendors that are not only quality providers, but lovely people too!

Today’s vendor of the week may already be familiar to you- she married the lovely Miss T last year and has been a Polka Dot favourite ever since! Melbourne marriage celebrant Melissa Fahey at Mine Forever strives to create ceremonies that are personal to the couple without being stuffy. Melissa wants the ceremony to be relaxed, to be fun and most of all, unique to the couple!

We asked Melissa at Mine Forever five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

For a special occasion Moet Imperial Nectar, or a G&T any other time!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I live in Melbourne, but I am originally from Sydney so whenever I have a free weekend, its great to have a sneaky visit home to visit family.

Favourite restaurant?

In Melbourne- MOMO, In Sydney- Quay, both have amazing food and incredible service.

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

My husband makes buttermilk pancakes and serves them with his special honeycomb butter, there is nothing better!

Your favourite wedding story?

What I love about being a Celebrant is getting to know a couple, and it is always a privilege to share with them the most important day of their lives. The best part about being a Celebrant is that you get to share these moments with your friends and family too. I have been lucky enough to marry 2 of my best friends and later this year I will be marrying my baby brother, (who is not such a baby any more) – it is going to be a very emotional time- wish me luck that I don’t cry!

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

Snapshot Sunday – Her First Love

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Welsch Photography

Beccie and Steve’s Retro Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Beccie and Steve

What about a dose of retro inspiration for your day? Beccie and Steve payed homage to their love of all things vintage with their engagement photographs shot by Jodi McDonald.

Beccie says “Steve and I met at a ball in our home town of Pokolbin, NSW.  We sat on the same table and the rest is history!  It did create some issues when our first official date came around.  What do you wear that’s better than a ballgown?   It must have been lovely though, as we’ve been inseparable ever since.  Steve and I spent their first anniversary at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville, and when we were deciding on where to get married, we knew it would be the perfect location for a small getaway wedding. I’m a vintage model,  so I love the aesthetic of the township of Montville.  Our wedding will be held in late March 2012.”

Photographer: Jodi McDonald