Captivating Country Romance Wedding Inspiration

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


To start your morning with something completely lovely we have this captivating country romance wedding inspiration shoot from stylist Miss Mooi, who has recently added some new inventory to their hire range and felt it was a good time to celebrate with this gorgeous shoot. Set in the picturesque Yarra Valley at The Wiggley Bottom Farm, surrounded by lush green rolling hills and towering gums, the team set about creating two ceremony decor inspirations, and a table scape to accompany both. The shoot was beautifully captured by the incredibly talented Qlix Photography, who took advantage of the gorgeous location and the beautiful light filtering through the blossoming trees to create a most dreamy shoot.

The first ceremony setting is the aptly named, Boho Beauty, which included a striking custom made Macramé piece by The Middle Aisle, and rustic bamboo folding chairs. The whimsical signage was created by Minikin Mill, and all floral design was done by Florette.

The table scape was kept quite minimal and really focused on beautiful blooms, gorgeous organic ceramics and the brushed gold cutlery from Dann Event Hire, who also provided the timeless coupes for the elegant champagne towers. An invitation suite by the incredibly talented calligrapher Michaela McBride Calligraphy was used for its simplicity and beauty, and adorned with a simple country wreath, it was the perfect addition to the shoot. Crème De La Cakes provided the simple, yet luscious three tier textured cake, topped with slightly wild florals. 

The beautiful bride model Eve was dressed by Kara Jade Designs of Melbourne. Miss Mooi explains that they were lucky enough to feature two gowns from the collection, with the first being a two piece option starting with the “Nessa” skirt, with modern lines and a sophisticated edge. Paired with a delicately beaded sheer overlay called the “Snow Cami”, it echoed the pretty silvers and whites in the blossom trees. The handsome groom model, Tom, was dressed in a navy suit from Bossini Mens Wear, with a contrasting pocket square and a stunning dark tan shoe.

The team worked with Jess Jenkins for hair and makeup, who was able to apply that soft and natural look that they were looking for to complete the bridal look. With soft, romantic hair, and luminous skin with soft peaches and browns on lips and eyes, each of the looks she created really enhanced the model’s natural beauty. For the florals, the arrangements where slightly moody with darker tones that beautifully complimented the surrounding garden at the farm. Erin from Florette worked on a moody palette to contrast against the soft blue undertones that were bought through in the sofa in the elegant lounge styling by Miss Mooi, and stunning robe by Kara Jade Designs. The aim was to create moody, yet organic arrangements. The beautiful, hand-died ribbon in the softest of blues was sourced from Silk and Willow for the pretty, unstructured bouquet.

The second ceremony style by Miss Mooi was “Country Romance”, which featured a four-poster, dark chocolate arch with turned legs, and adorned with lush florals. The cream lounge within the arch was the perfect addition to the romantic, decadent vibe for the set up. The second gown featured from Kara Jade Designs was the “Azra”, with its lustrous leaf patterned Guipure lace and paired with a gorgeous silk slip. It is the perfect gown for a winter bride, or for a bride that prefers a longer sleeve.

Styling: Miss Mooi / Photographer: Qlix Photography / Furniture Hire: Miss Mooi / Macramé Piece: The Middle Aisle / Calligraphy: Michaela McBride Calligraphy / Florist: Florette / Bouquet Ribbon: Silk and Willow / Signage Artwork: Minikin Mill / Cake: Crème De La Cakes / Gold Cutlery & Champagne Glasses: Dann Event Hire / Hair and Makeup: Jess Jenkins / Gowns: Kara Jade Designs / Robe: Kara Jade Designs / Suit: Bossini Mens Wear / Venue: Wiggley Bottom Farm / Model (Bride): Eve Bell / Model (Groom): Tom Brennan
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Mira Mandic 2017 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The brand new 2017 Couture collection from Australian designer Mira Mandic is all about the beauty of simplicity.

With the brand’s Parisian background, it makes sense that the elegant minimalism of the designs speak volumes in their beauty. Elegant sweeping skirts complement bodices of lace and silk, open backed overlays pair with plain tulle skirts, lace overlays that evoke carefree beauty.

The Couture collection gives brides to be a one on one experience with the Mira Mandic design team. Each bride carefully consulted as a custom made gown is made, over six to eight months to its wearer’s personal specifications and style. The experience truly one that is designed to create an environment for brides that is as special as the gown she wears down the aisle.

The collection is available at the flagship Mira Mandic boutique in Sydney and stockist Loversland in Toronto, Canada.

Gowns: Mira Mandic / Photographer: Katarina Mandic / Hairstylist: Petr Vackar / Makeup Artist: Petr Vackar / Model: Tash Galgut / Model: Melanie Palummo

Vendor of the Week – Mr Burger

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! I am so thrilled that we have hit the season of Autumn – as hot as it may be, Autumn is still my favourite season of the year and the minute those trees change colour? I fall in love!

Are you loving your wedding planning?  We’re here to help!  Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and we’re sure you’ll find just the right vendors to plan your wedding vision. We have Bridal Gowns, we have Bridesmaids Gowns, we have Bridal Gown Services and Wedding Planners – we even have Styling & Hire and Transport! Our Directory is brimming with wedding vendors who will work with you to create the wedding of your dreams.

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Everyone loves a great burger and what better way to fill your guests rumbling tummies than with a burger from Mr Burger. Along with drinks and sides (milkshakes and Reuben chips anyone?), the Mr Burger team prides themselves on the yummiest burgers around. Why not try their new creations – the Buffalo (‘the chicken burger worth crossing the road for’) or the Funguy – a smoky crumbed mushroom burger with slaw and herbed ricotta. Now where can I get me a burger?

We asked Maleik of Mr Burger five questions in five minutes:

What is your favourite after five drink?

We love a good pale ale for our after five drink, if we’re going a little bit fancy we go for a French 75 ; a gin sour topped up with champagne. Fancy!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Sydney ; it’s an amazing place to spend a weekend, with both the amazing views of the harbour and a host of amazing restaurants and bars.

Favourite restaurant?

Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne would be Cookie, it combines amazing food and drinks to create a Melbourne hospitality icon!

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

If we can beat the queues, Top Paddock is always a great choice. Otherwise, Mixed Business in Clifton Hill is a good bet.

Your favourite wedding story?

We once travelled to NSW for an amazing country wedding, where we provided the burgers! It was an amazing journey as well as a spectacular evening in a picture perfect setting.

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



Snapshot Sunday – Special Love

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Image by Mint Photography