Jennifer Regan Chic Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Sydney designer Jennifer Regan has unveiled her 2012 collection. Simply named the “Chic Collection” the latest range takes inspiration from European architecture, history and old Hollywood glamour.

I really love the simplicity of these designs. To the eye they’re simple, silk gowns but there’s little design elements that add to the gowns for a truly beautiful effect. A beautifully low back, lace dripping down the shoulder, a barely there illusion neckline or gussets that make the skirt pool like liquid. The gowns are modern, but retain the beauty and style of yesteryear.

Images by Jennifer Regan

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Vendor of the Week – Wedding Gifts Direct

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Morning Dotties! I remember last week someone asked is Happy Monday an oxymoron- is it for you? I always have mixed feelings on Mondays! I’m eager to get into work and excited, but part of me is sad the weekend is over!

Before we get into our very full week of blissful wedding inspiration, let’s spotlight Ms Polka Dot’s Directory!

We have some seriously incredible vendors in our directory (and we’ve just added a Photobooth Hire category due to popular demand!). I mean, have you seen our florists and their incredible bouquets? What about our cinematographers and their whimsical, beautiful wedding films? Perhaps you’re looking for a fantastic band for your guests to dance the night away with? We have all these and more in the pages of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory so do check it out!


I have to admit it took me a long time to come around to the idea of gift registries, but when, as a wedding guest I figured out I could get the marrieds to be a gift they really want and would definitely use (and personalise it with fun polka dot accessories.. perhaps) I soon came around. Which is why I think our vendor of the week Wedding Gifts Direct is pretty fantastic.

The first thing I love is that they price match – so guests don’t have to worry about pricing if they find the item for less elsewhere. They also offer bonuses every single month, great competitions, online, email, fax, in store and over the phone ordering,  and you? You can set up the entire registry online and even get a lifetime discount of 20% off any purchases! If you’re looking at a registry of experiences, or would like the option of a wishing well – they can help you there too.

I love the flexibility of Wedding Gifts Direct and the fact it’s not only easy for you, but easy for your guests!

To get to know the Wedding Gifts Direct team a little better, we asked Samantha from Wedding Gifts Direct five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Hunter Valley

Favourite restaurant?
Neild Avenue

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Eggs Benedict with Salmon, or Strawberry Pancakes!

Your favourite wedding story?
One of our lovely couples, Laura & Pater, had a very sweet story of how they got together – I have included this below:
How they met:
“Pete and I met in high school. He was quite and kept mostly to himself. I was loud and decided that he and I were going to be friends, whether he liked it or not.
6 years later, I realised that I shared the same feelings for him that he’d been secretly feeling for me for about 4 years. Problem was, it was just before I was about to move to London for up to 2 years. So, we did the long distance thing for 15 months and decided that if we could survive that together, we were destined to be together forever”.
How he proposed:
“Pete’s proposal was epic, so here’s the short, very short version…
I had been planning a cocktail party at my house and had 15 friends coming over for hors d’eouvres and drinks. That morning, Pete cooked me breakfast. I went to Pilates and came home to a clean house! We then went out for lunch at Warriewood beach. After lunch, Pete said that he was still hungry and wanted a smoothie from a particular place in Narrabeen. He tricked me and we ended up at a day spa receiving an hour long massage and an hour long pedicure! Thinking that it was a late birthday present, I suspected nothing. We got home and I was told that I had 15mins to get ready to go out for dinner somewhere nice. A taxi picked us up and took us the Opera House. We had an early dinner at Guillaume’s and I thought we’d be getting back to my cocktail party. Nup… after a quick stop off at a chocolate shop, we got a taxi to Star City where we saw Mamma Mia! We didn’t get home until 11:45 and I thought that all my friends must have gone home. Pete then took me up to a head land over looking Newport Beach where he’d had a friend set up a rug with bamboo flares all lit up. It was midnight when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. When we got back to the house, my friends were all there to congratulate us and party on into the night! ”

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

Snapshot Sunday – You Raise Me Up

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Lachlan Burrell

Kate and Brad’s Autumn Engagement Photos

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Engagements


Kate & Brad

Autumn is my favourite time of year (along with winter, I adore the cold!) so this gorgeous engagement Canberra session from Beata English seems just the right way to spend a wintery Saturday!

Kate tells their story. “Brad and I met nearly 5 years ago at a music festival in Canberra. We had several mutual friends and it was surprising we hadn’t met before. I’m not one for cliche’s like ‘love at first sight’ but from the moment we met something just felt right and we haven’t looked back since!”

“Brad proposed on the 17th December 2011. We had been living and travelling through Europe and we were in Iceland, before making our way to Canada for Christmas.
We awoke to the snow falling in Reykjavic, and with the sun yet to rise, we headed out to the Blue Lagoon. It was -4 degrees, the snow was gently falling and all you could see for miles was white. Then as we enter the Blue Lagoon, with the amazing snow covered ground, is this dazzling blue water, at 40 degrees, and we swim around watching the daylight break through the darkness as the sun slowly starts to rise. And it was in this magical setting, that Brad proposed to me. It was such a special moment and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!”

“Brad and I have so much in common it makes being together so easy and so much fun. We love to travel, cook, drink wine and play/watch sport. We have a house and dog (Asha) who we love to bits and our family and friends are very important to both of us.”

“We had originally thought we would like an autumn (our favourite season) wedding, maybe at a winery, with a fairly rustic feel. But as our wedding plans evolved, we decided we couldn’t want to wait until next year to marry and so we are marrying in October and having a spring time, modern, cocktail wedding! In fact, our wedding date will be 5 years to the exact day and date that Brad and I met! As such, we decided to use the opportunity of our engagement session to incorporate our initial ideas and to capture what is us, and our relationship at its most natural. Our favourite season, one of our favourite local settings, in our own clothes. Our engagement photos really capture who we are and what we love.  Our amazing photographer Beata English was full of great ideas for photos and made us both feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We are now so excited for our wedding and what amazing moments she will capture!”