Red Carpet Style Oscars 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


For a different kind of fashion Monday I thought, with the excitement of this morning I’d do a roundup of some of my stand out gowns from The 2012 Academy Awards. So much inspiration for your own (or your bridesmaids’!) style!

Milla Jovovich looked every bit the Hollywood glamour girl in a one shouldered shimmering white gown by Ellie Saab. Rooney Mara stayed true to her own personal style in Givenchy, Gwyneth Paltrow kept her look sleek and elegant with a cape designed by Tom Ford while Octavia Spencer looked just beautiful in her embellished Tadashi Shoji gown.

One I did miss who wore the most stunning white gown by Basil Soda was Giuliana Rancic- the back of her gown was incredible!

Michelle Williams was one of my favourites in a stunning burnt orange Louis Vuitton  gown- I loved the detailing (which reportedly took 300 hours!) and the pairing with a pink clutch. Emma Stone pulled off a bow feature of her Giambattista Valli gown and Natalie Portman may have won my heart with this vintage red with black polka dot Christian Dior dress.

Pastels are always such a feminine choice on the red carpet (and if you feel like wearing a subtle colour on your wedding day, a great place to turn for inspiration!) Berenice Bejo wore a mint green Ellie Saab gown with full length lace sleeves while Kate Mara was pretty in pink in a strapless Jack Guisso Couture frock.Wendi McLendon-Covey also went for soft pink with nude, glittering detail by Simin Haute Couture. Penelope Cruz wore the most beautiful blue Amani Prive gown that sat off the shoulders and draped so elegantly.

If there is ever an occasion to wear sparkles it’s the red carpet (or .. your wedding day!) What a lovely surprise to see Maya Rudolph in Australian designer Johanna Johnson (the back of this gown is a stunning jewel encrusted feature). Sandra Bullock went for a glittering waist band in a design from Marchesa. Rose Byrne went for classic black with a twist, she shimmered in Vivienne Westwood.  Judy Greer styled up a dramatic Monique L’huillier silver and black gown while Ellie Kemper gave colour to her sparkling look with a fire coloured strapless Armani Prive gown.


Who were your favourites from this year’s Oscars?


Photos from Instyle

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Vendor of the Week – Photography by Brent Lukey and Donna Bennetts

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday dotties! Did you have a lovely weekend? February is almost at an end which means, we’re almost headed into Autumn weddings!

So let’s start our week of with a fantastical, talented vendor, a spotlight on a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Kicking off our Monday with our shout out to our Ms Polka Dot’s Directory Members! We have wedding caterers, wedding photographers, wedding hair & makeup artists, wedding florists, wedding entertainers and so so many more. We’re just so happy to work with advertisers who really understand the polka dot vision and want our readers to have the kind of wedding they really want!

Victorian couples! Photography by Brent Lukey and Donna Bennetts is proudly our vendor of the week! Photographers Brent & Donna have a wide range of photography experience- including editorial and they’re incredibly familiar with iconic Melbourne venues like Circa, The Prince (so they know all the best locations!). They have a background in film making and have been working in the industry for 10 years. The images they produce are clean, no fuss shots and with their editorial background- there’s plenty of giggles and unexpected moments!

To get to know Brent a little more, we asked him five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Pinot Noir, but before 5 I don’t mind a Mountain Goat Pale Ale.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

The beach – usually the Bellarine Coast, Victoria.

Favourite restaurant?

Recently I had a great meal with my family at a cute Italian restaurant called the ‘Little Red Kitchen’ in Bellingen, NSW. I wish I lived closer.

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


Your favourite wedding story?

Recently, I shot a wedding on a farm in Gippsland in Victoria. Amazingly, the ceremony was on an island, in a lake, and the reception was in the adjacent goat paddock. The farm was stunning with generous rural vistas, haysheds and tree lined dirt roads. The weather was sunny, maybe too bright and sunny but I like full sun in wedding photos, it has a great Australian look.
So, the sun was out, the bridal party were on the island, it’s gorgeous, they kiss and exit over a little bridge and there are people all over them, it’s beautiful madness and I’m busy. This is a great time to take photos, it’s full of life and moments, and life and moments work best in wedding photos. I notice it’s getting dark, I look up, see the darkest clouds ever and think ‘it’s going to rain big time’! I grab the couple, explain the situation, we make some shots in the field with the rural view and then it rains, and rains, and rains. It’s so wet and windy that the band stops playing and everyone has run for cover and is sheltering in tight groups.
Sounds like a disaster, but it’s not, it actually brings people together. The guests are forced to interact, they are talking and making friends. Eventually we squelch our way to the marquee, it’s muddy under foot, we are dressed up and damp, hair has frizzed, but the energy is electric – everyone is smiling, chatting, drinking and making the most of the situation, the festivities rage all night. A great and memorable wedding for all. I love this story because it proves that a great wedding doesn’t have to be a ‘perfect’ wedding. On the day, go with the flow, and make the most of whatever happens.

Visit Photography by Brent Lukey and Donna Bennetts’ page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week.  Photography by Brent Lukey and Donna Bennetts is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Hold The Flowers

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Anna Rose

Shannon and Adam’s Carnival Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Shannon and Adam

Imagine taking over a theme park for your engagement photographs? That’s exactly what Shannon and Adam did, they headed to Magic Mountain in Columbus, Ohio and spent three hours playing mini golf, dodgem cars and having fun together! Today’s photos are by Connection Photography.

Shannon says “We were both away at college, one of us in Ohio and the other in Pennsylvania when we began talking over Facebook and AIM. Our moms have worked together at a dentist office in our hometown for nearly 15 years so we knew each other growing up but had not talked since middle school. The next three weeks we spent texting and chatting online to get to know each other better. ”

Adam chimes in “Our first date was one of those where everything went wrong, but we had a blast anyways. Shannon was late as always and we missed our first movie time and ended up going to a local bar to wait until another movie time. When we went back to the movie theater the movie was sold out, so we decided to go see another movie called Doomsday. The movie was terrible, but it provides a good laugh looking back. Over the next few years we had a long distance relationship, seeing each other on weekends and holidays and enjoying our college experiences together. ”

Adam says “When it was getting close to our 3 year anniversary, I knew I wanted to finally ask Shannon to marry me. I had an idea to make cards and stations in our apartment telling “Our Story.” In these cards I explained how we met, how we started dating, our feelings, what we have been through, and hopefully where we are heading. I spent all day writing up these cards, getting flowers, and tealight candles to set up the apartment. When I got home I set up 12 stages around our apartment with a card and roses at each. When Shannon was 5 minutes away from home I started lightening the candles in the bedroom that spell out “Marry Me.” Shannon called and said she was beside the apartment complex and all of a sudden the smoke alarms start going off in the house and I freaked out. I ran out, jumped and pulled all the smoke alarms out of the ceiling and ran back into my spot where I was hiding. Shannon walked in and started reading the cards and I was in the other room on one knee with Birdie (our dog) and her ring. When she walked in I asked her to marry me. She said yes and we had our first kiss being engaged. We spent the rest of the night calling everyone to announce the news!”

“I love Shannon because she is the most kind, gentle, friendly, giving person I know. I cannot wait to see her everyday, and I hate being away from her. I love the way she treats me, my family, her family. I love how we share so many interests and just enjoy being around each other. One of the main things is I love how she is willing to put me first ahead of her, it just shows what kind of person Shannon is.”

Shannon says “Adam is one of the best men I know. He is easy to talk to, makes you laugh, and he’s handsome and smart. I love the way he loves me, our dog, and our families (especially my nieces and nephew). I love that we both have our separate interests and we enjoy bonding other them. He is my best friend and I cannot wait to travel, grow, and experience all that life has to offer with him beside me”

“Joseph and Andrea (Connection Photography) are college friends of ours. Because of knowing each other for over 3 years now, they know us pretty well. We had spent a day at Magic Mountain in Columbus, OH together years ago, and the idea came up to take our pictures there. With Adam being a golfer, we thought it would be fun to putt-putt and play games because it fits our personalities. We spent over 3 hours that day taking pictures, playing, eating, and just spending time with Andrea & Joseph at Magic Mountain and we really think that the pictures turned out great because we were just being ourselves. The style of our engagement session was all Joseph & Andrea – their creative eye and ideas made the day fun and easy!”