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Vintage Glamour Wedding Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


There is a beautiful and classic nature about the old Hollywood style of today’s shoot featuring models Ben Siero and Lucy-May Forbes. It’s full of gorgeous inspiration ideas to style an indoor venue in a way that pulls together all kinds of wonderful moods. A group of Perth wedding professionals came together and pulled together two shoots (we’ll be featuring the next one in a few weeks) that featured vintage, alternative, whimsical and romantic into the one occasion.

Rebecca of Fox and Rabbit explained the concept to me. “This shoot mostly came about due to the First Comes Love – Alternative Bridal Fair; which was where I met most of the vendors for the first time. It is always so refreshing to meet like-minded creative types with a passion to provide alternate wedding options to the Perth market. Initially, it was to be a small collaboration between myself (Fox and Rabbit) and Angela Higgins; who has fast become my favourite wedding photographer for her ability to capture all the finest details to complete perfection. Soon enough the collaboration grew to be quite an event, as wonderful vendors such as Her Hand Picked Harvest, Mitchell and Dent, Milla Makeup and Loui Col come on board.

My intent was to provide two different styles at the same venue and in the same surroundings. I hope to stretch imaginations; opening up the possibility for words such as ‘vintage’, ‘alternative’, ‘whimsical’ and ‘romantic’ to co-exist as one concept. I am particularly proud to showcase wonderful Perth talent and my hat goes off to all of the vendors involved who worked so hard to complete the vision – particularly Angela and the management at The Brown Fox who so generously lent us there venue for an entire day.”

I love this unstructured bouquet – the dreamy, soft colours are so romantic and feminine while being a little whimsical.

A wood carved invitation perhaps? The style of the stationery used throughout the shoot is alternative, a little different- but the font, the words and text placement is so classic that it brings back that Hollywood glamour element and pulls it together.

Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers & Styling: Fox and Rabbit / Venue: The Brown Fox / Vintage Hire & Styling: Her Hand Picked Harvest / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col / Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Makeup: Linney Line / Hair: Ali Price Makeup / Groom’s Attire: Atlas Divine / Shoes: Zomp / Jewellery: Rohan Jewellery
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Stylish Event Hire From The Hire End

by | Bride, Styling, Wedding Inspiration


I really, really love bringing in different elements to your day to personalise it – using different chairs, beautifully coloured linens (oh how I love coloured linens!) even something as simple as cut crystal glassware or coloured glassware can completely change and freshen up the look you are trying to create.

Stylish Sydney brides – a new hire company has opened it’s doors to the public so rejoice in a new supply of delicious, gorgeous accessories, props and goodies to help you style your wedding day. The Hire End was founded by the talent behind The Style Salon (the newer incarnation of old favourite Angels Dreaming).

The Hire End allows you to select your hire items right from the website. There’s a look book dedicated to showing you interesting ways to use the range, a team of stylists on board to help you pull your storyboard together (free for every hire) and the items? They’re delivered to the venue (and can be delivered interstate on a case by case basis) and can even be picked up after the event.

Different pieces are so worthy of exploration if you’re overwhelmed at how to infuse your personal style and bring your look together- one little element might make all the difference.

Crystal glassware, French Glassware

Moroccan votive

Natural linen Tiffany chair cover over Taupe Tiffany Chair, ivory linen Tiffany chair cover over Taupe Tiffany Chair

Crystal frill candlestick, crystal carafe

White ceramic bud vase

Footed crystal bowl

Crystal bud vases

Images via The Hire End

Gwendolynne Summer 2011/12

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


It was such a treat to receive these images of the Gwendolynne Summer 2011/12 collection recently. I find Gwendolynne’s designs quite intriguing – there is a darker edge to them, but this sense that they have been carefully thought out with a mood of wearable art.

Gwendolynne is inspired by history.  She loves to search second hand stores for a treasure but is as equally inspired by her surroundings – flora and fauna along the Yarra River cited as her latest!

I love French lace so am thrilled to see a plethora of it in the latest collection. It’s crafted onto the gowns in beautiful hues – mochas, soft pinks and silvery blues. What I love most about Gwendolynne, apart from her use of spidery lace and amazing detailing is her daring-ness to pair black with the creamiest of ivories or a fine black lace over a simple very bridal silhouette.

Photos from Gwendolynne

Vendor of the Week – Amanda May Papier Couture

by | Blog News, Bride


Good morning Polka Dotties! I’m excited to catch up with the polka dot team this morning to debrief- it’s been a very heavy wedding weekend in the Polka Dot Bride world and I can’t wait to hear the details of this weekend’s celebrations!

First things first, before we launch into showcasing vendors, products and inspiring weddings , it’s time to shine the light on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members!

From bridal gown designers to stunning wedding venues to incredible stationers to talented hair & makeup artists and of course photographers! We have so many fantastic vendors for you to choose from and we’re adding more every week. Step right up, it’s spotlight time!

Today’s vendor of the week is a special double whammy kind of vendor! Not only does Amanda May Papier Couture create sweet wedding stationery (my pick is the paisley design) but she also creates a gorgeous range of bridal accessories – sweet hair flowers, belts and sweet adornments to personalise your wedding day look. So not only is Amanda a busy lady, but she’s also a very talented one! She has over seven years of design experience, a love of vintage design and art and a penchant for beautiful things. A winning combination don’t you think?

To learn more about Amanda May Papier Couture we asked Mandy five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

I love anything sweet! I have a really big sweet tooth.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I love Melbourne! I also love the country so love to get away to Southern Highlands or South Coast .

Favourite restaurant?

Hmm that is a hard one! Our casual hang out would be Grind at Cronulla or for those very very special occasions I can’t go past Aria.

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

I love sharing a Sunday breakfast with my husband especially when he makes it!

Your favourite wedding story?

Apart from my own… how my best friend got engaged was so cute. Her Fiance planned to propose over a beautiful picnic at sunset but it was pouring with rain so he set up the picnic inside her house, super cute!

Visit Amanda May Papier Couture’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Amanda May Papier Couture is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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