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Serena and Paolo’s Silent FIlm Inspired Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Serena and Paolo

I don’t normally post engagement sessions during the week (they’re our Saturday treat) but I really want to mix it up today with this fun, silent film inspired engagement from Luciana Ognibene of Fibre di luce in Italy!

Luciana explained the thought behind Serena and Paolo’s engagement photographs. “Serena and Paolo wanted something unique and very original, both romantic and ironic. So we studied together the old silent films frames, with a special attention to framing, lighting, posing and expressions. We’ve been inspired by Greta Garbo and Rodolfo Valentino, but also by Charles Chaplin and Ettore Petrolini (a popular Italian ‘900 comedy actor). To crown it all in a complete retro silent film fashion, we’ve added also some dialogues. Let’s add some ragtime piano…”

Photos by Luciana Ognibene of Fibre di luce

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Emelia and Anthony’s Coastal Glamour Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emelia and Anthony

When a wedding is so full of emotion like today’s with a bridesmaid that makes me smile with her laughter, a soft hug between the newlyweds and an added bonus of a stunning location, stunning Johanna Johnson wedding gown and delicious light to boot, it’s hard not to make a Tuesday like this one, pretty great!

Our couple have been together for nearly ten years – meeting at a party in high school. They wed, recently on the NSW South Coast in what the bride Emelia describes as, “An absolute dream wedding and exactly how we both wanted it to be.”

Photographs today are by Christine Pobke of Pobke Photography. I love how Christine used the light, the mood and the personality of the couple to tell the story, to create beautiful photographs and memories of Emelia and Anthony’s wedding day.

Emelia’s bridesmaids wore floor length blush pink gowns made by Gloria Grady (02) 6280 9334.

Emelia chose a Johanna Johnson gown and hairpiece with shoes from Cinderella Bella and held a bouquet of light pink and white David Austin Roses created by Miss Shelleys Flowers 0422 687 854 who did the flowers for the wedding.

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

The ceremony was moved at the last minute. Emelia recalls, “We always wanted a coastal/beach wedding and Gerringong is both of our favourite holiday spots. It was lucky that there is a beautiful hotel (Bellachara Boutique Hotel) in the area to hold the reception. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t good enough to have the ceremony at the beach so we used our back up venue which was a lovely little chapel on the main street of Gerringong (Chittick Lodge Chapel) with a backdrop of the mountains. Rachel (wedding planner at Bellachara Boutique Hotel) ordered a whole lot of flowers at the last minute to make sure it looked beautiful inside.

We pretty much outsourced most things. After making our own engagement invitations at the start of the process we decided that some things were worth paying for. We especially made sure we didn’t have much to do on the day or the few days leading up to it so we could relax and enjoy ourselves.”

Emelia walked down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.

Emelia remarks, “The celebrant Gail Everard did a beautiful job at making the ceremony personal, romantic and relaxed.”

The stunning photographs were an adventure for the bridal party. Emelia remarks, “The photos were a bit of an adventure. We walked through water to get photos at the rock pool and then trekked through marshland to get photos taken under the giant fig tree. Thankfully both were worth it.”

Clipper Limousines provided the Kombi bus as transport for the bridal party. Emelia recalls “We were undecided whether to use the bus as our wedding car because we weren’t really fussed about what cars we used. The whole idea of the bus was that the wedding party would all travel together and could have a joke and a laugh while doing photos etc. The bus was a huge hit on the day and all the members of our bridal party had a ball in it.”

The reception was held at the Bellachara Boutique Hotel.

The reception was decorated with fresh flowers. Emelia says “The centrepieces of each table were giant vases filled with tortured willow and assorted flowers such as Hydrangeas, Lisianthus’, delphiniums and David Austen roses all in pale pink and white. They made the reception room look amazing.  ”

Round the Corner played the entertainment on the night and the newlyweds did a quick and sweet first dance. Emelia explains “It was to ‘Arithmetic’ by Brooke Taylor, we made sure the bridal party, parents etc came up pretty quickly to take the attention off our dancing. It was really difficult to move around in my dress.”

Guests never left the dance floor, though there was a little use for the favours Emelia and Anthony picked out. “The bonbonniere included personalised cigars for the boys (Anthony’s idea) and personalised m&ms for the girls, both of which we found over the internet.”

Congratulations Amelia and Anthony! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Christine of Christine Pobke of Pobke Photography. for sharing today’s images!

Photos by Christine Pobke of Pobke Photography

“Everything But The Dress” Bridal Accessories Inspiration Shoot

by | Accessories, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


I have something a little different for you to kick off your Tuesday – a beautifully elegant styled fashion shoot called “Everything But The Dress”, styled to show off a range of beautiful bridal accessories. Stylist Amy Oram of Teeki says, “I wanted to create something very soft, girly and feminine. Portray the elegance of a women and the softness of her heart.” It’s rare that I come across a shoot involving bridal lingerie that is so elegantly put together.

The dream team behind this morning’s beautiful shoot includes photography by Amy Nelson-Blain, styling by  Amy Oram, bouquets and flower arrangements by Wild Lotus Florist, makeup by Make up by Megan, hair by Rachel Ann’s Mobile Hairdressing, Models – Amber Bernauer & Brooke Lazarus.

The accessories showcased include headpieces, hair clips and flower sash by Teeki, bridal “hand in hand” cape by Kristi Bonnici, lingerie by Hopeless Lingerie, shoes by Wanted Shoes, accessories and props – stylists own.

Photos by Amy Nelson-Blain

Gwendolynne Burkin Designs

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Many years ago, a friend of mine had the most spectacular birthday celebration. She wore a gown by Melbourne label Gwendolynne and I remember thinking on the evening, how it was a work of art – the beading, the fabrics, the way it came together was so beautiful. Since then, Gwendolynne has held a special place in my heart.

Gwendolynne Burkin is a Melbourne designer who creates amazing gowns reminiscent of a bygone era. With antique trimmings, incredible lace work and beading each garment tells a story – the subtlety of her work slowly unfolding as you take in the minor details that pull together into her gowns.

Photos by Gwendolynne

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