Carmen and Jonny’s Vintage Style Wedding Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


Carmen and Jonny

To kick our Tuesday off I have a scrumptious vintage inspired post wedding shoot by Tigs Macallan for you! To celebrate their two year anniversary, the couple got together, Carmen in a tea length wedding dress, (and face of pure joy), Jonny in a three piece suit and the reflection of their personality and loves and created a beautiful set of photographs.

Carmen, our newlywed tells their story. “Jonny and I both come from Cape Town, South Africa. We have many mutual friends and met a year or so before I moved to Australia. Jonny moved to Australia with his family two years later and pretty much from then on we’ve not really left each other’s side. We dated for a few years and then decided we wanted to do life together so we went on to tie the knot.

We both are lovers of the good things in life like great music and food, poetry and the outdoors and of course our relationships with our friends and family. We really wanted our wedding day to be an extension of ourselves and a moment in time that we would share together in the presence of all that we love in our life- all in one place at the same time…and we achieved this. We are coming up two years of being married and we decided to do a post-wedding shoot with Tigs Macallan. We really admire her creativity and her use of light in her work…she really gets the quirky vintage flavor we were wanting to achieve in our wedding photos. Unfortunately wedding days seem to fly by and there is just not enough time to photographically capture all that we intended to. It was a wonderful experience to take a day without any pressure to watch the clock, and be completely indulgent of each other and relive to some degree what is a beautiful memory.”

“There is something quite breath taking about the contrast of delicate fabric and the ruggedness of the forest. The forest holds beautiful meaning for Jonny and I for many reasons and has always been on the list of photographic venues. We enjoy the playfulness that the forest adds and how we are almost ‘not-fitting’ as if superimposed in the

I guess these photos will forever remind us of this unique space that we are in in our lives. Jonny and I op-shopped our entire wedding – we love making things our own. Our wedding was a picnic under BIG Elm trees…the picnic props pay tribute to this memory.”

“Both our wedding outfits are from Circa Vintage Clothing in the wonderful Fitzroy. My dress is 1950s vintage which I altered by giving it an open back, cap-sleeves and the sweet-heart neckline. The original was wonderfully modest. In the post-wedding shoot we changed our outfits slightly to differentiate from the actual wedding day. Jonny chose a darker pin-striped waste-coat and added the tweed hat. I went for a more natural hair-do with an earthy bouquet and my red shoes were a gift from my mum a while back and have been a bit of a ‘Carmen signature’.”

“Brunswick Street in Fitzroy we have come to adore for many reasons too. It is wonderfully edgy, inspiringly creative and it is the place we have breakfast almost every weekend as we watch the interesting characters walk by and hope that one day we might get to live here. We have our few favourite pieces of street art scattered around the place that make interesting backdrops to our photos that hold special meaning for us”

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Arpie and Maral Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I get seriously excited when I get the chance to show off a new bridal designer, it’s like being a kid in a candy store! So many beautiful things to look at, so many designs to get inspired by! Melbourne based designers Arpie and Maral popped up on my radar last year and I was delighted to hear from them recently.

With a clean, structured designed sense, the girls take inspiration from the finest fabrics and embroidery techniques to create unique gowns tailored to each bride’s style and sensibilities. I love the solid beauty of the fabrics they’ve chosen in this collection, they look clean and sophisticated but still lend themselves to unexpected beading and detailing to take the gown from something plain to something really customised and beautiful.

Each gown is custom made for it’s wearer with a four step process- including five fittings to ensure your gown fits like a glove.

The Arpie & Maral girls don’t just make gowns either, with their techniques in french beading they’ve designed their own range of beautiful veils, hairbands, hair flowers and jewels. Made using Swarovski crystals, the hair accessories range is available to purchase through Arpie and Maral’s online store.

Photos by Arpie & Maral

Vendor of the Week – Fiorenza Bridal

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s another Monday morning and I am glad to be back! There is something a little gleeful about Mondays after a fantastic weekend isn’t there? It gives you just a bit of oomph for the week ahead!

We can’t, of course, start our Monday without a showcase of  Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Every week we’re adding more new vendors to the pages of our directory- from wedding gown designers, to wedding florists, wedding celebrants and event stylists. Our pages are filled with so many fantastic, talented venues that make me feel so honoured to show up and write for you each day. So many talented people that can help make your wedding vision come to life!

One thing about weddings is the ability to wear the most amazing gown of your life. So the vendor of the week I introduce to you today just might help you out on that front! Fiorenza Bridal is a label started by Brisbane designer Pina Fiorenza. Pina has had over twenty years of designing beautiful gowns  and has created her own ready to wear label. With her gowns available in stores across Australia, Pina’s latest collection is filed with the silhouettes of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Each gown is named after a beautiful woman who influenced Pina’s life.

We asked Pina of Fiorenza Bridal five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Dry martini with an olive – ‘that’s amore’

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Fishing with my son in law. He is very confident in the water and I am not! Secure, tranquil bliss!

Favourite restaurant?

I have a favourite in every city; in Brisbane it is Ecco

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

When I get up on Sunday it’s almost noon – so it could be pizza…or scrambled pizza!

Your favourite wedding story?

A survivor of cancer designing and creating her wedding gown during chemotherapy; and then seeing her recently with 3 beautiful children.

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

Snapshot Sunday – Let It Snow

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by David Moore Photography