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Bowie “Paper Cranes” Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Australian designer Bowie Wong released his “Paper Cranes” collection recently at Sydney’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and in amongst the stunning collection were seventeen beautiful bridal gowns.

Growing up in Hong Kong and training in Tokyo, Bowie’s Asian heritage heavily influences his collections. Paper Cranes debuted in a white winter wonderland, allowing the garments to appear almost angelic. Bowie takes each collection and tells a story through his garments.

Bowie works with brides over four appointments (one style consultation, two fittings and collection) to create a customised gown based off Bowie’s couture collection. Bowie works with each bride to ensure style choices and fabric selection are the right fit for the walk down the aisle.

From voluptuous bodices, to tiered skirts and dramatic asymmetrical necklines, I love Bowie’s sense of drama and the eastern influences in his gowns bring the delicate nature of origami-like fabric placement to create gowns that are truly works of art.

Photos by Bowie

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Vendor of the Week – Karen Buckle Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties!

I couldn’t let a Monday morning pass by without a nod to one of our hard working, fantastic Ms Polka Dot’s Directory members! Our vendors are working so hard producing amazing weddings right now and I know they’re looking forward to working with even more Polka Dot Bride readers in the upcoming months as we move into the season of Spring weddings! Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and check out what our amazing vendors are up to!

I am thrilled to introduce you this week’s Vendor of The Week Karen Buckle Photography. Karen has such a beautiful way of capturing weddings. She makes everything “glow”. From the light shining in the couple’s eyes, to the radiant golden sunsets streaming through the trees. Karen always makes the most of the backdrop Mother Nature provides (which being on the Sunshine Coast means she gets gorgeous ones!) and also the relaxed, love filled couples she captures. I always get a lift when I see her work pop into my inbox!

To learn a little more about Karen Buckle Photography we asked Karen five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

Vodka Lime and lemonade

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Weddings mean I don’t get too many free weekends but I love going to the beach or shopping/people watching in the city or visiting family and friends.

Favourite restaurant?

I love the Cherry Blossom (our local sushi place) I could eat there everyday.

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

My husband does the best poached eggs ever – yummo. It’s definitely become a tradition for us!

Your favourite wedding story?

The best ones are unrepeatable 😉 but one of my best friends in the world Jo got married in Melbourne a couple of years ago and her husband Jeremy surprised her by learning to play her favourite song (Everlong/Foo Fighters) and performed it at the reception. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!

Visit Karen Buckle Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Karen Buckle Photography is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Rejoice

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography via Amour Amour

Alana and Kieran’s Cairns Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Alana and Kieran

I sighed with happiness when photographer Matthew Evans sent over this delicious engagement shoot – I swear I almost felt the sand between my toes (wishful thinking? Yes, but it’s winter, a girl gets to dream!). Alana and Kieran had an engagement portrait shoot together in Palm Cove and took full advantage of the beautiful location for relaxed, dreamy photographs.

Alana tells their story “Kieran and I have known each other for 8 years and been a couple for 5 and a half years. We originally knew each other through mutual friends and became more than friends after a few weeks of flirting. The problem was that after a week of being together I moved to Fraser Island as I already had flights and a job lined up. I stayed there for about 3 months and missed Kieran so much that I moved back home to be with him.

Kieran proposed to me after a year and a half on a weekend away in Port Douglas. Since then we have travelled the world together and decided to marry at on the beach at Port Douglas, the place we got engaged.

The wedding is a relaxed beach wedding at the Sheraton Mirage, with the ceremony being on the beach and the reception being on an island in the middle the Sheraton Mirage swimming pools.”

Photos by Matthew Evans Photography

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