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Hilda Heim

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Oh Australian designers- what an incredible talent you are! Brisbane designer Hilde Heim is no exception and popped onto my radar a few years ago. With 20 years of couture experience (and a German bridal boutique) behind her, Hilde came to Brisbane in 2004  and has since expanded to have her gowns stocked in boutiques all over Australia.

Hilde’s designs are full of European flavour, with bold details- they still retain a beautiful elegance. I love the styling of these gowns- a classic ballgown shape with a bow and sparkly bodice, a light as a feather skirt, flower embellished straps, pleating or unique use of colour.

Photos by Hilde Heim

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Vendor Of The Week – Bumbleberry Boutique Design Studio

by | Blog News, Bride


Oh I am so happy it’s Monday! I have so many delicious things to share with you and I can’t wait to get stuck into it!

First up though, it’s time to show off the work of a vendor from Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! Our directory is full of brilliantly talented vendors who are gearing up for a massive wedding season with our fantastic readers! Not only are they pretty darn talented by they’re lovely too so we’re happy to be able to get behind our directory members and show them off to you! We’ve been honoured to have a bunch of new vendors join us recently, so have a look at who has joined us!

This week’s vendor is in one of my favourite industry- stationery and paper goods! Bumbleberry Boutique Design Studio is owned by the lovely Meg and using her talents, can create a full stationery suite to suit the style of your wedding. From flat printed invites with gorgeous designs to more elaborate paper craft. Bumbleberry can work with couples all over the world so you don’t have to worry about your location!

Bumbleberry even offer free downloads, wording guides and inspiration boards on their website- so you can do your stationery shopping and get inspired all in the one place!  Not limited to wedding stationery, Bumbleberry donate a portion of every sale to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fun with their 2010 Christmas Card collection having all proceeds donated.

To learn a little more about Bumbleberry Boutique Design Studio.,we asked Meg five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

On the cooler nights, red wine is always a winner. Every other night, it’s G&T all the way!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

My favourite getaway is to sneak out of the city with my husband and cheeky beagle, Barkly. Beach or country doesn’t matter, so long as it’s peaceful.

Favourite restaurant?

We’re a bit spoiled for choice in Richmond, but I would have to say Maedaya for a great Japanese feed, Salona for an indulgent Greek feed, or the Town Hall Hotel when we can’t be bothered cooking.

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

Tim’s Breakfast Sanga from Torch in Swan Street. The best!

Your favourite wedding story?

Hmm.. that’s a tough one. If I had to choose one, it would be during my own wedding reception when my brother-in-law gathered everybody around and proposed to my sister!!

Visit Bumbleberry Boutique Design Studio.’s Pageto find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Bumbleberry Boutique Design Studio. is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory


Snapshot Sunday – Smoke In My Eyes

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Sass Studios

Michelle and Brendan Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Michelle and Brendan

A super sweet engagement shoot for you today, Michelle and Brendan took their engagement photos in Wonga Park, Victoria with their friend Anneliese Christensen. “We were inspired by nature & a fun vintage feel. We wanted the photo shoot to reflect our personalities, and our love story – young love reigns!  Our amazingly creative friend and photographer sourced the props from op-shops & her garage! ” Michelle and Brendan wanted to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great engagement shoot!

I was touched by Michelle’s heartfelt story- good luck with your next few months of planning guys!

“The first time we  met was in year 10 at an interschool cross country meet. Our schools would always participate together in  sporting events, but we never met each other until 2006 at a leadership
conference camp in Canberra and hit it off! There was a lot of high school  flirting involved! We were both each others first serious relationship. We’re definitely ‘high  school sweethearts’.

Since then we’ve been together 4 and a half years. Brendan proposed in Jan 2010 after a bike ride along the beach while we were  on a trip in Noosa, QLD. It did take a lot of persistence from his side however because I (Michelle) was in a very grumpy mood on the day! My mood did suddenly change however when Brendan got down on one knee and proposed,  and gave me the most beautiful ring – I’ve never seen anything like it. The  wedding plans are ahead and we’re getting married in March 2011.

Being young and in love can be difficult. People can sometimes question the  seriousness of your relationship. We always reminded ourselves that to have real love was about making the mature decision, even at a young age, to be totally committed to the other  person, through all the good and bad times and ups and downs. Love is a  decision, and love is in our actions. And from that decision we have the  most amazing and honest relationship. We’re each others best friends.”

Photos today are by Annelise Christensen

Photos by Anneliese Christensen

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