Hand Drawn Wedding Invitations From Letitia Buchan

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Oh Melbourne, too often you show off your beauty with incredible artistic, creative people like the lovely Letitia Buchan. Hand drawn everything and anything is Letitia’s forte (she’s a dab hand with a pen!) Letitia designed her own invitations in January 2012 and has since been working on not only custom wedding invitations and has since had a taste for the world of weddings (above is the lettering she created for The Style Co‘s new website and down below you can catch a sneak peek at a cinematographer’s new branding!).

Working from her South Melbourne studio, Letitia has a background in graphic design. She’s traveled the world- from Perth to South Africa, to Mallorca and everywhere in between and now works in graphic design for fashion labels, magazines and music. But the best part? She creates custom work (as well as art prints) for clients, including full stationery suites!

Of course, Letitia’s work translates just as well off screen- including onto chalkboards!

Images & artwork by Letitia Buchan

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Em and Max’s Modern City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Em and Max

From the moment I saw the wedding of Em & Max I couldn’t wait to share it. Not only has it got every ounce of urban style, but the black and white photography captures nothing but candid, personal moments.

Em tells their story. “We met through university. After four years of friendship, our relationship began (at a flip of a coin; literally) and five years later- got married! ”

Photography today is by Jeremy Beasley who has captured the candid moments and details all together beautifully.

Em wore a wedding gown from La Sposa Fanal while Max wore a suit from Christian Dior.

The day started with a traditional church ceremony at St Thomas Aquinas, South Yarra. Em remembers, “St Thomas was a perfect ceremony venue for us. We were after a traditional church ceremony that was simple and intimate. So we picked the smallest and closest one we could find. ”

The wedding invitations were created by Bella Figura.

Of their photographer, Emily says, “Awesome. Jeremy Beasley is an extremely professional and talented photographer that has uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time to take the shot. ”

Emily & Max held their reception at Alto at GPO. Em recalls Alto was a great setting for a reception that matched our personalities and taste. We love concrete and exposed beams! We did our customary tea ceremony there with family whilst guests arrived. The food and service was great and The Style Co did a great job setting the place up.”

The reception was styled by The Style Co . Emily explains “The Style Co styled the reception venue to match our personalities. Lots of concrete including oversized letters, the cake, gift station blocks, flower blocks, etc. And yellow, like our jeep! They suspended light bulb pendants over the tables which gave the venue a beautiful atmosphere. The outdoor area had paper lanterns, which our guests could write on and leave a tea light in. ”

Guests wrote well wishes on paper bag luminaries.

The reception did have one tiny hiccup, Em says. “Mid way through the reception, we had a fire evacuation, which our guests found really entertaining.”

For their first dance, Em remembers, “We didn’t have any rehearsals and just went for it on the night. We danced to Jack Johnson ‘Angel’.”

Congratulations Em and Max! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jeremy Beasley for the photographs!

Styling: The Style Co / Bride's Dress: La Sposa Fanal / Bride's Jewellery: Georg Jensen / Groom's Attire: Christian Dior / Groomsmen Attire: Zanetti / Bridesmaid Dresses: Fabric from D'Italia / Hair & Makeup Artist: Merton Muaremi / Flowers & Decor: The Style Co / Invitations & Stationery: Bella Figura / Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas, South Yarra / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Laurence Mooney OSA / Ceremony Musicians: String Musicians Australia / Reception Venue: Alto@GPO / Band: Simon Burke & Lachlan / DJ: DJ Ryan (Allegro Music) / Catering: Damm Fine Food / Wedding Cake: Splendid Servings / Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen

Rachel Gilbert Cruise Collection 2012

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Ah Australian designer Rachel Gilbert never fails to impress with her clean, modern designs.

The debut of her Cruise collection delivers the same Rachel Gilbert modern style I have come to know and love. No fuss, no frou frou, just simple straight lines with elegant, modern details. A whisper of feathery texture, an illusion neckline with curved, geometric sparkle. (Please, can someone wear the red floor length sequin number and share pictures? I know from experience how awesome sequin wedding gowns are)!

Photos by Rachel Gilbert

Vendor of the Week – James Harvie Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! What a month it has been already and what a month we have to come! It has been so cold lately that i’m looking forward to seeing more blooms.I wish i could find a flower a month service in Australia. I’d love fresh beauties delivered to our office every month!

Before we get started into a jam packed week of inspiration, let’s take a peek at Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out the pages of our directory. We’ve added such a huge number of directory members over the past month, so it’s always worth checking in to see who might have popped up!  From the celebrants who pronounce you married, the stationers who help you invite your loved ones, to the photographers who capture it all.

Melbourne is a city full of beautiful wedding photography and today I’m thrilled to introduce you to James Harvie Photography  who is a Melbourne wedding photographer based on the Mornington Peninsula. James travels though, so he’s not limited to the Victorians! With over ten years under his belt as a professional wedding photographer James captures beautiful imagery- almost like art with intensely beautiful moments. His appreciation of Melbourne architecture adds a dramatic and interesting flair to his work.

We asked James from James Harvie Photography five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

Bloody Mary

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Byron Bay

Favourite restaurant?

Anything that serves top notch Japanese food

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

I’m too heathy : Raw fruit sliced and mixed with a bowl of raw oats and vanilla yoghurt

Your favourite wedding story?

We flew over to Hamilton Island to shoot a wedding and the couple then flew me out to Whitehaven Beach in a Chopper  – now that was fun.

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