George Elsissa Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


This absolutely gorgeous shoot fell into the ‘too beautiful not to share’ category when I received it. Especially because I would love to see a bride wearing this stunning black gown! Pictures & Hearts paired up Phyliss Quek with George Elsissa CoutureShannon Meddings & Lianne Claire Mesiti to showcase the stunning George Elsissa Couture creations and the results are stunning!

Photographer: Pictures & Hearts / Model: Phyllis Quek / Gowns: George Elsissa Couture / Styling: Shannon Meddings / Makeup Artist: Lianne Claire Mesiti
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Vendor of the Week – Darin Collison Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to a brand new week on Polka Dot Bride!

Before we get into endless inspiration that seems to be pouring into our office, let’s shine the light brightly on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Ms Polka Dot’s Directory is getting bigger every week, adding more and more vendors that understand the Polka Dot vision (because you’re special people and it takes a special kind of vendor to get that!) From Flowers to Photography to Styling & Hire and Venues– we have you covered!

I can’t get enough of magical wedding photography. You know the kind – the moments in between, the unexpected glances, the stolen kisses and romantic gestures. This week’s vendor of the week Darin Collison Photography‘s talent lies not only in capturing those moments, but in thinking differently about your wedding day. His work, well, it really speaks for itself. Darin is based in Melbourne but travels often.

We asked Darin from Darin Collison Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Negroni. Equal parts gin, vermouth, Campari. Shake and strain. Mmmmm…

Your favourite weekend getaway?
I’m a wedding photographer. I don’t get away at weekends. But if I could, I would head up the Great Ocean Road.

Favourite restaurant?

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Depends. My choice – Huevos Rancheros. My wife’s – eggs Benedict. But the girls usually win, which means pancakes with lemon and sugar.

Your favourite wedding story?
I was shooting a wedding at St James, in Brighton. The priest was welcoming the guests and opening the proceedings. I was kneeling in the aisle, a couple of rows from the front.
As he talked, he walked slowly down the aisle. He stopped right by me.
Putting his hand on my shoulder, he announced to all and sundry, “And isn’t it lovely to see someone kneeling in church.”

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

Snapshot Sunday – Happy Feet

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Lisa Michele Burns

Erin and Manning’s Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Erin & Manning

Gerard of Hynesite Photography sent along this relaxed, beautiful engagement shoot that took place at the share house where the newly engaged couple Erin & Manning met! I love the idea of engagements at home, especially because I’m such a homebody!

This is the way the story goes “Manning and Erin met in April of 2011 when Manning replied to an online ad for a room to rent in a share house that Erin was currently living in. Manning almost didn’t make the cut for an interview, and when he was told he had secured a spot that afternoon, he almost didn’t make it – he’d been for a long bike ride up to Emerald, 60km away, and only just made it back in time.”

After a morning of interviews, Erin and her housemates made an easy decision, that Manning was the best candidate, and he moved in two weeks later.

Erin and Manning got along well, especially since they were often home together a lot.

After late nights together cooking, playing scrabble and discussing their own ideal European holidays (which they are going on together this June), Manning and Erin made the nerve-wracking and exciting decision to take their housemate relationship to the next level.

The couple feels very spoilt that in the early days of their dating, they got to spend every day together. It helped to accelerate their relationship, and create a strong bond that neither of them had ever felt before. Erin in particular always felt that if Manning could fall for her in her trackies and slippers around the house, then he truly was falling for whole deal. And it certainly didn’t detract from the special nights when they went out for dates – their first real date, Manning snuck out the back door, so he could pick Erin up out the front.”

“Since they started dating, Manning and Erin have moved in to an apartment by themselves where they continue their love of cooking, and spend time riding to cafes for brunches with family and friends.

The couple wanted to incorporate elements in the shoot that were important to them: the scrabble for the nights they spent getting to know one another; the bicycle to remind them how lucky they were that Manning even made it to the housemate interview on time; and the tulips, because for her birthday, Manning sent some to Erin at her work. That day, everyone told Erin what she already knew to be true: “He’s a keeper, don’t let him go”.

“The weekend after the shoot they moved into their own apartment!”

Photographer: Hynesite Photography