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Jonesy Darling 2011 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I love kicking off Mondays with a post on amazing gowns. It’s come to be known as Fashion Monday in my head but perhaps needs a much more brilliant name than one I probably came up with while caffeine deprived and freezing cold. Today’s Fashion Monday is dedicated to a sweet label out of the US (that ships to Australia) called Jonesy Darling.

Started by the favourite of the tea length dress designers- Stephanie James Couture, Jonesy Darling is her affordable collection (and she’ll ship to Australia until she finds an Australian stockist!) focusing on gorgeous, affordable vintage inspired tea length wedding gowns. From strapless sweetheart necklines, to decadent, lace ruffles and bows. The gowns are feminine and sweet with just a little bit of sass.


Images by Jonesy Darling

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Vendor of the Week – Marcus Bell Of Studio Impressions

by | Blog News, Bride


Welcome to another week on Polka Dot Bride!

It’s Monday morning which means a spotlight on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is a one stop shop to help you find the best wedding vendors for your wedding – from stylists to stationers, photographers and cakes! They’re incredibly talented, have a sense of style and love working with dotties! Take a peek today and look through their beautiful work!

Amazing photography never fails to take my breath away and so I’m pleased to introduce you to Marcus Bell of  Studio Impressions who is this week’s Polka Dot Bride Vendor of The Week! Marcus Bell is world renowned and when I say that I don’t just mean he travels to the odd country here or there, but Marcus actually travels the world sharing his knowledge and teaching other photographers. He’s just been named as one of the top 10 photographers in the world and was the first photographer to be named Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year twice.

Aside from all the glory, in the end it all comes down to the photographs, the work before you and how it captures the day. Marcus has a regal-ness to his photographs, a magic. Along with plenty of candid images there are images that make your jaw drop as the sun streams through the clouds, creates a piece of art from an intimate moment or a frozen moment in time from a moment of joy.

To learn a little more about Studio Impressions we asked Marcus five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?
Depending on the mood of the day – a glass of Bannockburn Pinot Noir, or a Mojito.

Your favourite weekend getaway?
Surfing the beaches of Byron Bay, building sandcastles and making monsters truck stadium racetracks in the sand with my 3 little boys.

Favourite restaurant?
Here in Brisbane, MODA Restaurant. The chef Javier Codina produces authentic Spanish Catalan cuisine, perfect for sharing a relaxed dinner with a group of friends.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Avocado and fresh tomato on crunchy sourdough and a really good coffee – best eaten listening to music in the morning sun on my front deck with my wife Penny.

Your favourite wedding story?
The bride, Vivian was originally from Korea and now living in Australia, she had not seen her closest girlfriends for many years. Without her knowledge, her groom, Howard, had organised for all of her friends to fly to Australia to attend the wedding. After the ceremony, as she walked back down the aisle with her new husband, her lifelong friends stepped out into the aisle to surprise her. The pure joy on all their faces said just so much about the importance of friendship. What a magical gift for a husband to give his new wife. It really showed how much he knew her, loved her, and respected every part of her life. This wedding was quite a few years ago now, but I still think about that moment.

Visit Studio Impression’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Studio Impressions is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


Snapshot Sunday – My Father

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Aren’t fathers such special creatures? On this Father’s Day, a special shout out to my favourite father of all. Who is a mentor, a guide, a strength, a comfort, a comedian (he wishes ) and a singer (again he wishes) and the one I love most of all.

Photo by Matt Reed

Sarah and Dave’s Urban Melbourne Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Sarah and Dave

This shoot is so Melbourne it hurts (I could never be a hipster or talk in hipster speak so indulge me). From taking in Melbourne’s laneways, the fabulous architecture and the graffiti and hidden bars. Luke from Luma Photography really captured it all!

Sarah wrote the most amazing story about her relationship with Dave, so now it’s over to her.

“Dave and I are getting married at a beautiful winery in the Adelaide Hills for two reasons: 1) We met working at a wine store and 2) To represent the new life we will be starting together in Adelaide. Dave proposed to me the day we visited that particular winery.

I met Dave in Melbourne as I was finishing my teaching degree and was about to travel to India for a few months. He was in a gap year between Uni and finding a job in design and we both happened to land jobs in the wine section of a liquor store. I never wanted to work there. Before my first shift, I called a friend saying I didn’t think there was any point in starting a new job when I really only needed it for a month or so. She convinced me to give it a go for a least one shift. On my first shift, I met Dave and during my break, I checked the roster to find out what his last name was – just in case I was to take his name one day. I was smitten. Of course I decided to stay on at the store and Dave became my mentor; training me up how to work the tasting table. In our position, we got to taste wine in the back room to see if the wine was corked. Dave always snuck in a few extra bottles to try and one time, Tim Tams. He had me. Over the next few weeks, we grew closer and he finally plucked up the courage to ask me out to coffee after work. Coffee lasted four hours before Dave had to go and meet his family for dinner. I no longer wanted to go to India. I wanted to stay with Dave.”

“After two months together, I flew to India on my own. Dave and I spoke whenever we could and I yearned to be back in Australia with him instead of battling gastro and crowds in India. The phone bill cost over a two grand even after I cut my trip short!”

“After returning home, we began to spend every day with each other, moving in together after 10 months. My love of travel sparked something in Dave and together we travelled to South East Asia in 2009 and South America in 2010. Our love of food and wine always sparked new adventures wherever we went and some of the happiest memories in my life are of Dave and I cycling from winery to winery in Argentina’s wine country, stopping for enormous amounts of steak for lunch, more wine and cycling through vineyard to the next winery. Heaven.”

“I thought Dave was going to propose in South America. He didn’t. However, I waited until we had been together for four years to really put the hard word on him. In Adelaide in December 2010, Dave and I visited Howard Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Here we enjoyed a delicious lunch, laughs and good wines. I was sure that seeing my father had given Dave my grandmother’s engagement ring, he would propose. He didn’t. The drive home was tense. I was rope-able. When we arrived home, Dave suggested that we go for a walk on my high school oval at the end of my parent’s street to calm down. As we walked, I texted my friend saying I thought Dave would never propose and I didn’t know whether we had a future. We lay down on the grass and looked up at the sky. I suddenly became calm and we agreed that by looking at the sky, we could be anywhere in the world – we were only limited by our imaginations. In that moment, Dave rolled over, presented me with a ring and said “Hey Sarah, will you marry me?”. I actually forgot to say yes because through my tears, I kept repeating “Are you serious? Is this real? REALLY?”.”

“So I’m bringing back my lovely husband-to-be to Adelaide to begin a new life. There’s plenty of wineries there to keep us occupied and we can’t wait to begin this second phase in our relationship. The first one has been amazing.”

Photos by Luma Photography

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