Babushka Ballerina Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I was so excited to stumble upon the gorgeous collection of Brisbane designer Babushka Ballerina. A bridal boutique itself, stocking many Australian labels (including Anna Campbell and Two Bird Bridesmaids).

But I wanted to discover and explore was the collection of owner Sierra Ramke who has created such a beautiful collection of vintage inspired wedding gowns. Inspired by the 1920s & 1930s, Sierra’s gowns feature beautiful laces, art deco style embellishments, long elegant sleeves and boned bodices.

The elements of her gowns are interchangeable – a bride can choose to add an embellished cap sleeve, a beautiful sparkly belt or change the bodice lace. Sierra’s dream is designing for women who appreciate fashion and have a style of their own.

Photos by Lana Ivanova Photography for Babushka Ballerina

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Vendor of the Week – Lucy Spartalis Photography

by | Blog News, Bride


Is that Spring I smell in the air? Spring and a Monday morning with a week ahead of wedding goodness, let’s kick it off!

First up, as is Monday morning tradition, nod and a bow to the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Please take a moment and check out our awesome directory members. We have vendors who specialise in Photobooth Hire, CelebrantsCakes Styling & Hire just to name a few of the many suppliers who make up the pages of our wedding directory!

Lovely vendor of the week Lucy of Lucy Spartalis Photography started her photography career in Adelaide (and she loves to travel back there to shoot weddings!). She now lives in Melbourne and not only captures weddings but everything in between- like fantastic music artists and street fashion too! I love Lucy’s photos they have a friendliness to them, much like Lucy herself! Her photos capture lots of light, bright moments and beautiful ones too!

We asked Lucy from Lucy Spartalis Photography five questions in five minutes –

Favourite after work drink:

For a long time it was a Kahlua and Soda (people often question it but trust me – so good), but now I go for a Pimm’s and lemonade, filled with chunks of lime and orange. Perfectly refreshing for a hot summer’s day.

Favourite weekend getaway:

I’m an ex South Australian, so I’d have to say trip down to a shack on Hindmarsh Island will always be my absolute fave, but in Victoria I’d have to say Sandy Point – the most secluded, lush coastal town… so green and beautiful. Throw in a few bottles of wine, a bunch of cheeses and smallgoods, and as many board games as I can find – perfect weekend away.

Favourite restaurant:

Definitely Cafe Bedda on High St, Northcote. I’ve never eaten more authentic, delicious Italian cuisine (except for in Italy of course, but even then – it’s close!). Plus the service is exceptional every time.

Sunday Morning Breakfast:

I often try to get to The Green Refectory on Sydney Rd, Brunswick for their amazing Breakfast Stack. Poached eggs, pancetta, spinach, some sort of tomato concoction and a huge chunk of fried halloumi, all stacked on a bed of the tastiest hash brown ever. I’d give a better description, but I usually inhale it in about 1.7 seconds, so I don’t quite remember…

My favourite wedding story:

There are far too many to chose from! I’ll go with a little detail from this last weekend’s wedding (the gorgeous Alice + Jon) that made my heart melt: Their flower girl and pageboy were allowed to wear whatever they wanted to for walking down the isle, so they chose to be dressed as a pink fairy… and Spiderman. Adorable.

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Snapshot Sunday – Thank You Stars

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Lakshal Perera

Katrina and Daniel’s Goulburn Country Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


A gorgeous engagement shoot in the Goulburn country side came my way recently from The Robertsons (formerly David Robertson). I love country engagement photos. There’s a peace and stillness to them that is non existent on most wedding days, so the contrast is beautiful.

Daniel tells their story. ” My favourite city in the world is New York. There is something about it that makes you forget that there is a whole big world out there and that everything you need in the world is at your doorstep. And for me, this was the perfect place to ask for Kat’s hand in marriage. I had designed an art deco style engagement ring and had it made in Sydney. It managed to stay safely in my pocket throughout the whole transit to New York and when it came time, I popped the question in a quiet yet quaint little area in Central Park. Fast forward two years and we are now finally getting married. “

“We currently call Hong Kong home and wanted an engagement shoot that would remind us of the beauty of the Sydney sky. Meeting David Robertson half way between Sydney and Canberra in Goulburn proved to be the perfect backdrop to an amazing shoot! With the whole wedding planned in a quick four day visit back home to Sydney, ending our ‘holiday’ with David and the Goulburn sunset will be something I remember for a long time, and we’re lucky we have such great photos to remind us!”

Kat’s version? “Dan and I have been together for almost ten years. He is my soul mate and best friend. Every night when we get home from work, we don’t stop talking about our day and most usually throughout the day, we email each other about our plans for the night. So it was an astonishing surprise for me to see Dan get down on one knee on Bow Bridge in Central Park that spring day in April. I wondered – how did this go about without my noticing? I will never forget my excitement throughout that experience, walking and talking within Central Park, unravelling his secret and discovering who of my friends (evidently all of them!) had helped him to carry out his classified mission.”

“The wedding planning experience has been leisurely and pleasant for us – possibly because we’ve had over a year to take our time to plan for it. After setting the venue we quickly embarked on finding a photographer. David was an instant hit for us. I feel that the one vital factor in choosing a photographer for me, would be to feel absolutely comfortable to be myself around him and fortunately with David, we got on like a house on fire. I couldn’t wait to meet him in person for our engagement shoot.  David was fearless as he dropped on his backside lying in the midst of all sorts of the glory where cows graze, he had us climbing over wired fences and breaking through chicken pens – it made for an adventurous and unforgettable experience. Finally, I will never forget the warmth of the setting sun, its orange rays beaming through our silhouette and the calmness of being in the middle of a wide, open field.”

Photographer: The Robertsons